Sunday, May 15, 2022

Bass Guitar Soundfonts and Zampler Patches. Demo Track/Video Now Available.

Took a while to put this one together, but finally got there. Think I was waiting for inspiration more than anything.

But I found a couple of loops and built some tracks around them. 

I don't think quality bass sounds are that easy to come by without spending quite a bit of money. The Soft Finger P-Bass is available free of charge, whilst the rest of the collection can be had for the price of a drink.



 

So check out the demo, you'll can download 'Soft Finger P-Bass' via the link below. 

Free_Bass_Guitar_Soundfont_Zampler_Patches

....and the complete library can be purchased and downloaded via a fully automated process from my Payhip store/channel. 

Studio_Bass_Guitar_Soundfonts_Zampler_Patches 


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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

VINTAGE DRUM MACHINE SAMPLES: Ghost Machine. Alesis HR16B

 


Free Alesis HR16B Samples, Resamples, and Kits. 


Alesis' pair of late eighties drum machines may not be the first products people think of when they hear the phrase 'vintage drum machine' but on hearing these sounds again I really think they stand the test of time.

The HR16B was broadly the same machine as the HR16 but with a set of updated samples. Characterised by a heavier, more electronic sound, these samples offer a range of tight, punchy kicks and snares, crisp hi-hats and cymbals and a small but potent selection of percussion sounds. 

This was quite fashionable at the time. Launch a new machine, which was much the same as the old machine, only with an alternative set of sounds. Kawai did something similar with their R-50/R-50e machines, which there are also Ghost Machine collections for via the links below. 





You'll also find a Ghost Machine sample/resample collection for the HR16 via the link below. 




Like all Ghost Machine collections, a set of resamples are included. This is where I take the original samples and beef them up with EQ, compression, envelope shaping, and sometimes even bit-crushing and distortion effects. I think these resamples are stars of this collection and sound really good. Big, fat punchy kick drums, tight snares and a few select others. Check them out, I think you'll really like them. They stand up with some of the best modern digital drum sounds around. I think.

Alesis HR16B Free Sample Library Download Link. 

Just download the entire folder to your hard drive and use your DAW browser or individual instrument 'load' functions to load and play the samples.


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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.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Reason Studios: Piano Sounds for Reason. Piano Mechanics One. Prelude. Reason NN-XT / Combinator Patches.

 



Piano Mechanics One: Prelude. Grand Piano Sounds for Reason. 

This collection of great sounding acoustic piano sounds for Reason NN-XT/Combinator are now available through a fully automated download process via Payhip. 

8 great ounding NN-XT/Combinator patches using only the standard Reason effects and processors which means they can be used on almost any version of Reason including Essentials and Intro. 

To give you a flavour, here's a few demo 'vignettes' via my Youtube channel. 




I haven't found anything around in the freeware world that sounds anything like as good, or any of the standard pianos that come with some of the major music production platforms. 

So for a few quid you get a really great sounding set of grand piano sounds suitable for a wide range of musical styles and genres. 

Piano Mechanics One: Prelude. Reason NN-XT/Combinator Patches Download Link. 

To purchase and download your patch collection, just click the link below. Download and unzip the entire folder to your hard drive then just use Reason's browser to load your Combinator patches. 

Why not follow me at my Facebook Page for all the latest free and commercial soundware products including sample libraries, synth patches, loops and beats. 


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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.


Saturday, May 7, 2022

Controller Keyboards. Part Four. Arturia Keylab Essential Series.

 



Arturia Keylab Essentials Review


So next up in my closer look at usb and midi controller keyboards comes Arturia's Keylab Essentials Series of products. 

Here we'll look at the mid-range 49 and 61 key versions. We'll take a look at the 88 note and 'Mini' versions in some forthcoming posts looking at these sectors as a whole. 

I must admit, of the products in this market sector, I think these are the most aesthetically pleasing with their white fascias and wooden style end cheeks. 

The keyboards are velocity sensitive but with no aftertouch sensitivity which maybe a drawback for some compared to the Alesis and Akai products we've taken a look at.

The usual performance pitch bend and mod controls are joined by nearby keyboard transpose buttons so you can instantly adjust the range of the keyboard and a chord play/memory feature is included. I love chord memory features on synths and keyboards, so this feature is a winner with me. 

8 'Pad' controllers are provided which can 'triple up' as preset selectors or controller switches, with preset channel and note assignment. The pads are velocity sensitive. 

Eight each of 'knob' and 'fader' style controllers are provided. These output controller information to control your DAW's level and pan or as controllers for the bundled Analog Lab software, but if you want to re-assign these channels and control change assignments, again,  you'll need to use the bundled editor.

It should be said at this point that deeper programming of Keylab Essential Series' controllers is only achieved using the bundled Arturia MIDI Control Centre Software. So the Pad, Knobs, and Faders note and/or controller mappings can not be edited or changed directly from the front panel. However, any settings that you make using the MIDI Control Center software can be stored as presets within the keyboard for instant recall for live use or for studio controller maps. 

So whilst it offers instant integration with the supplied Analog Lab software (more later....) as a number of preset 'maps' are provided, universal integration with DAWs and other software instruments will require the use of bundled software editor. Whilst it's true to say, almost everyone choosing this type of product will be using a computer, how quickly and easily realtime controller channels and numbers can be assigned is compromised by the use of software rather than the front panel. 

The Keylab Essential Controllers also offer a DAW control section/command centre which offers stop play and record functions as well as forward, rewind and loop commands, all on single buttons, so you don't have to keep reaching for your mouse of computer keyboard. These function buttons follow the MCU/HUI protocol. 


Keylab Essentials Rear Panel. 




Around the back, these Keylab Essential keyboards offer USB connectivity, MIDI Out, sustain pedal (with switchable polarity) and an input for the optional DC power supply if you're using the keyboard purely as a MIDI controller with no USB bus power provided. 

 
 

Keylab Essentals Software Bundle. 





.....and that brings us to the software bundle which includes the aforementioned Analog Lab which includes thousands of sounds and presets from Arturia's V Collection of vintage software emulations. Also included is Ableton Live Lite which is an ideal introduction to what is probably now the most popular software DAW around, and UVIGrand Piano Model D virtual Steinway Grand Piano instrument. 

So with the possible exception of the grand piano plugin, I think it's fair to say that the Keylab Essentials bundle is tilted more towards electronica/EDM producers than, say, singer songwriters.


Arturia Keylab Essentials 49 / 61 Review Conclusion. 

Great looking, portable USB controller keyboards with lots of features and a great set of bundled software products, if they're the sort of thing you're after. 

Drawbacks include the lack of keyboard aftertouch, either channel or polyphonic, and channel, note, and controller assignments for the pads, knobs and faders is only available via the bundled software editor. 


Arturia Keylab Essentials Links.




STM Keyboard Controllers Links:

 
 


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.

Friday, May 6, 2022

FREE SOUNDFONTS: Wavestate Breathing Pad. .SF2 Soundfont.



 
The latest free Soundfont is taken from a patch written for the Korg Wavestate. 
'Breathing' is a free vocal Soundfont in the form of a synth style 'pad'

This month, I'm working on a library of Soundfonts, Zampler patches, and Reason Combinator Patches from the Wavestate. 

They'll include a collection of Vocal 'Motion Pads, String 'Motion Pads', and Arpeggiator samples, and they'll be available under the title of Best of Wavestate One. It won't be like owning a Wavestate, but for £6 it'll include some pretty useful stuff, and, as usual, there'll be a demo track or two so you can get a flavour of some of the sounds you'll be getting.

If you don't have a Soundfont compatible device or Reason, then why not download Zampler? It's a really powerful VST sample player/synth and is available free from Beat.de. No magazine subscription is necessary. Check it out via the link below. 


Free Wavestate Soundfont Link:

You can get your free vocal synth pad soundfont via the link below. 
Just download the .SF2 file then either drag it to a soundfont compatible instrument or load via a file browser. 


Loads more free sounds are available from my Dedicated Soundfont Page, and why not follow me a my Facebook Page for all the latest free and commercial soundware products including sample libraries, synth patches, soundfonts, loops, and beats, as well as computer music news, technical articles, and reviews.  


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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.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

FREE ZAMPLER SOUNDS: Wavestate Breathing Pad.

 


Loads of free digital synthesizer sounds this month, alongside a collection of free vintage analog synth samples. 

First up is a library of sounds from Korg's amazing Wavestate synthesizer. 

Over the next three month's I'll have a comprehensive library of free Wavestate sounds, samples, and patches. 

Wavestate is great for all kinds of motion pads alongside innovative and creative wave sequencing and arpeggio patches. It's not quite the same as owning a Wavestate, but still some very powerful and useful sounds.  

This month, I'm focused on 'Motion Vocal Pads'. 

To give you a taster, Breathing Pad is a free patch collection for Zampler, a .SF2 Soundfont, and a collection of Reason NN-XT/Combinator Patches

Zampler is a free VST sample player/synthesizer developed by Synapse Audio. With powerful synthesizer parameters and a great effects section, it's one of the best freeware instruments out there and I develop lots of my sounds for it. Therefore, I would urge you to download a copy. 

https://www.zampler.de/


Free Pad Sounds For Zampler. Download Link:

You can download your free Wavestate sounds using the following link. Just download the entire folder and use Zampler's 'Load Patch' function to load the .fxb patches. The samples and associated .sfz file are included within the folder so the patches shoulkd load instantly. No further sample mapping or synth editing is required. 


 

Part of 'Wavestate Motion Pads' sample/patch collection, coming soon......so why not follow me at my Facebook Page for all the latest updates. Free and commercial soundware, new product news, equipment reviews, and technical articles. If you're into computer music, you'll find heaps of interesting stuff. 


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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.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

SOUNDWARE: Korg Kross 2 Analog Pack One Now Available Via Payhip.

 


Korg Kross 2 Analog Pack One is now available via fully automated processing and downloading from my Payhip store. 

64 great sounding synth patches, vintage drum sounds, and 64 'European' synth arpeggiator samples. 

You can check it all out via the 36+ minute video demo below. 



  

You can order and download your copy via the Payhip store from the link below. 

https://payhip.com/b/Hsdcv

Follow me at my Facebook Page for all the latest sounds and samples for Korg Kross 2. 


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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.

Used Computers For Music Applications. PC and Desktops Bursting With Great Software, Sounds, and Creativity.


My refurbished computer store is now open on my Payhip channel. 
Used laptops custom loaded with lots of music software, instruments, and sounds!
Get creative from day one!
Great computers for songwriters, students, EDM artists, electronica producers, and anyone looking for a great start in computer music. All without breaking the bank. 

If you need a dedicated computer for music and don't want to break the budget, then take a look. 

There's a lot to say here, so check out my dedicated refurbished computer pages to see what these machines have to offer, and, of course, they're great for the environmentally minded as well. 

The computers themselves are competitively priced, but when you add in the free software and soundware, then it's really a no brainer. 

Powerful, fast computers with the latest operating systems, speedy processors, lots of RAM, and high speed SSD hard drives. 

I'm based in East London / Essex, so for used computers London, refurbished laptops Essex, or used laptops Kent, give me a call or send me a message.   

So check out the dedicated pages via the link below. 



Or go straight to the store for loads more info:



....and why not follow me at my Facebook Page for all the latest developments and news on the computer hardware front, including new offers, sample/soundware packs, synth patches, and free instruments. 
 

Sunday, April 10, 2022

SOUNDWARE: New Payhip Web Store for Commercial Soundware Products.

 


Most of my soundware projects and packs are available free of charge. They are all awesome, but there are a few extra awesome ones which I make a small charge for. These commercial soundware packs for both software and hardware instruments are now available for just a few pounds from my dedicated Payhip sales channel/store. 

The process of purchasing and downloading these products is completely automated, so you don't need to contact me or send any emails, etc......well not unless you really want to. 

All the products have demo videos/tracks embedded into each product listing. 

I'm currently transferring existing commercial soundware sets here, and there are plenty more on the way. As we everything I do, you can get all the updates via my Facebook Page

Check it out via the link below.......



Saturday, April 9, 2022

GHOST MACHINE: Free Alesis HR16 Samples, Resamples, and Kits.

 



Continuing the series of vintage drum machine samples, here's the Alesis HR16. 

Hitting the market in 1988, Alesis' first drum machine instrument came as a bolt out of the blue to offer 16 bit samples and touch sensitive pads at an affordable price, all housed in what legend has it was an off the shelf telephone equipment enclosure.

Alesis HR16 users included Arrested Development, OMD and apparently Prince had one, but I think he owned almost every drum machine ever built at some point.

So here you'll find all the HR16 sounds, alongside a set of souped up resamples and the HR16 Eighties Ambient Kit for Ritmix. As ever, the HR16 resamples are EQd, Squashed, repitches, and re-shaped versions of the original samples and I think these sound great and are well worth checking out.

Free Alesis HR16 Sounds. Download Link.

Use the link below to download your free soundware pack. Just download the whole folder and use the browser on your chosen instrument to load your chosen sounds.



Follow me at my Facebook Page for more free vintage drum machine samples, and updates all my soundware packs which include sample libraries, synth patches and virtual instruments.

 

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, April 7, 2022

NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO: Tunnel Of Love.

 


Instrumental/electronic/piano version of Bruce Springsteen's epic Tunnel Of Love

Synth bass arpeggio patch from ANIMAtronic Volume 1 for Steinberg's ANIMA wavetable synth, various synth pads from 'Widescreen Pads and Soundscapes', and synth arpeggios from 'Motorik City Vol 1' for DUNE CM wavetable synth (free with all copies of Computer Music magazine) and the synth solo sound is from 'Analog Solos' for THORN CM (also available with all copies of Computer Music magazine). 

Piano is from Piano Mechanics One: Prelude. 

Alongside some images from Asbury Park. 

Other than that, it's really just a song I wanted to do a version of. 

Hope you like it.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Studio Bass Guitar Collection. Electric Bass Guitar Soundfonts. SF2

 


I have, for some time found quality electric bass sounds and samples a little difficult to come by, which is why I've developed the Studio Bass Guitar Collection as a series of Soundfonts. 
Soundfonts are still widely used, with Reason's NN-XT, and Bitwig's Sampler instrument both able to load the .SF2 version. 

Beat.de's Zampler sample player synth accepts .SFZ types samples, although I have developed the collection as a series of Zampler patches. 

Various other VST instruments are also able to load and play .SF2 Soundfonts. 

Volume One is now available. . 
Five Soundfonts are available in the collection, Articulate Fretless, Soft Finger P-Bass, Precision Power Pick, Velocity Slap Bass, and Velocity Funk Pull Bass

Soft Finger P-Bass is available as a free bass guitar soundfont, with the remaining four instruments available for the price of a drink. 

Soft Finger P-Bass Electric Bass Guitar features on the track below arriving in the second section just over a minute in. It's a powerful, defined bass guitar sound that will fit into many mixes.  




A full demo for the whole collection is arriving soon.

Free Bass Guitar Soundfont Download Link. 

You can download your free Soft Finger P-Bass best free bass guitar soundfont from the link below.
Simply download the .SF2 file and download it into your soundfont compatible instrument. 



Why not follow/like me at my Facebook Page to find out when it arrives and to keep up with all my soundware projects and developments many of which are free to download and use. 

Thanks for looking/listening!



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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.



Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Studio Bass Guitar Collection. Best Sounding Bass Guitars for Zampler.

 

For Zampler 


The Studio Bass Collection is now available for Zampler. 5 instrument groups with a total of 72 ready-to-play patches for Zampler

The sounds are ready-to-play with their associated samples and .sfz files, so there's no sample mapping or synthesizer editing requires, although, of course, you can use Zampler's powerful synthesizer eidting and effects suite to create your own unique patches and sounds. 

Zampler is a freeware sample player/synth for which I develop many of my sample/patch libraries. 

You can get your free copy of Zampler from the link below, and I strongly recommend you download it. It's really a classic freeware instrument. 



Bass Guitar Sounds for Zampler. 


The collection is in five library group. 

Soft Finger P-Bass - Free. 
Articulate Fretless.
Velocity Slap Bass
Precision Power Pick
Funk Slap Bass

All of the sample/patch groups use Zampler's powerful synthesizer editing and effects suite to full effect, to give you a wide variety of extremely playable, articulate, and realistic bass guitar sounds. 

All of the patch groups have 16 sounds within them except for the Soft Finger P-Bass group which contains 8 ready to play patches. 

This group of sounds is available free of charge to give you a flavour of the library. You can download these using the link below. 


The Soft Fingure P-Bass is featured on the 'Temple Sitar' demo track. It arrives in the section section just after the 1 minute mark. Check it out below. 





The rest of the collection is a very reasonably priced, great sounding bass guitar collection, which features the best bass sounds for Zampler around, in fact some of the best bass guitar sounds around for any instrument. 


In addition to the Zampler collection, The Studio Bass Guitar Collection will also be available as Reason/Combinator bass guitar patches and as a series of .SF2 Soundfonts.  

Why not Follow/Like my Facebook Page for all the latest soundware project updates including the Studio Bass Collection Demo Tracks and alternative platform versions when they arrive. 




Sunday, March 13, 2022

MUSIC: Tunnel of Love. Piano/Synth/Electronic Version of Bruce Springsteen's Beautiful Eighties Hit.


Hear it via my hearthis.at channel:




Haven't done any music/backing tracks/cover versions lately, been focusing on the soundware and samples, etc. 
So here's a bit of music. 
One of my favourite songs of all time. 
Not that big a Bruce Springsteen fan, but I love this song. 
Fairly simple four chord sequence, but it's magical!
Beautiful lyrics. When Bruce said; 'but this house is haunted, and the ride gets rough', he wasn't kidding!

All the elements of this piece use my soundware, sample libraries, synth patches, etc. 

The piano is from: Piano Mechanics One: Prelude. Piano library/patches. 
Bass Guitar: Fingered P-Bass from Studio Bass Collection. 
Synth Bass Arpeggios: ANIMAtronica Vol 1Steinberg ANIMA synth patches. 
Synth Pads: Several from DUNE CM Pads and Soundscapes Free Synth Patches for Synapse Audio DUNE CM. 


Whatever keyboards or programming you require, let me know. Whether you're a singer and need some original backing tracks programmed for gigging, or a studio cover version, session keyboards, or if maybe you're in a cover band based in London/SE England looking for a keyboard player, and think I might fit the bill, then let me know. Costs nothing to talk.  

I try and do at least one free backing track for singers a month, so I'll post this shortly without the piano and synth lead lines so you can use it in your set if you like. 



Monday, March 7, 2022

CONTROLLER KEYBOARDS. Akai Pro MPK249 and MPK261

 

Akai MPK249 Review. Akai MPK261 Controller Keyboard Review



So moving on from my review of the Alesis VI49 and VI61 USB controller keyboards, we'll now take a look at products from their InMusic stablemates at Akai Pro and see what the Akai MPK249 and MPK261 instruments have to offer. 

Like the Alesis VI49 and VI61, the two mid-sized Akai Pro MPK Series products represent a popular mid-range solution, so they offer plenty but won't break the bank for many users. 

When comparing to the Alesis 249 and 261 key controller keyboard products, it can instantly be seen that the layout of the Akai Pro product is noticeably different with the trigger pads now located above the keyboard, so the dimensions are 'chunkier' rather than 'sleek'. Shorter but wider, if you like. 

The Akai Pro MPK249 and MPK261 offer seamless integration with Akai MPC Beats and MPC Software music production platforms, so if you're using one of these DAWs (and they are very good, with MPC Beats being one of the best freeware DAWs available), then the choice of one of these keyboards as a USB controller may well be a 'no brainer', with dedicated controls for MPC Swing, Note Repeat, and MPC Full Level available as instantly mapped, dedicated controls.  

The 16 trigger pads with four banks for a total of 64 also matches up to the MPC/Beats layout and functionality. So these offers 48 more trigger pad 'notes' than the 16 of the Alesis VI Series which has a single bank of 16. 

Elsewhere, the keyboards are velocity and aftertouch (channel and polyphonic) sensitive with 49 (four octave) and 61 (five octave) note versions available with the octave +/- buttons delivering a total range of 10 octaves. 

Two chunky real-time pitch bend and mod-wheel controllers are located nice and close to the keyboard on the left hand side. 

Again the DAW transport section is fully MPC/Beats ready with Rewind, Fast Forward, Stop, Play, and Record buttons, but these will also integrate with just about any other music production platform, although it will always be worthwhile checking via Google.


Akai MPK249 / 261 Preset Mode.

One huge advantage the MPK49 and MPK61 have over the Alesis VI Series products is the Preset Mode which allows you to store and recall the keyboards fader, switch, and trigger pad note assignments in an instant without having to re-program it every time. All of these parameters can be altered in Edit Mode and then stored. 

This is great really not just for live performance applications but also for studio/writing applications where you can store a preset for each song or track. 

These Akai MPKs also have an on-board programmable arpeggiator. A lot of software synths and platforms have arpeggiators, but I still think this is a great feature. I love arpeggiators wherever they are found. Naturally, the keyboards also have a built in tempo clock to determine speed of the arpeggios. There are also a number of modes which include double, up, down, random, inclusive, exclusive and chord modes. 

Eight of each assignable knobs, faders and switches are available on the right hand side of the control panel, and there are 3 banks for a total of 24 of each. All of these assignments can be stored within a 'preset'.  

  

Akai Pro MPK249 / MPK261 Rear Panel.





The MPK249 and MPK261 can be powered from a laptop via USB bus power although there is a power supply option of you're using it just for MIDI applications. This has to be purchased separately, it is not supplied as standard. MIDI out is provided as well as MIDI in for synching/tempo control. A dedicated sustain pedal input is provided as well as an assignable real-time foot controller which can be used for volume or other real-time control parameters. 


Akai MPK249 and MPK261 Bundled Software. 

Ableton Live Lite and Akai's own MPC Beats music production software platforms are supplied alongside two software synths: Hybrid 3 by Air Music Technology, and Sonivox Twist.

MPC Beats is an ideal way to get into music production, particularly if you're into modern pattern based dance/EDM style production. But it has to be said that MPC Beats is available as freeware without purchasing the keyboard, and I've been unable to verify whether or not the MPK bundled version is supplied with any additional soundware, samples, patches, etc. 






Ableton Live Lite is an excellent introduction to this very popular and powerful software DAW. Again, this is very popular among contemporary EDM/dance producers and artists. 

Air Music Tech's Hybrid 3 is a powerful, virtual analog synth which is a very worthwhile piece of bundles software worth at least around £80, so that's well worth having!


The MPK249 is also available with black key. Which I would find a bit weird, but hey......



Is The Akai MPK249 Any Good?

Yes. These keyboards are an excellent combination of value and features for use with any DAW platform or especially Akai's own MPC or MPC Beats software. Polyphonic aftertouch is a welcome advanced feature, this is about where things start if you want programs/presets, they offer lots of realtime control with the right combination of faders, knobs and switches, and the bundled software package is excellent with two great DAWs and two excellent software synths, although it is clearly aimed at contemporary/dance/electronic music production, not so much singer/songwriters that might be looking more for acoustic instrument recreations.    



Links

You can find out more information at the links below. 

Official website description/specs, etc:


MPK249 User manual:


Akai Pro MPC Beats:




AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3. 


Ableton Live Lite


Sonivox Twist:


For a general look at controller keyboard functions and features:



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, March 5, 2022

GHOST MACHINE PAGE: Vintage Digital and Analog Drum Machine Samples, Resamples, and Kits.

 


Dedicated page for all the Ghost Machine free vintage drum machine sample libraries is now available to view with info and download links for each collection. 

Each library contains a collection of beefed up and/or polished resamples as well as some ready made kits. The latest downloads include kits for Soundbridge's Ritmix drum machine instrument but there are also some for Redrum (Reason) and Decomposer's Sitala.

The library currently features Roland R8/R8MKII, Yamaha RX5, Korg S3, Akai XR10, and Kawai R50/R50e machines. 

I try and post at least one Ghost Machine update per month, so why not Follow/Like my Facebook Page to get the latest updates, and you can visit the dedicated, regularly updated page at the link below. 



   



Friday, February 11, 2022

Korg Kross 2 Sounds. Down In The Park

New Youtube Video. Korg Kross 2. Down In The Park. 

And some street music/busking news.......



I do sometimes get a chance to put some music together and I put together this little piece for  Korg Kross 2 alongside a video of me performing it (or at least playing the synth lead). All in moody blue tint . A version of Gary Numan/Tubeway Army's seminal dystopian synth masterpeice Down in The Park

The piece uses lots of sounds from my Analog Pack 1 collection which includes 64 analog synth sounds for Kross 2 as well as 64 vintage drum sounds and 64 European 'electronic' synth loops.  


You can find more information and the download link for the soundware pack here:

Analog Sounds for Korg Kross 2




And with all this talk of busking, reviewing portable, battery powered keyboards, etc., and the world opening up post-COVID (hopefully), I thought I'd put a set of post punk/electronica classics together and get out on the streets, so there'll be more of these to come. I've got some Bjork and The Associates lined up, and I'll also be documenting my exploits when I do finally 'take to the streets'.

So why not follow me at my Facebook Page for all the updates and follow me on my 'street music journey'. 
   


Thursday, February 10, 2022

YOUTUBE VIDEO: Temple Sitar .SF2 Soundfont, Zampler, Reason NN-XT/Combinator, Bitwig Instrument Container.


Temple Sitar Demo Video/Track Uploaded To Youtube Channel. 

Three part demo track for the Temple Sitar sound packs is now uploaded to Youtube, so why not head over to my Youtube channel to check it out. 





Free sitar soundfont, free sitar Zampler patches, free sitar for reason, and free sitar for bitwig. 

All the download links for the various platforms are in the video description, so you can download your free sitar sounds. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Acoustic Guitar for Reason. Aerial Guitars. 6 String Phase Sweep. NN-XT/Combinator Patches.

 


Acoustic Guitar for Reason.


6 string spacey acoustic guitar patches for Reason. Eight NN-XT/Combinator patches featuring RV7000MKII, M-Class EQ, M-Class Stereo Image, Chorus/Flanger, and Delay. All standard Reason effects processors, so the patches work fine with all versions including Essentials and Intro. 

From what I've heard, I think it's the best acoustic guitar for Reason. Ready to play patches, so no sample mapping or editing required, that's all done.

Sampled in detail, with four velocity layers, and thirteen samples per layer. 52 samples in total. All are long samples using natural decay and no looping. 

Part of the Aerial Guitars Collection coming soon as .SF2 Soundfonts, Zampler patches, and Bitwig Instrument Containers, as well as Reason Combinator patches. This great sounding collection will add twelve string and nylon strung guitars with harmonic layers and 'slurred' playing styles. Each collection will contain 60 patches. 

Available late February/early March, so why not follow me at my Facebook Page for an update when it becomes available. 

In the meantime, I'll have a demo track for this set of sounds very shortly, so stay tuned!


Steel Strung Guitar for Reason. Download Link. 


Just follow the link below, then download the entire 'Aerial Guitars' folder. This contains the raw samples (.wav files), the NN-XT patches (.sxt files) and the eight Combinator Patches (.cmb files). You'll need all these files. Just download the whole folder as it is to your hard drive then navigate to the .cmb files using Reason's file browser to load the patches. 


 

Why not follow me at my Facebook Page for news and updates on all my soundware products including loads of stuff for Reason, lots of it is free. 
You'll also fin lot's more at my dedicated Reason Soundware Page, so be sure to check that out. It's a growing and regularly updated library of sample based NN-XT/Combintaor patches and instrument collections.


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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.