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Get the most annoying sample pack of all time.

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Get the most annoying sample pack of all time.

Posted on 27 June 2010 by D' MacKinnon

Can’t get enough vuvuzela?

Now you can get a 375MB vuvuzela sample pack for Kontakt. Why anyone would actually buy this I don’t know.

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Top 10 virtual synths

Posted on 02 November 2007 by D' MacKinnon

The readers of Computer Music have ranked their top 10 software synthesizers. Here are 10 through 5.

For those of you like that sort of thing.

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NAMM 2007 gear report

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NAMM 2007 gear report

Posted on 18 January 2007 by D' MacKinnon


Previously known for making knock-off VST emulations of classic hardware synths, Arturia is releasing their first hardware synth, Origin. It’s a DSP box running their synth plugins. Yawn. A VST Arp 2600 or CS-80 will never sound like the real thing and there are a million virtual analogs out there already. I heard an amusing conversation on a ride in the Manhattan subway last month. Two late-teen/early twenties guys were riding next to me and one was talking about how there wasn’t a difference between VST synths and hardware and VSTs were just as good and there wasn’t a reason to ever buy hardware. I almost fell out of my seat laughing but I didn’t have time to get in a debate with a guy who’s probably never even written his own synth patch or played on a decent hardware synth before. Plainly put, you owe it to yourself to check out the real thing.

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Misfit Toys

Posted on 06 July 2005 by D' MacKinnon

Last night I downloaded some new VST plugins and I came across an amazing little synth that almost perfectly replicated the classic 8bit sound of the old school Nintendo. Not SNES, the original.
It’ll be interesting to see if I can incorporate some of these sounds subtly into the new songs I’m working on and do in a manner that comes off as more inventive than cheesey.

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VST synth goodies

Posted on 06 January 2005 by D' MacKinnon

I’ve found some new VST instruments I want to get. I just found Arturia‘s VST versions of the ARP 2600 and the Moog Modular
While I see soft synths are getting better and more expressive, I still love my old hardware synths. One of my mainstays has quirks to it that are probably caused by the time I spilled beer on the circuit board.
Software synths are better for people on a budget but you have to have a computer powerful enough to run all the little synths and also do your recording and sequencing. You could also go the route of running one computer just for synths and slaving it to your sequencing PC.
I use the occasional software synth here and there but right now my studio’s machine doesn’t like running a bunch of synths on top of 30 or 40 audio tracks…maybe it’s time to upgrade.

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