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Short links for May 10th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Steffest Phone Guitar

From Steffest:

The Phone Guitar is born out of a presentation I'm going to do next Saturday on MobileCampBrussels about mobile cross development.
To put my money where my mouth is, I decided to create the same mobile app – a small piano/drum sequencer thing – on 3 mobile platforms: Android, Windows Mobile and iPhone OS.

# Waveformless: 7 iPhone Apps to Make Your Touring Life Better

Tom Shear writes:

As you may be able to tell from the lack of a regular posting schedule and the constant plugs for my band's gigs in various cities around the US, I happen to be on tour right now. (We're actually just two dates from the end now, and after a much needed rest, things should get back to normal here at Waveformless again.)

I've never been a big cell phone person. Sometimes it's kind of nice to not be able to be reached. But in a touring situation, they can be invaluable, so shortly before our tour, I picked up an iPhone 3Gs figuring it would come in handy. Obviously, there are tons of different models of smartphones out there, but since I only have experience with the iPhone, I thought today I would share some apps that I've found really useful during the past 6 weeks of travel. Many of them are probably available on other platforms as well.

20 doors (see orignal post for photo credits)

# HISSandaROAR Library X: Doors

Tim Prebble is looking for some people to record doors:

If there is one sound that pulls me out of a movie or TV show (apart from the Wilhelm) it’s the use of crappy sounding library doors. Now I don’t imagine this is a common complaint amongst theatre goers but it does bug me and I’ve often wondered why the problem exists. Lets face it, if you have your recorder running, you could record a dozen door sounds between the time you get out of bed until you return there… So why use generic door sounds?

My only theory is that on the scale of critical sounds to be recorded & prepared for a project, in some cases doors don’t rate high enough to receive due attention, and are maybe relegated to a less experienced sound editor or assistant to just ‘get them done’ before the deadline…. Sure if its a major moment in a horror or thriller then maybe the door effects are concentrated on more, but the recurring presence of those thin sounding prop doors from certain commercial libraries makes me think it is all about convenience ie use what we have!

So I’d like to pitch an idea to you, and by ‘you’ I mean anyone reading this who has a mic and a recorder: I want to crowd source a sound FX library of 1,000 doors! So if every person who signs on to the project commits to recording 10 doors over the next few months, and I can round up 100 people to participate, then we could solve this problem once & for all.

# Beatstation : It’s what you want it to be – Third video now available: Watch how Adam & Chris creates their own BTX using the Beatstation sample recorder and a bunch of things laying around the office.

NextAid Auction - Richie Hawtin Gear Package

# NextAid – Auction Home Page – BiddingForGood Fundraising Auction

NextAid, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization harnessing the power of music to affect change in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa, will launch its third annual online auction BIDS BUILD HOPE in honor of World AIDS Orphans Day (WAOD), which happens on May 7th each year.

The international auction will kick-off on Friday, May 7, 2010 at 8:00AM EST, and close on Monday, May 31st at 11:00PM EST. The 24-day auction will raise awareness and funds for NextAid’s current projects: the Kawangware Vision Center in Kenya, and the goGogetters program in South Africa. NextAid continues its mission to promote and implement sustainable solutions to the challenges facing African children. WAOD is a grassroots campaign advocating for the 15 million children orphaned by AIDS around the world. Learn more and start bidding on May 7th at www.biddingforgood.com/bidsbuildhope.

The Richie Hawtin Gear Package (picture in image above) is currently fetching $10,000 USD.

# Petri Suhonen

Electronic music producer Petri Suhonen has some nice tutorials on his website:

I have wrote couple of tutorials in my website covering such subjects as "How To Make Electronic Music", "How To Promote Music Online" & "Structure Of A Trance Song: How Trance Song Progresses".

Dustmotes - The Containment Sessions

# [PS019] Dustmotes – The Containment Sessions

Alex Mendez @ PublicSpacesLab writes:

Dustmotes delivers with his “Containment Sessions” a release that is a few notches above “Beats for the Subverted”. When listening to it for the first time I could feel a sound that is more confident and, but I might be wrong, I think that has a lot to do with all the positive feedback Paul got from his first ever release. Nothing in “The Containment Sessions” is out of place and the same attention to details that Paul got us used to, is here. I feel privileged for being one of the few that got to enjoy this release before everyone else and it is my opinion that we all should be grateful to Paul for sharing his immense talent with us.

# Sound Builders: "Cyborg" Inventor Steve Mann Builds Instruments Out of Water

The new episode of Sound Builders looks at Steve Mann, possibly the world's preeminent hydraulophonist.

What's that? Well, it's someone who builds instruments that produce sound from moving water. His specialty is water organs and he even has one built into his hot tub. When he's not making next-level sound-makers, he's developing technology that's helping blind people "see" their surroundings. He's pretty much taking life by the horns and turning them into water horns.

Wave Alchemy releases African Rhythms

Wave Alchemy African Rhythms

Wave Alchemy has announced the release of African Rhythms, a sample library offering exquisitely recorded authentic African percussion ensembles.

African Rhythms marks the 3rd release in Wave Alchemy’s new Micro pack series. Produced with authenticity in mind, African Rhythms captures the sound of Senegal, Africa with over 130 percussion loops and ensembles carefully recorded in 24-bit using a variety of rare microphones and sought after outboard equipment.

African Rhythms features an array of West African hand drums. The drums themselves have been passed down through many generations giving you a rare insight into authentic African culture and musicianship.
All loops have been recorded in tempo groups ranging 125, 127 and 130 beats per minute making them ideal for any genre of music or film score that requires an up-beat or authentic feel.

African Rhythms features

  • Featured drums include – Djembe, Bougarabou, Sabar, Kutiro and Kpanlogo
  • 132 24-bit 100% royalty free West African percussion loops
  • 24 Sabar loops
  • 59 full stereo percussion ensembles
  • 29 authentic African drum fills
  • 20 bonus shaker loops

African Rhythms is available to purchase for £8.99 GBP. A demo pack of samples is available to download from the product page.

More information: Wave Alchemy / African Rhythms

Bluezone releases Afro Tribal Drum Loops and Xbase Drums

Bluezone has released two new sample libraries: Afro Tribal Drum Loops and Xbase Drums.

Bluezone Afro Tribal Drum Loops

Afro Tribal Drum Loops is a collection of 150 samples in Wav and AIFF format (300 samples total).

Brand new from Bluezone: a down and dirty rhythm injection of rich, warm, organic African and ethnic tribal percussion loops aimed squarely at the dancefloor.

Afro Tribal Drum Loops features

  • 96 4-bar percussive loops (two bars plus two bars variant).
  • These loops are broken into pre-mixed loops (containing a mix of hats, vox shouts, minimal electrix, and multiple percussive elements) and stripped ‘just percussion’ loops, featuring a range of bongos, congas, djembe, darbuka and more.
  • 50+ one-shot percussive sounds for buliding your own beats.
  • All loops are presented as Wavs and AIFFs, and are all tempo-labeled at 136bpm.

Afro Tribal Drum Loops is available to purchase for 16.95 EUR.

Bluezone Xbase Drums

Xbase Drums features one-shot samples from the JoMoX XBase 999.

Treat your drum library to 279 pristine samples from the classic analogue beat-beast, the Jomox Xbase 999.

Designed with the beatmaker in mind, these one-shots – perfectly captured using high-end circuitry to preserve their classic analogue warmth – will find fans among producers of techno, minimal, tech-house, electro, deep house, prog house, breaks and more.

Xbase Drums features

  • 279 one-shot Wavs.
  • Folders include: Kick, snare, rimshot, ride, hat (open and closed), perc, clap, glitch and misc – with everything from deep, biting kicks to tight snares and raucous electro squeals included.
  • Most sounds offer variants as well, to make subtle programming a breeze.

Xbase Drums is available to purchase for 10.95 EUR.

More information: Bluezone Corporation @ Sounds To Sample

Loopmasters releases Global Beatworks Vol. 1

Loopmasters Global Beatworks Vol. 1

Loopmasters has released Global Beatworks Vol. 1, the first volume in the Global Beatworks World Percussion Series which features the drumming expertise of Master Drummer Simon Webster, who is recorded by long term friend and notable engineer/producer Ike Nossel.

The Series captures the diverse range of percussion instruments from around the world which simon has collected, and will bring these unique sounds and his perfect playing style to your productions, adding new inspiration or simply a live played groove to complement your tracks.

Global Beatworks vol1, Afro Cuban drums concentrates on the drums and percussion most usually found in North Africa, from Cairo to Casablanca – and is also influenced by the rhythms of Cuba – and so presents a unique blend of traditional sounds and patterns, with everything captured perfectly in the mix.

Global Beatworks Vol. 1 features

  • 91 Wav Loops, 171 Rex2 Loops, 91 Apple Loops.
  • Loops including Conga, Basket Loops, Bongos, Shakers, Darbouka, Djembe, Maraccas and Bells.
  • Includes full mixed loops alongside all the individual parts so that you can easily mix and match to create unique grooves and patterns.
  • Tempos of 80/82/85/92/100 and 115 beats per minute.

Global Beatworks Vol. 1 is available for purchase for £14.95 GBP (~$24 USD / 17 EUR).

More information: Loopmasters / Global Beatworks Vol. 1

PowerFX releases World Loop Spice Rack

PowerFX World Loop Spice Rack

PowerFX has released World Loop Spice Rack, a sample library containing 1,220 melodic and percussive loops and riffs of authentic ethnic instruments from Africa, Australia, China, India and the Middle East.

World Loop Spice Rack features

  • Rhythmic
    • Arabic Percussion: Bendir, Bolone, Darbouka, Karkabou, Rai Percussion ensemble, Tabakai, Takhalt, Zalamit, Frame drum, Dumbek.
    • Indian Percussion: Tabla, Dholak, Bass Dholak, Ganjira, Udu, Mridangram.
    • African Percussion: Djembe, Talking Drum, Log drum, Crash box.
    • Australasian Percussion: Clap Sticks, Monkey drum, Knee drum.
    • World drumset: From West Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Melodic
    • African Instruments: Marimba, Mbira, Eygptian Lute, Vocals.
    • Middle Eastern: Kamenche, Rabab, Setar, Tar, Jimbash Saz, Riq.
    • Chinese Instruments: Pipa, Di Zi, Jing Ho (One String Peking Opera Violin), Gu Zheng (Chinese zither), Rehu (string violin).
    • Indian Instruments: Sarod, Sitar, Surbahar, Pungi, Vocals.
    • Also included: Digeridoo, Charango, Berimbau, Bouzuki.
  • All loops are acidized wav files in 16 bit 44.1 with tempo and key (when applicable) information in the file name.
  • Size: Download 598 MB (.RAR) uncompressed 890 MB.

World Loop Spice Rack is available for $79 USD.

Visit PowerFX for more information and audio demos.

Btw, I don’t know what the guys at PowerFX were thinking when they came up with that cover… Ah, see Bil’s comment below. The old cover is no more. Nice job guys!

PowerFX releases Global Groove Groundworks Vol.1

PowerFX Global Groove Groundworks Vol.1

PowerFX has released Global Groove Groundworks Vol.1, a collection of indigenous percussion loops (REX).

Uncovers traditional beats of the ages with indigenous percussion loops from India, Algeria, Congo, Turkey, Ghana, South Africa, Iran, Nigeria and Pakistan on instruments like Darbuka, Djembe, Dholak, Tabla, Frame Drum, Log Drum, Udu, Bendir, Ganjira, Crashbox, Mridangram ,Talking Drums, World Drumset Beats and more.

Global Groove Groundworks Vol.1 features 396 RMX compatible Rex2 files for Reason, Stylus and other Rex2 reading software for maximum tempo control.

The library is available as an instant download for $69 USD.

Visit PowerFX for more information and audio demos.

Ghost World – A Story in Sound

Ghost World - A Story in Sound by Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid

Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid (Paul D. Miller) has released a free mix done as a project for the Dokolo Foundation at the Venice Biennial 2007.

Paul writes:

The “Ghost World” mix is all about the multiple rhythms and languages of Africa, but it makes no attempt to give you everything – it’s from my record collection. That’s why the “story” of the mix is about: polyrhythm, multiplex reality. There’s even more current material like the Kuduru sounds of Luanda (who says Techno doesn’t exist in Africa!?) and old school hip hop like Zimbabwe Legit from the early 90′s of classic “conscious” school hip hop.

The mix can be downloaded here (m4a format). Check the Ghost World page for a complete tracklisting.

Link via Boing Boing

Time+Space shipping Quazibeat African Secret 2

Quazibeat African Secret 2

Time+Space is shipping African Secret 2, a sample library by Quazibeat, featuring performances from South Africa’s foremost traditional and modern African musicians.

African Secret 2 features

  • 2.3GB of the finest samples performed by South Africa´s foremost traditional and modern African musicians.
  • Format: Wav and Rex2 loops.
  • Included instruments are are Bass Guitar, Bongo, Claves, Egg Shaker, African Flute, Jewish Harp, Low Log, Pandera, Sax Section, Solo Sax, Tambourine, Traditional Guitar, Violin Section, Tapping, Solo Violin, Shaker, Sanza, Mbira, Kalimba, Rainstick, Female Vocal Hooks, Congas, Calabash, Bell, Berimbau, Chant, Djembe, Female Vocal FX, free Tempo Perc, Low Drum, Mouthbox, Sax FX, Shekere, Talking Drum Tambali
  • BONUS: Selected “African Secret Volume 1″ samples in Rex2 format.

African Secret 2 is now available from Time+Space for £ 59.95 GBP.

Visit Time+Space for more information and mp3 demos.