PLEASE NOTE THAT GUITARS AND NON-VIRTUAL GUITAR-RELATED ITEMS NOW RESIDE ON THE GUITAR RETROSPECTIVES PAGE.
THE NEW ENSEMBLETRON
December 2015: The Ensembletron is Planet Botch's newest VSTi, harking back to the days when string pads came from dedicated 'string machines'. This instrument has a rough-edged but attractive sound which will give your mixes both sparkle and depth, courtesy of a special three-stage Ensemble effect section. It's almost unprecedentedly simple to use, and it's available now from the Ensembletron String Synth page.
STOMP KING EFFECTS
The free Stomp King VST effects offer something a bit different.
CLASSIC H ORGAN
Here’s a brief demo of the Classic H VST organ – the two-manual tonewheel impersonator with selectable key-splits, which is now available for download here at Planet Botch. As you’ll hear if you click the SoundCloud stream below, it’s definitely got that sound. Other than a Latin preset beat sample I took from my old Yamaha PS-1, and some added outboard reverb and limiter, the recording is all Classic H…
MUTINY RETRO POLYSYNTH
The FreeST Mutiny is an old-style Polysynth, designed to create retro, analogue-type sounds. The kind of sounds keyboardists used in the days before MIDI. Have a listen to the demo below for a basic insight into the sound. All sounds except the drum beat come straight from the Mutiny, untreated...
OTHER VIRTUAL VST INSTRUMENTS FOR FREE DOWNLOAD
Now on Version 2 - the GutterSnipe appears in the range of Planet Botch's acclaimed, in-house virtual instrument creations.
Freeware VST plug-ins for your PC. You'll always hear about new FreeST and Stomp King releases first here at Planet Botch. Please read the disclaimers and download/installation details on the relevant pages...
- The Mutiny Polysynth (analogue-style retro-sounding synth with cool presets)
- Classic-H oldie Hammond-type organ with selectable key-splits
- Skanksta Organ with selectable key-splits
- The GutterSnipe (dirty rock organ with heavy overdrive and very retro sound)
- Free VST Organs Landing Page
- The VSTX3 Virtual Organ (analogue 'clonewheel' replica)
- The Rawgan Virtual Organ/Synth Hybrid
- The Nash Virtual Organ (oldie home organ tones)
- The VSTV2 Virtual Organ (classic 1960s model)
The Stomp King virtual pedals. More cool freeware from Planet Botch.
- Main Stomp King Landing Page
- Stomp King SK-1 Vibrato virtual FX pedal
- Stomp King SK-2 Sympho virtual FX pedal
- Stomp King SK-3 F-Cycle vrtual FX pedal
- Stomp King SK-4 Anacho virtual analogue delay pedal
- Stomp King SK-5 GuitarAmp virtual FX unit
- Stomp King SK-6 Ro-Tube Rotary Speaker Simulator
- Stomp King SK-7 Vintage Type Dual Chorus virtual FX pedal
- Stomp King SK-8 Jet Flange virtual FX pedal
REAL INSTRUMENT & MUSICAL DEVICE RETROSPECTIVES
Looking back through time at some of the most interesting musical instruments and products. These are the appraisals you'll never find on ebay or any other sales-focused sites. If you want to hear a sales pitch, this is not the place. But if you want an honest opinion, the links below will provide what you need. All of the products are appraised on personal experience. There are no assumptions or secondhand notions.
- How Much Is My Guitar Worth?
- Vintage Guitars - Prices Set To Crash?
- Original 1930s HMV Model 102 Gramophone
KEYBOARDS AND MODULES
- The Korg 05R/W Synth Module: Review and Retrospective
- What Was The First Digital Piano?
- The Ensoniq Mirage: Sampling Revolution
- Early '80s Mini Keyboards: Kitsch Cool or Junk?
- The Classic Yamaha DX Synths: A 1980s Revolution
- The Korg 707 Synthesizer
- The Arrival of the Roland D50 Synthesizer
- The Yamaha CS1x Control Synth of 1996
- The Original Yamaha DX7 Digital Synthesizer
- 1996 Korg Prophecy Solo Synth
- Korg X5 Synthesizer
- 1980s Rhodes MK-60 Digital Piano
- 1982 Yamaha Electone A55 Home Organ
- 1980 Bontempi B370 Dual Manual Home Organ
- Vox Continental Super II Twin Manual Organ
- Early '80s Korg CX3 Analogue Organ
- 1996 Hammond XM1 Organ Module
- Alesis NanoPiano (1997)
- The House Piano Sound Explained
- Cheetah Musical Instruments: Cheaper The Better?
- The Vesta Fire 4-Track Tape Multitrackers
- The Joy of SoundFonts
- The Fostex DCM100 and MixTab (1992): MIDI Control for Analogue Mixing
- Music Software - What We Did Before The Internet
- The Fostex R8 - Time Code Magic
- Looking Back at the Portastudio
- Tascam Porta-05 Ministudio (1987)
- Revisiting the Dell Optiplex GX110 PC
- The Alesis MIDIFEX - Sound of the '80s
- The MIDIman SmartSync - How a MIDI to tape sync worked
- Recalling 1980s Audio Cassette Tapes
- The Zoom Studio 1201 and Predecessors
- Alesis NanoCompressor (1996)
- Alesis NanoVerb (original 1996)
- 1992 Kawai Q55 Hardware Sequencer
- 1994 80486 PC MIDI Setup