Leaving so soon? Well, if you absolutely have to go…
Stuff I like to use
- Ableton Live, a complete music solution for Mac OS and Windows.
- Applied Acoustics Systems – Developers of amazing physical modeling software instrument plug-ins like the Lounge Lizard EP-3 and Chromaphone.
- FabFilter – Instrument and effect plug-ins featuring highly advanced filter techniques, superb digital oscillators, smart parameter interpolation methods and innovative user interface solutions.
- FL Studio – A full-featured digital audio workstation for Windows PC. FL Studio is my host of choice! Get a 10% discount on your purchase from Image-Line.
- Goldbaby Productions – Vintage drum machines and synths sampled in various formats. Also has a great freebies section.
- Loopmasters – Superb royalty free sample libraries from the best sample labels.
- Native Instruments – Home to the most excellent Reaktor, Kontakt, Maschine, and more.
- Ohm Force – Plug-ins for lovers of cats. French quality, you know it’s good!
- Reveal Sound – Developers of the superb Spire synthesizer instrument.
- Rob Papen – Blade, Punch, Predator, SubBoomBass, RP-Verb & RP-Delay, etc. by Rob Papen and ConcreteFX.
- Soniccouture – Top notch sample libraries (Ableton/Kontakt/EXS). Make sure to check their freebies for high quality downloads.
- Synapse Audio – Home to the DUNE 2 synthesizer, EKS Pro and more.
- Time+Space – Leading soundware provider — sample CDs, virtual instruments, music softare and learning resources.
- Tone2 – Developers of the most excellent Gladiator, Nemesis, Electra2 & Saurus virtual synthesizer plug-ins.
- Tonebuilder – Driven Machine Drums features tons of great electronic drum hits. Must have!
- U-He – Urs Heckmann and team deliver some of the most stunning virtual synthesizer and effecs ever. Zebra, Diva, Hive, ACE & Bazille, Presswerk, Satin, MFM2, and more.
- Wave Alchemy – superb royalty free samples, loops and sound effects.
Other places I like to visit
- Bedroom Producers Blog – Excellent blog for producers on a budget. Includes Free Sample Shootout and bpb Freeware Studio “best of” posts.
- Create Digital Music – Great webzine and community site for musicians using technology.
- KVR Audio – KVR Audio is the Internet’s number one news and information resource for open standard audio plugins.
- Make: Blog – Blog from MakeZine with daily posts about exciting DIY projects and hacks.
- SoundCloud – My favorite network to discover and listen to music. You can find some of my music and samples at SoundCloud.
- Wire to the ear – Oliver Chesler’s blog always provides interesting music production related news.