Software &


Sounds & Samples


All of the sounds and samples we use live here: Resources 

This folder contains drums, orchestral samples, loops, songs to sample, and impulse responses for convolution reverbs. Download what you want.


Steps for installing sounds on your computer:

1. Make a folder on your C drive called "Resources"

2. Place any sounds you want access in Ableton in this folder. (I like to organize my resources folder into sub-folders like "Drums", "Orchestral", "Songs to Sample",


3. In Ableton, under "Places" in the browser sidebar, click "Add Folder", navigate to the "Resources" folder from step 1 and click "OK"​



Here are links to some of the software we use at HTEC Audio.

  • Ableton Live: Our DAW of choice in the HTEC audio production program. 

  • TAL-NoiseMaker: A great-sounding and easy to use synthesizer based on classic analog subtractive synthesizers.

  • synister: Another great-sounding and easy to use synthesizer with a modern interface.

  • VSCO2 Rompler: This is an orchestral VST instrument that has a ton of instruments built into it. 

  • Melda Production MFreeFXBundle: This is a collection of handy free plugins. Included is an Autotune-style plugin that we use a lot. When you install it, make sure you select MFreeFXBundle rather than all the plugins.

  • TX16Wx: This a sampler that will play samples in SF2 format.

How to install VST plugins on a Windows computer


1. Make a folder on your C drive, under the Program Files folder and call it "VSTplugins". (I like to organize my VSTplugins folder into sub-folders like "Instruments", "Effects", etc..)

 2. Most plugins use an installation program that will guide you through the install process. Make sure you tell these programs to install your plugins in the folder from step 1. (Many of these programs will be compressed when you download them. This is indicated by a zipper in the icon. To uncompress a file or folder, right-click on it, choose "Extract All", and click "Extract" in the window that pops up. This will create a new uncompressed folder in the same directory as the compressed folder. 

3. The exception to step 3 is the VSCO2 Rompler - When you download it you will get a compressed folder. Right-click on that folder, choose "Extract All", and click "Extract" in the window that pops up. This will create a new folder called "VSCO2 Rompler - 64"in the same directory as the compressed folder. Move this entire folder to the "VSTplugins"folder you create in step 1.

4. In Ableton, open Preferences and under the "File Folder" tab, set "Use VST Plug-In Custom Folder" to "On" and set the VST Plug-In Custom Folder to the folder you made in step 1. (Ableton will only automatically search for VSTs upon startup - if you install a plugin while Ableton is running, you will not see until you either restart Ableton, or perform a "Rescan for Plugins" in Preferences under the "File Folder" tab.)