Friday, December 19, 2008

Free soundpack from Native Instruments and a free Live Pack from Ableton

via CDM, NI have released a free soundpack for Kore Player (which is free also) or Kore 2.
There is also a 400MB free Live Pack from Ableton, and a few more from them here.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Squarepusher talks Fluxux

Read it here, or just look at the pictures.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Audio Damage's Automaton

Automaton is a VST / AU for stuttering and altering your music inside your DAW of choice. It's $49, and you can check out some examples of how it works on the Audio Damage website, or watch videos of it in action, such as these two from youtube:

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Remix DJ Spooky's Antarctic Meltdown

You can read about DJ Spooky's Terra Nova project here. And then you can go to The Pool and download some pieces to remix.

Acid 7 to be released in November

via KVR, Sony Acid 7 is coming soon. The new features don't exactly scream "must upgrade" (apart from it working with Vista) but the beauty of Acid has always been it's lack of more features than you could ever need so you can get on with making music.
You can compare version 6 and 7 here.

Stylophone VST

The Stylophone has recently been recreated for the Ipod Touch (via CDM) but you can also get some free Stylophone VSTs such as these:

de la Mancha Styrofoam

Sparque Stylophone, and there is help here about installing it.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

SoundCloud is open

SoundCloud is now open to the public, if you had a beta account then you now have a Pro account for a month, after that you will have to pay for the Pro account.

Friday, October 10, 2008

AudioSurf - Your Music Makes The (Race) Track

If you use Steam, you can download AudioSurf which is a racing game that uses the music you listen to create the race track you drive on. It costs $9.99, but there is a demo. There is more information about it on their website, also IGN review it here, they give it 8.6/10.

Pro Tools 8, now with added Sibelius!

reports that Pro Tools 8 now has Sibelius intergrated. Personally I'm not interested in using Pro Tools, but I do wish all DAW's had notation.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Conet Project

If you're looking for something interesting to sample check out The Conet Project. They've compiled recordings of numbers stations. You can get these as mp3s from the Internet Archive, there is also a pdf booklet. The official site is here.

Sputnik : Free circuit bending ensemble

Laptop Noise have a free circuit bending Reaktor ensemble called Sputnik which you can grab from there site. They also have another called Laptop Hell.

Also, Martin Brinkmann has a heap of free ensembles for Reaktor on his site.

Roland Emulators

Rebirth - 303, 808, 909
AudioRealism Bassline - 303
AudioRealism DrumMachine - 606, 808, 909
Tau Bassline MkII - 303
Arturia Jupiter-8V - Jupiter-8
TAL-BassLine - SH-101
TAL-U-No-62 - Juno 60
mini DrumZ - CR-78, 606, 727, 808, 909 (plus some Korg stuff too)
Superwave p8 - JP8000

Most of these are free or have free alternatives.

Free "mnml" loops and samples from mimu

mimu have a stack of free sound packs for those who need loops and samples to play with. There's glitchy stuff and circuit bending noises too.

DSK free VSTi's

I've mentioned them before but DSK have heaps of really great VST's. They even make specialist VSTi's, like this one for Asian instruments, and this one for Indian instruments.
There's another called Darkness Theory that sounds good, it's for making ambient music. But they've got everything from guitars and drums to a heap of different synths. They are all free too so well worth checking out.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

FM give away 1000 Soundcloud invites

Future Music Mag are giving away 1000 soundcloud invites, get them here.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Free plugins from Audio Damage

Rough Rider is a free vintage compressor, and FuzzPlus is a free vintage fuzz pedal.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Free Drums for Abelton's Operator

Designer Drums has been out a while, you can listen to samples, or just download it as it's 2MB.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Wired has a small write ip about JamStudio which allows you to make music online and save it to play back later.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wind Instrument

Found via TINAL, Damian Stewart has created a wind instrument with cameras monitoring grass movement and then running it through Pure Data to create music. It sounds amazing.

Darkware now freeware

I found this via ThisIsNotALabel, Darkware Studio is now freeware.

Audiotuts & AudioJungle

As the name suggests Audiotuts is a series of tutorials designed to help with your audio. There are tuts on mixing and mastering as well as lists such as 11 Totally Free VST Synthesizers That Sound Great.

AudioJungle is a similar site, but instead of tutorials it has articles meant to help you out with your music, and also answer questions you may have asked yourself, like what is the role of an egineer. Check out their list of apps and sites to train your ears, and also 8 Free, Cross-Platform Apps for Musicians, these are bound to be useful. They're also giving away an Mbox 2 Pro at the momment too.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Free Classic Drum Machine Samples

KB6 has over 100 classic drum machine samples for download. They're having some bandwidth troubles so they're not all free now really.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Virtual MIDI keyboards

Tanager Audio Works have a nifty little product called Chirp (above) which lets you run a Virtual MIDI keyboard in any program, which would be handy for use in Reason. It's $39.99 but there are free alternatives too...

like this one (above),

and this one (above), and these too.

Sunday, August 31, 2008


Biomusic is music created by living things. Neurofeedback is music created from brainwaves, specifically with an Electroencephalophone, as in the image above. While an Electrocardiophone uses heat waves to create music.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Free Reason Refills have a list of sites that provide free Refills for Reason, they also have assorted patches and what not as well.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


ccMixter is a "community music site" which has heaps of Creative Commons stuff, such as samples and vocals, and it also has some stuff to remix by 'name artists' like Chuck D and Beastie Boys.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

watch Reformat The Planet film free (for one week)

Over at Game Music 4 All they've reported that you can watch the chiptune doco 'Reformat The Planet' free for a week at Pitchfork. The doco has been cut in to 10 chapters, check it out.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Richard Devine Interview

Elektron Users interviews Richard Devine, it's a good read and there are great pics too. Oh and there is a free mp3.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Ugo Free VSTs

Ugo have a few free VSTs (there's also some you can buy), but I really like the sound of String Theory (top pic) and Texture (bottom pic). There's some audio demos on the site so you can hear what's possible.

Read Electronic Musician for Free!

You can read EM for free on their website. And not just a few past issues, but everything from September 1999 - August 2008.

Sea Organ

From This Is Not A Label, this is just amazing, using the sea to create music.

Sounds From Saturn

Last year Wired reported on how NASA had recorded 'sounds' of space. You can download them here. There is also more of an explanation here.
Stephen P. McGreevy also records sounds from the weather, you can get some of his stuff here.
Space Sounds have recordings from Space and Space Travel.
The University of Iowa also have a Space Audio section, while at there is a report of a black whole emitting a b-flat.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Prophanity: Free Prophet 5 clone

The Prophanity is a free VST clone of the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5. If you'd prefer to buy something though there is always Native Instruments' Pro-53.

The Avant Garde Project Restores Lost Early 20th Century Electronic Music

The Avant Garde Project is restoring old recordings of early electronic music, most of which are long out of print. Their collection includes compositions by some pretty famous composers ... or at least composers that you've read about in history books, even if you've never heard them. Reading down the list of composers, I see John Cage, Milton Babbitt, Pauline Oliveros, Morton Subotnick, Paul Hindemith and many others.
via This Is Not A Label.

Also here is an interview with Pierre Henry to read.

EMS Synthi A clone: EFM-Synthia 2

If you have heard 'On The Run' by Pink Floyd then you will have heard the EMS Synthi (top pic). Well EFM have made the EFM-Synthia 2 (bottom pic) which is a free VST (PC only) clone.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

More Delia Derbyshire...

You can read a heap of information about Delia's releases at Delia Derbyshire - An Audiological Chronology, and there is a link to download Electrosonic too. Also, you can grab The White Noise: An Electric Storm here.


Forester is free software for OS X and Windows which will help you remix, glitch and basically make interesting music in general.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Korg DS-10

One Tonne Music has some amazing info and pictures from the Korg DS-10, while Create Digital Music has some more info about it and how Nintendo wants to kill the flash loaders that homebrew gamers use, but is also used to pirate official products (like the DS-10).

Old Electronic Music

You may have read recently of how old recordings of Delia Derbyshire have been found, and how one track sounds very much like something that could have come out last week. You can read the article and hear samples here (it's also worth reading the comments in this post for more info). Delia created the Doctor Who theme while working in the BBC Workshop, which was set up by Daphne Oram, and there is an article about her, her work and some samples of her work here.

There are some great videos on Youtube about Delia and of her work, here are some of them:
Delia Derbyshire - Love Without Sound (1969)
Reel-to-Reel Beat Matching Virtuosa

There is also a great series by BBC4 about their Workshop:
The Alchemists of Sound (Part 1)
The Alchemists of Sound (Part 2)
The Alchemists of Sound (Part 3)
The Alchemists of Sound (Part 4)
The Alchemists of Sound (Part 5)
The Alchemists of Sound (Part 6)

And here is the oldest known 'Computer Music', from 1951.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Audio Converter

If you need a free audio converter for Windows then I suggest Switch. It's very fast and compact and great for converting aif files to mp3.


In the latest CM Special you get 100 freeware tools for making music (though word is only four work on Macs), including TAL-BassLine, a Roland emulator. It comes in VST and AU for Windows and OS X and is well worth the download.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


This VST Effect was voted Best of 2004 by members of KVR. It's actually quite good, and works with Windows and OS X.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Run Linux in Windows

Wired have a wiki-how to on running Linux apps in Windows. That being said you could always dualboot.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


If you want a way to share your music in a way that is actually pretty cool, then check out Soundcloud. This could be great for collabs.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Weird instrument VST's

Safwan Matni VST Plugins specialises in obscure instruments, like the Oud.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Free Live Packs from Puremagnetik

Puremagnetik have some free Live Packs on their website, and some more to buy.

See if your gear is Vista ready

This website will keep you updated on whether or not your gear is Vista ready or not. Most things work with Vista now so it's not so bad.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Free Stuff

VST(i) / AU has vst and au's
Kammerl Audio a pack of five effects for Windows and OS X
Antress Modern Plugins Windows only racks
Free VST's from Andreas Ersson
DSK Music make heaps of free VST's

Free VST(i) list from electrobel - HUGE list
Free Samples from IDMForums - HUGE, but you must be registered to see links
Free VST - Old dead site
Free Music Software - The new home of Free VST, also has software and samples
Free Plug-in List - Reasonably good site
Best VST Plugins - links to download some vst's

Dont Crack has heaps of freeware for Windows and OS X
Studio Toolz has heaps of Mac freeware

KVR Audio is great for information on everything audio
Rekkerd Audio Software news
This Is Not A Label videos and links to interesting stuff

I will update this when I remember more links.

Make Noise With Reception

Reception is a VST for destroying your audio. It's by Psychic Modulation who have a few other (mostly free) goodies at their site, take a look at the synths.

make music from pictures

Audio Paint is a Windows only program which lets you create music from pictures. This would be great if you were looking for inspirartion, you could then just cut it all up and resample it in your DAW.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

space invaders extreme

Check out the music to Space Invaders Extreme in the video above. It's out now on the Nintendo DS and PSP.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Richard Devine uses...

On page 4 of this interview with Richard Devine he mentions what software he likes:

Softstep (picured above)
Soundhack (who have some great feeware)

Also check out the side panel to see what else he uses in his set up.

Numerology 1.4.3

I haven't used this yet so I will quote from the website:
"Numerology is a modular sequencing and audio plugin environment for Mac OS X. It takes sequencing and modulation metaphors established by the analog sequencers of the 70's, and implements them in a structured and highly interactive software environment designed for experimentation, improvisation and live performance. By using Numerology in conjunction with your choice of Audio Unit plugins and hardware synths, you can create an open compositional environment that is truly your own"

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hang Drum

Watch the above video, and then head over to Soniccouture, as they have a 2.4GB library of Hang Drum sounds for Kontakt 2 or 3. This is something you could definately have fun with.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Great Albums : Dig Your Own Hole

The Chemical Brothers second album, Dig Your Own Hole was even better than the first, though they stand together pretty well. After this they slowly moved in to more commercial territory until finally selling out with the release of their Singles collection, everything else since then has been pretty poor.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

M-Audio - Axiom 25

I considered buying this, but I don't find using a QWERTY keyboard that hard really. I would have to get used to it I guess. What I like most about most would have to be the pads, which are supposed to be amazing.