NUSofting’s new Glitch Pad experimental synthesizer plugin is now in free public beta for Windows until the end of March.
Glitch Pad public beta is currently available in VST2 and VST3 formats for 64-bit Windows.
NUSofting’s full-release plugins typically feature a Windows and Mac release, so Mac users will probably be able to get in on the action upon the 1.0 release.
The plugin’s origins go back several decades to the 2002 release of the Glitch Pad SynC Modular patch.
NUSofting founder Luigi has now rewritten the original algorithm and produced an improved oscillator, resulting in a new VST synth.
The new version is natively coded in C++ and is available in an early beta form via the developer’s website, which is linked below.
The beta release is fully functional and includes 23 presets.
Luigi has made downloading the plugin quite easy, as it’s a one-click process, with no login or personal details required to get the Zip file.
There is already an unofficial demo of the Glitch Pad on YouTube, showcasing a distinctive, retro-tinged sound.
The synth would be right at home for styles such as ambient, experimental soundtracks, and video game music.
These styles are hinted at in the preset names, which include echo dream, echo pendulum, foggy voices, slow choir, and washed choir.
There’s a lot to take in on the interface for Glitch Pad at first glance.
Visually and in terms of layout, there’s some room for improvement, although, hey, it’s free beta, so you can only expect so much.
At the bottom of the interface, you get a keyboard and a preset selector; above that, there’s a visual representation of the waveform.
Users will have two months to participate in the beta, as the plugin’s interface informs us that it will expire at the end of March 2024.
It’s not clear whether the Glitch Pad will become a paid product or launch as freeware after the beta, as NUSofting has made both paid and free releases in the past.
Several of NUSofting’s synths are currently on sale, so if you like what you hear, you might want to check out their other releases.
There is no information on whether the synth will remain free after the beta period ends.
Download: Glitch Pad (FREE beta)