New Favorite Free Stuff: From Practicing to Mastering

This week’s haul contain a metronome app for practice, samples and synths for production and access to a mastering tool.
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Last week’s free music download haul covers the trajectory of a musical project, from practice to production to performance and mastering.

Steinberg - Smart Click Metronome iOS app
Steinberg has begun a trainee initiative for young developers to gain real-world experience in creating and marketing a product. The first result of the project comes by way of the Steinberg Smart Click free metronome app for iOS devices. It comes with various metronome modes, different time signatures and four types of accents. Fine tempo adjustments and various input methods help you practice hard.

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Acoustic Nightlife - Virtual Synth VST for 32-bit Windows Hosts
High-quality VST instruments are like the crown jewels in the free-stuff kingdom, as they’re all too rare. So if you’re on a Windows machine, take care to install the free Nightlife plug-in, a robust three-oscillator synth that specializes in basses, leads, pads and arpeggiated sequences for dance music styles.

THEPHONOLOOP - Break Geek DNB Lite sample pack
Drum ’n’ bass will never die, especially when companies like ThePhonoLoop keep putting out excellent sound collections that prey upon the current nostalgic resurgence of golden-era DNB. The Break Geek DNB collects 1.3GB of newly produced drum and percussion loops and one-shots that pay homage to famous vintage drum breaks. The full version costs 19 euros, but you can also snag the free Break Geek DNB Lite download, which includes about 10% of the full collection, including one-shots and loops in the 85-160 BPM range.

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Pretty Lights - Live In Telluride BitTorrent
On the strength of his technically proficient and emotional bass music, as well as a strong effort to cultivate fan loyalty through free downloads and social interaction, Pretty Lights has ascended the ladder from EDM anonymity to festival headliner status. Yet he has forgotten his appreciation for his fans. As such, he’s using the growing BitTorrent Now site to offer free Live in Telluride downloads taken from two of live dates featuring a full band in Colorado last year. The completely free Standard package include seven audio and image files, and if you subscribe to his mailing list, the bundle add 14 more audio tracks from Pretty Lights’ live performances.

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Bitwig DAW Users: Two Free WAV Masters from LANDR and Novation Launchpad Pro and Launchpad MKII Controller Scripts
As Bitwig continues to update and refine its Bitwig DAW, it continues to reward its customers as it tries to provide them with a compelling and unique music creation platform. Case in point, this week Bitwig offered two free WAV file masters from LANDR’s algorithmic mastering service for Bitwig customers.
Users of the upstart DAW can also now download two new free controller mapping scripts for the Novation Launchpad MkII and Launchpad Pro controllers.

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