Short links for January 12th, 2010

Roland TR-808

Some interesting things I found recently:

# TRASH_AUDIO: Roland TR-808 Sample Pack

Surachai writes:

Justin graciously let me borrow his Roland TR-808 and when trying to program some patterns I noticed a few problems. A) I'm clearly too stupid to work this machine – I eventually figured it out but off the bat, both the Pattern knob the Auto Fill In knob were double teaming my brain and left me staring at shifting patterns that mocked me with changing tempos. B) The sequencing buttons themselves have been accumulating grime over the years which makes it difficult to activate a note. I would gladly take this thing apart and clean it but it's not mine. C) It's outdated. While the interface is preferred for many people, I'd rather do this on a computer or something more flexible like a Machinedrum. Long story short, I decided to sample it and save people the hassle of finding/buying one. Oh yeah and it's free.

# Five compression mistakes and how to avoid them

Kim Lajoie shares some tips:

Compressors are complex tools and, like most other audio engineering tools, there are more ways to set them up ‘wrong’ than there are to set them up ‘right’. If you’re careful though, you won’t fall into these common traps.

# Soundsnap.com presents Frank Serafine (YouTube)

A peek into the world of Hollywood sound designer (and Soundsnap contributor) Frank Serafine.

# little-scale: Ukulele Sample Pack (Copyright-free and License-free)
Sebastian Tomczak has released a pack of samples from a cute ukulele.

I have made a free ukulele sample pack, recorded using two piezo transducers. Download it here. Copyright-free and license-free.

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