The Focusrite Plug-in Collective is the gift that keeps on giving. We dive in to see how it benefits you, why you need to get on it, and what's on offer...

Expand your creative arsenal without spending a penny more…

When it comes to creating music there are generally two schools of thought: limit the tools at your disposal or go all out and utilise everything ever invented.

When you keep your resources sparse and stick within defined limitations then you push your brain to make connections that might be unorthodox to get the sounds that you want. Also, less is more as they say.

On the other hand, accumulate all the plug-ins, VSTs, software that you can, and set about putting your computer’s processing power to the test. Rather than straining to create a perceived sound you can simply trawl through your library and find what you need.

They are both valid viewpoints. One is a more cost-effective option and encourages oneself to think outside the box to achieve results. The other can be just as effective in achieving the desired result but can result in a pitiful bank balance. Plus, trying out new things is just fun, right?

So, what’s the Plug-in Collective all about?

Addressing the need (and it is a need) of those who crave new things to experiment, create, and play with, Focusrite use their clout, know-how, and partnerships with some of the finest designers in the world to bring FREE plug-ins to those who’ve made the sensible choice and purchased a piece of Focusrite kit.

To borrow the info from the Focusrite website:

Plug-in Collective is a community hub that brings you, Focusrite and the most innovative software brands together. If you want to find great virtual instruments and effects, keeping up to date with the constant stream of new releases is essential, and Plug-in Collective makes it easy, with regular free software downloads and generous discounts on high-end plug-ins.

To join Plug-in Collective, simply register any Focusrite hardware product, then look out for a new offer every couple of months. No one else works with software manufacturers like we do to bring you inspirational tools for your next production.

Something for everyone then…

So, if you’re someone from column B who is interested in acquiring every plug-in going then you’re sorted. If you’re not, think of this as a fantastic way to try out plug-ins to separate the wheat from the chaff, allowing you to hone your setup to perfection.

Focusrite Plug-in Collective Partners

When you look at the list of brands Focusrite have linked up with, you’re left scratching your head as to how they managed to turn out these offerings for FREE:

  • accusonus
  • D16 group
  • Sugar Bytes
  • zplane
  • AAS
  • CloudBounce
  • Positive Grid
  • iZotope
  • fabfilter
  • Eventide
  • Exponential Audio
  • FLUX
  • Sound Radix
  • AudioThing
  • Nugen Audio

What’s on offer at the moment?

Pull your finger out and make a purchase soon (or if you’ve already made the right choice), then between 16th January 2020 – 5th March 2020 you can get hold of the awesome Monofilter Elements by Nugen Audio.

About Monofilter Elements

Monofilter Elements is a delightfully slick and intuitive VST/VST3/AU/AAX plugin for Mac and PC, which enables you to sure up your bottom end by ‘mono-ising’ the low frequencies without affecting the rest of the spectrum. Use it to centre low-frequency content within a full mix for phase coherence and maximum impact on mono playback systems, tighten up individual stereo bass tracks, counteract low-end-muddying stereo effects, and more.

Unlike some other mono filtering plug-ins, Monofilter Elements’ processing doesn’t have to be ‘all or nothing’, as the Monofilter Algorithm slider works like a depth control, progressively narrowing the low frequencies and raising the cutoff point below which the mono-ising occurs.

The Trim control, meanwhile, enables attenuation or boosting of the mono portion by up to 10dB, and a sweepable high-pass filter can be deployed to shave off everything below 20-349Hz.

Add in a helpful ‘quick start’ preset library, A/B comparison and a stereo differential spectrum analyser, and you have an indispensable mixing and mastering plug-in for any producer or engineer.

The first Plug-in Collective offer of the new decade sees us working with our friends at Nugen Audio.

This is a great little tool for ensuring the phase alignment of your low-end is correct. This is especially important if, like mine, your music will come straight out of your DAW and onto a big club system – many of which still operate in mono.

It’s super clean and simple interface allows you to make the changes you need quickly.

Jonathan Campbell, Plug-in Collective Product Manager

How to claim your treasured plug-in?

Plug-in Collective members can download Monofilter Elements for free from their Focusrite account, from 16th January to 5th March. While there, they’ll also be able to apply a $100 discount code in the Nugen Audio e-store on any transaction totalling over $100.

For those who haven’t yet purchased their Focusrite interface…

There’s no need to be ashamed, nobody is perfect. But you can get one step closer by rectifying the situation, redeem yourself, and grab a Focusrite interface from the Dawsons website now!