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Trance Techno Soundbanks releases Zebralette Freepack for + Promotion

Trance Techno Soundbanks

Trance Techno Soundbanks has announced the release of the Zebralette Freepack, a collection of free sounds for the Zebralette synthesizer instrument by u-he.

54 hi-quality presets + demos kits including flp files for fl studio and construction kits for other daws

Pack is fantastic for any kind of trance and hard trance music, a bit for techno and chillout/ambient. Good for other electronic music too.

The soundset is a free download.

Trance Techno Soundbanks has also announced a promotion in which a purchase of 1 soundset will include 3 additional soundsets of your choice, free of charge. The first 20 people who purchase a minimum of 1 soundset will get lifetime free (upcoming) soundsets.

The promotion ends April 21st, 2013, after which 10 customers who bought a minimum of 1 soundset are randomly picked to get all current soundsets free of charge.

More information: Trance Techno Soundbanks / Zebralette Freepack


Sample Remix Contest 2013/03 – The Results

March 2013 Sample Remix Contest

Last week the sample remix contest deadline passed and all 58 contestants have had a week to check out the entries and submit their top 5 favorites.

The results are in and it’s time to distribute the prizes, kindly offered by our friends at Time+Space.

First place goes to Francis Red for the track “Tropology”, a quality production with a catchy melody. This was a clear win, with both the highest amount of votes and points, as well as the most #1 votes.

In second place is Noizefield with “Level Up”, demonstrating some next level sample processing skills.

Third place winner is “Alien Love” by SatYatunes, a beautiful downtempo atmospheric piece.

The 4th winner – picked by – is Robert Fletcher with his entry Welcome Laughter.

Congratulations to the winners! It was a pretty close race for the top 10, which included the tracks by Marcin Chicy, Solidtrax, König, DavidF, Sayonara Gaia, Alex Nekita, Carbone and Crystal Craft.

All winners will soon receive details on how to get one of the available prizes: Toontrack’s Superior Drummer + 1 SDX expansion, a bundle of iZotope Ozone 5, Stutter Edit & Trash 2, UVI’s Vintage Legends, and Synthogy Ivory Pianos II Grand Pianos.

A big thank you to everybody who took part in the contest, hope to see you again next time!


Sample Remix Contest – Win prizes from Toontrack, iZotope, UVI & Synthogy

March 2013 Sample Remix Contest

Get your samplers ready, it’s time for another sample remix contest!

If you have previously participated in one of these contests you know the drill: Compose a track using the samples included in the download only, for a chance to win some great prizes.

You may process the samples any way you like, as long as you don’t use any additional instruments, samples, recordings, or other sound sources.

The download includes a total of 115 samples (24bit/44kHz WAV), including sounds contributed by Horatiu-Cristian Petrila of 3ee Sound Design.

The samples are basically all one-shot sounds, no loops this time. They are also deliberately without key information, the idea being that you explore the sounds and be inspired by what you find, rather than connecting the dots in a construction kit style approach.

Sample Remix Pack Download size: 48.3 MB

The deadline for submitting your entry is April 7th, 2013, 11:59pm CET.

So what can you win?

Our friends at Time+Space have generously donated a wonderful selection of prizes from its partners, a value of well over $2,000 USD in total!

Time+Space Sample Remix Contest prizes

The top 3 winners will be voted for by participating contestants. The 4th prize will be awarded to a random entry from the contestants that did not end up in the top 3, so everyone who submits a track has a chance of winning one of the prizes below.

Note: Contest winners pick their own prize from the pool, so the list above is in no particular order.

Contest rules

  • You may only use the samples provided in the contest sample pack. No other sound sources are allowed. You may process and manipulate sounds any way you want.
  • Submit your entry in mp3 format (minimum of 192kbit) per email to before April 7th, 2013, 11:59pm CET.
    One entry per person is allowed, you will receive a confirmation of your submission.
  • Your entry should be composed specifically for this contest. By entering, you grant permission for your track to be published at the website, through SoundCloud.
  • In order to be eligible to win, contestants are required to vote for their top 5 within a week after the contest deadline. Contestants will be contacted to submit their votes. Note: you cannot vote for your own entry.
  • Winners choose a prize from the prize pool in order of placement (1st place winner picks first, then 2nd, etc.). All prizes are granted at the discretion of Some prizes may be subject to specific conditions imposed by the sponsor (e.g. NFR licenses).

Contest rules subject to change. If you have any questions feel free to ask or comment on this post.

Good luck!

Contest entries

The submitted tracks are listed here, ordered by date of entry.


Thanks & Happy New Year

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I just want to take the time to wish all readers a happy new year and all the best for 2013.

Thank You by psd at Flickr

It is my hope that this website has been useful resource for your music/audio projects.

Many thanks for visiting, writing comments and email, participating in contests and giveaways, and whatnot. This place wouldn’t be the same without you.


comment exclusive: Freon Surfer FZ free drum kit by Carl Löfgren

Carl Löfgren of Fingerpushers and Plughugger has released Freon Surfer FZ, a free instrument based on the Freon Surfer preset of the Sonic Charge MicroTonic software drum machine.

Freon Surfer FZ
Freon Surfer FZ with custom Native Instruments Kontakt interface.

All eight drum sounds have been sampled by the mighty Casio FZ-20m sampler at 36 kilohertz, at crunchy 9 kilohertz and at 9 kilohertz too loud to capture the natural distortion of the analog converters.

Lastly, we did the old-school drum and bass trick of timestretching the samples back and forth a number of times, to give the samples a glitchy digital feel to them. For this we used our E-mu E4XT sampler.

Below are two short demo clips showcasing the various sound banks.

Freon Surfer FZ features

  • 8 sounds recorded at 36kHz, 9kHz, 9kHz overdriven, and 9kHz stretched.
  • 32 unique samples in total, 16-bit/44kHz mono Wav.
  • Instrument patches for Kontakt 4, Maschine, and Geist.
  • Custom Kontakt GUI with knob to select sound bank.

The Freon Surfer FZ sample pack is available as a free download.

Freon Surfer FZSize:6.76 MB

For more free samples check here, and make sure to visit Fingerpushers for some quality sample libraries.


Contest Cinematique – The Results

Contest Cinematique

The guys over at Cinematique Instruments have announced their top 3 favorite entries of the Contest Cinematique, the music production competition in which the goal was to make a track that sounds like Cinematique Instruments.

This was the first time I used this type of (perhaps slightly vague) theme and I am not sure everyone fully understood the idea, but I think there were lots of great entries nonetheless. I am pleased I did not have to do the hard work of picking the winners.

So here goes!

Third place is for Herfinnur Arnafjall’s “First Snow”.

Maurice Camplair comes in second with his tune “Tragical Charm”.

And finally, “This Godforsaken Place” by Alex Cuervo is good for first place, winning no less than 7 Cinematique Instruments libraries.

Many congratulations to the winners, and a big thanks to all contestants and Cinematique Instruments for sponsoring the contest and selecting the winners.

Make sure to visit them at Cinematique Instruments and check out their libraries.


Rekkerd Sound Recordings Vol. 2 – free sample pack

Ever since recording some sounds a few years ago, I’ve been meaning to take the trusty Zoom H2 for another round. I finally took the time to capture another batch of ordinary, and perhaps some less ordinary sounds.

rekkerd sound recordings vol 2
sound recordings vol 2 was recorded with the Zoom H2, a budget priced pocket recorder

For Rekkerd Sound Recordings Vol. 2 I found a number of interesting objects to hit, drop, slide, slam, press, etc. After a good amount of editing the pack ended up containing 90 samples. Various noises produced by light switches, fans, drawers, and lots more included.

The samples are in 24-bit/44kHz WAV format. Plenty of background noise is included, and those with a good ear might spot one of my kids in some of the recordings. 100% high quality lo-fi!

So why did I record these sounds? Well, I personally love create rhythms/percussions with unusual sounds so I figure I’m not the only one. Also included in the pack is a number of such loops that I did exclusively using the recorded sound and and a bunch of processing. You can listen to those loops below.

Download this free Creative Commons BY sample pack below (27.4 MB).

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