Music Gear & Software

Bob Leggitt | |

Welcome to the Music Making landing page. This is currently your route to the FreeST and Stomp King ranges of free virtual instruments and effects for the VST environment, and retrospectives on real musical instruments from days gone by.

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…



Click here for the Classic-H Download Page



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...



Click here for the MUTINY POLYSINTH Download Page



OTHER VIRTUAL VST INSTRUMENTS FOR FREE DOWNLOAD


VST INSTRUMENTS



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...


VST EFFECTS


The Stomp King virtual pedals. More cool freeware from Planet Botch.


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.

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