Well. These are extremely exciting times for all of us synthesists, It really is like a dream come true to live in such exciting times of electronic synthesizer instruments. For years, we have have lusted after those vintage analog classics from yesteryear. And then after finally raising the funds required to meet the rising demands commanded by those vintage collectors items only to be scared away by the fear of purchasing a broken, faulty or high maintenance item that will let you down when needed for every day usage.
Well…those days are over. Here is a brand new golden age for analog synthesizer fanatics.
Let’s have a look at a few highlights from the last few years:
DSI Prophet 6, DSI OB6, Moog Model D Reissue, Mood Sub37, Korg Minilogue, Korg Monologue, Korg Prologue, Novation Peak, Roland SE-02…and not to mention, even Behringer are getting in on the act with the DM12 and Boog Model D.
But folks. Here it is. Yes, it is expensive. Yes it is limited to only 8 or 16 poly depending on the option you choose. And yes, it really, really is – after all of these years. An actual Polyphonic Moog Analog Synth.
You know, some people will scoff at the price. But other people will realise where the joy can come from by having an actual, tactile, real-life, Moog Polyphonic Synthesizer right in front of them. And a modern instrument, requiring no fixing, no temperamental issues. It just works.
The Moog One is here. Check out the video preview below.
Have fun all, and let me know how you get on with yours. Because you know, you will be purchasing a Moog One any day now!
Waves are offering one of their plug-ins for free as a special black friday offering.
All you have to do is visit their site and enter your e-mail address to get a free download license for their excellent TrueVerb reverb plug in.
I’ve used this reverb extensively in the past. Even though its an oldie, its still a goodie. A fantastic tool for adding a sense of ambiance to a track or entire mix. It was good even back in the days when I paid a fortune for it, so to acquire this for free is an unbelievable offer.
Grab the Waves TrueVerb plug-in for free now, while you can.
Find out how my experience of creating a music logo went on Fiverr
Most likely you already know that a lot of the music I produce is available for movie, game and app designers to use in their products as royalty free music. To help market my music productions further, I carried out this Fiverr Music Logo test to see whether I could acquire a nice graphic to accompany my royalty free music for minimal cost.
My premium music productions are published via the website Audio Jungle, where prospective users of my music can purchase a license and download individual tracks as necessary.
I needed a logo to accompany my individual music submissions for use on the Audio Jungle website. Previously, I uploaded individual thumbnail images which depicted the content of the particular music item. However, I’ve noticed a trend for uploading a standard logo image on the website to provide a brand image for producers contributing their music to the site.
So, after first setting about trying to create my own logo, I quickly realised that the image processing tools available to me were inadequate and that my artistic skills were also lacking.
What to do?
Fortunately, I’d previously stumbled across the website Fiverr, which offers all kinds of services for prices starting at a standard price of $5.00.
And so, after an hour-or-two of frustration trying to create my own logo in MS paint, image creator and so on, I finally gave up and decided to give Fiverr a try.
I quickly located the Fiverr website and typed in logo design into their search form. Immediately I was overwhelmed with the number of people offering to provide a logo for a measly five dollars. My luck was in. I could save myself hours of trying to upskill my artistic talents, and simply just buy a logo instead.
So, I found someone with a good star rating, and who could deliver me a logo within 2 days (some of them say they take up to 2 weeks). So I made my decision, signed up and ordered this service for a Fiver.
While placing my order, I was asked to provide the answer to five questions so that the logo could be tailored to suit my requirements. Here is how I answered them:
Needs to be a square logo, and easily able to read the word ALIEN in a 80px by 80px avatar. Preferably with some kind of picture of an alien embedded in the wording. If you can squeeze some kind of music production reference in, such as having the alien playing a keyboard or guitar even better, but I guess that is quite a challenge and might be difficult to integrate. Whatever works best in your experience is fine.
And that was that. My order was placed.
So, let’s see in a couple of days how things turn out.
Update: the results of my Fiverr Music Logo test are in
So here we are then. Two days have passed, and as promised, the company I found on Fiverr has met their end of the bargain and provided me with a .jpg and .png logo based on the requirements I gave them.
Here are the results?
What do you think? Worth the money? Or have I been conned?
Please leave a comment because I’m interested to hear whether you guys think this is a worthy investment of my $5.00 or whether my Fiverr music logo test has been a failure.
Update: How to find a reliable and high quality logo designer on Fiverr
Since writing my article, I received an correspondence from a fellow blogger: Lettering Lad. He pointed me in the direction of some tips for avoiding being scammed on Fiverr and choosing a decent designer from the myriad of services available.
To read his information, please visit his website here:
Along with creating high quality royalty free library music, Alien Atmospheres is proud to present its first collection of audio sound samples completely for free.
As usual, there are no hoops to jump through. Just follow the link at the end of this article to directly download the zip file which includes the first sample pack in this series.
For a taste of what is included in this series of high quality loops, click on the player link here to listen to a clip of one of the retro drum loop samples included in the pack. This one is called Alien Atmospheres – Retro Drums 1 – Complex + Rolls 120 bpm.
Vintage drum machines have always held a special place in my music productions. Ever since I first found an interest in electronic music, I fell in love with the early drum rhythms created by classic Roland, Korg and Linn instruments.
These machines changed music throughout the late 70s, through the 80s and well into the 90s until sampled drums provided a more natural sound and the characteristics of replicated drums using analog technology became more popular.
As an incentive to keep my visitors coming back to this site, I have decided to release a collection of vintage retro drum loops, absolutely for free. And to save you from waiting until the entire collection is complete, it is available in installments as and when I am able to produce new wave files and publish them on this site.
Please feel free to download these samples and use them however you wish. There is no limitations or license requirements for their inclusion in your music, or media production.
Thank you for visiting, and keep checking back for more samples added to the collection.
The easiest way to keep up-to-date with new resources and future releases is by following me on twitter or facebook.
Here is a link to the first collection of retro drum loops:
Fellow music producers frequenting this site are likely to be interested in this great free VST instrument I found to reproduce the classic comedy Halloween Theremin sound in their own tracks.
Here is a Theremin VSTi Halloween instrument to help with your next spooky holiday themed production.
Simple-Media provide the Super Spooky Keys instrument for free and easy download on their website linked below. There are no hoops or registrations to go through. Simply click their link to download a .zip file, extract and enjoy.
I’ll be taking a look at some of their other offerings soon and review them right here too. So keep checking back.
The Alchemy Player from Camel Audio, could very well be one of the best kept secrets in the audio production world.
I frequent music forums and production websites frequently, but do not find much mention of this completely free, fantastic sounding VST Instrument.
Since it has a large download size, you may wish to first hear some audio demonstrations of what the Alchemy Player sounds like for yourself. So, I’ve taken the time out to create a demo of just a selection of the 200 top quality sounds that come with this free virtual instrument.
The sounds in my alchemy player demo appear in this order:
“Dawn To a Sunless Sea”, “Hoffa Goes Saw”, “House Pike”, “Low Red Moon”, “Sequenced Square”, “Rain Lakota”, “Battlestar”, “Breakdown Boom”
There is no additional processing applied to the audio demo. This is how the instrument sounds without any manipulation. I didn’t even take time to create any intricate programming or sequencing, most of the demo is produced by pressing a single key and letting the sounds run their course.
You’ll hear a varied selection of sounds in this demo. Ranging from ambient soundscapes to arpeggiated techno sequences, and a dance riser to top it all off.
There is a degree of control offered over sounds in the Alchemy player, using X/Y pad style controllers and the modulation wheel to vary the sounds. In this demo, I didn’t go to those measures, so even the small selection of sounds that you will hear can be further altered in real time to create additional variations.
To hear it for yourself, to help decide whether its worth the download (you will find that it certainly is), hit the play button below.
Here are sound samples of the alchemy player demo:
If you’re convinced and wish to download the instrument for yourself, completely for free, here is a link to Camel Audio’s website where you can find it:
There are a lot of piano sample libraries out there, costing several hundreds of pounds for multi-gigabyte libraries, some of which I already own.
Incredibly, the piano library I find myself calling up most in the Kontakt sample VST, is the “Soft Piano” instrument from Spitfire Labs.
In case you don’t know – Spitfire Audio produce some of the finest orchestral and natural instrument libraries available, usually priced at a premium for high quality instrumentation and audio perfection.
In addition to their regular retail offerings, they also offer some experimental sampled instruments via their Spitfire Laboratories label, which can be purchased for a minimum charity donation of £2.00 to UNICEF.
In amongst other great sounds, you will find their Soft Piano – which sounds incredible. It’s a dark, moody, spooky piano sound, which you can hear used in my Crafting Mines track here.
To download the instrument for yourself, check out their special laboratories offerings by visiting their store here:
Fellow musicians – forget Dreamweaver, fiddly Flash design or HTML coding. Before creating this website, I considered my options, and in the end decided on using WordPress to produce the website you are using right now. This guide shows you how to make a professional music website exactly like this one.
If you’re wondering – I’d estimate that it took around 3 hours to get the basic framework of the site going. Since then, all I’ve needed to do is create and publish the content on a regular basis, to keep my visitors coming back for more.
In all, it cost me about £30.00 maximum. That includes the domain name and web hosting. WordPress is free!
I found this great tutorial on youtube, which told me everything I needed to know to create this site as you see it now.
You too can easily make a professional music website just like mine to provide royalty free music or publish your music online.
Follow the 1 hour tutorial here, and you could be up and running too.