Tone2 Audiosoftware has released its FireBird 2 software synthesizer instrument for Windows as a free download.
Here’s what they have to say about the free soft synth:
After seven years of faithful service, the time has come to set the bird free. Firebird itself has become vintage and even though it’s no longer profitable to remain a commercial product, we feel that more people should deserve an opportunity to enjoy this sometimes heavily underestimated synthesizer.
H.G. Fortune has introduced a free drum machine for Windows, DrumBurst:
DrumBurst is an 8 parts drum machine with 64 waves at each slot making 512 waves in total: not too much for a quick selection but a good variety to work with. The inbuilt sequencer features 24 Main Pattern each based on the combination of a dedicated wave, Mute status and 1 out of 6 Step Pattern variations per part. This provides a lot of variation and less of programming effort as pattern can be re-used with a different instrument.
It’s a free download (.zip). If you give DrumBurst a try, let us know what you think of it!
AfroDJMac put together Fireworks Synth a couple of years ago, basing it on the sound of fireworks on the 4th of July on Long Island, NY:
I put the sample into a granulator synth in Max for Live, and then sampled that with Sampler (and Simpler!) in Ableton. There’s a nice textured pad/keys sound, as well as a dangerously ferocious bass sound.
It’s a free download via the AfroDJMac site, where he’s also got a sale going on his commercial Live Racks.
Ju-X Designs has released Gimmick Graph, a new software synthesizer with twist.
Gimmick’s oscillator draws waveform by setting how many times to twist it in a cycle, then divides it by scanning Up and Down direction.
Here are some audio examples of Gimmick Graph in action: Continue reading
Klanghelm has released IVGI - a free saturation and distortion effect for Mac & Windows.
Here’s what they have to say about the free effect plugin:
IVGI can deliver very soft and subtle saturation, that feels at home on the master buss. It is equally capable of very dense and dirty distortion effects to spice up single tracks.
IVGI’s base sound is comparable to the DESK mode in the upcoming big brother SDRR.
Just as SDRR, IVGI reacts dynamically to the input signal. Even the modelled fluctuations react dynamically and also change depending on the drive setting, so that it doesn’t get in the way of the SOUND. Stereo tracks benefit from it’s modelled crosstalk behaviour. Just as its big brother SDRR, IVGI features a ?Controlled Randomness?, which determines the internal drift and variance inside the unit. It contributes to the livelyness and realness of IVGI’s saturation character. All internal processes are modulated to some extent to make this possible.
Reader AfroDJMac has another freebie for Ableton Live users, Double P synth.
Here’s what he has to say about it:
I have a new Ableton Synth for the world. It’s a multi Layered beast complete with ambient noises that can be mixed in and two “oscillators” of melodic synths. It has a great wide range of sound that can be tweaked to taste.
Here’s a video intro to the free synth for Live: Continue reading