Sounds for Synth: Soundsets for your synth project.

Sounds for Synth is synth preset project initiative by Luftrum. Luftrum needs no introduction in synthesis world. He is known for his amazing presets / soundsets for Alchemy, Iris, Animoog, Diva, etc. He is also a field recordist and electronic experimentalist. The best thing that I like about Sounds for synth is the charity work that they do. A very rare quality to find in a company in today’s busy world. They donate 2% of their sales every year to charities. Save the children is one of those. If you are a musician looking for Synth presets and patches please visit Sounds for Synths, they already have so many soundsets by some excellent sound designers available on their website.

sounds for synth

sounds for synth

Website link: Sounds for Synths

Thanks for reading.


Light Path: My KVR Cafe Contest Entry for March 2012

The theme for the March 2012 contest was:

You’re Getting Veeeeerrry Sllleeeeeepy…
This month you are asked to submit a hypnotic entry. What does that mean? Let’s find out.

I submitted the following track. It’s called Light Path.

Host: Sonar X1D
Instruments used: Alchemy Player, Synth 1, Session Drummer, TruePiano, Dimension Pro
Effects used: AriesVerb, FNequalizer, Vlad Limiter6 Beta, Pro-channel and other stock effects that comes with Sonar

My OSC-32: Zebralette contest entry, Sep 2011.

It’s a long time since I updated my blog hence this track never appeared here. I submitted this tune for September 2011 One-Synth-Challenge contest. The challenge was to use awesome Zebralette VST instrument for all the sounds. The contest celebrated the move of Zebralette plugin from the commercial Zebra package to a free plugin. The contest saw the record entries of 41 tunes. Sadly, my tune ended up at #17 scoring only 10 points :-(. Never mind, may be next time. Anyway, please lend your ear to the track below and let me know your valuable comments and suggestions.

How to use KirnuArp in EnergyXT.

Those of you are wondering how to use KirnuArp in EnergyXT, here is an excellent video for you created by Tomtoo (KVR name). The purpose of putting it in my blog is two fold. 1. It will help all the EnergyXT users, also other DAW users cause the concept is same and 2. it uses Preset 10 from the 16 presets that I released some time ago. It’s a great motivation to see your work being useful in some way or the other. I am thinking of creating some more patches for Kirnu. Watch the blog for the update some time in March.

So, without any further ado, here is the the video:

and here is the link to the Kirnu website. Download it and make some music. By the way, all my presets are already included in the latest version:

Kirnu website

Credits: Tomtoo for the video, Arto Vaarala for Kirnu.

My OSC-31:z3ta+ contest entry, August 2011.

I have already explained what OSC is all about in one of my previous thread. It stands for One-Synth-Challenge and as the name suggests all you need to do is create a track using only one synth. Now you ask, which synth? So, every month a synth is selected by voting from a bunch of freeware synths. For Aug 2011, the selected synth was z3ta+. You might be wondering, since when did z3ta+ become a freeware? It contradicts what just I said, I know, I was also surprised as you are but came to know that once in a while payware synths also features in OSC. Well, it’s no surprise that most of the regular OSC contestants were furious on such a decision. Anyway, I missed OSC-26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 and that’s a lot. So, it’s about time to get back into the groove, which was my main motivation factor.

Some notes about z3ta+:
Trance and z3ta+ goes hand-in-hand and it’s always been considered as the most suitable synth for that genre.  But, that’s only partly true, it’s capable of creating a wide variety of sounds that can fit into other genres. There are loads of presets available in KVR and patcharena. Even with my limited knowledge on sound design, I didn’t find it very difficult to program either. Built-in effects in z3ta+ are good if not great.

I started off with auditioning the presets first and believe me there are some fantastic presets available in the factory soundbank. To my surprise, it failed to inspire me. May be “inspire” is the wrong word but I struggled to come up even with an idea until the end of the month. I almost gave up. I gave it a last try just before a day of the deadline and finally came up with the following track. It’s called “Welcome z3ta+”. It’s my way of saying “Okay, we didn’t start off well, it wasn’t love at first sight but now I welcome you into my world” :-).
It was composed within 24 hours and all those hours spanned after dinner to wee hours.

Used the following effects and tools:

  1. Sonar X1c with 10 instances of z3ta+
  2. AriesVerb
  3. PanCake
  4. ADT
  5. LoudMax

Pros – The nice drumloop groove, the chord changes and the composition structure.
·Cons – Try to do more drastical changes next time with the bassline and the melody, risk yourself a bit more, maybe you will like it. Anyway, i know you didn’t had more time.

SJMmusic: Although it is a rather simple track, it was very nice to listen to, it especially has a nice groove, I think 😀

bzur: nice and calming chill-out. Thumbs up!

3ee: Good: Atmosphere and sounds.
Bad: HiHats mixed a bit too loud are getting a bit too distracting. Percussion in general sounds a bit flat. Outro.

evo2slo: That bass has a killer groove to it. Real nice percussive movement. Like the soft bed of pads and the lead sounds and melodies are great. Very enjoyable track!

Doc Jon: Another instant fave, loved the panning sequences and slightly unconventional melody, really chilled after listening to this. Only negative point – the white noise percussion seemed too loud to me, but overall really excellent.

Dan_E10: I had a hard time picking between this and Genesis. There’s not really anything I can criticize here. 

GMoneh: Fantastic chillout tune. Great job. 


Pros* Nice down tempoish sounds… Some really cool sounds like the one at 2:44, the twirly whirly high FX. Nice pluck at 3:00. Would have like to hear a tad more reverb on some sounds. This song really catches on to me after a while especially after 2:45.
Cons * Really thought there was something uber epic here… just maybe needed some more layering. Something didn’t catch on to me as powerfully as your past songs did.

Voting is over and the track ended up at #6 out of 18 tracks. My first time within top 10. Tough to beat these talented guys 🙂 

My Poise drum sampler skin.

Well, it’s just another Poise skin. Started working on it quite some time ago, created many variations but ended up with the following. I call it “Bluesy” for obvious reasons.

Bluesy Skin by satYatunes 

Click on the download link below, save the zip file, extract the folder and copy it to your skins folder for Poise. Then select satYatunes_Bluesy skin from the list of skins. I hope you like it.


Used the excellent and free KnobMan and SkinMan to create the skin and knobs. If you find any issues/bugs while using this skin, please send an e-mail.

Neuro drink song competition entry.

Stumbled upon this Neuro drink song competition the other day. They need an original song for their :60 second spot “Candy Shop”. Well, it’s been a while since I have been thinking of scoring a video. The timing couldn’t be better. To be very honest, the video is not that great. After 15 second it looks like they’ve stitched some random clips together. It doesn’t represent the product well. Initially I had a hard time to come up with something cause the first 15 seconds are poles apart from the rest. After so many different tunes, I finally ended up with a Drum & Bass track for the spot. To me it fits nicely to the later part of the spot and in the beginning I used some pads, etc to build up the theme. Here is the final video:

Competition is gonna run till September 1st, the video with the most views on youtube will take $5K. Runner up will be selected by the judges.

Tools used: Sonar X1

KVR music cafe contest entry, July 2011.

The theme for July 2011 KVR Cafe Contest was “Industrial” genre. I am not a big fan nor had any prior knowledge of this genre, hence had to do some research. Read a few articles before started working on this track. I tried my best to stay as close to the genre as possible and came up with the following track. It’s called “Destroy”, basically a demon/satan who wants to destroy the world. I never expected that it would receive some good reviews and votes but to my utter surprise it did and ended up at number 14 out of 22 tracks. Well, not a big achievement but cannot complain either.

Destroy by satYa

Some reviews/ feedback on the track:

Gremsongs: Love the guitars!! This song drives!!

adj: Almost destroyed my earphones HiHi

So, what is Industrial music? Here is the Urban dictionary definition:

Industrial Music is difficult to define but it has to do with experimentation, improvisation, and pure noise. Is about programing hard noisy sounds on samplers, scratching the guitar strings by adding distortion and phaser, hitting hard on metallic devices, and screaming or talk loud on a voice machine.

‘Summer Rain’ music video.

Hiren Dave, an independent film maker shot the following video for my ‘Summer Rain’ track. Your comments are welcome.


Concept / Camera / Editing: Hiren Dave
Music: Satya Choudhury

The long awaited Sonar X1 demo is out!

Hurrayyyyyyy! The demo version of Sonar X1 is now out. Well, I know many people were waiting for this, so here you go, follow the link below and grab a copy.

The SONAR X1 Web Trial is a fully functioning version of SONAR X1 that will work for up to 30 days if registered. Trial versions of the following are included:

  • ProChannel
  • Rapture LE
  • VX-64 Vocal Strip
  • PX-64 Percussion Strip

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