Free Software Friday - Kilohearts Snap Heap (Free until June 12th, 2022)

Free Software Friday is our regular Friday feature here at the dBs blog. We dig the depths of the music production and media webosphere and discover what downloadable plugin freebies are worth double clicking each week.

Keen to craft your own custom effects? Kilohearts' modular effect designer Snap Heap is free to download until June 12th. 

It's possible that until now you've not come across Snap Heap, or potentially heard the name and been clueless as to its function. You wouldn't the only one - Kilohearts even has a page titled 'WTF is a Snap Heap.' Keen-eyed readers may remember that we originally wrote about Snap Heap two years ago, when Kilohearts made Snap Heap free at the start of the pandemic. It's come a long way in those two years…

Much like how modular synths operate, Snap Heap presents you with 30 effects - the Kilohearts Essentials - each of which can be 'Snapped In' to the plugin. You can build up to seven serial or parallel chains and modulate every parameter to create an almost limitless range of custom effects. 

Within the Kilohearts Essentials you'll find filters, phasers, ring mods, distortion, compressors, reverb and more, so there's a lot to build from. In addition to these free effects, you can purchase premium effects from Kilohearts to use in Snap Heap. Presets can be shared and are fully functional, even if the person you're sharing it with doesn't own the same Snapins.

Snap Heap is usually $29, but is available for free until 12th June, 2022. The Kilohearts Essentials is free forever. Head to the Snap Heap product page to download your free copy. Once you've downloaded and installed the software, it should appear in your DAW. 


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