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Reader Taylor Martyr sends word of a new free Ableton Live instrument, The Whoosh Machine:

Hello! We’ve been visiting this site religiously for years, now we finally have some cool free goodies to offer the Synthtopia community:

Introducing the Whoosh Machine FREE Ableton Live Instrument by Sonic Faction. It can be downloaded for free from

At its core, Whoosh Machine has 10+ high quality analog white noise patches. The instrument is truly a one-stop whoosh shop featuring 8 filter types and a built FX rack with LFO, Sidechain Pumper, Delay and a massive Reverb. Simply drag and drop Whoosh Machine onto a track, play a note on your midi keyboard and start tweaking the filters to create huge, soaring risers and powerful, cascading descenders.

For those who just want to party, Sonic Faction took the liberty of creating pre-made whooshes at specific intervals like 2 Bar up, 4 bar down, 8 bar rise, etc. Simply drag and drop these clips from your Ableton library for instant, perfectly-timed whoosh madness.


  • High quality multi-sampled analog white noise
  • 8 filter types including LP, HP, BP, Vintage, Resonant
  • Built in FX Rack: LFO, Pumper, Delay, and massive Reverb
  • Includes custom made clips for drag/drop whoosh intervals

The Whoosh Machine is a free download from Sonic Faction. If you give it a try, let us know what you think of it!


Resident Advisor continues its new video series with a trip to the birthplace of techno, Detroit:

You can’t talk about electronic music without mentioning Detroit. The city’s DJs and producers birthed the genre we now call techno.

Detroit, however, has always had a creative streak, due in large part to the boom and subsequent bust of the auto industry. Quite simply, Detroit is a city of extremes, and its music reflects that. Detroit’s importance in the global electronic music scenes is often referred to in the past tense.

With the recent emergence of Kyle Hall and other young Detroit producers, however, it’s clear that a spark remains. When we visited, we found a number of artists with their eyes (and ears) firmly set towards the future. After our time there, it’s clear that Detroit will endure and innovate for years to come.

The short documentary offers fantastic images of the city and an interesting variety of perspectives on the city and its role in the world of electronic music.