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Short links for February 5th, 2010

Barry Wood's NAMM Oddities 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# NAMM Oddities 2010

Barry is back with the NAMM Oddities of 2010:

My NAMM experience went really quite smoothly this year. I didn't have to deal with any injuries or camera failures.

The show was a little smaller than last year, which was most apparent in my favorite haunt, Hall E. There were some open areas where there weren't any booths set up at all. That being said, there was no shortage of invention and innovation at the show. Because of that, I think the great unsung heroes of the Oddities need their own motto: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor global economic collapse stays the mad genius from the swift creation of strange musical devices."

# skewworks Pyxis – How would you like to be able to run compiled programs from a uSD drive? Maybe you'd like to create an app that's closed source? Or perhaps you're just looking to display full screen 320×240 bitmaps using the Arduino. If any of those sounds good to you than Pyxis is the OS for you.

Wiimote-help in pd

# Use the WiiMote as a musical instrument

Winko Erades van den Berg on making music using a computer and a Wiimote:

An article that appeared on the Create Digital Music website, about making music using the WiiMote and a computer, drew my attention. Several hints were given on the how to, but as always in doing new things the information was scattered everywhere and nowhere.

After reading many articles and watching many videos I found out how to realize a working setup for myself. In this article I’ll try to explain the steps needed to create a working setup for yourself.

# Primer on new Echo Nest search_tracks, capsule, and get_analysis APIs

Echo Nest co-founder Brian Whitman demoed the alpha version of a new set of Echo Nest APIs.

At Stockholm Hack Day we’re announcing three or four new APIs that are going to stay in our “alpha” sandbox for now. These are officially unsupported but we will work with anyone who has a use case for them. For now, the instructions will stay here until we promote them to production APIs.

Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie

# Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie

Mellodrama, a documentary by Dianna Dilworth, explores the rising and falling fortunes of the Mellotron – the first musical keyboard to "sample" the sounds of other instruments – from its birth in a California garage in the 1950s, through its dominance on concert stages in the 1970s, through its almost religious cult of followers in the 2000s. From the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" to Black Sabbath to Kanye West, Mellodrama is a 50-year odyssey of musical invention, revolution, betrayal, and rediscovery.

Includes 8-page booklet with essay by Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues, Mellotron and Chamberlin production timelines, and more.

# SampleRadar: 316 free Parisian-style samples

MusicRadar.com's latest batch of free samples is here:

The collection we're giving you here has a distinctly French flavour, being inspired by the likes of Kavinsky, Justice, Mr Oizo and the artists on the Kitsuné label. Download it and give your music a sense of Parisian style – you'd be 'in-Seine' to miss out!

Plughugger Drum Machine Shootout

# Drum machine shootout

Plughugger has a comprehensive review of Audio Damage Tattoo, Audiorealism ADM and Sonic Charge Microtonic.

This review compares three software drum machines and how they stand against each other. Three audioguns, twenty one sonic bullets. Two swedes and one american. Drum roll, please…

While there are a whole bunch of drum synthesizers on the market and many of them are very competent – my selection ended up with Audio Damage Tattoo, Audiorealism ADM and Sonic Charge Microtonic. My primary criteria was that they should be available for both PC and Mac – and they should be able to create more than one type of overall sound. I chose not to include any of the drum machines from the polish developer D16, as each and every drum machine is locked to a specific model and besides – I don’t own licenses for any of them.
Waldorf Attack is a classic that I seriously considered to include, but decided against as it doesn’t contain a sequencer. Also, three products against each other is clear as a german sausage soup. But the Waldorf Attack is a fantastic drum synthesizer, especially for creating weird electronic percussion noises.

I love Microtonic (and the D16 drum machines), but I think it’s inevitable I’ll end up getting Tattoo at some point.

# Mini Kit: PH001

Timothy has posted a nice little drum kit:

This is a mini kit with bd, snare, 2 ch’s and a oh. They are from one hits I have either recorded from drum machines or found around. Processed with eq and compression and some final touches to each sound. Hoping to give you a nice starter kit with a solid foundation. There is also a Ableton Live session with the kit in a drumrack with further processing on.

JDK Audio introduces R22 Compressor

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JDK Audio has introduced the R22 Compressor, a dual channel compressor featuring two channels of API’s patented award winning compressor circuit in a rack mount unit with internal power supply.

JDK Audio, the new brand developed and engineered by legendary analog innovator API, announces the fourth product in its line of robust signal processing equipment.

The R22 is a two-channel, rack-mount compressor with linkable stereo operation that uses true RMS power summing, a patented Thrust circuit for chest-hitting low-end, and easy to use, refreshingly musical control of all parameters.

JDK Audio will formally introduce the R22 compressor at the 2010 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California at API Booth #6411. Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to multitrack material through the new R22 and other JDK gear at the JDK listening station.

JDK Audio R22
JDK Audio R22 Dual Channel Compressor

R22 Compressor features

  • Patented THRUST circuit.
  • Variable Threshold, Ratio, and Make-up Gain controls.
  • Switchable metering of output level and gain reduction.
  • Above threshold LED indication.
  • Switchable Hard or Soft Knee compression.
  • Linkable for stereo operation with true RMS power summing.

The R22 Compressor has an MSRP of $1,195 USD.

More information: JDK Audio / R22

API releases 527 Compressor

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API 527 Compressor

API has announced the releases of the 527 Compressor, a single channel module based on API’s 225L discreet channel compressor.

The 527 features comprehensive controls including variable attack, release, ratio, and output gain controls. The unit also includes API’s patented ‘Thrust’ circuit, first offered on the 2500 Stereo Bus Compressor. A 10 segment LED meter is switchable between gain reduction and output level.

“Anyone who has used the 225L compressor found in API consoles has expressed a longing for the same kind of flexibility and control in the 500 Series for some time” said Larry Droppa, President of API. “We’re delighted to now offer the 527 to complement our vintage 525 compressor, which has been many engineers’ favorite compressor over the years.

The API 527 makes its debut at the 127th AES show in New York, October 9-12, at its introductory price of $995 USD.

More information: API

SoundToys introduces Decapitator Analog Saturation Modeling Plug-in at AES

SoundToys

SoundToys has introduced Decapitator, an analog saturation modeling plug-in for PC and Mac.

Sometimes little ideas take on a life of their own, especially at SoundToys. SoundToys users had been loving the “analog” sound of plug-ins like EchoBoy and FilterFreak so much that they asked SoundToys to create a dedicated saturation plug-in. The designers at SoundToys weren’t content to just copy a few bits of code from those popular plug-ins. Instead, they started on a multi-year search for the analog “mojo”, collecting all sorts of classic and obscure mic preamps and console channels, and developing new techniques for simulating the organic character that only comes from a properly aged (and abused) piece of gear.

SoundToys Decapitator
SoundToys Decapitator – Analog Saturation Modeling Plug-In

Now, SoundToys is finally ready to demonstrate the first product of that tone quest — Decapitator. Decapitator models the saturation or distortion created when driving professional analog studio equipment. SoundToys analyzed vintage and modern classics from Neve, API, Ampex, EMI and Thermionic Culture, and more to create accurate models of high-end studio gear. Decapitator creates that highly sought after analog sound from subtle harmonic changes to extreme driven distortion.

Decapitator will be available in the 4th quarter of 2009 for TDM/RTAS/AudioSuite, AudioUnits, and VST. More details and demo versions will be posted at http://www.soundtoys.com/ as they become available.

More information: SoundToys

Focusrite announces new compression and equalizer emulations for Liquid Mix

Focusrite Liquid Mix

Focusrite has announced the release of 21 new compressor emulations and one new EQ emulation for Liquid Mix.

Focusrite’s Liquid assets will help you to make the most of your Focusrite Liquid products. With Liquid assets, you’ll find a growing library of emulations, programs and snapshots, with helpful filters and information regarding the original unit emulated.

The 15 new compression emulations are based on two compressors:

  1. API 2500 Stereo Compressor (serial number 001475) — The emulations offer combinations of Soft, Medium and Hard Knee settings; Loud, Medium and Normal ‘Thrust’ settings; and Feed-back and Feed-forward compression. This compressor can offer subtle to aggressive compression. The ‘Thrust’ settings are various levels of high-pass filtering in the sidechain, allowing less bass signal being fed to the compressor’s detection circuit. This results in heavier / punchier bass in the output signal. Feed-back is a vintage style, while feed-forward is a modern style of compression.
  2. Millenia STT-1 (serial number 0-166) — ‘Twin Topology’ Recording Channel. The emulations offer a combination of value (VT) or solid-state (SS) input stage, with or without transformer (TX), then routed to valve (VT) or solid-state (SS) compressor.

The EQ emulations are based on the original Mk1 Chandler Limited Edition EMI/Abbey Road Passive TG Channel.

This is a Unique EQ! The Chandler Limited Channel MKII Abbey Road Special Edition EMI is a recreation of several classic circuits and combines a TG2 preamp section with an equalizer that was redesigned from an equalization circuit used in the TG12410 Transfer or mastering console. It offers very sweet high frequencies with large inductor-based solid low frequencies, and a very high “Q” mid cut section.

The new emulations are available to download for free for all Liquid Mix users (including Liquid Mix HD).

Visit Focusrite for more information.

SPL announces new products at Musikmesse

SPL Analog Code Bundle 1

SPL has announced 5 new products at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt.

Come to visit us in Frankfurt to see two new high-end units, a three-in-one box for guitarists, a bundle of our multi-award-winning Analog Code® plug-ins … and let us surprise you with a new, interesting collaboration.

New SPL products

  • RackPack 500 — SPL is the first manufacturer to open a proprietary modular system for API 500 compatible modules. Project manager Hermann Gier: “Our focus on the RackPack system has always been the modular idea, not a proprietary platform. It was great to find out that API is just as open-minded as we are to offer new choices for our customers.”
    The new SPL RACKPACK 500 frame offers eight module slots to host four SPL and four API 500 modules. Available in May.
  • Frontliner — With the new FRONTLINER we extend our range of channel strips with a full-featured, hi-end preamp and processing channel. A special feature are its ‘analog plug-in’ processing stages. The individual I/Os of de-esser, EQ, and compressor allow for independent insertion and free use in any studio and live environment. Delivery in May.
  • Auditor — The AUDITOR is a new headphone amplifier based upon our proprietary 120V technology. Besides our full-featured, 120V monitoring headphone amplifier Phonitor, the AUDITOR represents a straightforward, puristical concept. The sound results from its benchmarking specs can be experienced with all dynamic headphones from 30 ohms upwards. Availability scheduled for … you guessed it: May.
  • Cabulator — The incredible CABULATOR is a unique combination of variable power soak, speaker cabinet simulator and D. I. box. As a direct descendant of the Transducer it is perfectly suited for all live and studio applications. With the CABULATOR a fully torqued amp can always be played without necessarily being loud. Full analog design guarantees authentic sounds for direct DAW recording or to rely on a hum-free connection for the live mix – provided in recording signal quality. The fantastic CABULATOR comes in … well, May!
  • Analog Code® Bundle 1 — On the software side of our product range we packed the first bundle of Analog Code® plug-ins. Transient Designer®, TwinTube Processor, Bass Ranger, Vox Ranger and Full Ranger are now available in a favorable package for MAC and PC as well as all major formats (TDM, RTAS, VST and AU). The Analog Code Bundle 1 is immediately available. Download files for trial or licensed installations here.

SPL has also released SPL Free Ranger, a free equalizer plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS). It offers 4 bands and 4 preset slots. A download link will be sent to the email address you provide here.

Visit SPL for more information.

Short links for April 23rd, 2008

Some interesting things I found on April 23rd, 2008:

# The Echo Nest – The Echo Nest Analyze API is a tool that can enrich your software’s understanding of musical recordings. It uses a perceptual model of human listening to generate detailed descriptions of a song’s structure and musical content.

Given any musical sound file, our analysis engine outputs global musical track information such as tempo, dominant pitches and timbre, key, time signature, energy, etc. It also segments the sound file into large sections (such as verse, chorus, bridge), beats, and smaller time slices. Each segment is described in terms of pitch, timbre, and loudness content. The engine then segments a musical track into small time slices, each representing a perceived “sound” (a note of a piano, a syllable of a vocal line, etc.).

Each segment is then described in pitch, timbre and loudness. This information can power performances, visualizations, and games with the ability to respond to a wide range of nuances in the music they use.

Anita Lillie - Sonic Youth 'Cross The Breeze
Anita Lillie wrote a program which maps a subset of the audio data onto a visual scale, and creates video playback of the song. (above = visualization of ‘Cross the Breeze by Sonic Youth).

Adam Glazier made a nice Flash based visualizer for your Echo Nest Analysis XML.

# Portishead – Third @ Last.fm – Portishead's latest album can be streamed free of charge.

# The Reality of Depending on True Fans – Robert Rich tempers Kevin's enthusiasm for 1000 True Fans with a cautionary realism borne from actually trying the idea. The summary of his experience is so pertinent and detailed that Kevin felt was worth posting in full.

# Celebration Of Vintage and Retro Design — ads, illustrations, book covers, pins and posters from 1920-1980s – The images weren’t necessarily created in the mid of 20th century. Vintage is living today which is why this post also features artists and designers who make use of the vintage and retro style in their works.

# BeatEd – a simple drum machine for S60 – BeatEd was originally developed in couple of nights to get a drum machine and metronome application for personal guitar playing purposes.