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Nov 26

Stay Plugged In 18

Welcome to episode 18 of Stay Plugged In. This time around we have three additional free synthesizer plugins on offer.

Mormox Imitate

First up is the Mormox Imitate, an emulation of a hardware synthesizer from Greece called Murmux Initate. The plugin rewards the user with great sounds from the start. Mormox Imitate has two oscillators with a sub-oscillator, and is available in Windows VST format.

  • Two OSC with saw and pulse, two octave tuner knobs and FM modulation (Osc1 > Cutoff)
  • Sub-oscillator (one octave lower as Osc1) with pulsewave
  • Combined lowpass/bandpass/filter with cutoff, resonance, ADSR EG
  • LFO with rate and depth pots for oscillator or cutoff modulations
  • Special ADSR EG with embedded LFO/loop (ramp and S/H waves)
  • Delay section with pan-LFO, glide, and warm shaper/overdrive

Free download

Morfiki massTURBOtar

MassTURBOtar is a hybrid synthesizer with unique morphing capabilities. Pulsating or plucked sounds can easily be coaxed forth from its interface. MassTURBOtar features two morphable oscillators, LFO, filter, mod envelope, amp envelop, and effects sections. MassTURBOtar is available in Windows VST format.

  • Two morphable oscillators
  • Low pass/Band pass/High pass (band type and width controlled via 12dB/octave low pass and high pass filter)
  • A/R amplifier envelope
  • Modulation: sine/pulse LFO and A/DR envelope both with morphable destination
  • Voice control: polyphonic/legato
  • Effects: chorus, sample rate reduction, soft saturation, delay
  • Parameters are controlled by MORFIKI preset system, velocity to bank modulation with adjustable smoothing included
  • Dropdown menus with fixed values for oscillator scale transposition and tempo.
  • Host synchronization for LFO speed

Free download

TN Audio Transcendental 2000

The Transcendental 2000 is a full-featured two oscillator analogue synthesizer based on the Powertran Transcendent 2000, a DIY kit synthesizer from 1978. It faithfully creates the original but also adds some features along the way (outlined below) This synthesizer is a must-have for your plugin collection, and is available in Windows VST format.

  • Two oscillators
  • Noise generation
  • Portamento and pitch bend controls
  • Oscillator VCO section with shape control/pitch control sections
  • Filter VCF
  • VCFAD shape controls
  • Envelope section
  • "Page" buttons section to access additional control screens

Free download (Scroll Down)

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Nov 26

RL Grime Goes To War In ‘Valhalla’ Video

Nov 26

Bonobo Shines With ‘Flashlight’ EP

UK producer Bonobo has previewed his Flashlight EP one week ahead of its scheduled release.

The three-track EP sees Bonobo deviate slightly from his trademark downtempo tracks and move into a more experimental realm of dance music. For the opening title track, Bonobo employs an assortment of orchestral strings, popping bass, and sweeping beats in an organic blend of live and sampled sounds. Pelican is a fairly straightforward and smooth dance track that combines effortless beats with a myriad of salty, beach-like samples and indecipherable vocal tracks. Return To Air is a breezy, ethereal movement that finds Bonobo latching onto his roots--the track is a dreamy mix of floating synthscapes that hover throughout an atmosphere of weighty drums and bass.

Bonobo recently told Billboard that Flashlight will serve as the bridge between two albums--the end and beginning of eras for the producer.

“I made this in summer 2014 during some downtime between touring. [Return To Air] was the last track I made before leaving New York and packing my studio into storage. In a way, it's the last page of that chapter before I settle again and start the next album.”
Pre-order the Flashlight EP ahead of its Dec. 2 release date on iTunes here. While you're listening to the full EP stream up above, make sure to visit Bonobo’s own website to explore an interactive webpage.
Bonobo - Flashlight (Original Mix) [Ninja Tune]
Bonobo - Pelican (Original Mix) [Ninja Tune]
Bonobo - Return To Air (Original Mix) [Ninja Tune]
Nov 26

SFX Buys Half Of Alda Events

Media conglomerate SFX Entertainment has announced a 50% purchase of Alda Events, better known as the live touring company behind ASOT, Armin Only and I Am Hardwell.

While it may seem like a simple case of yet another dance music brand being acquired by SFX, the deal actually has some interesting implications for the scene. In return for their investment, SFX will hand over their live touring responsibilities to Alda, who will continue to operate as an independent company under current CEO Allan Hardenberg, who founded the company in 2007 alongside Armada co-owner David Lewis.

Despite complaints that SFX' march on the dance music scene is completely money driven, their latest move should help build confidence that the company does have the interests of dance music fans at heart. With the Alda guys now at the head of a whole new host of live dance music brands, it will certainly be exciting to see what the future holds.
Nov 25

‘Push’ On With A-Trak’s Latest EP

A-Trak, one of electronic music’s favorite activists, teamed up with Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow for his latest EP. If you were worried about gaining a couple extra pounds this holiday season, Push is equal parts funky and equal parts pop to help dance off the weight.

The track opens with dominant piano chords instantly synonymous with Miike Snow’s style, but A-Trak quickly mixes in his own funky beats to make this track a perfect representation of these two artists’ flair. There are no shortage of catchy lyric phrases, and Andrew Wyatt proves to be the perfect vocal carrier for this energetic track.

Included on the EP are remixes by The Chainsmokers, GANZ, Cazzette, DallasK, Shash-u, and others. Each remix takes the original in a unique direction, but underrated in the bunch is the remix from Shash-u, who hails from A-Trak’s Canadian homeland. The remix favors an ominous synth line over the piano chord progressions of the original to give it a retro spin.

A-Trak continues to bend the rules of the electro-house formula to produce catchy hit after catchy hit. Push marks the beginning of a new wave of solo material from the DJ/producer, but it will undoubtedly carry his same class and devotion to the craft.

The full EP is available now on iTunes.
A-Trak feat. Andrew Wyatt - Push [Fool's Gold]
A-Trak feat. Andrew Wyatt - Push (Shash-U Remix) [Fool's Gold]
A-Trak feat. Andrew Wyatt - Push (Cazzette Remix) [Fool's Gold]
A-Trak feat. Andrew Wyatt - Push (DallasK Remix) [Fool's Gold]