Full Bucket Music has introduced the Fury-800, a freeware emulation of the Korg Poly-800 hardware synthesizer in VST and AU plugin formats for compatible DAW software on PC and Mac. Fury-800 emulates the Korg Poly-800 hardware synth. The original Poly-800 was an affordable eight-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer from the 1980s. It featured digitally controlled oscillators […]
This week’s best sample packs include a majestic piano recorded in a gorgeous Austrian concert hall, a comprehensive bundle for cinematic scoring, a digital recreation of one of the most legendary organs of all time, a collection that provides everything for chill productions, and a group of sound effects that are literally the bomb.
Vienna Symphonic Library Bosendorfer Imperial
This is a digital representation of the one and only concert grand piano from Austrian manufacturer Bosendorfer – the Bosendorfer Concert Grand 290 Imperial piano. It has nine additional sub-bass notes bringing the total key count to 97. The inclusion of the additional bass strings augments the resonance of every note across the scale, making it sound fuller and richer than other grand pianos.
In order to capture the full majesty of this amazing instrument, it was recorded on the main stage of a famous Vienna concert hall with 11 microphone positions. The library comes in two versions – Standard and Full. The only difference between the two being the number of microphone positions. Also included is the free Synchron Piano Player sample engine. This being a premium library, prepare to dig a bit deeper into your pocket for this one.
Composers looking for a comprehensive bundle for scoring need look no further than CinemorphX. It is a massive 30GB pack of cinematic samples perfect for sound design. Sample Logic’s aim was to create the most expansive and immersive set available in one plug-in and what we’ve seen of this plug-in looks very impressive.
The application includes 6,000 presets of instrumentals, loops, percussion hits, and loops as well as dozens of effects that are fully customizable with signal chains that can be hot-swapped. The GUI includes some of their proprietary XY Mixer, and Morph and Step Animator utilities so you can create compositions that are entirely unique. It runs on Kontakt 5.8.1 or higher. The intro pricing of $90 is pretty good, too.
The Hammond B3 might be the most famous organ of all time, and this recreation has all the core elements you need for that classic sound. One of these is the Leslie cabinet that amplifies the sound, and this plug-in features a recreation of the Leslie 122. This includes the tube preamp/power amp sections as well as the rotors that power its spin.
The Hanon B70 emulates the physics of the instrument with great detail, including adjustable key clicks as well as the tonewheels. This includes percussion levels, harmonics, and note decay. It’s also easy to switch between slow and fast Leslie speeds. The B70 also has reverb, chorus, and vibrato built-in. The samples are compatible with Windows and Mac at every sample rate. As donationware it’s free to download and if you like what you hear, feel free to help out the
Analogue Chill is all about adding texture to your productions. All you need to create entire productions in a variety of genres, the pack includes a variety of loops including synth, percussion, bass, and drums as well as a large number of drum hits. ADSR Sounds managed to fit these 350 files into a total of just 606MB. The only caveat is that it requires Native Instruments MassiveX to run.
SFX Bombs is a unique bank of multi-ocatve/multi-sampled sounds that allows for the creation of a psychedelic symphony straight out of a science fiction movie. This includes lasers, explosions, and bombs. It can be run as a standard plug-in or as an expansion set to the free Eplex7 player or with the company’s other virtual instruments. The 10 multi-octave banks can be played in polyphonic, monophonic, or legato with glide modes. With its integration into the Eplex7 software you can use external plug-ins to further enhance the sounds.
Sound parameters that can be controlled include the depth and rate of the LFO, velocity, and the entire ADSR curve of the envelope. There are high and low pass filters with adjustable cutoff as well as pan, volume, and reverb.
It comes in under 100MB running in VSTi, AU, VST 64/32-bit formats and utilizes a special kind of operation that reduces RAM and processor usage. You’ve probably never heard anything like this sample pack. Psychadelic indeed. And the price of only a few Euros may entice the more adventurous among you.
This week’s collection of free plug-ins brings us an automatable noise reduction tool, a transparent brickwall limiter and a weird virtual string ensemble. Introducing Denoiser, LoudMax and Stringya 2.
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Bertom Denoiser is a noise reduction plug-in designed for music, post production and dialogue. The developer says that it doesn’t rely on “learning” a noise profile. Instead, it tracks how the noise evolves in each band. According to Bertom, the plug-in has low CPU usage and zero latency. Denoiser has five frequency bands, which you can adjust individually. It’s available as a free download, but the developer will certainly appreciate a donation if you like it and use it in your productions.
Denoiser is available for Windows 10 or higher (32/64 bit) and macOS 10.9 or higher (64 bit) in VST3 and AU formats.
Stringya 2 is a virtual string machine with three parts, which can be mixed together to form an ensemble. The developer says that it features a “32-bit top quality waveform engine”. It’s probably not what most people have in mind when it comes to strings, but you can run your ensemble through a saturator and even a trance gate. To make it even weirder, they’ve thrown in an organ-like drawbar set. I’m not quite sure what to make of this strange string/organ/synth thing, but it might just be worth checking out.
Stringya 2 is available for Windows 7 or higher (64 bit) in VST and VST3 formats.
This plug-in has been out for a while, but for some reason we’ve never featured it in our weekly freeware section. Plain and simple, LoudMax is a brickwall limiter designed to increase the perceived loudness of your tracks. The developer says that it offers a clean and transparent sound and retains the character of the mix even at high compression levels. It has threshold and output level sliders, and a link button to link them together. There’s also inter-sample peak detection for true peak limiting.
LoudMax is available for Windows (VST), macOS (VST, AU), Linux x86 (LADSPA) and even as a Winamp plug-in.
Spitfire Audio has released Granular Whalesong, a freely downloadable add-on sound library for the LABS virtual instrument platform. It’s always a happy occasion when Spitfire Audio has a new release in its LABS series of free virtual instruments. Unlike most previous entries, the latest sound library called Granular Whalesong is on the experimental side of things. […]
Waves Audio released StudioRack, a freeware virtual rack plugin for connecting multiple Waves Audio plugins (third-party plugins are NOT supported). StudioRack implements the popular approach of unifying several plugins from the same developer within a single plugin instance, similar to what we’ve seen in the Soundtoys Effect Rack. The virtual rack acts as a flexible […]
Honoring Florian has released Honoring Florian, a collection of audio loops, Ableton Live drum racks, and Roland TR-8S released in honor of Kraftwerk’s founding member Florian Schneider who recently passed away. Honoring Florian is a tribute to Florian Schneider, the founding member of Kraftwerk who passed on April 21st this year. The library was released […]
Uhhyou Plugins has released Lattice Reverb, a freeware algorithmic reverb effect in the VST3 plugin format for compatible digital audio workstations on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Lattice Reverb is based on a reverb algorithm which uses the all-pass filter lattice topology and a delay grid with sixteen all-pass filters per channel. That’s the technical part […]
Facebook wants to have a summer hit with Collab, its new mobile video app (iOS only at the moment). As the name suggests, Collab lets musicians splice together performances – from up to three collaborators at a distance – in a single video. Just film yourself playing your part, then assemble it with the takes from your buddies or other quarantined musicians posting their performance videos. The result is a three-way vid that shows everyone playing their parts to a tune.
Videos generated via Collab are published on a dedicated platform and shared over Facebook. An interesting feature lets viewers swap videos of musicians if there are more than three videos included in the performance. This way, you can remix the songs or come up with variants more to your liking.
Of course, the wildly popular video app TikTok already has such functionality. However, it is limited to two videos and the content is exclusive to the TikTok platform. Facebook has a much larger reach for Collab and its users to take advantage of, so it makes sense to direct an attack towards its Chinese video competitor. Although the timing is certainly right with social distancing still very much a thing, I still think Facebook could have gotten Collab out a bit quicker. But maybe there wasn’t really a better time than right now in the first place.
Collab is still in a public beta phase, which is limited to the United States and Canada at the moment. You can still register on the product page with your name, e-mail, country and age. Collab will be delivered to you once it’s available in your country. It’s a sure bet that Collab will be a free app, though there’s always room for paid services. Welp, let’s see what comes out of Collab once professional musicians get to grips with it!
SaschArt has released TwinPhaser, a freeware dual phaser effect in VST and AU plugin formats for compatible DAW software on PC and Mac. TwinPhaser is a stereo phaser effect with two separate phaser modules for the left and right audio channels. The user can adjust the modulation frequency, modulation depth, feedback, and the mix amount […]
Bertom has released Denoiser, a freeware noise reduction effect in VST3 and AU plugin formats for digital audio workstations on PC and Mac. Denoiser is a noise reduction plugin for removing noise from audio recordings, including music, post-production, spoken word, and dialogue. It features a simple user interface that is beginner-friendly and optimized for quickly […]
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