Andrew Apanov from XSSRAcademy informs us about a new freebie for Ableton Live users:
We have JUST published something really cool. This is a free bundle of packages with over 100 dubstep bass samples, dozens of Massive presets (all samples and presents created and used by Mars), two full Ableton Life projects of Mars’ tunes, including a track that was in Beatport Top 10, and an Ableton Live instrument.
The free Live downloads include:
- Ableton Live project of the track “Pleasure” by Alex Kote
- Full Ableton Live project of “India Sleeping” by Mars (the track was in Top 10 dubstep tracks on Beatport)
- Free dubstep instrument “Arena Bass” for Ableton Live
- 12 dubstep subbass samples, created and used in his tracks by Mars
- 17 presets for NI Massive
- 20 unique NI Massive effects
- 63 original dubstep bass samples
Email registration is required. See the site to preview the downloads.
AfroDJMac has released a free New York Style Compressor for Ableton Live.
I have built a super handy Ableton Live audio effect rack for New York Style or Parallel Compression, and offer it to you as my newest Free Ableton Live Pack!
It works by compressing the audio (usually squashing the daylights out of it!) and mixing that processed signal with the original. The compressed signal has the fullness that a compressor offers, but the original maintains the dynamic range that the compressor can destroy. The end result is you get to have your cake and eat it too, the best of both worlds.
To achieve this effect in Ableton Live, I have built an Audio Effect Rack that has two chains: one with a Compressor (plus a Saturator for a little extra flavor), and one chain that allows the audio to pass through unaffected. The download link is below. The eight macro knobs allow for control over the most commonly used parameters (Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release…) as well as an overall volume that allows you to mix in as much of the compressed signal as you like. I particularly like this effect on drum tracks, because it beefs them up while preserving their impact. Feel free to get creative an use it on all kinds of tracks (I’ve had a lot of success with vocals and acoustic guitars).
The Ableton Rack is a free download.
Arturia has told us that they will be giving away for free a special version of Minimoog-V on June 21st Only.
Arturia’s agreement with Moog Music to sell a Moog-branded virtual instrument is ending, so they’re going to update and rename Moog Modular V and Minimoog V as Modular V and Mini-V.
The free version of Minimoog-V Original offers 1,000 presets and features from the latest Minimoog- V update (Version 2.5), but without the additional functionality accessible behind the ‘hinged’ front panel — just like the original Minimoog.
A spokesperson told Sonic State, “The idea is simple: we built a powerful DJ App which requires no skill to use and we packed it full of great Loops & Samples from top Artists & DJs. Then we folded in some advanced features and premium content options which you can unlock at your own pace.”
- Browse builit-in library of Loop & Samples and drop onto your 4×4 Deck
- Tap Pads to play – auto-sync means you’re always on the Beat
- Manipulate Level, Mute and FX Send for each Pad
- Mixer provides Level/Mute, EQ and FX Send on 4 independent channels
- Delay FX Unit provided will autoset its parameters to match Tempo
- Save your Sets and Record your Live Performances
- Absolutely no experience required
Pricing and Availability:
Contralogic has released an updated version of Pterosaur, a free synthesizer plug-in for Windows.
Pterosaur is a 16 oscillator synth. It’s loosely inspired by the classic Supersaw sound of the Roland JP-8000 in that the output of each oscillator can be independently detuned and panned, creating a very rich sound.
The basic waveform produced by the oscillators is a sawtooth wave which can be morphed into a sort of saw/pulse hybrid with the mod control.
Changes in Pterosaur
- Polyphonic mode added.
- More LFO shapes.
- 3 additional oscillator waveforms (sine, triangle and square), all of which can be morphed in the same way as the sawtooth wave in the original version.
Pterosaur for Windows (VST) is available to download at no cost.
Tonebytes tells us that Vinylis a free VST effect for Windows that emulates the sounds of old vinyl players. They say that Vinyl recreates the dust noise and frequency response of old recordings. You can adjust intensity, color and amount of dust noise in a wide range. Also you can select the age of vinyl discs.
- Adjustable dust emulation
- Frequency responses emulation
- Gentle distortion
In addition, VST automation and full MIDI Learning are supported.
Pricing and Availability:
LSR Audio has released preliminary details of a forthcoming plug-in. They tell us that WARMultipress is a tube multiband compressor for VST and AU hosts on Mac and Windows.
- 3 bands, with adjustable cross-over frequencies
- Pre gain and post gain for each band compressor
- Hybrid peak / RMS level detection
- Optional soft knee compression curve
- Adjustable tube gain, from subtle warming to hot overdrive
- Frequency dependant drive
- Adjustable shape control to add asymmetry and harmonics
- Optional reel to reel tape emulation
- Mono and stereo
Pricing and Availability:
Available summer 2012.
Xenakios has released a free granular effects processor for Windows, HourGlass:
HourGlass is a standalone application intended for radical sound processing by taking fragments (more commonly referred to as “grains” in other similar software) from sound recordings, to create sound textures. It is not intended for minor transparent corrections of playback speed or pitch, but is rather placed firmly in the sound mangling/glitch territory.
A Mac version is also in the works. Download HourGlass at the Xenakios blog.
phonoLapse is a free desktop app for Mac and Windows that lets you create audio time-lapses.
The software records slices of audio and compiles them into an audio file, much like time-lapse photography. You can control the length of the audio slices and the interval between samples.
It’s available to download at the soundplusdesign site.
“This time lapse follows 24 hours of my life. I wrote a Max/MSP patch to capture a 100ms slice of sound and a frame from my webcam every 144 seconds.
I call it time lapse phonography because the focus is on sound, not on the visuals. I added the visuals because I find it interesting to see and hear the space rather than just hear it.”
PreSonus is now shipping Studio One Free, a new entry-level version of its DAW for Mac and Windows.
Intended for beginners who don’t yet need the advanced features in Studio One Artist, Producer, and Professional, Presonus says that Studio One Free provides all of the recording and editing features needed for basic music production-and as its name implies, it’s free.
To get Studio One Free, simply download the Studio One installer from the Studio One Web site, install it, and then choose to run it as Free when the activation dialog comes up. Once you have downloaded the application, you can use it immediately; no Internet connection or user account is required, no product key is involved, and Studio One Free will not time out.
This new version of Studio One has some of the features originally found in Studio One Artist, including the single-window work environment, the content browser with Search, powerful drag-and-drop functions, Control Link MIDI mapping, sidechain routing, automatic delay compensation, real-time audio timestretching and resampling, unlimited audio and Instrument (MIDI) tracks, unlimited effects channels, and unlimited channel inserts and sends. Use native key commands or choose key-command sets from Pro Tools, Cubase, or Logic-or use the included editor to create your own key commands.
Studio One Free offers some of the new Studio One 2.0 features, notably multitrack MIDI editing, single and multitrack comping, and Track Transform (advanced track freezing). And includes the same 32-bit sound engine found in Studio One Artist and Producer.
Eight Native Effects plug-ins come with Studio One Free – Beat Delay, Channel Strip (which includes dynamics processing and EQ), Chorus, Flanger, MixVerb (a mono/stereo reverb), Red Light Distortion, Tuner, and Phaser – plus the Presence virtual instrument with more than 100 presets. Like Studio One Artist, Studio One Free does not support ReWire and third-party (VST, AU, etc.) effects plug-ins and virtual instruments.
Of course, Studio One Free does have limitations compared to Studio One Artist. For instance, a number of Studio One 2 features are not available in the Free version, including Folder Tracks, Transient detection and editing, groove extraction, and PreSonus Exchange integration.
”Studio One Free provides a great introduction to the Studio One line, and it’s very easy to upgrade to from Free to one of the advanced versions. Download the free demo of Studio One Professional, test it thoroughly, and at any time-even after the demo times out-convert it into Studio One Free with a single click. Ready to buy Studio One Artist, Producer, or Professional? Convert Studio One Free into a paid version at any time, without having to reinstall.”
Pricing and Availability:
Studio One Free is available now from the PreSonus Studio One Web site.
Bedroom Producers Blog has released Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions Part 2, a collection of free samples.
Two different Commodore 64s were used for creating the sounds in this sample pack, although both have SID 8580 installed. The original plan was to record some bits from a SID 6581 this time, but my old C64 died literally 5 minutes after I plugged it in. To make that major bummer even major-er, there were no original C64s (aka C64 beige) to be found in the local ads during this three week period.
However, I did manage to get ahold of a C64G, which was sampled for one of the instruments in this sample pack (the BASIC Bass patch, pictured below). C64G also has a SID 8580 installed, but they do say that every SID chip is different, so there’s still a bit of variety in the hardware sense I guess. All other sounds were captured from a C64C which was also used in the previous pack. Hopefully, a C64 beige will pop up in the ads before I start working on part 3.
Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions Part 2 features
- 14 multisampled instruments and one multi patch.
- Total of 142 samples in 16-bit WAV format (download size is 79.4 MB).
- Incluides Kontakt 5 and Shortcircuit 1 patches.
The sample pack is a free download at BPB.