Ohmforce has discontinued eight of its popular audio plugins and offers them for free as legacy software.
However, it’s even better when legendary commercial plugins become freeware. That is the case with Ohmforce’s lineup of audio effects and virtual instruments that you can now download from the developer’s website for free.
What is Ohmforce
Ohmforce was an audio software development team based in France.
If you’re relatively new to music production, the name Ohmforce probably doesn’t ring a bell. But this French development team was one of the hottest plugin makers in the early 2000s.
Their plugins, like Ohmicide and Symptohm, were some of the most original software-based music-making tools of their time. Ohmforce crafted unique interface designs and consistently implemented some truly innovative features that pushed the boundaries of what VST plugins could do.
After several years of inactivity, Ohmforce has now discontinued some of its legacy plugins and offered them for free.
Free Ohmforce plugins
Let’s look closer at some of Ohmforce’s plugins that are now free to download and use.
Ohmicide is a feature-packed and highly versatile multi-band distortion plugin that was considered one of the best distortion plugins on the market. Even in comparison to newer distortion tools, it is still able to deliver exceptional results.
It features four frequency bands with adjustable distortion, dynamics, noise gate, and several other sound-shaping tools. However, one of Ohmicide’s coolest features is the built-in feedback generator.
Remember that all of these can be applied individually to each of the four bands, letting you reshape the audio source from the ground up.
I bought Ohmicide on sale a while back, and it has become one of my go-to distortion tools. Out of all the Ohmforce plugins, it’s my personal favorite. I strongly suggest that everyone should download it since it’s now available for free.
Symptohm:Melohman is a virtual synthesizer that focuses on expressiveness and musicality.
Its synthesis engine relies on two sample-based oscillators, with an additional sub-oscillator and a noise generator. You can process these with a variety of internal and external modulators, including a ring modulator, LFOs, ADSRs, and more.
Symptohm’s standout feature is the ability to turn any waveform or sample into a morphing oscillator. For example, you can load one of the hundreds of included presets and then feed your favorite samples into the oscillator to quickly develop new sounds and variations.
The free version of Quad Frohmage (simply called Frohmage) was one of the more popular freeware filter plugins back in the day.
Its big brother called Quad Frohmage features four independent filter units. Each filter module has 30 (!) filter modes with adjustable resonance, slope, and distortion.
My favorite feature is the ability to rearrange the filters into various configurations. I often use it for multi-band shaping and distortion on drum loops and cinematic sounds.
Another standout feature is the modulation section. You can modulate the filters with multiple LFOs, ADSR envelopes, and an envelope follower.
The interface is a bit outdated, but the control layout is intuitive, and I still enjoy using Quad Frohmage as part of my sound design toolkit.
Those are just some of my favorite Ohmforce plugins. You can now also download Hematohm (frequency shifter), Ohmygod (comb filter), Mobilohm (phaser), Predatohm (another multi-band distortion), and OhmBoyz (delay) for free.
How to get Ohmforce plugins for free
Ohmforce now offers eight of its discontinued plugins for free. The plugins are listed on the developer’s official website. Simply click the GET button next to the plugin to download it for free.
You must register on Ohmforce’s website to download their plugins for free. The registration process requires your name and email address.
Ohmforce plugins are available for Windows and macOS. Apple silicon is not supported.
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