Metatron – Not Anything Like a Transformer (apart from maybe Starscream)

KVR.com ran a developer competition to build audio plug-ins/applications, the prize fund being donated by users and split among the winners: The Metatron synth didn’t even make it into the top ten, but the name alone has surely got to earn it a place in your VST folder [no Metatron is not a transformer].

Here’s what it does:

Metatron is a 2 oscillator phase synth with an arpeggiator that works alongside a gated modulation sequencer for creating unique rythmic patterns and sounds.  The oscillator section uses waveforms that double up to create a phasing effect similar to pulse width for each waveform. This along with a powefull unison detune section and ring modulator give Metatron a rich, fat sound. With the addition of versatile graphical envelopes, LFO’s and other modulation options, Metatron becomes an instrument that can create complex sounds, but at the same time keeps things simple without trying to do everything, making it a perfect ‘go to’ synth for one-finger basslines, rhythmic techno leads, spacey gated pads and other creative arpeggiated sequences.

Go check it out, and drop something in their prize-fund donation box!

iNudge – 4 bars of Joy

Can’t afford a Tenori-On? You haven’t got anything to do for the next 10 minutes have you? Good – then you can play with the iNudge. This is a tiny, 8 voice, 4 bar synthesiser that you can control with your mouse to make loops like this horribly bodged attempt.

If you’re proud of your creation – link to it in the comments 🙂

Distribution and Marketing for Music Videos

TubemogulAfter we published the post on the comparison between our digital music distribution service and those of our competitors, we got some comments talking about tools that you can use to promote your music online. A good one to get started with is TubeMogul. If you’ve produced a video for your latest track (like this one for The People’s String Foundation’s new album) then you can use TubeMogul to get it up with multiple video sites, YouTube, Break, Viddler, Dailymotion, Revver etc. You can also track the stats for each video across all the different sites, and promote your video through their targeted content network.

Free VST Plugin Directory

KVR Audio have a blog listing new software and plugin releases, and they’ve kindly organised their offerings into categories, including a directory of free plugins of various types across all platforms. Searching through them is a bit of a chore, as they’re arranged in the order that they were written about, 30 per page, but it’s a good rummage bin of tools if you’ve got some time to spend looking.

Click here to check out the list.

Upload Tool Launched!

We’ve just launched our new upload tool, designed to make adding your music to our service quick and straightforward. You’ll need to sign in to your RouteNote account, and then you’ll find a link to download the new tool on the ‘Upload’ page. The program is available for all operating systems, and will install onto your desktop. From there you can add in all the music and image files, as well as the metadata (track, artist and album information) necessary to put an upload together. The program will then let you know about any errors in file format or album info before you send it to us, so you won’t need to wait for our admin dept. to get back to you with any issues, you can save the data entry process at any point before you send it, so that you can come back to a session later, without the risk of losing your progress, and uploads can be queued and sent while you’re not using the computer for other stuff online. Using the upload tool means that won’t lose your progress if the computer crashes during the upload, you can just restart the process once you’re up again. We’ve also streamlined the data entry process so that you don’t need to put the same information in multiple times for multiple tracks, releases are grouped by album, so the program knows which track is attached to which release.

We’ve put the tool together to make things easier and quicker for you while uploading, and to try and eliminate common errors from the upload process, and we hope that you think we’ve succeeded. Any feedback or comments on the tool once you’ve had a go at using it would be very welcome. You can comment on this post, or send email to support@routenote.com.

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Balcony TV – Exposure for upcoming artists

balcony-tv-logoYou might not be able to get a slot on From The Basement without greasing some major label palms, but BalconyTV is a channel that does daily sessions with unsigned and indie artists. So far they’ve had more than 8 million views across their bands, with The Script netting almost half a million plays as their most popular band. You can apply to play a session here, and then wend your way to either Dublin, London or Hamburg for a one day, live, unplugged recording session that they’ll chop up into a little video for you. Obviously if any of our distribution clients get on there we’d love to know about it so we can promote you on this blog!

Free VST Vocoder plugin to download

Want to make awesome robotic sounds like Daft-Punk, Kraftwerk, Vangellis, or Sparky the Magic Piano?………
Then Sonicism’s Vintage Vocoder is the audio effects tool that you’ve been crying out for.
Designed from the ground up to capture that classic analogue vocoder sound using today’s DSP technology,
Sonicism’s Vintage Vocoder is the most powerful, versatile and cost effective Vocoding solutlable

Sonicism Vintage Vocoder

Sonicism Vocoder

Rounding out the little series of free VST plugins we’ve been posting, here’s a Vocoder for you. This should pretty much complete out your collection, but if there’s anything else you want, you could go here and take a gander: http://www.audiomastermind.com/ – they’ve got a pretty comprehensive search function, so if you find anything good, post it in the comments!

Want to make awesome robotic sounds like Daft-Punk, Kraftwerk, Vangellis, or Sparky the Magic Piano? Then Sonicism’s Vintage Vocoder is the audio effects tool that you’ve been crying out for. Designed from the ground up to capture that classic analogue vocoder sound using today’s DSP technology, Sonicism’s Vintage Vocoder is the most powerful, versatile and cost effective [it’s free!] Vocoding solution available.

Just don’t overegg it and go all Cher on me, OK?

Free Piano/Synth VST plugins

4Front -Yohng.com

4front VST piano

This is a small and versatile upright piano module with unique sound; neither a sample player, nor synthesized. It’s a hybrid technology, that combines both methods. This resulted in a great module size reduction and light CPU usage. If you’re looking for a professional grade Piano instrument VSTi, then this might be what you’re after. Download from their website or by clicking here.

RMXL Synth – Krakli.com

RMXL-synthRMXL is a re-release of a plugin previously included as a Computer Music exclusive. It is the best Richman synth to date with two totally independent sound sources and a wide variety of top class patches from electric-himalaya.com. All in all a very playable instrument. There’s also a raft of other synths and plugins free to download on Krakli.com

Leslie Organ – MDA-VST.com

mda-vst-pianoA really comprehensive package of plugins here, including instruments, reverbs, cabinets – here’s the list:

Bandisto – Multi-band distortion
BeatBox – Drum replacer
Combo – Amp & speaker simulator
De-ess – High frequency dynamics processor
Degrade – Sample quality reduction
Delay – Simple stereo delay with feedback tone control
Detune – Simple up/down pitch shifting thickener
Dither – Range of dither types including noise shaping
DubDelay – Delay with feedback saturation and time/pitch modulation
Dynamics – Compressor / Limiter / Gate
Envelope – Envelope follower / VCA
Image – Stereo image adjustment and M-S matrix
Leslie – Rotary speaker simulator
Limiter – Opto-electronic style limiter
Loudness – Equal loudness contours for bass EQ and mix correction
Multiband – Multi-band compressor with M-S processing modes
Overdrive – Soft distortion
Re-Psycho! – Drum loop pitch changer
RezFilter – Resonant filter with LFO and envelope follower
Round Panner – 3D panner
Shepard – Continuously rising/falling tone generator
Splitter – Frequency / level crossover for setting up dynamic processing
Stereo Simulator – Haas delay and comb filtering
Sub-Bass Synthesizer – Several low frequency enhancement methods
Talkbox – High resolution vocoder
TestTone – Signal generator with pink and white noise, impulses and sweeps
Thru-Zero Flanger – Classic tape-flanging simulation
Tracker – Pitch tracking oscillator, or pitch tracking EQ
Vocoder – Switchable 8 or 16 band vocoder
VocInput – Pitch tracking oscillator for generating vocoder carrier input

Bandisto – Multi-band distortion

BeatBox – Drum replacer

Combo – Amp & speaker simulator

De-ess – High frequency dynamics processor

Degrade – Sample quality reduction

Delay – Simple stereo delay with feedback tone control

Detune – Simple up/down pitch shifting thickener

Dither – Range of dither types including noise shaping

DubDelay – Delay with feedback saturation and time/pitch modulation

Dynamics – Compressor / Limiter / Gate

Envelope – Envelope follower / VCA

Image – Stereo image adjustment and M-S matrix

Leslie – Rotary speaker simulator

Limiter – Opto-electronic style limiter

Loudness – Equal loudness contours for bass EQ and mix correction

Multiband – Multi-band compressor with M-S processing modes

Overdrive – Soft distortion

Re-Psycho! – Drum loop pitch changer

RezFilter – Resonant filter with LFO and envelope follower

Round Panner – 3D panner

Shepard – Continuously rising/falling tone generator

Splitter – Frequency / level crossover for setting up dynamic processing

Stereo Simulator – Haas delay and comb filtering

Sub-Bass Synthesizer – Several low frequency enhancement methods

Talkbox – High resolution vocoder

TestTone – Signal generator with pink and white noise, impulses and sweeps

Thru-Zero Flanger – Classic tape-flanging simulation

Tracker – Pitch tracking oscillator, or pitch tracking EQ

Vocoder – Switchable 8 or 16 band vocoder

VocInput – Pitch tracking oscillator for generating vocoder carrier input

Hopefully these will help you produce the next hit single to come from our music distribution service.

Free Guitar VST Plugins

More tools = more versatility = better music, right? So here are some more options for you next time you’re sketching out a track, all for free:

Juicy 77 – BTE Audio

juicy seventysevenInspired from its legendary role model which has set the industry standard for high gain amplifiers, Juicy 77 aims to become the definitive benchmark for crystal clear articulation, solid punch and singing sustain in the digital domain.

With separate preamplifier and power amplifier sections and a loudspeaker cabinet simulator section that includes seven classical cabinet types, Juicy77 modestly delivers instant gratification to musicians who are looking for the ultimate high gain experience.

Inspired from its legendary role model which has set the industry standard for high gain amplifiers, Juicy 77 aims to become the definitive benchmark for crystal clear articulation, solid punch and singing sustain in the digital domain.

With separate preamplifier and power amplifier sections and a loudspeaker cabinet simulator section that includes seven classical cabinet types, Juicy77 modestly delivers instant gratification to musicians who are looking for the ultimate high gain experience.

Boogex – Voxengo

BoogexBoogex is a guitar amplifier VST plugin with a variety of sound shaping features.  With Boogex it is possible to get heavy distorted sound as well as slight distortion sound.  Boogex is also able to apply any speaker cabinet impulse response (selection of built-in impulses is available).  Processing latency is very modest – 96 samples (2.1 ms at 44.1kHz).  Boogex comes with several example factory presets.

Crunchdude – Heeb

CrunchdudeThe Heeb CrunchDude 0.1 is a very simple, yet effective guitar amplifier emulation VST plug-in. As the name implies, its strength lies not only in clean or over-the-top lead sounds, but especially in the excellent crunch sounds it can produce (certainly a weak point in many similar devices, virtual or otherwise). Its use is not limited to the electric guitar however. It can also be extremely useful in processing e.g. bass guitar, synthesizers, etc.

Free VST Reverb Plugin from TC Electronic

Another little tool to add to your collection of free VST plugins, if you’re quick! TC Electronic are offering their new reverb plugin – the M30 Studio Reverb – for free if you sign up to their newsletter by clicking here, visting their site and filling out the form you’ll find there. Here’s what they say about it on their site:

The M30 Studio Reverb is a simple to use, great sounding reverb that is powered by AlgoFlex™ – a new high definition TC technology that enables hardware quality and predictability to be ported to native software.

TC Electronic has been at the forefront of effects development for decades, and our reverb algorithms can be found in the best recording and mixing environments in the world. With its great sound M30 is a unique addition to any VST- or AU compatible application.

You’ll have to get your skates on though, the free offer ends on the 18th of Nov.