I’m always happy to feature a new free synthesizer plug-in, and this one today takes a bit of a different approach to virtual analog synthesis. For the other freebies on hand, it’s hard to think of more opposing sounds on the musical spectrum than dubstep basslines and whistling. Ableton Live users can get a new free Live Pack featuring Instrument Racks crowdsourced from whistlers around the world.
NuSofting Sinnah 1.1 Synthesizer
The recently updated Sinnah AU/VST plug-in for 32-bit or 64-bit OS X and Windows uses a single complex oscillator with five waveshapes and increasing spectral complexity. The antialiased oscillator can play eight voices or mono. It features harmonics level for all waveshapes, noise level, octave, and fine pitch controls.
Sinnah uses a resonant delay network rather than the subtractive resonant filter standard on virtual analog synths. You can give this delay matrix various configurations, such as a "triple chorus" per voice, highly randomized resonators, multiple slapback echoes, and so on. The matrix’s feedback control is modulated by its own envelope and can go from zero to extremely saturated.
The output of each voice is stereo via the delay matrix, which features a stereo spread knob.A loopable analog modeled ADSR envelope can modulate the waveshape selection and the harmonics level, and a subtractive stereo filter comes in high0pass, low-pass, and band-reject (notch) types.
The resizable Sinnah GUI has an oscilloscope, peak meters, mouseover ToopTip displays for each control, and eight color schemes.
Ghosthack Free Dubstep Basslines
Anyone making bass music in the vicinity of 140 BPM should appreciate this 54 MB pack of 30 thick and stinky bass loops. These key labeled WAV files originate from presets in Ghosthack’s Dubstep Xplosion Serum Preset Pack ($23.50), but the sound designers changed the wavetables and filters, modulated the pitch, altered the Serum effects and added other VST effects, as well. Additional processing from iZotope’s Neutron mixing plug-in made the basses louder and warmer, and Fabfilter Pro Q2 boosted the lows while controlling some of the mids and highs. Tone Projects Basslane plug-in and The Glue compressor added the final touches.
AfroDJMac Ableton Live Whistle Pack
Dan and Pierce of pATCHES collaborated with AfroDJMac on the 20 Instrument Racks of the new Ableton Live Whistle Pack, which they created using recordings from people all over the world. Some of the resulting instruments sound like whistles, while others completely mangle the samples into pads, mallets, pianos, percussion, organ, and other sounds.
As usual, AfroDJMac discussed creating the pack with his collaborators on his podcast, and put out a video of them making the instruments. The download included an Ableton Live Set loaded up with the instruments and the original samples, as well.