85 Free Presets for U-HeTyrell N6 VST Synth

tyrelln6Dear 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

DOWNLOAD 85 Tyrell N6 Presets in FXB format (Zip Archive 124Kb)

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Tone2 Firebird VST Synth – 64 Free Presets

tone2-firebirdBack 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.

DOWNLOAD 64 Firebird Presets in FXB format (Zip Archive 6Kb)

Note: For Cakewalk SONAR users who are unable to load FXB banks, you can download the individual FXP patch files here:

DOWNLOAD 64 Firebird Presets individual FXP files (Zip Archive 21Kb)

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A Free Bank of Presets for Sylenth1 VST


Dear readers, it’s been a while but here is my latest free download – 65 patches for the wonderful Sylenth1 VST synthesizer plugin. All of the presets have been originally created by Noisecrux and are free for commercial use but please don’t redistribute or resell them.

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.

DOWNLOAD Sylenth1 Noisecrux Preset Bank (65presets in FXB format) 25kb zip archive here

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Brass Ensemble Sampler Instrument

brass_ensembleMy latest freebie is a multisampled brass ensemble sampler instrument. Made from various public domain samples, the ensemble consists of two tenor saxophones, two trumpets and a trombone. There are 13 notes sampled, from C3 to C5 at two velocity layers. There are two sets of samples – short and long notes.

Included in the download zip file are sampler programs for SFZ, Shortcircuit (VST sampler) and Beatmaker2 (iOS) formats.

To install the SFZ/Shortcircuit sampler presets, just extract the samples and the sampler programs into the same directory. For Beatmaker2, you will need to extract the archive to your Beatmaker2 user directory preserving the folder structure; i.e. the samples should end up in the “My Content/sampler/samples/brass ens/” directory.

The samples are 100% royalty-free for non-commercial and commercial use, but don’t redistribute them please. Enjoy!…

Update (2013-10-31) : Beatmaker 2 preset files fixed (the Beatmaker update to version 2.5 broke the sample paths causing a “file not found” error), you can download the updated bmk2 files here.

DOWNLOAD Brass Ensemble Sampler Instrument (9.5Mb zip archive)

You can listen to a short audio demo below.

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A List of Free Beatmaker 2 Kits and Sampler Presets

beatmaker2freekitsandpresetsInuta Beatmaker 2 is a popular music workstation for iOS featuring a sequencer, an MPC style drum machine, a keyboard sampler, audio tracks and a number of effects units. I have been using Beatmaker 2 for a few months now and found it to be a very capable music production tool. The keyboard sampler is quite powerful compared to some of the other iOS music workstation samplers, as it allows multiple keyzones and velocity layers in a program as well as amplitude/filter envelopes, LFOs and portamento.

Unfortunately most of the factory preset sampler and drum kit presets that are installed with Beatmaker 2 sound terrible – like a $20 toy keyboard. There are some nice Beatmaker kits available for purchase from some of the commercial sample/loops sites out there or I suppose many people just make their own kits and sampler programs. Making a kit is easy enough, using the Beatpack software or transferring your drum samples to your iDevice and then dragging and dropping into Beatmaker 2′s drum machine, but making a sampler program can be a bit of a time-consuming process.

If you are after some free Beatmaker 2 kits and sampler presets then I have created a list of what I’ve found below. If you know of any more that I can add to this list then please let me know in the comments. Just a warning though, some of the kits and samples you might find in the links may not allow commercial use or be legal to use in your productions – please check with the authors or site host first.

Free Beatmaker 2 kits

iBeatmaker.com – the biggest repository of Beatmaker kits online

Patch Arena – a couple of Beatmaker kits (8-bit drums, bass, leads and FX)

Les Productions Zvon – some kits made from public domain movies/TV as well as jaw harp, percussion and FX taken from one of their commercial products.

Digital Resonance Audio Biohazard Demo – contains a small selection of free drum kits plus sampler presets (bass, leads, pads, FX) and drum loops taken from their Biohazard sound library.

Peace Love Productions – Five sound kits covering Drum n Bass, Electro, Hip Hop, Trance, House, Breakbeat and Downtempo genres.

Max Breakwell Junky Kit – a lo-fi Beatmaker kit made from a field recording of various sounds.

Max Breakwell Guitar Riffs – some jazz/funk guitar riffs.

Free Beatmaker 2 sampler patches

Derek Buddemeyer Drum Kit – a nice acoustic pop drum kit by artist Derek Buddemeyer for the Beatmaker 2 keyboard sampler

Reuse Noise – a few sampler presets for Beatmaker 2 consisting of Main Room Synths, Vintage Keys and Supernova vs Triton sample packs.

Noisecrux Electric Guitar

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