Puremagnetik Prototypes – Free collection of open-source plugins
Puremagnetik Prototypes is a free collection of audio plugins, it’s open-source so anyone can learn or edit the source code.
Micah Frank AKA Puremagnetik recently launched Grainstation-C, a free an open-source granular effect audio plugin, and he’s taken things a few steps further by introducing a whole series of plugins which are all free and open-source.
Puremagnetik Prototypes is the new collection, featuring three complete VST/AU plugins and various code to learn and create your own plugins, or make variations on these existing projects – if you’re so inclined.
Kickblast is an algorithmic kick drum generator, Parallel is a lo-fi modulator and then Grainstation-C is a pretty advanced granular engine. It’s described as a live performance tool for building “sound sculptures”, so I’m sure it can be useful for adding texture and ambiences to your tracks.
How do you get the plugins up and running?
The Puremagnetik Prototypes collection comes as ready-to-use VST and AU plugins – so you simply install them into your DAWs plugin folder, however, the bundle also features the source code for each plugin and some extras.
It’s all made in Csound, so if you know what you’re doing there – you can load it in various other operating systems.
“Some of you will discover what Csound can do in your own work, Csound is my favourite,” Micah says. “I feel like it needs an awareness push, as the music-making community is much more ready to code than they were in the ’80s. And the learning curve from Max (or even a modular system) to Csound is not so bad.”
You can hear these plugins in action in Micah’s music, check out his website here.