FREE: Hydrogen Drum Machine

Here’s a free open source drum machine. According to the hype, it offers “professional yet simple and intuitive pattern-based drum programming”. Essentially, Hydrogen is a sample-based machine that’s capable of a lot. You can import/export drum kits (and download drum kits from the Hydrogen site) or assemble your own from your sample collection (a whopping…

FREE: GrooveMonkee Free MIDI Drum Loops

The cool peeps at GrooveMonkee are giving away over 700 MIDI drum loops absotively free! The loops cover every style conceivable style, are available for both Mac and PC and work with just about every bit of drum software out there (click the download link for the full list). PROS: Royalty free MIDI drums for…

FREE: TSE 808 v2.0 Guitar Pedal VST

If you’re going for a thick, chunky guitar tone, or if you’re looking play the blues à la Stevie Ray Vaughan, you’re going to need to an emulator of a certain famous green pedal (you know the one I’m talking about). Well here it is. With drive, volume and tone controls, and with either 2x…

FREE: Devil Inside Distortion

Looking for an ultra-flexible distortion unit perfect for everything from pounding drums to shrieking lead guitars? Check out the Devil Inside from Boscomac. “DEVIL INSIDE is an effect which will make your signal devilish with distortion and punch. This module is a very effective treatment against the strongest heresies…” It looks pretty darn bitchin’ too.…

FREE: DC1A Compressor VST

I can’t get enough of compressors. Each one has its own sound and can add something new to your track. Check out this super-simple one: “DC1A is the little brother of the compression monster DC8C. I’ve taken one of my favourite settings from DC8C and tried to make it work in a two control context.…

FREE: Drum Sampler VST

The SuperDrumFX is a drum sampler with pretty advanced possibilities considering its size. The idea is to make your own sample-based drum sets and play using e-drum or via your own DAW. “The main goal of SDFX is to sound like a real acoustic drum set. This goal is reached through the use of sound…

FREE: GTG DPC 3 Drum Machine/sampler VST

Good drum machines are hard to come by in the free realm, but here’s one that does the job nicely. The GTG DPC 3 Drum Machine is a MIDFOI controllable drum machine that lets you load your own samples. There’s minimal control here (volume, tuning, pan and a reverb send), so Addictive Drums these ain’t.…

FREE: Supersonic 5.1 Synth VST

Here’s a cool new synth that specialises in especially meaty sounds. SuperSonico is a virtual analog synthesizer. It has a single oscillator with a generator of harmonics that can be detuned from each other. These can be adjusted to different scale/chords intervals to make fat sounds and one-finger chords. The Sub-Oscillator includes an option that…

Isolated: Hotel California lead guitars

Is there a greater staple of classic rock radio than Hotel California? Truly, most of us have heard it so many times now that one could ask just what there is left to say about The Eagles’ classic tale of fame, excess and the overwrought metaphor. Well, as this glorious isolated track shows, there’s more…

NEW RELEASE: RC-20 Retro Color

The cool cats at XLN have released an awesome looking new plug-in, the RC-20 Retro Color. Here’s the speil: “RC-20 Retro Color is a creative effect plugin that adds life and texture to any recording. It easily recreates the warm, cozy feeling of vintage recording equipment, but also works perfectly in any modern production setting.”…