Zebralette – http://www.vstplanet.com/News/11/Zebralette.htm
Official audio demo
Zebralette has finally gone ‘freeware’! The idea is to use Zebralette to demonstrate the virtues of Zebra2′s oscillators to everybody out there, and perhaps even convince some of them that upgrading to Zebra2 might be a good idea.
OK, Zebralette is just one of Zebra2′s oscillators packed into a simple, easy-to-learn framework – but you have everything you need to make some pretty amazing sounds. Sounds that can be directly loaded into Zebra2 later. And should you eventually decide to upgrade to Zebra2, you will already know everything there is to know about the oscillators – which is quite an advantage!
Zebralette has two LFOs (one per voice, one global), a multi-stage envelope and three on-board effects (chorus, EQ, delay). Not forgetting Zebra2′s famous dual spectral effects, which include several squelchy filter algorithms.”
Need an extra synth – well here goes
Opus8 – http://www.vstplanet.com/News/11/Opus_8_and_Jericho_4.htm
Datura-Instruments has released Optimus 8 and Jericho 4, two free VST instruments for Windows. Opus 8 is more than a organ-sound-generator. Using unsyncronized LFOs on the amplitude of each channel it is possible to create complex soundscapes which appear endless.
Mutch parameters can be remoted by the VSTi port of your host software. Changing sound while playback your song will be no problem. For any advice check the manual that is found in the data-folder you get from the download.
- 8 channel sinusodial additive VSTi-syntehsizer
- 12 tone polyphony to any channel
- reverb, delay and flanger effect included
- separate VCA-LFO for each channel
- easy to use
- 32 factory presets included
Developer Matti Jokipii has released a new soft synth for Windows, Kairatune:
Kairatune is designed to produce crisp and tight electric sounds for electronic music production. Kairatune is engineered for the demanding producer who needs to push the sound to extremes without compromising audio quality.
Kairatune offers fast and intuitive sound design workflow. The user interface is designed for a musician rather than an engineer and is based on the concept of pitch and beat in contrast to frequency and time. Kairatune lets you travel in the world of beats, notes and intervals instead of the logarithmic mathematics of frequencies and the rarely useful absolute time.
Kairatune is not your all-in-one synthesizer. It’s designed and engineered to be as powerful and versatile as possible in it’s target role as your source for tight bass, unique lead and shiny SFX sounds. At the same time it makes all the effort to be simple enough to use, enabling you to add your personal touch and flavor to the sound and seek for the perfect fit to your mixing preferences.
Kairatune is a free download (VSTi) from the Futucraft site.
The Pure-Pone Synthesizer is a virtual analog synthesizer. FM, SYNC and RING modulation in connection with the super wave oscillator gives a phat basic sound.
2 x modulations matrix, a 12/24dB multimode Filter and a delay / chorus unit works for sound design.
Free version with one voice. That is the only limitation.
Pure-Pone – http://www.vstplanet.com/News/11/Pure-Pone.htm
Developer Calle Wilund has released a free multitimbral sampler for Windows, TX16Wx:
After several years of on/off development, I finally got my act together (somewhat) during July of 2011 and fixed the few remaining features I wanted to add before publishing the plugin. The result is the first public beta release of the TX16Wx VSTi Software Sampler.
It is a 100% free VSTi Sampler with professional features and an easy to use graphical interface – and – one of the few sampler instruments, free or commercial, with a fully documented file format.
Not a preset-player or disk-streaming library engine, this is a plugin for you to make your own sounds, tweak and experiment. Bring back the fun of the old hardware samplers – in software.
Details below. You can download the free software sampler at Wilund’s site.
Note: The software is being released as a beta.
- 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 waves 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
- Nice sound!
Downloads for Windows x86 and x64 are available.
Francis Preve has put together a free virtual Mattel Synsonics drum machine for Ableton Live:
In the pantheon of vintage analog drum machines, there’s an unsung classic that isn’t from a big name manufacturer like Roland or Korg, but from a toy company. Released in 1981, the Mattel Synsonics was an affordable black box that housed a fully analog kit consisting of kick, two toms, snare, cymbal and hi-hat – all playable via velocity sensitive pads.
Of course, since it was a “toy”, few artists took it very seriously – with one notable exception: Kraftwerk.
About a month ago, I pulled my Synsonics of its shelf in my studio, fired it up and started sampling.
It’s available as a free download from Preve’s site.
German software developers u-he have decided to make Zebralette, a stripped-down version of their popular Zebra 2 synth freeware. Here’s what they have to say:
Zebralette has two LFOs (one per voice, one global), a multi-stage envelope and three on-board effects (chorus, EQ, delay). Not forgetting Zebra2′s famous dual spectral effects, which include several squelchy filter algorithms.
Megasaw? Zebralette also goes to eleven.
So: Because the Zebra2 oscillators are so powerful, Zebralette is actually a great little synth in its own right, and it has the same pristine audio quality as the mighty Zebra2… try out the new presets and see for yourself!”
Benedict Roff-Marsh has announced that SynthStudio Packs and PreRoll Recorder are now available as a free download.
The time has finally come. I have had a great run with SSP but the time has come for it to cease being payware and to go free. For the next wile I will still hold SSP & PRR on my site and they can be downloaded free – with the hope some will buy some of my music or show their appreciation in some other way.
I really want to thank all the people who have supported the SSP not only in purchasing and using but in promotions and generally adding to the Pack. I value each and every one of you and it is with some tugging of the heartstrings that I make this move.
Please enjoy (or continue to enjoy) SSP I + II + II + IV + PRR
The SynthStudio Packs include various VST instrument and effect plug-ins for Windows PC.
One of the things I want to do with this site is to share some of the tools I use to create music. If you are an Ableton Live user, this post is for you.
I created this synth using a sample of my laptops speakers belting out a screeching feedback from the internal microphone. As unpleasant as the sample itself sounds, it makes for a pretty atmospheric and dreamy sounding synth.
The Laptop Feedback instrument rack for Ableton Live is available to download from AfroDjMac.
Visit: AfroDjMac Laptop Feedback
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