B. Serrano has released Horus Mk2, an extended version of the free string synthesizer instrument for Windows.
Horus is something between a string-machine and a poly synth.
Horus Mk2 features
- Waveform choice for Strings and LFO.
- Phaser’s speed coefficient (a pop-up menu by clicking on “Speed” label.
- Mono mode with portamento.
- Vibrato by Mod-wheel, Breath or pedal.
- Fake LCD display for patch management.
- New appearance.
Horus Mk2 is available as freeware for Windows (VST).
More information: B. Serrano / Horus Mk2
Glitchmachines has announced the release of Hysteresis, a free glitch delay effect plug-in geared toward creating robotic artifacts and abstract musical malfunctions.
Hysteresis features a delay effect with stutter, lowpass filter and modulation effects thrown into the feedback signal path.
Easily infuse your projects with glitchy articulations and abstract textures. Process anything from drums and percussion to synth lines and sound effects. On top of being able to create incredibly wild signal mutations, Hysteresis can also be used to generate classic delay effects.
- Feedback-based delay effect with tempo sync.
- Reversible stutter effect in the feedback path.
- Lowpass filter in the feedback path.
- Modulation with rate division/multiplication.
- Presets by Ivo Ivanov, Thomas Hennebert, DAED & Apparition.
The plug-in is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) as a free download.
More information: Glitchmachines / Hysteresis
Audiobombs has announced the release of FM Series Vol.1, a free sound pack for Ableton Live.
This is the first in a series of FM multi-sample packs from Audiobombs.com. We’ve scoured through hundreds of 4-OP FM patches with our trusty TX81Z and we’re hand picking some of our favorites to sample and make available as free Ableton instruments.
This Ableton live set includes three classic FM sounds sampled directly from the Yamaha TX81Z. Each Ableton instrument includes several zones (and velocity layers when the patch utilized it) for a realistic reproduction of the original hardware.
The download is free at Audiobombs. It includes sets for Live’s Sampler and Simpler.
More information: Audiobombs / FM Series Vol.1
Plugin Boutique has announced a new free edition of the Zampler/RX sampler instrument in collaboration with Beat Magazine and Synapse Audio.
Zampler is a free sample workstation that includes a variety of ways to sculpt and manipulate sounds and it includes features you would expect in any current soft-sampler. It also sounds great!
Zampler is capable of supporting the .sfz format which makes it a perfect fit with the sample libraries from our sister site Loopmasters.
The free installer download comes with 2 free banks with a selection of sounds curated from various Loopmasters packs for you to enjoy:
- “Dance Production Sounds” – The pack is a total of 332Mb and includes 30 Multi Samples, 1 bank file, and 333 Multi Samples.
- “MainRoom and EDM DrumKits” – The pack is a total of 111Mb and includes 30 patches/kits, 1 bank file, and 457 Multi Samples.
The Zampler plug-in is a free download for Windows and Mac (VST/AU). More free packs for Zampler will be available from Plugin Boutique in the near future.
More information: Plugin Boutique / Zampler
de la Mancha has announced that its unstable pitch modulation effect plug-in is now available as freeware.
unstable likes to mess around with your audio pitch, with 3 subtle pitch modulation modes to simulate the unpredictable but lovable pitch instability of an old tape machine or an analogue synth.
It doesn’t only do subtle though, you can also put it in ‘insane’ mode if you’d rather just FSU
The plug-in is available as freeware for Windows (VST).
More information: de la Mancha / unstable
99Sounds has launched Hands Make Sounds, a collection of hand claps and finger snaps.
The sounds were recorded in six different indoor locations with the goal of capturing their natural reverb characteristics. The result is a detailed and diverse collection of natural sounding hand made percussion sounds.
The clap samples have been recorded in six different rooms, from a tiny toilet to a large empty hallway. Although you’re free to add your own reverb to these sounds of course, it’s sometimes nice to have percussion samples which already capture the natural reverb characteristics of different rooms.
But that’s not all! The library was created in collaboration with Cy Brazanthr, a music producer and sound designer who is also known under the artist name Girls With Depression. He has provided some unusually cool gang claps and processed finger snaps. Some of my favorite sounds in the library are his lovely lo-fi clap samples which have been recorded with a laptop microphone. They sound very digital, but in a nice crunchy way.
The snap samples are sorted into four different groups. The samples labeled snap-close have been recorded from close range, with almost zero reverb. The ones labeled snap-far have been recorded in my living room, from various distances.
Samples labeled snap-slow and snap-stacked are more digital sounding. Cy has done pitched down some of them, to achieve a crunchier sound.
Hands Make Sounds features
- 158 audio samples in total.
- Includes 96 hand clap samples, 62 finger snap samples.
- 24-bit WAV format/44.1 kHz Stereo.
- 19.9 MB size on disk.
The pack is a free download.
More information: 99Sounds / Hands Make Sounds
Tronsonic has announced The Expressive Tron, a free Mellotron library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Expressive Tron features 4 tape banks from an original (un-serviced) Mellotron M400 – Flute, Strings, Cello and Male Choir.
The Original samples were taken 8 years ago (the first instrument I sampled), then recently re-recorded to more worn tape, and supplied in microtape plus format, which features a 16 step tape echo style sequencer and fx section.
These are not pristine mellotron samples – Martin at Streetly Electronics gave them a listen and commented on how badly the instrument would have needed a service – so I’m aiming for the other end of the spectrum with these – for those that really like the character of degraded sound. The microtapes also allow you to degrade the signal further, to taste.
The library is a free download at Tronsonic. Requires Kontakt 5.2.1 or later, full version.
More information: Tronsonic
Puremagnetik has launched Wicked Kits, a collection of 5 free drum kits for Ableton Live.
Wicked Kits includes 5 free Ableton Live Drum Kits optimized for Live 9 and programmed for real-time performance. It is packed with a number samples from classic drum machines, synths and vinyl.
The download is available from Puremagnetik.
More information: Puremagnetik / Wicked Kits