Hooo boy did I have a good time this evening with a few plugins I picked up from D16 Group. I started out with a pretty simple bass rhythm using the Phoscyon, which is an emulator of the classic Roland TB-303. For the drums, I also picked up D16's sub-crushing PunchBox. I almost can't believe how deep the PunchBox's bass drum generator can sound without turning to mush. In this particular instance it's also layered in with my good old standby BFD. There's also a little bit of space phasing thrown in to add to the insanity, via Fazortan. All in all I'm quite pleased with my purchase after drooling over these D16 plugins, and I know already I'll be utilizing the holy living shit out of them >:)
Tonight I spent a few hours playing with the free VST Synth1 virtual analog synthesizer from Ichiro Toda. I started out with some freeform low-end flanging noise, then layered it with some arpeggiated (is that even a word? I'm using it anyway) high-end for a bit of a creepy sounding transition I'm digging. After the dip down, it comes back in with some slicing and application of noise to the Synth1. The drums are a mixture of a distorted Impulse 808 and BFD. Fun night! I almost feel like this is getting close to having many of the necessary elements for a complete song :)
Tonight's sound experimentation revolved around a couple of free VST soft synths, OB-Xd and TAL-NoiseMaker. OB-Xd is flat out insane for a free plugin. I've only begun to scratch the surface, but I can tell I'll be spending a lot more time with it. It doesn't have an option to lock the LFO rate to the tempo of the track, which at first was driving me kind of crazy, but realized that's part of its charm (and again, it's free, so why the hell should I complain). The clip below starts out with a tone from it I got dialed in that I was feeling good about. Some extra fat low end comes in at about 1:05 via the NoiseMaker. I find this pairing layered on top of each other to be quite delicious. Just gotta spend some time tweaking the mix to allow for the percussion to keep thumping, without this deep madness drowning it out...
Tonight I spent quite a bit of time playing with the free VST Soft Synth Crystal along with Novation's Bass Station. Crystal is insanely powerful for a free soft synth, I'm finding you can get some pretty hefty sounds out of it. The rhythms are layered in with BFD and Ableton's built in Impulse 808. Overall I'm digging the vibe of this a lot, so I'll be developing it further. Take a listen below!