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15 interesting synths

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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

Embertone Atmoraffe - NI Kontakt Squeezy Toy Instrument :)

Atmoraffe represents Embertone's highest achievement ;) - a super stretched squeezy toy which will keep you giggling for quite some time. Features ? Cow/Dinosaur/Elf sounds, 7 octaves of absurdity, hours of fun for the whole family :)
Full NI Kontakt 4.2.4+ required.



Download: Embertone Atmoraffe


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The Blue Zone Series - Exotic Sounds, Textures for NI Kontakt

The Blue Zone is a series of one-off experimental electronic textures and instruments created by Hideaway Studio, suited for NI Kontakt software. The price of each "instrument" is very affordable - 1.50 UK Pounds. Which one I like the most ? Well, I don't have any of them, but judging by audio demos I like The Electron Forest. It was made by mixing the hand cranked output of two 1960′s tube sinewave generators running well above the audible range (60 to 100kHz). This produced upper and lower sidebands, the lower being in the audio range. This was passed through a tube EQ resulting in a super smooth superheterodyne effect much like tuning an old AM radio but with no extraneous noise. The Theremin works on a very similar principle.

Now I know, how to make a soundtrack for some oldschool 1960s Science-Fiction / Ufo movie ;D Of course, other entries are also interesting.





More info: Hideaway Studio
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Dave Smith Instruments Tempest vs Akai MPC60 - free WAV pack


Two classic drum machines, both designed by "the father of the drum machine" Roger Linn. The MPC60 is a sampler first released in 1988 and is considered one of the major contributors to the development of hip hop music. The Tempest is a modern analogue/digital hybrid drum machine released in 2011 in partnership with Dave Smith Instruments.

Boxed Ear brought them both together by synthesizing pure analog drum sounds on the Tempest and sampling them into the MPC60 for that tasty 12bit digital crunch.

Pack contents: 90 WAV files.

Nice freebie :)

Download: Dave Smith Instruments Tempest vs Akai MPC60 - Drum Sample Library
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Bigtone Synth1 - 128 free presets

And yet another Synth1 Soundbank. 128 patches and audio demo is very nice :) I bet that overall, there are more than 10000 available sounds for Synth1 :)





Download: BIGTONE synth1 presets
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Oberheim in a Netbook



Looks like cheap Acer Aspire One 270 netbook (Intel Atom N2600 1,6Ghz, 1gb Ram, ASIO4ALL drivers) is enough to provide plenty of fun :) An author plays some famous bank patches on the SonicProjects OP-X PRO-II virtual analog Oberheim VSTi.

Note that in this unoptimized state and without an external good low latency audio interface OP-X PRO-II only barely can be run and there is occasional crackling and overload artefacts with some cpu intensive patches. 12-voice patches have to be reduced to 10 voices by deactivating voices for a glitch free performance.

For serious and artefact free performance for all patches the next higher Intel Atom CPU (Intel Atom N2800 1,86 GHz) is recommended and if possible an external USB audio interface like the E-MU 0204.

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Digital Redux - Free Samples Bundle

Need some new samples, loops ? Digital Redux Free Bundle is a pack, released by Loophunter, which contains all free sample packs from the whole products of Loophunter Digital Redux producer. There are over than 1300 samples and loops with plenty of styles such as electro, house, techno, chill out, dubstep, hip-hop, dnb, and the likes.

I didn't try it but hey , it's quite big freebie :)

Download: Digital Redux Free Bundle
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Tyrell N6 - Lighting Strike - free 101 presets

Another interesting and free soundbank for inredible u-he Tyrell N6 virtual synth. Lightning Strike contains 101 presets suited most for Funk, DubStep, ElectroHouse, Acid, Trance, FilmScore genres.



Download: Lightning Strike Soundset for u-He Tyrell N6
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Red Grand Toy Piano - SF2

And the last one (i guess) freebie from PrecisionSound - Red Grand Toy Piano. 2 velocity layers, SF2 format. Sound ? Well, it sounds ... nice :)))
Check the audio demo below (i'm not an author)

Audio example


Download: Red Grand Toy Piano - SF2 format
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u-he Tyrell N6 - Kuu Soundbank



Kuu is a collection of 64 sounds with a warm, analogue feel. There are basses, leads, pads, sequences and sfx, all with a retro touch, thanks to Tyrell N6 being partly designed in honour of the Roland Juno 60 – a truly classic synth.

Download: u-he Tyrell N6 - Kuu Soundbank [sign-in required]
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Peruvian Ocarina - sampled instrument

The ocarina is a wind instrument in the category of vessel flutes. Variations do exist, but a typical ocarina is an enclosed space with four to twelve finger holes and a mouthpiece that projects from the body. It is traditionally made from clay or ceramic, but other materials may also be used, such as plastic, wood, glass, metal, or bone.

PrecisionSound captured the sound of Peruvian Ocarina and released it as freebie. The instrument contains 56 24bit mono WAV samples - 4 articulations, normal, legato, glissando and staccato. Peruvian Ocarina is available as SF2 file, NI Kontakt and Halion format.

Audio example


Download: Peruvian Ocarina
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Amore Grand Piano for NI Kontakt - free piano

Amore Grand Piano is a free Yamaha Grand Piano recorded by Precision Sound. You need the full (not player) version of NI Kontakt version 3, 4 or 5 to use this library. The size is under 200 mb.
What can I say more - it's great freebie :)



Download: Amore Grand Piano
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Hollow Sun - Vital Organs

Hollow Sun Vital Organs is a collection of organ sounds, useful for any number of musical genres. There are 35 different organ sounds from Hammond B3s, rock, jazz to church and cathedral sounds with distortion, cab simulator, rotary cab and reverb effects. Looks like great NI Kontakt library and, what's important, the price is very, very affordable. Just 2 UK pounds which means 17.5p per each preset.

In Regalia Triumphus


More info: Hollow Sun - Vital Organs
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TSE X50 - Guitar Amp

The X50, developed by TSE Audio, is a digital emulation of a Peavey 5150 - an all-tube guitar amplifier made by Peavey Electronics. Because two almost similar amps were made, both red channels are modeled. The green channel is modeled after the first make. An author states that "you can't go wrong with this amp for metal!".

Well, I visited YouTube and came into this (great track btw):



ps. This plugin is a beerware :) If you like it - support the author by buying him a beer (paypal).

Download: TSE X50 - Guitar Amp
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Thrillseeker XTC - Free Exciter Unit

Thrillseeker XTC is a contemporary exciter unit build around a true parallel analog style equalizer design. ThrillseekerXTC is all about adding weight, vibe and attitude back to the sound. It delivers all the character of an analog signal path and provides what digital processing usually is hard pushed to, including a rich low-end experience and that vibrant 'expensive' top-end.

Looks like Bootsie did it again. Another great plugin - it is a winner of KVR Developers Challenge 2012 - the fourth free-for-all audio plug-in / audio application / soundware design event.

Download: Thrillseeker XTC
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Embertone Soprano Jug Drum

Another nice NI Kontakt freebie. This time it's a soprano jug drum with a pre-mixed mic arrangement. The library contains 611 wave files and it's suited for NI Kontakt Full 4.2 or later. Nice sound :)



Download: Embertone Soprano Jug Drum
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AXP SoftAmp 3OD - free Vacuum Triode Stage simulator

I guess, it would be the best to just quote AXP SoftAmp 3OD plugin description:


A single triode stage circuit typical for guitar preamps is captured in this plugin. The model engine is based on a system of non-linear ODEs. Some smart calculation techniques are used to reduce the computational load.

This effect could be used to apply mild tube overdrive to add some presence to your tracks, or you could chain a couple of instances together for a full-blown high-gain overdrive. You may want to throw in some EQ as well to better shape the signal and use a poweramp/speaker simulater afterwards.

The model has 3 core controls to configure the circuit:
- 3 different triode models: 12AX7, 12AU7, 12AT7.
- 3 different plate voltages: 150v, 250v, 350v.
- 3 different cathode capacitors: 0.47uF, 1uF, 22uF.

What do I think about it ? Well, I spent some time with AXP SoftAmp 3OD. At first, I ran Kontakt 5 (Christmas present ... bought to myself ;d ), selected some nice guitar, turned on AXP SoftAMP 3OD and ... loved it. While I'm not a guitarist, I can still hear ;) if some plugin makes the things sound "nice" (in a good way) :) This freebie sounds so ... gentle, subtle or maybe I should say pro :)

I really like when some freebie excels my expectations. AXP SoftAmp 3OD is a great example.

Download: AXP SoftAmp 3OD - Vacuum triode simulator
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Digits - Phase Distortion Synth

Digits is not another "real vintage true analog emulation synth" ;) It's a phase distortion virtual synth inspired by Casio's CZ line. It comes with over 50 presets which include some basses, leads, pseudo-realistic instruments, phat pads and gritty sweeps. The interface is minimal and designed to enable the user to create sounds from scratch in record time.

Overall, it's like I said - it's not another subtractive synth. It's simple, it's quite unique (i guess, you won't create there some latest pop / dance presets ;) ) and available for Mac as well as Windows 32/64 bit. Audio demo below:



Download: Digits - Phase Distortion Synth
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Tokyo Dawn Labs Proximity

Proximity is a collaborative effort by Tokyo Dawn Labs and Vladg Sound (ie. Molot compressor). The idea behind Proximity is to give mixing engineer a reliable tool which allows him to manipulate the “depth” of several sound source in a straight forward and convincing manner.
Several models can be combined: Distance signal delay by speed of sound, Distance gain loss, Absorption of high-frequencies in air, Stereo width manipulation, Proximity effect of virtual microphone, Distance based early reflections.

Proximity reached 2nd place in overall category for the KVR Developer Challenge 2012, free-for-all audio plug-in / audio application / soundware design event, and 1st place in Mac category. Such great result speaks for itself :)

Download: Tokyo Dawn Labs Proximity
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Full Bucket's Frequency Shifter Vst

Full Bucket Music offers some great freebies such as The deputy Mark II (String Machine) or the blooo (polyphonic synth). But this time it's about the Frequency Shifter. It shifts the spectrum of the input signal up or down along the frequency axis. This effect is also known as "Bode Frequency Shifting" or "Single Sideband Modulation".
Do not confuse the Frequency Shifter with a pitch shifter! A pitch shifter multiplies all frequencies of the input signal by a constant factor while a frequency shifter adds (or subtracts) a constant amount of Hertz to (or from) those frequencies. Thus, the harmonic structure of the input signal will not be preserved in the modulated signal, resulting in a raw, inharmonic, metallic, you-name-it sound the more you apply the effect. Even more, if you mix a slightly shifted signal with the original input signal you will get some uncommon phasing sound.

Download: Full Bucket Music Frequency Shifter | Full Bucket Music
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Limiter №6

I'm sure you do remember Molot - great freeware compressor unit, straight from Russia. Vladislav, an author of this plugin, released some time ago, Limiter 6 - another great freebie - limiter unit. It contains the following modules, connected in series: slow RMS dynamic range compressor (RMS compressor), fast audio peaks limiter (peak limiter), high frequency audio content limiter (HF limiter), the clipper, true audio peak limiter (ISP limiter).



Download: Limiter6
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TAL-Chorus-LX - Free Chorus Unit

TAL-Chorus-LX is a freeware chorus unit with the characteristics of the Juno-60 chorus, good sounding 2 modes, adjustable Dry/Wet, Volume knob and stereo width.

Very simple yet powerful and very good sounding chorus. Also it's not CPU hungry. Here are 2 A/B tests using real Juno 106 Chorus versus the Chorus LX:





Download: TAL-Chorus-LX
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Julio Bashmore's - Battle for Middle You Bass recreation





In this video tutorial you'll learn how to create signature sound of the brilliant Julio Bashmore's 2011 anthem - "Battle for Middle You". It could be created using an 808 kick drum, but this time it's Ableton Live Analog synth and some compression. You can download instrument rack here.
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Plugwire - run Win VST plugins on Mac Os X

Do you want to run some of your favorite Windows only Vst plugins on your Mac OS X ? Well, this article explains everything (or most ? :) ) - it's a step by step walkthrough. But be prepared - the setup shouldn't take longer than half an hour but overall, the whole process seems quite complicated (i'm not familiar with Apple computers - maybe that's why ;) ).
There are a lot of comments, there are people who confirm that ie. it works with Logic Express 8 or Live 8 so it is possible.

This is by far the most convenient solution for running Windows VSTs on Mac I came across. [some comment]

Feel free to check it out. This solution (plugwire) is ... beerware :)

Article: Tips for your OSX daw
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Beat Black Mamba - Sfz Bass Library

Black Mamba is a Bass Sample library based on free Rompler - Beat Zampler (which btw I like quite a lot)

Black Mamba contains 40 instruments / presets (unzipped have size around 350mb - format Sfz format) as well as Mac OSX / PC special versions of Beat Zampler with Dark UI.


Download: Beat Zampler - Black Mamba
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U-He Tyrell N6 Moonshine - Free 65 presets bank



Moonshine, created by Audio Mind Project, is a free, 65 presets soundset for U-He Tyrell N6 synth. Various bass, pad, lead, keyboard, organ, guitar and other synth sounds inclued.

Download: Moonshine Soundbank (registration, facebook like etc. is NOT required)
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Fujiya MC-3A - Free NI Kontakt sample library

The Fujiya MC-3A is a toy-synth from the end of the 80s supposed to be a rival for Casio synths.This free NI Kontakt library brings some memories back - cheesy, toy sound :)
Minimum Full Kontakt 4.2.4 is required, the size of library (zipped) is 130 mb - all 49 keys were sampled.

Download: Fujiya MC-3A
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Reed Chord Organs: Bontempi B3, Magnus 360, MicrOrgan and Supertone multisampled



And yet another interesting project from Sampleism - Community Based / Small, Independent Developers sample libarries. This time it's 4 different Reed Chord Organs: Bontempi B3, Magnus 360, MicrOrgan and Supertone made by Les Productions Zvon. The library is available in two formats: SFZ (you can use great and free Beat Zampler) and NI Kontakt format.

Kontakt versions have 72 instruments and multis made with the original samples and 26 instruments using the tone or time machine engines, custom skins and scripts (2 scripts for K4 and 1 for K3.5). Also the Kontakt versions include instruments with original tuning of the instruments and retuned instruments. The sfz version has 27 definition files.

The library is currently 50 % off which means the cost of 3.25 UK pounds. Is it worth ? Well, the author bought all these organs at a local flea market, sampled so I guess it's worth much more. Also the audio demo is nice :)

More info: Reed Organs
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Making Organic Sounds / Melodies



Interesting, 15 minutes, video tutorial (made by Point Blank Online) about making some organic sounds, melodies in Ableton Live.
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Prime Loops 50 % Sale

It's the beginning of new year 2013 and there is a possibility that you need some new sample libraries. Prime Loops has extended their sale so it seems that most of their sample libraries catalogue is 50 % off. By the way, Skrillex, Lady Gaga, Beyonce use their stuff so the quality should be ok :)

More info: Prime Loops
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