In this post I thought I would highlight some of the free stuff you can find on the web.
First up is the Analogue Monsters Free Edition. This is great sample bank containing source material from a bunch of classic synths including:
• Alesis Andromeda A6
• Korg Mono/Poly
• Korg MS-20
• Korg Poly800 MKII
• Moog Prodigy
• Roland Juno-60
• Roland Jupiter 4
• Studio Electronics SE-1X
• Waldorf Microwave XT
I liked the Free Edition so much that I bought the full Analog Monsters ReFill. It is probably one of my favorite ReFills. It even has a great selection of Oberheim synth samples. If you are looking to get that authentic Oberheim sound (think Matrix-6, OB-8, and OB-X, it is pure joy.
I mention this refill all the time because it is one of my favorites, both in breadth and depth, the Massive Synth Refill from exode. Too many patches to go into detail, just get it. The link takes you to the Propellerheads free refill page. Just scroll down until you find it.
Did you know that the NN-XT can load sound fonts? This is really cool because there are a ton of free sound fonts you can download. One of my favorite spots is sf2midi.com. The sounds are pretty well organized and with a little hunting and pecking (we are talking about free here, after all) you can sometimes find some pretty good samples. Obviously, they will not be at the same quality level of a sample bank you buy, but every once in a while you can stumble on something really good. I've found some flute and blown pipe sounds that layer well with other sounds.
So there you have it, three ways to expand your sound palette for free. Do you have any favorite web sites for free stuff? Let us know in the comments.