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5 Best VST Plugins according to Loops.Directory

We’ve selected the 5 best VST plugins available on the market.

1. Massive

Considered as one of the ultimate synths, MASSIVE deserves its number one spot. Clearly laid out and easy to use, the cutting-edge and contemporary sound that it provides is perfect for bass and lead sounds.
From its design to the oscillators, the synth was created to give perfect controls for wavetable position, pitch and wave shaping. The process is really simple: 3 wave oscillators form the sound which is then driven through 2 filters.
The resulted sound is then shaped by 4 different envelopes that feature settings for attack, decay, release and sustain. They can be set individually for each knob. The modulation settings are also varied, from LFO to Performer and Stepper.
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2. Dune 2

The second version of DUNE came with a total change. Rewritten from scratch and improved with new oscillators, filters and effects, the new DUNE provides a higher quality and a wide range of sounds. The most important feature is its impressive reserve of oscillators, namely 8320.
DUNE 2 is available as VST/AU/AAX plugin for Windows and Mac OS X, with the mention that the ProTools version comes only in 64-bit for version.
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3.Cthulhu

Steve Duda became renowned for releasing some of the greatest plug-ins for the modern music producer. His new software, released last winter soon became the latest must-have.
Designed for the electronic and dance music communities, Cthulhu focuses on harmonies and allows you to experiment with over 150 chord presets. Unique and impressive in its approach, the plugin deserves its spot in our top.
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4.Sylenth1

Coming closely to our top 3 selection, Sylenth 1 takes the meaning of quality and performance to another level. Created as a virtual analog VSTi synthesizer its features can compete with the standards of any hardware synth. Built from a producer’s point of view meaning that it focuses on superior quality and music, the warmth and clarity of the end result is really outstanding. The graphical interface is also significant as its usability allows for a high level of creativity.
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5.Spire

Spire is another essential synthesizer that we recommend. Considered a software polyphonic synthesizer, the combination of powerful sound engine modulation and its flexible architecture offer a one of a kind usability. Combining both software and hardware synthesizers, its incredible flexible modulation architecture is what really impressed us: 4x Macroses, 4x Envelopes, 4x LFOs with morphing shapes,15x Matrix slots each of equipped with 2x sources and 4x targets.
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We are using this best VST plugins on our loop packs

You can find something cool created with this in our latest loop packs Deep House Loops – Leads and Techno Heads Loops – Synths .

 

 

Weekly inspiration – Robot Koch – Dark Waves

Celestial drops. And beats.


He became known for exploring the limit between the universe and pop music. Or pop music and the future. Or both. Always playing on the limit separating two realms, this artist always impresses us with lush sounds, strong beats, celestial tones and soundscapes that emerge you into a Wonderland of sounds and meanings.

We were enthusiastic to hear that Robot Koch has returned. And in force. His latest album, “Hypermoment” came after a long 4 year break marked by important changes in the artist’s life. The LA scenery definitely inspired him, as his latest video, “Dark Waves” is set in an oceanic landscape. His latest track surely inspired us.

Levitating somewhere between mystery and dynamism, with warm yet crystal analog sounds that create an aquatic submerged universe, the collaboration with Delhia de France seems perfect for this song. Her voice perfectly completes the undulating vibes or (sound)waves. Submerged into a powerful and creative universe, the strong yet tender sounds proved to be addictive. For us, at least. We are eager to hear more from him and his in-depth compositions.  

Robot Koch is a producer and composer from Berlin known for his unique electronic music. He even won the German Music Composers Award for “best composer electronic music.” Koch has released several albums and EPs on respected labels (Bpitch Control, Project Mooncircle and Monkeytown Records, most recently). He is known for the usage of his compositions on famous TV shows and films and for his strong collaboration with renowned artists all over the world. His recent relocation to Los Angeles will surely improve his collaborations.

Discover celestial beats and vibes inspired by the same Robot Koch in our latest pack:

Complex Rhythms – Beats & Melody

 

Seaboard RISE

The innovative category of Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression controllers continues to gain ground among top DJ’s. Focusing on instruments that deliver acoustic-level electronic expression and notes that are modulated real time, these controllers seem to be the future of music production.

One step towards this future is made by the new Seaboard RISE. This new controller balances originality with futuristic vibes. From design to functionalities, we were highly impressed by its capabilities.

Following its predecessor, the Seaboard GRAND, the controller focuses on the innovative idea of reimagining the keyboard as a pressure-sensitive surface. Each gesture finds its own note and sound in every dimensions.

The controller is designed to allow a 5D experience: from striking the keywaves to pressing them, gliding, sliding or lifting. As a plus, it works wirelessly and is available in 2 models: the two-octave RISE 25 and the four-octave RISE 49.

This is what we call a rise in expectation.

Save your seat

Red Bull has just announced it’s annual Music Academy. As in each year, one city will host an entire month of music workshops and activities that promote creativity in music and not only. The Academy is renowned for matching top producers and DJ’s from around the world and for curating concerts and parties designed specifically for this event.

This year the lucky city will be none other than Montreal. The Academy will return to Canada, a country that also hosted the event in 2007, in Toronto. And let’s not forget that the Academy has become an official partner of MUTEK, Montreal’s leading electronic music festival. This year seems full of surprises.

So what to expect? Each year’s event is organized around each city’s musical and cultural identity. Besides lectures and workshops with pioneering music figures and music collaborations in state-of-the-art studios you should be looking forward to curated signature concerts and parties held in chic venues and cultural institutions as well as more underground spaces.

The applications are already open, but they will close on March 7, 2016. So hurry up and reserve your seat. For more information you should visit redbullmusicacademy.com.

Minimal Grooves Loops

Minimal Grooves Loops – Beats

We just released our new mini-pack called Minimal Grooves Loops.

Full beats influenced by the modern minimalistic vibes and the European underground movement. Sharp and hypnotic well crafted sounds that will allure and inspire your grooves. Splited into Full, No Kick and Percussion this pack got some chunky drum grooves. Inspired by young talents like Anthea, Ilario Liburni, Aney F or Tripio X.

Good stuff coming soon. Here are some tech specs for this pack.

Download contains: 30 x 24bit WAV Loops at 122BPM and 123BPM. 10 Original loops splited in Full / No Kick / Percussion

Download size: 62MB unzipped.

Works with all major music applications, including Ableton Live, Fruity Loops, Apple Logic and many more.

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History in a loop

Meet the father of Concrete Musique

Long before music became the ground for experimentation and innovation, a free thinker dared to dream and release a series of sound mosaics that will influence the entire music landscape, and especially the electronic movement.

Imagine the music landscape of the 1940’s. France. Imagine a radio engineer thinking about the philosophy behind music and music theory. His name, Pierre Schaeffer. Now known as the father of Concrete Musique, he is one of the well known and important pioneers of electronic music.

Born in 1910, Schaeffer was not a trained musician, but after landing a job as a radio engineer he started to experiment with music sounds and techniques. He discovered that he could lock-groove records, meaning that he could make the needle of a record stay in one single groove, creating a loop. He also experimented with natural sounds, from trains to animals. In 1948 he even produced his first piece of what will became known as “musique concrete”, a term that captures his entire philosophy: using collages of sounds found everywhere around us and manipulated through changes in pitch, duration and amplitude. His innovative idea gave a new interpretation of music form and perception.

The public’s reaction wasn’t really encouraging, but by broadcasting his pieces over French radio airwaves, Schaeffer gained the attention of many composers and performers. Among them, Pierre Henry with whom he will found the Groupe de Musique Concrète/Groupe de Recherches Musicales. As its name stands, their mission was to discover new musical techniques by constructing and deconstructing pieces from vinyl records and magnetic tape. Their studio became essential for the electronic music composition movement (they launched Edgard Varèse’s famous “Deserts”).

Although he lost interest in music production later in life, Pierre Schaeffer remains among the most visionary artists of his era. He pioneered an electronic revolution that is still felt in the contemporary musical landscape, especially in the electronica genre.