MSCC, is a freeware sidechain compressor effect in VST and AU for PC and Mac on 32 bit and 64 bit. The compressor is mono with two inputs: (left channel is used as main audio input and right channel functions as sidechain input).
MSCC offers six main controls in a compressor: Threshold, Makeup Gain, Ratio, Knee Width, Attack, and Release. If you are looking to use a free functional compressor, you will not regret it. This plugin can be downloaded free of charge. You must only use a valid email address.
If you are looking for lo-fi sounds, AfroDJMac is giving to you a Sample Pack for Ableton Live, dedicated to Yamaha DD-8 completely free. You can also use these sounds in your favorite sampler.
This Yamaha DD-8 package offers a variety of built-in effects. You can use ADSR envelope, a filter and a pair of modulation effects. Samples are fully mapped and ready for use outside the box. Also the single-cycle waveforms of the original package are looped and mapped to play them as a synthesizer.
You will have 21 samples in WAV-16-bit and 1 Ableton Live, ALS format.
If you are looking for some effective tutorials to learn creative synthesis, Musician David Bessell shares some amazing techniques.
David Bessell teaches and researches at Plymouth University in the UK, and is also a member of Node:
“These three are not aimed at specific sounds, but rather at creative ways of making your own sounds, how to make your sequences more interesting and how to control your analogue synth with a guitar for more expressive results. These latest tutorials are intended to be easy to follow or recreate on different synths, but produce quite musically sophisticated results with minimum patching.”
Check how make creative patching:
Check video for quick way of generating musical variation from a step sequencer:
The next video looks at using a guitar to control an analog synth:
For all those who are crazy about Eurorack synthesizers, Mack Bartsch a.k.a spaceprodigi, presented through her Facebook account, a nice demonstration that exposes the power of the module Moog Drummer From Another Mother.
The Moog Drummer From Another Mother (DFAM) is a limited edition product, created in the Moogfest 2017 by its Engineer VIP assistants. Bartsch in company of other assistants had the task of building this impressive module in those DIY sessions taught by an Moog engineer.
In the video Bartsch demonstrates everything the Moog Drummer From Another Mother can do.
Ampify, sub-brand from Novation, creator of Blocs Wave app introduced its new product Groovebox, a completely free platform all-in-one for iPad that offers you all basics necessary to take your creativity to the music terrain.
You will have two synthesizers dedicated to harmony and melody (Poly-8), and other to create basslines (Retrobass), also a drum machine (Drumbox) capable of loading patterns or make your own sequences. The instruments provide advanced functions for adjusting parameters such as filter or waveshape, this virtual gears will have an exclusive store for find sounds. In addition, you will get a mixer and functions to keep everything selected in a musical key. Your projects can be synchronize via Ableton Link, for then export your creations to your DAW.
It should be mentioned again that the app is free, however, if you are looking to take advantage of Groovebox, you need to pay for in-app purchases for use another features.
Check demo below.
Groovebox is compatible with iPad 4th Generation, iPad Air 1/2, iPad Pro 9.7/12.9, iPad Mini 2/3/4, iPod Touch 6th Generation, iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPhone 6/6S, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus. Requires iOS 10.
• Discover and build ideas – Quickly explore sounds with hundreds of melody and rhythm patterns
• Play touchable instruments – Create your own melodies and beats
• Three powerful instruments – Drumbox, Retrobass and Poly-8
• Build beats – Play drum pads or keys, sequence notes or use patterns
• Sound innovation – Synths developed in partnership with synth pioneers Novation
• Expand your sounds – Regular, fresh-content drumpacks, presets and patterns*
• Production-ready sounds – Crafted by world-class sound designers and artists
• Extendable Instruments – Expose more tweakable synth controls
• Sequence your music – Draw notes and build patterns instead of playing them
• Stay in time and key – Choose from any tempo, key or musical scale
• Mix your music – 8-track mixer on iPad. Instrument focus mixer on iPhone.
• Share your music – Easily create a mix of your music to share with others
*Requires In-App Purchase
• Jam with others – Audiobus, Inter-App Audio, Ableton Link and Ableton Export
• Ableton Export – Easily send your project to Ableton Live
• Full scale support – All keys and major, minor and modes supported
• Project management – Rename, duplicate and delete
• iPad Pro support – Optimised to use the entire iPad Pro screen
• Send your ideas to a laptop – Batch export your pads as a .zip file, or use Ableton Export
• Bluetooth speaker supported
Wave Artsintroduced a new freeware vintage style plugin to generate saturation effects on compatible on PC and Mac DAWs.
Tube Saturator Vintage is an emulation of the 12AX7 dual triode preamplifier, paired with a 3-band Baxandall equalizer. The plugin offers 5 knobs, on / off switches for the EQ module, “Fat” processing mode and a VU meter. It also provides undo options and A / B test buttons.
Retaining the quality of Wave Arts, Tube Saturator Vintage is everything you would expect from an emulation of a tube amp. It is offered in 32-bit and 64-bit VST / AU / AAX formats for Windows and Mac OS.
For all Mac & PC users, you can get completely free a Spectrum Analyzer, made by Ben/Schulz, multi-track VST spectrum analyzer that aims to facilitate your mixing work.
This tool is very usefull if you don’t have a studio room with acoustic conditioning or nice treatment on your home studio. We can see all frequencys to be more careful in mixing process or mastering. It provides real-time analysis views, and can be helpful in audio restoration and complex audio analysis.
This plugin has an unique feature, the ability to route multiple instrument channels to its analyzer input.This is helpful when you are checking the master bus to see how individual instruments affects the overall read-out. This freeware version has two avalaible input stereo channels.
You can get Spectrum in 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU/AAX plugin. formats for Windows or OS X.
Note: Licensing-System supports two modes: Floating & Locked. The default is Floating. While your license is floating, you transfer it between your machines as often as you like. But this requires internet access. If your Studio Workstation does not have internet access or do not want the plugin to connect to our server each time it’s loaded, you can Lock a License to your machine. A locked License cannot be transferred to another computer.
The free trial version runs for 14 days and has no restrictions. After that you need to ‘purchase’ the free base version. The base version supports up to two stereo pairs (four channels). More channels are available via an upgrade. In the all channel unlocket version a sigle plugin instance supports up to 16 channels (eight stereo pairs). However this number might be less if your DAW does not support this number of channels.
If you have a good collection of vinyl records, you could build your own cabinet in a modern style.
The initiative has a sumptuous design comes through the youtube channel Chris Salomone, who has shared a friendly guide for the construction of a magnificent shelf for vinyl and turntable console.
With a dynamic video, we can learn basic steps to create a parallelogram design with sense of movement, being at the same time a complete functional piece of furniture.