Q+A with VST developer Alan Hinton.

We recently had a chat with developer whiz Alan Hinton, the mastermind behind  BIGROOMKIXSYNTH, a free VST plugin that lets you create amazing drum sounds without any samples.

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Q:
Hi Alan, Why make another kick drum Synth, surly the market has enough of them right now, with the likes of Nicky Romero / Sonic Academy, Big Kick and so on.

A:
Hey, yeah theirs loads of existing Kick VSTi out their at the moment but the word “Synth” is the key part of BigroomkixSYNTH, I have tried the VSTi you mentioned but noticed they all use samples, embedded or loaded from disk to achieve the final results, so I set myself the challenge, more for personal use than anything else, to see if it could be done using synthesis alone. So the project was born and the result is what you see.

Q:
Why give it away for free, what’s the catch?

A:
Well to be honest, as I mentioned before, it was meant to be for personal use, but I realised I would much rather see others using it, and if that means making it free instead of slapping a 10 pound price tag on, then so be it. I did stick an intrusive DONATE button on the synth though, haha, but that’s in the hope I can gather some funds to develop it for Mac as its limited to windows at the moment.

Q:
What’s the master plan for the Synth?

A:
Their isn’t really a master plan, my hope is that some producers value the VSTi and spread it around and it gets well known enough for me to be pushed into making a version 2 with public input and ideas. If that doesn’t happen I’m happy either way.

Q:
Have you done anything like this before, what’s you background in VSTi?

A:
Well it’s more of a hobby for me, (making VSTi) I’ve done a Synth before via Cubic Audio – called, Proton, just a little bass thing great for all the 8 bit arcade stuff, I did some beta testing for LennarDigital at the start of Sylenth1 and over the years I’ve released LOTS of sample packs. But this time on Bigroomkixsynth it just kinda happened out of personal want. Me and Anthony Fairchild (music partner) were making Music in the Bigroom style so I geared a lot of the Presets towards that genre. He also helped a lot in testing the VSTi on other DAW’s, as did Tez Oneill and Paul Gilbert. So I’ll just take this chance to thank them again on the record ;).

Q:
Thanks for letting us in on this Alan. Is their anything else you want to add?

A:
Yes, I want to tell people to share share share, the Synth, make patches, send them to me, tell people about it. And thanks for your support.

You can get the Free Bigroomkixsynth VSTi at: http://hintonandfairchild.co.uk/bigroomkix-synth/