Music Box Suite Free is primarily a VST/AU for creating realistic music box melodies. However, the features of Mirage (the engine that powers it) takes this instrument further than that. Using Mirage’s simple interface, the victorian music box can be layered, reversed, looped, tuned, distorted and much more. This power is demonstrated with the 12 included presets; you will find pads, textures and even keyboard-type sounds.
Music Box Suite Free
Free multi-sampled music box VST/AU
Create realistic music box melodies and explore organic sound design with this free VST/AU. It consists of a multi-sampled victorian music box housed in our sample-based synthesiser, Mirage. This music box has a charming, mysterious sound to it – ideal for both cinematic music and adding an organic character to electronic music. Mirage offers a powerful yet easy-to-use set of features for manipulating the sound. Music Box Suite Free comes with 12 presets ranging from realistic music box sounds to keys and pads.
Get more options with the full version of Music Box Suite
This free version of Music Box Suite is not as complete as the full version. The full version offers a second multi-sampled music box, a whole collection of complementary sounds for layering, and 40 more presets. As well as this, the full version has ‘raw’ versions of the music box recordings which include the genuine clicks and whurs of the sound. This can be tastefully applied in order to create more realistic timbres.
This extra set of content results in a much more capable tool for creating the ideal music box tone for your track, and also for exploring unique sound design textures and tones based on the music box sound.
This product is based on the samples from our old Kontakt library, Victorian Music Box. Each sample has been re-edited and cleaned up. The engine for this new version also offers a whole new level of control over the sound that was not possible previously.
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A free VST/AU control-hub for FrozenPlain sounds
Mirage is a sample-based-synthesis VST/AU plugin for Windows and Mac that comes free with any powered-by-Mirage product. It’s the control hub for FrozenPlain’s new sounds, offering a powerful set of parameters and effects for rapid, flexible sound design, no matter what the sound source is.
Once it’s opened up in your DAW, you’ll see all of your powered-by-Mirage products ready to click on and use instantly. There’s no subscription or log-in procedure, just instant access to the sounds and presets.
Three independent sound layers can be layered together
Mirage libraries are loaded from a side panel
9 effects can be used to shape the sound
Presets can be quickly loaded and saved
Designed for sound layering
Mirage allows for up to three different sounds to be controlled separately and layered together. The layers in Mirage have the following controls unique to them: pitch, volume and pan, filter, volume envelope, LFO, EQ, sample loop settings and MIDI settings. These controls facilitate an incredible amount of manipulation over the original sound source.
Designed to be played
Mirage enables you to turn samples into fully playable patches. The volume at both the layer level and the master level can be controlled with MIDI velocity. Sustain pedal (MIDI CC 64) is also fully supported, enabling you to hold notes using a foot pedal.
On top of that, any parameter in Mirage can be controlled by knobs or sliders on your physical MIDI controller. This is done by simply right-clicking the parameter, selecting ‘MIDI learn’ and then moving your controller. And of course, Mirage can also be automated by your DAW.
Minimum friction from your mind to your DAW
Mirage is designed to not get in your way. It is fast to load up and is CPU efficient. It has a vector-based GUI that can be resized so that it will work on any size screen. The controls are laid out intuitively, and a full description of what each control does can be viewed by hovering the mouse over it for a moment. Mirage also comes with a PDF user manual with all of the nitty-gritty details covered.
For spontaneous inspiration, Mirage features controls for useful randomisation. The first randomisation feature is a multi-mode button that loads a random preset. It can be set to work in one of three ways. Firstly, it can load any random preset at all – even of different libraries. Secondly, it can load a random preset that is of the same library that you currently have loaded. Or thirdly, it can load a random preset in the current preset folder (the folder might contain all bass presets for example).
The next randomisation feature is two buttons that load a random instrument for one or all of the 3 layers. This is excellent for quickly trialling a new sound source but keeping Mirage’s other parameters unchanged.
Use presets or create your own sounds
Mirage helps you with finding the right sound quickly. In a recent free update, Mirage received a built-in preset browser. This is a panel that can be opened up via a button at the top of the interface. All the presets are arranged in a clear list which can be navigated with the arrows keys on your keyboard as well as your mouse.
A rack of built-in Effects
Built-in effects such as distortion, bit-crush, chorus and stereo widener can be used to enhance the sound with extra harmonics or extra simulated width. The compressor can be used to control dynamics or add punch, and the filter can be used to isolate just the frequencies you need.
Mirage also has reverb and delay effects for real space simulation. These are great for sound design too. One of the reverb effects is a convolution reverb; this is typically used to add a real-sounding reverberation to the signal by using a sample of a real space (AKA an impulse response). Mirage features both realistic impulse responses and abstract ones for creative sound design.
Access to free updates
By purchasing this product, or any powered-by-Mirage product, you gain access to updates with new features and improvements. These will almost always be completely free. We will ensure these updates never break backwards compatibility. This means as the capability of Mirage expands, your old DAW projects or presets will still work just like they used to.
If you already have Mirage, you can visit this page to download the latest version. It’s worth noting that Mirage has no use unless you have a Mirage library; in the current version, these can only be made with our internal tools.
Music Box Suite Free is designed to be as accessible as possible to producers, composers, musicians, and sound designers. You probably already have what you need if you are producing audio on a reasonably modern computer. There is one exception – Music Box Suite Free is not available in the AAX plugin format yet, and so will not run in Pro Tools. Here are the specific requirements:
- Windows: a computer running Windows 7 or higher. Mirage is available as a 32-bit and a 64-bit plugin. However, the installer needs a 64-bit machine. Virtually all Windows machines are 64-bit.
- Mac: macOS 10.12 or higher. Both Intel chips and M1 chips are supported (universal binary).
- A host that can play either a VST2 plugin or an AudioUnit v2 (AU) plugin. Examples of such hosts are Cubase, Ableton Live, Studio One, Reaper, Reason, FL Studio, Logic X, Garage Band, and many more. Logic 9 or older does not support AudioUnit v2 and so this product will not work in it.
- 12 presets, saved as separate mirage-music-box-free files
- Mirage sample-based synthesis engine included
- Music Box Suite Free Mirage library (closed format mdata file) which features 1 instrument
- ~17MB file download
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