It’s Friday, and it’s time for free stuff. This week, we’ve got the sound tools to make your dance tracks hit harder - with a customizable kick and sub-bass, and multisamples of classic FM sounds. Plus, a simple - and very useful - pitch-shifter for Max for Live.
Low End Theory
If you want to make a track that really bangs, you’ll need to get the low end right - that means a properly done kick and sub-bass that really pushes air out of the speakers. In a set of tutorials for Warp Academy, sound designer Myagi shares some tips (and free downloads):
Show Me (Digital) Love
You might not know the names of legendary digital synths, but you certainly know some of the classic sounds - listen, for example, to the classic organ riff on Robin S’ “Show Me Love”:
The sound designers at AudioBombs have assembled a set of three classic sounds from Yamaha’s TX81Z synthesizer - download them and make a new house classic. While you’re at it, put some extra vintage grit on your sounds with another free Rack from AudioBombs and Certified Trainer Brandon Murphy, emulating the sound of E-MU’s SP1200 sampler.
Want even more TX81Z sounds? Try Katsuhiro Chiba’s 1:1 emulator in Max for Live.
Our last free bit of stuff this week is a simple but very useful Max for Live effect for pitch shifting. With an adjustable FFT size (larger sizes will sound better but require more CPU), and a range of up to two octaves above or below the base pitch, jo.PitchShift is a real-time pitch shifter of more subtle adjustments and radical effects.
Creator Jonas Obermüller has more Max for Live effects available for free on his page.