Short links for May 18th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Discord 3 sneak preview

Chris Randall writes:

Just uploaded a video preview of Discord3's highlights. I think I touched on all the major features; I'll do a full tutorial series once I have a 100% working OS X VST. The quality of Snaggit's video capture is fairly lacking; nothing to compare with Screenflow. But this should give you a good idea of what's going on with the three engines.

# 57 Free Drum Loops [.WAV]

Dan303 shares 57 high quality, royalty free drum loops to use in your favorite DAW or sampler.

  • The loops are in various tempos and styles.
  • .WAV format [Ready to load in ableton, cubase, Logic, Reason, etc.]
  • Loop tempo is included in the file name

Download them here (RAR).

# Roland TB-303 Documentary BASSLINE BASELINE

Nate Harrison on Vimeo:

If you're interested in the early history of ROLAND, the Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and the TB-303 Bassline, you'll enjoy this 20-minute video. The TB-303 and its design are described in depth, and many examples of popular music made with the machine are presented.

# Creating the Illusion of Distance

Tom Shear at Waveformless shares some tips on how to create the illusion of distance:

Even when one is talking about mixing to stereo (as opposed to 5.1), a song's mix can be very three dimensional. Perhaps not literally, but in the same sense that a painter can simulate the way an image diffuses the further it is away from the viewer, it is not terribly difficult to simulate the characteristics of a sound that is far from the listener. This can be brilliant at setting a mood and creating a real sense of depth. Here's two easy steps that when used together can really give them a sense of three dimensional space.

Chris Carter's instrumentation (image by ASMO)

# Chris Carter and The Dirty Electronics Ensemble

Stu Smith @ ASMO writes:

Every once in a while something quite special comes along in the crazy sonic world of the Dirty Electronics Ensemble.

In the past our leader John Richards has arranged for us to collaborate with some great names in the world of experimental music, including Pauline Oliveros, noise legend Merzbow and Nic Bullen amongst others. Our recent performance with Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle, Carter Tutti) at Phoenix Square, Leicester was no exception.

The core of the performance revolved around the Dirty Carter E.S.G.I. a postcard sized instrument designed by John and Chris and built by the members of the ensemble in an earlier workshop. Six pieces we’re performed in total by various members of the ensemble.

# Free (creepy) FM carillon

KVR user gvnz writes:

Ok, this is not really a carillon but can be creepy :-). It's a sound that I came up with while noodling on my DIY synth, I tought that it could sit nicely in some dark sci-fi music, so I sampled it.

This library is for the free Proteus Vx by E-mu; other than the bare samples, a number of modulation and effects are provided, so you can tweak some knobs while playing.

The library is composed of 122 mono samples at 44.1/16 and there is a README pdf file included, with detailed explanations and info.

This is a simple demo mp3 (external reverb and compression added)

This is the link for the download (ZIP archive 33MB compressed)

Musical Table

# Musical Table

indistructableBubble writes:

The Musical Table is a toy table that allows kids to play musical phrases by moving toys around the surface.Each of seven switches can play different musical phrases in four bases, making 27 different musical phrases in total. Some of the phrases are musically related and some of them are not. This toy table can help kids to develop musicality by playing phrases in logical order. The table also allows you to play two phrases at the same time. Depending on which phrases are played together, the sounds can be melodic or chaotic.

# Ableton Analog Experiments

Mark Mosher at ModulateThis! writes:

I’ve been experimenting lately with programming Ableton Analog from “init”. I have a rich set of VSTs so I’ve not given Analog much attention but after spending some time with it recently, I’m finding when you rack it up and add some effects and assign params to Macros you can achieve some pretty interesting sounds.

# Kon + Amir Present: The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Samples Of All Time

These days, everyone loves hip-hop. But how much does the average fan really know about the building blocks that formed the foundation of the genre's entire sound? That's right, before it was all-808-everything, hip-hop used a secret (and sometimes not-so-secret) selection of classic soul, funk rock, and jazz records from the ’60s and ’70s to create their sound. From tiny, obscure snippets to instantly-recognizable loops, the sample-based producers of the late ’80s and early ’90s uncovered some truly classic musical gems that are still sought after and used today.

Kon + Amir

Thank god we’ve got folks like Kon + Amir to keep us digging deeper. The veteran record collectors, DJs, and producers (yeah, they basically they do it all) recently released their latest compilation of slept-on vinyl rarities called Off Track Vol. 3, so we decided to call them up and get them to select their all-time favorite samples. Check out their countdown, complete with audio examples and commentary from the guys themselves…

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