This week on Free Stuff Friday we’ve got a clutch of unique and versatile goodies to expand your sonic palette. Here’s your chance to get bent on a hot wired drum pack, fine tune your warmth with a crafty overdrive patch and drift off into wistful nostalgia with the charming tones of a glockenspiel.
If you’ve ever wanted to get more specific with your distortion then check this multiband overdrive patch from Ableton Certified Trainer Mateusz Telega. Fine tune your overdrive on three different frequencies to sculpt harmonics exactly where you need them. Perfect for adding subtle detail to synths and shaping the tonal quality of your drums. This patch requires Max for Live which you can purchase here if you don’t have it already.
Mateusz Telega’s Multiband Overdrive.
Download the Multiband Overdrive from the Academy of Sound
Live wire circuits
If you’ve ever popped the lid off a synth and busted out the soldering iron to singe some circuit boards, you know there’s a fine line between adding cool new functions and destroying your baby. A safer and faster option is downloading these circuit bent samples from Beat Picnic. They took the drums from Yamaha’s FM-powered PSR-36 and tweaked them for your pleasure.
Listen to a short demo of Beat Picnic’s circuit bent samples.
Download the Circuit Bent PSR-36 Drum Rack from Beat Picnic
The glockenspiel is the tinkling baby of the percussion family but the team at PerforModule have warped it into an atmospheric beast. Ripped from the Casio PX-300 and recorded through a tube preamp, the rack is equipped with some cool macros like morphable filtering, mallet padding and a butterfly tremelo to give you those aquatic vibraphone vibes. Speaking of the aquatic, there’s a mysterious parameter called ‘Water’ if you want to get deep and fishy.
Hear the MPX-306 Glockenspiel in action.
Download the PMX-306 Glockenspiel from the Bedroom Producers Blog
That’s it for this week but be sure to come around next Friday for another dose of free tools. In the meantime share your creations with us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ or throw us some ideas for next week’s edition and tag it with #FreeStuffFriday