Happy Free Stuff Friday! October is upon us, and as we enter the final third of 2014, there’s no slowing down with the free stuff sharing. If anything, we’re intimidated by the prospects of what’s to come for this series in 2015. This week, we’ve got classic sampled sounds from vintage keyboards that are perfect for house music, a generative sequencer for Max for Live, and a Rack for instant sound textures.
If you ever listened to a ballad from the 1980s, then you’re probably familiar with with the classic piano sound of the Yamaha DX7. A pioneering FM-synth (and an inspiration for our own Operator), the DX7 has its own tinkling character - dig that emotional piano in this Whitney Houston classic:
Whitney Houston - “The Greatest Love of All”, featuring the greatest digital piano of all.
In addition to ballads, the DX7 piano is perfect for pumping house chords. It’s even better when paired with the classic sound of the Hammond Organ. Lucky for you, Certified Trainer Paul Laski has done multisamples of both the DX7 and Hammond Organ, and shared them as free Packs for Live!
Download the DX7 E.Piano
Download the Hammond House Organ
A Sequencer for Every Generation
Need a shot of inspiration in your arpeggios? Want a pattern that evolves, but stays within the confines of a scale? Don’t miss out on musician/sound designer Kasper Skov’s unique new Max for Live sequencer, genstep16. With adjustable 16-step values for note velocity and duration and a set of major and minor scales available (Kasper promises more to come), genstep16 is an inspiring little tool with some fun randomization options.
Download genstep16 from maxforlive.com
I Need More Texture
Couldn’t we all use some more texture in our music? Some musicians have put it as bluntly - but really, there are few tracks that aren’t spiced up a little by shimmering little sounds. Designing such sounds can be a bit of a hassle, which is where Certified Trainer Rob Jones & Producertech comes in, with this new Rack:
Coming with a stock of samples and mappings for making a diverse series of sounds, Rob’s Rack can sound like crickets, an engine room, a set of springs, and more. Dive in and get yourself more texture.
Download Producertech FX Rack
All up for this week! Join us next week for more free stuff - same time, same place. And don’t be stingy on sharing any cool free stuff that you might find - you can reach us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, and don’t forget #FreeStufFriday.