Free Analogue Synth Samples, Free In-Browser Modular Synth, 33% Ableton Discount!

Two more freebies for your music making pleasure and a hefty discount off any Ableton product – if you’re quick! Continue Reading

Fah – Prefahzers

Sometimes it’s worth a reminder that electronic music isn’t all about how much you can do – and some good old hardware synth action is a good way to do it. Continue Reading

Free Sugarbytes Cyclop Presets

We’ve been testing Cyclop, Sugarbytes’s latest bassline synth for a few days now – expect a review very soon! Until then, have a few of the presets we’ve made while testing…

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Create a Unique Synth Sound From Any Audio!

Rather than use the basic waveforms in a run of the mill synth, why not create your own rich basis for your instrument to get a completely unique, harmonically full synth sound?

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Get a More Analogue Sound From Your Software Synths

Do you want your software to sound more like a classic analogue synth? Let’s look at a cool technique to help you achieve it…

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Soccer 96 – Soccer 96

Ah, the self titled LP. Check out this installment of Music We Love for our favourite debut of the week!

Comprising of two guys with some of the most ‘so bad they’re good’ names I’ve ever heard – Danalogue and Beatamax – Soccer96 are ostensibly an electronic act, but Beatamax is a ‘real’ drummer, which lends the self titled album more of an organic feel. It might not just be that; rather than sequencing and looping with MIDI and tweaking in a DAW until everything is just so, the guys prefer to play everything live, recording each track straight to tape.

This does give the LP a somewhat rough and ready sound, with levels bouncing around a little over its runtime, but it often serves to add to the energy and give the feeling leaning more toward live performance than sterile studio session.

Instrumentally the LP is bright and brash, with occasional soft underpinnings and hints at a little darkness lurking. Most tracks manage to combine all three of these aesthetics, not least Call to Arms, whose frenetic drum fills and bright polysynth chords are accompanied by an overdriven vocal and punctuated a deep, ripping bassline.

There are some interesting points sound design wise too – on EarthAttack it sounds like drums are going through a vocoder, and some serious gating and compression throughout helps the drums to feel right at home with the synthesiser dominated LP.

Check the video, check the album, give us your thoughts!

Bob Moog’s Birthday – Fun Facts, How to Get the Moog Sound!

It seems like all you have to do is change the course of modern music forever, and Google will put one of their best ‘doodles’ on their homepage for you on your birthday. Continue Reading

Curve 2 Beta Competition, Free Drum Loops, Free Bit Crusher!

We’ve been hunting again, and come up with a treasure trove of free stuff and cool opportunities especially for you guys! Continue Reading

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Portamento

The first in our new series, Pocket Tips, deals with portamento. Head over to the forum and leave a comment if you’ve any suggestions for future Pocket Tips! Continue Reading

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Review: Propellerhead Reason 6

Propellerhead’s baby feels like it’s been around forever – that said, I remember opening up the beta of Reason 1.0 for the first time like it was yesterday. In the more than 12 year lifespan of Reason, it’s undergone a few major upgrades, but a quick ‘what’s new’ just isn’t good enough for us… Continue Reading

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