99Sounds has released The Weird Side Samples, a free collection of glitch samples, weird sound effects and abstract sonic textures by Johan Ekelove aka Introspectral.
This is the first release in our new Artist Series product line, which will feature sample libraries created by talented sound designers from around the world.
This free sample library is made up of sounds from the album The Weird Side of the Mundane which has recently been published by Introspectral. You are strongly encouraged to visit the artist’s profile page linked in the article and take a listen to his music.
The author describes this sound collection as “a sonic exploration through hidden worlds afloat on a metaphysical plane”. I was blown away when Johan sent me a preview of these samples and I’m proud of the fact that this fantastic library is the first Artist Series release on 99Sounds.
The Weird Side Samples features
- 182 audio samples, 284 MB content.
- Categorized in 6 folders: Atmospheric, Vox, Textures, Movements, Percussive Elements, Tech.
- All included samples are provided as 24-bit WAV files with 44.1 kHz sampling rate.
The sample pack is a free download from 99Sounds.
More information: 99Sounds / The Weird Side Samples
TN Audio has announced the release of Tethys 2, a free synthesizer instrument for Windows.
Tethys 2 features VAM (Variable Attenuation Matrix) for use with velocity, after touch or modulation wheel.
The successor to Tethys 1 with effects that are not just bolted on but become part of the sound especially when combined with the VAM performance controls.
The effects from right to left are Phaser, Chorus and Echo these are fairly standard but follow the Tethys ethos of keep it simple and therefore have the minimum number of controls needed. Then comes the X Mod the effect of which changes depending on Oscillator 2′s waveform and the knobs setting (should maybe have been called Mod ?) and can sound depending on the settings anything from FM, AM, RM to badly soldered wires randomly distorting the sound.
A great companion to the next effect the Drive, it started out as a recreation of an old Washburn SX3 pedal but as I tried to reduce the pedals three knobs to one it took on a character of its own. Its tone is also dependent on the amount of signal being fed to it by the volume knob, so to get the sound you want you may have to turn the volume down and boost it at your mixer.
The plug-in is available to download as freeware for Windows (VST). Donations are appreciated.
More information: TN Audio
de la Mancha has announced that its Scylla synthesizer plug-in for Windows is now available as freeware.
Scylla is a 32 bit Windows VST instrument capable of sample-playback combined with subtractive synthesis to produce a wide variety of sonic possibilities ranging from lush pads to far-out soundscapes and effects via scorching leads and chunky bass.
Scylla includes three different types of oscillators that can be modified to a wide variety of styles and three built-in samplers that can accommodate .wav audio samples, which can be played back in grain table, waveform, sample or single hit format. All the audio can be modified and modulated through LFO, volume and filter envelopes, Ring-Modulation, and Unison.
Scylla is available to download as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows. Donations to Cancer Research UK are appreciated.
More information: de la Mancha
Patchworks has announced the release of a free version of Conductr, the Ableton Live controller app for iPad.
Conductr was launched in September 2013. During the last nine months, we’ve got an amazing feedback from both professional and amateur musicians — you can check some of their opinions about Conductr in our Artists portfolio. Reviewers, certified trainers and institutions like Point Blank and the Berklee College of Music have given us extremely positive feedback for our app.
This has motivated us to take a big leap forward: we want everybody to love Conductr as much as us and our supporters do.
So from now on, CONDUCTR IS A FREE APP.
From today, you can download a basic version of Conductr for free which will allow you to control 4 tracks and 11 scenes on any Ableton Live set. You can also create 2 user modules, each one can integrate up to 8 parameters from any device on any track of your set.
You can make in-app purchases for different premium modules and packs to get unlimited features and personalize Conductr based on your needs.
This update also includes a Sends Mode in the Mixer Module, a Mute Hiding button and the possibility to save your projects’ complete set-ups — features many of our early adopters demanded.
In upcoming weeks, new modules will be launched.
More information: Conductr
Loopmasters has announced the release of the ISR Label Sampler, featuring over 300 free samples from Industrial Strength.
Sample the gamut of Industrial Strength with this free pack: the ISR Label Sampler contains a sweet sweep of our most dynamic and essential sound sets, designed to spark your inspiration in any electronic style.
New York’s Industrial Strength Records (ISR) was founded by legendary electronic music producer Lenny Dee in 1991. Since entering the Sound Design arena, Industrial Strength has been linking experienced producers and musicians from around the world to bring you a plethora of top-notch sounds spanning all genres. We are committed to bringing you the highest quality Sample Packs featuring samples, loops, beats, and the most savage music FX ever heard in audio.
Read more on Industrial Strength in this interview with Lenny Dee.
More information: Industrial Strength / ISR Label Sampler
Falls A Star has released SplitDelay, a free experimental multi-index delay buffer effect plug-in for Windows.
A standard delay effect consists of a buffer and an index which moves linearly across it, looping back to the beginning like a magnetic head on a tape loop.
But instead of a single index, SplitDelay has multiple indices and rules for determining what to do with them. This makes it very messy and noisy, in hopefully interesting ways.
SplitDelay for Windows (32/64-bit VST) is available as freeware.
More information: Falls A Star
Karoryfer has released the Fashionbass open source bass sample library.
The notes are sampled every minor third with five velocity layers and three random round robins. There are also release samples (every minor third with four round robins) and percussive and fingering noises (five round robins). All together that makes 426 24-bit 44.1 kHz wav samples and a 301 MB download.
Four different SFZ mappings are included – the regular mapping which is the most realistic, one without release samples, a three-voice unison mapping with all the round robins playing at once, and a shifty five-voice unison mappings which uses higher samples pitched down to create the extra voices. The samples can be used with Plogue Sforzando and should also work with other SFZ-compatible samplers.
- Samples of a Killer KB-Simmony bass guitar.
- A total of 426 24-bit 44.1 kHz WAV samples.
- Notes sampled every minor third.
- Five velocity layers and three round robins for every note.
- String release noises with four round robins.
- Various percussive and fingering noises with five round robins.
- Four different SFZ mappings with varying degrees of realism.
- 301 MB download size.
The library is available as a free download.
More information: Karoryfer / Fashionbass
Samples From Mars has announced Drum Machine Samples, a free sample pack featuring 16 sounds from the Linndrum, TR-808, TR-909, Simmons & CR-78.
This is a free sampler of our more extensive libraries. Each vintage drum machine has been sampled through a nice selection of professional outboard gear, including API Preamp, SSL 4000 Console, Emu SP-1200 sampler, Otari MTR-12 Mastering reel to reel, and Apogee Conversion.
The punch of the drums is achieved through varying amounts of tape saturation (always on fresh tape), compression, gate, EQ, and filters.
Drum Machines Samples features
- 16 24 bit Wav Drum Samples.
- Sounds from: Linndrum, TR-808, TR-909, Simmons & CR-78.
- No need for additional mixing.
- Ample headroom if mixing is required.
The pack is a free download at Samples From Mars. The full Tape Drum Machine Samples pack is currently on sale for $48 USD.
More information: Samples From Mars / Drum Machine Samples