Software

Audio Plugin Deals 
Bedroom Producers Blog – VST Plugins, Samples and free soundware
 
Hitsquad – You can download from 7000 + music software applications at Hitsquad Music Software. An ultimate resource for downloading music making software. The site includes Freeware,Shareware and Demo downloads.

 

Patch Arena – Free sounds, sound banks, synthesizer patches, synth resources and more.

Plugindiscounts

pluginboutique

Pro-tone – royalty free sounds

Spitfire Audio Labs – free samples

Synthtopia – Forum, Free Music Downloads, Music Reviews and Videos

Try-Sound Online test station for trying out plugins of synths/sample libraries.

Earmonk – Free Sample Libraries List

99Sounds – Free Sample Instruments and Sound Effects

VST Buzz – Weekly deals on sample collections from companies. Many are designed to work with the Kontakt sampler. According to Emmett Cooke the samples are cleared for use in TV and Film.

Subscription Based Samples and Synth Sites

East West Composers Cloud – All East West products for monthly subscription

sounds.com

splice.com

Noiiz

DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

Ableton

Cockos Repear – $60 after free trial and the site comes loaded with video tutorials

Digital Performer 

Logic     Mac only platform

Nuendo   Multi platform for ease in moving from Mac to and from PC

Presonus Studio One 

Pro Tools

Record Reason Duo

Open Source Daw – Bedroom Producer Blog on Free DAWS

Ardour   (DAW)

LMMS     (DAW with tutorials on the forum)

MuLab

Podium Free  Windows platform

Pro Tools First by Avid

RoseGarden (DAW with Forum)

Qtractor – Linux users

Ubuntu Studio – It comes prepackaged with many programs including Arudour, Audacity, Rosegarden, Hydrogen, Rackarrack, Qtractor and Pure Data and many more

Virtual Instruments/Synthesizers:

Amplesound

Audio Imperia

Audio Modern

Admiral Quality

Air Music Techonology

Atom Hub

Audiobro – LA Scoring Strings and LA Drama Drums

Audio Imperia

Audio Thing

Bad Cat Samples

Black Octopus

Bolder Sounds samples and loops for a variety of products

Cinematic Strings 2

Cinematique Instruments

Cinesamples

Drum Forge

EAST WEST   Hollywood Film Scoring sound, among the best in their many collections

Echo Collective – collection of uncommon sounds

8 Dio

Embertone

Evolution Series – world percussion samples

Fables Sounds

Fluffy Audio

Frozen Plain

Handheldsound

Heavyocity

Hollow Sun

IK Multimedia Sample Tank

Impact Soundworks

Indiginus

In Session Audio – a company devoted to guitar samples and loops

Iris by iZotope – breath new life into your samples with this sampling re-synthesizer

Jamstix – virtual drummer

Kirk Hunter Collection

Kontakt by Native Instruments      The sampler engine is used by many companies for controlling their samples

Kontakt Assistant

KVR Audio – News and information resource for open standard audio plug-ins

Max Graphic User Interface approach to programming code

Motu

Musicsampling Trailer Brass, Adventure Brass, Soaring Strings

Native Instruments User Libraries

Orchestral Tools

Output

Platinum Samples – drum samples

Precisionsound

Project Sam  Symphobia 

Propelllerheads

Rob Papen – virtual instruments and effects

RealiTone  – Makers of affordable sample collections such as RealBanjo, RealWhistle, Acoustic Lite, Realivox – The Ladies and Blue

Reveal Sound

>Sampleholics

Sampleism

Sample Logic

Sample Magic

Sample Modeling

Sample Oddity

Scarbee – makers of Basses, Vintage Keyboards, Guitars and Piano samples

Sound Dust

Sonic Cat

Soniccouture

Sonic Zest – cinematic digital instruments for NI Kontakt.

Sonokinetic

Sonuscore

Soundiron

Spectrsasonics  Omnisphere II  (synth with audio routing capabilities), Keyscape (vintage keyboards), Trillian (bass collection) and Stylus RMX (drum software)

Spitfire Audio

Steinberg

Strezov Sampling

Structure

Synchro Arts — makers of Revoice Pro 3 – autotuning software

Synth Magic

Synthology   a great acoustic piano collection

u-he – makers of Zebra2, Diva, Ace, Bazille, Satin,Uhbik, Filterscape and MFM2

umlaut

Wavesfactory

Westgate Studios

XLN Audio

Loops

Big Fish Audio – A written letter of consent, special use license, is required for use in production music. Not all loops sold by the company qualify for special use license. If available for the loops you are interested in, consider asking for the special use license when ordering the products.

LoopMasters – The Sample Boutique

Prime Loops

Producer loops

Native Instruments Reaktor Sites

Aureality

LibraryReaktor Tips

Martin-Brinkmann Ensembles

Native Reaktor User

Reaktor Tutorials

Twisted Tools – Reaktor Ensembles

Scoringfilm.net – This site has links to Kontakt Scripts and tutorials

Reverb

Audio Ease maker of Altiverb and Speakerphone

EchoThief Convolution Reverb Plugin – FREE

Exponential Audio

Impulse Responses – Free

Concert Hall Responses – Pori, Finland – Free IR

Liquidsonics Makers of Reverberate a modulated true-stereo hybrid convolution reverb audio processor for Mac and PC

Noisevault – Free IR

Samplicity Bridcasti M7 Impluse Response Library – Free IR

Valhalla Tips and Tricks

VirtualSoundStage

Voxengo – Free IR

WAVES free IR – IR Convolution Reverb Library (4.8 GB)   IR Convolution Reverb Sweep File for Self-Capture

Samplicity

 Creative Convolution: New Sounds from Impulse Responses Tips and Tricks article from Sound On Sound

Effects Plugins

Audified – Audio Research and Solutions

Audio Damage

Brainworx

Crysonic

Equivocate by Eventide – When Sample Magic’s Magic AB plugin is set up as a side chain, Equivocate can match the EQ profile of any audio on your computer and can be applied to an individual track or the master bus. The best part is that the audio does not need to be imported into your project as Magic AB reads the audio from your hard drive.

Exponential Audio

Izotope

Mdsp@Smartelectronix – free VST and AudioUnit plugins

Overtone DSP

Plogue – Bidule  Realtime Audio/MIDI/Spectral processing

Scuffhamamps

Soundtoys

ValhallaDSP

Waves

Zynaptiq 

Mixing/Mastering/Noise Reduction

Beyerdynamic Virtual Studio –  a plugin that simulates real speaker systems in various environments on your headphones. It is also FREE.

IK Multimedia T-RackS Software Suite

Izotope – Ozone 8 , Neutron 2, Neutrino 2, RX Loudness Control, Nectar

Final Mix Software – Rob Chiarelli Signature Series Plug-ins – Very affordable. Check them out!

Klanghelm VU Meter  – Plus it is a Trim.

Loud Max Limiter – freeware VST/AU Plugin Limiter

Mastering the Mix plugins – Reference, Levels, and Expose

MAAT Digital  – Check out the DRMeter MkII

Meldaproduction

MeterPlugs – Perception – You can instantly bypass entire FX chains to make A/B comparisons of EQ settings, compression and more. Even better, Perception will level-match and sync your sources so that “loudness deception” and plugin delay do not influence your decisions. Dynameter, K-Meter and LCAST for broadcasting

Recording School Online

Room EQ Wizard – free room acoustic analysis software for measuring and analyzing room and speaker response

Slate Digital FG-X Mastering Plug-in

Sonarworks – Headphone and Speaker Calibration Software

SoundSoap by Soundness – noise reduction software

Tokyo Dawn Labs

Tone boosters – TB Isone Biaural room simulator. It employs real-time HRTF (head-related transfer function) and BRIR (binaural room impulse response) processing in a flexible VST plugin format.

TrackSpacer – 32 band EQ that analyses a track via an external sidechain and then applies the opposing frequency curve to the track you place the pug-in on in real time.

Waves – extensive software options, Nx provides a virtual mix room over headphones

Loudness Metering

klangfreund 

KlanghelmVUMT

Magic AB – This is a plugin for referencing audio you are working on in your projects. Presets of styles/genres can be saved in the plugin file and compared without loading reference tracks into your project.

VSonic – VMeters for fully compliant metering to both the ITU-R BS.1770-3 and EBU R-128 standards. It allows for customizing loudness metering.

Audio editors/Pitch correction

Audacity

Antares

Celemony  Makers of Melodyne a polyphonic audio editor.  For melodic, rhythmic and polyphonic audio material. Ideal for corrections and creative applications.

Notation

Finale

Sibelius 

Dorico

Noteflight

Flat

Additional Open Source Music Software

Airwindows Free modular audio unit plugins for mac host programs

Audacity   (audio editor)

Bidule – Plogue’s modular audio software

CSound A C-based audio programming language

Giada – hardcore audio tool for DJ’s, live performers and electronic musicians.

Hexter –

Hydrogen    (drum machine)

Jack    (audio midi routing software)

Lilypond     Notation program     (code based notation program)

LinuxSampler

Mixxx – A Linux, Windows and OS X program provides a professional quality DJ mixing envoronment that can read <P#, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, AIFF and FLAC formats, among others.

MuseScore – notation program

Rackarrack – Multi- effects processor emulating a guitar effects pedalboard.

Sabayon Linux   (operating system)

Samplev1 – Old-school all digital polyphonic sampler synthesizer with stereo fx

Sonic Birth – Application for allowing users to build their own AudioUnit plugins, either by working with existing circuits or by creating circuits completely from scratch

SoundGrain – A graphical interface where the users can draw and edit trajectoris to control granular sound synthesis.

SuperCollider – programming langauge for real time audio synthesis and algorhythmic composition.

TAL-NoiseMaker – synthesizer

WaveSurfer   (sound visualization/manipulation tool)

ZynAddSubFX – Software synthesizer capable of making a countless number of instruments

Automating Software

Keyboard Maestro

Quickeys – Automate your software with your own shortcuts. The shortcuts can be combined to form extended series of commands.

Quickeys iOS app at itunes

Touch OSC – Modular OSC and MIDI control surface for iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad

Tim Davies Video demonstrating Touch OSC use working with Finale music notation software

Quadro – An app for Mac and PC that you can create buttons for your phone and tablets to trigger hot keys in your software programs. Buttons can be different colors, sizes or even photos which can be labeled with any name. Here is a link to an article and pre programmed palette for ProTools.

 

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