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ChaosChimp – Free VST/AU Plugin by Teragon Audio

ChaosChimp Free VST/AU PluginTeragon Audio presents their ChaosChimp, a free for download VST/AU plugin tool which simulates errors and performance issues in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

ChaosChimp is an audio effect plugin designed to cause problems for your sequencer. Seriously! It’s inspired by Netflix’s ChaosMonkey, which was built under the philosophy that instead of hoping bad things never happen, they should be forced to happen often so that one is better prepared for them.

The goal of ChaosChimp is to simulate these unwanted scenarios before they happen on their own.


At the top of the plugin are buttons to disable or enable the following types of chaos:

  • Audio dropouts
  • Hogging a ton of CPU
  • Try to crash the host (disabled by default)
  • Simulate feedback (disabled by default). In actuality, this scenario will play a burst of white noise, as real feedback is quite harsh on loudspeakers (and ears).
  • Leak lots of memory

ChaosChimp will run the scenarios at random intervals according to the values set by the three knobs:

  • Probability: Determines the likelihood that one of the selected chaos scenarios will be run.
  • Duration: How long the chaos scenario will last (in seconds).
  • Cooldown: How long to wait before running a new scenario after one has just occurred. Note that since the scenarios are run at random intervals, this value only guarantees the minimum amount of chaos-free time after a scenario has been run.

On the left side of the interface, there is a light that will illuminate when a scenario is running. Below this light is a panic button, which will stop the current scenario if you find it to be too overwhelming for your system.

Because this plugin comes in both VST and AU format you can use it on Windows and Mac systems.

Free Download: ChaosChimp VST

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