Free Software Friday - Echo Sound Works | Vinyl Guitar

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Finding a solid guitar plugin without having to spend a penny isn't impossible, but when you're looking for something specific it can become laborious. Well, if you've been on the lookout for an acoustic guitar plugin that's tailored towards lo-fi and trap then Echo Sound Works' Vinyl Guitar is the perfect match for you.

Vinyl Guitar is a, surprise surprise, plugin of acoustic guitar recordings that have been resampled through a record player to embody it with analogue warmth and no shortage of character. 

For those of you already familiar with Echo Sound Works, you'll know that their attention to detail on everything they release is top-notch and the sounds on show in Vinyl Guitar are really impressive. To compliment these samples you have a selection of controls to add some extra colour and personality. 

Controls include fret noise and string buzz, which really help to sell a more human sound to how the samples are played back. Pick noise can also be dialled in, and when used in short amounts can add a nice layer to the sound. The biggest control in the UI is dedicated to the reverb, which is no surprise and can be used to simulate your preferred sound. And finally, the attack, release and dynamics controls add a final flourish to suit your playing style. 

On top of this, there's the option to alter the note and release within the body of the guitar, tweak macro settings within the reverb and also switch between metal and nylon strings. 

While Vinyl Guitar serves a pretty specific purpose, it does it exceptionally well and at this price point is a must-try if you're producing lo-fi, pop or trap music. 

Vinyl Guitar is available for Windows and macOS and can be downloaded for free using the link below. Be sure to check out Echo Sound Works' back catalogue of free plugins and samples while you're on their site too.



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