Bastl Instruments intros microGranny 2.0 granular sampler

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Bastl Instruments has introduced microGranny 2.0, a monophonic granular sampler.

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Limited Blue Spring Edition 2014 of the microGranny 2.0 granular sampler.

It reads wav samples from microSD card and applies granular algorithms to them. You can also adjust start, end, sample rate (tuned or free run), crush and envelope (attack release).

MIDI Input allows external control of all parameters as well as transposition of the samples, or playing individual grains by different keys.

microGranny features

  • Monophonic mono sampler.
  • MicroSD card (storing + recording samples, storing presets).
  • 6 sounds with full adjustments storable in a preset at once.
  • 60 presets in 10 banks (6 preset per bank), stored as .txt files on microSD card.
  • Wav sample playback from microSD card (mono, 22050 Hz, 8 or 16 bit, two letter file name).
  • 8-bit 22050Hz wav recording via line input or onboard microphone.
  • Hold button.
  • Sample rate (tuned or free run).
  • Crush.
  • Start, end position with repeat, instant loop.
  • Granular settings: grain size and shift speed (positive or negative).
  • Amplitude envelope attack and release.
  • MIDI Input – responds to note, cc and clock (synchronize loop and grains).
  • MIDI side chain envelope restart.
  • Copy, paste.
  • Input & output volume knob.
  • Power switch – plug / battery.
  • Hackable – arduino based.

A limited Blue Spring Edition of microGranny 2.0 is available for pre-order, priced at 160 EUR. It will be shipped by April 14th, 2014, latest.

More information: Bastl Instruments / microGranny 2.0

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Bleep Labs launches The Bleep Drum

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Bleep Labs has announced The Bleep Drum, a drum machine with sequencer and pitch-adjustable samples.

The Bleep Drum is an Arduino based lo-fi rad-fi drum machine designed by Dr. Bleep.

Bleep Labs The Bleep Drum
The Bleep Drum is the same hardware as the Dam Drum 2.0, but it has different sounds as well as HYPERNOISE 30XX mode.

The Bleep Drum features

  • Four sounds, two with pitch control.
  • Four selectable sequences.
  • Record patterns just by playing them.
  • Tap tempo.
  • Reverse mode.
  • Hyper Noise 30XX mode.
  • Stereo 1/8″ output.

The Bleep Drum is available to purchase as a kit for $60 USD. It is also available to preorder as a fully ully built device for $80 USD (shipping in April, 2013).

More information: Bleep Labs / The Bleep Drum

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Short links for June 17th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Muze by Joshua Maruska and Adam Kumpf

Muze is an Arduino instrumentalist who creates melodies that evolve over time.

Muze has a palette of notes that it can in-turn interpret and compose into various rhythms and phrases that are strung together to form something musical. The user can then influence these strings of notes and rhythms to create entirely new compositions. Much like you would a tune a radio to get a new song, Muze can be tuned to provide new and different melodies.

In the interest of keeping Muze from becoming another knob laden techno-fest of an instrument, interaction has been limited to just one input.

# The Stretta Procedure: vcvi maxforlive

Matthew Davidson’s vcvi is a suite of maxforlive devices to control your modular synth with a dc coupled audio interface.

# Rainlith 2 – Kinectic sound art piece via CDM

On Rainlith, the primitive naturally granular sound of a big rainstick gets explored in real-time by cyber-age sound manipulation tools.

It's an interactive piece in witch the movement of the audience's body activates an electric motor, making a reflex movement on the structure that embraces the instrument.
The sound of the rainstick is captured and processed in realtime, and sent 24 meters above, filling the empty space of a old industrial cereal container. The reverberated acoustic mix is then received back by the audience in the spot right below the opening of the container.

Poul Vestergaard Neuron

# NeuronDrum for Reaktor

NeuronDrum is a sample based rhythm composer by Poul Vestergaard.

It has 512 audio samples 32MB. Most of the sounds are made for electronica music. All rhythms is made of a neuron based approach with 8 neurons.

The first neuron works as a kind off metronome. All neuron can send impulses to each other. Every neuron has a threshold value. If the threshold is 3 then it will need 4 impuses to fire the sample, and send impulses to other neurons.

# Les Paul Google Doodle Gives Us… Google Homepage, The Song, by Tim Exile

Peter Kirn writes:

Electronic musician, vocalist, and inventor Tim Exile is back; while the Google Doodle today of an interactive Les Paul inspired lots of people to invest some time fiddling and hacking, in Tim’s case, it inspired a whole song. And, to my knowledge, it’s the first time the homepage of Google got its own ode.

# [namethemachine]_Kinect_2011,05,24

Matt Davis hacks a Kinect using OpenNI & Max/MSP. With it mapped to Ableton live and Henry Strange's MIDI to DMX Laser Control System, Matt demonstrates this fun a/v control system.

# Amon Tobin : ISAM Live : Mutek Premiere (Official)

A quick wrap up of the debut of Amon Tobin's ambitious 'ISAM' Live show which launched itself to the public on June 1st as part of Montreal's Mutek Festival.

Bluebrain The National Mall

# bluebrain | THE NATIONAL MALL

Bluebrain's The National Mall will only work within the physical boundaries of the National Mall park in Washington DC. It is a location-specific album and is not intended for use outside of the designated area. Please follow us on Twitter (@bluebrainmusic) to learn more about when a location-aware album might be coming to a location closer to you. While on the Mall, we recommend you quit other applications from the multi-tasking bar on your phone for best performance. If you are having difficulties, force quit or restart your phone. Make sure to quit the app fully once you leave the area to avoid it draining your battery when it isn't being used.

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Short links for April 27th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Beastie Boys | Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Free stream of Beastie Boys’ latest!

Good people, unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the "clean" version of our new album, The Hot Sauce Committee pt 2 has leaked. So as a hostile and retaliatory measure with great hubris we are making the full explicit aka filthy dirty nasty version available for streaming on our site. We hope this brings much happiness, hugs, and harmony. Enjoy Kikoos for life!

Thank you, The Management

# Remixing Times Square, with Mobile Field Recordings

Peter Kirn writes:

The armies of the earbuds are everywhere, as people – since the dawning of the Walkman – tune out their surroundings. What if, instead, your surroundings became soundtracks? That’s the question posed by a mobile app research project, partnering between New York’s Times Square and a creative team at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

UrbanRemix invites users to capture geo-tagged sounds with a free iOS and Android app, then to string them together into sound compositions on the Web

# TORTURED PIANO

Tim Prebble introduces a new sample library:

This poor old piano was beyond saving and so it became destined for recycling as a sound design library. Its found a new life at: HISSandaROAR.com

# illucia

From paper kettle:

Codebending is the exploration of software with “patch points.” Patch points expose the inner workings of computer programs, and allow for atypical connections between things like games, music making software, office suites, etc.

# [VIDEO] The Wilhelm Scream – Cinexcellence – The Wilhelm Scream

Every movie blogger is obligated to devote a post to The Wilhelm Scream AT LEAST once in their lives. And they’re all pretty much the same: A quote from wikipedia, the compilation video on YouTube, and the latest movie they found it in. This post is a little different. Starting last year I started collecting Wilhelm Screams, planning on making a video showing some favorites. That project spiraled out of control, and the result is a (pretty) complete collection.

# Max Mathews, Father of Digital Synthesis, Computer Innovator, Dies at 84

Peter Kirn writes:

Max Mathews is best known for his involvement in the debut of digital synthesis, but he contributed much more. His Radio Baton predicted gestural controllers that arrived much later from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, and it may be his code design ideas that outlast even the memory of the computer’s first musical utterances.

More on Max at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Mathews

# Green Label Sound » Take a Tour of the Classixx Studio

Take a peek inside of Classixx’s studio where they crafted the GLS single “Into The Valley feat. Karl Dixon.”

# Slewpi – The Painterly Music Synthesizer for iOS via Oliver Chesler

Slewpi is a new type of app that lets you create music and synthesized sound and animation by painting on the screen with your fingers.

Slewpi is super easy to use, just paint with your fingers and choose different colors and brushes to change the strokes and sounds. Slewpi records what you do and plays it back in a loop.

Choose different brushes to change the visual style as well as the sound of your strokes in real-time. The different brushes correspond to different synthesizer waveform and vibrato settings allowing you to create new and diverse audio/visual compositions.

# Melodies Found in Barcodes, Then Shared, via iPhone

Peter at CDM:

Strings of numbers are everywhere in our world, tucked just outside our awareness alongside identifiers like bar codes. Dutch media artist and inventor Leo van der Veen simply plucks that information and brings it to the fore.

# Coagula MIDI Ribbon Controller 2.0

Giuseppe Di Cillo writes:

A few months ago I published a post on how to make a MIDI Ribbon Controller with Arduino. In the meantime I had a few ideas to improve both hardware and software and also felt the need to change many parameters without having to reprogram every time Arduino. Finally I placed the controller in a case, thanks to Laura who built it. So this is version 2.0 of my MIDI Ribbon Controller, which finally becomes a much more practical tool.

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Short links for July 28th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Nerdle Theremin Video

Wayne and Layne:

One of the unique features of the Nerdle kit is the use of touch-sensitive capacitive-sense buttons, made from copper foil pads inside the case. While meeting with the camp directors to prepare these activities, we decided to try linking the raw information from the capacitive sensors to the on-board piezo speaker.

We added two lines of code, uploaded, and jaws dropped. It sounded like the computers of the future were supposed to sound.

# Deep Synthesis Made Free, Easy: QuteCsound

Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music writes:

In this guest column, we turn to veteran synthesist and music tech expert Jim Aikin. When Jim wants to do digital synthesis, one of the tools to which he turns is a veritable favorite with a direct-line legacy to the beginnings of computer sound. That doesn’t mean Csound hasn’t kept with the times, though, or that it has to be unfriendly. If you’ve been looking for a way to dive into sound and code, this could be an ideal path.

# The Chipophone

The Chipophone is a homemade 8-bit synthesizer, especially suited for live chiptune playing. It has been built inside an old electronic organ.

All the original tone-generating parts have been disconnected, and the keys, pedals, knobs and switches rerouted to a microcontroller which transforms them into MIDI signals. Those are then parsed by a second microcontroller, which acts as a synthesizer.

# Interview: Jordan Rudess and Morphwiz

From Sonic State:

The Morphwiz app from Jordan Rudess takes the concept of the Hakan Continuum – which Jordan was also involved with, and applies it to the touchscreen of the iPhone/iPad to create a totally new instrument, while adding some trippy visuals, effects and a healthy synth engine. Dream Theatre are currently on tour with Iron Maiden in the US, we caught up with Jordan the morning after the night before at his hotel while on the road. He gives us an insight into the features and thinking behind the app.

# :: soundcloud dj player 1.0 beta

Musikame has a beta of the souncloud dj player, the easiest way to dj your soundcloud tracks, allowing you to mix tracks from SoundCloud.

musikame soundcloud dj player
The soundcloud dj player includes various controls like pitch control, dj fx, looping, etc.

At this stage all the mixing is done automatically by the app itself: the user just picks the tracks and the length of the crossfade between them. While it's not actually possible to beat-match tracks as yet, the software does have pitch control with adjustable range, FX, looping and reverse capabilities, hinting at more advanced functionality in the future.

via MusicRadar

# Resistor EP – Some Numbers…

Chris Randall shares details on the number of plays and sales of his latest Micronaut EP "Resistor", which was released as a pay-what-you-like download.

As promised, here's some initial numbers for Resistor, the EP I put out on Bandcamp last week. (If you're just joining us, scroll back a couple posts for the full skinny.)

# NXT-606 LEGO Drum Machine

A new video from Peter Cocteau’s 8bits Sample Based LEGO Drum Machine.

Liine Griid

# CDM: Griid, iPad Ableton Controller

Create Digital Music has some exclusive photos of Griid, the controller for iPad that offers four fluid ways to navigate clips in your Ableton Live set.

Peter Kirn writes:

The developers of Griid, the Ableton Live controller on iPad created in association with Richie Hawtin, have shared photos and screen captures early with CDM to give us a look at the upcoming app. Just over a decade after its original inception, Ableton Live itself remains a ground-breaking user interface design. Love it or hate it, it’s a benchmark in thinking about how music apps might look.

Griid is compelling in part because it re-imagines how that central Session View and clip launching might work, now in the context of a touch tablet. Personally, I like the results. As on the Lemur, bold, saturated colors and contrast on a black background are central, of course. It’s also nice to see extraneous visual information removed. And for anyone with epic-sized sets of clips in Live, you’ll like the massive overview.

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