Dear readers: Thanks for 2013 & Happy New Year!

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To all readers of, I want to wish you all a blessed and music-filled 2014!

Best wishes for 2014!

The 8th year of has been another busy one. No less than 4,323 blog posts were published in 2013. Since I don’t usually work weekends, that’s an average of about 16 posts a day!

I want to thank you for your encouragement, feedback, heads up on news and deals, financial support and other contributions, participation in contests and giveaways, and just checking out at this place.

Also, many thanks to the developers who send in their press releases, and for providing me with products for testing or reviews. The same goes for all advertisers and affiliates who help me cover all the costs of running the blog.

Hope to see you all again in the New Year!



Loopmasters House packs 45% off – 24 hours only

Loopmasters has launched a 24-hour sale on its House sample packs and soundsets.

45% off House packs

Save a whopping 45% off Loopmasters House samples – 24 hours only! Hurry!

The sale ends December 31st, 2013.

More information: Loopmasters / House Sale


Sonic Charge releases Cyclone free TX16W emulation

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Sonic Charge has announced the release of Cyclone, a free software emulation of the Yamaha TX16W sampler from 1988.

Sonic Charge Cyclone

Cyclone is a true low-level hardware emulator. It simulates all the important circuits of the Yamaha TX16W, including the main 68000 CPU, the properietary Yamaha DSP circuits, the 12-bit sample memory and the 400kHz non-linear DACs. Cyclone not only looks like a real TX16W, it sounds like a real TX16W and it runs the exact same software as a real TX16W.

That last sentence is worth elaborating on. We have not merely created a new virtual instrument with a vintage sound, neither is Cyclone an updated version of Typhoon. Cyclone features a full 68000 emulator that runs the exact same version of Typhoon that was released 14 years ago. This implies that using Cyclone will require a bit more effort than your average modern virtual instrument. But this can also be a very rewarding experience. Regard Cyclone as a time travel portal to an era from the past. The era of the monster dinosaur samplers.

Cyclone for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is a free download.

More information: Sonic Charge


Multiples Pro releases Maschine MicroPak

Multiples Pro Maschine MicroPak

Multiples Pro has announced its Maschine MicroPak, a collection of drum sounds made with Maschine 2.0.

For those of you who follow in it’s entirety you will note mrthebigman just picked up the most recent version of the Maschine software in Maschine 2.0.

This library has been created after many hours experimenting with the new Drumsynths in Maschine and he has served up so very cutting edge one shot hits.

Maschine MicroPak features

  • 32 samples:
    • 8 Kicks
    • 8 Snares
    • 8 HiHats
    • 4 Toms
    • 4 Percussion sounds
  • Available .wav, Maschine 1.8 & Maschine 2 formats.

The sample pack is available as a free download.

More information: Multiples Pro / Maschine MicroPak


Zenhiser releases Classic Goa Trance Hooks

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Zenhiser Classic Goa Trance Hooks

Zenhiser has launched Classic Goa Trance Hooks, a 2GB collection of Goa Trance loops.

Crammed full of 2GB pristine, mind elevating synth loops, pulsating basslines, power driven beats and super sharp Goa fx makes this sample pack an absolute certainty for all producers creating the more driving side of Trance. It’s by far the biggest collection of Goa Trance samples ever created whilst using only the highest production skills available.

These Goa sounds really are monsters, 60 hooks containing their own bassline, multiple drum loop variations and synth loops variations too. There’s also and FX folder for transitioning all those hooks, which means we’ve literally supplied everything you need to get that Goa Trance sound hitting both the vinyl charts again and digital charts accordingly.

The sample pack costs $40 AUD.

More information: Zenhiser / Classic Goa Trance Hooks


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