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New Favorite VSTi List

September 2, 2009 Leave a comment

synth1I’ve been trying out a bunch of different VSTi’s while working on the Nine Inch Nails multitracks(you can download the multitracks here by the way). I’ve been going a little crazy with them.

The ones I’ve been impressed with during the last two weeks have all been free VSTi’s that you can download and use.

So here is my top three VSTi’s

Synth 1

I was talking about this in a post a couple of days ago. The one that’s impressed me the most is Synth 1. If you’re a beginner to sound design, I’d highly recommend downloading Synth 1. It’s very simple to use and it won’t confuse you about what everything does. It comes loaded with presets also. So you can get going with one of those and tweak to your hearts desire.


Another VSTi that I really like is Stylus by Spectronics. It’s basically a crazy drum machine multitrack sampler. Ever since I’ve gotten it I’ve been coming up with some insane things that I wouldn’t have ever thought about. It does have a price tag though. But in my opinion, it’s worth every cent. It’s inspired some really crazy things I’ve  been doing.

Edorial Orchestral

Edorial Orchestral is a hugely awesome VSTi that I’ve come to depend on. I’ve also heard more than enough things about Garriton’s VSTi’s but I don’t own any of those right now. That will change in a couple of weeks. I’ve heard Garriton’s demo’s and I’m very impressed. Judging by the demos I’ve heard, they sound better than Edorial Orchestral in my opinion, but Orchestral is still what I use in situations when I need some good string accompaniment.

On a side note about the NIN multitracks, I’ve been taking Trent Reznor’s vocal tracks and running them through Melodyne. Melodyne is much like the Auto-Tune that’s so popular in pop music right now. But I think Melodyne is a lot better. I’ve been using Melodyne to alter the melody in Trent Reznor’s vocal tracks with some really awesome results.

I can see right now I’ve been focusing on paid VSTi’s for too long. I shouldn’t have ignored the free ones for as long as I did. That was a big mistake. I’ve learned it really pays to find out what my fellow bloggers are saying. I wouldn’t have heard about it any other way.

Also a couple worth mentioning are the VSTi’s that come with the recording packages. There’s some really good ones  on those like FPC that comes with FL Studio Producer addition(I’m not sure if they come on any other addition, so  you’d need to check that out). Steinberg, obviously comes with good ones too.

Categories: VST Plugins, VSTi

Free VST and VSTi’s

August 21, 2009 Leave a comment

vstI’ve been working on a special post about free VST’s and VSTi’s. I do have a problem though, there’s so damn many of them.

I have so many favorites that I’ve found over the years that I don’t want to leave anyone out.

What are some of your favorite free VST’s?

By the way the photo in this post is of the JG-3 Three Oscillator Polyphonic Synth VSTi. You can download it here. There’s even a demo mp3 of it here.

Categories: VST Plugins, VSTi

Edirol Orchestral

August 17, 2009 Leave a comment

edorial-orchestralI’ve only had this for a little while and I haven’t used it much. It’s a good plug-in, but it’s hard for me to get used to. To me, the interface isn’t as easy as it could be. And some of the sounds don’t really sound like their physical counterpart.

Basically, I was not impressed with it. I’m currently looking for something else similar to Edirol Orchestral. It might just be me or I’m not giving it enough time to grow on me like I have.

It’s just usually, when I use a plug-in for the first time, especially a VSTi, I know that I’ll want to work with it in the first few minutes. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to hear a demo of it and took a friends word for it.

What are you using for your string parts?

Native Instruments Kontakt Player

August 12, 2009 Leave a comment

kontakt playerNative Instruments released the new version of Kontakt Player this week. It includes over 600 MB of samples taken from their archives.

You can use it as a stand alone or a plugin. It is also fully compatible with all other Kontakt libraries.

They did leave one thing out of the free version, it doesn’t have the full editing ability as the full version. But it does come with a library if you haven’t tried Kontakt before.

Of course, by giving it away for free, they’re wanting you to get addicted to it so you’ll buy more libraries from them. This is still worth the download. You might find Kontakt to be just what you’re looking for.

And since it’s free, you won’t be out much if you don’t like it. I believe more companies should be doing the same thing.

Spectrasonics Stylus: My Mind Is Formally Made Up

August 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Spectrasonics Stylus RMXI’ve been thinking seriously about geting the Stylus for around 2 months. It’s been a hard decision for me, because I can’t always buy new stuff. But now my mind is completely made up. The new editions to Stylus have made it completely stupid for me to consider ANYTHING else.

Their new feature lets you change time signiture “on the fly”. How many times have you created something in a different time signiture and found that most if not all you’re loops are in 4/4?

It won’t chop the loop to fit, it actually restructures it? What? I’ve never heard of it, but I love the idea. I took a clip from youtube to show you what it does. Prepare to be amazed if you haven’t seen it already 🙂

Pro Audio Software Squidoo Page

August 3, 2009 Leave a comment

pro-audio-software-squidooI just start a Squidoo page for pro audio software. It’s geared for the beginner to help find the right software for them. It’s very elementary, but I tried my best. It talks mainly about music creation as well as recording, editing, and mixing.

Hopefully anyone looking will get something out of it. It took a fairly long while to write.

Here it is:

Pro Audio Software

Melodyne Tutorial : Tutoral Of Melodyne

July 28, 2009 1 comment

melodyneMelodyne is a software that I thought I wouldn’t like. But it only took a few minutes to quickly fall in love with it. People praise Autotune and say it’s the best thing since sliced bread, but those people haven’t given Melodyne a chance. It’s a lot better program than Autotune, and the next version will be revolutionary.

Melodyne promises in the next version, you’ll be able to seperate whole mixes by frequency. What does that even mean? Well, you’ll be able to put a cd in your computer, start up Melodyne and take out all vocal tracks, where you can use them in remixes. Same thing with guitars and drums and anything else in the mix. The impossible is impossible till it ain’t.

I for one can’t wait till it comes out.

Here’s an awesome tutorial of Melodyne to show what it can do…

Categories: Editing, VST Plugins