Ecco the Dolphin – Timeless Ocean [Tribute Album]

Pixel Mixers community is proud to present “Ecco the Dolphin – Timeless Ocean“, a tribute about to the music from the 4 Ecco games (Ecco the Dolphin, Two Tides, Ecco Jr, Defender of the Future).

You can download the full album (28 tracks) for free by clicking on this picture =>

Timeless Ocean Wallpaper

Or directly with this link: http://www.mediafire.com/file/8xrp1acijmel9hn/Pixel_Mixers_-_Timeless_Ocean_%255BEcco_the_Dolphin%255D.zip/file

This album features 28 tracks by 30 musicians from the Pixel Mixers community.
Clocking in at almost 2 hours long, this is possibly the most coherent work we have ever done, both in terms of quality and musical style!
With the original music containing such a strong identity, people really went for that specific Ecco vibe with lot of synth, chill and surprising arrangements!

And guess what? You can listen to it directly on Youtube!

 

You can also vote for your favourite songs of album!
=> https://www.strawpoll.me/18532062

And a huge THANK YOU to every one one of you who downloaded this album ūüėÄ

– Project Director: Hashel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcpg…
– Artworks: OzoneOne https://twitter.com/0zone0ne
– Album Mastering: Dacian Grada https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVDk…
– Video Animation: NyxTheShield https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9QB…

Check our 25 previous free VGM Tribute Albums: https://pixel-mixers.com/2018/04/08/pixel-mixers-albums-list/

FREE VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS ‚Äď ORCHESTRA II: BRASS

Haave you ever been in need of that heroic horn sound, or that uplifting  trumpet section in one of your tracks? And have you needed it while being poor? Lucky you (well, not for the poor part) there are some solution to still have that brass section in your track for free!

Same as for our article on free strings, we are going to divide the instruments on our list into two categories: one is the category of absolutely free instruments, the other is for instruments that are free if you already own Native Instrument’s Kontakt.

Already cited in our previous article, here are all the esemble patches as last time:

VIRTUAL PLAYING ORCHESTRA BY PAUL BATTERSBY

Virtual Playing Orchestra has a brass section too. Copy-pasting from the said article, VPO is a free collection of orchestral instruments made putting together all the best free orchestral samples. The library is in .sfz format, so it runs on Sforzando (also free) and offers all sort of articulations and dynamics controls (not on all the patches, but on all those for which matter).

VSCO2 COMMUNITY EDITION BY VERSILIAN STUDIOS

VSCO 2 Community Edition (CE) is an open-source, open-ended subset of the main VSCO 2 library. These samples have been widely used and you can find them in multiple formats, such as VSTi/AUi, NKI, sfz, RMI and more. 

I know it’s not much, but if you have¬†Kontakt, you can up your game a little bit.

Again, let’s get the two full orchestras of last time first:

SKETCHING CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Sketching Chamber Orchestra is a collection of Kontakt instruments built by some big names in the Kontakt Scripting community using the samples from VSCO2. If you own Kontakt and nothing else, this will get you started, and bring you very far.

PALETTE PRIMARY COLORS BY RED ROOM AUDIO

Last on this list, Palette ‚Äď Primary Colors is the free version of the bigger Palette Orchestral Series. ¬†It features¬†strings, woodwinds, and brass ensembles with a limited set of articulations,¬†3 dynamic layers¬†and up to¬†7 round robins for a total of 1.3GB of samples. Even though this does not offer individual sections, this is a gorgeous tool, and a free one.

BRASS COLLECTION BY ALPINE PROJECT

This one is a decent alternative to VPO, has received a nice rework lately and features the instruments both in “normal” and muted versions. Especially useful if you plan to layer many different samples to get a bigger sound.

VAN HOUZEN TRUMPET BY KURT LANDRE

Get ready, this one is a treat. Van Houzen Trumpet is a delicious solo trumpet with plenty of character. Scripted vibrato, legato and articulations will allow it to sit naturally in many contexts and get a lot of fun out of it!

ANGRY BRASS BY PERFORMANCE SAMPLES

Last – but definitely not least – for today is Angry Brass by Performance Samples. Do you know complicated GUIs, knobs, buttons and switches? Forget all that, because the interface you will be presented with is the most simple and straight-forward you can think of, and an engine behind the scenes will take care of performance for you.

Brass are especially tough to sample and program, so it’s not surprising to see few freebies in this area. Nonetheless, I can personally vouch the instruments in this list are will serve you well if you know how to take the best out of them.

Nothing more to say at this point, see you soon with another freebie list!

July’s Top 5 Up-Voted Covers

Here are the top 5 covers which received the most upvotes on the VGCover/subreddit during July 2019

  • 1st) psycosulu – Final Fantasy VII – Jenova and Birth of a God Mashup

 

  • 2nd) Andrew Van Vlear – Super Mario Land – Main Theme/Birabuto Kingdom (Gypsy Jazz Cover)

 

  • 3rd) jmabate- Final Fantasy IX – Ambush Attack
    This cover was also featured on our Final Fantasy IX Album Beyond the Mist

 

  • 4th) Orchestral Fantasy – Final Fantasy VI – The Decisive Battle

 

  • 5th) Eric L. & Friends – Pokemon GSC – Battle! Champion
    This cover is from Eric’s event Marathon Mode where he uploaded a new cover everyday! You can view the full playlist here


Thanks for voting for your favourite covers in July and hopefully we’ll see plenty of new people in next month’s top 5. Be sure to check out all of the artists on the list and to browse the subreddit for more artists