Free Samples and Plugins Roundup (January 2018)

Now that the holidays have messed up our plans and we’re a little bit behind, here we are at a new monthly roundup focusing on free samples and plugins released recently.

This period of the year is a heaven for the freebies and bargains hunters, so in the following, I will help a little with some of the best findings.

Soundventor is giving away a free Kontakt instrument to complement their commercial RSB library that combines the sound of synthesizer basses with life and dynamic action of acoustic/electric instruments. RSB-Free is the 9th instrument with same features – meaning interface, articulations, effects and presets, as the 8 instruments included in the paid product.

The Synth Presets have released The Bass Project, a free soundbank for OB-Xd freeware software synthesizer. OB-Xd is an emulation of famous OB-X, OB-Xa and OB-8 synths and made some buzz in 2016 when launched. If you don’t have it installed, you can get it for free here. Back to the soundbank, according to its author, it is designed only for bass sounds, with the mention the presets are very dynamic and require some compression.

TBProAudio is offering Isol8 is a mix monitoring plugin designed to be used on the master track, as well as individual busses. Isol8 divides the frequency range into 5 bands that can be soloed or muted individually. Use it to concentrate on certain frequency ranges during the mixing and mastering process. You can download Isol8 for free at TBProAudio.

IMI Products has released Chorus, a free and simple chorus effect plugin for Windows (VST/32-bit). It features rate and depth to control the speed and strength of the effect, as well as mix knob to set the effect passing to the output. You can host it on 64-bit DAW’s via jBridge or similar software.

Michael Vilogi has a free collection of samples captured from legendary synthesizers and drum machines. Expand your library with some cool free Boss DR110 drum samples, bass samples recorded from Yamaha DX-21, or Roland TR-707 drums, to name a few of the freebies. All samples are recorded in high quality 24-bit WAV format and royalty free.

If you’re looking for field recordings, Mindful Audio is giving away a huge collection of free samples captured from trips in various countries including England, Romania, Scotland and Senegal. Expect a lot of nature and wildlife recordings, along with vehicle and aircraft sounds. The freebie will only be up until the end of January so get it asap.

Music producer Derrek has bundled all his free releases of 2017 and added a bonus of sounds taken from commercial packs. The result is Rewind 2017, which comprises in one single download free FLP files, Serum, Spire & Massive presets, MIDI files and drum samples. There are two download options, one via a fangate (if you want to support the author), or direct download.

ThePlanBeats has released The Ultimate Sound Pack, a pack of royalty free drum sounds, breaks, loops MIDI’s, plus links to other free packs, freeware and tutorials. Also, included are some cool visuals, such as social media banners, Youtube thumbnails, Photoshop & After effects projects and more.

Flintpope has announced more PWYW/free Reaktor instruments and soundsets. There is a total of 13 Reaktor instruments waiting for you, plus 24 soundscapes of Stereocake (NI Massive and Ableton Simpler). These are available via Gumroad and to get them, you will need a valid email address.

Plugin developer BeatMaker has compiled all its free instruments for Windows and Mac into a bundle of over 3GB. Free Bundle contains 7 VST/AU plugin instruments along with a NI Kontakt instrument. Get now RVK-808, ROMplay 2, Bassik, Atmos, Horror Box, SL Drums 3, Retrox and Atmos + (Kontakt) in one single download file.

AngelicVibes offers 25 free Serum presets specifically designed for chillout trap and hip hop. In detail, there are multi-layered pads, a couple of low filtered bass sounds and more useful sounds such as plucks and synths.

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