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Old Tape Drums – Free From Wavesfactory!

Posted in Plug Ins, VST Instruments and EQ's with tags on January 20, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

Wavesfactory has just released Old Tape Drums. This is a Kontakt sample set with acoustic drum samples processed with a mono cassette recorder. It’s definitely lo-fi in the very best way.

Wavesfactory has this to say about their cool kit:

Old Tape Drums is a sample library for Kontakt featuring a Ludwig Vistalite drum kit recorded with a mono lo-fi cassette tape recorder. It has a lofi vibe to it, but without sacrificing dynamics. Don’t expect a clean sound, it’s the opposite.

Old Tape Drums is available for free download via Wavesfactory (335 MB download size, RAR archive, contains 2 instrument patches in NKI format for NI Kontakt).

Please note that you’ll need to join Wavesfactory on Facebook in order to get the freebie drum samples. You can also skip the Facebook middleman and send an email to Wavesfactory to get the download link.

The Old Tape Drums sample library features 6 velocity layers and 6 round robin layers per articulation. The included samples come from a Ludwig Vistalite acoustic drum kit which was recorded with a lo-fi tape recorder. A Lite version of the kit which is provided inside the download pack, and the full version of NI Kontakt is absolutely required in order to play this virtual instrument.


TG Mastering Pack Presets

Posted in Plug Ins, VSTi Presets with tags , , , , on January 3, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

I’ve been meaning to make these presets available for a long time. They are so f’ing awesome and I should charge for the download, but then I said to myself, I said: “Self… you should give these away”.

And then I did. So here is what you get in this bundle of awesomeness:

  1. Acoustic Guitar 1
  2. Acoustic Guitar 2
  3. Acoustic Piano 1
  4. Acoustic Piano 2
  5. B3 Organ Warmer
  6. Drum Overhead 1
  7. Drum Overhead 2
  8. Drum Overhead 3
  9. Drum Overhead 4
  10. Electric Bass 1
  11. Electric Bass 2
  12. Electric Bass 3
  13. Hi Shelf Brightness
  14. Lo Shelf Boost
  15. Master Mix 1
  16. Master Mix 2
  17. Master Mix 3
  18. Master Mix 4
  19. Percussion Claves
  20. Rhodes 1
  21. Rhodes 2
  22. Vox Backing 1
  23. Vox Backing 2
  24. Vox Female
  25. Vox Male

Grab them all here then send me an email and thank me at

One more thing- do not re-distribute or sell these presets. And don’t be an a**hole by uploading these to some shite pirate/torrent site.

Peace and Music,

The Buddha Rats

Memphis Slapback Vocal Delay

Posted in Plug Ins with tags , , on March 30, 2013 by The Buddha Rats

MemphisI went looking for a simple slapback delay plug awhile back and found Memphis. I know there are other plugs around that are more versatile, and are coded for 64bit, but this little plug does the job very well.

It was designed by a company called Kubtos that no longer exists, so you will have problems finding it. But then that’s why I’m The Man and providing a link to it here free of charge.

Publisher’s description:

Memphis is simple a fixed delay locked in at 115 milliseconds. Why fixed and why 115 miliseconds? Well Memphis is designed to be a quick way to get a rockabilly sound. Ya, know the slap back of early Elvis. Back then Ampex tape machines were really all there was to record. The echo was created by the use of the record and playback head which just happened to be 1.5″ apart. The tape moved at 15 inches per second so it took the tape about, you guessed it, 115 millisecond to travel between the heads. Many of those songs sync up nice to the 115 milliseconds and they did not even have a sync to host button or even a host for that matter. It sounds pretty good on vocals of any type. The color scheme was a adopted form the Sun record label in Memphis.

Suggester – Chord Progression Tool and Musical Scale Reference

Posted in Plug Ins with tags , , on May 11, 2012 by The Buddha Rats

I found this great app through the “genius” function on my phone. It’s been super helpful, and I’m looking forward to using this more for writing, brainstorming, and working through dryspells.

Suggester, by Mathieu Routhier,  is a tool to assist in the creation of songs and chord progressions. This app will help you find chords that work together. It is efficient and fun; use it to build musical phrases that will carry emotion through tension and release.

Simply touch a chord to hear how it sound like. Press the play button to hear the chord progression sequentially and adjust the playback speed.

You can work either forward or backward:
FORWARD – Pick a scale, then build your song from the chords that the app suggests. That`s the quickest way to assemble chords that are compatible.
BACKWARD – From the catalog, pick a set of chords that you like. The app will tell you what scales it matches with. After you have selected the scale you want to use, the app can tell you what chords will fit in with the ones you entered before. That is extremely useful in jam sessions!

When you`re satisfied, save your experimentations for later reference. Export them by email.

In the free version, some of these features are locked. Reach full productivity by purchasing a Full Unlock. You only need to buy it once for all your devices. To unlock your purchase on another device, select “Restore Purchases” in the Options.

Included with the app:
Scale Types : Major (Ionian), Minor (Aeolian), Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Locrian and Whole Tone.
Chord Types : Major triad, Minor triad, 6th, 7th, 9th, minor 6th, minor 7th, minor 9th, Major 7th, diminished, augmented, add9, suspended 2nd, suspended 4th, minor add9, 7th suspended 2nd, 7th suspended 4th.

Additional features:
– Supports device rotation.
– Optimized for Retina Display.
– Compatible with iPhone and iPad.

If I Had To Choose only 5

Posted in Gear, Plug Ins, VST Instruments and EQ's on March 25, 2012 by The Buddha Rats

I posted this in the Reaper Forum responding to someone’s post asking which plug ins would we choose if we had to use only 5. I separated the eq/comp plugs from instruments, so I’ll list 5 and 5.

1. TG Mastering Pack (everything I need in an eq)
2. Breeze Reverb (the best and most CPU friendly around)
3. Nomad Factory LM-662 compressor (it doesn’t sound like a Fairchild, but I like it)
4. Waves Kramer MPX tape sim
5. Ozone (great for the final spit and polishing)

1. G10 Goya Nylon Guitar (from 1964, not those crappy Martin-built Goyas)
2. Martin HD-28V (there’s no finer steel string)
3. Piano in Blue sample set (Kontakt based, and great sounding)
4. Addictive Drums (any type if kit you could ever want can be made. Get the Indie Kit- it’s amazing)
5. Fender Jazz Bass (because you gotta have some bottom end holding all together)

It was tough to choose on the instrument side of things. I would definitely miss having my electric guitars, but I’ve got my lead guitarist to lean on for that.

What would you choose?