This Week in Free Stuff: Gratitude Edition - Everything Free

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As little as 10 years ago, this vile concept known as “Black Friday” actually referred to a single day: the day after Thanksgiving in America. Retail employees named it Black Friday for the biggest shopping day of the year, that dark day when they had to work long hours and suffer obnoxious customers shoving each other to get to moderately attractive deals. Since then, however, Black Friday has spread out like the thought virus that it is. We’ve been receiving emails claiming “It’s Black Friday all month!” or “Black Friday starts Wednesday!” for at least three weeks. Aside from the simple infraction of being grammatically atrocious, those messages just make me glad that I finally got myself out of debt after far too many years.

By all means, if you have money to spend on gifts for others, as well as treats for yourself, that’s a wonderful thing to do. However, Gear Acquisition Syndrome is not just a cheeky way to make an acronym for GAS, it can be a serious weakness that gets you into financial trouble that's not worth any amount of great, shiny new objects. Nor does having better stuff necessarily mean that you'll make better music.

While Thanksgiving in America, as well as the shopping season surrounding it, is often associated with excess consumption, it’s still based on the pureness of gratitude, a positive emotion that can relieve stress stemming from negative emotions, such as greed, resentment, and guilt. Stress releases cortisol, which in high levels can damage one’s immune system, cause unhealthy cravings, lead to bone loss, and a host of other unsavory effects. All this is just to say that thankful artists will be better equipped to pursue their best work. I hope that you’ll be thankful for what you already have and for your ability to do more with it today than you did yesterday.

But if you are fixin’ to get some new musical toys this season, just do so with self-respect. Consider not spending what you don’t have. There are many treasures waiting for you in the form of free plug-ins, samples, presets, services, etc. that the music technology community provides with the hope that when you are in the spending mood, you’ll buy their stuff. So in the spirit of potentially helping one or more electronic musicians stave off punishing debt, here are the links to every “Free Stuff” post I’ve written for Electronic Musician, as well as one cool new instrument from this week, SampleScience’s Room Piano plug-in, a small, lo-fi piano based on a physically modeled string synth patch.


SampleScience Room Piano
The VST/AU Room Piano utilizes SampleScience’s recent SampleScience Player instrument technology. It starts with a physically modeled string synthesizer patch and processes it to make it sound more like a piano. The use of a vintage microphone emulation and other processing give a lo-fi piano tone vibe.

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Features:
•Physical modeled piano sampled each 3 notes, 1 velocity, 37.8 MB in size from 24-bit/44.1kHz WAV files
•On board Attack and Release controls
•Vinyl and sub (sine waveform) sound layers
•Full featured LFO with routing selectors for input and output
•Amplitude range controls as well as PreGain to ensure that your sound is always clean (or dirty, depending on your needs)
•Individual outputs for each sound layer
•Lowpass and Highpass filter
•Plain Kontakt 4, Reason NN-XT, Sfz, Apple EXS24 and Sf2 files

“This Week in Free Stuff” Archive:
[Note: A few of these articles include links to free offers that have since expired.]

This Week in Free Stuff: Soundtoys Little Plate Reverb & All the Sounds to Run Through It

This Week in Free Stuff: T-Racks 5, Xpand!2 Synth & More

This Week in Free Stuff: Halloween Edition - Sound Effects & Samples

This Week in Free Stuff: Glitchmachines Sample Pack & Rhythmic Plug-ins

This Week in Free Stuff: Huge Packs from Ableton & Output

This Week in Free Stuff: Soundly 2 SFX Cloud; Kairatune Synthesizer; Techno Samples

This Week in Free Stuff: Pac-Man Sequencer, Finger Drumming & MIDI Basslines

This Week in Free Stuff: Software from iZotope, Eventide & IK Multimedia

This Week in Free Stuff: Roland D-50 for Ableton; Samples from Bionik & Berlin

This Week in Free Stuff: UVI Beathawk, Serum Presets & TR-505 Loops

This Week in Free Stuff: Native Instruments Reaktor Player 6 & Ableton Live Tools

This Week in Free Stuff: A-List Effects Plug-ins

This Week in Free Stuff: Soundpacks, Plug-in Presets & Overloud Guitar Amps

This Week in Free Stuff: The Sinnah Synth Plug-in & Dubstep Basslines

This Week in Free Stuff: Output Signal Free, Ableton Artist Pack & Sound FX

This Week in Free Stuff: Dronar Atmospheric Instrument + Drum & Vocal Samples

This Week in Free Stuff: Summer Samples & an IDM Instrument

This Week in Free Stuff: Loopmasters Loopcloud & Medieval Weapons

This Week in Free Stuff: Waves Dave Audé Remixing Masterclass & More

This Week in Free Stuff: A Tube Saturator, Drum Machine & Ableton Live Pack

This Week in Free Stuff: Korg Gadget LE & Other Instruments

This Week in Free Stuff: iZotope, Novation & Synth iOS Apps

This Week in Free Stuff: Reverb, Delay & EQ Plug-ins

This Week in Free Stuff: Pinball, Drum & Analog Akai Samples

This Week in Free Stuff: Game Boy, Drum & Music Box Kontakt Instruments

This Week in Free Stuff: MS20, Neurofunk and One-Shot Samples

This Week in Free Stuff: Light-Load Plug-in Instruments

This Week in Free Stuff: Brainworx bx_subfilter Plug-in & Ableton Live Tools

This Week in Free Stuff: The PG-8x Synth & EDM Risers

This Week in Free Stuff: Music Maker DAW & Field Recordings

This Week in Free Stuff: Unlimited Cloud Storage and a GB of Samples

This Week in Free Stuff: Synths & Sounds

This Week in Free Stuff: Kicks, FX & Mixxx, an Open-Source DJ Software

This Week in Free Stuff: Producer Competition Pack & Ableton Beat Tools

This Week in Free Stuff: Vocal, Neurostep and SFX Samples

This Year in Free Stuff: Best Free Samples and Music Software of 2016

This Week in Free Stuff: Real-Deal Plug-ins

This Week in Free Stuff: Plug-in Power

New Favorite Free Stuff: From Practicing to Mastering