HY-Plugins have just released HY-Slicer2, an upgrade to their old HY-Slicer plugin, and it comes with a free version.
The company is mainly known for its complex but powerful sequencers and multi-effects plugins – and HY-Slicer2 fits perfectly in that category.
HY-Slicer2 is a sampler plugin that focuses on sample slicing and comprises three main sections: a slicer, a sampler, and the included effects.
You can drag and drop audio samples into the interface before being chopped into audio slices.
The free version allows you to slice up to three different samples and arrange the sliced audio snippets into individual grid lanes inside a single sampler track. The sampler track has 16 separate grid lanes, and you can mix and match sliced versions of different samples into a single sequence for hybrid results.
The sampler also comes loaded with many parameters to shape the sound and behavior of the sequence, including Amp, Filter, and Pitch sections.
For example, Chance sets the trigger chance of the sequence while Reverse inverts the playback of the slices.
Additionally, you can create up to 32 patterns, each with its own stored values of sampler parameters
One of the most powerful features of HY-Slicer2 is its Pattern Chainer, which operates as a pattern sequencer. With it, you can make more complex patterns by stringing individual sequences together in a tracker-style workflow fashion.
The sampler unit is driven by the internal grid sequencer.
Following the signal path, the sampler then outputs through the Step FX and Master FX before reaching the final audio output of the plugin.
The Step FX section is included in the full paid version of HY-Slicer2, which can slice up to 8 different samples and has 5 individual sampler tracks.
Furthermore, the free version of HY-Slicer2 comes also with the Master FX section to polish the reworked audio.
You can find a 3-band equalizer, a compressor, and a Clip module with 4 different clip types (hard, soft, cubic, and sine) and comprehensive delay and reverb effects.
Overall, this is a very powerful and inspiring plugin you must try for yourself, either diving into it intuitively or consulting the manual for some help in case of getting lost in the interface.
HY-Slicer2 comes with VST2, VST3, and AU formats for both Mac (64-bit only) and Windows. You can find more sample playback tools in our free samplers article.
Download: HY-Slicer2 (free and paid versions available)