Attention Noisecrux fans, now available for download is a free pack of 16 presets for NI Massive – a taster from my new sound library titled Molecular Origins, released under my sound design project Tenzu Wave. The full library is priced at $29.95USD and contains 267 presets perfect for ambient, soundscape, cinematic/soundtrack music as well as industrial, glitch and many other EDM styles. The presets contain all of the elements you need to build complete tracks from scratch, ranging from drums and percussion to pads and textures.
These are not your usual or mainstream sounding EDM presets – Molecular Origins encompasses a wide range of sounds, from ethnic to alien, from peaceful tranquility to sinister noisy chaos, from broken lo-fi analog grunge to acoustic instrument emulations. These sounds will add interesting and exotic sonic flavors to your music.
I was heavily inspired by artists such as Amon Tobin, Boards of Canada, Nine Inch Nails, Eskmo, Tipper and Trifonic, whose music features unusual, intricate and detailed sound design. There are many patches that have an organic, natural, acoustic sound to them, with a responsiveness to note velocity. They include physical modelling-style plucked, bowed, wind and percussive instruments that sound real and alive.
Listen to the audio demo below. The free taster pack contains all of the presets used to create the section of the demo which you can hear from 7:32-8:22.
The demo tracks were made entirely from sounds included in Molecular Origins preset library (including all of the drum, percussion and foley-type sounds). Apart from a limiter and some slight EQ on the master track, no other effects processing was used.
Instructions on how to install the free presets are included in the zip archive. The sounds are 100% royalty free and may be used in commercial and non-commercial productions.
The free preset pack can be downloaded here (Scroll down the page and find the Download link).
Dear readers, Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings! Here is a present for you all in the form of 85 presets for U-He’s free VST/AU synth Tyrell N6. This instrument is another synth in my small list of essential and frequently used VST instrument plugins for music making and sound design. By using the unison mode on Tyrell N6, some very nice fat sounds can be made and of all the free synths out there, this one can make some of the most “punchy” sounds with some good bottom end too. It has a few great, flexible modulation options too, so you can get creative with programming sounds.
These patches have been inspired by some classic analog and digital synths, featuring sounds you might hear in 80’s and 90’s pop, funk, jazz/fusion, techno, industrial and ambient music. There’s a few contemporary sounds in there too of course. The soundset consists of mainly basses, leads, keys plus some pluck and mallet sounds. There’s a couple of pads too but due to Tyrell N6’s eight voice polyphony, it isn’t the most suitable software synth for pad sounds. I’ve uploaded a demo of a selection of the patches on Soundcloud which you can listen to below.
To install these presets, just extract the .h2p patch files from the zip archive into your Tyrell N6 presets directory which will be located in your Vstplugin directory under TyrellN6.data\Presets\TyrellN6
Back in August this year Tone2 released their Firebird VST synth as freeware (it was formerly a commercial synth selling for $79USD). At face value, it’s another two oscillator subtractive synth with a single filter section and LFO, but what sets it apart from the crowd is its Harmonic Content Morphing synthesis. This synthesis method is similar to spectral morphing and a bit like wavetable scanning. It has 84 oscillator types which can be morphed and further modulation techniques can be applied to the waveform to provide a huge palette of possible timbres.
What I like most about this synth is its crystal clear highs, producing razor sharp sounds that really cut through. Using the “fat” control knob, it’s also capable of making very thick unison sounds – great for the supersaws if that’s your thing or for some warm, fat pad sounds. Firebird has an effects section with some okay effects (chorus, delay, reverb, flanger etc) and it’s user interface is simple, user-friendly and non-distracting so that you can focus on programming the thing. The only downside to this synth in my opinion is its limited modulation sources and abilities.Firebird has cemented its place in my ever-shrinking list of VST synths as I love the pads, soundscapes, drones, keys and mallet sounds that you can get out of it and it’s those sounds that I use it exclusively for.
So anyway, here are 64 presets I made with Firebird consisting of pads, soundscapes, drones, keys and mallets suitable for ambient, film music, trance, house and other chill/downtempo EDM styles. I’ve uploaded a demo of a selection of the patches on Soundcloud which you can listen to below.
To install, just extract the FXB file from the archive to your directory of choice and import/load the FXB into the Firebird VST plugin.
Note: For Cakewalk SONAR users who are unable to load FXB banks, you can download the individual FXP patch files here:
The sounds include basses, leads, keys/poly, FX sweeps and atmospheres, dubstep-style wobbles, reeses, robot growls and some percussive sounds. They are mostly harder or harsh-style sounds, suited to Drum and Bass, Dubstep and Electro but there are a few Ambient, Trance and House styled sounds in there too.
Have a listen to the short demo track below for a preview of some of the sounds in the bank. I hope you enjoy them.