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After skipping a year, the KVR DC Challenge is back. I’d desperately hoped to participate… but my partner and I couldn’t quite get our first hand-coded VST up and running in 3 weekends of work. No surprise there.

But what that means for you is more freeware VSTs!  The downloads are available now! From

“KVR Audio has posted the entries for its Developer Challenge 2009, a contest for anyone who develops audio plug-ins or applications (i.e. a “developer”).

The challenge is to create and release a brand new free audio plug-in or audio application that will benefit the community at large.

Creativity is key, it can be as simple or as complex as you want – KVR members will vote on the entries and pick the eventual winner.

Anyone can make a donation via PayPal, the prize fund will be distributed to the eventual winners.

Developer Challenge 2009 entries

  • amphetamine by easytoolz (by NEK-X), a 6-Oscillator Synth-Module.
  • Anawave (by Lithium), a hybrid analogue/wavetable synth.
  • Antopya (by L-Day), mainly made for Ambient sounds and FX.
  • Armchair Guitarist (by Minouris), a VST plugin for providing MIDI input from one of the numerous console guitar controllers currently on the market.
  • Barberpole Tuner (by Christian Budde), a simple visual tuner based on interference.
  • Black Ops (by gpunk), a FSU effect in the most FSU kinda way.
  • dimensional vector spider (by afdarhus), a midi transmitting vector sequencer.
  • Drum Synze (by Longsoft), a VST-Remake of the ’70s Drum Synce boxes.
  • dschlon_nzElektrik (by Michael Benjamin), a monophonic, arpeggiated and overall freely modelled virtual synthesizer.
  • EQUINOX (by IIRs), a multiband compressor / limiter which uses dynamic equalisation instead of a traditional cross-over network.
  • Explor3r (by thelowerrhythm), a three oscillator monosynth with channel-dedicated amplitude envelopes, lowpass filters and LFOs, all glued together with a matrix that allows both phase modulation and sync inputs on each oscillator to be fed by the output of any other oscillator (including itself).
  • FerricTDS (by bootsie), a Tape Dynamics Simulator inspired by the smooth dynamic shaping capabilities of some high-end reel-to-reel tape recorders
  • FMMF (by de la Mancha), a 4 operator FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer in VST plug-in format for Windows based hosts.
  • Harsh Digital Nose (by insertpizhere), plays two images (very poorly) as oscillator waveforms.
  • HybridReverb2 (by c.borss), a convolution-based reverberation effect which combines the superior sound quality of a convolution reverb with the tuning capability of a feedback delay network.
  • In-Kult (by mickygemma), a synth with: three oscillators, two filters, two assignable LFOs, two assignable envolvent,64 presets, chorus, phaser, delay… and more.
  • JBM Jagular (by jobromedia), a hybrid synth consisting of many different synthesis methodes packed into one bundle.
  • Lisarock (by seibel1), a ( vst/au ) guitar amp simulator effect plugin.
  • massTURBOtar (by LpD), a hybrid synthesizer with unique morphing capabilities.
  • Metatron (by Jack R), a unique arp-synth with a gated modulation sequencer, versatile graphical envelopes and several modulation options, making it a perfect for creeping basslines, rhythmic techno leads, spacey gated pads and other creative arpeggiated sequences.
  • Midi LFO (by gertius), an open source project using the JUCE library. It provides a user tweakable Midi LFO, which sends a selectable ControlChange Message (CC) with LFO modulated values to a selectable Midi output.
  • MoarF VSTi (by __F__), continuously generates and morphs sound states.
  • NCL Phase EQ (by matt42), a high quality 6 band EQ that allows simultaneous Left/Right and Mid/Side Processing.
  • New Blend (by xoxos), algorithmic music generator (an ‘in the works’ port of forthcoming breathcube, algorithmic song generator).
  • PanCake (by Jakob / CableGuys), an innovative VST plugin that allows you to create flexible pan modulations.
  • Phase Shifter (by Astralp), phasing effect which emulates four tape decks and many more features such as time stretching, filters & FX.
  • Phonics/Attack Entrancer (by nix808), a synth you might use to make not the rarest sounds, but usable ones.
  • Piezo Drum Pad Pack (by FrettedSynth), designed to be used with a piezo type drum pad plugged directly into your soundcard. Turns the audio input into a MIDI signal usable by any drum VST\I or triggers an internal .wav player.
  • pk_hui (by discodaniel), with pk_hui, a KORG padKONTROL can double as a precise control surface for your DAW.
  • Prodigious Synthesizer (by synthescience), a Mono/Poly instrument based in the architechture of a famous synthesiser from the past, complemented with a few more charachteristics from other well known machines, all combined into a single powerfull yet balanced, performance oriented instrument.
  • RA Mowg (by Chris Roberson), a Minimoog Model D clone created by Roberson Audio.
  • sg-grainbot (by synthgeek), an experimental synth based on granular synthesis and mathematically generated noise.
  • SpectroBits (by g200kg), a “Spectrogram” based Synthesizer.
  • Stolon (by novaflash)
  • SynekDC (by duncanparsons), a simple FM synthesiser which uses a single algorithm and routing configuration to produce a variety of sounds.
  • The Marcus Johnson Collection (by sunahura), a synthesizer, sample player, synth drum instrument made for inspiration, you can layer sounds by controlling the outputs and really come up with some good stuff.
  • Transistorhead (by sonicase), a single oscillator synth with phase patterns, filters, modulation and tape delay effects.
  • Twin Engined Verb (by daz.diamond), two independent stereo echo and reverb units with enhancer and filtering to create a wide variety of spaces ranging from up-close and personal to well, erm … beyond – out there – other.
  • unicycle (by spacedad), polyphonic/mono sample-based synth using 8bit fourcycle waveforms instead of an oscillator,there are 300 to choose from.
  • _02.circles (by rl), an experiment in UI Design for VST plugins.

The sumbitted entries are now available to download. Voting will begin on Monday 2 November, 2009.”

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