Speaking of BABY Audio, they’re up to five free plug-ins, each based ontheir premium offerings. That includes several that feature quick-access randomization, which could be a source of inspiration when you’re stuck, adding some instant spice.

The five plug-ins:

  • Beat Slammer is a not-subtle, smash/squash version of the IHNY-2 (I Heart New York, as in “NY” parallel compression) with X/Y for amount and wet/dry.*
  • Magic Switch takes what I think is the best feature of Super VHS, which is its chorus. It’s Juno-ish, but also not – and can do some voodoo that I haven’t quite gotten out of any other chorus.
  • Pitch Drift uses the drift algorithm from Super VHS, though it models pitch drift on vintage synths just as much as deteriorating videotape. Simple amount, that’s it.
  • Magic Dice is just a version of the chains from the delay/reverb/modulation Spaced Out which is an all-time favorite for me – but with 50 chains, and since it only has one button, it can be a cure to endlessly scrolling through presets and tweaks. I like that “surprise me” element.
  • Baby Comeback was a collab with Computer Music, and it’s just a simpler version of the Comeback Kid delay. This is a terrible ad for the full version, but the Baby iteration works well enough that I regularly forget and use it instead of its sibling.

*It still seems a mystery to why “New York compression” is called that; parallel compression it is.

You can find all of these plus a WAV pack from nu.wav, just by signing up for their newsletter:


Now, I somehow forgot that I did this, but for some stupid reason over the holidays I thought “maybe I should make a video that features all of the freebies at once.” (See some source material from D16 and Arturia.) I then forgot I made this, probably because it was not such a rational idea, but … here it is.

Seriously, I’m not totally sure why I did this or what it means, but now that it is out in the world, I hope I can inspire you to make needlessly long chains of Magic Dice.

That read a little like an advert, but it might be an advert for “Peter probably has a plug-in problem, and now is enabling all the rest of you with the same.” Uh, you’re welcome?