Michael Willis has updated its Dragonfly collection with four free reverb plugins to version 3.0 with many new features & improvements
Reverbs are among the most popular plugins among musicians. They bring space and life to your sounds. You just like them. There are commercial ones but also nice projects that offer free reverbs. One of these is Michael Willis’ Dragonfly project, which is now entering its third round. It started with a plugin, now there are even 4 free reverb plugins: plate, room, hall, and early reflections.
All four plugins are based on the ProG reverb from Freeverb3 VST, which uses Moorer’s early reflection model and an implementation of Jon Dattorro’s Progenitor Reverb algorithm. They are designed very intuitively and sound very good. Three plugins (hall, plate & room) features a built-in spectrogram with which you receive a better idea of how the various reverb parameters affect the plugin’s output. That’s pretty handy. The best thing is, these plugins are available for free and are compatible with PC, Mac, and Linux.
Dragonfly Plate operates in mono-to-stereo and features three different reverb types: simple, nested & tank. It includes a good amount of parameters with which you can manipulate nicely the algorithm: dry/wet, width, pre-delay, decay, lowpass/highpass on the output, and a dampening function. Room operates is not mono but a stereo-to-stereo reverb and unfortunately has no specific reverb types to choose from, but it comes with ready-to-use presets that map them well: small, medium, large, halls & effects.
Also, it’s packed with many parameters including a diffuse, spin, and wander function. The latter controls the length of the modulated chorus effect on the late reverberation, measured in milliseconds. Pretty handy is here that the user can modify the early and late reflection of the reverb separately. Hall also works in stereo-to-stereo and has also no specific hall types but carefully designed hall presets. These include a variety of different hall emulations: rooms, studios, small, medium & large. Here, too, you have a variety of parameters with which you can readjust the reverb as you wish. The “wander” function which we know from the room reverb is also included here.
Dragonfly Early Reflections is also a stereo-to-stereo reverb processor but doesn’t use any late reverberation algorithm. The preset browser features a selection of different reflection patterns that are not presets because they do not control the parameters. Each reflection pattern is a different specification of echo delays and gain levels for the left and right channels. The names are primarily meant to be memorable and are only vaguely related to how each reflection pattern sounds.
The interface features individual dry/wet controls, different reflection types, a size control that controls the size of the simulated space in meters including a stereo width and lowpass/highpass filter in this end. These are applied to the output signal after processing the reverb algorithm.
Dragonfly Reverb 3.0 bundle is available now as a free download for PC (Windows), macOS, and Linux.
More information here: Dragonfly Reverb Bundle