Tuesday, August 31, 2021

SOUNDWARE: ANIMAtronic Vol 1. Synth and Arpeggios for Steinberg ANIMA, and Sample Library.

 


ANIMAtronic Vol. 1

64 electronica synthesizer patches and 64 arpeggiator patterns for Steinberg HALion's ANIMA synthesizer. Also available as a sample collection. 

I got a copy of Steinberg's HALion 6 as a sample and instrument development tool that I could use to develop sample libraries and and virtual instruments that could be used by everyone via Steinberg's free HALion Sonic SE3 player. 

But I was delighted to find that it also comes supplied with a host of additional sample players and virtual synthesizers. So once my computer had spent several days downloading this additional content I set about exploring and checking out these additional products and associated content. 

By my reckoning, HALion comes with five additional software synthesizers. I'm including Skylab in this count although some might consider that a sample playback device for ambient and soundtrack type samples. 

Voltage is a virtual analog monosynth, Trium is a three oscillator virtual analog polysynth, Auron is a granular synthesizer and Anima is HALion's resident wavetable polysynth. 

Having spent a little bit of time playing around with these products, it was Anima that initially caught my ear and so I started developing and saving patches for this product. 

Anima is a dual oscillator plus sub wavetable synth subtractive style filtering and envelope generation. It comes with a vast array of waveforms, and the waveform scanning can be edited for position, speed, and direction, as well as phase and formant position. To help facilitate these parameter adjustments, Anima features 3d (or 2d) graphic rendering of waveforms which produces the added bonus that it's a great synth to look at!

I love synthesizer arpeggiators, and HALion has a really powerful arpeggiator that can be included with all developed instruments, so all the synths come with much the same on board arpeggiator, and, for me, this is where Anima really comes to life. The arpeggiator includes the usual 32 step pitch and velocity sequencer as well as parameters for things such as gate time, octave numbers, and sequencer 'reading', i.e. up/down, down/up, chord, etc. But the arpeggiator also allows you to include sequences for three additional parameters, which allows the arpeggiator to be used to modulate pretty much any parameer within the synth. For electronic music producers, this is a really powerful feature. 

These features make it a wonderful software synthesizer for anyone involved in electronic music. The sounds it makes have so much motion, and there's so much 'edge' and 'bite' to the sounds it makes. 

So here's my first collection of ANIMA patches and arpeggio patterns. There are 64 patches arranged into 8 groups of similar style sounds. Each of the 8 patch groups then has 8 arpeggiator patterns for a total of 64. They are all, I guess, European/industrial, or Motorik/Krautrock style patches and patterns. 

Demo Videos and Tracks. 


The 'main' demo video is finally now available.
 




This collection has had quite a long 'gestation' period over which I've put together a number of demo videos and tracks, and you'll find all these below.





Some other tracks at my hearthis.at page:










Download Information and Link.

You can download a copy of ANIMAtronic Vol 1 using the following link. The sounds are organised into groups with each folder containing at least eight patches, and eight arpeggiator presets. Just right click to download the entire folder and then drag the patches into HALion's 'sound dock'. The arpeggitor presets can be loaded via ANIMA's arpeggiator page. 


You need HALion with a copy of ANIMA for these patches. The advantages of having ANIMA are clear, you can edit all these sounds and arpeggios to develop your own creations. However, if you don't have a copy of HALion/ANIMA, then I've also developed a collection of .wav samples from the project which can be used with pretty much any sample player/instrument, and they can be downloaded from the link below. 


If you like and use this sound collection, or any of my soundware projects, and would like to support future projects, and/or buy me a drink, then please donate via my Paypal.me page via the image/link below. Suggested £3 - £5 for this soundware pack.  Many Thanks. 






Disclaimer:

The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 

 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

SOUNDWARE: Chamber Cello for Zampler. Project Zompler.

 



A soundware set dedicated to the cello. My original Strings collection had some cello sounds, but here you'll find some alternatives, and a more comprehensive collection. With fast and slow attack times, brighter and darker filter settings, and alternative effects processing, you should find the cello sound you need. 

Great for songwriting or anyone composing or arranging classical or soundtrack pieces. 

Zampler is available free from the following link. It's a VST sample player with synthesizer style editing. 


I'm currently developing 'essential' soundware sets for songwriters, as well as ambient and soundtrack composers and arrangers. 

Download Link. 

You can download your copy of 'Chamber Cello' from the following link. Just download the whole folder to you hard drive and use Zampler's 'load patch' function to select your sounds. 




If you like my work, use the products, would like to support future projects, and/or would like to buy me a drink, then please donate via my Paypal.me page via the image/link below. Many Thanks. 






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Disclaimer:

The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 

 

Thursday, August 19, 2021

SOUNDWARE: Strings 2 for Zampler. Project Zompler.

 


A second collection of strings for Zampler, expanding on our original strings collection with some more ensemble type sounds with a different character and timbre. 

Great for songwriting, as well as instrumental/soundtrack writing and composing. 

Zampler is a free VST instrument featuring a sample player with synthesizer style editing and parameters. You can download your free copy from the following link. 


Project Zompler is my ongoing soundware project providing a comprehensive library of 'essential' patches for Zampler.

Download Link.

Get your copy of Strings 2 by using the link below. Just right click and download the whole folder t your hard drive then use Zampler's 'Load Patch' function to select and audition your required sound(s). 




Thanks for checking it out!



If you like my work, use the products, would like to support future projects, and/or would like to buy me a drink, then please donate via my Paypal.me page via the image/link below. Many Thanks. 






Disclaimer:

The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 

SOUNDWARE: E-Drum Mechanics Volume 3. Electronic Drum Sample Library

 




E-Drum Mechanics is my original electronic drum sample and kit library. 

Volume Three is now available with original, creative electronic drum samples and resamples plus four specially developed kits for RitMix.  

This edition has 201 samples. 181 great sounding kicks, snares, hi-hats and cymbals as well as percussion and fx hits, plus 10 kick drum and 10 snare drum resamples. Squeezed, shaped, EQ'd and crushed to deliver that big, production quality sound. 

53 Kick Drums
43 Snares/Claps
62 HiHats/Cymbals
23 Percussion/Hits. 

Plus,

10 Kick Drum Resamples
10 Snare Drum Resamples. 


..... and 4 kits for RitMix. RitMix is a free drum machine instrument from the Soundbridge people. You can download your free copy from the following link. 


Download Link.

Get your copy of E-Drum Mechanics 3 using the link below. Just right click and download the whole folder to your hard drive. Just navigate from your preferred sample player/drum machine to load the samples. 

The RitMix kits can be loaded using RitMix's menu and 'load kit' function. 



Donate.

If you like my work, use the products, and/or would like to support future projects then please donate via my Paypal.me page via the image/link below. Suggested: £2 - £5. Many Thanks. 




Disclaimer:

The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 

Saturday, August 14, 2021

FREE SOUNDWARE: Muted Trumpet For Zampler. Project Zompler.

 



Get that intimate, smokey jazz club vibe with this collection of muted trumpet patches for Zampler. Or maybe even or more spacious, soundtrack vista sound.

Zampler is a free VST sample player/synthesizer instrument available free from the link below. 


Project Zompler is my sample and patch library for Zampler providing a comprehensive collection of essential sounds for Zampler


Download Link.

Get your patches and associated samples by clicking the link below. Right click, and download the whole folder to your hard drive, then use Zampler's 'Load Patch' function to load and audition the sounds. 




Thanks for checking it out!


If you like my work, use the products, would like to support future projects, and/or would like to buy me a drink, then please donate via my Paypal.me page via the image/link below. Many Thanks. 






Disclaimer:

The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 

Thursday, August 5, 2021

FREE SOUNDWARE: Ghost Machine. Yamaha RX5. Demo Video.

 A short video demo/explanation of the Yamaha RX5 soundware library/pack is now available to view over at my Youtube channel. 

Demo track, history, famous users, and some personal ramblings......

Check it out........



Wednesday, August 4, 2021

FREE SOUNDWARE: Project Zompler. Juno Polysynth for Zampler.

 


'Juno Polysynth' for Zampler. 


Here's the latest sound set for Zampler
Project Zompler is my ongoing soundware project for Zampler
Zampler is a freeware VST sample player with synthesizer parameters and effects. You can download your free copy here:


Project Zompler.


Project Zompler will provide a full set of 'essential' sounds/patches for Zampler ideal for use with freeware or entry level music production platforms (or DAWs) that don't come with much in the way of instruments and sounds, such as Soundbridge or Reaper. Turning Zampler into what is commonly referred to as a Rompler. Great for learning/education, but the sounds are really usable and ideal for songwriters and music composers that need a strong 'foundation' of 'everyday' sounds. 

All the sounds are stored in Zampler's own .fxb file format along with the source samples, so they are ready to use patches and don't require any further mapping or editing. 

I reckon I'm now up to 99 patches in the collection, you can find the others, which include piano/e-piano, acoustic guitars, electric basses, strings, voices/choirs, trumpet, sax, and organs by searching 'Zompler' in the search bar. Once I get to the magic 128 I'll collate all the sets into a single blog post page and download file for anyone who would like the whole library in one go. 





Juno Polysynth Sounds for Zampler. 

This patch collection is a selection of 20 polysynth sounds. Based around a sawtooth wave sample, this collection features some really powerful 'comps' as they are sometimes known alongside some slower moving pad type sounds. 

Zampler's powerful filtering, modulation, envelope generators and effects have been used to supply a great selection of fat, powerful sounds evoking the 'analog' synth age of the 70s and 80s. 

It actually kind of turns Zampler into a synthesizer in it's own right. 


Juno Polysynth for Zampler Download Link. 

Use the following link to downlod the patches along with the source samples. Just right click to download the whole folder to your hard drive then use Zampler's 'Load Patch' function to navigate to and load the required patch/sound. 


Thanks for checking it out!


If you like my work, use the products, would like to support future projects, and/or would like to buy me a drink, then please donate via my Paypal.me page via the image/link below. Many Thanks. 





Disclaimer:

The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

FREE SOUNDWARE: Ghost Machine. Yamaha RX-5. Samples/Resamples, and RitMix Kits

 




Yamaha RX5 Sample Library. 


This month's Ghost Machine vintage drum machine sample/kit collection is the mighty Yamaha RX5


Yamaha's RX5 was the ultimate incarnation of the RX Series drum machine, boasting touch sensitive pads, 12 separate outputs with their own individual faders and basic sound editing controls including pitch and envelope adjustment....... and 24 (yes 24!) digitally sampled sounds. 

I remember when I started in music retail in the mid/late eighties, this was a very sought after product with a ticket price around £900 I believe, although moving on to London's Denmark Street a little later, I became interested in more 'exotic' American products such as EMUs SP1200 and Sequential's Studio 440

But the RX5 did have it's admirers and users including New Order, Cocteau Twins, Madonna, Cameo, and interestingly The Sisters of Mercy. I was always led to believe that the Sister's 'Dr Avalanche' was an old Boss DR-55 Doctor Rhythm drum machine. However 'Dr Avalanche' had a number of incarnations and at one point was an RX5. I guess, rather like Dr Who, he/she regenerated into different machine forms. 

More info on the Sisters of Mercy and their drum machines here.  

You can certainly hear how the RX5 would have suited the Sister's sound with it's big rattly snare drum and fat/thuddy kick. 

So here we have not only the original set of sounds from the RX5 but a set of resamples, with some of the sounds EQ'd, squashed, crushed and shaped to be even bigger, fatter and even more 80s!

Ritmix Kits.


in addition to the set of samples, I've also put together some kits for Soundbridge's Ritmix drum machine instrument. Ritmix is an incredible freeware VST drum machine. All my drum machine sets that have kits are now put together for Ritmix so anyone can access them free of charge including the mighty, and soon to be legendary, 80s Goth Kit.  

To download your free copy of Ritmix just head over to soundbridge.io and you'll find it there. 


Demo Video.

I've put together a quick demo video for this soundware set with a demo track and some RX5 history, famous users and some personal ramblings. 




 

Download Link. 

You can get your free RX5 samples/resamples and Ritmix kits via the link below. Just right click to download the entire folder. You can then use the individual samples with your own sample player of choice or via Ritmix. 



Optional Donation.

If you like my work, use the products, and/or would like to support future projects then please donate via my Paypal.me page via the image/link below. Many Thanks. 





Disclaimer:

The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 
   

Monday, August 2, 2021

FREEWARE REVIEW: Soundbridge RitMix. Freeware Drum's Best Kept Secret.

 




Fully featured drum machine instrument with 16 pads, step sequencing, comprehensive sound editing, and factory sound and pattern library. 

Seems almost too good to be true, but it isn't. Developed by the Soundbridge people, but it's a VST plug-in, so you don't need to be using Soundbridge to use it. It's available to download completely separately from their website at soundbridge.io

Like Soundbridge, it's attractively and professionally presented and arranged in the same style as Soundbridge. 

Any third party .wav drum samples can be loaded into any of the 16 pads so you don't need to stick to the factory sounds although 200+ are provided. 

In fact, all my electronic drum sample collections now come with kits developed exclusively for RitMix, so for this reason alone, you should get yourself a copy!

Lets take a quick look.......


Ritmix Step Sequencer.


Ritmix has a drum machine style step sequencer page that allows sequencing of the 16 pad sounds. Sequence length can be defined and four pattern slots are available which can be run consecutively or selected when required. Your DAW's automation recording facilities should allow you to record pattern selections as your song runs. 






Some basic sound editing features are available via this page including pitch and filter editing for each sample, velocity and panning, distortion fx, and random patterns can be generated. In fact, randomisation is available for most of the parameters here. 

Ritmix Sound Editing.





 

Ritmix's sample editing is as comprehensive as you like with envelope generators for amp, pitch and filter, four band parametric EQ can be applied, normalisation is available to optimise each samples level and loop playback is available. 

A visual stereo representation of the selected sample is shown. 


Ritmix Effects.


Reverb, delay and compression processing/effects are available and each of the 16 samples has a send level to each. Delay can be synced to your DAWs master tempo. 





Each of the effects has comprehensive parameter editing for fine tuning. 


Ritmix Mixer Page.





Ritmix has a mixer page which brings all the mix parameters into a single window so you can edit the sounds for patterns as they run without having to skip around different windows. Solo and mute are available for each of the 16 samples, pan, reverb and delay send, as well as gain/level for each sample can all be adjusted from this single window.


Conclusion. 


I don't know of a freeware drum machine instrument that really comes close to Ritmix. In fact, it's difficult to think of any features it's missing. As a reason user, I regularly use ReDrum and there's really nothing missing. In fact, Ritmix has more pads, on board effects, and far more comprehensive sample editing. Some may find the single set of outputs a bit limiting, but the on board effects (including compression) and mixing go some way to overcoming this limitation. 

It's really professionally presented with lots of colour to make navigation quick and easy and the logical editing windows allow adjustments to be made whilst patterns are running without jumping around different windows. 

I'd go and download yourself a free copy before they change their minds!    


Disclaimer:

The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software.