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30% discount on Hamburg Audio NUKLEAR

There is a limited time offer (until 7th June) available – 30 % discount on Hamburg Audio NUKLEAR synth. Nuklear is the first virtual instrument based on advanced granular pulse train synthesis. I remember that I spent some time with demo version and indeed, I had a feeling that it is something new and exciting. Especially for those who (just like me) like to tweak knobs 😉 30 % discount means that the price is ~ 118 EUR instead of 169 EUR.

It has a fresh sound that lends itself to many modern styles and allows it to stand out in a mix. Its sequencer is pretty inspirational, and the presets provide a good starting point for learning to program the synth or to simply start making a new track.

In a market full of generic subtractive analogue emulations, we need more synths like Nuklear. (Music Radar’s Review)

More info: Hamburg Audio NUKLEAR (Deal)

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

Christmas Deals

End of year is, as always, great opportunity to expand home studio. There are plenty of deals available – most of them are listed here. Since I’m a synth freak 😉 I’ll just write down the most interesting software synth deals.

Synths :
Image-Line all plugins for 45 $
AudioRealism30 % off all plugins and bundles
FXpansion – Geist, DCAM Synth Squad, and Tremor for $99 each (instead 249 $)
SonicProjectsUp to 40% discount on OP-X, OP-X PRO-II, Stringer
SynapseAudio – ie. Dune for 99 $
Wusik – Wusikstation V6 with 15 GB sound library for … 9,99 $
Linplug33 % off all plugins (ie. Albino, CrX 4, Octopus, MorphoX)
KV331 Audio – Synthmaster synth 25 % off
Dmitry Sches – Diversion for 89 $ instead of 169 $
East West50 % off all (?) their plugins / libraries

What would I buy (if i didn’t have some of these synths) ? hmm Wusikstation V6 for 9.99 $ is great deal, especially if you’re on the budget and you don’t have any Romplers in your arsenal. Sure, the presets are hit or miss but still 15 GB of presets is definitely worth 9.99 $.

Then I would buy Synthmaster – maybe the sale is not a huge one (25 % off) but it’s the “best software instrument in 2012) by MusicRadar (which is pretty much a Computer Music magazine) and seriously, with testimonials coming from Armin Van Buuren or Martin Solveig you really can’t go wrong 🙂

Some synths from Image-Line look tempting too. Harmor seems to be a great synth for all Dubstep, Wobbles / Robotic Voices lovers. Toxic Biohazard is a synth I personally love – 6 oscillators + FM matrix + a lot of oscillator waveforms = veeeery flexible synth. I remember that when I was designing pop / dance soundbank for it, I could quite easily replicate sounds from some popular artist such as Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Kesha, Nadia Ali, LFMAO, Pryda, David Guetta, Wynter Gordon and it was quick, without tweaking hundreds of knobs / sliders.

Personally, I’m tempted with Groove Machine, but at the moment, I don’t know anything about it – need to find some reviews and demo it first 🙂 Same applies to Morphine.

If you’re into romplers, huge sample libraries then East West sale looks great too. FXpansion DCAM Synth Squad is very nice too – I own it and I really like Strobe – perfect for rough bass lines. But I don’t use other DCAM synths, to be honest (probably because of CPU hit – my computer is quite old 🙂 ).

Overall, spent your money wisely – it’s very easy to become a virtual synths collector 😉 (nothing wrong with it, I actually like it 😉 ).

Dmitry Sches Diversion sale

In my opinion, Diversion software synth was the biggest surprise in 2011. It came out of nowhere and it didn’t try to be another pure, old analog-like synth. Dmitry Sches – software developer from Minsk, Belarus put a lot of effort into creating pure digital synth. I remember that I tested demo version and I really liked what I saw.
The GUI was clean and the overall workflow was very nice. Diversion’s sound was very clean, bright – reminded me Sylenth (but with much more sound design possibilities). I also loved Osc Morph windows and Main morph which quickly offered lots of variation to existing presets. Since then, few software updates appeared so I assume, the synth is even better now.

I’d buy it but since I bought NI Kontakt, during black friday sale, my “hobby budget” is over 🙂 But it may be not a bad idea, for you, Vst Cafe readers 🙂 – Diversion is currently on sale – instead of 169 $, it costs now 89 $ (excl. VAT).

More info: Dmitry Sches – Diversion

End of World Sale by Image-Line.

Image-Line has announced End of World Sale. From now till end of the world (or December 31th 2012 🙂 ) a lot of products* cost … 12 (Month) + 21 (Day) + 12 (Year) = 45 $

* This means: Sawer, Toxic Biohazard, Drumaxx, Sytrus, Sakura, Morphine, Harmor, Harmless, Maximus, Groove Machine, Direct Wave, Vocodex and few others 🙂

More info: Image-Line

Easter promotions

Just a few interesting Easter promotions. Cakewalk (Z3TA+2 synth, Dimension Pro etc.) launched Marathon sale – till 30th April everything at Cakewalk Store is 26.2 % (yep, marathon) off. All you need to do is during checkout write promo code: MARATHON. Synapse Audio announced special offer (ends on 9th April!) – their flagship synth Dune is 30 % off. discoDSP products such as Discovery Pro, Corona, Vertigo (and others) are offered with up to 50 % (usually around 40 %) discount. Valid until April 10th. Xenos Soundworks offers plenty of soundsets “deeply” discounted. You can also get 30% off all Audiorealism plug-ins (for example ABL2 – the best Roland TB-303 emulation) and bundles by entering this code: audiorealism-easter-2012. CubicAudio announced 50 % off all products discount – there are potentially two soft synths interesting (but I didnt test them): Dancida and Cubits Evolution which is some kind of a subtractive/rompler synth. IK Multimedia‘s Total Workstation 2 Instruments Bundle (contains SampleTank 2 XL, Sonik Synth 2, SampleMoog, SampleTron, Miroslav Philharmonik – over 14000 sounds and 28 GB) is available at 50 % off discount which means 150 EUR. I guess it’s pretty good deal because I remember that months ago I bought two IK Multimedia plugins (SampleMoog + Sonik Synth 2) for about 100 EUR (or maybe $ ? ). Wusik announced their Wusik Bundle Special Promo (WusikStation V7 + V6 “romplers” with 15 GB sounds library + Wusik EVE) for 50 $ – offer ends when 50 purchases reached.

Free Soundcloud Pro Account for Ableton Live users

Great gift from Ableton guys – if you use Live 8 or Live Suite 8 you can claim free 5 month SoundCloud Pro account. At the end of this period, all of your uploaded audio will be saved and you will not be obligated to any renewals or further subscriptions. Offer expires on June 30, 2012. The Advantages of SoundCloud Pro ? SoundCloud Pro includes 36 upload hours, unlimited downloads, advanced sharing options and ultra-detailed statistics to keep track of who’s listening.

More info: Ableton Live + Soundcloud Pro

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

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.

Black Friday Deals

Lack of updates on Vst Cafe – I’m still quite busy with my real life. BUT today I just couldn’t leave Vst Cafe blog empty 🙂 It’s Black Friday – tons of deals.

If you’re into software effects then Waves up to 70 % sale looks sweet, as well as Sonnox Oxford Plugins – absolutely top class plugins but still pricey 🙂
Software synth lovers should visit DiscoDsp for 50 % sale, FXPansion with their up to 75 % off sale (DCAM Synth Squad for 99 $ !!!), WusikStation with 15GB of sounds for … 19,99 $, Native Instruments 50 % off, KV331 Synthmaster 35% off, Cakewalk massive deals (ie. Z3ta2 + Dimension Pro + Rapture for 119 EUR), Image-Line GrossBeat 60 % off

Full list of amazing deals (there are some sample libraries, presets too) available at: http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/