This week it’s a little slice of synthesizer heaven: Serum presets, synthwave sounds, and a semi-modular emulation plug-in. We start it all off with an end-of-year holiday gift from producer/sound designer/professor/Electronic Musician contributor Francis Preve. Happy Winter Solstice, everybody. It’s all light from here.
Francis Preve’s Free Xfer Serum Pack
If you’re an Austin, Texas resident, you can take Francis Preve’s Synthesis classes yourself at the Austin Community College, and complete fun final projects like designing presets for the awesome Xfer Serum wavetable synthesizer plug-in. But if not, you can still enjoy this package of 25 Serum presets, selected from the best student entries of this semester (with their permission). They fall under the categories of Bass, Pad, Lead, and Pluck, with two of Preve’s own original presets based on festive wavetables created from snowflake and Christmas tree graphics.
ADM Car Chase Mode: Free Ableton Live Pack 164
Imagine the music you’d hear going on an archetypal ‘80s car chase. You pop your collar, flip on your Jordache sunglasses, and burn rubber in your freshly waxed Thunderbird or Trans Am. (No one ever really drove a Delorean.) You can probably already hear the pulsating drums and synthesizer bed in your head. That’s what you’re going to get with AfroDJMac’s Car Chase Mode Free Ableton Live Pack 164 (for Live 9.7 Standard or above).
The pack includes three Live instruments—a Drum Rack, bass, and synth pad—made using samples from Mode Audio’s Grid Racer Synthwave Loop Pack. They’re ready to drop into any Ableton Live project, with Macro controls to tune up the sounds just how you like ‘em.
The full Mode Audio Grid Racer pack includes about 400 additional samples and loops of adrenaline-fueled ’80s mayhem, and is currently on sale for 50% off (about $12).
Full Bucket Music FB-3300 Korg PS-3300 Semi-modular Synth Emulation
Remember the old Korg PS-3300 semi-modular analog polysynth? Of course you don’t! At 40 years old, the 1977 synthesizer pre-dates most of you reading this, and it wasn’t exactly the most ubiquitous analog synth of its era. But it sure did sound great. Just ask Full Bucket Music, the small software imprint that has recreated in plug-in form several Korg gems from the late ‘70s.
The FB-3300 VST/AU plug-in synth simulates the PS-3300 with low CPU consumption and for the low, low price of free (though donations are welcome). As you can tell from the "fr33ze" audio demo below, which uses the FB-3300 with delay, reverb, and compression as the only audio source, this plug-in is something to mess with. It includes the same semi-modular architecture and controls as the original museum-piece PS-3300.
FB-3300 Main Features:
- Close emulation of behavior and all controls of the original hardware.
- Three independent polyphonic synthesizer blocks.
- Band-limited oscillators, classic two-pole lowpass filters.
- Resonators section plus two Modulation Generators per bank.
- Additional Sample & Hold and paraphonic Envelope Generator.
- Micro-tuning option.
- Additional tweaks.
- MIDI Learn – all parameters can be controlled by MIDI CC.
- Plug-in supports Windows and macOS (32 bit and 64 bit).
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