KVR OSC-25 contest entry, February 2011.

OSC stands for One Synth Challenge. It’s a contest that’s held on KVR Audio forum each month. Basically, a free synth is selected by voting and all the participants create and submit their tracks using the synth. All the sounds must be created using the synth even the percussion sounds. Voting goes on for two weeks in the following month. Whosoever gets more votes gets the prize. It’s a very nice concept and an excellent motivation factor. It gives me an opportunity to learn synth programming and creating sounds from scratch.
Anyway, Superwave P8 was chosen for February 2011. It’s a very good synth capable of creating a wide variety of sounds. I submitted the following track for this contest. It’s a trance tune called “Sunshine”. Used around 12 instances of P8 and free effects like AriesVerb, EpicVerb, IQ4, Easy-Q, Son-EQ, Modern Spacer.

Please feel free to comment on the track.

One Synth Challenge

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Stereo Chorus skins; now available on BlueCatAudio website

Good news. Stereo Chorus skins are now available on Blue Cat Audio wedsite. Please follow the link to download:

Stereo chorus skins

BlueCatAudio stereo chorus skins.

This is my first attempt at creating skin for a VST plugin. I created two Reaper themes earlier and have a pretty good graphic design experience under my belt but never created any skins for VST plugin. You must be wondering why Stereo Chorus? Well, first of all, Blue Cat has a nice framework for their plugin skins. It uses XML files for layout and they’ve a very nice skinning manual and a few tutorials on their website. Secondly, it’s a small plugin so was an obvious choice to start with. I don’t know when it’s going to be available on their website but for the moment, you can download these here:

Black Beauty
Metal Beauty

Copy the downloaded folders to your skins folder within Blue Cat’s Stereo Chorus plugin folder. Select the XML skin file through the menu. You can access the default menu by right clicking on the GUI while using these skins. That’s all.

If you’ve not used Stereo Chorus plugin before, then I would suggest you visit the Blue Cat Audio website for more info and download links. They have other free plugins available as well.

Team DNR sample library giveaway contest.

I cannot believe my luck on this one. I won the Team DNR sample library giveaway contest that was held on KVR forum. All I had to do was to select a number between 0 and 100. I chose 21 (well, cough** my wife picked it) and I never knew that it would be my lucky number. Later realized that her birthday also falls on 21st, that’s why she picked that number. I hope she doesn’t read this post otherwise that “later realized” part will put me in trouble.

Anyway, the library is called “Transitions”. It is a package of sounds designed specifically to build trailer music, stinger sounds, musical transitions and epic buildups.

Visit their website for more info, videos and demo tracks.

Wusikstation soundset; WSynth One released.

Wusik.com recently released a new paid-for soundset called WSynth One. It contains 174 presets, designed by various sound designers including myself. Download size is approximately 300KB. Good thing about this soundset is:

  • It is 100% based on Wusik Station advanced synthesis methods.
  • Disk usage is nearly zero, as only single-cycle waveforms are used.
  • No other samples are used except the included standard waveforms, hence the small footprint.

So, why am I so enthusiastic about it? Well, a few of my presets are also included in this soundset. I am so honored and would like to thank William; the developer of Wusikstation for giving me such an opportunity.

Listen to these demo tracks that showcases some of the presets from this soundset.

The price of the soundset is $19.95. You need version 6.2.0 or higher to use this soundset. If you wanna buy Wusikstation then there’s a group buy deal going on which can save you a lot of money. Don’t miss out on this excellent deal. Here is the link.

Kirnu MIDI arpeggiator presets.

Arto Vaarala recently released an excellent MIDI arpeggiator plugin for free. It’s one of the best free MIDI arpeggiator plugin I have stumbled upon. Visit the KirnuArp website for more info, screen shot and the download link.

I created 16 presets for this plugin. You can download these from the link below. These presets are also included starting from version 1.1.

Kirnu presets

Here is the demo tune playing a few of these presets.

Please feel free to share your comments/ feedback on these presets.

Zebralette patches

I present you two of my own Zebralette patches. Yup, only two so far. Well, there is a story behind it. There was a Zebralette patch contest going on in KVR in Jan 2011, I saw the thread just one day before the submission date. Though to “learn synth programming” was always on my to-do list, it was never on top priority. The requirement of the contest was to submit only two patches. So, I thought why not give it a try. So I created two patches for Zebralette and submitted just couple of hours before it was closed. I was not expecting anything major out of it but I was surprised (rather shocked) to see one of my patch (“heaven”) securing second position in the contest. On one hand, I was disappointed that I didn’t win but on the other hand I was very happy that I learned quite a bit on patch programming for Zebralette. So that’s it. Follow this link if you want to browse the thread on KVR audio for the whole story.Zebralette patch contest thread
Voting thread

By the way, if you visit the voting thread you can download all the patches submitted by contestants in one zip file. A total of around 30-odd patches for free.

Anyway, that’s the story behind these two patches. More patches to follow soon.

Download

Update on Reaper themes…

Two of my reaper themes that I’ve created so far are for Reaper 3.xx series. I recently tried these with Reaper 4 alpha version. They are working fine but not taking advantage of all the new UI features Reaper 4 has to offer. I’ve decided to update these themes once Reaper 4 final version is released.

Satyatunes II: My second theme for Reaper

This is my second theme for Reaper. Darker version of my first theme. Hope you like it.

Download Link:
http://stash.reaper.fm/theme/628/SatyaTunes_II.ReaperThemeZip

Release Notes:

  • 16-Aug, v1.0 – First release

Screen shots:

  • Normal theme (without tint track panel option)

  • Colorful theme (with tint track panel option)

SatyaTunes I: My first theme for Reaper

This is my first theme for Reaper. I had a lot of fun in creating this theme. If you’re using Reaper then you can download it from the link below:

Download link:
http://stash.reaper.fm/theme/627/SatyaTunes_I_v1.2.ReaperThemeZip

Release history:

  • 16-Aug, v1.2: changed scrollbars and tabs. some minor fixes
  • 12-Aug, v1.1: changed VU meters
  • 11-Aug, v1.0: first release

Screen shot:

  • Normal screen (without tint track panel option)

  • Colorful screen (with tint track panel option)

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