24 December 2014

Epic Fail

HAPPY XMAS everyone. Have a great time, make great music.


Super Saturation from Softube

Softube has released a free plug-in Saturation Knob which was previously available only for PreSonus Studio One and Pro Tool users.

The Saturation Knob is a modeled output distortion that can be used anywhere you need some grit - basslines, adding harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or simply to destroy your  drum loop.
You can choose from high, neutral and low saturation/distortion types.

It;s available as a VST, AAX and AU plugin (32/64bit), and also as a Reason Rack Extension. 

Find out more and download Saturation Knob via the Softube website.

23 December 2014

Free Hand Clap machine

99Sounds has released Clap Machine, a freeware virtual instrument in VST and AU plug-in formats for Windows and Mac OS X, based on a collection of natural hand clap samples.

The purpose of Clap Machine is to provide a quick and easy way to add natural sounding claps to your music.

It sounds really very good and gives you a quick holding point during the creative process until you can good back and refine the sound you want. You can also do 'gang claps' on it by playing multiple notes at the same time.

Get Operating at high speed with these free Operator Racks

Abletunes has released 45 free Operator-based instrument racks for Ableton Live.

Included in the pack you will find 45 instrument racks: 18 Bass racks, 18 Synth racks, 3 FX racks, 6 Drum Hits racks - See more here.


21 December 2014

Ableton gives us a free Pack

Break Selection is a collection of Vintage Drum Breaks including 175 drum loops produced by Sample Magic.

It contains drum kit and hi-hat loops recorded in the very best high-end studios with rare mics, pre-amps and vintage outboard equipment.

The grooves have been meticulously laid down by some of the industry's top players for an authentic feel and vibe across the board. Modern and retro combinations of equipment, mic placements and mixing techniques have been utilized to re-create the very best drum sounds from the decades. This pack is free; you must own Live 9 to use it.

19 December 2014

Native Instruments makes a Santa special delivery

Native Instruments is giving away a bunch of cool FREE stuff - including a really useful delay - until Dec 31.


REPLIKA packs two professional quality delays and a powerful diffusion algorithm into a sleek, streamlined interface. Simple to use with a resonant filter and classic phaser built in.

REPLIKA is a versatile delay for anything from subtle slapback to warped sheets of noise. Available for PC or Mac.

14 December 2014

12 December 2014

What is going on?

How do you explain this? Less headroom, lots of nice crackles and scratches. Rumble, wow and flutter. Really?
One good thing is that there was always plenty of room for liner notes and photos.
What do you prefer - and more importantly why? Is it pure nostalgia?

Analog is analog. What you record is what you get. Digital uses sampling to approximate the wave curve:

Sampling Rate

CD Audio = 44.1 kHz (samples per second) which at 16bit means 65,536 possible values.

We could do better ...

DVD Audio = 192 kHz (samples per second). Nice except that DVD audio discs are very rare.
The next point is that an analog output can be fed directly to your amplifier without any Digital to Analog Conversion (DAC).

Anyway, whatever the medium, it all comes down to mp3 format played on an iPhone through cheap ear buds so why care?

9 December 2014

8 December 2014

Boogie Woogie

Boogex from Voxengo is a FREE guitar amplifier plug-in with a variety of sound shaping features for professional music production applications such as:

Real-time guitar processing
Speaker cabinet simulation
Mono convolution processing
Compatible with AudioUnit or VST and RTAS using FXpansion VST-RTAS adapter.

With Boogex it is possible to get a heavy distorted sound as well as slight “jazzy” saturation sound.

Boogex is also able to apply any speaker cabinet impulse response (selection of built-in impulses is available from Gregor Hennig).

Voxengo build quality stuff so although I haven't yet tested this one I'm pretty optimistic.