Focusrite offers the Midnight Plugin Suite and Scarlett Plugin Suite bundles for free download on its website. The plugins are now discontinued and considered legacy software.
Focusrite plugins have been around for quite some time. They were originally available exclusively for Focusrite hardware owners. However, the company has discontinued its legacy plugins and now offers them for free on its website.
Let’s take a closer look at the two Focusrite plugin bundles, and then we’ll review the download and activation details.
Midnight Plugin Suite
Midnight Plugin Suite includes two plugins: Midnight Compressor and Midnight EQ. The plugins emulate Focusrite’s hardware EQs and compressors, namely the ISA110 EQ and ISA130 Compressor.
Midnight Compressor is a straightforward compressor plugin with standard Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, Gain, and Blend controls. It’s easy to operate, sounds decent, and is a great tool for quickly handling most compression tasks while mixing.
Midnight EQ is a parametric equalizer with a low-pass filter, a high-pass filter, a pair of shelving filters, and two parametric bands. It’s a bit dated by today’s standards, but it’s worth checking out for nostalgic reasons, if not much else.
Scarlett Plugin Suite
Scarlett Plugin Suite includes a parametric EQ, a compressor, a gate, and a reverb. The equalizer, comp, and gate are all quite simple, but the reverb is an interesting one.
Focusrite Reverb is based on various hardware units and aims to bring the sound of classic algorithmic reverbs to the DAW. What I like about it is the simplicity. The plugin is packed with useful presets that sound quite good, and it’s easy to operate.
If you’re looking for a simple reverb plugin to speed up your workflow, check out Focusrite Reverb.
Free Download And Activation
After installing and launching the plugins, you will be asked if you want to run them in demo mode or activate the software. But here’s the catch: clicking the Activate button will automatically download the unlock key (cape-unlock-key.fnlf) that you can use to activate the plugins.
Please note that these plugins are now discontinued, and Focusrite offers them as legacy software. This means that no further updates are planned, but you can keep using them as long as they’re supported by your operating system and DAW.
Midnight Plugin Suite and Scarlett Plugin Suite are available in VST, AU, and RTAS plugin formats for Windows and macOS. Both 32-bit and 64-bit plugin hosts are supported.
UPDATE: No longer available.
Download: Focusrite (legacy software)