Get this great visual Compressor VST plugin free

Stock plugins are great but they often don’t have that visual touch that makes them so great to use, but this free VST makes it feel real.

Designed to look like a rack effect module this compressor plugin makes you feel like you’re using the real thing. The SN01 comes from SenderSpike’s blog who has a series of free plugins including this fantastic looking compressor VST for free.

The SN01 (standing for Signal Noise) is a dynamic range compressor in the style of a VCA. You can adjust the envelope and the knee, threshold, ratio and gain all with a visual dial as found on many analogue compressor modules to visualise the decibel output.

Here are all it’s features in full:

  • threshold from +20dB to -20dB (zero mark is at -20dBFS)
  • ratio from 1:1 (no compression) to infinity (brick-wall)
  • gain up to +24dB
  • attack in range from 0.03ms to 30ms
  • release in range from 50ms to 2 seconds
  • adjustable knee width 0-24dB (0dB = hard-knee)
  • adjustable knee strength (0% = hard knee)
  • 2 optional filters for internal side-chain
  • optional ‘push’ effect for more extreme compression
  • dry/wet control for parallel compression (0-100%)
  • switchable topology (feed-forward/feedback)
  • no saturation modelling

You can download it here.

Sender Spike also has an Opamp, Brickwall Limiter, Channel EQ, Tape Recorder, and VU Meter VST plugins available for free on their blog.

Get a free Native Instruments plugin for Christmas

Treat yourself to some high quality reverb this holiday period with this great plugin that Native Instruments are giving away for free.

Renowned makers of digital music goodies, Native Instruments, are getting into the gifting spirit this year. They’re offering everyone a double whammy of one of their excellent plugins and a £22/$25/€25 voucher that can be redeemed on even more of their high quality sounds, instruments and plugins.


Meet RAUM, your do-it-all creative reverb. Made to sculpt any space, RAUM can do everything from abstract echoes to spacetime-bending ambience in one swift move. It’s your space laboratory, your mix fixer, and your utility tool. It’s simple, flexible – and most importantly, it sounds out of this world.

£22.00 VOUCHER

Native Instruments are offering you a £22.00 e-voucher for their vast online store – treat yourself to new sounds, instruments, or effects for the holidays. This year’s voucher code: HOHOHOLIDAYS

Holiday Giveaway

The fun doesn’t necessarily end there! Enter a massive giveaway by Native Instruments to be in with a chance of winning a bundle of amazing music goodies.

  • KOMPLETE KONTROL A49 keyboard

Get your free gifts and enter the giveaway to be in with a chance of winning from these amazing products from Native Instruments website.

Get n-Track Studio’s feature packed DAW at 40% off

Open up a new world of music production at a great price with n-Track Studio’s massive discount this Black Friday.

We’ve been fans of n-Track Studio’s impressive and diverse music production software for a while. They’re back with the latest version of their app available on mobile devices as well as PC and Mac and until the 5th of December you can get it for just €109 down from €179.

So what’s it packing under the hood? Take a look at it’s standout features and you’ll see why this is a deal you don’t want to miss. With a 30-day money back guarantee you can always get a refund if you’re not happy – but that’s a big ‘IF‘!


Simply drag & drop sounds into your n-Track project. Use our Loop Browser to filter by tempo, genre & instrument. Match song tempo & change pitch easily.

Premium Royalty-Free Beats & Loops

10GB+ of royalty-free WAV loops & one-shots from all genres. Access exclusive release-ready beats & their editable n-Track Studio projects.

Royalty-Free Beats

Sample Instruments

Over 400 instruments: from piano & ethereal guitar to 808 bass, marimba & zither.


All effects plugins, including our iconic Guitar Amp, Bass Amp, and industry-leading VocalTune autotune & Convolverb reverb plugins.


Unlimited Audio, MIDI & Step-Sequencer tracks

No limit on the number of recorded and imported audio tracks, MIDI tracks & step-sequencer tracks added to a project. Get as detailed as you like.

64 Bit Audio Engine

Increased performance, extra precision and more headroom in your mixes with our 64 Bit Audio Engine.

64 Bit Audio Engine

Get n-Track Studio Suite 9.1 now.

Create stems from any stereo audio file, free from Deezer

Deezer have just unexpectedly launched an amazing and powerful tool that they’re letting anyone use completely free of charge.

Deezer have announced ‘Spleeter’, their new free tool that can split stereo recordings into stem files. Spleeter claims to be able to split up the individual tracks from a sound recording, supposedly allowing you to access isolated channels for vocals, drums, guitars, etc.

To be able to split up a tracks elements after they’ve been merged together into one file is a much sought after but seemingly very difficult thing to do. Deezer compare Spleeter to the human brain, in how it is able to detect and isolate individual tracks from an overall mix.

They say: “Interestingly, our brain is very good at isolating instruments. Just focus on one of the instruments [in a track] and you will be able to hear it quite distinctively from the others.” So harnessing the idea of being able to distinguish track’s elements when we hear it, Deezer set about making that process a digital reality.

They continued: “That’s not really separation, you still hear all the other parts. In many cases, it may not be possible to exactly recover the individual tracks that have been mixed together. The challenge is thus to approximate them the best we can, that is to say as close as possible to the originals without creating too much distortion.”

Spleeter has many potential applications from remixing music using isolated tracks to research and education in music. It also pushes the area of Music Information Retrieval further forward, opening up the possibilities for other researchers to look at Deezer’s technology and see how they might be able to improve upon it even more.

Whilst it isn’t a perfect audio splitter it is impressive technology regardless and is capable of separating audio 100x faster than real-time. Spleeter is also MIT-licensed so it’s not only free to use it, but it’s free to use in any way you like however you will have to bear copyright in mind if you are using it on music you aren’t the rights-owner of.

Deezer have released the technology to push research in the area of audio splitting. As they say themselves: “Spleeter is a neat tool, but in no way do we claim to have solved source separation. It’s our contribution to a vivid, ever-growing and open ecosystem and hopefully something others will build upon too.

“Finally, it’s worth pointing out that music mixing is a fine art and that mastering sound engineers are artists in their own rights. Obviously we do not intend to harm their work in any manner or affect anyone’s credit. When you use Spleeter, please do so responsibly.”

Find Spleeter on GitHub where you can use it and hack it for free now.

Accusonus’ new funding will help creators get perfect audio on their videos

Accusonus are helping creators improve the audio in their videos so creators’ content is the best it can be.

Accusonus is an artificial intelligence company based in Greece and the US. Their technology works to enhance and improve audio in a variety of ways for both music and other sound recordings.

In their own words, their goal is to open up the access to high quality audio through their AI-powered technology. Through their software they hope to enable creators with the power to refine their raw audio without requiring a particular knowledge in audio engineering/tuning.

With a new $3.3 million round of funding Accusonus are able to develop their tools even further and take them to a wider audience. The funding was led by Venture Friends and featured Big Pi, IQBility and PJ Tech, as well as other US-based investors, throwing their hats into the ring.

The company debuted with a program called Drumatom in 2014. The software specialised in cutting out microphone bleeding in drum recordings. Then in 2017 they launched Regroover which mixed audio loops down into stems for chopping and remixing with new capabilities.

Their have been focusing recently on more general clean-up tools for audio. They have developed a series of simple tools made to clean up audio specifically for video creators and podcasters.

Their new suite of audio repairing tools look to solve the issues with recording on cheaper microphones or smartphones. Accusonus co-founder and CEO Alex Tsilfdis says that they’ve fine tuned their products to make them accessible for all users and speed up the workflow for audio and video editing whether you’re a beginner or pro.

As testament to the power of their tools, they have been notably used by major artists such as Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Goo Goo Dolls, Super Furry Animals, Wilco, and many more.

Get a free library of dubstep sounds from FL Studio

FL Studio are giving away entire libraries of “epic sounds” on their all new FLEX synthesizer plugin.

Get MONSTERS Dubstep Basses and fatten your beats up on FL Studio with some gnarly new bass synth sounds for free. FL Studio are offering the pack as a free download on their new FLEX plugin.

FLEX launched earlier this year to open up new possibilities for sound on the DAW. The plugin is free to download for Fruity Edition users and adds an advanced synthesis engine that can be used to entirely customise and create your own sounds as well as make advantage of other people’s awesome presets; like in this free pack!

5 scary sample packs free for Halloween

The spooky season is here! It’s time to drape your keyboards with cobwebs and mix some horror into your beats.

We’ve brought together 5 unbeatable sample packs full of ghastly sounds sure to send shivers up your spine. These packs should give you all the fuel you need to start chopping up some demons and lacing your beats with new thrills.

All of these packs are royalty free so you can use and release them in any way you like.

Ghost Syndicate’s Halloween Pack

HexLoops’ Horrific Halloween Special

halloween sample pack from hexloops

RocketStock’s Horror Sound Effects

Gowler Music Movie Dialogue

SoundShock’s Halloween Samples

SoundShock halloween sample pack free royalty free

Best Midi Keyboards for Under £80

When you are looking to buy a midi keyboard, there are lots of things to consider – size, number of keys, whether it makes it’s own sound or just a controller, etc. I’ve put together a comprehensive list of 3 midi keyboards you can buy for under £80 and we will chat about each of them too.

AKAI Professional MPK Mini MKII – £73

This amazing little midi keyboard comes in just under £75 and is an absolute bargain! AKAI is a well-known name in the world on midi controllers and keyboards and with this Mini MKII, you can live up to the AKAI name. This controller has 25 velocity-sensitive synth-action keys and comes with dedicated octave up and down button controls. You can also plug in and play straight away with no need for drivers. Its USB powered and comes with an ultimate production starter pack including content from Splice, Loopcloud and Serato Studio. Where the deal really comes into play with this keyboard is the 8 backlit velocity-sensitive pads for note repeat and programming drums. All in all at just £73, an amazing deal!

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 – £42

This is a slightly cheaper option, selling for just £42 only. This M-Audio Keystation is a simpler midi keyboard with a very down to earth feel to it. This keyboard does have more keys than the last boasting a 32 key width compared to the AKAI’s 25. The keys are also velocity-sensitive and capture the feel of the softest movements. Again, no need for drivers, just plug in and play. The octave shift button remains on this one also. This controller comes with a premium software suite including – Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition Performance Software/DAW. For just £42, this surely is a deal to be snapped up.

Alesis V-Mini – £46

Alesis is another household name in midi keyboards and this V-Mini is the perfect keyboard for anyone starting out in electronic music. For just £46, it comes with many features including 25 expressive keys, 4 backlit assignable knobs, and 4 velocity-sensitive drum pads. Not only do you get all this for such a small price but it also includes ProTools First Alesis Edition and Eleven Lite. If that wasn’t enough, they also throw in Mini Grand, DB-33 and Xpand!2 virtual instrument software from Air Tech Music. What a bargain for all that! This is one that every novice or indeed an expert musician should be looking with amazing portability and a stunning finish for only £46.

Get this free bass synth plugin to get a 60’s sound

Brighten up your day with a plugin emulating a 60’s keyboard bass synthesizer with a warm and strangely futuristic tone that is yours for free.

It’s hard to turn down a free plugin. Martinic are offering their Kee Bass plugin free to anyone to download and use how they like.

They describe it as “the new musician’s string bass simulator” offering up retro grooves that still somehow sound like they’re from the future. The plugin emulates one of the first monophonic string bass simulators; the Rheem Kee Bass.

The plugin is based on the original electronic schema and a physical version of the Kee Bass. They began by modelling the instrument precisely without any sampling and then enhanced what they had with filters and modulation.


Physical modeling (no samples used) of vintage Rheem Kee Bass

  • Bass Fuzz sound – built in
  • Percussion – Fast decay
  • Percussion – Slow decay
  • Sustain
  • Bright-Mellow option on all sounds
  • 2 Full Octave Keyboard
  • Modeled Solid State Electronic Circuitry
  • 2.5 MB Portable Lightweight Beauty
  • Plays Booming String Bass Notes when loaded into any VST/AU host

Advanced Features

  • Level adjust
  • Adjustable 25-note tuning
  • Extended 128 MIDI note range
  • Velocity-sensitive
  • All settings MIDI learnable
  • Poly mode
  • Low/high/last note priority
  • Attack/decay adjust
  • Low pass filter with resonance
  • Filter LFO/envelope modulation
  • Wide range of presets
  • Fine tuning
  • Transpose/octave shift

Head here and scroll to the bottom of the page to acquire your free license for this bass synth plugin.

Mix SoundCloud tracks in Pioneer DJs rekordbox

rekordbox are the latest software for DJs to get the SoundCloud treatment with millions of tracks for mixing.

SoundCloud have revealed their latest in a long line of DJ partners. Pioneer DJ have now built SoundCloud integration into their rekordbox DJ performance software, offering DJs and endless supply of tracks to mix and flip.

It’s SoundCloud’s second partnership with Pioneer DJ after adding their library into their WeDJ app. Now with rekordbox integration SoundCloud music will be available to snatch and stream on any Pioneer hardware.

Any SoundCloud Go+ subscriber can now start mixing with millions of tracks in their rekordbox DJ app. It’s as simple as this:

  1. On Wi-Fi, download and log in to rekordbox.
  2. Enable SoundCloud within the app and sign in to your account (you need to be a SoundCloud Go+ subscriber).
  3. Restart your rekordbox app to pull in tracks from your SoundCloud playlists, and to search, mix and stream from SoundCloud’s catalog of official releases, emerging creator content, and everything in between – directly from the app, in real time.

This year SoundCloud have made a big push to make their giant library of music available to DJs. With a massive catalogue of user uploaded music on top of the label music available on traditional streaming services, SoundCloud have an advantage of scope with 125+ million tracks on offer.

Earlier this year SoundCloud also partnered with Traktor DJ 2, DEX 3, Virtual DJ and Serato DJ. SoundCloud are still planning more integrations with leading DJ applications before the end of the year.