Ever since recording some sounds a few years ago, I’ve been meaning to take the trusty Zoom H2 for another round. I finally took the time to capture another batch of ordinary, and perhaps some less ordinary sounds.
sound recordings vol 2 was recorded with the Zoom H2, a budget priced pocket recorder
For Rekkerd Sound Recordings Vol. 2 I found a number of interesting objects to hit, drop, slide, slam, press, etc. After a good amount of editing the pack ended up containing 90 samples. Various noises produced by light switches, fans, drawers, and lots more included.
The samples are in 24-bit/44kHz WAV format. Plenty of background noise is included, and those with a good ear might spot one of my kids in some of the recordings. 100% high quality lo-fi!
So why did I record these sounds? Well, I personally love create rhythms/percussions with unusual sounds so I figure I’m not the only one. Also included in the pack is a number of such loops that I did exclusively using the recorded sound and and a bunch of processing. You can listen to those loops below.
I have been planning to do another music production contest for a while now, but moving house and having a new addition to the family meant I have had very little spare time. So I am pleased to still get things going before the turn of the year.
The theme for the contest is “Expectations“. With 2012 around the corner I think it should be a good inspiration.
The idea of this “sample remix” contest is to create a song using the sample pack created specifically for this contest. No other instruments (virtual or real) are allowed, no samples, recordings, or other sound sources. Just the samples in the contest pack.
I know this is quite a limitation, but hopefully one that will spark your creativity.
All the sounds in the contest sample pack were made exclusively with Rob Papen plugins. I tried to provide a good variety of loops and sounds so you have something to work with.
The download includes a total of 120 samples (24bit/44kHz): 33 melodic loops and 87 single shot sounds (36 melodic, 41 perc & 10 sfx). The archive is in RAR format. If you experience difficulties opening this file you can try the slightly larger zip version here.
Note that the sample pack is *not* some kind of connect the dots construction kit so you are allowed (and encouraged) to chop the samples up, process them to bits with effects and make them your own.
The deadline for submitting your entry is January 16th, 2012, 11:59pm CET. Winners will be picked based on quality and originality. A few days later the winners will be announced.
So what can you win?
Since all the sounds you are going to work with were done with Rob Papen plug-ins I thought it would be fitting to have them as contest prizes as well.
I am pleased to say that Rob has generously donated the following prizes:
1st prize: Punch, SubBoomBass and Predator
2nd prize: SubBoomBass and Predator
3rd prize: SubBoomBass
Many thanks to Rob for offering these great plugins!
You may only use the samples provided in the contest sample pack. No other sound sources are allowed. However, you may process and manipulate sounds any way you want. Get creative!
Submit your entry in mp3 format (minimum of 192kbit) per email to firstname.lastname@example.org before January 16th, 2012, 11:59pm CET. One entry per person is allowed, you will receive a confirmation of your submission.
Your entry should be composed specifically for this contest. By entering, you grant permission for your track to be published at the rekkerd.org website, through SoundCloud.
Prizes will be granted at the discretion of the rekkerd.org voting committee. There may be additional prizes for the runners-up.
Contest rules subject to change. If you have any questions feel free to contact me or comment on this post.
The submitted tracks will be listed here, ordered by date of entry.
I now remember why I prefer to let you guys pick the winners… There were so many great quality & original entries, it was almost impossible to narrow the shortlist of favorites down to just three.
Alas, in the end only a few can take away the prizes:
As I am preparing to relocate my family to a new house this March, the subject of “moving” has been on my mind a lot lately.
Moving is about putting things in motion. Besides the obvious physical aspect, there can be quite an emotional side to moving as well. Seemed like a suitable theme for a music production contest.
Most of you would probably join the contest for the fun of it, but it doesn’t hurt to have some nice prizes, right? I am pleased to say there are lots of goodies to be won this time around.
The following list is in no particular order (as winners each get to pick their choice from the prize pot, per the contest rules below).
Three downloads of your choice from Wave Alchemy, the sound design outfit responsible for some of the best electronic drum sample libraries around.
DUNE, Synapse Audio‘s new flagship “differential unison engine” synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac. A copy of the slightly older yet still venerable and duly popular Hydra multi-model synth is also on offer.
$500 USD store credit at Soniccouture, the established company behind many unusual & unique sample libraries such as Glass Works, The Skiddaw Stones, Balinese Gamelan, (Xtended) Piano, and the upcoming Ondes Martenot.
Berlin-based Cableguys contributes a total of 4 prizes from its exciting line of audio plug-ins. Single licenses for Curve, FilterShaper 2 & VolumeShaper 2, plus the complete Cableguys Bundle.
A two year all-inclusive subscription account at DNR Collaborative, which gives access to the entire product catalog + 2 years worth of new products. On top of that three randomly picked contestants will receive a Transitions Bundle.
Yes, that’s no less than 12 prizes to be won!
Although this is not a sample remix contest I still made sample pack for those who enjoy working with loops. The download includes 24 .wav samples (24bit), both melodic and beats. You can preview & download individual files from the SoundCloud player below, or download the complete pack here (47.9MB RAR archive).
Please make sure to read the contest rules below carefully. Good luck, and have fun!
The contest deadline is set to April 3rd.
Compose a song with the following theme: “Moving”. There are no specific rules on how to incorporate the theme, be creative.
Your entry must be written specifically for this contest.
A free sample pack is available to download for those who enjoy working with samples. Use of these samples is not required. You may process/manipulate the sample(s) in any way you like.
Upload your entry to SoundCloud and share it to the contest group before April 3, 2011, 11.59pm CET. One entry per contestant allowed.
Confirm your entry by email (no longer accepting entries)
In order to be eligible to win, contestants are required to vote for their top 5 within a week after the contest deadline. Contestants will be contacted to submit their votes. Note: you cannot vote for your own entry.
Winners choose a prize from the prize pool in order of placement (1st place winner picks first, then 2nd, etc.). All prizes are granted at the discretion of rekkerd.org. Some prizes may be subject to specific conditions imposed by the sponsor (e.g. NFR licenses).
The terms of this contest are subject to change and may be amended without prior notice.
Congratulations to 3ee for winning the contest! Winners will be contacted regarding their prize soon. The three randomly picked winners of the Transitions Bundles from DNR Collaborative are Max Lunau, Pumaman, and Diego G.
Well done everyone, thanks for taking part and hope to see again at the next contest!
Our friends at Wave Alchemy have released a number of free sample packs, which are now available to download directly from rekkerd.org.
Wave Alchemy is an innovative sound design company based in Nottingham in the United Kingdom. We specialize in the development of cutting-edge sample libraries which are produced to perfection using a collection of highly sought after vintage and new-age studio equipment.
These freebies are a great taster of their commercial products, so make sure to check the Wave Alchemy website for more high quality royalty free sound libraries.
Wired Electronics is the result of an intensive recording session with Wave Alchemy’s semi-modular synth setup! This 100% free sample pack consists of 74 freshly recorded 24-bit analogue drum samples which have been crafted from the ground up using our semi-modular system and treated through a selection of our favourite signal processors!
606 Drums by Wave Alchemy serves up 290 drum samples from Roland’s sought-after TR-606 drum machine. The samples included have been lovingly recorded through an API pre-amp with many sounds boasting multiple round robin variations, accent and velocity layers! 606 Drums contains four pre-mapped drum kit patches for use with Kontakt 2, 3, & 4 and Battery 3. Each kit makes extensive use of multiple velocity layers, round robin sample playback techniques and choke groups to create truly expressive sample instruments.
Driven Kit – Includes 41 TR-606 drum samples which have been recorded and processed through a Thermionic Culture Vulture MV to give a harmonically rich and extremely colourful sound. This kit includes 5 round robin samples per sound.
Dry Kit – includes a whooping 168 TR-606 drum samples which have been recorded clean through an API 512c pre-amp. This kit has been recorded in 96K, 24-bit and includes 8 round robin samples per sound as well as 3 accent / velocity layers per hit!
Stereo FX Kit – Includes 41 TR-606 drum samples which have been recorded and abused through a Moog Voyager’s stereo filtering capabilities whilst being controlled by a ton of MoogerFoogers and various other CV gear! This kit sounds almost totally unrecognisable to the true TR-606 sound…
Warm Kit – includes 40 TR-606 drum samples which have been treated to generous amounts of vintage compression, EQ and saturation from a range of Wave Alchemy’s extensive outboard collection! This kit includes 5 round robin samples per sound.
Club Kicks 2 serves up 65 speaker shaking kick drum samples from Jomox’s famous AIRBase 99 drum machine. The drum samples included in Club Kicks 2 have been treated with generous amounts of outboard processing and compression, and further harmonically enhanced with a Thermionic Culture Vulture valve distortion box!
Club Kicks 2
65 24bit 100% royalty free kick drum samples which have been recorded through an Agrade signal chain including devices such as the Thermionic Culture Vulture, Empirical Labs Distressor and API 512c preamp.
Odyssey FX provides 70 100% royalty free sound effects samples, glitch hits and weird retro noises from the highly soughtafter ARP Odyssey analogue synthesizer. All sound effects have been beautifully recorded through an API 512c preamp in crystal clear 24bit resolution. Whether you produce dance music, acoustic music or design sound for multimedia, game and film, Odyssey FX delivers a great source of weird and wonderful sound effects and is a great addition to any producer’s tool kit.
70 24bit 100% royalty free sound effects samples.
Swishes, sweeps and falls.
Weird hits and stuttered glitch.
Retro noises, bleeps and atmospherics inspired by the early Radiophonic Workshop.
Club Kicks by Wave Alchemy serves up 75 thunderous kick drum samples from Jomox’s famous analogue kick drum module. As with Electrik Drums and Airbase Drums all sounds have been superbly recorded through an API 512c preamp, only this time ALL samples have been enhanced with generous amounts of outboard compression and EQ! To further this, all 75 samples have then been passed through a Sherman Filterbank distortion unit to add a grittier and more harmonically rich tone! For your convenience we have included both the distorted and predistorted kick drum samples giving you a whooping 150 floor shaking analogue drum hits.
150 24bit 100% royalty free Club Kick sampled from the Jomox MBase II Drum Machine.
75 kick drums amply processed through highend compressors and EQs.
75 kick drums harmonically enhanced with the Sherman Filterbank filter/distortion unit.
Kit List: Jomox MBase 11, API 512c preamp, Empirical Labs Distressor EL8, SSL E Series EQ, SSL E Series Compressor, SPL Transient Designer.