It’s been a while since I uploaded any free sounds to the site, so time to rectify that with 32 lovely sounds for the TX81Z. The Yamaha TX81Z is a wee beastie. Grungy, lo-fi, 4-op FM in a single 1u rack. It’s a pain in the backside to program unless you can get a software… Read More Free patches – Yamaha TX81Z sound bank
Tongue firmly in cheek… I’ve been listening to a lot of old rave tunes lately, and for a long time I’ve been thinking it might be fun to write one. To make it more interesting, I used only one bit of software, FXpansion’s Geist. No host, no other plugins, no hardware. Geist is the perfect… Read More Hardcore you know the score!
A few weeks ago a friend gave me this curious looking box. A Suzuki synthesizer? Surely not. A google search turned up very little, except a page at Hollow Sun. Essentially the Suzuki SX500 is a rebadged Siel EX80 which in turn was a copy of the Korg EX800. Here’s what we know. There are… Read More Suzuki SX500 / Siel EX80 review
I’ve been spending some time recently creating Max For Live controllers for all my hardware. The beauty of this is you can program a dedicated editor, with patch browsing, in whatever configuration suits you and have all parameters available for automation within Live. It means you can forget about what midi controller number does what… Read More Ableton Live & Max For Live – Integrating hardware
My first little Max4Live project. A monophonic midi step sequencer. On the surface it’s reasonably standard. It’s a grid based sequencer – notes, gate, tie, velocity and two control changes. What’s unique about it is that you can set different loop points for each of those elements, which allows for anything from simple 303-style basslines… Read More Advanced Step Sequencer – A Max For Live MIDI Sequencer
Here is a Yamaha Studio Connections Recall template for the Korg Karma. Again, there’s no extensive documentation on how to get this up and running. Assuming you have Studio Connections installed though, you should unrar this download into “C:Program FilesYAMAHASM2GTRCDevices” and then use the GTRC Manager to enable it. This template supports dumping of the… Read More Studio Connections GTRC template – Korg Karma
OK, first up is the Yamaha Studio Connections Recall template for the Eventide Eclipse. I am NOT going to write extensive documentation on how to install this and get it running. You should be able to figure that out for yourself. Assuming you have Studio Connections installed though, you should unrar this download into “C:Program… Read More Studio Connections GTRC template – Eventide Eclipse
The K2661 is taking me a long time to get into. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but it’s deep beast and the learning curve is high. That said, I’ve had some fun programming it, and here are some of the results. 20 patches, all with a very ambient and filmic edge. I haven’t… Read More Free patches – Kurzweil K26xx Cinematic & Ambient Sounds
I’ve spent about the last year putting this bank together. Not full time of course, I do have the other things to do occasionally, but this bank represents many late nights nonetheless. 127 brand new sounds for your Evolver (I left a default patch at the end). They mostly fall into the ‘dance’ category (electro,… Read More Free patches – Dave Smith Evolver Sound Bank
Here’s a fun sample set I made of a circuitbent Speak N Spell. It was my only foray into circuitbending. Quite fun whilst it lasted, and reasonably sucessful too. So here are two sample sets. One contains unbent letters and a few words, and the other contains bent, single hits. I’ve included PGM files for… Read More Free Samples – Circuitbent Speak N Spell
Another bank of Imposcar sounds here. Alot of BOC style plucks, some electro type basses and a few nice pads and sound effects. Download the fxb file here or download as VST3 presets for use in Cubase 4
Here’s a set of sequences that I programmed for AudioRealism’s BassLine Pro. You can actually hear most of them at work in the mp3 demo over at the product page, but they never made it into the installer, so i’m throwing them up here instead. Download the sequence patches here
Here’s a mini bank of 32 presets I did for PSP Nitro. It’s a massively underrated multi-fx plugin, with crazy routing possibilities that I’ve only seen in top-end hardware fx boxes. If you’re in the market for a nice multi-fx (sans reverb) then I recommend you check it out, and if you already own it,… Read More Free patches – PSP Nitro – 32 Presets
Another little freebie for you all. My wife bought me this Hugh Tracey kalimba (African Thumb Piano) for my birthday a few months ago. It’s got a gorgeous tone.
So I’ve been meaning to try out some physical modelling, and I thought Vaz might be a good place to start. The first patch is a bowed string model, based around the methods discussed in this article on Sound on Sound. The second patch is a plucked string (sounds very much like an accoustic guitar).… Read More Free patches – Vaz Modular – Physical Modelling Patches