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Recommended plugins & samples
We love free samples and software. We hope you find our samples useful, but we also wanted to recommend other places and software on the internet that have been useful for us in our music making journey. Any stuff mentioned below is totally our own opinion, and we take no responsibility for what you use, or find at the end of the links.
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Starplugs DC Terminator
You’ll find this useful VST plugin in their free section. In their own words:
“DC or subsonic frequencies cause a muddy and distorted bass perception. DC influences the results of dynamics and filters in a negative way and subsonic frequencies make the speaker compatibility of your mix impossible. So terminate DC and subsonic frequencies while processing single tracks or mastering your music.”
We use this on our tracks when mastering. For years we couldn’t get the bass in recordings right, it was always muddy. This has been a God-send, and has meant our tracks sound more consistent on different players, without that horrible muddy rumble.
This website has a pack of really excellent emulations of classic synths and drum machines, our favourite being a really good Mellotron clone. This instrument was much loved by The Beatles and can be heard prominently on Strawberry Fields Forever. The original instrument is essentially a keyboard that plays tape loops of real instruments – an early sampler if you like. The sounds reproduced in this plugin seem to be those of the original instrument. We love the choir sound especially. It’s really good for adding a bed to existing blocks of our recorded vocals.
This is a very simple but very useful plugin. We stick this in the insert of the master of every track we work on. We use it to stop our projects peaking, but in an almost invisible way, without any horrible pumping – unless you want that. In their words: “LoudMax is a Look-Ahead Brickwall Loudness Maximizer Plugin with a clean transparent sound. It is designed to retain the original character of the music as much as possible even at high compression levels.”
We love this really nice 80’s style synth. It has a really good, high quality thick sound, great for leads, and is also awesome for retro pads and strings. Gary Numan would find good use for this. This is one of the first places we go to when we need non-realistic strings sounds.
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Wherever you download free samples from, make sure that you can legally use them in your commercial work. Some libraries host samples where the source and usage are vague. We recommend you only use samples that have clear instructions about the author and usage. In some cases you will need to credit the creator of the sample.
Here you will find a huge library of diverse, mostly royalty free, sounds for music production. They are often bundles that have appeared as magazine cover-mount content in the past, but there are some great loops hits and multisamples , plus interesting collections of real instruments and synths.
This is a really interesting place where you can grab mostly royalty free/creative commons samples. It’s a really bizarre bunch ranging from professional instrument samples to unusual foley sounds recorded by amatuers. Be sure that you credit the creator where requested. We’ve found this place useful for inspiration, as well as grabbing samples of hard to find instruments and atmospheres.