Category: AU VST

The Prototypes – Top 3 Plugins, March

XFerr Serum

Used on every one of our tracks, its our go to synth now for everything bass and effects, Serums creator Steve Duda is a BOSS, when Serum was introduced it was still at the height of the Native Instruments Massive era, Serum came along and took all the nasty edges off the sound that massive inherently seemed to have and gave it a far fuller and bigger sound. We had already been fans of the free downloads from Steve & Xfer, the OTT and Dimension Expander in particular so to have these built into the synth is a real nice touch. Its modulation possibilities are endless and so easy to use workflow wise, and now being able to load it up as an effect is also wicked.

UVI Falcon

Opening up Falcon for the first time had me totally lost, It’s massively complex at first and doesn’t seem to make sense but after a while you get used to it and start to love it because it has no boundaries where designing sound is concerned.

Imagine Native Instruments Kontact and Serum had a complicated baby!? well (for me) this is it. Its relationship to Kontact is that it has that same basic feel when you open the instrument, its an empty instrument that has 16 patches, the difference is that within each of those patches you can have any combination of FM, Subtractive, Sample based, Granular, Analog, add modulations, effects and processors and much more and then you can do this another 15 times within the one instrument all triggered by separate midi channels!! I don’t know anything else I can do that on of that scale, not that I’ve ever maxed it out like that but its impressive and pretty forward thinking, the flip side to that is thats its deep….. however its worthwhile leaning it and the factory bank is really solid. Its been consistently used in our tracks since we’ve had it and if you only had enough money to get one synth I would say this is your best bet as its a sampler and a great all round synth and the Analog oscillator is ridiculously fat!

ArtsAcoustic Reverb

Along with a lot of production tools that we love using the ArtsAcousticReverb is the one plugin that really helps give sounds an organic consistency, weather we’re using it on a Bus for depth or more harshly as an all out lost in a cavern or gated reverbs etc.. it just sounds great. In particular opening up the modulation a little on it sounds great and the ‘type’ ‘room design’ ‘time design’ and ‘eq’ sections are just all nice and easy to use, you can really hear what each function is doing and tune it to suit the sound and tone your working with. I find many plugins these days ruin there primary function by being to complicated, at the end of the day we just want to write music, anything that stops you from being in that creative flow doesn’t last long in our studio, but this badboy has been at the centre of it for some years now and we’re still not board of it.

Also a big shout to Fabfilter ProQ2, Izotope Mastering, Native Instruments (Guitar Rig, Reaktor, Razor, Monark and self builds all get abuzed in the lab), U-He Diva also not forgetting the big dog Steinberg Cubase.

Tour Dates:

Wednesday 15th March: Betty’s, Wellington
Thursday 16th March: Oh One Eight, Christchurch
Friday 17th Match: Neck Of The Woods, Auckland
Saturday 18th March: Villa, Perth
Friday 24th March: Brown Alley, Melbourne
Saturday 25th March: Portugal Madeira Club, Sydney

Top 3 Plugins – Wehbba, Jan 2017


With releases on renowned labels like Tronic, Systematic, Bedrock, Soma and 2020Vision, we caught up with Wehbba before the start of his upcoming Australian tour to ask him about his current top 3 plugins


Native Instruments – Reaktor
This is everything anybody will ever need to make anything. And it does it better than almost anything else. Especially after they came up with the blocks concept, making it more streamlined to really use Reaktor as a modular synth or effects engine rather than as a puzzle. It sounds superb, expressive and is really an essential tool when I’m working on the road, but also gets a lot of use back in my studio.





Universal Audio – UAD Fatso Sr.

Ever since this little beast came out years ago it’s been my main compressor, saturator, and all round “problem solver”. Sure it’s not the only tool I use and UAD has many other incredible plugins, but this is great for everything, drums, bass, leads, vocals, and after using the hardware unit many times, I’m still very convinced this is one of the best plugin emulations ever made, it’s very hard to tell any difference, and with the Sr. version it beats the hardware in a lot of ways.




Audiorealism – ABL
I’ve tried many, but this is my favourite 303 emulation, and I’ve used a 303 in every track I’ve made since 2006, most of the time not in an obvious way, but it’s always there, and it’s an essential part of my sound. This thing sounds incredible, and once you run it through the usual 303 “enhancers” like distortion, chorus or delays, it really shines, and even though it’s not 100% the same as the real thing, it does an incredible job and sounds superb by itself.


You can catch him playing at the following Australian and NZ dates:
21st JanDarkbeat, Melbourne
25th JanGeisha, Perth
28th JanElectric Gardens, Sydney
28th JanRainbow Serpent Festival, Sydney
29th JanElectric Rush, Queenstown


This great Kontact Player Organ is avilable for FREE download until the 31st Dec.

The organ recorded appears to be a high-top Grand Salon Organ, dating from around the turn of the 19th century. It is played, as you might expect, by pumping the two foot pedals alternately, to force air through the reed mechanism. It requires some technique, and no small amount of effort to keep a strong, even tone from the instrument.