VST Sound Sets launches with Wireless Bundle + 30% off

Wireless Bundle

VST Sound Sets has announced the launch of its website, releasing a new bundle of the Wireless soundsets for Tone2′s FireBird+, and offering a 30% discount for a limited time.

This is the synth patches and presets outlet store of Jeff Rhodes : Perimeter Sound/Soundspice. All the newest releases will be here first, and at the lowest prices.

I have also released a combo bundle of ‘Wireless 1 & 2′, so you can get all 200 of my Firebird+ patches at a discounted price.

And speaking of discounts, the grand opening sale is on through August 31st. Save 30% off anything in the store, even the bundles, by entering the coupon code SOUNDSETS at checkout.

Hope to see you there, and feel to drop me a line using the *Contact* page.

More information: VST Sound Sets

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The Loop Loft releases free Rhodes & Wurlitzer loops feat. Jonah Smith

The Loop Loft has released a free sample pack featuring Rhodes & Wurlitzer loops by Jonah Smith.

We’re happy to bring you some incredible (and free) loops using vintage Rhodes and Wurlitzer keyboards from an old friend of The Loop Loft (and amazing musician), Jonah Smith.

The 78 MB download contains loops in REX2, AIFF and WAV (24bit/48kHz audio) formats, so you can use the loops in any music software.

More information: The Loop Loft / Rhodes & Wurlitzer loops

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Xenos Soundworks releases Extraterrestrial Origins for Massive

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Xenos Soundworks has announced the release of Extraterrestrial Origins, a soundset for the Massive synthesizer by Native Instruments.

‘Extraterrestrial Origins’ contains 64 ethereal and sublime presets. The generous serving of epic pads and soundscapes will transport your tracks into the deepest realms of unexplored space, while the other patches are designed to compliment those.

This set was a labor of love, heavily inspired by my personal fascination with astronomy, quantum physics and science fiction.

As a special bonus, check out the “Comments” box under the “Attributes” tab. Piece together fragments of a sci-fi short story as you flip through the sounds for a total immersion experience.

The soundset is available for purchase for $6.95 USD.

More information: Xenos Soundworks / Extraterrestrial Origins

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Tone2 updates FireBird free synth to v2.1

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Tone2 Audiosoftware has released version 2.1 of FireBird, a free synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Tone2 FireBird

Since there was a lot of positive feedback on the freeware release of FireBird (previously $79) we decided to release a final update for it.

Firebird itself is already vintage and even though it’s no longer profitable to remain a commercial product, we feel that anyone should get the opportunity to enjoy this sometimes heavily underestimated synthesizer.

Please feel free to download, share and enjoy this freebie, which should provide you with a nice introduction to our products, as well as many more years of musical inspiration.

Changes in FireBird v2.1

  • Contains 70 additional sounds by Xenos. To load them click on ‘setup’ and load the factory bank ‘condemned’.
  • Contains a fix for a rarely appearing crash.
  • Updated installer.
  • Slightly enhanced performance.
  • More responsive GUI.
  • Fixed a rarely appearing glitch.
  • Several other minor enhancements.

FireBird is available to download for Windows (VST).

More information: Tone2 / FireBird

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Feelyoursound updates Sundog Scale Studio to v1.2.0

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Feelyoursound has released version 1.2.0 of Sundog Scale Studio, which features better chord progression support for the MIDI composition software for Windows and Mac.

Feelyoursound Sundog Scale Studio (chords page)

Get rid of writer’s block once and for all. Experiment with new scales, harmonies, and melodies easily.

Use Sundog to play around with chords and basenotes like a breeze. Go from calm, smooth, chill out styles to energetic upbeat tunes in a matter of seconds. Promised.

Changes in Sundog Scale Studio v1.2.0

  • Completely new Chords View.
  • Create chord progressions with triads, four note chords, and powerchords.
  • Better detection of roman numerals.
  • Chord progression export as MIDI file – also via drag and drop.
  • Trigger triads and four note chords with a MIDI keyboard or computer keyboard.
  • New shortcuts for common tasks in the “Tools” menu:
    • “Follow the chords on this channel”: The current instrument will play back the new chord instantly as soon as a chord change happens.
    • “Follow the chord notes on this channel”: The current instrument will follow the chord progression by applying the current step sequencer pattern to the active chord notes (this is the same as setting the mode to “Chord Notes”, setting the pattern to “Off”, and recording the base note without any additional movements for one full take).
    • “Fill channel with basic sequence”: This is the same as recording the base note without any additional movements for one full take. The current mode will be used.
  • New instrument mode “Full Chords+”: The same as “Full Chords”, but with an additional note one octave below the chord root note.
  • Working update checker.

Sundog Scale Studio for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $39 USD / 29 EUR.

More information: Feelyoursound / Sundog Scale Studio

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Freaky Loops releases Ultimate Drum Fills 2

Freaky Loops has launched Ultimate Drum Fills 2, combining groovy electronic fills, stunning live drums, complex drum fills and glitched electronics for use across the electronic spectrum.

Freaky Loops Ultimate Drum Fills 2

All the fills are in 128 BPM and worked out to the smallest details to allow you the ability to directly insert them into your tracks. Every sound has been sculpted with a combination of high-end outboard pre-amps, EQ, compression and a selection of top rated plug-ins to create the most usable results. Perfect for an epic breakdown, to fill empty space, to get experimental or just to add the last missing ingredient to the mix.

In detail “Ultimate Drum Fills Vol 2” includes 115 Drum Fills are foldered as 57 Electronic Fills, 41 Acoustic Fills and 17 Fx Processed Fills. Each and every fill has been mixed and processed with maximum power and depth.

The pack is available from Loopmasters for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Freaky Loops / Ultimate Drum Fills 2

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Review: ModeAudio Hover drones & textures

ModeAudio Hover

With the Hover sample library, ModeAudio takes on the world of drones and textures.

Packed full of strange, floating tones, waves of noise, rasping, metallic textures, deep bass and circuit-bent synths, this release brings you 100 carefully prepared atmospheres to pour seamlessly over your mixes.

All the sounds move to their own internal rhythm, dancing and metamorphosing into exciting, unusual sonic forms.

The samples are categorized in 6 folders:

  • Ambiances (30)
  • Bass Drones (20)
  • Guitar Drones (10)
  • Metallic Drones & Textures (10)
  • Noise Drones & Textures (15)
  • Synth Drones (15)

The ambiance themes come with 3 samples each that can be layered. So you have something like a main bass or synth drone sound that you can layer with a texture, soundscape, some noise fx, etc. Other folders simply have a collection of individual 20 to 58 second recordings.

All files have descriptive titles including an indication of the type of sound, where applicable (noise, texture, bass, scape, etc).

The audio clip below demonstrates some of the sounds included in this pack.

So what do I think?

Product: Hover by ModeAudio
Format: Wav (44.1kHz/24 bit)
Price: £12 GBP
Like: Nice variety of sounds, well designed
Don’t like: some samples could be longer
Verdict: 8/10

Dark brooding bass, evocative melodic guitar scapes, sputtering noises, otherworldly synths, rhythmic crackles, reverb drenched goodness…

ModeAudio has recorded a nice variety of sounds using a diverse collection of sound sources. These drones and textures are on the more creative end of the genre, with lots of movement and dynamics. I personally like this a lot, but for some of the samples I really wish they were longer to allow a more elaborate development of the sound.

In short, the Hover pack includes a lovely bunch of well designed, quality samples that are great for cinematic/underscore works, game soundtracks, ambient music, and more.

More information: ModeAudio / Hover

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