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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Multisampled Electric Guitar

peaveypredatorHere is a free multisampled clean electric guitar for you all to use in your productions. I recorded a Peavey Predator electric guitar (using the bridge humbucking pickup position) direct into my audio interface. There are 23 notes sampled, from E2 to C6 at two velocity layers, as well as muted strings and string slide noises so you can add some additional realism to the programmed guitar parts.
Included in the sample pack are programs for SFZ, Shortcircuit (VST sampler) and Beatmaker2 (iOS) formats. There are two Beatmaker2 presets – the full instrument and a lighter (only one velocity layer ~12Mb) version to conserve RAM.
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/elec gtr/” directory.
The samples are 100% royalty-free for non-commercial and commercial use. I just ask that you please don’t redistribute them though.
DOWNLOAD multisampled Peavey Predator electric guitar (19.3Mb)
You can listen to a short audio demo below. The demo features the raw, unprocessed samples.

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Synth1 VST Instrument – Free Bank of Presets

synth1112The fabulous free VST plugin Synth1 by Ichiro Toda would have to be in my top three favourite VST instrument plugins. It has been around since about 2001 and to this day is the number one free plugin on the KVR Audio plugin ranks.  It doesn’t have the prettiest GUI, but the sounds that you can get out of it more than make up for its looks. Synth1 strikes a nice balance between simplicity, ease of use and sonic flexibility. This VST instrument can do nearly every synth sound: basses, leads, keys/mallets, pads, strings, FX, percussion and even some useable drum sounds.

I have built a library of presets over time and now I’ve decided to share some of my favourite ones. This is Synth1 bank of 128 original presets covering basses, leads, keys, pads, FX and percussion sounds. They are useable for a wide variety of electronic music styles, but probably more oriented towards ambient, chill, drum and bass, glitch or dubstep.

You can listen to a couple of demo tracks I made using entirely (well except for the vocal samples and a bit of reverb and EQ) with my preset bank for Synth1:

You can get the Synth1 preset bank (zip archive) here:

DOWNLOAD Synth1 Noisecrux Preset Bank (128 presets) 56kb zip archive

The drum sounds used in the demo track are not included in the preset bank above. You can get a mini-bank containing 17 drum sounds here:

DOWNLOAD Synth1 Noisecrux Drum Presets (17 Presets) 8kb zip archive

To install them, just copy the zip file straight to the “zipbank” folder in your Synth1 plugin’s directory or extract the .sy1 files to a “SoundbankXX” folder in the Synth1 directory.

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Free Violin Chord Samples

violinThese are some free (Creative Commons Zero) violin chord samples for you to use in your tracks. There are 10 chord samples in the pack in different major and minor keys at a few different tempos. All samples are 44.1kHz/16-bit Acidized WAV files. Each filename specifies the key of the chord and the tempo of the loop in BPM in case you can’t or don’t want to use the embedded tempo information.

 

DOWNLOAD Violin Chord Sample Pack (44.1kHz 16-bit Acidized WAV) 4.01 Mb zip archive CC0

You can listen to a preview of the loops on Soundcloud. The preview is only 128kbps MP3, the WAV files have better sound quality.

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