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Dynamics (Compressor / Limiter) Plugin by Sonalksis
FreeG by Sonalksis is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
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FreeG is a Gain / Fader plug-in that can be used for a variety of applications to increase the control and flexibility of the signal flow in the insert chain of the host - FreeG provides extensive, customizable metering features and settings.

Main controls:

  • The meter displays a current indication of signal level. The main display is a classic Peak-type level meter, which follows the signal in accordance with the metering type selected on the Preferences panel. The superposed red bar displays the current instantaneous signal RMS.
  • Selecting 'Pre' switches the fader to display the pre-fader, pre-pan, pretrim input signal.
  • The fader is the main plug-in control, and allows you to adjust the level of the incoming signal.
  • PEAK: This box, and the red arrows on the meter, displays the current highest peak value recorded (using the metering law configured on the Preferences panel). Click boxes to reset.
  • RMS: This box, and the yellow arrows on the meter, displays the current highest instantaneous RMS value recorded. Click the boxes to reset.
  • The Trim dial provides a course input level adjustment. The Trim range can be configured using the preferences panel.
  • The Pan dial allows a stereo signal to be panned to the left or to the right. The Pan law is configured using the preferences panel.
  • The Flip Phase button inverts the phase of the signal, for mixing applications.
  • The Bypass button provides a soft-bypass for the plug-in.
  • The Mute button will mute the signal.
  • Fine mode allows for an alternate method of fine-calibration of the fader. When the fader is set approximately, pressing 'Fine' will 'zoom in' on the fader, and offer a linear-law fader, which you can adjust with greater accuracy. The range of the Fine scale can be configured in the Preferences panel.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.00 from 3 reviews

Reviewed By Starship Krupa
August 6th, 2017

I use it on every project as the fader on my Master bus. Essential for the smooth fader, metering and RMS peak detection.

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Reviewed By bduffy
November 18th, 2010

FreeG has been around for awhile now, and is still one of the very best freebies you can get (especially considering it's available in the largely freeware-challenged Mac format!) and is something I use every day in my mixes, including vocal riding!

I've always been a little reluctant to use fader automation on Cubase tracks because it can be such a pain to go back and re-edit, and sometimes you just want to be able to quickly lower the global track level, or completely bypass or delete your automation. Enter FreeG.

With FreeG I can do all the normal host fader/pan automation I want, and if I make a mistake, I can bypass or start over - or even insert another instance of FreeG - the possibilities are endless! FreeG offers a safe, new level of automation creativity that has really helped my mixes immeasurably.

FreeG also features detailed control over fader settings; chances are it's much smoother than your host's faders, with a real "studio" feel that can help you get your fades right.

Also you get a full RMS/Peak level meters. I don't use these features much as my host's are fine, but can be very useful for those who don't have them, or for a second opinion.

The GUI is detailed and fetching too, the graphics help lend "weight" to the controls, with no confusion over what's what. You can flip to the back for more control over ballistics too, for the tweakers.

I've never had a single problem with FreeG's automation. I'd be hard-pressed to find a more stable, CPU-light VST effect out there. You can literally have one on every track without worry, and automate the hell out of them. As for as FreeG + Cubase is concerned, it's a perfect match, and I urge all to check it out. It's a quality product at a bargain price (or lack of!).
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Reviewed By metamorphosis
November 15th, 2010

This is a great plug. The only problem with it is the broken automation. As acknowledged by Sonalksis themselves:
"... the resolution of the FreeG's automation is not perfect. This is a side effect of the wrapping code we use to produce AU, VST and RTAS versions of the plugin from the same codebase. We've attempted to improve this, but it's not possible without breaking compatibility with old sessions that use the FreeG."
The volume slider, the incremental detail, the extra "gain" knob, the metering are all superb - with the exception that you can't use it to 'ride' volumes and record volume automation into your audio program.
That's the only thing making this great 'indispensible' freebie into a waste of time for anything but large volume drops/jumps and accurate metering - and at those two things it excels. Just don't try to use it like a vocal rider.
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