Computer Music launches issue 214: Ultimate Freeware 2015

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Computer Music magazine has launched its 214th issue, “Ultimate Freeware 2015″.

Computer Music Ultimate Freeware 2015

In our cover feature, we’ll show you the free software to use if you’re looking for professional results without splashing ANY cash. We’ve trawled the internet for gratis plugins and come back with only the cream of the crop. Find out where to find them and how to use them across 15 pages and 23 videos.

You’ll get the lowdown on:

  • The best free synths out there right now, how they sound and how to use them – Datsounds OBDX, Green Oak Crystal, u-he Triple Cheese, TAL NoiseMarker and more;
  • 34 free mixing effects, from classic EQs and compressors, through modern stereo and pitch manipulation tools, and many more;
  • Free tools that can take your sound and your workflow to the next level;
  • Where to find 36 new creative effects for your plugins folder. Whether you’re into glitching, pitching, phase, delays, or any other sound-skewing tools, we’ll give you the goss on the best stuff out there;
  • How to get the best of Linux as a free software studio – our video will take you on a tour of the best Linux-based tools and noisemakers

…And a lot more

The new issue is available for purchase at Apple Newsstand, Google Play, Zinio, and in print.

More information: Computer Music / Ultimate Freeware 2015


EZdrummer 2 wins Music Software of the Year award

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Toontrack has announced that its EZdrummer 2 drum production tool has won the Computer Music Music Software of the Year award in the MIA Music Awards 2014.

Toontrack EZdrummer 2 Music Software of the Year

It was nominated together with several other major brands by an esteemed panel of judges and ultimately chosen to win through public voting. The award ceremony was held by the Music Industries Association (MIA) in partnership with NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) and took place at The Park Plaza Riverbank, London earlier in the week. This is the latest of many awards that EZdrummer 2 has received since its release only six months ago.

”When we launched EZdrummer 2, we said that we were changing the game. It may have seemed bold to some, but the praise of our customers, the industry and the unparalleled success of the program keeps confirming that it was rather an understatement. We simply couldn’t be more proud on a day like this”, commented Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO, after the announcement.

”This is a testament of all the work that went into making EZdrummer 2 the most easy-to-use yet powerful drum production tool on the market”, said Erik Phersson, Toontrack’s head of development. ”It’s a truly great honor to be recognized by the industry, singled out from among our peers and most importantly, have our end-users confirm once again that EZdrummer 2 remains the undisputed number one tool for intuitive drum production.”

More information: Toontrack


Computer Music releases free Drum & Bass All-Stars pack

Computer Music has announced the release of Drum & Bass All-Stars, a free sample pack featuring sounds from E-Z Rollers, InsideInfo, Optiv & BTK, Nookie, Stanza and Sinistarr.

Computer Music Drum & Bass All-Stars

To celebrate Computer Music magazine’s huge Drum & Bass Focus 2014 issue, we’re throwing an equally massive DnB Weekend. And to help get things off to a slamming start, we’ve put together a star-studded DnB sample pack giveaway just for you!

This whopping 1GB collection of sounds contains over 650 WAV samples created exclusively for CM by six of the best drum & bass producers around – and they’re yours for free.

The sounds come from some of Computer Music’s greatest VIP Series sample packs, and you’ll find all the audio files you’ll ever need to create professional drum & bass in all its forms. From the live breaks of E-Z Rollers to the techy sounds of InsideInfo and rolling darkness of Optiv & BTK; through to the cool liquid of Nookie, Stanza’s upfront power, and the intelligent experiments of Sinistarr.

The download is available from Computer Music at no charge.

More information: Computer Music / Drum & Bass All-Stars


Humanoid Sound Systems Enzyme CM free with Computer Music 202

Humanoid Sound Systems has announced that a free copy of ENZYME CM is available in the latest issue of Computer Music magazine.

Enzyme CM

The current issue of Computer Music Magazine (issue 202) has ENZYME CM featured on the cover disk. This is a free version of ENZYME, specially developed for CM magazine readers, which contains 50 presets, full ENZYME synthesis engine and a free bonus bank available if you pop on over and ‘like’ us on Facebook!
AND that’s not all……. there is also a special discount code for CM readers to use when purchasing the full version of ENZYME!

Ready to grab your copy of the mag? It’s available in both paper and digital formats and some of the options even let you have it for free……Can your day get any better?
So…… follow the linky links, Grab your copy of the magazine, download your free version and get creating……Simples!

Computer Music 202 is now available to purchase from Apple Newsstand, Google Play, Zinio, and as a print edition.

More information: Humanoid Sound Systems / Computer Music 202


Computer Music 197 freebie: SKnote Snap transient exciter

SKnote Snap

Computer Music has announced that its latest magazine includes a free copy of SKnote Snap, a transient exciter plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Brighten or dull the attack and sustain of your sounds with Snap, a unique transient exciter plugin created exclusively for CM by software perfectionists SKnote. Their other analogue-flavoured creations include the console-emulating Stripbus, tape saturator Roundtone, and the mighty MCAudioLab EQ1passive equaliser.

Snap detects your incoming transients (or attack) and allows you to apply two intelligently-linked filters to your signal. You can add brightness to a snare or hi-hat’s crack, tame a drum group’s spikiness, or soften a piano’s sustain without blunting its attack.

SKnote Snap features

  • ‘Hit’ and ‘Body’ knobs to treat attack and/or sustain for precise dynamic sculpting.
  • Brighten or dull transients independently of the signal’s sustain.
  • Great for shaping drums, percussion, guitars, groups or mixes.
  • Transient metering and value readouts.
  • Clear, compact interface.
  • 32-/64-bit PC VST.
  • 32-/64-bit Mac AU/VST.

The plugin is included with Computer Music 197 (and onwards).

More information: MusicRadar


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