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AGZFX04: Pink Piano—Free sample pack at Audio Geek Zine

Audio Geek Zine Pink Piano

Audio Geek Zine has released Pink Piano, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The Pink Piano is made from a First Act brand “Grand Piano” I found at a thrift store. It’s made of cheap wood and the sound is created by the clacky plastic keys hitting some metal tines inside. It sounds broken. My kid loves it and like all musical toys I buy, I planned to meticulously sample it.

The recording was done at 24-bit; 96kHz using a pair of small diaphragm cardioid condensers and an omni condenser in the center. Each note was recorded at 3 velocities. Noise reduction was applied, the three mics were mixed, then each note was cut with the perfect start time, length and each set of velocities was set to specific peak levels. Finally the files were mapped across the keys in KONTAKT. This was all incredibly time consuming.

The sample pack is a free download.

More information: Audio Geek Zine / Pink Piano

Audio Geek Zine releases AGZFX03: Hell Piano

AGZFX03: Hell Piano

Audio Geek Zine has released AGZFX03: Hell Piano, a Kontakt sample library featuring the sounds of a circuit-bent electronic toy piano.

This sample library contains the sounds of a circuitbent FisherPrice 3810 electronic toy piano at 96kHz. Modifications to the toy resulted in hellish distorted drones and screams.

The edited WAV files (included) were used to create KONTAKT instruments that span several octaves more than the original keyboard. There is a KONTAKT instrument for each key and each combination of modification + 2 patches using KONTAKT effects.

Hell Piano is available to purchase for $10 USD.

More information: Audio Geek Zine / AGZFX03: Hell Piano

Audio Geek Zine releases AGZFX02: Baby Pianos

AGZFX02: Baby Pianos

Audio Geek Zine has released AGZFX02: Baby Pianos, a sample library featuring the sounds from three baby pianos captured in stereo at 96kHz and at multiple velocities.

Two of the pianos had 4 keys, the third had 8. Noise reduction was used to increase dynamic range.

The edited WAV files (included) were used to create KONTAKT instruments that span several more octaves than the original toys. There are 5 KONTAKT instruments for each of the 3 pianos with various effects and manipulations.

You will find the distinctive clink, fast transient, bright ringing and slightly off-tune sound of the baby pianos useful for music and sound design projects.

AGZFX02: Baby Pianos is available to purchase for $10 USD.

More information: AGZFX Sample Store

AGZFX launches with AGZFX01: Springs sound fx library

AGZFX01: Springs

AGZFX has launched with the release of AGZFX01: Springs, a sample library featuring sounds of springs.

HD Quality Spring hits, scrapes, squeals, drones and rattles from two unique spring sources. The first is an old rusty spring of unknown origin with a very dark tone that squeals when you rub it wrong. The other is an Accutronics Spring Reverb tank with a much looser spring and very bright tone.

Slow them down, add a touch of reverb and delay, and you’ve got instant horror suspense. The samples in this pack were recorded at 24 bit, 96kHz with plenty of headroom and are edited but otherwise unprocessed.

AGZFX01: Springs features

  • 149 sounds.
  • Mono WAV 24 bit, 96kHz format.

AGZFX01: Springs is available to purchase for the introductory price of $15 USD until July 1 2011 (regular $25 USD).

More information: AGZFX

Short links for December 3rd, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

Designing Sound TV

# Designing Sound TV

Miguel Isaza introduces Designing Sound TV, Television for Sound Designers.

Could you imagine the concept of television re-imagined for sound designers only? How would that be?

How would be a Field Recording TV channel? or can you imagine a show where you can see how the sound of a recent film was done? or what about watching some channels where you can find other guys like you recording sounds outside the world? What if you could watch interviews with different sound designers each night while you drink a cup coffee?

Well, I’ve created something like that, but using the Internet. It’s called Designing Sound TV, a new website packed with lots videos about sound for films, video games, tv, and more. There you can find all kind of stuff on sound design, field reording, foley, mixing, and more.

# Hiphop Experience vol.4
Dmitry Vasilyev aka Cyberworm brings the fourth part in series of free hiphop drum loops (36 loops in stereo wav format, 24bit/44.1kHz, 43 MB).

# Music Kits #1: DIY guitar effect pedal kits

Music Thing is back! (though Tom notes that “Normal service will not, I’m afraid, be resumed…”)

After almost two years since the last blog post Tom Whitwell returns with a list of 23 DIY guitar effect pedal kits.

Music Thing DIY guitar effect pedal kits

Over the last couple of years, I’ve spent a few evenings building DIY guitar effects. It's fun to build things that you can use. If you want to get started, one of the hardest things is buying components. Try to buy a 10Ω resistor from Farnell, and you’re faced with a choice of 345 items. So, starting out buying a kit is a good idea. At least you’ll know the parts are right, even if when your soldering isn’t.

However, not many people sell kits. Despite the potential markup on a handful of bulk components, the customer service is – presumably – a nightmare. Here are 23 companies who will sell you complete component kits for guitar effects – many more people produce PCBs, or sell finished pedals. Stay tuned for similar lists on synths/noise boxes and tube amplifiers.

# Google Translate Beatboxing – If you haven’t heard about Google Translate’s beatboxing skills yet you probably spend a more than healthy amount of time away from the interwebs. Check it out, it’s cool.

# Home Recording Tactics

Home Recording Tactics

Jon Tidey at Audio Geek Zine shares some useful tips on editing & workflow as part of a series of 9 interviews with recording engineers from around the world.

What is Home Recording Tactics? This is a collection of audio interviews with 9 hard working, successful home studio engineers (including me). The interviews were led by Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner. He got these guys to share all their secrets on a variety of home recording topics.

Also features sound design tips by Nick Maxwell of NicksTutorials.com

# Virtual Theremin Made with Kinect; Real Thereminists Will Make it Useful

Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn writes:

Who says technology has to move fast and die young? Leon Theremin may have been a full century ahead of his time, before computers, before transistors, before jet engines or atomic power or rockets.

ReacTable creator Martin Kaltenbrunner has a virtual Theremin prototype built with Microsoft’s depth-sensing, 3D Kinect camera. And what he really needs is some players of the real Theremin to help develop it.

SoundCloud Record

# Capture And Share Your Sounds

SoundCloud’s iPhone app makes it easy to record and share your sounds from anywhere.

Today, we’re excited about the release of the recording feature.

The Record button will make it easy for you to capture all kinds of sounds right on SoundCloud & with the iPhone app and share them from anywhere to everywhere on the web: your website, social network profiles or simply between friends & family.

# TouchOSC for Android released

From hexler.net:

Friends of hand-held devices not sporting the omnipresent “i” prefix take note: TouchOSC for Android has been published on the Android Market! And it’s free. Free as in beer.

Short links for September 15th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Everything is a Remix, Part 1 : Everything Is a Remix

Check Songs Used in Everything is a Remix Part 1 for details.

# Dan303: FREE Samples: “Synth Strings”

Dan is back with a new free sample pack featuring 4 different synth string sounds in .wav format:

Each string sound was had crafted using the Korg R3 synthesizer and each sound is played in a verity of chords.
The Chords are clearly labeled and ready for your compositions.

# cl516: Six Delays in September

Calvin Cardioid posted a lovely video on his ditto blog.

There's a little bit of variety here, ranging from such sounds as the simple Boss DD-3, to the heavier thick tone of the Moog MF104SD, to the craziness of the Eowave Spacebug, and even to the crispy digital artifact sounding OTO Biscuit. Throughout the video, I'm just playing common synth patches in mono with one hand, while the other tweaks the pedals.

Gotta love delays!

Sonic Terrain

# Sonic Terrain

A new blog dedicated to field recording:

Welcome to Sonic Terrain, your source for sounds in the field! Today we are very glad to start with this adventure and we hope you like it as we do. There’s no other reason for this rather than the community and the passion for recording sounds from the world.

What is Sonic Terrain?

In the last few years, social media and blogs have changed the way we interact and learn from other people over the world. This has been especially true in the world of professional sound and audio production/post-production, where a recent proliferation of blogs, websites, and online communities have allowed both emerging talent and established professionals to interact, share, and collaborate with one another.

Sonic Terrain is the brainchild of Miguel Isaza, was co-founded by he and Nathan Moody, and enjoys the deep support and involvement of Colin Hart. You can also find very enjoyable stories from our pro contributors Michael Raphael and Charles Maynes.

# Sound Interjection, Yuri Suzuki

From Pixelsumo:

Last week Yuri Suzuki had his first major show open in London (KK Outlet) until the end of September. Featuring some old works and new ones, each giving a playful physical interaction with sound, such as…

“Colour Chaser detects and follows black line whilst it reads the colour and translate the colour RGB data into sound.”

# Pd & Max/MSP Externals – Beta 7

Tom Erbe at Soundhack writes:

We have just released the first complete version of the SoundHack externals for PD & Max. These externals replicate most of the SoundHack plugins and are offered free of charge.

Included in this collection are externals for amplitude shaping and distortion (+compand~, +chebyshev~ & +decimate~), single-head, multi-head, pitchshifting and granular delays (+delay~, +pitchdelay~, +bubbler~), and the spectral shapers, a set of spectral filters and dynamics processors (+binaural~, +morphfilter~, +spectralcompand~ & +spectralgate~).

Studio BEA-5

# Somewhat Ahead Of Their Time…

From Analog Industries:

In 1952, Phillips Industries, those zany Dutchfolk that bring us fancy new TVs and lightbulbs every now and again, saw fit to make an electronic music studio in their main R&D facility in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This studio, which was moved to the University Of Utrecht in 1960 as part of their new Sonology Studio, and again in 1972 to the Royal Conservatory Of Music (as pictured above), still exists today as Studio BEA-5 at the Institute Of Sonology, with most of the gear in that top image still in daily use.

# Checking drum tracks for phase issues

Good advice from Audio Geek Zine:

When working with a multi-miked drumkit recording you need to be aware of phase issues and how to correct them. Recognizing the phase issues will take some practice but if you go step by step you should have no problems.

Short links for May 12th, 2010

Create Digital Music

Some interesting things I found recently:

# The Myth of Falling Fidelity, and Audio History Unburdened by Fact

Peter Kirn has a lengthy post on the matter:

With the regularity of clockwork, stories about how digital audio consumption is degrading the quality of music are published and then re-published. Nearly a decade after the introduction of Apple’s iPod, this still apparently qualifies as news. The content of the articles is so identical, you could believe the bylines are a ruse, a nom-de-plume for the same author re-publishing the same story.

Whatever the reason for their supposed newsworthiness, the problem with these stories isn’t their claims about the variable quality of music listening. I think it’d be hard to overstate just how sub-optimal real-world listening by real-world consumers can get. The problem is that these journalists, inexperienced in the actual history of the technology they’re covering, falsely identify a technological trend.

In the process, they miss the real story of how listeners listen.

All I can say is +1.

# Novation Nocturn Keyboard + Automap standard Review

Jon at Audio Geek Zine shares his experience with the Nocturn Keyboard:

It’s been about a month since I bought the Novation Nocturn 49 keyboard. I haven’t fully mastered how to use it yet, digging into the features to write the review has made me know it a lot better. Overall I’m really happy with it. It’s been a good investment, it works well, and looks cool (besides the pink lights). I haven’t had any stability issues with it. With any new piece of equipment there is a learning curve, not being able to find instructions doesn’t make it any easier. I did have some trouble with some functions at first, but it was because of glitch with the installation and reinstalling took care of that. If you’re in the market for a new MIDI controller with great feel and advanced features, definitely check this one out.

# Color a Sound

A demo/walkthrough of my installation entitled 'Color a Sound' which was set up at RPI's West Hall Gallery 111 for the month of April 2010.

The interaction is meant to be very simple and playful, hence the major scale. It would be much more difficult for someone to walk up and have fun with a chromatic scale. Like any instrument, one would have to spend a lot of time to make a composition worth listening to and this is just a demo of the sonic abilities/responsiveness.

# The Most Warped Drummer Contest

SABIAN’s Most Warped Drummer Contest gives aspiring musicians the chance to upload a video to showcase their talents and be judged by SABIAN artists on the Warped Tour. One grand prize winner will receive airfare and accommodations for one to Boston, two all-access passes to the Boston Warped Tour stop, a meet and greet with top SABIAN artists, their choice of a SABIAN Performance Pack of cymbals and a SABIAN Bacpac Cymbal Bag set.

Gijs Gieskes YouTube MIDI interface

# Youtube MIDI interface

Gijs Gieskes is back with something new:

A arduino usb hid keyboard emulator is used to convert midi note messages to keypresses. This can be usefull to controle online videos with midi, in combination with the youtube mixer (uses the youtube javascript api).

The midi part is from this script. And the keyboard emulator is from the arduino USB keyboard library.

# free plastic bottle samples

Here are 2 sets of original home cooked samples of an empty plastic bottle (24/44.1) wav + sfz (dry/ambient).

http://rapidshare.com/files/374794049/plastic_bottle.rar

Some of them have been slightly tweaked (eq/dyn).
They might sound completely useless but I thought it would do no harm to share

Scroll down the post a little to find jpumphandle’s download with 8 additional samples.

Short links for March 18th, 2010

Philips SAA-1099

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Phillips SAA-1099 Sample Pack (Copyright-free and License-free)

A new pack of samples by Sebastian Tomczak:

I have made a copyright-free and license-free sample pack of the Phillips SAA-1099 sound generator chip. It is a very straightforward sample pack, consisting of 96 pitched samples and 16 noise samples, across a range of frequencies. These samples have been recorded from hardware. The audio output stage of the sound chip has not been filtered.

Sebastian has also announced a music contest:

It's time to get your chipmusic on! This is your chance to win a SEGA Master System MIDI Interface. Be the coolest musician in your town with this brand new tool that lets you control the sound chip in your SEGA Master System with MIDI data.

More information: SEGA Music Competition: Win A SEGA Master System MIDI Interface!

# [ INCREDIBOX ] presents [ THE INCREDIBLE POLO ] – Lovely online application that offers you to discover the musical universe of "The Incredible Polo", handling a range of "human beat-box" sounds created by the artist.

# Jim Reekes, The Man Behind Mac Sound

From Create Digital Music:

The legend of the early sounds of the Mac remains, apparently, an alluring one. Here, Jim Reekes talks to a Dutch documentary crew (though in English) about his thought process in designing sounds for the Mac, including the famous Mac startup sound.

# Top 10 Free Pro Tools RTAS Plugins

Jon at Audio Geek Zine lists his top 10 free RTAS plug-ins for Pro Tools.

I see this topic come up a lot, “what are the best free rtas plugins?” I’ve answered the question so many times but I’ve never addressed it on the site.<br />
Below is my list of 10 (in no particular order) free 3rd party RTAS plugins I think everyone should have on their system. There are many more out there but these are the ones I use on a regular basis, they are useful and are stable.

Livid Block

# New Block Construction

Livid Instruments improves its Block:

Improving on a design and sharing the results with our users is always at the top of our list at Livid. The Block controller has been a great success and we have just made some minor design changes to make it even better. Originally milled from a solid block of wood, the square body with thin bottom has had its challenges, mostly warping and cupping. We have experienced a bit higher reject rate for bodies at the shop before they were built then we would like. Thus, the up and coming stash of rejected bodies in the Livid Graveyard that were never meant to be!

# Waveformless: 5 Ways of Emulating Vintage Samplers

Mirage DSK

Tom Shear on how to emulate vintage samplers:

When sampling technology finally became accessible to mere mortals and not just uber-rich Fairlight and Synclavier enthusiasts, the race was on to increase fidelity and leave behind the limitations of those first 8-bit samplers. Bit depth and sampling rates increased and memory capacity expanded until the average sampled sound was indistinguishable from the same sound recorded on a CD.

But sure enough, after many years of enjoying the pristine sound quality of the new sampling technology, musicians began to explore and exploit the limitations of the old school samplers. Suddenly the grain of low bit-rate samples and the metallic grit of aliasing is very much in style. So how can you emulate the sonic artifacts of some of the long forgotten vintage samplers? I'm glad you asked…

# Intello – Better Demo of first version (YouTube)

This is the plugin I am currently working on. It's called "Intello". Basically it's a glitch producing plugin and in this first short demo I'm showing you one of the 5 planned glitching modes. The plugin will be controllable by an iPhone application from a listening audience. So the listeners can interact with a performer.

More information: www.zettt.de

# Dan303: Audiotool BETA [Sneak peak]

Dan writes:

I receved an email last night from the good people at audiotool. For those of you that dont know audiotool is a browser based music production platform that features emulations of the classic drum machines and bassline synth origanally made by roland. Along with the drum machines and bass line synthesiser, the audiotool also features emulations of guitar effects. The email I receved contained a link to test the BETA version of audiotool 1.0 [codename: Firestarter]. The BETA version of the audio tool has lots of intresting new freatures, such as a timeline, piano roll, automation and a new synthesiser.