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A Guide to Baby Audio's Free Plug-ins

Tutorial | Jan 16, 2023

In today's video, I discussed three free plug-ins by Baby Audio. These plug-ins are Magic Dice, Pitch Drift, and Magic Switch. I showed how to use them in Bitwig Studio as well as in other DAWs. I demonstrated how to use them to create a chorus effect, a unison effect, and a reverb effect. I also discussed the upgrade to Baby Audio's Spaced Out plugin, which gives more control to the internal parameters. At the end, I showed how to put all these plug-ins in series to create a unique reverb effect.

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[00:00.000] So in today's video, it's about these three plug-ins here by Baby Audio.
[00:06.440] They are completely free, so they are called freebies, the link is in the description.
[00:13.000] And this one is called Magic Dice, pitch drift here and magic switch.
[00:18.480] And there are not many parameters per plug-in, you have only here mix knob and a mount knob
[00:24.480] and here's also a mix knob and here you can switch it on and off.
[00:28.260] And the Magic Dice here has a randomized button on there.
[00:32.600] And yeah, it's actually not much to explain about these plug-ins, but I want to show you
[00:38.960] what I do with them.
[00:40.760] So for instance here in Bitwig Studio, I can use it in every DAW, of course, I'm using
[00:47.160] it just a regular Polysynth, let's turn this up a bit here, okay, so let's use here
[00:56.960] a Baby Audio 3V on there and let's go to pitch drift, the easiest one.
[01:06.880] So all it does basically is, oh, I can also change the speed, nice.
[01:11.560] You can change the pitch over time, it's actually a delay, I think where the delay time is modulated.
[01:18.480] So when we now use here the dry signal and then put on this pitch drift, you get a nice
[01:31.920] little pitch drift of your sound, right?
[01:37.680] So not much to explain here, besides that it sounds actually nice, but in Bitwig Studio
[01:44.560] you can use this in parallel, so you can put this into an audio FX layer, so we use your
[01:54.440] control and G and then we just select the first layer and go to control and D and just
[02:02.000] duplicate this.
[02:03.520] And now each layer has its own pitch drift, so we basically duplicating the audio signal
[02:10.880] and applying different amounts of pitch drift to them, right, so we can also dial down here
[02:21.000] a bit again and we can do this over and over again, so we can create kind of a chorus effect
[02:30.080] where we have multiple voices and each voice has a different pitch modulation on them.
[02:35.600] Let's go to this one here, there's a different amount setting, different speed setting maybe,
[02:42.960] go to this one, speed setting, different amount setting, just to have different multiple voices.
[02:55.120] So with this one you can kind of create some unison effect on a mono synth or make even
[03:01.240] your unison voices even wider, so it's great maybe for pad sounds or some rave leads, so
[03:10.880] maybe use here a supermassive one there, the long delay, this is how it sounds dry.
[03:40.720] You can also use your multiple layers and just pan them to the left or to the right,
[03:52.760] you know, give them different positions in the stereo field.
[04:04.000] And you can save this as a preset which is nice to have, maybe you do some layers more,
[04:09.680] you can even go up to, I don't know, 20 layers or whatever to get a richer signal.
[04:17.800] And yeah, that's how I use sometimes the pitch shift lately.
[04:22.800] And then we have here, let's see, maybe audio, the magic switch, magic switch, which kind
[04:35.440] of does the same, it's a kind of chorus effect, so I would use it also in the same manner.
[04:43.720] Let's use, I'll maybe use here a non unison, just a saw wave, so it's kind of a chorus
[05:01.880] also phaser effect, just to get some nice little pitch shift on the signal.
[05:08.840] But this one here I want to use in conjunction with the magic dice, which is in my opinion
[05:15.840] the most powerful plug-in of these three, so I'll use here, it's a magic dice, this
[05:22.880] one here, because you have this dice button here, and this one here creates kind of a
[05:30.520] mixture of reverb and also chorus, also sometimes a delay.
[05:38.120] So let's use this here and try this out.
[05:53.360] So it's kind of a reverb with the delay at the moment, when I hear dice we get a different
[05:57.960] preset, or different sound.
[06:15.200] So you get kind of a randomized audio effect, which blends between reverb and chorus and
[06:22.080] delay and sometimes I even hear some filled ring in there, so it's really powerful and
[06:27.920] you probably know that I really like these kind of one-click dice, randomized audio
[06:35.360] effects in a way.
[06:37.520] So here in Bittic Studio, and you can also do this in all kinds of different doors, you
[06:41.680] can use the magic dice multiple times in serial.
[06:46.040] So here for the first, let's just move this here, so we have just one dice in there.
[06:55.680] So it's kind of a reverb with the delay, so bringing down here the mix to maybe 50% or
[07:01.160] something like this, and then you just duplicate the other instance of the magic dice and open
[07:08.680] up this thing here, just hit randomize, and then we get maybe something different.
[07:19.600] Another delay, kind of, duplicate this here again, it's a longer reverb.
[07:35.440] The bad thing is you can't influence actually the internals manually, so you have to buy
[07:43.120] the upgrade to the baby audio, I don't know how the real plugin is called.
[07:50.280] Let me see here, I think it's that one here, spaced out here, it's actually a menu here,
[07:58.520] not really go to plugins, there it is, it's called spaced out, yeah.
[08:05.800] So this is the full plugin actually, where you get all access to all these parameters
[08:11.560] here, but I think here you only have the dice symbol, but it's powerful enough in my opinion.
[08:17.320] So here we have now one, two, three, four different instances with randomized settings
[08:23.600] on there.
[08:29.520] And it becomes kind of reverb after some time, because we mix all these different here instances
[08:35.640] together.
[08:36.640] So in Bitwig, you can put this all into a chain device or container.
[08:44.840] In another DAW, you probably have to add another insert effect, plugin insert, and maybe you
[08:51.760] can save the whole chain as a preset in other DAWs, I don't know, but here in Bitwig you
[08:56.920] can just create a chain container, and then put all these devices in there.
[09:04.680] And what's really great about this is that you can save this container here as a preset,
[09:10.520] and it saves also all the states of all these magic dices here with your randomized current
[09:16.360] setting.
[09:17.860] So you can kind of create different audio effects just with these freebies here, and
[09:24.520] maybe you see another one, another one, it dies.
[09:32.240] And you can blur and reverb, reverberate the signal even more, the more we create here.
[09:42.480] But you can see the signal becomes a bit quiet after some instances, so you have to bring
[09:48.680] in here, maybe at a certain point, the tool to increase the loudness, maybe 60V.
[10:00.360] Or you can bring in here in the middle, maybe a magic switch, this one here, okay, so maybe
[10:23.960] here we put in a pitch drift, this one, pretty slowly, just a small amount, pretty slowly.
[10:41.400] Okay, magic dies, another one, hit this button here, oh it's more like a delay.
[11:06.680] So we created basically a unique kind of reverb with these freebies here just by putting these
[11:12.240] in serial.
[11:13.240] You can also try it out, put it in parallel like I did it before with the FX layer, but
[11:18.760] here with this, it's really powerful to just put these one after the other and then add
[11:24.400] up over time or over, yeah, over the course of these instances here, and at the end you
[11:30.080] get a much, much richer signal just by just using one device, it's pretty dry, so with
[11:57.440] all these effects on, it's actually a nice kind of sounding reverb, and like I said before,
[12:10.040] you can just here save this preset to the library and call it maybe baby reverb, yeah
[12:20.040] reverb one, just a chain of baby audio freebies, okay, so it's kind of a nice little trick
[12:36.280] to use these freebies here like I did with this to get much more out of it, and they
[12:41.520] are even, yeah, simple to use, you have just one button here, you can press and you can
[12:47.040] get so much out of it just by using these here in serial.
[12:51.800] I think you can also, let me see, is there actually a modulation here for this?
[12:58.200] No, sadly not, so if there, when there would be a parameter here you can modulate, then
[13:09.120] we could probably use your button and just modulate this right for all these plug-ins
[13:15.720] and just hit this button, and then we get randomized values for all these instances
[13:20.440] here with just one click, but it's sadly not possible, but still, just by downloading
[13:27.200] these freebies you get so many different effects, right, okay, I think that's it for
[13:33.640] this video, the link to these freebies is in the description below, have fun with it
[13:38.160] and thanks for watching, leave a thumbs up if you liked the video and subscribe to the
[13:41.760] channel, thanks for watching, see you next time, bye.