Synth Britannia - 1:30h video

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

Some guy showing skills on Akai MPC

It's just "some" guy (sorry, I'm really not that much into hmm dubstep scene :) ) showing his amazing skills on Akai MPC. It's a sampled (I guess) Cinema (Skrillex Remix) tune, played with drum pads. Great performance :)

Kirk Hunter Studios - Orchestral / String Libraries 75 % Off

Almost forgot about this deal. Till 2th January there is an amazing offer on Kirk Hunter Sample Libraries - 75% OFF list price! So, If you ever wanted great Orchestral / String libraries (some are pretty huge ie. 70 GB :D) then this is really a great deal. Check out the testimonials - plenty of composers use these libraries for the hollywood films, documentaries etc. I would say that thanks to this sale (actually it's a group-buy but with maximized level) these libraries are affordable to casual / bedroom producers too.

ps. 160 pages on KvR Audio Forum thread dedicated to this deal can't be wrong :)

More info: Kvr Audio Forum - Kirk Hunter Libraries

Tracks / Channels Interact - Ableton Sidechain Compression / Auto-Filter

Two interesting video tutorials today. The first one is about Ableton Sidechain Compression and the second is about Ableton Sidechain Autofilter. I like that these videos don't focus on the basics (such as describing threshold, ratio), but on some small details ignored often. For example first video nicely describes the difference between Post FX, Post Mixer setting, the second video very nicely describes Auto Filter's knob called: envelope.

Overall, professional videos by Loudon Stearns from Berkleemusic.com, where "everything" is crystal clear :)

Christmas by Skrillex ;)

Are you ready for some Christmas stuff ? :D 35 000 led lights :)

Novation V-Station EDM Heaven Soundbank Released

I've just spent few weeks playing with Novation V-Station synth, which for some reason I love (mainly because of great workflow) and the result is new soundbank. It's called EDM Heaven and it'll bring a new life to your V-Station :) It contains 125 presets suited mostly for EDM (Electronic Dance Music) genres.

There are 38 smooth, big-room pluck sounds inspired by such artists as Kaskade, Dinka, Jerome Isma-Ae, Pryda, as well as some classic pluck sounds inspired by Chicane, Anjunabeats releases. There are also 52 Synth / Lead presets which can e used in wide range of genres. The rest is filled with 10 bass sounds and 25 smooth, warm pad presets suited for background stuff or / and sidechaining.

So, if you're interested, check my other website dedicated to soundbanks - donations are used mainly to pay hosting bills (Vst Cafe too) and to drink some beer / cofee / tea during knobs, sliders tweaking ;)

btw. Thomann store offers V-Station boxed version for 20 GBP which is a pretty nice deal. I would say that it's the best (yes!) synth for learning synthesis. Very clean GUI, workflow and lovely learning curve - the more time you spend with it, the more tricks you can discover.

More info: Design a sound - EDM Heaven Soundbank

Native Instruments Massive 25 presets

Free 25 presets (WonderWobble Vol1) for Native Instruments Massive synth. I haven't tested these presets but I assume that these are wobble presets suited for Dubstep. The format is KSD so the presets will work for older Massive versions too.

Download: NI Massive - 25 Free WonderWobble Vol1 Sounds

Sonimus SonEQ 1.1

SonEQ is a digital equalizer that takes parts from some vintage gear and combine them in one. SonEQ has 3 bands, bass, middle and treble. Also, SonEQ has a pre-amp section. It's available both for PC and MAC. Is it good ? Well, there are a lot of people who can't believe that it's a freebie :)

Download : Sonimus SonEQ 1.1

Good software / softsynth deals

It's almost Christmas so there are more and more interesting deals. Synapse Audio offers their Producer Pack: Dune and EKS Pro for only $99! Ableton offers their software 25 % off so If you want to buy Live, upgrade it, now it's the time. Kirk Hunter Studios offers their amazing orchestral libraries with 75 % off. FxPansion DCam Synth Squad for 99 $ instead of 249 $ - yea, that's the good deal - already have it :) Admiral Quality offers 50 % off for flagship product - Poly-Ana analog synth. Disco DSP offers their flagship products : Discovery Pro, Corona 40 % Off.

Kraftwerk and the Electronic revolution documentary

Good for a long, winter evening :) About 3 hours long documentary - all about Kraftwek and electronic revolution.


WaveShaper Free Electronic DrumSamples

Few days ago I made a blog entry about (very) affordable electronic drum samples and now it's actually getting better. WaveShaper has relased a free pack with more than 100 drum samples, all coming from analogue sources and processed with Waveshaper's own combination of vintage hardware effects and digital plugins. A lot of care has been taken with the stereo content management and adding some smooth reverberation to give the samples a bit more coloration. So this is not strictly raw, dry files, but more unique samples already infused with their own character.

WS - Epic Modularization by waveshaperkit

Link is available for limited time so ... download :)

Download: WaveShaper Free Electronic DrumSamples

NI Massive - 50 Free Sounds

Nice freebie coming from MassiveSynths - 50 free presets for Native Instruments Massive synth. Since last Black Friday deal and 50 % off, I was able to get Massive too so I tested these sounds. Definitely it's worth downloading - it's about Saw waveform, there are reeses, leads, everything rather hmm rough, strong.
Ahh you need Massive 1.3 because the format is latest .nmsv.

Download: NI Massive - 50 Free Sounds Sawtooth Sounds

NI Massive Dubstep Bass - Sonic Death

This video tutorial shows how to create Dubstep Bass sound using NI Massive. It's not another YOI sound or something. Actually it's quite ... sick ;) There's also a download link for this preset (video description) so if you're a lazy bastard ;), but you need this - go ahead and download.

Waveshaper - very affordable electronic drum samples

Just a litle bit of promotion :) WaveShaper is a one man company living in France and enjoying recording and playing with vintage hardware drum machines, synths and analogue effects. Website / store is dedicated to electronic percussive samples recorded and gathered as drumkits. Most of them are vintage analogue drum machines processed through tube amps, compressors, and various hardware units. The focus is to produce sounds with some serious character at highest quality possible.

So, if you're into vintage drum machines, Waveshaper site may be worth checking. Prices are very affordable 1.5 - 4 $. Small demo:

Tek E7 - M-Z [demo aluminium] by waveshaperkit

More info: Waveshaper - Electronic Drum Sample Packs

Ableton Atmospheric Effects in EDM

Quick and actually very nice video, created by Quantize Courses, showing how to tailor default "crash" sample sound into some atmosphere sound using Reverb, Delay and Resonator tool.

Ableton Operator Mosquito Sound

Do you want to know how to create the sound of annoying mosquito ? Well, here it is ;) Ableton Live + Operator instrument is required.

Novation and Focusrite Remix Competition

Simple. Download remix stems, create own version of the track and win gear bundle worth over 1100 UK pounds (Novation Impulse 25, Focusrite ISA One, Frocusrite Pro 40, KRK Headphones and Focusrite VRM Box). The deadline is 31 January so there's plenty of time :)

More info: Novation - Facebook

Ken Lewis - Mixing Competition

Indaba Music offers another interesting remix competition.
Mixing engineer Ken Lewis is, hands down, one of the best in the business. He's worked with a veritable "who's-who" in the industry, including mixing and production for Lenny Kravitz, Usher, and Kanye West. With several Grammys and dozens of platinum records under his belt, Ken's ear for music is second to none. Now, Ken poses a truly challenging test — an all out mix-off. Take the dry stems from G-Note Records/G-Unit Records artist Lea's newest single "November Skies (11/11/11)", which was written, produced, and mixed by Ken and his writing partner Brent Kolatalo.

The 1st Place Winner, as chosen by the Judges from all of the submissions, will:
- Have a video chat consult session with Ken Lewis
- Be spotlighted in an upcoming print issue of Electronic Musician
- Receive a Lexicon PCM Reverb Bundle
- Receive the complete IK Multimedia plugin offering
- Receive a plugin bundle from Plugin Alliance
- Receive a course bundle from Audio School Online

More info: Ken Lewis Mixing Contest

Tunefish Synthesizer

Tunefish is a project of demoscene group Brain Control. Initially it was a tiny synth developed to fit into about 10kb of compressed machine code so you could use it in demoscene intros (64kb category :) ). Later, the bigger, VSTi version was introduced and it's actually quite interesting. It offers 16 voices polyphony (C++ coded synth), so called spline oscillator (which due to spline interpolation is able to produce some nice waveshapes), one additive oscillator (with nice "gauss" option), noise oscillator and some effects such as Flanger, Chorus, Distortion, Delay, Reverb, EQ and Formant.

It is still beta version so there may be some bugs here and there ;) but overall it's quite interesting thing (suited better for some lo-fi stuff) with some pretty nice presets :)

Audio demo: Payne - Awakening

Download: Tunefish Synthesizer

Future Music In The Studio With Alex Metric

It's just another video tutorial from Future Music's 'In the Studio' series. This time it's Alex Metric sharing some nice tips (ie. chopping some old disco tune to create something similar to Daft Punk - Highlife) and showing how an initial remix version can be turned into ... original track :)

Interesting, almost 50 minutes, video (definitely one of the better 'In the studio') and actually nice, refreshing music (not another dubstep madness, not another trance, not another progressive house ;) ).


How to make Calvin Harris Bounce-style sounds

Hmmm it's not a 100 % recreation (actually I managed to do the second sound much closer in my soundbank for Cakewalk Z3TA+2 available here) but still this video may be helpful for some.

The DAW is Logic and synth are from Logic too.


Phuturetone Phutura - Free 8 Voices Polyphonic Virtual Synthesizer

Phuturetone Phutura is a free, 8 voices, virtual polyphonic synthesizer inspired (quick note: inspiration != emulation :) ) by 80's hardware synth Alpha Juno, best known for the Hoover sound. It's a pretty simple synth, with clean GUI and low CPU consumption. Factory bank contains 80 sounds. The video below quickly shows some of best features (ie. watch the first minute). I kinda like this synth and I think that it deserves to be on Vst Cafe.

Download: Phuturetone Phutura