Thursday, February 28, 2013

Get a Free Plug-in from Plug & Mix

Plug & Mix are offering a free plug-in of your choice from their VIP Collection of 40 plug-ins for both Mac and Windows.  All you have to do is follow this link and "like" their Facebook page.  You'll be asked to choose your plug-in (you can demo them first) and an authorization code will be mailed to you.  I got the Analoger, which is a nice-sounding saturation plug-in.

Oberheim Two-Voice on eBay

Info at the listing...

Wavefront Technologies Theremin in Walnut Case on eBay

Wow, that is gorgeous!

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RSF Kobol Expander on eBay

Don't see these popping up too often...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Native Instruments Teases New Synth

Native Instruments have released some teasers for a new synth they're releasing with little info given other than "A Revolution is Coming" and it'll be "One Synth to Rule Them All".  Oddly, from the sound clips, the "revolution" sounds like a modeled analog synth.  Sounds decent, but I'm not hearing anything revolutionary so far.  My guess?  Given Native Instrument's foray into hardware in recent years, it'll be a softsynth with a hardware controller of some type.  What do you think it'll be?

Camel Audio Updates Alchemy to 1.55

Camel Audio has released an update to their Alchemy synth.  Version 1.55 contains the following...

  • Faster preset loading
  • Faster scan for new presets
  • Improved handling of preset comment text
  • Improved handling of AAZ files
  • Improved compatibility with the biolabs skin
  • Presets to buy now hidden by default
  • Improved Windows set up routines
  • Enabling remote control now prompts user to download Bonjour if not installed

Monday, February 25, 2013

Waldorf Announces Rocket

In case you missed it on Friday, Waldorf announced the release of the Rocket Synthesizer, a compact desktop synth with a single oscillator (with an "Ultra High Density Sawtooth" and Unison modes), a multi-mode analog filter section, arpeggiator, and more.  Looks like everyone is getting in on the low-cost (the Rocket is set to go for €244)  simple analog synth market these days!  The Rocket is set to be available in March.

Alesis Andromeda on eBay

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Free Sample Friday: Prism House Vol. 02

Today we have part two of the guest Free Sample Friday generously provided by Brooklyn duo Prism House...

"Prism House Samples Vol. 2″ is a new collection of 80 found sound samples gathered from field recordings made exclusively in New York City. The pack includes natural percussion hits and unique loops recorded in Mid-Side using the Zoom H2N field recorder. This pack is great for adding environmental timbres and ‘air’ to a track, and can help create a unique edge for your productions."


Native Instruments Releases Traktor DJ for iPad

Native Instruments has released Traktor DJ, its first DJ-oriented app for the iPad/  Utilizing technology from their acclaimed Traktor Pro DJ software, Traktor DJ for iOS is aimed at making the creation of beat synced mixes an effortless and tactile a process as possible.  The app retails for $19.99 and requires an iPad2 or later running iOS 6.

E-mu Emulator II on eBay

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Oberheim OB-12 on eBay

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Logic ES2 Tutorial: Making Rave Stabs

A look at programming rave/hoover stabs using Logic's venerable, but still excellent ES-2 synthesizer.

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50 Free Sylenth 1 Presets from Plug-in Boutique

Plug-in Boutqiue is offering 50 free presets by Loopmasters for Lennar Digital's Sylenth 1 collected from their Patchwork line of presets consisting of : Dutch House Sylenth Synths, House Synths Sylenth Presets, Techno Sylenth Presets, Pablo Decoder House Synths and Leads, CFA Sound Trance Sylenth Presets, and Jody Wisternoff Progressive & Tech Sylenth Presets.

To access the free sounds (as well as a bank of 50 patches for Native Instruments' Massive), head over to the Plug-in Boutique Facebook page and like it.

Bas-Ass Korg MS Family Electro Jam

That is one serious wall o' Korg!


Check Out the New Alison Moyet Single

"Changeling" is the new single from former Yazoo singer Alison Moyet and unlike previous releases, this one looks to be a bit of a return to electronics-heavy pop.  Nice track!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Free Sample Friday: Prism House Vol. 01

Apologies for the lack of posts this week.  I've been visiting some friends and have been without a laptop.  Today's free samples come to us via the Brooklyn duo Prism House.  Here's what they have to say:

"Prism House Samples Vol. 1 is a collection of 80 found sound samples gathered from field recordings made in New York City, San Francisco, and Vermont. The pack includes natural percussion hits and unique loops recorded in Mid-Side using the Zoom H2N field recorder. This pack is great for adding environmental timbres and ‘air’ to a track, and can help create a unique edge for your productions."


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cableguys Releases Free Panning Plug-in

Cableguys have released a free plug-in for Windows and OSX users called PanCake.  PanCake is designed to perform everything from simple auto-panning to more complex panning modulations.  Here's a look at the features:

Key Features

  • Free, and available for both PC and Mac.
  • Creative Modulation Tool: Create complex pan modulations with ease.
  • Unique Waveform Drawing Capabilities:Construct your own modulation curves in a very intuitive manner. Waveforms can be easily drawn using soft or hard control points, thus producing gentle transitions or sharp bends in the waveform.
  • Customized Waveforms: Up to 10 customized waveforms can be stored.
  • LFO Speed: LFO speed can be set free-running from 0.02 Hz to 5.24 kHz. It can also be set in rhythmic units synced to the host sequencer, from a fast 1/128 note modulation up to 32 bars.
  • Always in Sync: The LFO will always stay in sync, even when you make tempo changes in your host software, or jump ahead to different parts of your track.
  • Complete Parameter Control via Automation: Absolutely everything in PanCake can be automated. Even the shape of the modulating waveform can be automated. And if you want to use more than four modulation curves in a song, you can automate the plugin to switch between them.
  • New in version 2: A precise display of channel left/right volume for helpful visual control, an option to trigger the LFO via MIDI notes, a dry/wet control, plus a redesigned interface.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Free Sample Friday: Rhodes Glissandos

Today's Free Sample Friday comes to us via Waveformless reader Keith.  Here's what he has to say:

" I had a Rhodes open for some adjustments, and realized it made a cool sound to make a glissando across the wiggly-wire part of the tines (not the solid glockenspiel-like bars on top)."

4 different glissandos recorded as one file, so you'll have to split them up yourselves.  I've also saved it as an MP3 file to keep the file size down.  Thank, Keith!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

For the Love of Home Keyboards

Although we mostly discuss "grown up" keyboards here, I'd be willing to be more than a few of us cut our teeth on one of the hundreds of "home keyboards" that flooded the market in the 80's.  Mine was a Casio PT-20.  The drum beats were cheesy, it had an auto-chord function, it only played one note at a time, and the handful of preset sounds it could make sounded nothing like the instruments they were supposed to imitate.  But at the impressionable age of 11, it helped foster the love of making music that would one day become my career.  I had a couple songbooks full of schmaltzy songs from the seventies and I programmed them meticulously into the tiny step sequencer it had.  I learned to figure out melodies by ear.  I learned to understand song structure.  I learned how minor chords and major chords differed.  Many years later when I got my first proper synth (a Korg Poly-800), the PT-20 understandably got shelved.  It may not have been the latest or the greatest, but it was enough to inspire me to learn, and for that, I'll always be thankful.

EDP Wasp with Spider Sequencer on eBay

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