You can currently get Beat Magazine issue #182 for free, including 11 GB of downloads and more.
You can claim your free issue (English) by signing up for the Beat Magazine newsletter. For the German language issue, you’ll get more information from Falke Media.
As well as free downloads, Beat Magazine is packed with tutorials, reviews, interviews, and more. This particular issue features one of my current favorite synths on the cover; the UDO Super 6.
The 11GB software download features a couple of synths; Retromod LoFreq Wired by Tracktion and DS Audio’s monophonic Thorn Solo.
The magazine originally shipped with free copies of the Waves Codex synthesizer plugin, but the free license codes have been depleted in the meanwhile.
Tracktion sampled eleven pretty hardware synths for Retromod LoFreq Wired. The sampled synths range from 2009 to 2018, and it’s a pretty impressive list.
Here it is:
- MFB Kraftzwerg
- MFB Dominion 1
- Doepfer Dark Energy II
- AS Telemark V2
- Make Noise 0-Coast
- Antonus 2600
- Pittsburgh SV-1
- Arturia MiniBrute 2
- Dreadbox Erebus V3
- Behringer Neutron
- Moog Grandmother
Retromod LoFreq Wired is available for macOS, Windows, and Linux, in AU, VST, and AAX formats.
Thorn Solo is a three oscillator, monophonic synth with some interesting features, like the Glitch Sequencer. It offers abundant modulation options and effects that should be great for experimentation and modern sound design.
Thorn Solo is available for macOS and Windows in AU, VST2, VST3, and AAX formats.
Also included in the free downloads is the Ænigma expansion for Zampler and Akai MPC. The pack is a hybrid of a Gregorian choir and various synths. So, you get the powerful mystique of the choir with a modern twist from pads and leads. It’s an interesting mix, for sure.
UPDATE: Please note that the free Waves Codes licenses are no longer available.
More info: Beat Magazine #182 (free when you sign up via email)