Saša Dukić has released Heartbroken Kalimba, a free kalimba sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt (requires the full version of Kontakt 6). Heartbroken Kalimba features a multi-sampled kalimba with two dynamic layers per sampled note. The library contains 54 samples, although the user can’t access these sounds outside of Kontakt (they are included as compressed […]
VSTzOne has released Arx One, a freeware audio utility for correcting phase issues in a mix. Arx One is a multi-band tool for correcting phasing issues. It offers four adjustable frequency bands, with L/R and Stereo controls for each band. The bands can be previewed in solo for easier finetuning. The interface features a clean design […]
Sonniss has released the GDC 2020 Audio Bundle, a free sound library containing 50 GB of royalty-free sound effects and field recordings. Every year during the Game Developer Convention, the kind folks at Sonniss release a massive free collection of sound effects. This all started with a 10 GB freebie back called the GDC 2015 […]
Memorecks has released MXR90, a free cassette tape emulation ensemble for Native Instruments Reaktor (full version required). What’s old always comes back around to being new again, but nowhere is this more true than in the audio world. OK, fashion, too. For example, this could mean bitcrushing your drums to 12-bit to emulate an old […]
MAAT Digital has released GŌN, a freeware goniometer in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats for compatible DAW software on PC and Mac. GŌN is a lightweight goniometer (also described as a “phase scope”) plugin. Its primary purpose is phase visualization. The plugin includes a handy “out–of–phase warning” feature that will inform the user […]
Roland introduced the FANTOM in 2019 as an all-in-one music production environment. Version 2 overhauls the sampling engine, introduces effects to the master section and brings automation editing to the touch screen.
FANTOM System 2.0
The update is a system update for existing FANTOM 6, 7 and 8 synthesizers – it’s not a whole new synthesizer. It’s downloadable from the Roland website and free to install.
In the previous version the sampling engine was pretty basic. All you could do was load up samples to the sample pads and trigger and loop them. In version 2 you can now sample directly to the keyboard for instant sample playing and pitching and you can stack samples up into detailed multi-sampled instruments. They are known in the system as Keyboard Samples and can be saved as part of a Scene. You can use them as new instruments or you can your samples as the basis of any oscillator/partial in a ZEN-Core tone. FANTOM contains Roland’s ZEN-Core technology as found in the Jupiter-X synthesizer and Zenology software.
TFX or Total Effects is now available on the Master section complimenting the existing compressor and EQ. TFX has 90 effects which can be applied to the master output although many are designed for individual sounds rather than running on a multi-layered master output.
Also new in version 2 is the ability to layer or split internal and external sources together as well as transpose them independently. There’s a “Microscope” view which lets you fine-tune notes in the sequencer and you can now draw and edit automation with your fingers. Oh, and you can change the touchscreen’s background – awesome.
Waves offer the OneKnob Wetter reverb effect as a free download on their website until September 28th, 2020. The deal is valid for all existing and newly registered user accounts (registration is free). OneKnob Wetter is a versatile yet straightforward reverb effect. Like the rest of the OneKnob plugin series from Waves Audio, the plugin […]
The best sample packs this week include dark cinemascapes, lo-fi loops great for a number of genres, a free collection of brass instruments, and all sounds you need to create sound design for film.
BOOM Library Cinematic Darkness Design
This sample pack provides the darkest atmospheres for film and cinema. All sounds are ready to slide into your projects so this can help if you have a deadline or have to provide a quick project turnaround. Included are terror sounds, screams, tension risers, glitches, gloom and doom that are instantly accessible. It comes in VST/3, AU, and AAX plug-in formats. These sounds has been used in some very popular films, and at just $109 it’s a steal.
This 2GB collection contains synths, drums, bass, melodies, one shots, loops, song kits, even 94 Serum presets for creating lo-fi productions. There is a great organization to everything, with all loops labeled by key and tempo. The samples evoke a wide range of emotions that are useful for many genres. It’s on sale right now for just $17, but normally only runs $28. Everything is royalty free.
The latest in FreeMusicProduction.net’s series focuses on brass instruments. It’s not easy to emulate these types of instruments digitally, but the control set has a nice range of parameters like envelope and LFO. There are also a host of on-board effects. Overall, the sounds come off as a bit of a hybrid between horns and synth. It comes in VST/3 and AU formats but only works within the HALion ecosystem.
Perfect for bold, ambient atmospheric sound design, this sample pack includes textures, drones, vocals and other harmonic elements. The third version includes an even more advanced control set with unique features, like Reverse and Stretch, that allow you to manipulate the sound in unique ways.
The interface is streamlined, making it easy to integrate the plug-in into your workflow. It comes with a host of signal processing as well like reverbs and delays, EQ, and full control over the ADSR. The quality of the sounds and expansiveness of the controls make the $199 price point worth every bit.
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