Beat Magazine issue #183 includes free copies of IK Multimedia’s Syntronik Bully and the Halls Of Fame 3 Studio reverb plugin with 1GB of impulse responses.
You can download a PDF copy of issue #183 from Producer Spot for €5.49 or subscribe via Plugins-Samples. A subscription gives you access to over 90 back issues and an assortment of freebies.
Bully is a Syntronik instrument modeled on the legendary Moog Taurus. The Moog Taurus is a pedal-based analog bass synth manufactured from 1975 to 1981. In 1981 the short-lived Taurus 2 came along, and 2010 saw the introduction of the Taurus 3, the last in the line. Bully brings together the sound of all three versions.
I’ve had Bully for quite some time already, and I think it’s a very faithful reproduction of the Taurus sound. Like many virtual instruments, it comes with additional flexibility that the original hardware doesn’t provide.
The Syntrontik interface is generally pretty easy to get around and surprisingly powerful. If the sound of the Taurus wasn’t monstrous enough, bring it into the Syntronik layers panel and create a whole new beast. Although, if that’s not your thing, you’ve got over 1GB of content and 100 presets.
Halls Of Fame 3 Studio from Beat and Best Service is a special edition of the powerhouse reverb plugin. The VST/AU plugin captures the essence of some genuinely iconic hardware reverb units that have become pro studio must-haves.
Halls Of Fame 3 Studio is a convolution reverb processor that offers more parameter controls than some convolution plugins typically do. The reverbs come from Lexicon, Bricasti, EMT, and TC Electronic and include presets found on the original hardware. It comes with over 1GB of exclusive High Definition Impulse Responses in 96kHz resolution.
The GUI is intuitive and straightforward, making it easy to tweak any important parameters. Although there are quite a few controls, the interface is nicely arranged and isn’t too clustered. I don’t yet have much experience with Halls Of Fame, but so far, it seems like the result of a painstaking and time-consuming recording/development process. So, I’m interested.
If you need some more, issue #183 also includes a SYNTHIA expansion pack for Zampler and Akai MPC. The expansion features 50 patches of the legendary (and now trendier than ever) EMS Synthi and VCS3. Never has the term portable synth been cooler than when describing the Synthi, a synth in a suitcase.
All in, you get a good read, a free mastering eBook, and 11GB of downloadable content.
Purchase: Beat Magazine #183 ($6.95 @ Producer Spot)