Obsolete Music Software

Obsolete Music Software is a fun FB group bringing back memories and maybe some inspiration here and there…

The Mountain

The Mountain is a free Synthwave subtractive synthesizer for 80s inspired sounds. Needs the full version of Reaktor.

iPad Music Production

Music production on the iPad has come a long way since its beginning. It still lags a bit in comparison to conventional computers but it’s amazing how far you can get with even the standard iPad version of today. Highly recommended for beginning music producers and experienced ones as an addition to their arsenal in the digital music production domain, especially for those on a budget. DAWs on the Ipad are still behind their computer versions but think about how much percent of your DAW do you actually use? Lots of synths, sequencers and effects have completely mirrored iPad versions available and then there are special tailored ones that are only availabe and on iOS. It won’t be long until it will be possible to have the exact same possibilities (and more) on an iPad as on a traditional computer and it’s already totally worth it to use it now.

PS: Image shows Model 15 from Moog.

CHOW Tape Model

CHOW Tape Model is aphysical model of an analog tape machine, implemented as a free audio plugin.

CHOW Tape is currently available in the following formats:

VST
VST3
AU
LV2
Standalone plugin

Mixing On Headphones

Most people will tell you to never mix (/master) a piece of music on headphones. Here’s a different approach:

You can do so. Obviously it’s a subjective matter but if you’re on a budget or for whatever reason decide to do so…go for it. There’s obviously lots of different heaphones available from 20 bucks to 2000 and more but in the end, and that goes for speakers as well, you’ll need to know how music is supposed to sound on them. That can be easily done by simply listening to published songs. It’s all about reference and on top goes your personal taste as well. So this is just a little encouragement for beginner producers, you can go places on a budget for sure.

Learn more about studio headphones (Keep in mind though there cannot be an objective best-headphone-chart)

Ton-Geraet 1


Ton-Geraet 1 is a free plugin synth which is based on a SID chip and then taken further.

BX_Subfilter


The bx_subfilter is a free plugin that borrows from the “Filter” section of its larger counterpart, the bx_subsynth. It’s the perfect plugin for anyone who loves the bx_subsynth’s unique approach to low-end filtering, but doesn’t need the subharmonic synthesis.

You need to have a (free) account at Plugin Boutique.

Saturator


Bedroom Producers Blog releases BPB Saturator, a freeware tube and tape saturation effect in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats for digital audio workstations on Windows 10 and macOS.

Giant Verb


Giant verb feat.:
Total feedback up to 100% (=infinite decay time)
Analog input behavior: pre-warmth factor
Reverb modulation for smooth & discrete chorusing
Direct & intuitive UI, optimized for sound over technical stuff
Ultra low space (5 Mo), super light CPU use (~0%) so you can use it on live sessions without latency

Texture


Texture is an easy to use granular reverb with pitch shifting and mid/side mode. Texture can transform any sound into an ambient soundscape, or add that drone vibe to your tracks. This plugin was inspired by the techniques used in the soundtrack and sound design of the award-winning indie game The Swapper.

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