January 2012 saw the release of the first Stomp King virtual FX pedals for the VST environment. These are highly individual, but extremely musical freeware devices which have the sonic aura of a classic vintage stomp box range. Among the first batch were some offbeat and interesting units including an analogue delay, a very cool guitar amp simulator (also brilliant for bass or clonewheel organ), a sophisticated ‘dimension’-style symphonic chorus, a cyclic filter and a standalone vibrato. The range now comprises seven virtual pedals - the latest being a dual chorus with a fat, retro sound.
The brief has been to keep everything dead simple for the user, and leave all the complicated stuff ‘under the bonnet’. This was one of the reasons I chose a stomp box format over a rack type unit with loads of parameters. Here are the units available so far...
To download, please visit the Stomp King SK1 Download Page.
To download, please visit the Stomp King SK-2 Download Page.
To download, please visit the Stomp King SK-3 Download Page.
Digital delays are ten-a-penny. They're easy for techies to make because they're all about maths. This delay is all about music. It simulates the old analogue delay pedal, with its steady degradation of repeats and characteristic pitch instability. If you're bored with clinical digital delays and want something with more character, this is your free route to that retro echo unit we all complained about so much in the 1980s, but can't get enough of today. You should find some nice dub-type effects - especially if you control the grunginess of the delays by adjusting the volume of the input signal. Retro synth arpeggios work very well too.
To download, please visit the Stomp King SK-4 Download Page.
VSTX3 virtual clonewheel organ you can use this effect to seriously dirty it up.
To download, please visit the Stomp King SK-5 Download Page.
Stomp King SK-6 Ro-Tube: The Stomp King Ro-Tube replaces the older Real Rotor rotary speaker simulator. It emulates the sound of an old, valve-type rotary speaker in keeping with a Leslie 122, and has independent rotations for speaker and horn components. Transition from slow to fast rotation rates is very natural and the tone is big and solid. This fat and gutsy effect should make even the most basic VST organ sound retro, powerful, and attractively animated. But you can also get great electric guitar or electric piano sounds with this virtual stomp box. This is another effect from which it's extremely difficult to get a bad sound.
To download, please visit the Stomp King SK-7 Download Page.
To download, please visit the Stomp King SK-8 Download Page.
Posted by: Bob Leggitt