Spectral Devices Closes Its Doors, Makes Plugins Free Downloads

Audio plugin developer Spectral Devices has announced that they has ceased operations and made its three plugins available as free to download:

“After careful consideration and deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to cease our company operations. This decision was not made lightly, but we believe it is the best course of action for the future of our organization.

However, we are pleased to announce that we will be making our software available for free downloading to our loyal clients and users. We understand the impact that our tools and products have had on your operations, and we want to ensure that you continue to have access to them even after our closure.

We want to express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of our clients for your support, feedback, and loyalty over the years. It has been an honor serving you, and we are proud of the accomplishments we have achieved together.”

The three plugins available as free downloads at their website:

  • Spacer a modular creative effects station. Spacer has five effects modules which can be linked in any order, but are also designed to work as independent processing stations in their own right. S
  • Pancz – an audio plugin equipped with a powerful multiband transient shaper, clipping tool, precise waveform analyzer and additional tone manipulation effects.
  • OCS-45 – Simulate real life cassette tapes and add a lo-fi, vintage feel to your sound.

The first (now free) plugin is Spacer, which is a multi-effect with five modules – Reverb, Convolution, Grain Reverb, Delay and Grain Delay – which you can place in any order. You can use them independently or in combination and the plugin is, Spectral says, especially good for creating “dreamlike overtones, shifting soundscapes or contemporary ambiences”.

It was the most expensive plugin in Spectral’s range, originally retailing for $119.

Pancz is a multiband transient shaper with a UI that displays your audio and lets you shape its impact. It includes a limiter, and other controls allow you to add presence and air. This one originally sold for $75.

Finally, Spectral OCS-45 is a cassette emulation plugin that lets you choose from four tape types (Ferric, Chromium, Ferrichrome, Metal). You also get four Noise models, five distortion types and 80 presets in a very decent plugin that originally retailed for just $15.

All three plugins (worth over $200) can be downloaded after you sign up for the Spectral Plugins newsletter here. We wish the developers well and thank them for their generosity.



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