While smack dab in the middle of Hanukkah, with Christmas around the corner, and daylight approaching its nadir of the Winter Solstice, it’s that time again when certain software and soundware companies give up their annual gifts. Around here, that really is the most wonderful time of the year.

We must have all been good boys and girls this year, because we have some nice little presents to open. Native Instruments has made a habit of leaving everyone gifts under the Tannenbaum, including a full featured phaser plug-in this year. There’s also celtic harp instrument from Dream Audio Tools, a modeled pipe organ from Modartt, and Ghosthack’s entire Advent Calendar of samples and presets. Let’s dig in!

Native Instruments Phasis Phaser Plug-in

Native Instrument Phasis phaser.

Native Instrument Phasis phaser.

NI dropped a trio of end-of-the-year perks into our laps this week: the customary $25 e-voucher for the NI Online Shop (expires January 1, 2018), entry into a $3,596 prize package giveaway, and best of all, the new Phasis phaser plug-in. While it takes direction from classic hardware phasers, it also offers new twists, such as the Spread control for spacing the phaser’s notches—good for vocal effects especially. Ultra mode sets the modulation to extremely high rates for FM-style sounds. The Phasis VST/AU/AAX plug-in will not stay free forever, so hop on it now.

You can claim all these offers and hear the impressive Phasis audio demos from the Native Instruments Happy Holidays 2017 page. Once the serial number is sent to you by email, you will install Phasis through the free NI Native Access installation software.

The NI holiday prize giveaway includes Komplete 11 Ultimate, a Komplete Kontrol S49 keyboad, a Maschine, and a Traktor Kontrol S8 4-channel DJ controller.

Dream Audio Tools Microharp Kontakt Instrument


Sampled with both fingered and picked articulations, along with a layered patch mixing both, the Dream Audio Tools Microharp 300MB sample library works as a virtual instrument within the full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or above. Even if you don’t have the full version of Kontakt (which is not free), you can get the nicely recorded WAV samples of this small wooden celtic harp.

Ghosthack Advent Calendar 2017

Once again this year, Ghosthack put together a full Advent Calendar of free samples, presets, tutorials, and other offers like discounts for December 1-24. Highlights so far include free female vocals; snare, kick, hi-hat, and SFX one-shots; foley samples, sci-fi pads, melodic loops, and Serum bass presets. This is some real generosity for the season of giving.

Ghosthack advent 2017

Modartt Organteq Alpha


While not a holiday gift per se, Modartt —makers of the physically modeled Pianoteq —just happened to release an early free alpha version of its upcoming Organteq modeled pipe organ this week. Organteq Alpha reproduces the complex behavior of organ flue pipes. It sounds amazing, which you prove for yourself on the Organteq Alpha page. It reproduces the pipe organ attack and transients, as well as the wind fluctuations that vary the pitch and amplitude during sustained notes. The catch is that this free version works in standalone mode only, rather than any plug-in format. A more advanced commercial version will be released in 2018.


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