DarkWave Studio v5.5.5
by ExperimentalScene
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Owned by user ExperimentalScene

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Last Updated: 2016-07-15
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Software Description

DarkWave Studio is a free modular virtual studio for the synthesis of electronic music. It has a built in pattern editor and sequencer. It allows you to load various machines such as virtual instruments and effects and connect them in a modular and straightforward fashion. DarkWave can load VST instruments and effects and it can also load machines using the DarkPlug API, which was custom made for DarkWave.

DarkWave natively supports both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) versions of Windows with native binaries compiled for each platform. The x86 and x64 versions can each only load plugins for that platform, i.e. the x64 version only loads 64-bit VST and DarkPlug plugins.

DarkWave supports multiple processors well, with an aggressively multi-threaded audio path that can utilise multiple CPU chips and/or cores. The program is perfectly suited for x86-64 systems with multiple cores such as the "Core 2 Duo" and "Core 2 Quad" processors by Intel and comparable processors by AMD.

The following plugins are included with DarkWave:

  • ES Audio Input - Allows For Input From Sound Card.
  • ES Arpeggiator - For Easily Playing Complicated Arpeggios With A MIDI Keyboard.
  • ES ControlChange Mapper - Map Control Change Events From One Index To Another.
  • ES MIDI Input - Play Instruments From A Music Keyboard.
  • ES MIDI Output - Sequence External MIDI Synthesizers.
  • ES Mixer - 8 Track Stereo Mixer With 2 Auxilary Tracks.
  • ES DGenR8 - Synthesize Drum Beats With Roland TR-909 Flavour.
  • ES BassHead - Top Notch Virtual Analog Subtractive Synthesizer.
  • ES SpatialVerb - Realistic Reverb Effects With The Smoothest Sound.
  • ES Stomp - Synthesize That Classic Techno Thumping Kick Drum.
  • ES AntiAlias - 32x Digital Oversampling Filter.
  • ES QuadDelay - For Trippy Echo Effects.
  • ES Distort - Basic Overdrive Distortion Effect.
  • ES Crunch - Limit Bits Per Sample Anywhere From 16 To 1 Bits.
  • ES StereoSplitter - Split An Input Stereo Signal Into Left And Right Output Mono Signals.
  • ES StereoJoiner - Combine Left And Right Input Mono Signals Into A Single Output Stereo Signal.
  • ES Scope - View Generated Waveforms In Realtime.
  • ES Control Monitor - View Control Messages.

Recent Changes


  • Improved font readability and rendering code for HD recorder tracks.


  • Fixed a bug causing installation to not work on some Windows XP systems.


  • Fixed a problem causing MIDI CC messages not being sent to VST instruments when controlling machine parameters with the Pattern Editor.


  • Added a new machine called ES Control Monitor. With this you can view control messages from MIDI input and other machines that output control messages.


  • Added a new machine called ES Scope for viewing generated waveforms in realtime.

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Really easy to use

Gosh, I like this program!

The small download didn't take long. A virus scan showed all was clean. Installation was a breeze (I heeded the warnings here and read the install dialogs, and deselected all the extra software).

Then I watched the Youtube tutorial, whilst repeating the actions in the program.

Now, just a few hours later, I have my own composition in the making, multiple tracks of repeating patterns, and it almost sounds like music - hey, I am not a musician or anything, I am gonna churn out a lot of rubbish before I start making gold. But the only thing that stands in the way is my ability. This program is so easy to learn and use that I won't be wasting time while struggling with the software.

If only all software was this easy.

OpenCandy Is Just AdWare - Don't Go Crazy!

Read The OpenCandy FAQ Before You Judge: http://opencandy.com/faqs/

Trojan in Installer

AdAware Antivirus detects a Trojan in the Installer. Trojan.Win32.Generic/BT in file DarkWave-Studio-Web-Setup.exe

Gotta be a real dumb f**k to be using this installer to distribute your software. No wonder they pay you a fee for their distributing their spyware.

Trojan in DarkWave

It is now April 17, 2013. Does DarkWave still have/install the trojan or any other malware?

We have removed DarkWave

We have removed DarkWave Studio from our special features on DAWs and Music Production Software.

We will make sure the developer hears about these concerns.


I have listened to the bad

I have listened to the bad feedback and so now DarkWave Studio no longer has any bundled adware in the installer as of version 4.7.0. neither OpenCandy (SweetLabs) and BetterInstaller (Somoto) are not included any more.

The installer cycles through

The installer cycles through various confusingly worded options, it is too easy to make a mistake that causes damage to browsers, and is a security hazard. Saying that these are 'optional' is not enough. The installer is designed to be confusing.

A company that uses tricks to insinuate it's way onto your computer and is designed to be very, very, very difficult to uninstall cannot be trusted not to add more serious malware/spyware to the computer.

You have made a great error of judgement taking money from these installer suppliers. It reflects very badly on you that you persist with it.


I'm still removing some of

I'm still removing some of the junk toolbar shit your f**king installer dumped in my PC.

It's a f**king nightmare.

You are a f**king idiot using this installer to distribute your program.

Thanks for nothing, asshole.

DarkWave Studio spyware

Downloaded it, the downloader seems to cycle through various irritating toolbars, took my ages to remove the toolbar crapware.

And then, when I come to run DarkWave Studio, the shortcut says '64-bit' and it won't run on my 32-bit machine!

So the installer installs working crapware but doesn't install the right program!

WTF? This installer is a f*****g lemon. And thanks for the crapware. Not.

Update - I have found a

Update - I have found a shortcut to both the 32-bit & 64-versions in my 'All-Programs' pop-up menu so I am able to run it.

I recommend the authors abandon the Installer they use and go to it being Shareware or Donationware instead.

At least one of the toolbars the installer comes up with (it seems to cycle through several - Iminent, FileBulldog...) will not allow the software to be downloaded unless you agree to installing the toolbar.

These junk toolbars that also try to hijack your homepage are a plague.

No Sound!

everything seems to be working great for Dark Wave, I installed version 4.1.1 and the UI is excellent, running smoothly..
Only problem is, there is no sound! I've tried changing the outputs in the program options, but I can't get any sound out of the thing
pls halp

What about the Malware /

What about the Malware / Spyware is it still included in the installer ?

I have just tested the

I have just tested the installer, and it does begin with offers to install a toolbar and create new default search settings, but there's no malware that I can see.

If you accept the offers, then the software developer with earn a small fee, but you can skip these offers and just install the main software if that's what you want to do.

Still no statement about the

Still no statement about the Open-Candy issue ... ?!

Note before downloading: This software contains OpenCandy

I have checked the latest version of DarkWave Studio and the installer does include OpenCandy which recommends other downloads during the installation process.

For more information on OpenCandy see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenCandy or the video at http://www.opencandy.com/

and funny is that this

and funny is that this bastard has blanked out the contact page on his site
so that noone could complain ( and there is also no adress or phone-no. )

ExperimentalScene Contact Page

I just checked and the contact page for ExperimentalScene/Daniel Werner and it appeared to be working - it doesn't look blanked out at all - http://www.experimentalscene.com/contact.php


this F&&khead included OpenCandy malware with his program install, and a dodge version of system mechanic that cant remove the malware

that could be true

I had one issue that it doesn´t run under win7 64bit, and the next day my PC was crashed ( MBR destroyed )
so it was most likely because of this App, I didn´t see it because I thought the software here is tested somehow
So I will ( after 15 years ) boycott this site

Unfortunately the version

Unfortunately the version v3.8.1 does not work under Win7 64bit

Warning About VST Issues

DarkWave seems to have a lot of trouble loading non-native VST plugins. I don't know when they will fix that problem but I hope it will be soon because this is a really good program.

Oh, do you mean PoCo or UAD

Oh, do you mean PoCo or UAD PlugIns ?

PoCo or UAD?

PoCo or UAD? What are those? I just use a lot of free VST plugins... I don't know about the rest...

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