Cluster Sound has released SX-1001, a free multi-sample Live Pack based on the vintage Jen SX1000 synthesizer.
Here are the details:
- THE SOURCE Released in the 1978 by the Italian Jen Elettronica, the SX-1000 is a cheerful mono-synth. Used by artists like used by Future Sound of London, LFO and Prodigy, it has been the first synthesizer implementing an hybrid oscillator (four years before the Juno 6).
- THE PACK The SX-1001 is based on 16 multi-sample recordings created by sampling the SAW, SQU and PWM waveforms with different settings. The SX-1001 delivers 33 Live Presets (with dedicated macro controls) each of which consists of 37 perfectly-looped samples (each note of the 3-octave keyboard).
Steinberg has released a new free software synth for iOS, Nanologue.
Here’s what they have to say about Nanologue:
Nanologue boasts a wide scope of inspiring sounds and professional sound effects, sporting a straightforward multi-touch interface and a great-sounding monophonic synthesizer.
Used stand-alone and in connection with your iOS host application via Inter-App Audio, Nanologue brings the power of VST 3 technology to the iOS platform.
Nanologue is a free download from the App Store. Continue reading
De La Mancha has released Dirty Harry – a dirty, gritty, lofi synth for Windows – as freeware.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
dirty harry is an unashamedly DIY lofi synth based on the samples of my two homemade, lofi noisemakers, the Atari Punk Console and the BugBrand WOM
dirty harry offers 20 unique waveforms in all their mono/monophonic glory. For extra grit the oscillators can be sync’d or ring modulated. Fidelity can be lowered further still with reduction in sample quality, distortion and a unique ‘bad contact’ emulation.
2 tempo sync LFOs allow modulation of filter, pitch and contact, with one LFO modulating the depth and frequency of the other. There are envelopes for volume, pitch and filter, with different contours and pitch options. Throw in an arpeggiator, pitch drift and portamento and you can see that whilst it may be lofi in sound, it doesn’t lack for sound design features.
Reader Francis Prève has released a set of free instruments for Ableton Live based on the Korg MS-20.
Here’s what he has to say about it:
Korg’s MS-20 Mini has quickly become one of the biggest synths of 2013. Maybe even THE biggest synth of 2013.
With its full-figured filters and a semi-modular approach to sound design, the MS-20 has a sound that’s so beefy and unique that it’s earned a very special place in my studio.
Having tinkered with it for the better part of the summer, I figured it was time for another six-pack of Simpler patches. Since the MS-20′s filters are so distinctive, I focused on their sound as the basis for these presets.
Desert Sound Studios has released MK-iii Effects – a free multi-effects processor plugin for Ableton Live.
Effect includes filter, bit-crusher, and delay with lowpass filter.
It’s a free download at the DSS site.
UVI has introduced Mello – a software recreation of the classic Mellotron – and is offering it as a free download (with a Tweet/Like) for a limited time.
Note that an iLok key is required to use Mello.
Here’s a video introduction: Continue reading