Wednesday, September 29, 2021

DEMO VIDEO: Minimoog Synth Bass Soundfont (.sf2) and Zampler Patches. Youtube

 



A quick demo video for the Synth Bass .SF2 Soundfont and Zampler patches is now available to check out via my Youtube channel below. 

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SOUNDWARE: Jazz Club Double Bass for Bitwig Sampler

 



Jazz Club Double Bass for Bitwig Sampler.

The Jazz Club double bass for Bitwig Sampler is now available to download and play. It is presented as an 'expanded' Bitwig preset file with additional compressor, chorus, EQ, and filtering nested within Sampler. This has allowed me to produce a number of different 'presets' with altered filtering, and EQ to produce a range of varied sounds. 

There are four Bitwig presets within the soundware pack. 

The instrument is sampled in detail with three velocity layers, and a detailed 'twangy' double bass 'attack' at the top velocity layer. 

Great for all jazz, ambient and maybe even rockabilly composers and songwriters. 

Jazz Club Double Bass Demo Video. 

I've produced a short demo video for the soundware pack which is available to view at my Youtube channel. The video uses the Zampler version of the pack, but the Bitwig version uses the same collection of samples, so you'll get the idea!





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Jazz Club Bass for Bitwig Download Link. 

You'll find the download link for the patches below. You can download the entire folder with the raw samples if you like, but judging by the file sizes, I think Bitwig does 'wrap' the samples within the preset files, so you don't need the 'samples' folder if you don't wish to download it. 
Jut download the Bitwig presets and use Bitwigs 'browser' to navigate to them. 



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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

SOUNDWARE: ANIMAtronic Workshop. Vol 1. Full Demo Video. Finally Here.

 



It's taken a long, long time, but ANIMAtronic Workshop Vol 1 for Steinberg's ANIMA wavetable synthesizer is finally complete with a full demo video. 

64 synthesizer patches and 64 'electronica' arpeggiator loops. 

ANIMA is great for synth arpeggios. The wavetable oscillators combine with the on-board arpeggiator make for a bunch of sounds with edge and bite. 


Steinberg ANIMAtronic Workshop Vol 1. Demo Video. 

..... and here, finally, is the demo video. If you use HALion/ANIMA and have a spare thirty five minutes and fifty four seconds, then why not check it out...... 






The main ANIMAtronic Workshop Vol 1 page can be found below alongside the download links and other related videos. 




So why not head over there and grab yourself a copy. 


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Saturday, September 25, 2021

DAW REVIEW: Bitwig. Part Three. Unified Modulation System, Instrument Containers, and The Grid.

 



In this part of our journey through the latest version of Bitwig, I'll take a look at three great features that help Bitwig stand out from other music production platforms (DAWs) and may help you if you're considering going for Bitwig as your first DAW or if you are considering switching. 

In part two I took a look at some of Bitwig's major instrument devices, in this part, I'll look at the The Unified Modulation System, the concept of Instrument Containers, and The Grid modular patching feature. 

Bitwig Unified Modulation System. 






You will notice that on many of Bitwig's major instruments, e.g. Polysynth, FM-4, etc. that they are equipped very few modulators. Polysynth, as standard, has filter and amp EGs but that's about it. There is a reason for this. 

Bitwig employs a system of unified modulation which allows all instruments to access the same comprehensive 'suite' of modulator devices. So instruments such as Polysynth, FM-4, and Phase-4 can draw upon the resources of all the modulator devices. 

The little circle with an arrow coming out of it (see image above) represents all things pertaining to The Unified Modulation System, so if you this symbol you know what you're dealing with. Using this system, you can add any of the modulator devices to your instrument and use them to modulate any fully variable parameter of the instrument. 

It's almost a form of virtual instrument creation. You can create a version of FM-4, Polysynth or Phase-4 with your own suite of modulators. When you've created a sound, all the modulation devices, routings and values are stored within the patch so, of course, it sounds exactly the same every time you load/recall it. 

The list of modulator devices are many and varied. They include, as you would expect, ADSR and AHDSR envelope generators and various types of LFOs but there are also other modulators such as XY Pads, randomness generators, simple buttons and step sequencers. 

You can also use the Unified Modulation System to create a set of Macro Controls that give you grouped and instant access to a collection of the most used parameters of an instrument. 

Simply use the the little arrow symbol on the left hand side of any instrument, then use the 'plus' button to add a modulator from the pop up list. Double click the modulator window, and the instrument will enter a modulation routing mode. You can then select any parameter on the instrument to select modulation routing and amount. So modulation types, routings, and values can be set up in just a few clicks. 


Bitwig Instrument Containers. 


Bitwig also allows you to connect and 'embed' other FX devices and Note FX devices within a single 'Instrument Container', so you can create your own effects suite within an instrument patch alongside Note FX devices. Note FX devices include such things as arpeggiators, chord memory devices, etc. 






Bitwig's major instrument devices have tow boxes on their right side marked FX and Note FX and these allow you to add additional devices to the instrument. These additional devices and their associated controls and graphics the appear to the right of the instrument so you can create 'nested' device chains. 

So you could, for example, create a sample based instrument using Bitwig's Sampler instrument, then add a reverb, a powerful 5 band EQ, a filter, and maybe a compressor. You can then edit all the associated FX parameters to create a variety of patches and then save them to your library. When recalled, all the patches will have their associated FX devices and parameters recalled and set as they were when you saved them. So you've created your own 'effects suite' to go with the instrument.

Similarly, if you wanted to add an arpeggiator to a Phase-4 patch, for example, you can. Simply drag Bitwig's arpeggiator into the 'Note FX' box and write your arpeggiator patterns. Again, the pattern is stored when you save your creation to your library. Other 'Note FX' devices are available such as 'chord memory' type processors that allow you to memorise a chord and then play it with a single key. 

This is all part of what Bitwig describes as 'modular thinking'. Allowing all devices to interact and combine to maximise the creative possibilities. 

 

Bitwig's 'The Grid'. 





The final major feature of Bitwig we'll take a brief look at is something available from version 3 onwards and that's The Grid. This takes Bitwig's 'modular thinking' to it's ultimate conclusion and allows the virtual construction of modular synthesizers (Poly Grid) or modular audio effects processors (Audio Grid). 

A 'library' of 150+ modules are available to The Grid. There are sound generators, filters, mixers, modulators, note processors, effects, and audio processors. These can all be combined and connected in almost any way imaginable to create your own unique instruments. A module version of Sampler is available as a sound generator here, so sample based instruments are possible as well as 'synthesizer' creations. 

You can construct your modular sample or synth creation using The Grid editor. This shows a categorized 'palette' of devices at the top, which you can drag into the main editing space. Devices are connected for audio via patch cords. Bitwig will often intelligently provide a pre-cord for regularly used connections between devices. Of course, other types of signal paths are required such as data for logic, phase, and pitch information and these use a system of colour coded cords. Zooming and scrolling are possible for larger instrument creations. 

As with the Unified Modulation System, modulation devices can be used to modulate almost any parameter(s) from The Grid instrument. FX and Note FX devices can also be nested within the Grid instrument to form an 'effects suite' for your instrument and, like, the other major instrument devices, your Grid creation can employ Note FX devices such as the arpeggiator. The instrument you create within The Grid essentially becomes another instrument device and can be used in exactly the same way with the 'nesting' of additional FX. 

So, once again, Bitwig is really adding to the recording and mixing function of a music production platform, and adding 'instrument creation' to this list of functions. Through The Grid it is now possible to create an endlessly varying collection of sample and synthesizer based instruments. This really makes Bitwig a platform for sound design as well as recording and sequencing in a single software package.

Whilst you can experiment and play with The Grid in the 8 Track and 16 Track versions of Bitwig, you can save your creations, so you really need the full version of Bitwig Studio to fully experience it.  


Conclusion. 

So as well as being a powerful recording and sequencing platform, Bitwig is also a sound designer's dream, delivering creativity and flexibility in spades, but that doesn't mean it's for everybody. All of this does come with a price, and that's really complexity and a learning curve. Bitwig have clearly gone to great lengths to make their software, despite it's flexibility and creative possibilities, as accessible and as quick to learn a possible. It's also produced a great deal of written and video support resources for it. But it's never going to be for everyone. If you're a singer/songwriting looking for a tool to quickly produce piano/guitar/vocal/drum based song demos then it may not only not be for you, but also provide much that you will never use. 

I think it could also be argued that 'hardcore' electronic sound designers and producers may wish to get their inspiration from a variety of sources rather than just one. Many software designers specialise in some of the things that Bitwig does as a whole. Would it be more interesting and creative to put together a 'suite' of tools from a variety of sources rather than a single 'do it all' box? The full version of Bitwig Studio isn't cheap, and it may be more creative and fun to build something from a variety of suppliers. A more basic DAW, a modular synth VST from one supplier, a wavetable synth from another, etc, etc. 

Having said all that, Bitwig is an impressive and powerful creative tool, and really is a sound developer's and experimenter's dream. It's fast becoming the DAW of choice for committed electronic music producers and sound designers. Just make sure it's for you.

In Part Four, we'll take a look at Bitwig's recording and sequencing facilities.  

Links:

More information, tutorial videos, user manuals, and information on the different Bitwig products is available from their website at:



Here are the links to the other parts of this review. 





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Friday, September 24, 2021

SOUNDWARE: Jazz Club Double Bass for Reason NN-XT Sampler.

 



Double Bass Samples and Patches for Reason NNXT.


The Jazz Club Double Bass soundware pack for Reason NN-XT is now ready to download and play.

Sampled in detailed across three velocity layers with a detailed 'twangy' attack, this pack is a must for all jazz, ambient, and instrumental composers of all genres. 

In addition to the raw samples, Jazz Club Double Bass features eight upright bass sounds for Reason NN-XT. Offering alternative filter, envelope and modulation parameter settings to produce a range of ready to use patches. 

Jazz Club Double Bass for NN-XT Demo Video. 


I've produced a short demo video for the soundware pack which you can find at my Youtube channel. This was produced using the Zampler version of the soundware, but the NN-XT version was produced with the same raw samples and soundfont, and sounds virtually identical. There is no on-board effects suite for NN-XT so you'll need to add any required effects from Reason's suite of effects processors. 




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Jazz Club Double Bass for NN-XT Download Link. 

You'll find the patches for NN-XT at the following link. The folder contains both the raw samples as well as the eight patches for NN-XT and you'll need all of these files, so download the whole folder to your hard drive, then use NN-XT's 'browse' function to locate the patches. The folder for the raw samples is nested within the whole project folder so Reason should locate the samples immediately. 




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Thursday, September 23, 2021

SOUNDWARE: Korg Kross 2. Performance Keys. Updated File.

 


I've now updated the Korg Kross 2 Performance Keys soundware pack to a .pcg file. 

Loads of great sounding organs, electric pianos, clavinets, and pianos, all making full use of Kross 2's great sounding effects section especially the distortion, talking modulator, and phaser effects.  

The original collection were as individual .krs.pr files which some people had a problem using. I think maybe these types of fils can only be loaded into a Kross 2 via the editing software. Maybe. 

Anyway you can download all 64 sounds/patches as a .pcg file. Be careful when using it. This file re-writes all 512 user programs, so don't overwrite anything valuable accidentally. 

Korg Kross 2 Performance Keys Demo Video. 


Here's the little demo video I did for the soundware pack. 





Download Link. 


You can download your Performance Keys soundware pack from the following link. The single .pcg file contains all the patches. Download the entire file then transfer it to the 'Data' folder in your Korg Kross 2 formatted SD card. You'll need a computer with an SD card slot, or the Kross 2 editing software.  



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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

VST REVIEW: Cherry Audio Mercury-4 Virtual Analog Software Synth

 


Cherry Audio Mercury-4 Review. 


Virtual analog doesn't get much more instant, fun, and accessible as this. 

Cherry Audio's latest addition to their collection of vintage virtual analog products is a recreation of Roland's 4 voice proto-poly Jupiter 4 synthesizer with some enhancements, not least of which is that it's now 16 voice polyphonic. 

Users of the Jupiter 4 included Vince Clarke and the early incarnation of Depeche Mode and Yazzo, I believe it features on some early Duran Duran tracks courtesy of Nick Rhodes. The Cars also had one, as did The Human League, and Thomas Dolby. 

I recently took a look at their Oberheim Eight-Voice recreation, and whilst it sounded great, I did feel the enhancements and implementation were a little 'cumbersome.'. No such problem with the Mercury-4. I'm pleased to say, it's instant, accessible and loads of fun. 

Don't be fooled by the single oscillator plus sub signal source. Mercury-4 is capable of plenty of big, fat, bass, lead and poly sounds. The 16 voice implementation helps with this, as you can use Unison mode and still be polyphonic. The faithful reproduction of the original ensemble/chorus (the only 'effects' section from the original hardware version) offers additional assistance in the 'fatness department.'

Mercury-4 Basic Architecture. 


Saw, square and pulse waves are available from the oscillator with width modulation for the pulse wave. The sub produces the same waveform simultaneously an octave down. A noise generator is also provided with level control. 

Dual mode low pass and high pass filtering are provided with ADSR envelope alongside the usual amplifier ADSR envelope. 

LFO modulation can be applied with level controls for all three major sections with square, sine, saw, and inverse saw. A separate LFO dedicated to 'sample and hold' modulation is also available and can be applied simultaneously to the standard LFO. Of course, all LFO frequencies can be synced to your music production platform's master tempo. 

Some great features are available along the front keyboard strip (which doesn't exist on the original hardware version), including the aforementioned ensemble/chorus with width control, the basic Jupiter 4 arpeggiator which, of course, can now be synced to your DAW's master tempo, chord memory function (!), I love chord memory facilities, a Roland Tape Echo recreation with time and level controls, and reverb with decay and level controls. 

Controls to the side of the keyboard cover pitch bend/mod wheel controls and polyphonic portamento with time control is provided. 

How Does it Sound?


Well.....I have to confess I've never owned or played a Jupiter 4, so I can't really say how authentic it sounds, but I can say it sounds great! Certainly sounds like I'd imagine a Jupiter 4 to sound, if that makes any sense. Certainly sounds very analog. If you know what I mean. 

Loads of great sounding presets are provided which ably demonstrate the instrument's capabilities to the full. Some of my favourites include:


All Our Eighties.
Angelic Glider.
Brash Brass.
Bright Side. Eighties arpeggiator.
Soft Focus. Analog pad.
Canadian Thunder. Sample and Hold LFO patch. 
Cascades. great sounding arpeggiator patch. 
Funky Clav. analog clavinet. 
Choral Pad. analog choir. 
Fat PWM Sweep. fat analog filter sweep.  


The 16 voice capability certainly helps in this regard, allowing you to stack voices whilst maintaining at least some polyphony, and it also allows bigger chord for the chord memory function!

The additional effects also enhance things. 

Conclusion. 


I really like Mercury-4. You can download a 30 day demo version that has full functionality but just produces a burst of noise now and again, and the full version is a steal at $39. 

It sounds great, and Cherry Audio have added all the right 'virtual extras' without over-complicating things. 

The instant, accessible nature of the instrument should have you playing around, programming, and saving your creations in no time, but even if you don't you'll find plenty of useful noises in the comprehensive, great sounding list of presets. 

Mercury-4 is available as an AU, VST, VST3, AAX plug-in, or standalone version for PC or Mac. 

Links.

Mercury 4 is now available from PluginFox


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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

DAW REVIEW: Bitwig Studio. V4, 8 track and 16 Track DAWs. Part Two: Major Instrument Devices.

 




Bitwig Studio is packaged with a number of powerful and innovative instruments and features that really do set it apart from all other popular DAWs and music production platforms, and in this part I'll take a closer look at five of Bitwig's major instrument devices. You'll find a basic introduction to Bitwig over at  part one




Firstly, there are a number of supplied synthesizer, sample, and drum instruments alongside processors and effects. Collectively Bitwig refer to this library of instruments and tools as Devices, and there are currently 150+ supplied with the software. 

But it is also the flexibility when it comes to using and combing these Devices that also sets Bitwig apart and unlock it's power. 

Three major features of Bitwig are key. The Grid, Instrument Containers, and The Unified Modulation System are all powerful and creative tools that facilitate the creation of custom instruments, modular synthesizer setups, and processor/FX stacks and tools. 

So in this part we'll take a detailed look at the major instrument devices and then these three flexible features in part three. Features that are making Bitwig so popular among computer music creatives and producers. 

The first part of my look at Bitwig (Intro) can be found via the link below. 



and I also offer training and consultancy services putting together computer systems built around Bitwig Studio and training courses/facilities. More information below. 




Bitwig Instrument Devices.

So I'll start by taking a closer look at Bitwig's major instrument devices. All the instruments come with a large selection of presets which can be loaded from the lower level of the browser on the right hand side of the screen, so there's lots of standard soundware to try with each instrument to give you an idea of it's sonic character and capabilities. 

Bitwig Sampler




A capable sampler is really a must for any music production software and Bitwig's Sampler instrument covers this base nicely. 

You can use it as a basic sample device for single 'hits', vocal phrase, or effects, or for playing and/or developing multi-samples instruments with complex cross-faded key zone mapping and velocity layers. As a bonus feature, Sampler seems to reliably load .sf2 Soundfont files despite there being no mention of this in Bitwig's user manual. There are lots of freely available .SF2 Soundfonts available to download through various sites and, if nothing else, are a great starting point for learning Sampler. You'll find lots of information and resources on Soundfonts at my dedicated Soundfont pages. 


My Soundfont library:


When dealing with 'simple' single samples, all parameters and the waveform view is contained within the instrument at the bottom of the page, when editing or developing larger multi-sampled instruments the view is expanded as per below. 
  



Multi-sampled instruments can be edited for key-mapping and velocity layering as a 'grid' or as a 'list' and full cross-fading is available. This really facilitates the development of very dynamic and playable instruments. 

Powerful individual waveform editing is also available with start, end, gain, reversing and looping (including crossfading) available. 

Time stretching is available through the 'Cycles' playback mode where speed does not affect pitch, and a 'Textures' mode offers granular playback mode with grain size and a randomised motion control offers granular synthesis. 

'Traditional' synthesizer parameter editing is also available with filtering and amplitude envelope editing. 

The right hand side contains two icons for nested device chains. These allow additional note processing devices and FX processors to be nested within Sampler. This allows additional devces to be nested within Sampler. This feature is available for all of Bitwig's major instrument device. More on this in Part Three. 


Bitwig Drum Machine.






The second major instrument device supplied with Bitwig is Drum Machine. This is a drum playback device containing up to 128 drum or 'hit' type samples. 

Editing for each sample 'pad' is available via a 'drum chain'. The default editing device includes attack/decay envelope, filtering and velocity sensitivity. Other devices can be added to the chain for applying effects to each pad/sound. Pads and sounds can also be assigned to 'choke groups' to allow triggered notes to cut off other notes in the group. The classic example is the hi-hat where the open hi-hat is silenced when the closed hi hat note is triggered. 


Bitwig Polysynth





Polysynth is a dual oscillator virtual analog synth with dynamic, synchable, blendable oscillators capable of varying between a sawtooth wave, a pulse wave, and a +1ve sawtooth wave. This is achieved via the 'shape' control which can be modulated over time. 

Each oscillator has an associated sub oscillator and multi-voice unison mode which makes it great for synth basses, a number of which can be found among the presets. 

The two oscillators can be mixed in a variety of innovative ways including amplitude modulation from oscillator 2 to 1, and phase cancelling options. 

A powerful multi-mode resonant filter is available with non-linear wave-shaping distortion modes.   

Looking at the image above, you may notice that the only modulators visible above are two envelope generators. One for filter, one for amp. The reason for this is that, like all Bitwig's instruments, modulation is achieved via their Unified Modulation System (more on his in Part 3). This allows all instruments to access a range of synthesizer modulators including LFOs and envelope generators which can be routed to any parameter. 

Audio and note effects can be nested within Polysynth via the two boxes on the right hand side of the instrument to provide audio effects such as delay and chorusing, and/or arpeggio and chord memory features. The audio/note effects can then be saved along with the Polysynth parameters as complete patches. 

Used in conjuction with Bitwig's Unified Modulation System, Polysynth is capable of interesting and powerful creative pads, deep analog synth basses, and powerful synth-comps. 

 

Bitwig FM-4



FM synthesis is great for cutting bass sounds, icy pad textures, bells and mallets. That sort of thing. Bitwig is equipped with a four operator FM synth called FM-4.

 


For a detailed explanation of FM synthesis, try this one from my friends at Landr:


Each of FM-4's oscillators (or operators, as they are commonly referred to in FM synthesis) has a base frequency, a frequency multiplier and a modulation amount control. 

Which operators modulate other operators is determined by a matrix in the central control panel. Operators can modulate themselves or feedback on themselves, gradually turning the standard FM sine wave into a saw wave to produce raspier, thicker sort of sounds. 

An overall ADSR envelope generator and a mixer for the 4 operators plus the on-board noise generator complete the picture.

Like all of Bitwig's instruments, FM-4 also has a 'note stacking' feature. This appears in the expanded menu on the left hand side, so you can stack several versions of the same patch on top of each other to produce thicker sounds. Not something you could do with early version of FM synthesis.   

FM-4 does seem adept at creating all those classic FM-type sounds. Icy trance pads ('ice' is a word used a lot in FM preset names), 'solid' type bass sounds, and bells/mallets, etc. But, of course, in true Bitwig style the FM-4 synth is really just the 'core' engine if you like. Using the Unified Modulation System, and the nested FX/Note Instrument Container, you can really create your own synth around it. Add a traditional subtractive filter, envelope and/or LFO modulators, or an arpeggiator and/or chord memory note FX. Then store the results as a patch. The possibilities are almost endless. 


Bitwig Phase-4




Phase 4 is phase manipulation synthesizer using both phase distortion (a type of synthesis pioneered by Casio in the eighties) and phase modulation techniques. 

A detailed description of phase distortion and phase modulation synthesis can be found at the following link:


Unlike early PD synthesizers, Phase-4 goes beyond basic sine waves and offers a number of waveshapes for each oscillator including saw and pulse waves. It also adds a subtractive style filter to the mix.

4 oscillators/modulators can be combined in a number of different ways (algorithms) to produce various synth textures. 

PD and PM synthesis is a little more difficult to characterize than FM. Complex, harmonically rich textures and pads can be created and well as thicker, raspier sort of sounds than FM, especially using the 'note stack' feature. Once again, Phase-4 can be combined with any of Bitwig's audio and note devices to produce an almost limitless set of possibilities. 


Conclusion. 

So there are Bitwig's five 'major' instrument devices which all function within Bitwig's flexible environment, offering many additional possibilities via the Unified Modulation System and the Instrument Container feature. 

They cover all 'essential' basics some other slightly quirkier bases. A powerful sample instrument, a drum machine, and a 'virtual analog' mono/poly synth alongside FM synthesis and a phase manipulation synth. 

I still maintain that this set of instrument choices alongside Bitwig's feature set make it a music production platform for 'hardcore' electronic music producers and specialists. The flexibility of it's modular design brings with it a degree of complexity.  For me, it is still not for singer/songwriters.  

But if you are an enthusiastic 'synthesizer based' producer/writer and/or an instrument and soundware developer you will find it's flexibility and it's scope for experimentation liberating. But you may find yourself getting lost in it's endless possibilities. 

In part three I'll take a closer look at some of these features and concepts including Instrument Containers, Unified Modulation, and The Grid.
 




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Monday, September 20, 2021

SOUNDWARE: Minimoog Synth Bass. SF2 Soundfont and Zampler Patches.



Soecially developed, exclusive, big, fat, squelchy Minimoog synth bass Soundfont (.sf2) and Zampler patches.

Great thing about synth sounds is that you can really let loose with Zampler's synth style editing parameters as well as it's powerful effects suite. 

So we've got squelchy filters, pulsing LFOs and phasing, flanging, and chorus effects, and twelve patches from a single soundfont/waveform. 

I think you'll love 'em. 

This one goes into our Essential Songwriter Suite for Zampler library and you can find the dedicated page for this via the link below. 

https://www.simonthompsonmusic.co.uk/p/soundware-essential-songwriter-suite.html

Zampler is a really powerful VST sample player/synth and it's available free from the following link. 

https://www.zampler.de/


Minimoog Synth Bass Demo Video. 

I've put together a quick demo video for the soundware which you can check out via my Youtube channel below. 
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Minimoog Synth Bass Download Links. 

You can download your Minimoog Bass patches using the following link. Download the whole folder to your hard drive. As well as the patches, this also contains the raw samples and the raw .SFz soundfont file which Zampler needs. The just use Zampler's 'Load Patch' function from the main page to load and play your sounds. The Zampler patches carry the .fxb file suffix. 




In addition, a .SF2 Sounfont file is also available from the following download. This can be used with all .SF2 compatible instruments. These include Bitwig's Sampler and Reason's NN-XT sampler/sample player instrument. Soundfonts are still a great way of distributing sounds between compatible instruments.
 



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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. 



Sunday, September 19, 2021

CONSULTANCY AND TRAINING. Bitwig Studio, 16 Track, and 8 Track DAWs.

 



Bitwig is becoming a very popular music production platform, particularly, I would suggest, with musicians and producers developing electronic music, or, at least, music that has a very strong and large 'electronic' element. 

Looking at some of the instruments, soundware, and features of Bitwig, it's difficult, in my opinion, to avoid this conclusion although, since Bitwig can utilise any third party VST plug-ins, it really is capable as a tool for any genre of music, I don't really feel it's a product for piano/bass/drums based singer songwriters. 

Four major synthesizer products are packaged with the program, including an FM synth, a virtual analog polysynth, a phase distortion synthesizer and a semi-modular multi-oscillator synth. It also includes a powerful multi-sample player/developer, and a drum machine instrument. 

From version 3 onwards, Bitwig also includes a major feature called the 'Poly Grid'. This offers an infinitely flexible means of combining and chaining all of the instruments, sound sources, and processors that Bitwig is supplied with. This allows the creation of modular synthesizers, or custom processing applications. 

Another great feature of Bitwig is it's Instrument Container feature. This quickly and easily, allows the creation of instrument and processing chains. So users can really create sample or synth based virtual instruments with a few mouse clicks. 

As far as it's recording and sequencing facilities are concerned, Bitwig offers a 'clip launcher' type arranging and playback feature which makes it great for 'live/stage' applications. Similar, dare I say, to Ableton. 

Throughout it's design, Bitwig employs modular thinking. In other words, when you think to yourself 'can I do this?' or 'can I combine one of these with one of them?' the answer with Bitwig is usually 'yes!'. 


Bitwig Systems Consultancy. 


I can now offer consultancy services on computer music systems designed around either Bitwig Studio or Bitwig 16 Track. Either laptop or desktop systems. Anything is possible. Choose from brand new or refurbished computers, with a fully installed version of Bitwig Studio or 16 Track, and a host of additional VST instruments and soundware that will give you loads of creative options from day one, along with full integration with your existing, or chosen audio interface/hardware. All necessary formal or informal training can be provided make sure you get the most out of your music production system. Options are many and varied. Give me a call or email to start a discussion. 


Bitwig Training. 


As of writing, I haven't yet developed a full, formal Bitwig training program for clients, but I can offer any kind of informal face to face assistance with any specific areas clients may require help with. Or just a general 'run through' of Bitwig's instruments, features and workings using their excellent Quick Start Guide and by creating a track. 

I'll update this post once a more formal training program is developed. 

Links.


Naturally, lots more information on Bitwig is available from their site at 



I also have several review posts covering Bitwig, the first of which is here:



Also, please consider following/liking my Facebook Page for lots more updates about music software training, product news and lots of soundware including sample libraries, synthesizer patches, beats and loops. 



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, September 18, 2021

SOUNDWARE: Essential Songwriter Suite for Zampler. Patch Library Page.

 




Zampler Library Page. 

Regularly updated page dedicated to patches for Beat.de Zampler is now ready to view. 

The Essential Songwriter Suite for Zampler is now complete and ready to download, either as a complete folder or as individual 'sets'. 

You'll find the permanent page using the link below. 




Combining Zampler with this set of patches delivers a 'foundation' of popular sounds ideal for songwriters, instrumental composers or for beginners needing a collection of sounds to use with a freeware or entry level music production platform such as Soundbridge, Akai's MPC Beats, or Bitwig 8/16 Track

The completion of this soundware project, however, does not mean the end of the development of sounds for Zampler. I'm continuing to develop soundware for this instrument, starting with a new range of 'premium' sound packs beginning in October, so look out for those, and possibly look at developing a second volume of Essential Songwriter patches.  

The best place to find update to these projects would be my Facebook Page. So perhaps consider following me there. 


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.