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Sound Synthesis with VST Instrument

VST instruments offer an unprecedented opportunity for the exploration of sound and musical creativity.

The world of hi-tech music and audio has never been so full of possibilities for experimentation and the creation of new sounds.

Sound synthesis instruments which were once prohibitively expensive are now available to everyone in the form of cost-effective software.

Sound Synthesis with VST Instruments helps you realise your own musical creativity by exploring the theory of sound synthesis and linking this to practical examples in the virtual world of VST instruments.

It explains how creating your own original synth patches can inspire a whole new musical composition, how building your own software synthesizer can be the beginning of a new adventure into the world of sound synthesis, and how manipulating and processing samples in revolutionary ways can be the birth of the next cutting-edge dance track.

With practical projects, helpful tips, step-by-step instructions on how to build your own software synthesizer and virtual electric guitar, and in-depth coverage of Reaktor, Tassman, HALion, FM7, B4, Pro-52, LM4-MkII, Attack and many others, Sound Synthesis with VST Instruments will be of interest to musicians, sound synthesists, sound designers, music producers and audio professionals.

Simon Millward is a music software specialist and sound designer. He has a Master of Science degree in Music Technology from the University of York, UK.

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iZotope, Inc. The T-Pain Effect Audio Plug-in

The T-Pain Effect is a collection of three fun and easy music making tools that help everyone to make music. Make beats and record vocals featuring the distinctive sound of T-Pain himself! The T-Pain Effect centers on The T-Pain Engine, a self-contained beat-making and vocal recording application for PC and Mac. Aspiring artists can choose from over 50 beats of different genres, pre-arranged into song patterns to help them get going quickly. With the beat in place, users can then sing, rap, or speak on one or two vocal tracks to record a song with ease. Beats and song patterns can be customized and vocals can be edited, including punch-in recording for retakes. For more vocal flavor, users can add the distinctive T-Pain Effect to the vocal tracks, tweaking the hardness and softness controls to dial in just the right sound. Then, after adjusting the levels of the final mix, the completed song can be exported and shared with friends or published directly to SoundCloud to share with the online world.

In addition to the standalone T-Pain Engine, the product includes a VST, AU, and RTAS plug-in version of The T-Pain Effect for use with popular digital audio workstations (DAWs) such as Pro Tools, GarageBand, Cubase, SONAR, Logic, and many more. The plug-in is a professional-level tool for any music production studio, including real-time monitoring through the host program and extended controls for dialing in hardness/softness and the appropriate scale.The product also includes iDrum: T-Pain Edition, a virtual drum machine that includes over 50 custom T-Pain iDrum kits with all-new samples. Used as a standalone application or a plug-in, users can arrange beats into songs, create new kits and patterns, import their own samples, and edit samples with effects like pitch, filter, and decay. iDrum T-Pain Edition is fully compatible with other content from iZotope’s various iDrum titles.

Product Features

  • Make beats with The T-Pain Engine, record your vocals, and share your music by posting straight to SoundCloud.
  • Explore hundreds of professionally-designed beats inspired by over 50 new T-Pain iDrum kits, each with all-new samples.
  • Use The T-Pain Effect plug-in independently in your favorite host DAW.

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Novation Launchpad Mini USB Midi Controller for Performing and Producing Music with iPad, Mac and PC

Novation LaunchPad Mini

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Launchpad Mini is the compact version of the celebrated Novation Launchpad performance controller. Designed for the iPad generation, Launchpad Mini features 64 three-color launch pads that let you play loops, sounds, effects and more to produce and perform music immediately with your iPad, PC or Mac.

Designed to get you making music right out of the box, Launchpad Mini is entirely bus-powered from your iPad, PC, or Mac. It comes with a suite of software, including Ableton Live Lite, for your Mac or PC, plus the Launchpad App for iPad. Launchpad for iPad includes a pre-loaded professional sound library that you can use instantly to create unique performances, turning Launchpad Mini into an integrated performance instrument. In addition to the built-in sounds, you can import additional sound packs or even your own sounds when you need them. Complete your performance with filters and DJ style effects, and then share your creations with the world.

Novation LaunchPad Mini
The 64-Pad Mini Music Controller

Launchpad Mini’s brightly illuminated grid of 64 three-color pads can trigger loops, samples, and events as well as controlling effects on your iPad or computer. Launchpad Mini integrates perfectly with Ableton Live, just like the Launchpad S. Trigger clips and scenes, control volumes and sends and much more — and Ableton Live Lite is included with your Launchpad Mini. Plus, get hands-on control of FL Studio 11 using Launchpad Mini’s 64-pad grid. Stickers are included to label the keys as you want.

Novation LaunchPad Mini
Launchpad App for iPad

Produce and perform music instantly on your Launchkey Mini with the included Launchpad app for iPad with its built-in samples, loops and effects. Import your own sounds or choose from a constantly updating library of premium packs to launch.

Novation LaunchPad Mini
Create and Perform Anywhere

Launchpad Mini is both compact and sturdy enough to withstand life on the road; it’s easy to transport and instantly ready to perform. It’s lightweight too–smaller and lighter than an iPad. Launchpad Mini is also totally bus-powered; there’s no need for a power socket whether on your iPad or computer.

Novation LaunchPad Mini
Great with Your Computer

Control Ableton Live (Lite version included), FL Studio and a wide range of additional DJ, VJ and music software. And use multiple controllers for even more flexibility.

Novation LaunchPad Mini

Part of the growing range of Novation Launch products.

Launchpad Mini is part of the growing range of Launch products from Novation. Use multiple Launch family products together to unleash awesome performance possibilities: pair Launchpad Mini with its big brother, the Launchpad S, enhance your lead or bassline capability with Launchkey or Launchkey Mini performance keyboards, and add high-quality rotary controls with Launch Control. Use them together with the Launchpad and Launchkey Apps for iPad.

Product Features

  • The 64 mini-pad music controller
  • New #1 Novation Launchpad app for iPad
  • Connects to any iPad via the camera kit (not included) and is powered from an iPad
  • Combine with Launch key, Launch Control or Launchpad S for even deeper integration with your software
  • Use 1, 2, 8, or even 16 Launchpad Minis connected to a PC or Mac for ultimate control over your favorite software

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Spectrasonics Trilian Bass Module Software

With its comprehensive design, Trilian brings many different types of Bass together into one extraordinary-sounding virtual instrument. It is designed from the ground up to be the most versatile bass virtual instrument available today with a new level of expressive, realtime performance for acoustic and electric basses plus cutting-edge synth bass tones with powerful editing and extraordinary sound quality. Trilian is the successor to Spectrasonics’ award-winning Trilogy bass instrument, offering deeper control of musical expression and much greater flexibility of sound shaping. Trilian’s 34GB library is 10 times the size of Trilogy and features all new acoustic, electric, and synth basses. Powered by next-generation STEAM Engine technology, Trilian is the first instrument to feature core library integration with Spectrasonics’ flagship Omnisphere synthallowing Trilian’s sounds to be used within the Omnisphere environment for further sound design and keyboard/bass splits. PerformanceThe new acoustic and electric basses in Trilian are sampled at an extremely high level of detail. The combination of the software’s intuitive, automatic selection

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  • Intuitive, automatic selection of dynamic legato and release articulations allows for highly realistic hammer-ons

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Korg nanoKONTROL2 Slim-Line USB Control Surface, Black


Korg NanoKontrol2

Quick and portable music production system through a single USB cable. View larger

Korg NanoKontrol2

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NanoKontrol2 Slim-Line USB Control Surface

Each of the NanoSeries2 ultra-compact and low-profile USB-MIDI controllers fit perfectly in front of your laptop computer or desktop keyboard, offering impressive control while conserving valuable set-up space. Simply connect a single USB cable, and you’ve got a music production studio on your desk at home or on the go. The NanoKontrol2 provides knobs, switches, and faders–perfect for controlling any DAW or numerous types of other music production software.

Convenient, Compact Control Surface

In a body proportioned to fit perfectly in front of your laptop computer, the NanoKontrol2 provides eight channels of the controllers you need to control your music software. The NanoKontrol2 also features a dedicated transport control section. The buttons have been carefully selected to be useful with your software, ensuring simple and intuitive control. Many software titles–including major DAW programs–are supported, dramatically reducing the need to make complicated connection settings.

Korg NanoKontrol2

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Complete Control for Your DAW or Software Synthesizer

A knob, fader, and three switches are provided for each of the eight channels, respectively assigned to pan, volume, and solo/mute/record. This arrangement is a real convenience when recording automation for multiple channels. There’s also a marker button, making it easy to assign marks at important points in your song for more efficient recording and song production. When using a software synthesizer, you can assign parameters to the desired controllers for easy control. For example you could use the faders to control the ADSR of an envelope generator, and use the knobs to control the filter’s cutoff frequency and resonance, etc.

Korg Kontrol Editor Software

The NanoKontrol2 works with the “Korg Kontrol Editor” software–available free on the Korg website. Load it into your computer, and use it to make detailed customized settings. For example, the minimum and maximum values for each control change message can be specified.

USB Power for an Uncluttered Setup

Just connect a single USB cable from your computer to the NanoKontrol2, and you’ve got a quick and portable music production system. Power and USB-MIDI data travels down the same wire for a clean, efficient workspace.

Product Features

  • Low-profile, multi-function control surface
  • New track select and marker advance parameters
  • Supports numerous software titles including major DAW programs

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MIDI Power!: The Comprehensive Guide

From how MIDI works, to how to connect devices through it, to how it integrates into a computer environment, “MIDI Power!, Second Edition” is a comprehensive reference guide to MIDI. The book provides an in-depth look at MIDI, its messages, and protocols, and the information necessary to navigate it with ease. Readers learn when to use MIDI, how to edit MIDI, what technology uses MIDI, what software uses MIDI, and how MIDI is integrated into computers and what that implies for musicians, sound designers, and audio enthusiasts. “MIDI Power!, Second Edition” provides complete coverage of MIDI hardware and software, is suitable for both Mac and Windows platforms.

Product Features

  • Format: book.
  • Category: Literature.
  • Series: Book.
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation.
  • Latest Technical Development.

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How MIDI works

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Designing Audio Effect Plug-Ins in C++: With Digital Audio Signal Processing Theory

Not just another theory-heavy digital signal processing book, nor another dull build-a-generic-database programming book, Designing Audio Effect Plug-Ins in C++ gives you everything you everything you need to know to do just that, including fully worked, downloadable code for dozens of professional audio effect plug-ins and practically presented algorithms. With this book, you get access to a companion website where you can download the accompanying Rapid Plug-In Development software to compile and test the book examples, all the code examples, and view student plug-ins and tutorial videos on the development software. Start with an intuitive and practical introduction to the digital signal processing (DSP) theory behind audio plug-ins, and quickly move on to plug-in implementation, gain knowledge of algorithms on filtering, delay, reverb, modulated effects, dynamics processing, and more. You will then be ready to design and implement your own unique plug-ins on any platform and within most any host program.


Readers are expected to have some knowledge of C++, and high school math.

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  • Used Book in Good Condition

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iZotope Ozone 5 Audio Plug-in

iZotope Ozone 5 Audio Plug-in

iZotope’s complete mastering system in a single integrated plug-in includes eight essential mastering tools to make your recordings sound their very best. The process of mastering ranges from correcting mistakes made in the mix to preparing a recording for target listening environments. Like a final coat of polish, mastering makes the difference between a good-sounding mix and a professional-sounding master. With an intuitive workflow presented in one powerful interface, Ozone 5 makes the mastering process simpler and more efficient than ever before. Enhance your sound with modules that include a Maximizer, Equalizer, Dynamics, Stereo Imaging, Post Equalizer, Harmonic Exciter, Reverb, and Dithering. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or simply ready to take your productions to the next level, Ozone is the complete solution you need. Your mix isn’t finished until Ozone is on it.

Product Features

  • Over 250 professionally-designed presets provide quick starting points and easy adjustments.
  • Advanced controls in every module provide extended tweaking and customization of your sound.
  • Powerful mid/side and multiband processing options add even more flexibility over your mixes.
  • Perfect for musicians, producers, engineers, and anyone looking to improve the sound of their audio.

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iZotope Ozone 5 Audio Plug-in

Garritan Instant Orchestra

Garritan Instant Orchestra

Your instant orchestra-just add imagination! Orchestration has never been so easy!

Garritan Instant Orchestra is a must-have library that offers an easy way to make super-quick orchestrations in minutes-from start to finish. Includes amazing orchestral instrument combinations and effects, bombastic brass, ultra-lush strings, low-octave rumblings, spooky wind textures, mega-hits, wild overlays, slivery choirs, light glissy harps, ethereal textures, chaotic whirls, rises, glissandi, chord clusters, and much more. The premise of Instant Orchestra is to make orchestrating easy. Instead of having to create scores on staff at a time, nearly any musician can complete full, rich orchestrations with just a few staves or tracks of music. You can go from small to massive orchestrations very easily, with little loading and instant results. Garritan Instant Orchestra carefully mixes orchestral instruments from various instrument families-playing in unison, in octaves, and tutti. These orchestral combinations range from light, delicate sounds to big, epic patches, all of which can fill out any orchestral gaps in your music. Immediacy drives the entire product. Also included are many special orchestral effects that you often hear in movies. These effects consist of glissandos, rips, clusters, harmonics, instruments playing in non-traditional ways, and a variety of techniques. These types of effects are vital to film and game composers. The entire Garritan Instant Orchestra library is integrated into the ARIA Player and there is no need to purchase a separate sample player. Garritan Instant Orchestra also features the Conexant® Endless Wave™ technology for hard disk streaming of multiple combinations for large orchestrations. Supports all popular formats, Mac and PC, as a standalone program or as a plugin (VST, RTAS, and OS X Audio Units), and works with supported notation programs such as Finale.

Product Features

  • Your instant orchestra-just add imagination!
  • Includes bombastic brass, ultra-lush strings, low-octave rumblings, spooky wind textures, mega-hits, wild overlays, slivery choirs, light glissy harps, ethereal textures, chaotic whirls, rises, glissandi, chord clusters, and much more.
  • ARIA instrument player included
  • VST, RTAS, and OS X Audio Units

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Garritan Instant Orchestra

Steinberg Absolute Vsti Collection Retail


With thousands of quality sounds from some of Steinberg’s latest virtual instruments, the Absolute VST Instrument Collection offers a wide spectrum of cutting-edge instruments alongside advanced technology and state-of-the-art sound design for contemporary music production, composing and live performance. Leading the team is HALion Sonic, the VST workstation that cuts a fine figure in the studio as well as on stage, while Padshop Pro (incl. Zero Gravity) and Retrologue, bring serious synthesizer power to the table. Hypnotic Dance, Triebwerk and Dark Planet are the perfect supplementary expansions that turn HALion Sonic into various synth heavyweights, beautifully rounding out this finest selection of VST instruments.

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Absolute VST Instrument Collection

Product Features

  • 6 high-quality VST instruments comprising thousands of presets
  • Halion Sonic, Padshop Pro, Zero Gravity, Retrologue, Hypnotic Dance, Triebwerk, Dark Planet
  • VST 3, VST 2 and AU host compatibility.
  • Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X Intel.
  • Steinberg USB-e Licenser included.

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Absolute VST Instrument Collection

Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth

After many years of development, Spectrasonics presents their flagship virtual instrument Omnisphere. This revolutionary Power Synth breaks sonic ground by combining a wide variety of hybrid real time synthesis techniques, a vast library of remarkable Psychoacoustic sounds, and many innovative features that have never been seen before in any hardware or software synthesizer. It is the first to be based on Spectrasonics STEAM Engine. Although extremely powerful, Omnisphere is designed with a unique user interface containing progressive layers of zooming to accommodate the complete range of users – from musicians who just want to be inspired by the sounds and customize them in an easy way, to expert synthesists and the most advanced sound designers. Users can go deeper and deeper into the music software and progress in their synthesis knowledge by simply exploring additional levels of sound manipulation options.Omnisphere offers a host of hybrid synthesis and control capabilities including Variable Waveshaping DSP synthesis, Granular synthesis, Timbre Shifting, FM, polyphonic Ring Modulation, high-resolution streaming Sample Playback, Harmonia Dual Multimode Filter structure, Chaos Envelopes an advanced Unison mode, and the innovative Flex-Mod modulation routing system – to name a few.Spectrasonics has pioneered several types of sampling for the core library of this virtual instrument, including unique Psychoacoustic sounds and sound sources created with a Composite Morphing Technique (CMT) – which morphs the harmonic characteristics of one instrument to another. As a bonus, a section of the core library is also devoted to representing the best of Spectrasonics award-winning sample libraries. When all of these organic core library soundsources are combined with the synthesis power of the STEAM engine, the sounds become alive in a truly dynamic and expressive way. Among the many unique features this multi-timbral synth offers are its flexible arpeggiators with the inno

Product Features

  • Sophisticated Browser with searching, sound attributes, descriptions and images
  • Advanced users can “zoom” into deeper and deeper synthesis capabilities
  • Allows the Arpeggiators to match the feel of Stylus RMX and MIDI Files
  • Special performance-oriented Live Mode interface allows for seamless, interactive creative patch switching
  • Advanced MIDI Learn and Automation parameter handling

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Spotify – letting down existing users in favor of focus groups of non-users

OK – I’m not sure this really belongs here, but I am a little frustrated with the re-design of Spotify and am angry they took away some key features and I feel like I need to get the info out there.

I’ll give a little background so you know what the whole story is.

1078854_616089421st off Spotify is a streaming music service that is “iTunes like” in a lot of ways, but is different in that it allows you to organize music you listen to on the streaming radio service provided by Spotify.

Spotify has really changed the way I listen to and more importantly discover new music.

It has allowed me up until now to not only listen in radio style like Pandora and other streaming services, but it has been a great way to organize the music I like in one place.

For example – it used to allow me to go find new similar artists and listen and decide if I liked something or not. If I liked it I had the ability to click and STAR it. These stars were visual so I could see in any list the songs I had already starred. If I wanted to make a playlist of my favorites from an artist for example it would also show me the songs I did not star (didn’t like).

As I listen to songs on Spotify I could UN STAR the songs I did not like. I could also look at a playlist and quickly remove songs without stars.

This was great and I have over 50,000 songs starred on Spotify.

I do not listen to them all, but they are in my stash of starred songs ready to play or make playlists with when I have the urge.

You know – find an artist you like and select all the songs and STAR all of them. That is common.

There are many artists who have hundreds or even thousands of songs.

The Black Dog has 295 songs on Spotify.

If WE like an artist it is natural to star all of their songs (until we hear that we don’t like them when we UNSTAR them).

The problem is that Spotify did a major re-design and not only changed the way it looked (which is acceptable from a design standpoint) but they TOOK AWAY features.

Most notably they moved all my starred songs into a playlist away from the main library and now the stars are HIDDEN or rather no longer available in all views of the artists, albums, songs etc.

YOU can only see the starred songs in a playlist. Nowhere else can you see that songs were starred.

That is where the major problem is and THEY Spotify don’t seem to get it.

They are forcing existing users to start over and abandon the starred songs we have spent so much time to “favorite”. We can now + a song and add it to “MY SONGS” but the starred songs are not AUTOMATICALLY + songs.

Why couldn’t they already do that for us?

You know – make our starred songs into + songs???

Could it be because there is now a 10,000 song limit in YOUR SONGS? (ACCORDING TO SPOTIFY help forum THERE IS A LIMIT OF 10,000 SONGS in “MY SONGS” AND YOU CAN’T MOVE MORE THAN 500 STARRED SONGS at a TIME INTO my songs)

WHY LIMIT how many songs we can like? I don’t get it?

Is that what Spotify is about? LIMITING how much music we can like?

Great slogan “Spotify: All the music you desire (up to 10,000 songs!)”

So what happens to power users like me with 50,000 starred song? They won’t let me + all of them???


They think they are making Spotify better with a new feature of YOUR MUSIC but they do not realize they are forcing existing users to do a LOT OF EXTRA WORK and spend time changing to their new way (AND limiting them in the process).

THIS is the kind of stuff that makes USERS angry.

Sure – maybe not a new user who has 47 songs in their library.

But are those really the kinds of users that support a service like Spotify?

Those people are more made for iTunes or Pandora or whatever. They are not power users and don’t really care about music or artists in general. They listen to top 40 radio. Different kind of user.

I’ll put a few links at the bottom so you can get a better idea of what they think they are doing with the redesign and also so you can see what the users are saying. Before I do that however here are my thoughts on what Spotify did to me, a power user, and all users.

They have said they tried the new design out on “focus groups” of people who have never used Spotify and if you ask me that is exactly the problem. They BURNED those of us who were already using it in favor of making it appealing to people who have never used Spotify. Is that crazy or what? So naturally they think that people like what they did. The people don’t know any better.

That is POOR MARKETING if you ask me.

Typically you ask your POWER users if they like something – not someone who doesn’t know how to use it.

Judging from the HELP FORUM on Spotify there are a lot of people like me who do NOT LIKE what they have done.

I suggest you read a fluffy PR article on the redesign at Engadget first before you read all of my comments.

> CLICK HERE to read it (opens in a new window)

It is very frustrating to read about the redesign goals in this fluffy PR piece, because WE the loyal users feel like Spotify is not listening to us. You are listening to people who have never used it more than your base. And that is why there is a serious problem.

If you look in the HELP forums at Spotify you will find that a LOT of us Spotify users are upset that FEATURES have been taken away. For no good reason.

For example STARRING songs is gone – now our OLD starred songs are exiled in a “starred” playlist instead of a rating we can see which tells us at a glance if we have already “favorited” a song.

And now you are telling us that you are de-emphasizing “starred items” in favor of a new feature called “My Music”. This is NOT better – you basically penalized power users who already have a lot of starred items.

Our hard work over the years starring songs we like is lost. You are forcing us to now click and save each song when we already have libraries of thousands of songs.

I am not the only one who has to deal with the hassle of either starting over or trying to get our starred songs into SAVED MY SONGS or whatever you call it.

You already had this feature with STARRED – why the change to a PLUS? And in the process of your BIG CHANGE now we have to MOVE our starred into “songs” in order to save them.

And there is a limit of 500 at a time and I am told there is a max of 10,000 “my songs”. Is that true? If so we are totally screwed.

It’s too complicated to go into all the details here.

@MichelleKadir and anyone else involved in the redesign should spend a little time in their own help forum and respond to people.

Your goals might read well in a press release but what about when you tell your users what they can and can’t do???

If you think you made Spotify friendlier by taking away features – you are wrong.

You screwed your existing users in favor or people who never used Spotify.

If you had focus groups with people who never USED spotify – that is your problem. They don’t know what they are missing. USERS do and are upset.

So basically you redesigned Spotify and made it for new users and hurt us faithful users who were already happy. You took away what we liked – mainly rating songs with a star (why only 1 star by the way – itunes has 5 star ratings???)

If you think I am just 1 angry user you obviously don’t listen to all the angry USERS in the Spotify forum. There are many of us who are lost without the visual stars showing what we like.

Redesigning and changing the look and feel is one thing but taking away features and forcing existing users to change and start over and do things a different way is just plain bad business.

As painful as it would be to leave Spotify, I am really looking for an alternative.

I need to be able to TRUST that my “personal library” is SAFE and will not be taken away from me or changed on me just because of a blind redesign.

If Spotify is really about the music and helping people people enjoy more of it and encourage diversity, as opposed to listening to the top 50 listened to tracks – you are going about it the wrong way. What you are doing limits choices.

> Read this fluffy PR piece on Spotify at Wired – Kadir of Spotify explains what she was trying to do with the re-design. It’s a must read.

If you have strong feelings about the way this redesign and removing of features was handled, I suggest you contact Michelle Kadir of spotify on her Twitter page and tell her what you think.

Normally I’d say go to the Spotify forum and chime in, but I honestly do not think anyone at Spotify reads or answers anything there. The forum is mostly users passing around misinformation.

Michelle Kadir Twitter @MichelleKadir

> Spotify Forum Help Topic – Can’t Add Star after Update

> Horrible Update

Molekular by Native Instruments for Reaktor

Molekular is the brand new modular multi effects add-on for Reaktor VST has just been released by Native Instruments. It features four effects slots which can house one of the system’s 35 effect modules.

The plugin looks pretty good and fortunately we can download it for free and try it out!


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Here is a video quicktake jumping through some of the Molekular presets using Massive as the sound source.

Here is a quick video tease showing some of the effects and filter parameters you can tweak in Molekular.

Molekular is a modular effects system with “inspiring effects, limitless routing, and electrifying performance possibilities”.

Molekular has 35 effects to deliver new ways to twist your sound
and create effects systems and set them in motion.

Native Instruments Molekular requires the Reaktor VST Plugin and was designed for inspiring, musical performances.

The full version is $149. from Native Instruments.

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Victorian Music Box by FrozenPlain Video Review & Demo

by Mike Liebner

Watch the video to see my review and demo of the free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt called Victorian Music Box by FrozenPlain. It’s an antique music box sample library for Kontakt.

Watch the Victorian Music Box video at the VSTPluginLabs Video Channel

“The music box is from the 19th century, but still works surprisingly well. It is actually in the back of a book; when the book opens, the music should begin playing. In this case, God Save the Queen.”

Absolutely worth grabbing! This is a great freebie! Go download it at the FrozenPlain Victorian Music Box page.

Antique music box
Stereo 44.1kHz/ 24bit recordings
4 round robin
21 convolution impulses
Effects page; tempo synced delay, rotator, distortion and reverb. With presets!
Extra sounds; winding up and noise from the cogs

Audio demos for the freebie are at Soundcloud

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Hollow Sun Ensemble – Native Instruments Kontakt Sample Library

One of the emails I look forward to are the new product announcements from Hollow Sun. I’ll always go and check out their site and see what it is they are dropping on us.

They just released a new Kontakt synth on us called Ensemble. It looks pretty interesting and the demo sounds real good! Here is a screenshot of the main control panel.


Hollow Sun Ensemble Synth & Sample Library for Kontakt

It’s main claim to fame is that the processing was done through a cloned chorus unit – the “ensemble section” of an Arp Solina… This is how Ensemble is described.

“It’s a quite rare clone of the chorus/ensemble section of the ARP/Solina string synths.

Unlike traditional chorus units with one delay modulated by an LFO (which can sound a bit cyclic), this has three analogue ‘bucket brigade’ delays modulated by different phases of an LFO to give a lush, swirly ensemble sound. When it arrived, the first thing I did was run the Dotcom modular through it … and it sounded fantastic! Being totally analogue, if you push the input level a bit, it clips quite nicely … not nasty digital distortion (obviously) or heavy metal overdrive but just a nice ‘edge’. So I came up with this…

It’s quite simple – there’s an oscillator with eight waveforms comprising three detuned VCOs on the Dotcom on full tilt through my EMS VCS3 filter clone (for some nice non linearities) then into the fixed formant filter bank and finally out to the MTI ensemble. These were sampled from C-1 to C8 at lengths exceeding a minute or more to let the sounds breathe and evolve … the loops on all of them are similarly long. And then we added a multi-mode LP/BP/HP filter with variable slopes, two LFOs and two envelopes. And then we shoved them through a multi-FX chain… The result is a diverse range of sounds that are thick and juicy … basses, pads, leadlines, strings, leadlines and so on that are suitable for almost any genre.”

ENSEMBLE is available now for £10 – 10 British Pound Sterling equals
16.76 US Dollars

You can listen to a nice audio demo at the Soundcloud page and get Ensemble Product Details here

Kinetic Metal Library for Kontakt Review Specs Features and Links

VST Plugin Labs rating for Kinetic Metal (9 / 10)

Here is the full lowdown on the awesome sample libary add-on for Native Instruments Kontakt called Kinetic Metal. You’ll find my Kinetic Metal video quick take here.

Native Instruments Kinetic Metal Sample Library for KontaktKinetic Metal is a sample library add-on for use with Native Instruments Kontakt or the free Kontakt Player.

Kinetic Metal is a steal at just $99.00 and can be downloaded immediately after purchase at the Native Instruments website.

The library comes with 211 instruments (.nki files) and at 1.5 GB compressed delivers a nice set of 1,751 high quality samples.

It’s a really cool instrument in it’s own right with an innovative morphing system with which you can create all new sounds simply by moving a couple of sharp looking gears.

The 1st gear works on morphing the 4 preset combos of the 8 sample layers (the Forge) and the 2nd wheel on the 4 FX presets.

Moving the wheels, uh gears morphs from one preset to the next.

You can also create your own presets very easily so the morphing can be very unique.

Both morph wheels can be linked together via a button press and seamlessly morph both layer presets and FX presets to come up with all new sound variations.

If that’s not cool enough, you also have a Motion control which will magically move the gears and make the morphs get in motion. You can come up with some really nice sounds this way.

One thing to note is that Kinetic Metal is very unique sounding and is not a bread and butter sample library that will work for all composers and all styles. It does have some incredible sounds, but some players who may typcially be more comfortable jumping through presets of nice rhodes pianos or wobbly bass sounds may feel the Kinetic Metal library is a little hard to work into songs.

As long as you know what it sounds like before you get it – you should be safe. Make sure to watch my Kinetic Metal video quick take as it shows how the morphing gears work and gives a tour of a handful of the sounds.

Another great video to watch is Torleys tour of the KM presets.

If you’re like me watching some of the videos and hearing the sounds that you’ll get with Kinetic Metal will hook you into buying it. As I have said to friends – at 99 bucks it is a no brainer. In fact – I’ll pretty much snag anything that looks good and comes in at under a hundred bucks.

I got it and love it. It’s not perfect for everything – but it is a load of fun to play with and does come up with some awesome new sounds! Right now it has a very unique flavor and those of us who know about it can spot the use of Kinetic Metal in songs a mile away. But only those of us who know what it is and fortunately it is a well keot secret right now.

Also – because of the morphing it is very easy to customize the sounds so that they are truly ours. That alone makes it a great sample library to have.

So how does Native Instruments describe Kinetic Metal?

“KINETIC METAL is a powerful yet intuitive instrument that will provide you with an endless stream of fresh and inspiring metallic atmospheres, percussive lines and complex, liquid metal textures.

With KINETIC METAL you get a large set of instruments based on recordings of diverse metal objects that have been carefully transformed into playable sounds. Those are accompanied by a host of textural sounds that are either synthetic in nature or also have been derived from sampled metal objects by various means.

The underlying sounds of a KINETIC METAL instrument are organized in eight layers that can be mixed individually into four freely programmable presets. Each layer is derived from different sampled or synthetic sources – the METALS and the WAVES.

The resulting sound is piped through a series of powerful effects, each of them specially tailored to fit the respective instruments. Use the effects to affect your sounds in the domains of their frequency spectrum, harmonic content, sonic movement and spatial characteristics.

The FX section also offers four programmable presets similar to the Forge presets.

Where KINETIC METAL really shines is its dynamic interface. Putting the aforementioned
sound engine under intuitive control, it offers quick and easy ways to morph the instruments
two-dimensionally. Use the Forge and FX morph knobs to morph seamlessly through four presets for the sound and FX, respectively. The variations on the Forge side control the eight sonic aspects of the METALS and WAVES sections of the instrument. For the FX they control eight parameters for the aspects COLOR, DISTORTION, MOVEMENT and SPACE. Combine these features to open up endless sound possibilities using only two simple morph knobs.

On top of this you have the Motion features. Located in their own panel they provide the means for setting the Forge and FX knobs in automatic motion via various LFO shapes or by recording your own knob twisting. Thus KINETIC METAL never sounds static or repetitious. It offers ever moving metallic, textural or percussive tones always under your sonic direction.

The KINETIC METAL library is divided into two parts. The base-list of instruments contains the core instruments. They have the Motion features switched off and are for you to explore the vast array of possible sounds by manually playing the Forge and FX morph knobs.”

“Sound design mastermind Jeremiah Savage spent over a year recording a huge inventory of unconventional samples. He then handpicked the best sounds to create KINETIC METAL.”

Here are some Kinetic Metal insights from the creator Jeremiah Savage:

“Tops, spinning bowls and coins, and especially the euler’s disc, which is a fun toy that can spin for long periods of time and create very interesting sounds as it winds down. Combined with nice tones that subtly evolve over time with the spinning samples, it almost creates a dizzying effect as you circle through the morphs.”

“Kettles make good metal resonators. They have beautifully rich metallic harmonics and tones. The kettles I’ve recorded are a variety of different shapes and sizes. They have different harmonics, unexpected tones, and a variety of dynamics. There are limits with kettles – they don’t change pitch easily, they definitely don’t morph. But with careful structuring into KINETIC METAL’s unique interface, we can elevate their usefulness and flexibility.”

 If you want to hear the sound of Kinetic Metal stop by the Soundcloud Page and listen to the song I created.

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New Video on Kinetic Metal for Native Instruments Kontakt

I just created the Google+ Page and Youtube Channel for VST Plugin Labs and uploaded the first video Kinetic Metal for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The video runs around 9 minutes and shows some of the features and presets you’ll find in Kinetic Metal for Kontakt, A VST Intrument Sampler available as a free player and the full retail version.

You can hear a full demo song for Kinetic Metal at the new VST Plugin Labs Soundcloud page.

Full review coming soon here to VST Plugin Labs.

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Welcome to VST Plugin Labs

vst-plugin-labs-blackHi, it’s Mike Liebner here and I wanted to welcome you to my new site for musicians and composers who love to use computers to create sounds and music!

I am a sound designer, musician and composer and love to create new sounds and make music!

The basic goal for this site is to present news and announcements and occasional reviews of products I run across in my daily travels. You can expect videos, audio demos, tutorials, interviews, podcasts as well as live events and webinars when the opportunities present themselves.

I check out a lot of virtual instruments, effects and audio editing/recording software of all types and figured it would be smart for me to document what I have found so that other people can get straight info fast and easy without having to search far and wide for the info.

I’ll also present reviews and insert opinions once in a while, but the main goal is to have a reference of sorts for what’s available for musicians.

While the main focus will be on VST Instrument Plugins (vsti’s) and Effects, I will also be presenting news and info on all types of music making software. If it’s something of value and helps us create sounds or make music I will be on it!

Amazon Image I will need your help to guide me towards the stuff that you’re really interested in so I can focus on what you want.

If there is a type of plugin or software or something specific you think I should look at – please tell me!

I will also be working closely with sound designers, musicans, composers and product owners to go a little deeper and look at how this stuff is being used to create music.

I don’t know about you, but I feel there is a huge void and that it is very hard to find out what electronic musicians are using and how they make music using these great digital tools. Apart from the manufacturers occasionally featuring a musician or composer it’s really hard to find out what our favarite recording artists and sound designers are doing when they create sounds and songs.

I look forward to working with musicians of all types, sound designers, producers, composers as well as product owners and manufacturers of music gear and will be doing interviews as well accepting products to review and evaluate.

If you’d like to get some exposure for your music or sounds or if you have something you created or are a product owner – please get a hold of me and let me know what you have!

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