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 The Dreammachine by HG Fortune is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin.
The Dreammachine
Product The Dreammachine
Developer HG Fortune
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Type / Tags Synth (Hybrid)
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The concept of The Dreammachine is based on three synth layers with slow wave sequencing and sound modulations. Version 3 of The Dreammachine has gone polyphonic now and can be used as a synth too, so there are three basic ways to play the machine:

  1. Using the inbuilt Note sequencer and, if you like, play along.
  2. Hold a note and if you like play along or edit.
  3. Play the machine as 16-voice synthesizer with max. 6 oscs on one key.

In addition you can manually advance each part using MIDI keys/notes #24, #26, #28 and #29 plus #35 to advance synth parts simultaneously. As the Note sequencer is hard-linked to the Bottom/Low Part this one will be advanced too.

There are three parts: Bottom/Low (or Bass), Back/Mid (or Pad) and Sparkle/High for three basic layers of sound plus a OneShot part to throw in some additional highlights such as vocal phrases, percussive sounds or Sfx. Each part has got a 16-step sequencer for waveforms to be played in succession with the One Shot part having 32 steps. The Note sequencer has an option to play duophonic by adding a 2nd note (selectable in 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 semitones up). Also, Back/Mid and Sparkle Parts can be set in semitones from -12 to +12. This provides a very flexible means to set up sophisticated complex sound layers.

For convenience, the wave names are not only displayed at each seq step but also selectable from popup menus showing the names.

Of course the famous HG Fortune Lazy buttons are also present at each section or part (Pro version only).

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Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By HiEnergy
April 29, 2010

HG Fortune The Dreammachine 3 is a combination of a sophisticated algorithmic sequencer, a sample-based synthesizer with an extensive modulation section (several different types of LFOs, step sequence mod, XY mod) and a huge sample library.
The Dreammachine 3 allows you to produce complete ambient tracks, music beds, moods and accompaniments on its own. Musical contexts (progression) are created using the algorithmic sequencer, different samples per section and one-shot atmosphere and spoken interjections give the tracks structure and diversity, the complex modulation system makes for ever-changing sounds that successfully mask their sample-based origin and vary over time.

For further interaction there's a possibility to play parts via MIDI instead of the built-in sequencer.

The accompanying documentation PDF is very detailed and clearly explains the features of this instrument.

The Dreammachine comes with lots of carefully selected samples and presets that you can just load, let play and enjoy. As there are lots of possibilities, the presets are a good starting point for creating your own "tracks".

I consider The Dreammachine a very good plug-in and fully recommend it.Read more


Discussion: Active
29 October 2012 at 3:09pm

First I have tested the free version, and liked it a lot. My Akai mpk49 responded well with the sliders and knobs. Now I have purchased the pro version, but can not set the sliders and knobs in my Akai mpk49, no reaction whatever I try.

Please help

Thanks Zymotic

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The Dreammachine

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