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Depeche Mode, OMD, Pet Shop Boys - Synth Pop generation documentary Watch

15 interesting synths

Virtual synths that somehow went under the radar Read article

NI Kontakt instruments

Free and affordable NI Kontakt libraries Read more

Sylenth EDM Soundset

165 modern presets, created by me, for Lennar Digital Sylenth synth. Visit

400 Modern presets for V-Station

Tons of presets that will bring a new life to the Novation V-Station synth Visit

Cakewalk Z3ta+ 2 presets

155 Synth / lead and bass presets inspired by many modern electronica genres. Visit

Free Organ synths / samples

Best, free organ synths / multisamples Read more

Soft Synths released in 2011

Interesting soft synths released in 2011 Read more

Free String Machine vsts

Freeware String Machine plugins Read more

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During last two weeks I had plenty of time to rethink my priorities. The truth is that Vst Cafe takes just too much time to manage - my daily routine was visiting about 10 different forums, 20 websites searching for articles, tutorials, plugins etc. Actually Vst Cafe took almost 100 % of my spare time and as a result I didn't have time for my other hobbies such as music production, synth and vst programming. Also, I lost concept a little bit. After all, the amount of free plugins isn't unlimited and I really don't want to turn this site into 23412624562 great free plugins blog.

That's why I decided to stop updating it. Who knows, maybe one or two months later the situation will change, maybe Vst Cafe will evolve into something different but for now the site won't be updated anymore. Also, thank you for all of your donations - it really helped to at least partially cover the hosting bills, domains costs etc.

Goodbye or just See you soon!

ps. feel free to email me if you have some questions, ideas, dead link reports etc.
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IK Multimedia Summer Group Buy - Updated

Still you have the whole August to participate in IK Multimedia's Summer Group Mix Promotion which is about their great T-RackS 3 single plugins such as: Vintage Tube Compressor/ Limiter Model 670, Vintage Tube Program Equalizer, Opto Compressor, Brickwall limiter, Linear Phase Equalizer, Classic Compressor and more.
Normally each T-RackS 3 single plugin costs 99 $ but with this promotion you'll pay ... 99 $ ;) and you'll receive an additional two plugins of your choice! So, for 99 $ you'll receive 3 plugins instead of one - instead of ~ 300 $ you'll pay 99 $.

Currently more than 500 users took advantage of this promotion and registered their plugins. If 1,000 users join the Group Mix promotion (which is quite possible - 139 users left) and register, IK Multimedia will give out a 4th T-RackS single plugin of your choice.

More info: IK Multimedia Summer Group Buy
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Cyberworm's sample blog

Cyberworm's sample blog is a great website mostly about (free) samples produced by Dmitriy "Cyberworm" Vasilyev, recorded usually from analog synthesizers, drum modules etc. There are Construction Kits available, Drum Kits (recorded from ie: Vermona DRM1 MK3, Jomox AirBase 99), Drum Loops (genres such as: Hip-Hop, Drum'n'Bass), Music Loops, Single Sounds (there are some multisamples too) from analog synth.

Overall, great website with samples produced by one person - this requires some praise :)

More info: www.rhythm-lab.com
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Casio MT-540 Vibraphone SoundFont

Synthesizers.se is pretty nice website about ... synthesizers :) You can find there some free, self made Reason Refills, Samples, SoundFonts. Currently there are Yamaha Portasound PSS-21 samples, Siel MK370 Percussion Samples etc. There's also Multi-sampled Casio MT-540 Vibraphone soundFont file which I would like to introduce.
The Casio Vibraphone sounds has always appealed to me, both on my HT’s, my CZ’s and my “toys”. I have started resampling some of my “equipment”, if old casios qualify as that, and I think I’ll do a refill with them, when I have time.


Download: www.synthesizers.se
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Reflections on Live Laptop Music from Artists

There's nice, well written article available on www.createdigitalmusic.com about Live Laptop Music playing, about the role of electronic music musician and much more :)
"Today, the fruits of electronic musical labor can be heard in every corner of culture, from academic to niche to popular. Still, there remains a perceptual disconnect between traditional and electronic music, especially in the context of performance. With traditional instruments, performance proficiency can be measured as a physical accomplishment. Electronic performance, on the other hand, is generally understood as music made by computers. That poses a question: if the music is being made by the machines, what exactly does the musician do? To find out, I talked with some of the best electronic performers on the road, and got a glimpse of what exactly is going on behind the screen."

Article: Reflections on Live Laptop Music from Artists
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Tom Cosm Ableton Tutorials

Another great tutorials from Tom Cosm suited for Ableton users.

Glitch up a drum loop in Ableton Live




Formant Filters - How to get the most punch out of them



Strange Ableton Experiment (Making step sequencer in Ableton)



More info: http://www.cosm.co.nz/

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Going on holiday

Everybody needs a holiday from time to time - me too :) Just to let you know - I'm going on holiday. See you soon in August.
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Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

Mix engineers are playing the huge role in modern record production. What does it take to turn a raw track into a chart-topping single ? Sound On Sound magazine tries to answer this question with their "Secrets of the Mix Engineers" articles. In this series, they're asking some of the biggest names in mixing to show them exactly how they applied their skills to create a hit single.

I really like these articles. I mean, sure quite often engineers use the tools that an average home music producer will never have but still these are well written and informative articles.

1. Demacio 'Demo' Castellon (Madonna - 4 Minutes)
2. Bob Clearmountain (Scorsese’s Stones - Shine a Light)
3. Fabian Marasciullo (Flo Rida - Low)
4. Michael Brauer (Coldplay - Viva La Vida)
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Traktor Sync - Revealed

Probably some of you noticed that not only I'm interested in Music Production but also in DJing. It may be digital DJing with Traktor or Ableton or Serato (with timecoded vinyls) but also standard, "old school" DJing with just a mixer and 2x CDs or Turntables.



Few days ago djtechtools.com published another article - this time it's about tiny button in Native Instruments Traktor called Sync. To be honest, quite often I thought that Sync button has it's own mind (and that's why I preferred to beatmatch manually everything) but with this article you'll learn something more about syncing.

Article: Traktor Sync - Revealed
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Andi Vax - Mixing Secrets Video Tutorial

I would like to present you the free video tutorial, created by Andi Vax, dedicated to secrets of mixing the dance music. This video is suited best for advanced producers who have "some" experience (two or more years).
I've utilized in this video the most effective plugins, hardware and software synthesizers for deeper understanding the process. What I explain here is not a gospel truth. This is only my vision of some aspects in sound recording and here I propose just one of the possible ways for achievement the good quality.
The video contains:
1. Basic skills of equalization
2. Main principles of equalization
3. Frequencies conflicts and instrument groups
4. Main principles of compression
5. A little bit about mastering
6. A little maximizing hint
7. Fat sound. Three methods of making kick drum.
8. Fat sound. Fat and pumping bass.
9. Fat sound. Synth double track.
10. Fat sound. Unreal wide bass.
11. Fat sound. Percussion and cymbals processing.
12. Virtual Room Hints. Main principles.
13. Virtual Room Hints. 5 reverberation hints.
14. 10 advices from Andi Vax

What do I think ? At the beginning it's not the easiest task to understand an author specific accent but after few minutes you'll get used to it :) The video lasts 1 hour and it's really amazing that people are doing such videos for free.


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How to make ....

MusicRadar is releasing new tutorials almost every day. Especially step by step tutorials called "How to make..." seem quite popular. This time you'll learn how to make Prodigy - Voodoo People lead with Novation V-Station, Kanye West - Stronger-style synth with ZebraCM, Giorgio Moroder style bassline with Reason 4 Thor synth and more. But remember, it's not about cloning certain leads but learning :) I guess that's why you won't see mp3 previews - just follow the screenshots and see what you achieved :)

How to make... :
1. Prodigy - Voodoo People style lead
2. Kanye West - Stronger style synth
3. Giorgio Moroder style bassline
4. Pendulum style DnB drums
5. Pink Floyd style lead synth
6. Dubstep bass sound
7. Dubstep beat

ps. sorry for small delay - finally a little bit of sun showed over Polish Baltic Sea ;)
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MFB-522 Sample Set

The Little Boom That Could is a sample set created with MFB 522 Drum Machine. It's a call back to the TR-808, so if you want the 808 vibe but are sick of the overused 808 samples available, this is for you. 9 analog instruments captured 24bit/96k & RNLA compression for a little added edge. Five/Six individual velocity samples per instrument. Format = Stereo 24/96 .wav

This Sample Set is donationware - you can download it but it's up to you to choose the price and donate the author.



Download: The Little BOOM That Could – MFB-522 Sample Set
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July 1, 1979 - Walkman was born

30 years ago Sony launched mobile music for the first time with their Stereo Cassette Player called "Walkman" - an Ipod of the 80's :)

The original blue-and-silver Walkman model TPS-L2 went on sale in Japan on July 1, 1979. In the UK, it came with stereo playback and mini headphone jacks, permitting two people to listen at the same time (though it came with only one pair of MDR-3L2 headphones). Where the Pressman had the recording button, the Walkman had a "hotline" button which activated a small built-in microphone (the Pressman), partially overriding the sound from the cassette, and allowing one user to talk to the other over the music. The dual jacks and "hotline" button were phased out in the follow-up Walkman II model.

Some devices were also capable of recording. The highest quality Sony Walkman recording cassette deck was the Walkman Professional WM-D6C. It was introduced in 1984, and was comparable in audio quality with many of the best non-portable cassette decks. Unusual for a portable device, the Walkman Professional had bright LED recording level meters and manual control of recording levels. It was equipped with quartz direct drive capstan, and amorphous head. Powered by local AC mains or by 4 AA batteries (compared with 2 for most Walkman models), it was widely used by journalists and developed a following among hi-fi enthusiasts; unusual for a consumer-electronics product, it was in production, unchanged, for almost 20 years.
(Wikipedia)

Create Digital Music has a nice article about Walkman with some usually creative stuff like video showing how to build Mellotron sampler entirely out of Walkmans :)
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Making Sounds with Ableton Sampler

I guess the title says it all :) This 9 minutes, official Ableton, video is about Ableton Sampler - a sampling instrument which offers multisample playback, import abilities as well as quite nice sound design capabilities. Very nice tutorial.


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Impulse Train soundset - PolyIblit

Peter den Herder has released the Impulse Train soundset, a free soundbank for Andreas Ersson's PolyIblit virtual synth. It contains 64 patches of basses and leads suited mainly for dance genre. Behind the patch names you'll often find one or more letters. These point out the modulation sensitivity for: Legato (l), velocity (v), pitch bend wheel (pb) and the modulation wheel (mw).




Download: Impulse Train soundset
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IK Multimedia Summer Group Buy

From July 1st to August 31st 2009 you can participate in IK Multimedia's Summer Group Mix Promotion. You know IK Multimedia, don't you ? Their amazing T-RackS 3 mastering tool as well as T-RackS 3 single plugins such as: Vintage Tube Compressor/ Limiter Model 670, Vintage Tube Program Equalizer, Opto Compressor, Brickwall limiter, Linear Phase Equalizer, Classic Compressor and more.
Normally each T-RackS 3 single plugin costs 99 $ but with this promotion you'll pay ... 99 $ ;) and you'll receive an additional plugin of your choice. So, it's like 50 % cheaper.

But that's not all. It's just the first level of promotion. Once 500 users take advantage of this promotion and register their plugins you'll receive third T-RackS 3 single plugin of your choice. If 1,000 users join the Group Mix promotion (which I really don't believe ;) ) and register, IK Multimedia will give out a 4th T-RackS single plugin of your choice.

So the worst scenario is 2 plugins for 99 $ (normally it would cost you 200 $) and the best is 4 plugins for 99 $ (normally 400 $).

More info: IK Multimedia Summer Group Buy
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Hispasonic Analog Dreams

An amazing, spanish site called Hispasonic has released (in collaboration with DSK Music) Hispasonic Analog Dreams - a free collection of 138 multisampled instruments available in Reason Refill, Soundfont and Kontakt formats. It covers wide range of sounds: atmospheres, textures, pads, basses, drum machines, plucks and leads.
This collection also includes two VST virtual synths: Hispasonic Chaos Theory and Matrix Hispasonic Analog.







Download: Hispasonic Analog Dreams
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