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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

Depeche Mode - Everything Counts : kids and dad cover.


Amazing, adorable, wonderful ... :) Respect for the dad - others should follow him :)
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Ten Ways to Make Your Track SEEM Better

All credit goes to ... Tranceaddict forum :)
1. Put a limiter on the master bus and make it LOUD!
2. Give your track a spicy name with exclamation marks, like this: RAGING DANCE CHOON!!!
3. Post your track up on you tube with a picture of a sexy model.
4. Post your track up on you tube with sexy girls dancing.
5. Give your track a name with obvious innuendo: RAGING HARD DANCE CHOON!!!
6. Make your shitty track part of a social movement by shoving in some vocal snippets in there. Example: "Save our mother earth, and dance!"
7. If your song sucks, get it mixed by a pro. If your mixing sucks, get it mastered by a pro.
8. Put together a DJ mix where your track is the best of the bunch. This could be a difficult task for some.
9. Tell people you made the track in 10 minutes. Or, tell people you made the track on your android in 15 minutes. Or, tell people you are deaf.
10. Tell people it would be supported by big names like Deadmau5 and Tiesto if they bothered to listen to it.

Extras:
11. Create fake Soundcloud accounts with pictures of hot girls, and post positive comments on your own tracks. The key is to throw in a few criticisms to make the comments seem real.
12. Sidechain something
13. Sidechain everything
14. ONLY self-reference in the third person to make it seem like it's not just you, by yourself, but that someone is willing to pay a publicist to speak on your behalf.

Hehe ;)
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128 Presets - "Ragebank" freebie for Synapse Audio Dune

Ragebank is a 128 presets soundbank created for Synapse Audio Dune soft synth. It's totally free. An author only asks: "If you like the bank and perhaps know someone who needs an audio-designer or preset-designer to work for them contact me".
If you have Dune, I do ;d, then feel free to test this freebie.

Download: RageBank by Joakim Forslund
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Mildon Lite Piano - Free SFZ Sample Library

Mildon Lite Piano is a totally free sampled piano library. It's available as SFZ library so you'll need a sampler that supports SFZ format - for example free Alchemy Player or SFZ Player. Overall, it does sound very nice and optionally there is a "pro" version which sounds even better and costs ... 3 $ :D

Download: Mildon Studios Piano
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Glide function in Ableton Analog synth



Quick sound design tutorial which demonstrates how you can use glide to create a bend between the two notes you have played in. I would say that it's the ultimate glide tutorial ;)
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The best products from NAMM 2012 show


Feel free to read an interesting article (plenty of videos), which originally appeared on Create Digital Music website, about the most interesting stuff from NAMM show. Akai MAX49, Arturia Minibrute, Livid, Moog Minitaur, Smithson-Martin Emulator, Teenage Engineering OP-1 Update...

Article: The best new stuff from NAMM
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Insert Piz Here - midiChords

midiChords is a flexible VST MIDI plugin for playing chords and/or keyboard re-mapping. It can map any input note to 0 or more output notes. It is still in development but has some interesting features:
- Input chords by clicking the keyboard display, MIDI Learn, or by typing intervals/note names directly
- Chord shapes and keyboard mappings can be saved/loaded as simple text files, displayed in menus on the plugin GUI
- Copy/Paste chords to other trigger notes
- Supports multichannel chords: each chord note can be output to any combination of MIDI channels
- Optional chord name recognition
- Applies input velocity to the output chord
- Output can be transposed for playing in other keys
- Set one chord per MIDI note for 128 different chords (Full mode)
- Use Octave mode to repeat the same 12 chords in every octave
- Full mode transposes one chord across the whole input range
- Has 128 internal programs with optional MIDI program change listening

There is some documentation included that goes into more detail. If you want to remove the "UNREGISTERED DEMO VERSION" text from the interface, you need to donate. There are no other limitations.

Download: midiChords
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No Breasts, No Requests

"No Breasts, No Requests" is a pretty funny blog which offers a collection of not only requests, but also signs and notes that an author of this blog found around the dj booth at the clubs or bars over the years. But mostly found on the internet, here on tumblr, or submitted by friends and fellow djs. If you'd like to submit a photo, please make sure it's (a) fascinating, (b) found in or around the dj booth, (c) isn't on my site already, and (d) doesn’t suck.

Link: No Breasts, No Requests
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Concert Hall Impulse Responses - Pori, Finland

If you need some Impulse Responses for your convolution reverb unit then this may be worthy download - Pori (Finland) Concert Hall Impulse Responses. The responses were measured with three source positions on the stage, four receiver positions in the audience area, and three receiver positions on the stage. Two sound sources were used: an omnidirectional dodecahedron loudspeaker and a subwoofer, and the responses to both sources at each source position were combined with a digital cross-over. The individual zip files of the database provide responses measured with several different microphones. All the responses have been system compensated and denoised. For further information, see the documentation below.

Download: Concert Hall Impulse Responses
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Robotboys Dubstepic



Dance performance on Vst Cafe ? Oh, come on ;)
Still, it's an amazing performance strongly connected with music (Dubstep this time), tempo and other musial things (like preparing the whole mix, building the tension and making both visual and musical things work together nicely).
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Overtones, harmonics and Additive synthesis



This video is about additive synthesis, and how sounds can be constructed by pure sine waves. Useful if you're a synthesis freak or if you wanna be the one :)
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Sopa Pipa Acta MegaUpload ... and Busta Rhymes

I guess that most of you know a little bit about SOPA, PIPA, ACTA law proposals. But then, there was also a MegaUpload sharing service shut down. Probably, these two cases are not connected but I had a feeling that there had to be more behind it. I mean, why artists did support MegaUpload ? There were hundreds or mp3 distributed illegally so why support such initiative ?


The key point of all this stuff are ... paid accounts. With paid accounts on sharing services you're able to upload some files and when people download it, you get paid. Normally, everyone assumes that such paid accounts are used to upload tons of illegal material by some internet geek. But what if an artist put there his own work ? People will download it and ... he'll get paid. According to American's rapper Busta Rhymes tweets, thanks to MegaUpload, he was able to get 90 % off of every dollar despite the music being downloaded 4 free...

1st of all I am soooo proud of my brother @THEREALSWIZZZ 4 being apart of creating something (MEGAUPLOAD) that could create the most powerful way 4 artist 2 get 90% off of every dollar despite the music being downloaded 4 free...

With labels and companies doin' deals with Spotify and many other companies like it who doesn't give us shit continue 2 do what they do and blatantly show us how much they value the artist with doing deals of such disrespect and lack of value 4 our content...

I am proud 2 stand next 2 my brother @THEREALSWIZZZ and fight the good fight...Our freedom is truly being fucked with in a very significant way and I strongly suggest 2 all artist especially the 1's Swizz repped 4 comes out & reps 4 him!!!

Fuck that I say it again...I'M PROUD OF MY BROTHER @THEREALSWIZZZ #GREATMIND!!

What Busta is pointing out is that services like Megaupload - while it may be run by some sketchy individuals and probably crossed the legal line in some cases - are actually a great new business model for artists, while also being the future of distribution. It's a great way to distribute, make money, and let fans get the works for free. And that's why the major labels are so freaked out by cyberlockers. It's not because there's so much infringement on there, but because it's a system whereby artists can get paid and can better distribute their own works to fans... without signing an indentured servitude contract with a label, which never pays any royalties. (via techdirt.com)

And that is why all these SOPA, PIPA, ACTA law proposals happen. Big companies, labels want to change the law so again they'll be able to make millions of dollars by promoting their artists. The problem (or blessing) is that the artists seem not too excited about it anymore ;)

Some would say - ok fine, everyone wants to earn millions of dollars ;) But the real problem is that not only they want to make millions of dollars but ... they want total control which leads to monopoly. And it's not only about making monopoly in virtual life. For example european ACTA law proposal which is, generally speaking, an european version of SOPA, disallows generic drugs. A generic drug is a "drug product that is comparable to brand/reference listed drug product in dosage form, strength, route of administration, quality and performance characteristics, and intended use.". The main difference is that "generic drug" does not come from big Pharmaceutical corporation, but often it is made by some smaller, local company and as a result generic drug can be much cheaper and much more affordable to local people. Big corporations don't want such competition. They don't want free market, they want total control and monopoly. So, these all law proposals affect "real life" as well.

Article: Busta Rhymes Backs Megaupload, Says Record Labels Are The Real Criminals
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Viva Vox choir - The Prodigy Acapella Mix



It's a Viva Vox choir live performance at Sava Centar congress hall (New Belgrade, Serbia), inspired by The Prodigy tracks such as: Out of Space, No Good, Smack My Bitch Up, Omen, Breathe, Firestarter.

Great performance and ... mix :)
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Ableton Live alternative ? Meet Bitwig Studio



Normally, I don't blog about newly released software because there are plenty of other websites doing this (KvR Audio, Rekkerd.org) but this one found on Synthtopia is rather unexpected. It's a new DAW ('coming soon') developed by Berlin music startup - Bitwig Studio.

The workflow seems quite similar to Ableton Live ('session view') and overall the whole thing intrigued me :) It's not that I'm not satisfied with Ableton Live - it's just - it's good to see some competition with fresh ideas :) And let's not forget that Berlin seems to be pretty strong when it comes to Music Production (Ableton, Native Instruments) :) And Vst Cafe is pretty close to Berlin too ;p

ps. I hope that there won't be any offended people but most of these "Hitler movies" are hilarious. This time Hitler learns about Bitwig Studio :)))


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Tracks Interact - Upward Bus Compression, Ducked Delays, Vocoder

Another, three great videos from Berkleemusic.com's facilitator - Loudon Stearns who covers five ways tracks can interact with audio effects using Ableton Live.







Well, I guess that's how all tutorials should work - great teacher with skills :) First video is very nice, especially if you want to understand Ableton's Multiband Dynamics unit.
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Intro to Synthesis







Via MatrixSynth - about three hours long video material dedicated to sound synthesis. Classic stuff - somewhere around late 80s I guess. Hardware synth lovers should definitely watch this :)

Feel free to check other documentaries available on Vst Cafe.
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How to make Dirty Dutch House Lead (Afrojack Style) in NI Massive



Another day, and another short NI Massive sound design tutorial. This time it's a lead sound similar to Afrojack Style.
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How to: Make an Uplifting Supersaw Trance/House Lead with NI Massive



Massive NI Massive ;) Supersaw-like sound suited for House, Trance or anywhere you'll find it appropriate :)
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Sasha - Involver


Normally, I don't post music here (maybe it's time to change it - should I ?) but a long time friend who often sends me some recommended tracks posted this video on Facebook. I played it and I ... love it :)

It's a Sasha - Involver (Special Edition), a Progressive compilation released in 2004. All I can say is: because of this whole digital era, buying singles via Beatport or similar stores I almost forgot what a stunning compilation means. It's a compiled, edited, remixed, mastered and produced to near perfection mix :)

More info: Sasha - Involver (on iTunes)
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Sequential Pro 1 Bass Sample Set Vol1

A little bit of payware (but reasonably priced) stuff today :) Sequential Pro 1 Bass Sample Set Vol1 is a NI Kontakt library which focuses on bass samples coming from legendary Sequential Circuits Pro One analog synth.
There are 9 presets available. Nearly all presets have 4 x round Robins on every note for complete authenticity with every key sampled for a huge sonic range of 7 octaves. On average 340 samples per preset and overall 2870 indidivudal 24bit samples are available (355 mb uncompressed). Samples were recorded through a Neve '73 pre-amp going into a UBK Fatso analog compressor (lightly touched) with subtle UBK Fatso tape saturation.

Great kit :)

Price ? 5.99 UK pounds. It is available on Sampleism - a community based sample platform which means that you can find there plenty of unique, weird, unusual sounds :)

Pro 1 Bass Vol 1 Demo no drums by Captain Proton

More info: Sequential Pro 1 Bass Sample Set Vol1
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Genium's Sylenth Soundset - 100 presets for 5 $



Genium's Sylenth Soundset is a commercial, but very reasonable priced soundbank which contains 100 presets for Lennar Digital Sylenth soft synth. The presets included are: 10 Arps, 20 Basses, 1 Chord, 10 Dubstep, 6 FX, 20 Leads, 6 Pads, 10 Plucks, and 17 Synths.
Genre ? Well, if you like Sylenth factory bank which focuses on Electronic Dance Music then Genium's Soundset is a nice extension. There at least few presets I like a lot, ie. LD Hunted, LD Flight, PAD Living on Clouds, PAD Vengeance, PLK King, PLK Distorted ...

Overall, If I was designing this bank, I would add a little bit more modwheel settings to some presets but still, for 5 $ it's a pretty much No-Brainer deal, especially for those who simply like Sylenth, like it's bright sound.

More info: Genium's Sylenth Soundset
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How to: Make a "Mord Fustang-ish" Lead with NI Massive



Nice "Mord Fustang"-ish Lead (I could imagine using this as sidechained pad chord :) ) created with NI Massive. Visit YouTube SteezTracks channel for more NI Massive tutorials. Well, I'll post the best ones anyway so prepare for a little bit more of NI Massive in coming days ;)
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How to: Make a Classic Chip Tune Videogame Sound



Now, this is pretty great synthesis tutorial. NI Massive is used and the goal is to create some chip tune (remember old Commodore C64 or other computers from the 80s ? :) ) video games sounds. Truly great :)
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Free Ableton Rack - recreation of Roland SH-101 LFO Filter Modulation Effect



It's a free, tiny Ableton Rack, created by Ski Oakenfull (BBE / Primaudial) for Point & Blank Online School which tries to recreate Roland SH-101 LFO Filter Modulation Effect. Ableton Analog synth is used as a main tool. Actually it's some kind of a quick Ableton Analog tutorial too :)

Download: http://tinyurl.com/3njoglt
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10 Free Presets for NI Massive Synth



10 nicely crafted presets for NI Massive synth available in KSD format. You need to visit author's Facebook profile, then like it and download. Is it worth ? In my opinion, it is especially if you're into Electronic Dance Music genres such as Electro House and other. Check the audio demo above - patience is required because in my opinion there are much better presets than the first one, ie. that "chiptune" sound or around 1 minute :)

Download: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialSteez
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Adam Szabo Phazor - free Virus-like phaser effect



Phazor is a free effect plugin, created by Adam Szabo, which emulates the phaser effect found in the Virus synthesizers, well known from it's characteristic sound. A lot of time was devoted to make it sound very close to the original and every control has been carefully adjusted to behave just like the phaser from the Virus. It has selectable 1 to 6 stage all-pass filters controlled by an LFO, with spread and feedback controls. The plugin is highly optimized and its CPU usage is minimal, allowing for multiple instances to be used in a project.

Download: Adam Szabo Phazor
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Native Instruments Massive - Talking Bass Synthesis



Dubspot Instructor Heinrich Zwahlen explores creative possibilities of Massive, Native Instruments synthesizer which is frequently used to create unique bass sounds (well, now a little bit overused in Dubstep genre but still there is a room for something fresh) and intense leads. In this video tutorial, Heinrich focuses on Massive's ability to create speech-like sounds, showing step by step how to create your own variations of the talking synth, or digital mouth harp.

The Talking Stepper technique allows you to synthesize original sounds from scratch using Massive, and develop the sound further with the step sequencer, which allows you to make unique mechanical melodies.
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Korg microARRANGER demo / preview



Lot's of modern electronic, digital blog entries here on VstCafe today so I decided to put something more hmm pleasant too :) - a demo of low budget (500 EUR - yeah, "low budget" is a tricky phrase ;) ), hardware unit: Korg microARRANGER. It is a compact, lightweight, portable mini-keyboard synth workstation.

I don't know why but somehow these arrangers seem fun to play with and actually quite inspiring. Of course the demo (great by the way) comes from my favourite youTube musician / performer - Katsunori Ujiie :)
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How to make a lead sound from Skrillex - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites





It's just a quick Lennar Digital Sylenth sound design tutorial. This time it's about recreating the character of a lead sound from Skrillex biggest hit record (or maybe I should say the first) - Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites.
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Native Instruments FM8 - unique FMish bassline sound


Native Instruments FM8 is of my favourite synths. I mean, it takes time to learn it, due to FM Synthesis, which is quite different than some standard subtractive stuff, but still it's just great. Great both for 80s sounds as well as some modern electronic stuff.

This tutorial shows how to create quite unique bassline - it uses LFO so it may remind a wobble sound a little bit, but at the same it's very original, FMish.
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Ableton Operator - deep, and lush bass sound


Dubspot Instructor - John Selway explains and shows you how to create interesting, deep, and lush bass sounds with Ableton Live's versatile software instrument Operator.

In this first tutorial, I’m introducing the idea that a single element can sound like more than it is, and that small changes can get a big result. Now I’m not specifically referring to “minimal”, but the idea that less is more applies. Making the most out of a few elements is always a great way to go. Lately I’ve been diving into early to mid 90’s techno styles again, the era of techno where I got my start and that I know very well, and which is what gave me the idea to use FM synthesis with Operator as an example for the tutorial. Much early techno uses FM sounds, tracks by Detroit pioneers such as Derrick May (‪Rhythim is Rhythim’s “Sinister‬“) and Juan Aitkins (Model 500’s “The Chase“) feature FM synths prominently – excepting the drums which are almost invariably Roland TR-909, TR-808 or other similar machines of the time. Also in the early to mid-90’s, artists like Cajmere (aka Green Velvet) used the distinctive FM tones almost exclusively for bass and lead sounds in classic tracks such as “Conniption” which the sound in my tutorial is partially inspired by.


Article: Ableton Operator - Deep Bass Sound
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Sample Magic - Free Christmas Bundle

Sample Magic, a company known from some good sample libraries (suited mostly for Electronic Dance Music - you know: Techno, House, Tech House etc.), is giving away a free Christmas Bundle.

They've compiled an exclusive 170+MB bundle of free loops and samples from some of this year's biggest hitters, from Hed Kandi and Thomas Schumacher to Techno and Indie-Dance by way of Dubstep and Mainroom Anthems.



Download: Sample Magic - Free 170mb Christmas Bundle
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