We live in a time where the zeitgeist tends to go a lot in the ‘retro’-direction. Genres like 80s-style pop, synthwave, and disco are getting popular again. This is due to the fact that these genres use a very special kind of sound which was popularized by Roland in the early 80s.
Sylenth1 is a great plugin to learn the basics of synthesis, but if you open it for the very first time chances are good that you won’t understand that much. There’s an overwhelming amount of knobs, labeled with weird names like cutoff, resonance or phase.
You probably already know: Sylenth1 by Lennar Digital is one of the most popular synth plugins that has ever been created. It’s known for a warm and analog output, while a lot of other digital synths have a reputation of sounding thin and cheap.
In modern pop music, drums have become more and more dominant over the years. This is due to the rise of hip hop into popular culture, and its overwhelming influence on other genres. Today’s sound engineers, therefore, are looking for crisp drum sounds.
sTilt by TBProAudio is a free filter you can use to tilt the frequency balance of your source towards the low or high-end. This effect is achieved by boosting everything below and cutting everything above a given center frequency (or vice versa).
The Moodal plugin by Tritik is the only spectral resonator plugin you’ll ever need. It’s quick, easy to use, and delivers great sound. All that combined with a reasonable price makes it a go-to plugin for sound designers. Here’s our review.
Ample Sound is a plugin brand known for some of the best instrument samplers. Their product catalogue contains a variety of different guitars, bass instruments and a few other things. Fortunately they also offer some free downloads, including a free steel drum VST.
Space is a very important measure when it comes to producing modern music. Most radio hits – from groovy soul to atmospheric techno – rely on creating a feeling of width and room. The Panagement 2 Plugin by Auburn Sounds unifies these.
Old School is a free Boom Bap drum kit inspired by the likes of well-known Hip Hop producers like J. Dilla, The Alchemist and 9th Wonder. It’s filled with kicks, snares and everything else you need to create head nodding drum beats.
So you want to make a new beat, but the 808s you already got in your sample folder just sound too boring? Don’t worry, here’s the ultimate list of free 808 bass samples you can download online. Let’s get right into it!