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
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
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
The mellotron is now a classic, vintage instrument that made its mark on legendary tracks like The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" and David Bowie's "Space Oddity". The instrument had a spacey and haunting vibe that hadn't been heard before in the 1960s. It behaved like a pre-cursor to our modern samplers as well. Sound was created by a section of magnetic tape connected to the keys that would playback when a key or keys were depressed, and playback would then stop when the keys were released. This allowed for a variety of sounds depending what instrument or sound was recorded onto the magnetic tape. The mellotron was designed to replicate the sound of the original instrument, but replaying a tape created minor fluctuations in pitch and amplitude.
So a note sounded slightly different each time it was played. How hard a player hit a key affected the sound as well. Another distinction in the sound of the mellotron was that each "sampled" note was recorded in isolation and so the sound had hints of being natural and unnatural at the same time.
This week we took a look at a FREE plugin by Socalabs called 'PAPU' which emulates the Game Boy Sound System (or GBS) found in the OG Nintendo Gameboy.
The synth has 2 square-wave oscillators that each can be modulated by Attack and Release, Tune and Finetune, and Pulse Width knobs. The first oscillator offers a pitchshift knob which you modulate by negative or positive milliseconds. A Noise Oscillator is available with A/R knobs, and includes a Shift, Steps button (7 or 15 steps) and Ratio knob to adjust the timbre of the oscillator. All three oscillators have stereo outputs that can be individually switched on and off which allows for some interesting sound design, you could use any combination of. The sounds are absolutely reminiscent of old Nintendo so we thought it would be fun to show you how to achieve a chiptune sound to really spark those memories.
Best Way to Integrate Maschine & Ableton Live Another student question video is up. For this one we also added a blog post so we can give you a step by step on how to set it up. Maschine is a very powerful sequencer but if you are an Ableton Live user it might be a somewhat complex to set them both up to work in best way. Multi-Out From Maschine First load Maschine to an empty audio track. Load a Drum Kit or make your own. Then switch to the Maschine’s mixer. 3. From here you can start routing each Pad to it’s own Ext. output. 4. In Ableton Live, Open 15 new Audio Tracks and select all of them by holding shift. 5.Change “Audio From” to Maschine and set the monitor to In 6. Finally select the correct Maschine output for each track. (You …Read More
Hello Samples Moog SUB37 – 2GB of Analog Samples and Presets (Free Download) If you love using the rich sound of classic analog synths, but don’t have $1600 for the Moog SUB 37 then theres good news! Hello Samples just released a free 2GB Moog SUB 37 sample pack. Now you don’t need to own the SUB37 to own the signature analog synth sound. The sample library is a wide variety of audio samples from actual SUB 37 patches, with everything from basses, leads, drums, and effects. The samples are designed to work seamlessly in Ableton’s Sampler or Simpler. There are enough sounds in this pack to cater to pretty much any style of production. In total there are over 3900 audio samples all in WAV format, 91 presets ( including 6 drum kits, 15 basses, 17 leads, 6 plucks,11 FX, and 33 polyphonic sounds), making it an incredible addition to …Read More