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Spectronics Stylus and Getting Unstuck

November 3, 2009 3 comments

Spectrasonics Stylus RMXI’ve made no secret of my fondness for Stylus. I’m so glad something like this has come along, if you don’t already have it, you really need to get it as it’s awesomeness is beyond compare.

When I’m stuck, I usually pull it up and it inspires me to the point where ideas start to come to me. Even if I don’t end up using the tracks I’ve created with it.

I wish there were more “idea generators” out there, but for me it’s mostly the stylus. Granted sometimes it happens when I Synth 1 up, but by and large it’s the Stylus that gets me started flowing ideas again.

I haven’t tried any of their other products yet, but I’ve been told they work like Stylus. I’ve never really looked in to it, but I should. Anyway, they may have a demo or something so you can see for yourself if you don’t have one.

It’s really good for generating ideas.

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Categories: Editing, VSTi

POD Farm For Nothing

September 3, 2009 1 comment

PODFarmLine 6 is offering their POD Farm for free to anyone that uses either an iLok USB Smart Key or a compatible Line 6 product. POD Farm has 42 guitar amplifiers and cabinet simulations (all patterned after famous amplifiers and cabinets), 10 bass amplifiers and cabinets, and even 29 stompboxes and studio effects with 6 mic preamps simulators.

That’s an awesome array of stuff. And I can tell you, being a user since POD 2.0, this is a high quality product they’re giving away.

As much as I’d like to believe they’re doing this for the love of guitarists everywhere, I don’t. Usually when someone offers a piece of paid software for free, it means they’ll be upgrading the product extensively and they want to get into the upgrade market.

I’m sure that’s what this is. But who cares really? It’s free and it’s a quality product. If you’re a line6 user and you don’t already have POD Farm, you need to download this.

Categories: Pro Audio News, VSTi

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.

Stylus

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

Synth 1 Free VSTi Is Damn Good

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

synth1I downloaded a free VSTi last night and I’ve just about fell in love with it. I found a post on The Music Producers Blog and listened to the demo and had to download it.

It’s so easy to use and I can get something extremely good going in half the time it takes me with other analog type VSTi’s.

It’s actually better than most of the ones I’ve had to buy. It’s that good.

It’s called Synth 1, and it’s a free VSTi. On this site, you can also download banks to expand it. Those are free too.

Here’s a couple of youtube videos that can give you a demo.

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?

I Got The Spectrasonics Stylus RMX Last Weekend

August 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Spectrasonics Stylus RMXI mentioned that I was going to get the Stylus RMX the other day in a previous blog post. I got it, and I played with it all weekend.

One of the cool things about it is you can have a professional drum mix in a matter of seconds. I like it because you don’t have to start from nothing.

I don’t know it well enough to write up a review on it yet, but I will say one thing. It is fast and easy to work with.

I really like the look and feel of it’s interface too. I’m having fun with it:)

After I’ve played with it a week, and then recorded something with it, I’ll tell you more about it. If you have it, I’m sure you can give us all some tips about how to use it more effectively. I just got it and need a few tips.

Categories: Editing, Music Creation, VSTi