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

Krakli S3O Organs

S30 organs is/was designed to be a little different from the traditional Hammond emulators, it does a strong job of replicating Power Organs, Game-show organs, console Organs, electronic organs.
It was previously available as a part of the RMP2 pack, but now it's available as totally free instrument.

Audio demo by Krakli

Download: Krakli S3O

Playback fails

This is why playback sucks ;)))


Sylenth - 25 Free Modern, EDM Presets

Free, 25 presets for Lennar Digital Sylenth1 synth. There are few pad sounds, lead, synth sounds as well as some big room pluck. Overall, these sounds are suited best for all kind of Electronic Dance Music genres (house, trance, pop - to be honest I don't like this EDM description because it means ... everything). I guess audio demo shows the best what's inside

Download: 25 Free Modern, EDM Presets for Sylenth (at the bottom of page)

Free Yamaha DX-21 Fuzz Clav - Kontakt / EXS / Wav

Hardballs Records just released another nice freebie - Yamaha DX21 Fuzz Clavinet. As usual each note sampled, overall 95 sounds.
Included NI Kontakt / Kompakt, EXS24 patches and WAV files so you can use it with you favorite DAW like a Logic Pro, Cubase, Pro Tools, Ableton Live and any other.

Download: Free Yamaha DX-21 Fuzz Clav

Queen Live at Wembley Stadium ... 1986

I'm sorry, I can't help it - I just love this video :) About 2 hours concert Queen - Live At Wembley Stadium 1986. Epic.

Will Every DAW turn into Ableton Live ?

Last month developers from Berlin introduced their Bitwig Studio DAW which "feels like" Ableton Live and now it seems that other developers are trying to do their own versions of "live performance mode" in their own Digital Audio Workstations. Image Line just posted this demo video of the new FL Studio Performance Mode (via Synthtopia). Interesting :)


Everything is a Remix documentary part IV

Part IV of great documentary - "Everything is a Remix". This part covers derivative nature of creativity, copying, patents - it's released in perfect moment - ACTA, SOPA acts and other trade agreements are supposed to protect the creators of original work but more often it's just a way to guarantee monopoly and stop the competition from inventing something new, something interesting.

If you haven't seen the previous parts, feel free to watch them here.

Beyonce - End Of Time Remix Competition

If you want to improve your music production skills then entering remix competition is a good way to do it. All you need to do is to download free remix stems and you'll have an opportunity to create a track with great, strong Beyonce vocal. And of course you can win :) The prize is 4000 $ and the deadline is 8th March 2012.

More info: Beyonce - End of Time Remix Competition

The Super Knob - one knob effect in Ableton Live

Ableton Live certified trainer - Kill Paris :) shows how to create "one knob effect" - called super knob. As you can see (or hear) such effect can be used for ... anything: single vocals, as well as some beat mangling / stutter effect tool for ie. dubstep music (video ending).

Noizefield - Noizedrumz Vol.2 - free Gameboy Sample Library

It's just another free sample library :) 918 Samples created with a nintendo gameboy running nanoloop and turned into NKI intruments suitable for NI Kontakt and Drum Kits for NI Maschine.

Download: Noizedrumz Vol.2 [nanoloop] for NI Maschine & NI Kontakt.

Charlatan - free VA soft synth

Charlatan is a free, virtual analogue software synthesizer. At first, it looks like a perfect synth for those who want to learn basic subtractive synthesis - clean GUI, not overcrowded with knobs, sliders. But there's more - it's actually a tiny, little beast well coded (C++), low CPU consumption, very "smooth" controls ie. glide. All in all, it deserves to be mentioned :)
Feature Summary

* 2 oscillators with triangle, sawtooth, rectangle and noise waveforms
* oscillator pulse-width modulation (PWM) and slew rate modulation (morphing between triangle and sawtooth)
* oscillator hard synchronization and ring modulation
* 2 ADSR envelope generators
* 1 LFO
* 3 filter types emulating nonlinear characteristics of classic hardware: 4-pole (24 db/oct) and 2-pole (12 db/oct) lowpass, bandpass
* 3 voice modes: Monophonic with retriggering, Monophonic Legato and 8-voice Polyphonic
* low CPU usage
* 100% coded in C++
* native 64-bit support

Audio demo:
Solidtrax - Charlatan 21 by Solidtrax

Download: Charlatan VSTi - VA Synth

Muz3um 2 for Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2

Muz3um is a collection featuring waveforms from analog synthesizers as well as new presets. Originally it was released in 2004 for Cakewalk Z3TA+ 1 synth but few years later it's rereleased with 540 new Muz3uM patches that take advantage of Z3TA+ 2.0 features, including waveshaping modulation and new filter types

Download: Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2 Muz3um Bank / Expansion

TX16Wx Software Sampler

TX16Wx is a free, multitimbral VSTi Software Sampler instrument plugin, with multiple outs, graphical keymapping edit, sampling and sampler editor. It's modelled after professional hardware samplers from the 80s and 90s, mostly the Yamaha TX16W with NuEdge Typhoon.

Judging by community response, it's a nice piece of software with frequent updates. At the moment WAV/AIFF/AIFC/SoundFont 2 are supported + Typhoon compressed AIF files. More features below:
Unlimited multi-timbral operation
128 voice polyphony
16 modulation slots per voice
24dB resonant filter
Two LFO + Two modulation envelopes per voice
Polyphonic glide
Built-in sample editor
Actually samples! Record straight into the sampler.
Graphical keyboard mapping editor
4 Stereo + 8 Mono outputs
16 mappable controllers for automation
Multiple loop definitions per wave
Individual outs for keyboard groups (drums)
Multiple keyboard scales
Multiple trigger modes
Mono/Poly/Legato operation
Preview loaded programs and samples in your song before loading
WAV/AIFF/AIFC/SoundFont 2 support
Reads Typhoon compressed AIF files
100% documented XML-based sound file format. Anyone can write conversion tools.
Low CPU usage
Fully native, optimized for SSE2.
64-bit support

Download: TX16Wx Software Sampler

Combo Model F

Few months ago Martinic released very nice combo organ freebie called Model V, modelled after some 1960s combo organs. Now it's time for another interesting vst instrument - Combo Model F. It is a virtual combo organ unit, modelled after a transistor organ (once again from the 1960s): the Farfisa Mini Deluxe Compact.

Well, the plugin does sound nice, it has plenty of character, it received nice feedback from community and it's available both for Mac and PC. Have fun :)

Audio Demo: (by Martinic)

Download: Martinic Combo Model F

The deputy Mark II - free VSTi

The deputy Mark II is another interesting vst instrument released by Full Bucket Music (remember the Blooo & the Scrooo synths ? ). It's inspired by classic string machines and early polyphonic synthesizers. There are two sections available - poly section with up to 61 voices polyphony and mono section. Instrument is written in native C++ so author pretty much knows what he's doing :)

Audio Demo:

Download: the Deputy Mark II

8 year old guitarist working on Stratosphere by Stratovarius

Just watch and learn from this 8 year old girl how to play the guitar hehe ;)

Remix Bingo Players and win prizes from Ableton and Beatport

Shake what your mama gave you: that's surely the message of Bingo Players' "Rattle," and now you get the chance to show just how hard you can shake things up, with Beatport and Ableton's "Rattle" remix contest. In addition to getting released on Bingo Players' aptly-named Hysteria label, the winning remixer also takes home Ableton Live Suite 8, an Ableton Merchandise packet and laptop bag, and an 8-week Ableton Live online class. Submissions end on February 6

Well, to be honest, I don't like this track (maybe that's why it's remixer's dream ;) ) but I do like the prizes, especially Ableton Live 8 Suite is worth trying and 8-week online class in Amsterdam or New York.

More info: Beatport Contests

Yamaha DX7 Jazz Guitar Soundfont

It's a Yamaha DX7 Jazz Guitar patch turned into Soundfont format (SF2) with small help of an application called DXulator. As author states "I find the Jazz Guitar emulation to be much more realistic than the sounds in FM7 or FM8 [Software emulations of DX7]". The weight is 65 mb and the audio demo uses bit of compression, flange and echo. All credit goes to the author

Audio Demo:

Download: Yamaha DX7 Jazz Guitar Soundfont

Ableton Live Ping Pong delay modes

Did you know that Live's Ping Pong Delay unit has so called transition mode, which affects the behavior of the device when the delay time is changed ? Using Repitch mode, you can get similar sounds to vintage tape/analog delay units. Dubspot instructor and Ableton Certified Trainer Thavius Beck demonstrates how to set up and use this effect.