Waveformless Soundware releases Expanse for Arturia SEM-V

Waveformless Soundware SEM-V Expanse

Waveformless Soundware has annnounced the release of Expanse, a soundset for the SEM-V software synthesizer by Arturia.

128 brand new patches that skirt the line between total retro and futuristic sounds. All the expected tyoes id sounds are here – punchy basses, searing leads, warm pads, intricate arps – but we don’t stop there!

We take the SEM-V beyond the expected and deliver unusual sounds… a metallic koto, modular-type synth sounds, a piano. This is a soundset that truly takes the SEM-V into new territories!

The soundset costs $9.99 USD.

More information: Waveformless Soundware / SEM-V Expanse

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Waveformless releases Encompass for Omnisphere

Waveformless Encompass

Waveformless Soundware has announced the release of Encompass, a soundset for Omnisphere by Spectrasonics.

True to its name, Encompass covers a wide range of sonic territory from convincing vintage and eighties synths, to punchy synth basses, to cinematic pads, to warped textures, to pulsing gates, to soaring arps, and even electronic drums.

A common complaint we hear about the presets that ship with Omnisphere is that a lot of them sound amazing, but are hard to actually use in a full arrangement. Encompass was programmed with this in mind, aiming to provide sounds you’ll actually want to use in your songs. And speaking of programming, the mod wheel modulates something on every patch allowing you to transform the sounds as you play.

Encompass features 128 sounds for Omnisphere. The soundset is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Waveformless Soundware

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AfroDJMac releases Ableton Live Rack #26: SQ-80 Hush

Ensoniq SQ-80

AfroDJMac celebrates 6 months of free Ableton Live Racks with SQ-80 Hush, the 26th download in the series.

A big reason I do this is to meet new people and share ideas and music with people I would otherwise have no way of reaching; I thought that this 26th Ableton Rack should reflect that.

One great soldier of information in the electronic music community is Tom who writes the blog Waveformless. The motto of the site is a “Freeform discussion of electronic music and the techniques and gear used in making it.” I highly recommend checking it out and exploring the vast information from synthesizer news to free sample Fridays. This weeks Free Ableton Live Rack was created using some of Tom’s free samples. Thanks to Tom for sharing these samples and letting me rack them up for everybody’s enjoyment!

The SQ-80 Hush Live Rack is available as a free download from AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac

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Review: Waveformless DUNE Spiceflow

Regular rekkerd readers will likely recognize the name Tom Shear. I frequently post links to Tom’s excellent blog Waveformless, where he shares tons of tips and tricks, ebay finds, free sample packs and more.

Waveformless DUNE Spiceflow

A few months ago saw the launch of Waveformless Soundware, a site where Tom shows his expertise in sound design by – to quote the website, providing high quality presets for popular softsynths at extremely reasonable prices.

After releasing a soundset for reFX Vanguard, Waveformless Soundware’s second title is Dune Spiceflow, a collection of 128 presets for the Dune virtual synthesizer by Synapse Audio.

Packed with musically useful sounds perfect for electrohouse, trance, dubstep, EBM and more. Thundering basses, scorching leads, widescreen pads, evolving arps, wavetable and wave sequenced sounds, useful effects, punchy drums – this is a soundset that covers all the bases for electronic musicians looking for inspiring new sounds.

Check the demo tracks below to get an idea of the kind of sounds included in this soundset. Note that all sounds in these demos (including the drums) are from the Dune Spiceflow set.

If you like what you just heard you should probably just skip the rest of this review and go buy the set. Really.

In detail, Dune Spiceflow includes 18 arps, 23 basses, 6 chords, 8 drums, 3 keys, 20 leads, 18 pads, 6 sound fx, and 26 synth sounds.

The soundset takes advantage of Dune’s category tagging feature to assist you in finding specific types of sounds. Many patches also have patch information detailing modwheel assignment and general info on what the sound is all about.

I took some of my favorite patches from the set and created a few loops with them. Everything you hear is Spiceflow, no effects used.

If you like these loops you can download them here.

So what do I think?

Product: Waveformless DUNE Spiceflow
Format: fxp/fxb patches
Price: $9.99 USD
Like: usable and inspiring sounds, use of modwheel, low price
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 8/10

My first impression of Spiceflow is very positive. There is lots of material in this bank that suits my music. I don’t consider my tunes to fit into electrohouse, trance, dubstep, or EBM genres, so “and more” is rightfully denoted on the product page.

To be honest, I am not likely to ever use patches like the drum hit sounds, but they do demonstrate the overall sound design quality and variety of this set. Spiceflow does a good job balancing both classic and more modern sounds. I am most excited about the pads, chords and keys. The whole set feels like a collection of handpicked favorites from a private stash of “best of” sounds.

This is my Waveformless soundset, but I think I already recognize a signature sound. Even when working with a synthesizer that is relatively easy to program (such as Dune), you are not likely to come up with the exact same sounds. For me, new patches are an opportunity to get inspired and I often let sounds direct the development of a track. Spiceflow is certainly going to serve me well in this respect.

In short, priced at just under 10 dollars, Dune Spiceflow offers incredible value for money. I reckon it is a worthwhile soundset for any Dune user.

More information: Waveformless Soundware / Synapse Audio Dune

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Waveformless-Soundware releases DUNE Spiceflow soundset

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Waveformless DUNE Spiceflow

Waveformless-Soundware has released DUNE Spiceflow, a new soundset for the Dune virtual synthesizer by Synapse Audio.

Consisting of 128 brand new presets for Synapse Audio’s DUNE synth. Packed with musically useful sounds perfect for electrohouse, trance, dubstep, EBM and more.

Thundering basses, scorching leads, widescreen pads, evolving arps, wavetable and wave sequenced sounds, useful effects, punchy drums – this is a soundset that covers all the bases for electronic musicians looking for inspiring new sounds.

Includes full documentation, and 128 sounds both as a bank (‘fxb format) and as single sounds (.fxp format)

DUNE Spiceflow is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Waveformless-Soundware

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