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Squeaky Gate – Beautiful Sound Design from Bizarre Sources by FrozenPlain

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Clean-tone squeaky gate sound design

FrozenPlain released Squeaky Gate. Ever opened a squeaky metal gate and thought, “I want to use that sound in my music”? Well, now you can! Various metal gate squeaks were recorded, cleaned, and processed to make this genuinely useful sound-design sample library. Each sample is available as an ‘instrument’ inside FrozenPlain’s sample-based-synth VST/AU engine, Mirage – included for free. You’ll also find 40 presets, including plucks, pads, basses, and leads, ideal for soundtracks, atmosphere, or adding a unique edge to any genre. The resonation caused by the gate hinges produced a surprisingly clean and consistent tone – almost similar in character to a cello.

  • 42 presets, saved as separate mirage-gate files
  • Mirage sample-based synthesis engine included
  • Squeaky Gate Mirage library (closed format mdata file) which features thirteen instruments
  • ~60MB file download
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Most of the samples were put through a granular synth to lengthen them. As part of this, it was possible to capture both soft and intense versions of the same sound. You can smoothly modulate between these 2 states using Mirage’s dynamics knob, allowing for expressive performances.

Perfectly tuned and playable across the whole keyboard

Each recording was cleaned up and tuned to a musical pitch so that it could be used as an ‘instrument’. Some samples were also further processed with granular synths and effects.

Two kinds of gates were recorded, a small garden gate and a large, heavy farm gate. Both fully metal, including the hinges. By slowly opening the gate, long consistent-pitch squeaks could be drawn out; these recordings are the core of Squeaky Gate.

Intriguing instruments for IDM, soundtracks and atmospheres

Create playable string-like pads and textures, synthy plucks, and resonating basses with Squeaky Gate. This tool is designed to be something genuinely useful that you can reach for when you want to add an intriguing organic-synth hybrid type sound to your track. The 40 included presets have been categorized and appropriately named – ready for you to instantly use in your production.

Powered by Mirage

A free VST/AU control-hub for FrozenPlain sounds

Mirage is a sample-based-synthesis VST/AU plugin for Windows and Mac that comes free with any powered-by-Mirage product. It’s the control hub for FrozenPlain’s new sounds, offering a powerful set of parameters and effects for rapid, flexible sound design, no matter what the sound source is.

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Once it’s opened up in your DAW, you’ll see all of your powered-by-Mirage products ready to click on and use instantly. There’s no subscription or log-in procedure, just instant access to the sounds and presets.

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Scenic Vibrations by FrozenPlain

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Scenic Vibrations by FrozenPlain

Picturesque Tonal Resonations Synth

FrozenPlain release VST/AU synth Scenic Vibrations for tension, atmosphere and horror sound design.

Alive with evolving kinetic energy, Scenic Vibrations has a unique sound that is perfect for cinematic and atmospheric sound design. Create tension for drama, the ambiance in an emotional passage, and even evoke dread in a horror setting.

This customizable VST/AU synthesizer is based on a set of unique ‘sustain’ recordings by sound design veteran, Si Begg. Materials such as sheets of metal, koto strings, bass guitar strings, and suspended steel frames were made to resonate with a surface transducer. The sound is something beautifully organic yet unfamiliar.

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Included are over 100 presets featuring intriguing tonal keys, dark pads, basses and pulsing rhythms. Scenic Vibrations is powered by our sample-based synthesis engine, Mirage.

The core of Mirage is three layers that can be used to blend sounds together. Each layer has LFOs, filters, a volume envelope, loop controls and more. Then at the master level, there is a whole rack of effects.

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Obelisk 1.1.5 – Updated MIDI Harmoniser Plugin

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Obelisk 1.1.5 – Updated MIDI Harmoniser Plugin

A new version of Obelisk was released. This minor update fixes a few bugs – making Obelisk nicer to use.

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Obelisk is a MIDI plugin instrument. Rather than produce audio, it produces MIDI. Obelisk is used to harmonize the MIDI given to it.

As well as this, Obelisk contains an algorithm for constraining the output to a given key and scale. This plugin is designed to be easy to use and can be dynamically changed as you perform, for example switching the chord or scale using key switches.

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Obelisk 1.1.5 Features

  • Obelisk now lets you use your keyboard to control your DAW, even when the Obelisk window is open. Previously Obelisk would sometimes stop the keys from getting through. This was especially irritating when trying to press the spacebar to play your track.
  • Logic X: Fixed an issue where preferences where not being saved between sessions. Preferences such as the GUI window size or GUI theme.
  • Fixed crash when trying to use Obelisk with an empty scale that had no notes in it.
  • Minor changes to the GUI. Namely, the ‘factory presets’ menu was misleading as the 2 options there were really just ways to reset the state.
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To get this new version. Please log-in to your FrozenPlain account and get the installer from the downloads section. Running the installer will safely overwrite the old version. Opening old DAW projects that contain Obelisk will not be affected.

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Obelisk MIDI Harmonizer Plugin 40% off – Black Friday sale

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Obelisk MIDI Harmonizer now only $15 – Black Friday sale

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Obelisk harmonizes MIDI input and outputs it to any synth of your choosing. It’s an ideal tool for experimenting with new harmonies and chords. Chords can be constructed from scratch, and then optionally constrained to a key and scale – so it will sound good regardless of what you play. This is on sale for a limited time – so pick it up now!

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