Earlier this year I wrote up the freemium model cloud sound effects library software Soundly, and this week the small Norwegian start-up released Soundly 2, including a cleaner and more efficient GUI, more sounds, a shared network database, search history, spotting to Pro Tools, and more. With Soundly, you can search your cloud database of sounds, preview them, reverse, normalize, select portions of the audio and then drag it into your DAW.
Users at the free level still get access to more than 1,000 fully searchable sound effects on the cloud, as well as the ability to store up to 2,500 of their own samples on the cloud. Pro uses paying $14.99/month get access to a much larger SFX collection and other Pro features, such as 10GB of collaboration space for storing personal sound effects and sharing them with others.
Futucraft Kairatune Virtual Instrument
I’ll never get tired of free synthesizer plug-ins that are actually worth your time to use. That’s we have this week in Kairatune, a subtractive synth that specializes in tight basses, shimmering leads, and squawking SFX sounds. It was also designed with an eye toward musicians rather than engineers; its terminology references pitch, beats, notes, and intervals, rather than frequencies and time. Most importantly, it sounds great, and it’s easy to create your own patches or use the preset browser.
Wave Alchemy Organic Analogue Techno 100MB Sample Pack
There was a time, long ago, when “techno” and “electronic dance music” were basically the same thing—at least to most observers. Of course, techno refers to a specific genre now, but what hasn’t changed is that the parts that make of the sum of techno—the individual sounds—can basically slot right in to most other electronic genres.
Wave Alchemy’s new Organic Analogue Techno soundware demonstrates that principle. It’s a carefully crafted 2.7 GB WAV, Apple Loop, and REX material, including hundreds of drum loops, hundreds of synth/bass/arppegio loops, hundreds of drum hits and tones, an Ableton Live 9 Pack, and 18 ready-to-play drum kits for Battery, Ableton, Kontakt, NN-XT, EXS24 Halion and SFZ. The producers used an exhaustive analog gear list with high-end modern processing and production techniques to come out with an electro/organic melange with plenty of fodder for dub, trap, cinematic, bass, ambient, and of course techno and other genres.
In Wave Alchemy’s own words, “expect to find evolving dubby analogue chords, foley-textured percussion, breath-taking melodic sound-beds, quirky stacked synths and moody arps, abstract drum grooves, melting analogue bass, crunchy main-room beats and a vast array of uniquely layered drum samples, stabs and sound effects.”Organic Analogue Techno’s free sample pack download includes more than 60 samples and 100MB of drum, bass, and instrument loops and hits set to 120, 124, or 128 BPM. Listen to several audio demos and get the free download (registration required) from the Organic Analogue Techno page.