Sonic Charge’s Synplant Synth (vst) Presets: “Vintage”

Sonic Charge’s Synplant soft synth plugin is remarkably versatile in the number of sounds it can create as well as the unusual way they can be created. Sounds are grown like plants right on the screen and if that is not weird enough, you can go in and modify the DNA of the plants as well!

It comes as a vst file type of plugin that works in your DAW (digital audio workstation). I use it in FL Studio.

It is extremely addicting to “grow” different sounds right in front of your eyes and I’ve spent hours noodling around with it.

I have come up with some unique vintage synth and lo-fi sounds from it that I’ve bundled into a set of presets. I call them “Vintage” because they have that “Boards of Canada” sound. They are available here: https://gum.co/synplantvintage

Below is a preview video on YouTube of all of the sounds included in my sound bank “Vintage”:

You must own Synplant in order for my presets to work for you. You can get Synplant at Sonic Charge’s web site: https://soniccharge.com/synplant

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Creating the Xfer Records OTT in Fabfilter Pro-MB

Xfer Records gives away a free plugin effect called OTT that is a three band compressor. It performs upward and downward compression and is a recreation of the Ableton Live OTT setting  (Over the Top) in their compressor.

I like it because it gives a bright and vibrant sound quality to any track it is applied. Also, it is free.

But, I wanted more control like I can get from Fabfilter’s Pro-MB multi-band compressor. So, I set out to replicate it. I found it quite easy once you know what the OTT is doing: Continue reading

Xfer Cthulhu MIDI Out to Piano Roll in FL Studio

Xfer Records Cthulhu program creates arpeggios and chords like none other. Often it is desirable to get the notes it creates out to the piano roll in FL Studio so they can be edited individually and outside of Cthulhu.

The standard use of Cthulhu is to just connect it to a synth like this:

  1. Set the output port of Cthulhu to some port number like 5 for example.
  2. Set the input port of some synth to the same port 5 for example.

This gets you the output of Cthulhu coming from your desired synth. Great. But, what if not all of the notes are what you want? What if you want to alter individual notes to create a unique style? What if you just want it to look like you made all the notes by yourself and didn’t use Cthulhu? Asking yourself how can I do this? See below. Continue reading

Sonic Charge’s Synplant Synth (vst) Presets: “Artificials”

Sonic Charge’s Synplant soft synth plugin is remarkably versatile in the number of sounds it can create as well as the unusual way they can be created. Sounds are grown like plants right on the screen and if that is not weird enough, you can go in and modify the DNA of the plants as well!

It comes as a vst file type of plugin that works in your DAW (digital audio workstation). I use it in FL Studio.

It is extremely addicting to “grow” different sounds right in front of your eyes and I’ve spent hours noodling around with it.

At last, though, I have come up with some unique sounds from it that I’ve bundled into a set of presets. I call them “Artificial” because they have an industrial (although organic) type of sound to them. Machine noises to Star Wars blaster sounds are contained in this set.  They are available here: https://gum.co/synplantartificials

Below is a preview video on YouTube of all of the sounds included in my sound bank “Artificials”:

You must own Synplant in order for my presets to work for you. You can get Synplant at Sonic Charge’s web site: https://soniccharge.com/synplant

Psychic Modulation’s Phonec Synth (vst) Presets: “Boards”

Psychic Modulation has made a synthesizer that combines that “lo-fi” sound with vintage tape and synth type of processing, for a synth that sounds remarkably similar to artists such as Boards of Canada and others of that type.

It comes as a low-cost vst file type of plugin that works in your DAW (digital audio workstation). I use it in FL Studio.

Simple to use and fun to adjust, Phonec2 shatters the learning curve usually associated with many soft synths out there today. I like it in my music because it gives me the sounds I need that fit my genre.

I have made my sound bank of presets for Phonec version 2 available to everyone that owns Phonec2. They are available here: https://gum.co/phonec2boards.

Below is a preview video on YouTube of all of the sounds included in my sound bank “Boards”:

You must own Phonec2 in order for my sound bank to work for you. You can get Phonec at Psychic Modulation’s website: http://www.psychicmodulation.com/

Deconstructing the Boards of Canada (BoC) Sound and Music

 

Boards of Canada are a personal favorite band of mine and I have studied their music with the aim of learning how they achieved their distinctive sound.

Here are what I have learned so far (I will continue to add to this page as I learn more).

It is incomplete as of now but wanted to get it out there before finishing.

Using these techniques shown below, I created this track:

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