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Input Monitor
Reviewed By coolout
August 22nd, 2022

This is a great free utility if you use monitor calibration software like Sonarworks Sound ID, enabling you to use the calibration on live audio input without needed to route it through a DAW. I can keep this utility running all the time as I work with my hardware, insuring that I'm getting the most neutral sound out of my speakers and headphones. This saves time as I'll need to do less corrective mixing and referencing later on.

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Astralis Baby Bion
Reviewed By gwenmollo
October 22nd, 2021

What an amazing little Vst. I use it on some tracks, it's only VST 32 but I still use it in 2021 (with studio one) ...

Good for strange sound. The interface is not easy, but the presets is useable .

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Essence for TAL Bassline 101
Reviewed By Eanna
March 10th, 2021

Best synth preset pack for this great synth. And probably the most useful synth preset pack out there, bar none.

Gorgeous sounds, but exceptional presets that use the sequencer. Send a single sustained MIDI note in, get some brilliant sequenced sounds out. Bassline 101 sends MIDI out, so send the MIDI out from a great sequence from this pack to another synth (Repro from u-he is a wonderful companion), and you have an instant moment of sonic pleasure.

Trust me on this one.

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Midi Looper for Kontakt
Reviewed By David
July 19th, 2019

I'm a big fan of MIDI FX and devices (arps, sequencers, randomizers, transposers, etc.), and have bought pretty much everything in these categories from HGSounds, thanks to their very generous Group sales, which includes a ton of fascinating Kontakt-scripted MIDI FX; they're all delightful, musical, and OTT deep with well thought-out features. This is right in that category, but at the same time completely different, as this one only MANIPULATES and VARIES MIDI content that the user supplies; it doesn't GENERATE it from scratch. So far, this has meant that the MIDILooper, for me, is the most fun of ALL the HGS MIDI offerings. It's the one that feel most like a performable instrument and least like a machine I simply set in motion and tweak a few parameters while it rolls along. I LOVE IT! Thank you, Andrew [the HG dev].

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As all the great stuff from Homegrown sounds it really lives from the.

great and musically usefull randomizers for nearly any of the functions.

and on different levels (whole instrument, pattern, line....). This way.

you get great results in short time by just using the randomizers without.

really understanding whats going on :-). As it is sometimes not so easy.

to get evrything these complex maschines can do this is really a good.

starting point to get into it.

This one is - within the ALL very special libraries from Homegrown sounds.

- special in the way that it combines a great melodic/harmonic sequencer.

with a drum sequencer in one instrument. So to make it short: feed some.

chords in, hit the randomizers till you get something to your liking and.

you have kind of a nearly complete accompaniement sketching track :-). Of.

course this works great together with already existing track to, for.

example to give them rhythm/pulse to a pad or whatever. And the results.

are really sounding great with a special "vibe" :-).

Another important thing for me and different from some of the other.

libraries: it is not based on loops but on waves (it is a kind of.


What I had to admit: if you REALLY want to understand this beast and tame.

it you have to take some time. But once you get into it you are ready for.

all the other great Homegrown sounds libraries cause the principles are.

similiar (came from the same genious mind :-)).

Little hint: there is actually a group buy going on till march 17 2019.

where you can get LOTS of stuff for really cheap, worth to have a look .

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Shimmer for Bazille
Reviewed By mclstr
August 3rd, 2017

I found lots of inspiration from this.

Lot's of good original uses of Bazille's features by someone who seems to really knows how to tweak it.
It really shows off the benefits of Bazille's modular approach.

I learned a few new tricks by studying the patches.

One unusual feature that I really appreciated is the fact that most of the patches are lean on the CPU usage. It is very easy to max out the CPU with Bazille, but I had no issue with any of these patches.

It is especially good for soundtrack/atmospheric styles, but I can see a lot of use in many styles of music.

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Reviewed By grooveartist
November 30th, 2012

Just installed and poked around a bit. In a short time, I was able put to use in a sequence (FL Studio is my primary platform). With one track playing a melodic sequence and the Homegrown ARP track sent to the same synth via MIDI out, I had a nice "more complex" melody being generated. By simply toggling in the ARP on such controls as "latch", 'hold" and "polyphonic" ("muters" was the default selection in the patch I chose), I was able to very easily generate some very nice melodic variations.

Would lend itself nicely to live playing with controller buttons mapped to the ARP controls.

I may come back and rate it higher later. I gave it an "8" initially as I was able to get some fun results with not much effort. Downside is "lack of a manual or tutorial video" ... but the ARP VST is inexpensive. I may "up my rating:" later with more exploration. I only touched about 5% of it's features. This could potentially be a "10" in compositional variation value for this price range.

The demo version is fully featured, but times out after 30 minutes per session.... so anyone can try it out to see if it fits into your "melodic toolkit" before you buy.

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I bought BM a couple of month back in a special promotion and i don't think a day has passed since then that i haven't used it.

I love it! Sorry but it has to said. For percussion tracks it's fantastic. The full version ships with a lot of sample content which i'm slowly working my way through but that's what the randomizers are for! But generally it's very good. It's actually a very mouse friendly plugin and as much a i try to avoid using the mouse this is one plugin where i enjoy it, BM feels like a natural extension. I think part of the reason is that small changes can achieve quite radical results.

One of the other things that makes Bm unique imo is the master fx; you can set or disable the fx for each track independently and the master fx will affect each track relative to it's value so if drive is disabled on track one when you adjust the master drive control it will be unaffected but the tracks that have drive will be affected in varying amounts depending on the amount applied to each track so you will often get unexpected results and that's part of BMs appeal; it's unpredictable. It's also extremely light on the cpu considering all the fx and functionality it has built into it. The compressor is excellent for adding some punch to the drums and the soundscaper is great for adding some space and ambience. This is one plugin where the fx work really well on drums and percussive material. Then you also have a flanger,delay, mod sequencer, lfo, gapper and noise gate. Each of the fx have several functions and a randomizer. In fact just about everything has a randomizer! So again very easy to use with a mouse.

The built in recorder is really useful and perfect if you just want to build up some samples for your library or jam out some beats. Whatever you record is categorized by tempo and date stamped so if your like me and do a lot of recording this is invaluable as you can record multiple takes and have all the samples waiting to be used afterwards. One of the great things is taking those samples afterwards and combining then together to create more complex loops, or chopping them up and using them as hits or short percussive loops. You could create complete drum tracks this way and of course using the samples will save on cpu. I don't use third party samples as much any more as i can pretty much create all the percussive stuff i want with BM. it's my one stop shop. :)

Black Magic can be used in several different ways. The most interesting (so far!) is pitched mode where the samples can be pitched across two octaves. I tried this out with a bass drum and was able to create a really nice bass line. I then layered it with an sampled instrument on another track and it sounded great. It would be great if you could disable the pitch mode on certain tracks so that hihats etc weren't affected by the changes in pitch.

You can also improvise live with it triggering the tracks via keys and record the output via midi or audio or you can play it as a kit like a standard drum sampler. It's very 'playable' and very much an instrument in it's own right.

So it's an extremely versatile and powerful drum machine/sampler with more than a few tricks up it's sleeve. I'm still finding new ways of using it and i haven't even loaded my own samples into it yet. It is a great source of inspiration and creativity. The fx are great and big part of what gives BM it's sound. The filters are very nice and the drive is perfect for dirtying up your drums. Not to mention the lofi mode. Oh, and did i mention the humanize and swing functions? ;)
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Midi Looper - increase steps?
by manymanyhaha at 21 Jul 2023, 14:59
aborted no waws assigned
by Astralp at 5 Jul 2023, 00:16
Anybody try this one out?
by bungle at 26 Oct 2022, 06:44
by rollasoc at 4 Sep 2022, 23:51
by nordickvr at 31 Jul 2022, 06:37
Anything like Sub51 Drop Pad?
by Philip J at 5 Feb 2022, 05:38
Kosmology looping prob?
by gnosis123 at 26 Jan 2022, 16:40
content and factory patch windows blank
by PajKVR at 10 Dec 2021, 22:00
How to output midi from Kontakt.
by JSBach1685 at 8 Dec 2021, 08:32
more Homegrown threads
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Tanagra and Darmok
by aMUSEd at 15 Nov 2021, 01:14
vst manuals
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