Archives: Virtual Instruments

This is the final installment  in our Nightlife VSTi virtual synth “how-to” series. We’ll talk about Nightlife’s super-fun-to-use modulation sequencers. If you don’t already have the super rad and super FREE Nightlife, download it HERE.

The modulation sequencers (“mod” sequencers, for short) allow all manner of tempo-synchronized mod madness (or unsynced, if you prefer). These include:

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Continuing with our Nightlife VSTi virtual synth series, in this entry we’ll talk about Nightlife’s filters and unique “vowel morph pad.” (And in case it wasn’t clear, Nightlife is FREE, get it HERE and send us a nice Christmas card!)

Not only does the filter section provide 15 different filter types, it lets you apply two of them independently (Nightlife’s three oscillators are routable to either filter signal path). The filter types include Moog-style 24db/octave ladder-type filters, Oberheim-style 12db/octave state-variable filters, vintage Roland TB-303 18db/octave more, in lowpass, highpass, bandpass flavors (and more!).

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In this installment we’ll talk about Mixcraft’s fabulous (and FREE, get it HERE) new Nightlife VSTi virtual synth. On the surface, Nightlife has a relatively standard oscillator>filter>amplifier–controlled–by–envelope generator synthesis architecture, but it has some unique tricks up its sleeve. In the coming weeks, we’ll check out the filter section and mod sequencers, but today we’ll talk about its multi–talented oscillators.

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Off The Beaten Path

By Mark Bliss


Hi everyone! My name is Mark Bliss, and I’m honored to be the guest blogger for this installment of Zeros & Ones!

When I began exploring DAW music production, my primary motivation was to learn how to create drum and backing tracks to jam to. My search for drum tracks that sounded more realistic than drums machines led me to Acoustica Beatcraft, and later to Mixcraft. I learned there were more ways to create drum tracks than I had imagined. While things can quickly become complex, there are fairly simple ways to achieve great sounding drum tracks.

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Stack ‘n’ Split!

By Mitchell Sigman


One of Mixcraft’s unique features is that it allows easy stacking of multiple virtual instruments on a single track. This lets you easily create the elaborate layered and/or split sounds usually associated with the “multi” or “combi” modes seen on workstation keyboards.

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