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VSTSID – FREE Commodore 64 Synth

VSTSID – FREE Commodore 64 Synth Igorski recently announced the release of a free VST plugin that emulates the sounds of the original Commodore 64 system – VSTSID. The plugin is designed to resemble the web-based plugin WebSID which is a fun experiment by the same developers built for Google Chrome. VSTSID is exactly the same as WebSID except it is designed for use in your DAW as a VST or VST3 plugin; VSTSID features a Ring Modulator in place of the Delay effect seen on the Web version. VSTSID emulates the sound of the Commodore 64 which is known for its infamous 8-bit arpeggiator. Aside from the ring modulator the adjustments that are possible to make to the timbre of the sound are quite limited. Despite the filter effect not being true to the original, the sound of the pulse-width modulation found on the Commodore 64 computers is quite accurately emulated here in the plugin …

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Arturia Product Demo Recap: The New Gear is Phenomenal

Arturia Product Demo Recap: The New Gear is Phenomenal February 24th Arturia hosted a workshop here at Beat Lab Academy and showed us a few of their new products from their lineup, with a heavy focus on the Minibrute 2 and Minibrute 2S. What we saw was AWESOME. They built both of these to deliver power, and when used together they become exponentially cooler. The Minibrute 2 is an update of the original Minibrute, one of the most renowned analog monosynths of the 21st century. The Minibrute was famous for its size, price, and punch that it packed for the whole package. The Minibrute 2 delivers on the hype of its predecessor’s legacy and does so in style. This time around Arturia opted for the same looking dark plastic as the original but added wooden side panels, the result is a well-built synth that feels solid without feeling too heavy. Also new to this …

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NAMM 2018 – New Gear to Be Excited For

NAMM 2018 – New Gear to Be Excited For The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2018 convention just kicked off this week and we’ve already heard some exciting announcements, we’re going to share with you some of our favorite things to look forward to: 1. Speak and Sample – Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators Teenage Engineering, the company behind the infamous OP-1 Synthesizer, is releasing some new additions to their calculator-sized Pocket Operator line up – Speak, and Sample. The Swedish company’s Pocket Operator series already includes 7 various drum, bass, and lead synths that offer incredible fun with their bleeps and bloops. The new additions include a sampler and a voice synthesizer with extremely impressive features for tech that fits in the palm of your hand (and costs under $90). Check it out here on the Teenage Engineering website with the rest of the Pocket Operator series too. 2. Boss GT-1000 Guitar …

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The Top 12 Multi-Platform Plugins Today

The Top 12 Multi-Platform Plugins Today Plugins are the accessories to the producer’s toolkit, we all must appreciate what comes in-the-box nowadays but we often need something more from our DAWs, the sweetest way to enjoy that special sauce is if it’s free. We’ve assembled a list of the top 12 multi-platform plugins today ranging from synths, drums, and effects all the way to the weirdo oddities of plugins: 1. Synister the Synthesizer   Synister is easy to use with one of the cleanest looking interfaces we’ve seen around. Look at those primary colors! It’s open source and comes as a VST or AU, download here. 2. u-he Tyrell N6 Synthesizer   We’ve already mentioned u-he plugins in a few of our blog posts – they’re well-known for their high-quality products – so we’re excited to mention another hit, the Tyrell N6 synthesizer. This synth is loaded with enough presets to cover your …

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Fragments: A Max For Live Granular Synth

Fragments: A Max For Live Granular Synth   Fragments, the latest from Spektro Audio, is a Max For Live granular synth with tremendous potential for creating new musical ideas and new sounds. The 8-voice granular engine is designed to create percussive loops in glitch rhythms which means the sounds you get will vary greatly depending upon the sample loaded. Imagine an endless landscape of new ideas and sounds. The layout and functionality of the device is designed to be manual and intuitive so Fragments has capability for first-time users as well as the more advanced.   To get started, users need to load an audio sample or loop into the “Audio Sample” section of the device. For best results, Spektro recommends longer loops like drums loops or vocal phrases. The 8-voices of the granular engine can be sequenced via the built-in sequencer or played in via MIDI. Once a sample …

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10 Ableton Live Packs Now Available for Lite Users

10 Ableton Live Packs Now Available for Intro Users For our beginners out there this is huge news. With Ableton Intro, users now have access to thousands of samples, sounds, and effects; all of which can provide inspiration for all types of music making – from searching for synths, to writing a film score, or exploring genre specific styles. These Ableton packs deliver some really high-quality material to work with and were previously only available with Standard and Suite. Below we’ll give a quick overview of each pack. Even if you’ve had access to these packs before but haven’t used them check this out. You might find some inspiration.     1. Urban Cookbook 1 by Goldbaby We love Goldbaby (their drums in particular). Their loops, samples, and racks are sounds we always consider for our tracks. With Urban Cookbook you get 3000+ kits, hits, chords, bass and more production tools …

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2016 KVR Developer Challenge – Submissions Released (41 Freebies)

2016 KVR Developer Challenge – Submissions Released (41 Freebies) It’s that time of the year again! The 6th annual KVR Developer Challenge has published the submissions for their annual contest. The challenge receives submissions from sound designers and engineers around the country looking to release their software creations upon the world. Submissions include VST/AU plugins and sound ware products. The best part is, they’re all free to download. This year’s lineup features an array of plugins, from death metal vocal sound banks to psychedelic dub effects. Here are some we think are worth checking out. Lagrange   This is an excellent granular reverb delay effect. By using granular techniques and firing each grain from a different point in the delay buffer, you can easily create vast soundscape and other worlds echoes. Use feedback to build droning soundscapes or shorten the delay to create a metallic-like chorus effect. Play around with a …

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GIVEAWAY! Ableton’s Semi-Modular Synth – Bengal

GIVEAWAY! Ableton’s Semi-Modular Synth – Bengal   We’ve been getting a lot of love on the web. Our Facebook and Instagram pages got a lot of attention lately and we want to show appreciation for all of you. We are giving away Ableton’s new Semi-Modular synth Bengal. Developed by Max for Cats, This Max for Live synth is capable of huge range of sounds. From gritty basslines, magical arps and fat chords. It comes with various logic operation like Lag, Scale and Math inspired by hardware modular synths. Check out this promo video to find out more:     To enter the giveaway: Like our Facebook page Like and Comment on THIS POST

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