Fire is a free, open-source multi-band distortion plugin
Fire from Wings Music features multiple distortion functions under four categories: Soft Clipping, Hard Clipping, Foldback and Other.
In need of a new clipper plugin with multi-band distortion, preset save, downsample, EQ and much more, on a small budget? Wings Music’s Fire comes from developer Jerryuhoo, whose own music you can find on NetEase and SoundCloud.
The free plugin is housed in a nice-looking GUI, with easy-to-navigate controls. You’ll find two main tabs: Band Effect and Global Effect. Use the colour-coded buttons to cycle between different effects.
- Sound shaper: Using different distortion functions, rectification, and bias to shape your sound. The distortion graph is shown on the top right corner.
- Compressor: Using a compressor for each band to compress your sound. The VU meter graph is shown on the bottom left corner. You can click the VU meter graph to see details of RMS level and your compression value.
- Stereolizer: Using stereolizer for each band to compress sound and make your sound wider. The width graph is also shown on the bottom right corner.
- Link output: Link the output value with the drive value. Output value will automatically decrease if you turn up the drive value.
- Safe output: Automatically adjust your volume when it gets too loud, just like Sausage Fattener.
- Oversampling: Using 4x oversampling to reduce aliasing distortion by allowing a processor a higher frequency at which to process the signal.
- EQ: EQ includes a low cut knob, a high cut knob, and a peak knob. You can drag the round buttons on the panel to adjust EQ.
- Downsample: Using downsample to distort your sound by reducing sampling rate.
- Preset management: You can save you preset to your user folder and reload them. You can also import preset files and then rescan the folder.
- A/B mode: You can switch between A/B mode to compare the effect.
Fire from Wings Music is currently still in beta. The latest pre-release version 0.9.5 introduced some new features like Solo and Bypass buttons. The plugin will reportedly remain free after the beta release, so you may want to wait until the public release for stability. It’s available for Windows, macOS and Linus in AU and VST3 formats. If you’re after the plugin now, click here for the free download and source-code on GitHub.