Thursday, April 23, 2015

Free DSI Pro-2 Instruments

As a bonus for the release of my new EP - "Weeble" - I've put together a collection of Simpler patches from one of the synths I used on the EP, the Dave Smith Instruments Pro-2

For those who aren't up to speed on the Pro-2, it's Dave's latest monophonic synthesizer, based on the Prophet 12 architecture - but with new features like paraphonic mode, an Oberheim SEM style state-variable filter, and loads of modulation amenities. Here's my full review for Keyboard Magazine.

Several of the patches are based on existing Pro-2 presets, a few are heavily tweaked.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Free Novation Bass Station II Instruments

A few months back, I reviewed the Novation Bass Station II for Keyboard Magazine. As modern analog synths go, the BSII packs a lot of analog power into a small footprint. So while I had it in my studio, I couldn't resist snagging a few samples of it to share with everyone.

For those who aren't up to speed on the Bass Station II, it's a dual-oscillator analog monosynth with a sub-oscillator and tons of nifty filtering modes, along with a nasty little distortion. As the name implies, it excels at bass, so that's the focus of this new pack.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

"Glow Ballz" - Now available on Beatport

My first release in two years - a collab with Matt Lange, called "Glow Ballz" just arrived on Beatport today via Academik Records.

Here's the link.

If you're a fan of my free presets and loop packs, please take a moment to check "Glow Ballz" out and if you dig it,  buy it :)


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Free Moog Sub Phatty Ableton Instruments

Moog's Sub Phatty (the basis for their new Sub 37, incidentally) takes their Phatty engine and adds a sub-oscillator and new "Multidrive" circuits that are capable of some really in-your-face sounds.

Since I've been using it for close to a year, I figured it was time for another round of Moog-based Simpler patches. Because the Multidrive is so unique and the extra sub-oscillator adds textural complexity, I focused on those for this pack.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

"Glow Ballz" Arrives on Beatport: February 11, 2014

My new collab with Matt Lange, "Glow Ballz", arrives tomorrow - February 11 - exclusively on Beatport.

Here's a sneak preview on YouTube.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Korg Volca Beats Loop Pack

I just reviewed the new Korg Volca Series for Keyboard Magazine and the full report will be coming in the March 2014 issue. Until then, let's just say I'm quite taken with the Volca Beats groove box. Sooo… 

Since these analog babies are backordered, well, everywhere, I figured it might be a cool idea to post a loop pack for y'all.

To keep things useful and interesting, I mixed up the pack with some full grooves, some kick/snare patterns, some hats and some top percussion loops.

Everything is 24-bit/44.1 and all loops are two bars long. I even did a bit of multiband compression and limiting, so they're good to go.

Also, it's worth mentioning that every loop is 123 BPM, because house.

You can download it all here:

Francis Prève's Volca Beats Loop Pack

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Free Prophet 12 Ableton Instruments

Dave Smith's Prophet 12 is one of the most buzzworthy keyboards of 2013. It's arguably the deepest analog-hybrid polysynth ever released - and since all of my previous packs have used single note samples, I decided to create a pack entirely from chord stabs.

Because chord stabs are all the rage with the kids these days.

I'm also breaking with tradition and including twelve presets instead of the usual six. See what I did there?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Free Korg MS-20 Ableton Instruments

Korg's MS-20 Mini has quickly become one of the biggest synths of 2013. Maybe even THE biggest synth of 2013.

With its full-figured filters and a semi-modular approach to sound design, the MS-20 has a sound that's so beefy and unique that it's earned a very special place in my studio.

Having tinkered with it for the better part of the summer, I figured it was time for another six-pack of Simpler patches. Since the MS-20's filters are so distinctive, I focused on their sound as the basis for these presets.

The MS-20 instruments in the file are as follows:

Ring Fizz - Combining the MS20's ring mod (using a major third interval) with super-resonant filters resulted in this nasty patch. Check out the freaky aliasing in the top octaves.

Reso Square - I tuned the filters to match the square wave oscillators, which added a light quiver to the overall tone.

Res Saw Interval - Interval tuning on a pair of sawtooth oscillators, again with the resonance cranked for additional harmonic emphasis.

Noise Square - Using the MS20's patch bay, I modulated the filter cutoff with some white noise. Dirty.

Filter Frenzy - With the filter resonance adding some "ghost" tones, I dropped one of the oscillators by an octave to increase the low-end content. For some serious boom, lower the cutoff frequency on this Simpler patch.f

Detuned Pulse - A pair of pulse waves detuned with the lowpass open and the highpass subtly boosting the lows.

As usual, the instruments are in default mode, with filtering, LFOs and envelopes off, so you can use them as starting points for your own sounds.

With all of the modulation and detuning going on, looping was a challenge, so I took longer samples to capture the character a bit more accurately

Here's the Ableton Live file containing the presets.

(compatible with Ableton Live 8.1.5 and higher)

Note 1: If you like any of these sounds and want to keep them for future tracks, just click the little save button in the upper right corner of the Simpler and add it to your library (it will copy the waves too).

Note 2: If you don't use Ableton and just want the C3 samples, you can download the file and fish the waves out of the "Samples" folder, then use them in your DAW or sampler of choice.