Stone Voices releases Brandulator 2.0, a freeware multi-mode effect in 64-bit VST2 and VST3 plugin formats for digital audio workstations on Windows.
Brandulator 2.0 is a complex sound processor that allows you to combine multiple effects in many interesting ways.
The plugin takes the original signal and splits it into 16 steps/intervals based on the tempo of your track. You can then process each of these steps in a wide variety of ways.
Effects include comb filters, trance gate, vocoder, ring mod, flanger, phaser, and various other types of modulation. The GUI shows 3 channels (A, B, C), each with 16 steps. You can adjust each channel independently, including volume and panning.
Combining channels lets you create a realistic stereo image or just layer multiple effects to create unique sounds. You can also turn any channel off if you like, of course.
Before you get into setting the parameters of each step, there are 106 factory presets that will probably get you close to the sound you want to create. You can check out some of the presets on the video demo; my particular favorites so far are the Stereo Simple Chorus, and many of the filter presets.
The filter presets seem like they could be a lot of fun on drum tracks, and the plugin as a whole seems great for that glitchy sound.
As well as the presets, Brandulator 2.0 also has over 300 musical scales in its database. The scales are excellent if you have a clear idea of the mood/feel you want to create. They work well whether you are trying to evoke a particular emotion or nod to a specific musical culture/region. If you don’t have a clear idea yet, Brandulator 2.0 has some handy randomization options.
It’s possible to control Brandulator 2.0 with your MIDI keyboard, too, if you want a more hands-on approach. Editing parameters can be done individually and can go pretty deep, as you can see, or in groups if more convenient.
I haven’t been able to test Brandulator 2.0 properly, but there’s a lot to like about it. I get the impression it’s a plugin that could take something that was going nowhere and turn it into something completely unexpected. Plugins that can do that always have value, so if you’ve got something out of Brandulator 2.0, let us know in the comments section below.
More info: Brandulator 2 (12.4 MB download size, ZIP archive, 64-bit VST2/VST3 plugin format for Windows)