The makers of VCV Rack have released the most recent update to the beta version of the open-source virtual synthesizer. VCV Rack was released earlier this year and has been receiving frequent additions to its lineup of modules. There are 14 modules that are included with the download as a group referred to as 'Fundamental'. These modules are, naturally, fundamental to creating a basic modular synthesizer and allow you to create increasingly complex routings for crazier sounds.Read More
This Friday, December 8th, we are opening our Beat Lab Academy Beat Cypher to the public! Come flex your beatmaking skills with us by trying to complete a beat in 3 hours, the person with the hardest beat will win a FREE download of Polyverse's new plugin Gatekeeper. Gatekeeper is an extremely powerful tool which "can act as an LFO, envelope, step sequencer, sample-accurate volume automation and more." Join us Friday to participate in the Cypher and your chance to win.Read More
MeldaProduction recently released yet another forward-thinking tool in their vast library of plugins, called the MSpectralPan. The plugin allows you to pan by frequency, in this way you can sculpt and shape the tone of your sound with precision. Anyone familiar with mid-side processing will understand the implications here, you can create width and dimension in each individual track based on the frequency spectrum. Moreover, this plugin includes modulation by sidechaining, LFOs, level followers, and step sequencers.Read More
Ableton Live meeting-place and website ELPHNT released an Ableton Live Pack recently that you can use to shape and design your drum sounds; it comes with an awesome collection of sounds neatly packed into an intuitive Live rack. The 8 macro knobs are assigned to select from the pack of sounds, then shape the sound which allows you to create a kick or a hi-hat from the exact same source sample. It's an extremely easy and fun way to create your own unique drum sounds, so if you're tired of packs or just want to build the perfect snare then this is probably for you. Watch the video below for more details about the Pack, and follow the link after to download for free.Read More
Ableton has officially announced the upcoming release of its most recent version of the Live DAW software, also including updates to its Push 2 controller; the details of what's included has been covered numerous times today so we wanted to ask the harder question - what's still missing? Join us below as we cover some things we wish were in the new version and we hope to see sooner rather than later.Read More
A Spooky Plug-in! – HorrorBox – Free Halloween Themed VST by Beatmaker This week we get a free plug-in from BeatmakerXYZ that produces some extra spooky sounds in celebration of Halloween. The plug-in comes in AU or VST form, with the following features for Windows & Mac: LP/HP Filter. 32/64 bit. 9 Presets. 4 Layers (voices). LFO rate and depth controls. LFO waveform, LFO source and LFO destination. Attack & Release. Reverb Watch the video below to hear it in action, and get the plug-in here for freeRead More
Touch of Vintage – Melt Factor Free Ableton Effect Rack AfroDJMac has released a free effect rack for Ableton that can add warmth and vintage vibes to any track you add it to. It is part of a larger Pack that includes 40 instrument racks filled with nostalgic charm. Check out the video below for an in-depth look at the Pack with the creator himself. I added the rack to a Wurli track I have in one of my songs and it instantly brought the instrument to life. You can download the Melt Factor rack here for free.Read More
iZotope released a free plugin this week called 'Ozone Imager' normally only available in its mixing/mastering software Ozone. The plugin functions as a stereo monitoring tool and widener and is a powerful plugin in its own right. We threw it on a track to test it out and tell you a bit about its settings.
The first thing we noticed was the three options for visual feedback: Polar Sample, Polar Level, and Lissajous. Polar sample displays dots to represent each sample being heard, dots that fall outside of the 45-degree lines on either side are out of phase. Polar level displays samples as 'rays' and we think makes it is easier to see where your sounds are sitting in the stereo field. Lissajous switches the display into a diamond, your dots will be narrow if your sound is narrow and will expand the wider you make it; also, the dots will lean to either side of the diamond depending on the panning of your sound. On the far right of the plugin you will see a phase meter which represents the average phase, anything equal to or greater than zero is in phase and anything below zero...