Free Software Friday is our regular Friday feature here at the dBs Music blog. We dig the depths of the music production and media webosphere and discover what downloadable plugin freebies are worth double clicking each week.
This week's featured bit of free software may not strike a chord with you depending on your age, but for anyone with fond memories gaming in the early 90s, Inphonik's PCM2612 Retro Decimator Unit will be a really nostalgia hit.
With the word 'decimator' in the name, it should come as no surprise that what we have here is a free bitcrusher. Distilling a feature originally included on the previously released RYM2612 Iconic FM Synthesizer plugin - which was Inphonik's tribute to the Sega Genesis sound chip - the PCM2612 can add some fantastic 8-bit decimation to your audio.
Featuring a simple and easy-to-use UI, the 8-bit decimation is controlled with the big knob that dominates the plugin's UI. There's also a mono switch, wet/dry control knob, and two output filtering options; Crystal Clear, a purely digital signal and Legacy, which is modelled after the Sega Genesis Model 1 amp output circuitry.
Adding imperfections to your audio is not a new thing, but for producers who are just starting their journey, or those nostalgic for sounds of their past, this plugin is great fun and adds some great character to your audio.
PCM2612 Retro Decimator Unit is available for Windows, macOS and Linux (64-bit VST/VST3/AU/AAX) and as a rack extension for Propellerhead's Reason and on iOS (AUv3/IAA).
You can download it using the link below.
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