When you appreciate free stuff as much as we do, you learn to see yourself as “resourceful,” rather than “cheap.” When Carl Weathers’ character on Arrested Development delivers a classic “resourcesful” line, you laugh, but you also admire the courage to waste not, want not. And when someone tempts you with half a GB of free loops if you register for their sound design site, even though you know you’re going to get emails from them until the end of time, well, you do it.
Biome Digital Free House Kit 01
It seems like almost every week we encounter a soundware company that’s new to us, but yet has tons of sound packs, refills, loops, presets, etc. all bundled for sale and formatted for popular software. Luckily, most of them try to lure you in wth a free sample or 2,000, which is the case with Biome Digital.
They just added the new Free House Kit 01 to the sizable list of freebies you can download if you register your email with them. Its samples are formatted for Reason’s Kong, NI Battery, Ableton Live and NI Kontakt. First register, and then log in and scroll to the bottom of the Your Account page for more than 500MB of free loops and samples.
[UPDATE, OCTOBER 2017: Biome Digital is now NewLoops.com, and they have a ton of new free sample packs for you to try - more than 1.37GB in all. Also, you no longer have to register in order to download the free packs.]
Mixvibes Remixlive App
When people think of DJ software, they usually default to Serato DJ or Native Instruments Traktor. However, Mixvibes Cross is one of a couple of underdog choices that delivers pro-level features at a good value. Now, the latest from Mixvibes comes in the form of a remixing app, currently on iOS only (iPhone or iPad).
Mixvibes Remixlive approaches sample/loop remixing in a familiar way with a pad grid for launching, tweaking, editing and effecting audio, but also adds its own twists in a very approachable interface. For free, you can remix with six 48-sample packs in the trap, electro, hip-hop, deep house, dubstep and drum & bass genres. Additional sample packs and advanced features cost extra, including advanced sample editing, unlimited recording and sample importation.
Conditionally Free: BassGorilla Resampling Contest
BassGorilla makes very good music production video tutorials, usually focusing on the latest genres of electro-bass music and also puts out a free podcast.
Right now BassGorilla is holding a resampling challenge with the prize of an Arturia Keylab 49 going to the winner. Once you sign up, you’ll get a video on resampling techniques, and then you’ll submit a piece of music using any resampling technique. Sign-up for the contest are limited to 1,000 people, so get on it!
Non-Lethal Applications Timecode Calculator for Mac
For people doing postproduction and needing to calculate offsets in the timecode, Non-Lethal Applications now offers its Mac Timecode Calculator for free. The maker of post-production video software used to charge $3 for it, but apparently now decided, eff it; it’s free.
NLA also has a free MIDI Remote Control on the App Store that will appeal to anyone working with MIDI software. The simple controller app has transport and jog wheel controls with works with major DAW software.