Loopcloud Review- The Sample Manager of the Future

Loopcloud review

Brighton-based sound design record label Loopmasters has been operating successfully in the music samples market for over 1 decade.

Recently, they have released Loopcloud 4.0, a music program that allows users to organize, browse, and edit their sound libraries while also having access to Loopmasters’ 3.5 million-samples collection.

We’ve decided to give this software a try to see if it can improve our sampling workflow.

But before we go into the review, please click the button below if you’re curious about what this software actually looks like:

Loopcloud Features


Maker: Loopmasters
Our Rating: 4.7/5

– Free plugins and samples included in each plan
– Cloud-based sample management
– Intelligent tagging, bpm, and scale mapping
– In platform sample editing
– Drag and Drop samples into DAW – Free plugins, such as a drum sequencer.


Loopcloud’s interface is quite simple. The sounds are be displayed and a player is included so you can preview them.

Additionally, you have access to an editor that will allow you to change the original samples using a different set of audio tools.

You can edit the pitch, cut, paste, copy, and even mute certain selections. There are also some pattern presets you can use to radically transform your sounds with the click of a button.

This means you can have your samples song-ready even before making changes and corrections in your DAW. 

After playing with the software for a little, we have realized that the modus operandi that better fitted our workflow was to have Loopcloud’s stand-alone version open while simultaneously working in a DAW.

After choosing and editing the samples, it’s easy to simply select the sound and drag it directly into the session. It works particularly well with Ableton Live.

Loopcloud will give you access to an ever-growing database of over 25,000 royalty-free samples that you can use in your productions right away.

To install Loopcloud, you need to be registered on the Loopmasters website. The software’s demo version is free, but if you wish to continue using the program you need to sign-up to a subscription plan.

The monthly prices range from €6.99 to €19.99, depending on the number of points you wish to receive. The cheapest plan – Artist – will grant you 100 points that can be used to buy samples from Loopmasters.

Loopcloud vs. Splice

Loopcloud is not the only sample organizer software in the market, with Splice‘s inventive sample program, called Sounds, being its best-known competitor.

Splice Sounds

Maker: Splice
Our Rating: 4.8/5

– Millions of samples, loops, FX, and presets
– Cloud-based sample management
– In platform sample editing
– Drag and Drop samples into DAW


Software: Loopcloud is better. Their interface can be slow sometimes, especially if you’re working with a low-powered laptop, but unlike Splice’s software, Loopcloud will organize every single sample in your computer, and it will automatically generate tags that fit each of your sounds.

There are BPM and scale mapping, of course, but there are also some more interesting and intelligent auto-tags, such as ‘Loops’ and ’16th Triplets’.

With Splice, you can only organize and browse through the sounds you got/bought from Splice.

Samples: Loopmasters collection doesn’t lack quality but it’s short on variety. In the Loopmasters sample library, there’s a clear approximation to EDM production and a bigger emphasis on loops.

Splice, on the other hand, offers a great level of sound variety and a huge depth of unique and high-quality short sounds.

If you’re not the kind of producer that likes to have to extract a kick from a loop every time you want to make a downbeat, then maybe Splice’s impressive one-shot collection’s better for you.

Price: Loopmasters used to be non-subscription based, but its commercial approach changed into a subscription plan just like Splice’s with version 4.0, so there’s no difference between the two at this point.

Final Thoughts

If you’re an artist producing 10-20 tracks per month on a highly demanded studio, buying a Loopcloud subscription will be great for you!

You will have permanent access to every type of high-quality samples you can think of, and you will be feeling especially happy in case you’re producing tracks within the electronic dance music genres.

However, if you’re just a beginner producer or an artist with a regular 20 tracks per year output, you should probably look for less expensive ways of sorting out your sample library.

The Internet is filled with royalty-free samples that can be downloaded for nothing, and the built-in browser organizers of DAW’s like Ableton Live and FL Studio (FruityLoops) are getting better and better with every new version.

Try to focus on the samples you already have, and in case you feel like you don’t have enough, download/buy one or two sample packs that you really like instead of investing monthly in new samples you will probably never use.

Unless you have the recurrent demand for about 100 new samples every month, maybe it’s better to save a Loopcloud subscription for later in your career.

However, please keep in mind Loopcloud’s an amazing piece of software, and we consider it to be the best sample organizer/browser in the market. We’re not big fans of the new paid subscription plan but we’re impressed by how intuitive and easy to use the program is.

The BEST Online Music Production Masterclass Course [2021]

Investing in an online music production “masterclass” course is one of the best decisions you will make this year.

This might seem like a bold statement (especially since it is actually written in bold :P), especially for those of you who have previously tried free courses or dabble around some youtube videos on production, but it’s the truth: Knowledge is more important than any piece of gear in your studio. Furthermore, enrolling in one of the below courses is nothing like doing a free course or watching youtube videos.

These online music production masterclass courses allow you to follow a tried and tested structure devised by top producers and engineers, plus incentivises you to follow through, as you have money invested.

Anyways, if you’re looking for a summarized version of this article, check out the below table with our favorite online music production courses, including our very own choice for the best online music production course. And if you are also looking for a music production laptop, we have a comparrison and test article with the top models here.

Note: if you are on a mobile device, scroll left and right in the table to see all the entries, and up and down in the cells to see all the content.

Summarizing Table

Course Name Cost Duration Main Focus Our Rating
Editor’s Choice – Best Value
Starts at under 50$
– Over 20 000 hours of video,
– Over 20 books.
– Workflow,
– Plug-Ins + DAWs,
– Recording,
– Production,
– Mixing + Mastering.
Deadmau5 Masterclass
Starts at under 20$ / month or under 100$ total
– 6 hours of video,
– Assignments
– Electronic Music Production,
– Synths,
– Music Business,
– Mixing and Mastering,
– Workflow.
Hans Zimmer Masterclass
Starts at under 20$ / month or under 100$ total$
– 4.5 hours of video – Film Scoring,
– Soundscapes,
– Composing,
– Industry, and More.
Timbaland Masterclass
Starts at under 20$ / month or under 100$ total$
– 3 hours of video – Hip-hop Production,
– Beat Making,
– Inspiration and Workflow,
– Industry and Motivation.
Point Blank Music School Online
Under 150$
– Huge subject diversity
– Mixing/Mastering
– Dj
– Music Business
Udemy Music Production Courses
Under 150$
– 38 hours of video
– each DAW has it’s own course
– other specific topics have dedicated courses
EQ Fundamentals
Under 50$
– 2.5 hours of video,
– PDRs,
– Assignments
– EQ,
– Mixing + Mastering,
– All Musical Genres
Berklee Online- Electronic Music Production
Under 150$
– 16 weeks – Electronic Music Production,
– Vocal Recording,
– Ableton Live.

Groove3 Online Music Production Course Review – Editor’s Choice

  • Music style: All
  • Financial Investment: Low
  • Duration: Over 20 000 hours of video + over 20 books. 1 077 Courses 17 979 Individual Tutorials.
  • Main DAW used: All DAWs available.
  • Our Rating: 9.5/10
  • Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced
  • Certificate upon completion: No


  1. High quality of content
  2. Content available on all formats and platforms: Video, books, Desktop, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku.
  3. Very affordable on a month-to-month basis
  4. High quality instructors
  5. Most comprehensive library of learning resources


  1. Lack of focus
  2. Can be overwhelming

We’ll start with our favorite online music production course: Groove3. What an absolute gold mine of music production knowledge.

If you watched all of groove3’s videos back-to-back you’d take over 2 years to finish, probably much more, given that they update the content regularly.

There’s tutorials on all topics you can image, including all DAWs, Plugins, and musical styles. If you search around the forums, it’s often mentioned as a student favorite, along with some of the masterclass courses we’ll review below.

When it comes to price, an all-access pass costs only 89$, with b&hphoto. This represents without a doubt the best value of all courses.

We’ve found this to be a great way to stay focused for idle studio time. Simply browse around their website, find an interesting video, watch it, then apply it to your current project.


Deadmau5 Masterclass Review

The first course we’ve had a chance to review is Deadmau5’s Masterclass Course.

  • Music style: EDM / Electronic
  • Financial Investment: Low / Moderate
  • Duration: 6 hours of video + assignments
  • Main DAW used: Ableton, though teachings can be applied to any DAW.
  • Our Rating: 9.3/10
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Certificate upon completion: No


  1. Very entertaining, huge production value. Very easy to follow through with the teachings.
  2. Very well-rounded. All major topics are discussed (mastering, mixing, synths, drums, music business, live performance, and more).
  3. Composed of videos, assignments, and discussions.
  4. Great community if you’re willing to engage.


  1. This 6 hour course will set you back 90$. It’s not a cheap course by any means, but we found the cost/quality relation to be quite good.
  2. It’s a short course. It could benefit from going more in-depth into certain topics.

Course Structure

The course has 23 lessons, all delivered through video classes. It also has assignments and discussions.

The classes touch upon the following topics:

  • The Deadmau5 Production Process
  • Building Your Home Studio
  • Melodic Structures
  • Arrangements
  • Synthesized Sounds
  • Modular Synths
  • Digital Vs. Analog Synths
  • Sound Design with Effects And Processing
  • Drums / Beats
  • Song Structure
  • Remixed
  • Mixing
  • Mastering (includes case study)
  • Starting a Career
  • Music Business
  • On Stage Performance

Our Thoughts

Overall, this is a solid and very well rounded online music production masterclass course. It won’t hold your hand and automatically offer you a career in audio engineering or music production, but if you follow through with all the tips shared, your chances of making it will increase exponentially.

Furthermore, if you take your time to network and reach out to the community, you’ll likely make some useful connections out of this online music production masterclass course.

This is a great course for anyone looking for a well-balanced course on electronic / pop / hip-hop / digital music production, with no specific focus on any are of the music production process, but rather a wholistic approach. It gives you a framework, the one used by deadmau5, to produce a song. It is not a case study, i.e- it won’t show you how deadmau5 produces a song from scratch, but it will show you every single step of the process. We recommend deadmau5’s online music production masterclass course to people that are starting out and want something a bit lighter (shorter) and more fun.


Hans Zimmer Masterclass Review

Up next is Hans Zimmer’s online music production masterclass course.

  • Music style: Film Scoring / Soundtrack / Sound Design
  • Financial Investment: Low / Moderate
  • Duration: 4.5 hours of video + assignments
  • Main DAW used: N/A.
  • Our Rating: 8.5/10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Course Structure

  • Themes
  • Story
  • Directors
  • Sound Palettes
  • Creating with Synths
  • Scoring to Picture
  • Scoring Under Dialogue
  • Tempo
  • Music Diary
  • Character
  • Case Study: Frost/Nixon
  • Working With Musicians
  • Feedback & Revisions
  • Audience Feedback
  • Writing Tips
  • Hans’ Journey
  • Learning by Listening
  • Life of a Composer
  • Closing

Our Thoughts

This is a very interesting course. The simple fact that you get to hear Hans Zimmer talk on the first person about stuff that he has never revealed on interviews is worth the cost of the program.

However, we found the structure a bit random.

Unlike deadmau5’s course, this program kind of jumped around topics, with one class being solely about Hans’ career and progression in the industry. To be honest, if we wanted to learn about that, we could just check one of the hundreds of interviews that he’s given.

Having said that, there are loads of golden nuggets there about his process, inspiration, and process. It is packed loads of synthesiser tips as well as general aesthetic in sound design.


Timbaland Masterclass Review

To finish off our selection of Masterclass courses, we’ll have a look at Timbaland’s online music production course.

  • Music style: Hip-Hop / Pop
  • Financial Investment: Low / Moderate
  • Duration: 3.5 hours of video + assignments
  • Main DAW used: Ableton
  • Our Rating: 8.5/10
  • Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Course Structure:

  • Studio Session: Making a Beatbox Beat
  • Building Beats: Tim’s Process
  • Making a Beat: Getting Warmed Up
  • Song Origins: “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”
  • Making a Beat: Starting With a Chord Progression
  • Making a Beat: Tweaking and Layering Drums
  • Song Origins: “Pony”
  • Making a Beat: Manipulating Vocal Samples
  • Making a Beat: Creating a Breakdown
  • Song Origins: “Gossip Folks”
  • Making a Beat: Adding a Topline
  • Song Origins: “Are You That Somebody?”
  • Tim’s Influences
  • How to Persevere

Our Thoughts

We found this masterclass to be the least technical of all online muic production masterclass courses reviewed. Perhaps on purpose, as Timbaland’s production process seems to be based a lot around feeling, leaning on his team to fill in the more technical gaps.

We still found it very useful and inspiring, with some pretty straight forward but useful tips such as thinking about drums through beatbox.

His team of “co-producers” also share some gems on drums layering, chord progression and more.

If you’re a hip hop head, you’ll love this course. You’ll learn about how Timba produced hits for Missy Elliot, Jay-z, and others, as well as some inspiring tips on how to succeed in the industry. If you’re not a hip hop nerd, then you might find it not that inspiring. Though we still recommend purchasing it as part of the masterclass bundle of classes.


Point Blank Music School Online

Point Blank is an well established English music school, which has opened it’s expertise to the online sector. The sheer diversity of courses that they offer, including Music Business courses, is practically unmatched. This Online Music Production Masterclass Course set is both formal and fun.

  • Music style: None in Specific
  • Financial Investment: Medium-high
  • Duration: Depends on the subject of choice.
  • Main DAW used: Ableton
  • Our Rating: 9.5/10.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate-High

The “Online” courses of Point Blank Music School are actual real-time/live lecture by teachers, customised to you as a student. You get to ask questions and interact with your teacher via webcam. Each course thus has it’s own structure.

Our thoughts:

So this is clearly something different. Theere are no pre-recorded sessions, like the others. This would also explain the high price point compared to the others. As a drawback, their online music production courses are not instant, you have to enroll like you would to a school. Only that the school location is your home, if you cannot access the offline schools Point Blank Music School has running in London, L.A., Mumbai, Ibiza and China.

We feel like this product is for the more advanced music production, since asking questions is key here.

If you feel like you have run out of material to study on your own and feel like it’s time to get 1:1 with a teacher who can guide you further then look no further and click the button below to access the Point Blank Music School website.


Producertech EQ Fundamentals Review

Producertech is a well established music course provider. It was founded in 2009 by Rob Jones. Of all their online music production courses, EQ fundamentals is one of our favourites. Here’s why:

  • Music style: None in Specific
  • Financial Investment: Low
  • Duration: 2.5 hours of video + assignments +
  • Main DAW used: Ableton
  • Our Rating: 9/10.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Course Structure:

  • Introduction to Frequencies
  • EQ Controls 
  • EQ in Isolation
  • Frequency Demo #3 – Combining the Piano and Sine Wave 
  • The Frequency Spectrum Explained
  • EQ with respect to other parts
  • EQ’ing Drums 
  • Common EQ Practices
  • EQ’ing Kick and Bass
  • EQ on the Master Channel
  • EQ In The Mix

Our thoughts:

This course is, in our opinion, a must do for all aspiring producers. Having a solid grasp of EQ can be the difference between an amateur sounding song and a commercial grade end product.

Producertech’s EQ Fundamentals online music production masterclass course will give you the foundation you need to make clean sounding mixed, at a very accessible cost (25$).

It doesn’t have a rock star teacher or cover 10 different topics, but that is, in our opinion, a strength. There is no magic pill that will make you a successful musician. Instead, the path to success is continued investment in small courses on different topics. This laser focused course will give you a very complete foundation on one of the most important skills in the game: EQing.

It also comes with the EXPOSE software, which allows you to “test” your final mix for any potential issues. We were positively surprised by the production quality of the course. Here’s a sample video from the course:

There is a special focus on bass and kick mixing, thus making it slightly more relevant to electronic, hip-hop, and pop producers, though it really suits any kind of music style.


Berklee Online Review- Electronic Music Production

Berklee is one of the most famous music schools in the world. This institution is a pioneer in online music production courses, having started in 2002! They still are an industry leader and offer the most formal type of education you’ll find in this list.

  • Music style: Electronic
  • Financial Investment: Moderate
  • Duration: Around 6 months (4 hours / week recommended)
  • Main DAW used: Ableton, though teachings can be applied to any DAW.
  • Our Rating: 9.5/10.
  • Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate
  • Certificate upon completion: Yes

Course Structure:

  • The Technology of Music Production
  • Introduction to Ableton Live
  • Creating Sounds for Electronic Music
  • The Art of Vocal Production

Our Thoughts:

This is a solid course for students looking for a serious commitment and some degree of credibility. It teaches all the theoretic background + gives you a solid foundation in ableton production and recording / mastering vocals.

If you’re looking for some credibility in the industry, the Beerklee is something to stick in your CV that can also teach you some good theory.

However, there are more advanced and complete courses in this list in terms of knowledge.

Finally, one of the main advantages is that coursera offers financial aid to certain students.

All in all, it is pretty inexpensive, at 39$/month, and if you’re feeling motivated, you can knock it off in a couple of months, getting a “mini” degree for a very affordable price.


Udemy Music Production Courses review

Next up, we have a couple of udemy courses. We’ll start with probably the most popular music course in the platform, “Music Production in Logic Pro X”.

Udemy has a lot of online music production course programs on it’s website, they mostly have a similar structure to the Logic X one which is our reference.

This course was developed by Digital Music Masters, a well established music school.

  • Music style: None in Specific
  • Financial Investment: Low
  • Duration: 38 hours of video + articles and resources
  • Main DAW used: Logic Pro X
  • Our Rating: 9/10.
  • Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Our Thoughts

This is mostly for those more advanced. What we like is that you can just pay for one “topic” and not buy the whole online music production masterclass course package like with the others. You just get to Udemy, shop for what you want to know and that’s it.

These courses are mostly focused on daw workflows, with some specific items covering hardware gear like the Maschine and others focusing on specific sub-genres like music for games. All in all we think it is good product if you just want to fill some specific empty spaces in your skill arsenal.


Final Thoughts

We hope that the above suggestions help you kickstart your music production career/hobby.

This article is in constant update as we try new courses, so if you have any recommendations, please post them below in the comments section!

Propellerhead announces Reason 11 with Reason Rack as VST

As we had been predicting, Reason 11 was just announced and it features one of the most requested feature: Reason Rack as VST plugin.

On a release date Reason Rack will be available as VST3 plugin only. AU support will come later in 2019.

Reason Rack comes as Instrument VST3 plugin and Effects VST3 which allows processing your audio signals with Reason devices.

Within Reason Rack we can now use Rack Extensions but there’s no VST plugins support inside Rack. Which is a bit strange as some other mega-VSTs (like Maschine) allow hosting VST plugins inside VST plugin.

Rewire is now discontinued and is not supported by Reason 11.

With Reason 11 Propellerhead intros Reason 11 Suite which includes all the Propellerhead Rack Extensions: Scenic Hybrid Instrument (new one), Complex-1 Modular Synth, Umpf Club Drums, Umpf Retro Beats, Reason Electric Bass, Reason Drum Kits, Processed Pianos, Layers Wave Edition, Layers, Parsec Spectral Synthesizer, Radical Keys, Polar Dual Pitch Shifter, Rotor Rotary Speaker, PolyStep Sequencer, Quad Note Generator, Drum Sequencer.

Reason Rack as VST takes Propellerhead to a completely new route. One of the weakest parts of Reason was weak sequencer and no tracks freeze. Now with the ability to host multiple Rack plugins users can choose any favorite sequencer – Ableton Live, Studio One, Logic, Cubase, FL Studio or even Maschine (next software update of Maschine comes with VST3 support).

For some reasons Reason Rack doesn’t support AU from its first release which makes me hope they will make a universal AU – version for Mac and iOS.

There are still few open questions that might be answered after playing for some time with beta: how devices inside Rack can be automated, what parameters will be reported to the host? is Rack multi-output VST plugin? how is the performance of the new plugin? how good is plugin delay compensation reporting?

There also bunch of new devices that come with Reason 11:

Sweeper Modulation Effect – a flanger, phaser and filter device

Quartet Chorus Ensemble – Chorus/Ensemble effect

3 devices from SSL mixer: Channel EQ, Channel Dynamics and Bus Compressor (Bus compressor is a really cool one – I was waiting it as a RE for a long time)

How to use Reason Rack in Logic?

Logic supports only AU plugins and Reason Rack won’t support it in the first version.

There are multiple options on how to host VST plugins in Logic with plugin wrappers:

  • Kushview Element – free wrapper plugin
  • DDMF Metaplugin
  • Maschine (sounds a bit weird but you can run Maschine inside Logic and open VST plugins inside Maschine)


It is a great revolutionary update. For me Reason Suite is a no-brainer deal – I’ll upgrade on day 1 and I can’t wait to have all my favorite synths and effects from Reason as separate instances of Reason Rack inside Ableton and Cubase.

As people would be able to use their favorite sequencers, they might be stop requesting Reson sequencer improvements but ask for other important features that Reason lacks, like better sampler (NNXT makes me feel like I’m in 1999, not in 2019), iOS support for Reason Rack and more rack extensions.

I hope that Reason Rack will bring much more people to Reason platform and more developers for Rack Extension platform.

Loopcloud Drum – New Free Drum Plugin by Loopmasters

Loopcloud Drum is a free plugin that features 16 pads for drum/samples, built in sequencer and effects.

We’ve written about loopcloud before- It’s a great piece of software to store all your samples and organize your library and production workflow in the cloud.

It comes with ready to use kits from some very popular producers including Audiojack, Evil Needle, Maribou State, Justice, Timo Maas, Phaeleh, and many more.

The coolest feature of a new plugin is of course integration with Loopmasters sample libraries/Loopcloud.

Here’s a quick look at what the interface and main features look like:

It also comes with loads of preset patterns, making it possible to get some very high quality drums with just a few clicks. If you’re looking for a simple solution to adding high quality drums to your instrumentals, look no further.

There is a focus on electronic / EDM beats, but you can really find most styles present in their sound bank.

The best part? It’s absolutely free.

Have you tried this piece of software? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Best Free Kontakt Libraries for 2021

Surely everyone that uses Native Instruments’ industry standard Kontakt sampler has at least one favourite free library or instrument.

What I’ve compiled here is a list of my personal favorites.

These are among what I find to be some of the most usable high quality libraries available.

This is not a complete list of free kontakt libraries or kontakt instruments, its simply a curated list of my favorites.

There are hundreds and hundreds of free kontakt libraries, but to be honest, a lot of them simply aren’t that good.

They get plenty of burn in my production projects at least, some may even be slept on. So here they are, in table form for your viewing pleasure:

Ivy Audio Pianos, Vocals, Drums, Trombones DOWNLOAD
AURORROR by Fluffy Audio More than 25 sound sources DOWNLOAD
The Free Orchestra Cinematic, Orchestra DOWNLOAD
Sketching Chamber Orchestra Orchestra DOWNLOAD
Jerry’s Pianos Piano DOWNLOAD
Precisionsound Amore Grand Piano Piano DOWNLOAD
16PAD by HelloSample Drums DOWNLOAD
Cinematique Instruments Chimes Percussion DOWNLOAD
Free HD Orchestra Chords & Sustained String Chords by Sonuscore Strings DOWNLOAD
Free Fall by Soundethers Synth DOWNLOAD
NS Drums J13 Drums DOWNLOAD
Alpine Project Strings, Woodwind, Brass DOWNLOAD
Ivy Audio Pianos, trombones, vocals and drums DOWNLOAD
Bicat Instruments Guitar, Bass, Organ, Pianos, and much more DOWNLOAD
Impact Soundworks Shreddage 3 Stratus Guitar DOWNLOAD
Waves Factory Whispers Creepy Voices DOWNLOAD
Cinematique Instruments Landscape Drone Generator DOWNLOAD
Cinematique Instruments Esemblia Chamber Orchestra DOWNLOAD
Producer’s Store- Angel’s Harp Harp DOWNLOAD
Retrosampling- Electric Piano, Breaks and Beats, and More Piano, Drums, and More DOWNLOAD
Sonic Bloom- Mellotron Samples Woodwinds, Strings, Brass, Flute and Choir DOWNLOAD
Cymatics Free Kontakt Libraries Strings, Guitar, Keys, and Much More DOWNLOAD
Red Room Audio- Pallette Primary Colors Orchestral DOWNLOAD
Detuned Upright Upright Piano DOWNLOAD

Also, don’t forget to check our updated MEGA-LIST of 400+ FREE VST here.

AURORROR by Fluffy Audio free Kontakt library

This excellent free Kontakt library is definitely the one I use the most.

Although it is a limited version of their fantastic AURORA library in terms of NKI presets, it still delivers on usability and sound quality.

AURORROR is advertised as a “horror cinematic and hybrid library” on Fluffy Audio’s website, but it’s a surprisingly versatile and flexible synth. 

With more than 25 unique sound sources, 13 different modulators, an arpeggiator and polystep modes, there’s a lot to work with.

The idea is to layer up to 3 sounds and adjust the plethora of parameters to create your own sound. Your new custom preset can then be saved. Check out this review by Saint Joe of Sounds And Gear.

16PAD by HelloSamples free Kontakt library

This developer has been around for quite some time and continues to offer a generous amount of extraordinary free and premium kontakt libraries.

Recently they stepped their game up even further by designing their own Kontakt instrument, 16PAD. Here’s a word about it courtesy of the included pdf manual:

To put it simply, it’s a 16 Pad instrument, each Pad has Volume, Panorama, Tune, ADSR, Filter + LFO, Distortion (Lo-Fi, Distortion, Skreamer, Tube) and Modulation (Chorus & Flanger) controls, plus 4

Send controls for 2 global Delay, Reverb and a Convolution Reverb (IR) effects.

There is also a simple on board step sequencer with controls for Volume, Tune and an Assignable Parameter per pad.

The pads can be selected via MIDI and can be colorized individually. The 16-channel mixer can be viewed by clicking the MIXER button to the bottom left of the step sequencer. 

I would have liked to have had the ability to load my own samples and have darker more pronounced colors on the pads, but this is a very nice instrument nonetheless. Big up to HS!

Amore Grand Piano free Kontakt library

This is a new addition to the list and honestly, we don’t have much to say about it.

It’s a great piano. And it sounds great. And it’s free.

Download it here.

Free HD Orchestra Chords & Sustained String Chords by Sonuscore free Kontakt library

Both of these Kontakt instruments have an awesome sound and are dead easy to control.

There is only 1 knob on each interface, low velocity triggers major chords, and high velocity triggers minor chords. On Sustained String Chords, you can control the dynamics with the mod wheel and mix sustain and tremolo chords.

On both libraries, you can play low, mid, and high strings separately or play huge chords altogether. The interface is simple and the design straight forward.

It’s a great library for generating or enhancing your compositions.

Check them out below:

Free Fall by Soundethers free Kontakt library

Free Fall is another library that has been out for a while, but I think it’s one of the most underrated free Kontakt libraries.

It’s dedicated to ambient textures and evolving type sounds which are useful in many musical genres.

It comes with 18 otherwordly patches and you are free to create and save your own custom patches.

This library just begs to be experimented with and you will have 4 pages of parameters to play with:  Main Engine, Effects Engine, Rhythm Engine and Output Engine.

There’s really a lot to go through with this library, once you download it, no doubt you’ll feel the same.

Also, remember to check our own list of best VST Synths here.

And now, for some honourable mentions:

NS Drums J-311 by NS Drums

Just released a few days ago, NS Drum kicks (pun intended) in with a well-crafted and high quality sounding acoustic kit.

Not only does the library sound great, but it offers the ability to really customize your drum sound with a nice set of sensible parameters: Pan, Tune, Room (mic), Attack, Hold and Decay.

There are a good number of presets for each of the 6 drum sounds represented in the intuitive interface: Kick, Snare, Hi-Hat, Tom, Ride and Crash.

NS Drums J-311 also boasts I very high level of detail as there are no less than 27 layers per instrument, so you will be able to dial in just about any acoustic kit sound you like. 

In addition, the FX page provides an EQ and Compressor for each instrument, while the MASTER page has an EQ and Compressor for the entire kit as well as a number of presets to choose from. Can’t wait to play around with this one.

It’s a great drum machine, and, you guessed it, it’s absolutely free.

The Alpine Project

If you’re looking for free orchestral kontakt instruments, look no further.

The alpine project is one of the most complete orchestral libraries we’ve seem- and it’s totally free!

There’s strings, woodwind, brass, and more.

Ivy Audio

Ivy Audio is a donation based sample/library producer known for its piano library.

It also offers trombones, vocals and drums, as well custom made libraries, which are of course, not for free.

If you’re looking for some classical piano, check out piano in 162.

If you’re on the hunt for some usable libraries, go check these 5 out. They are sure to inspire. Tell me what you think.

Also, if you’re looking for a cloud based solution to manage all these free libraries + search for buyable options, check out loopcloud.

*These libraries require the Full version of Kontakt

Beatmaker 3 – the most complete iOS music workstation

Intua – pioneers of iOS music apps released Beatmaker 3 – version of their powerful DAW. 

Honestly, I never was a big fan of Beatmaker 2 – even though feature-wise it was one of the most powerful apps years ago, from the workflow and usability point of view it was not the best app for me… 

But Beatmaker 3 changes everything for me and thousands other musicians waiting for powerful Maschine/MPC-like DAW. And Intua delivered!

No KORG Gadget 3 /Gadget for Mac on Feb 28th

KORG posted today that there won’t be update for Gadget on Feb 28th:

n order to complete testing of “KORG Gadget for Mac / for iOS“ we must delay the release from Tuesday, February 28 to Late March 2017.

We are sorry to disappoint everyone who has been eagerly waiting Gadget for Mac / for iOS and thank you for your patience.

GarageBand – a huge step forward

Recent GarageBand update is a huge step forward for making a full-featured DAW. After playing for a few days with the update – I really dig into new features and here’s what I see as the game-changing updates:
Effects section
Finally we have the ability to insert effects into the tracks.
Apple added 13 effects: Bitcrusher, Chorus, Distortion, Effect EQ, Flanger, Microphaser, Overdrive, TrackEcho, TrackReverb, Tremolo and Vocal Transformer + Visual EQ (3-band visual EQ), Noise gate and Compressor as well as ability to add AU-effects.
With variety of AU effects and much more coming from third-party developers you can process your sound quite dramatically.
Interoperability with Logic Pro
Thanks to the iCloud Drive and update of Logic pro you can now easily export your Logic pro project into GarageBand for iOS. When exporting it bounces master channel into project with the single audio track and tempo information.
Of course you could do that before with bouncing your Logic project into audio file and open and import it in the new GB project. But it requires several steps that could kill the creativity and desire of continue working on your project on iPad and iPhone.
And as always you can export your GB iOS project back into Logic.
Alchemy synth
After acquisition of CamelAudio and introduction of Alchemy in Logic it was just a matter of time when it comes to iOS. This synth alone (even limited in controls) makes installing GarageBand worthwhile.
Touch Instruments
Though there were no updates in Touch Instruments this time – with ability export your Logic work-in-progress into GarageBand and add some touch performance to it makes it much more valuable. And with extended processing and AU effects support you can get truly unique sound.
iPhone or iPad
On the iPad we have good variety of options when it comes to iOS DAWs: Cubasis and Auria are powerful DAWs capable of many things that are still missed on the GarageBand. But all the new things mentioned before: new effects, touch instruments, Alchemy synth and interoperability with Logic put GarageBand back into the list of DAW-to-to.
For the iPhone situation is a bit different – GarageBand along with Korg Gadget are the only powerful solutions that allows you to make a full track and though I love Korg Gadget – for many things I would prefer GarageBand.
What’s Missing and What’s Next?
First – having full featured synth would be really nice. Vintage synth from logic or ES-2 could be very good choice and latest iOS devices are more than capable of running many instances of those.
Second – better audio editing. Both Cubasis and Auria are way better in this part.
Third – more professional effects. 3-band EQ is nice but what about 8-bands? Some better reverbs and delays? Send and return tracks? I’m sure sooner or later we will see all these features implemented and it is great to see Apple keeps updating its music software.

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See also:

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