Best Sample Packs This Week: Magical guitar, ambient atmos, synth drums, EDM hits

The Best New Sample Packages This WeekThis week’s best sample packs include a magical acoustic guitar emulation based on one of the greatest Martin models of all time, a set of ambient/sci-fi sounds for creating ethereal, atmospheric productions, synthetic drums that with powerful sound-shaping capabilities that is totally free, and a fully-featured pack of loops that contains everything you need to create professional EDM productions. Let’s dive in.

Sound Magic Acoustic Guitar

Powered by the Neo Orchestra hybrid modeling engine, the sounds here are based upon one of the most magnificent acoustic guitars of all time – the Martin D-28. It features pick and finger styles in 2900 samples across 10 different guitar techniques. Modeling goes way beyond sampling, and provides an unparalleled realism that can only be had by playing the actual instrument itself. There are controls over harmonics, dynamics, and legato and the plug-in can be used seamlessly live using Sound Magic’s keyswitch system.

It also features some processing, including a 5-band parametric EQ and multi-faceted reverb. Acoustic Guitar comes in VST and AU 64/32-bit for Windows and Mac.

Sample Science Synthetic Vortices

Ambient and atmospheric are the vibes that Synthetic Vortices brings. This collection of 90 loops are presented in Sample Science’s easy-to-navigate interface and allow you to create productions that are very much otherworldly. There are a number of ways to shape the three voicing modes (monophonic, polyphonic, and legato) including depth, rate, and low and high-pass filtering. You can also control the ADSR of the envelope. The 188MB of samples come in VST, VST3, and AU formats in 16-bit, 44.1kHz WAVs. Syn Tech Drums

Another set of drum samples for the HAlion ecosystem, Syn Tech Drums is a pack of over 30 electronic, synth, and lo-fi sounds. You can create everything within the player and on-board mixer and drop them into your DAW for easy arrangement. There are controls over the envelope and frequency range for each kit piece individually as well as reverb, delay, compression, and maximization.

IK Multimedia Hitmaker EDM

IK Multimedia is one of the best in the game, and Hitmaker EDM is a high energy pack of 100 instruments across 1.6GB of samples for creating polished, professional EDM tracks. It includes everything you need for creating productions within the genre – synths and pads, leads, drum and bass loops as well as over 400 vocal samples. All this runs within Sample Tank 4’s intuitive and robust interface.

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AudioKit Releases FREE Retro Piano App For iOS

Retro Piano by AudioKit

AudioKit has released Retro Piano, a free acoustic piano app for iPhone and iPad. The app is will be available as a free download in the App Store until August 31st, 2020. Retro Piano is based on the AudioKit engine, a free platform for building sample-based instruments for iOS devices. It is an acoustic piano […]

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Ctrlr Patch Saver VST plugin for Behringer Odyssey, Poly D, Neutron, Pro-1, K2 and Model D

Ctrl Behringer Odyssey editorThis Patch Saver for the Behringer Odyssey and their other analogue synthesizers will let you visually store patches within your projects so you can recall a patch by manually repositioning the sliders. There’s no support for the loading of programs or manipulation of parameters by MIDI on these synths.


Ctrlr is a comprehensive open-source MIDI editor with a large library of panels to provide computer editing of synths like the Roland Boutiques, Yamaha Reface, Korg synths and many more from classics to recent arrivals. My attention was first drawn to Ctrlr because they’ve just released a panel for the Behringer Odyssey and I discovered that they’ve got these incredibly useful patch panels for all of Behringers recent analogue clones. Except, of course, that these are not MIDI editors because the parameters within these synths don’t actually respond to MIDI.

MIDI Control?

It’s easy to assume when a product says it has “Comprehensive USB/Midi implementation” that you can actually address parameters and save/recall patches via sequencer or editor. But that’s not the case. On the Behringer analogue synths the MIDI implementation amounts to note on/off, glide time, pitch bend and transport controls on the sequencer. That’s not unusual for an analogue synthesizer but not obvious from the marketing.

Ctrlr also offers similar Patch Saver panels for the Moog Grandmother and Dreadbox Erebus.

Patch Saving

So the idea is to provide a graphical interface onto which you can map out your patch and save it with your project. It will save and recall any global MIDI parameters that the synth might support and the parameters within the plugin are MIDI controllable but of course, this has no effect at all on the connected Behringer analogue synthesizer. But when you open up your project again at a later date you have a wonderful graphic representation of your patch and you can get busy setting all the parameters back to what they were. You can also export your patches and share them with other users. It’s quite brilliant really.

Ctrlr is free to use and available for Mac and PC as a VST or AU plugin.

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