Audio Blast releases BreadSlicer, a FREE glitch and stutter effect plugin.
BreadSlicer is available for macOS, Windows, and Linux in AU, VST2/VST3, and AAX formats.
On the Audio Blast website, there is a line that says, “easy to use with a funny interface, and Free!!!.” I’m not sure I could come up with a more fitting tagline.
The GUI shows a comical image of a man using a vintage mechanical bread slicing machine, complete with a bicycle chain and all. I like the quirkiness of it because it’s not at the expense of functionality.
Easy to use is an understatement, a good one; there are only three controls. The controls are On/Off (Slicer), Size, and Gate.
You can set the Size of each slice to 1/4, 1/8, or 1/16 bar. The Gate controls the thickness of each slice from 0% to 100%. I love that Audio Blast committed to the name so much that I could almost be writing a for sale ad for an old bread cutting machine right now.
Once BreadSlicer chops up the incoming audio, it will rearrange it to create interesting tempo-synced effects. Rearranging the slices might randomly include reversing the sound of some.
There isn’t much to BreadSlicer, but I could say the same about actual bread, and we still love it.
The great thing about BreadSlicer, and simple plugins like it, is that they are often a shortcut to complete transformation.
Glitchy effects in audio and video are very cool but often overused. Think of it like going for a Michelin star meal and filling up on bread before your dinner arrives. There are two reasons I say think of it that way; the first is that I’m shamelessly talking about bread as much as I can, and the second is to demonstrate the main course no longer has the same appeal.
When glitch and stutter effects are overused, the music as a whole loses its appeal and purpose. However, it can be the best thing since sliced bread when used in just the right places.
Turn a boring loop into something exciting, create Skrillex-like vocal chops, and transform your half-baked ideas into, I guess, baked ideas? You get the idea.
Thanks to Audio Blast for a cool freebie; get it now straight out the oven. All bread puns in comments will be applauded.
Download: BreadSlicer (2.8 MB download size, ZIP archive containing EXE installer, 64-bit VST2/VST3/AU/AAX plugin for Windows, macOS, Linux)