Colour Coded by Soup

Here’s the first track of the album I mentioned in a recent post. It’s called Colour Coded, from the album called “Album” by Soup. Soup are, amongst others, Andy Whitaker and Oz Cooper, from Manchester in the UK.

There’s also a review of the album in SIC Magazine here…..

Soup Abum Review





Old VST plugins #1

I’m in the middle of putting together some new tunes. Just some outines, really, but  I’m also trying to get better on the production-side of things, however I’ve been getting frustrated with the endless choice of VST plugins, and and other instruments and FX, having to work out how I can use them in my productions. It got me thinking that when I first started making music on a computer, there seemed to be not many free plugins, which restricted my choice in what to use. I used to download a few free plugins, test them, and use them wisely and with some sort of restraint. Now I wonder, whatever happened to those old plugins. I thought I’d look to see if any websites rescued them and if I can still find them. So, here are some of those site and some of the plugins they’ve rescued….

Moderato / Alexander Blu

screen shot of Moderato website







On Moderato / Alexander Blu’s website I found lots of old classic plugins, some of which I haven’t seen updated, and some of which have been succeeded by more complicated and complex updates. To me, the old ones are the best!

Some of the plugins I found are:

Basslane 1.2

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Basslane VST

From the website: Regain tightness in the bottom of your mix by keeping kick drums and bass lines centered in the stereo field. •  Drum tracks mixed from multiple sources, or processed with delay, reverb etc will often sound “messy” if the kick drum isn’t centered.

Download Basslane 1.2 (1.32MB)

Camel Phat Free

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Camel Phat Free

I’m sure I prefer this original version of Camel Phat. Just three controls! It features a great compressor and distortion with one incredibly easy to use interface. Its great for use on drums, bass and just about anything else that needs fattening up!

Download Camel Phat Free (79KB)

Blueline Plugin Pack

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Blueline Plugin Pack

One of the first plugins I used, probably about 10 years ago! The plug-ins contained are: BluePhaser, BlueFlanger, BlueChorus, BlueDelay, BlueMultiTap, BlueParamEQ, BlueFilter, BlueGate, BlueCompressor, BlueReverb, and BlueStereo. I’m not sure if they work in Windows 7 and 8….

Download Blueline Plugin Pack (1.84 MB)

I’ll post links to more “old vst plugins” soon….

Album by Soup

Some friends of mine, Andy Whitaker and Oz Cooper, have a new album out now. Released in November 2014, the album is intriguingly called “ALBUM” and the band is called “SOUP”. Influences and sounds ranging from psychedelic to indie, pop, and heartfelt emotion are all on the album. From the first track, “Colour Coded”, with it’s eastern intro, to just an acoustic guitar, synths, the album has it all. It’s well worth a listen. The album cover is intriguing too. A few of us were invited to a photoshoot for the cover pic, and were asked to bring along out favourite album covers. So, while you listen to “Album”, you can play a “guess the cover” game…..!!!

Album by Soup is out now on all good download sites, including iTunes:

Soup – Album: Guess the album cover!



Salford Streets Homelessness Charity Album

Salford Streets album cover
Salford Streets album cover

I’m proud to be involved in a compilation album called “Salford Streets” which aims to draw attention to the plight of the homeless, and raise valuable funds for the Emmaus facility in Salford, UK. The album features new music from 35 bands and musicians from Salford and surrounding areas of Manchester, Bolton, and further afield, and included my track “Half Past One“.  It only cost £3.00 for the whole album, so please support this great cause by downloading it here:

Salford Streets – buy the album here