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Short links for December 8th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Dance music with MindStorms sounds

organfairy writes:

It has been a while since I made music on the MindStorms bricks. But now I present the longest and most complicated piece of MindStorms music I have ever made. The title of the melody is “the Future Child” and the idea is to make a cheerfull bleepy melody with the NXT’s tones and use the other sounds as effects while an organ and a synthesizer supplies the orchestra. Most of the pictures are robots made by myself. The rest is something I photographed at the First LEGO League competition in Herning back in 2007. The screenshots are from the NXT-G PC programming tools.

Tic Tac Tunes

# Tic Tac Tunes – Now with Tic Tac Beat Box

AndyGadget @ Instructables created a Micro-organ and drum-kit in a Tic Tac box

This tiny box will give you hours of fun composing your own tunes. You can vary the tune tempo and switch between a pentatonic and blues scale as well as producing a variety of percussion sounds.
Load up a different program and it will compose its own percussion rhythms(Tic Tac Beat Box) or play with half a dozen different musical scales (Tic Tac Scales). Another cool feature is no power switch – It will hibernate when it's not being used.

There are great musicians around . . . and then there's me with no musical talent at all, but even I can get some great sounding tunes out of this. Watch the video and have a listen to the MP3 files to get an idea of what this little marvel can do.

# Water drop sequencer

The Water drop sequencer is an interactive sound installation. It creates sound by water drops falling on suspended iron bars with piezo elements attached. The viewer or performer can control which tones will be played by placing water bottles upside down in holes that are centred over the iron bars. It is also possible to control the speed of the dripping.

# LividStep – Step sequence device for Max For Live

Livid Instruments LiveStep:

LiveStep is an extremely rich (as in “dessert”, not “money” – this download is free) step sequencer. With control of up to eight sequences, each sequence can be modified with a huge variety of hands-on control. You can even play synths and drum machines on top of the sequenced insanity, and record loops of improvised melodies to play back.

Glenn Marshall Zio

# Zio by Glenn Marshall

An interactive generative art visualizer from award winning computer animator and software designer Glenn Marshall.

Explore and interact with an endlessly generating world of organic visuals.
- Use drag and pinch to pan, move and rotate through space.
- Pause / play, save snaphots to your photo library.
- Switch on audio reactive visuals (for devices with mic only).
- Comes with 3 unique preset Zio worlds.- Shake to shuffle between presets.

Using the same Zio animation technology, Glenn collaborated with Peter Gabriel to create The Nest That Sailed The Sky music video which won at Prix Ars Electronica 2009, one of the biggest computer arts festivals in the world.

via Synthtopia

# Getting Ready To Mix – Part 2 – Jon @ Audio Geek Zine has some great tips on how to get ready to mix.

# Warped Piano, Zone Shift, and Sidechained Delay

Loudon Sterns writes:

Hello everyone, a student posted in one of my classes asking about this cool warped ambient piano he heard on a recording. It seemed like a cool challenge so I tried to make an instrument that would give a wide variety of spooky warped piano sounds. I created a really cool patch and used some of the more advanced features in Sampler and Instrument racks, so here is the video explaining it all.

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Short links for November 23rd, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

# MidiFighter Kit

Ean Golden at djtechtools writes:

I am pleased to announce that in 2 weeks time we will be selling DIY MidiFighter kits in the web-store. This kit will be the first incarnation of our brand new controller line that allows several different levels of customization. Everything from creating original color combos to adding more analog interfaces and customizing the open-source firmware is possible with this exciting new tool.

MidiFighter
MidiFighter Kit

MidiFighter kit details

  • Release Date: November 30th.
  • Price: Aprox $125 for the Kit + Arcade Buttons ($2.50 each) optional wood case- $40.
  • Plug and Play-compatible device, compliant MIDI controller.
  • USB powered.
  • Must be assembled (no expertise required).
  • 16 programmable buttons.
  • 16 programmable LEDs.
  • Expandable to 20 programmable buttons and 4 analog controls.
  • Limited-edition 200-piece run in this configuration (black PCB with blue LEDs).

# PyMT

PyMT is a python module for developing multi-touch enabled media rich applications. Currently the aim is to allow for quick and easy interaction design and rapid prototype development. PyMT is written in Python, based on pyglet toolkit. We are about 10 contributors and ~40000 lines of code (version 0.3).

Speak & Math

# Audio Geek Zine Free Sound Of The Week 04

Jon at Audio Geek Zine offers some free samples from his circuit bent Speak & Math in his weekly series of free sounds.

This time I’m digging into the archives. What I’ve got this week is sounds from my circuit bent Speak & Math, from a few years ago. These are taken straight from my Toys Breaking library, if you like glitchy weird samples check that out.

There are 89 wave files, mono, 16 bit, 44.1kHz.

# James’ Circuit Bent Library

James at Illuminated Sounds also shares some free samples from circuit bent toys.

Here is a Collection of samples from a few of my own circuit bent toys. I’ve made a quick couple of videos that will show you the method of how I captured these samples. I edited them in Protools at 16bit 441khz as mono WAV files. Feel free to comment or request any more. Enjoy.

Hardware Random7

# Hardware version of Random7

More from Illuminated Sounds. Miketron's random MIDI note generation software (MAC/PC) goes hardware:

A couple of months I took my MAX/MSP code for Random7 and rewrote so I could embed it into a hardware version. Random7 Hardware Version 1 (R7H) is a very basic version of the Random7 software. The core element of R7H is still the same, the program pick from 7 different midi notes randomly. As of now the key R7H is preset to the key of A Major, and the only control is a potentiometer that controls the speed of R7H. Output for R7H is a midi port, an on/off switch, and there is also a red led the flashes everytime a note is sent. The some of the next additions I plan to the hardware are a midi input to provide midi sync options, a small lcd to provide useful information such as tempo and key, and allow user to pick from any diatonic major key. The microcontroller I am using for this is the arduino built into a d.i. box housing.

# Ohm Force studio pic contest, powered by Sample Magic !!!

All you need to do is post a picture of you in your studio for a chance to win some Sample Magic libraries.

The only two requirements are: the computer screen must show some Ohm plugins interfaces and you must be in an “audio magician” pose. Each of the three winners will be able to pick three Sample Magic libraries of choice, for free, worldwide shipping or instant download through www.soundstosample.com. The pictures will be judged by the Sample Magicians themselves in their London HQ. Make-up and dressing up allowed. Rabbits and all domestic animals not allowed. The picture (or the link to it) must be posted on the comments section of this blog post, until November 30th 2009.

Tenori-On @ Modulate This!

# Hands-On with the Tenori-On: First Impressions + Integration with Ableton Live

Mark Mosher shares his first impressions of the Tenori-On.

Now that REBOOT has released, I’m gearing up to perform these songs live. One of my goals it to make the performances more visually interesting, help the audience connect with what I’m doing musically, and not spend an entire set hunched over a laptop.

I just added a Tenori-On White to my rig to help achieve this goal and to use as a controller and sequencer for composition. In this post I’ll offer some first impressions and notes on use.

# Little Gem Guitar Amp

garagemonkeysan's take on the famous Little Gem mini guitar amp.

All details on the electronics can be found at runoffgroove.com. http://www.runoffgroove.com/littlegem.html
The case came from Jameco p/n 11886. The speaker bezel is the rim of a tin can that was epoxied to the case. The disk in the rear serves as a cord reel.

Audiomulch (with Metasurface), Novation Remote Zero SL and the Launchpad

# Launchpad, No Live: Novation Launchpad Review

John Fisher reviews the Launchpad.

I recently picked up a Novation Launchpad because I wanted the control options of a grid controller, even though I don’t use Ableton live. I plan on using the Launchpad with Reaktor, Audiomulch, and possibly Processing. The price wasn’t hard to swallow either. I’ve seen very little info thus far on people using the Launchpad with anything besides Ableton Live, except for people who are using the “nonome” max/msp patch that allows you to load up other monome applications via the Launchpad. So, I thought I would do a write-up on my thoughts. The way I prefer to work is making my own custom midi mappings with my controllers. Novation’s Automap system might be interesting for others, but I always prefer to have my own configurations because I’m picky about those sorts of things. So I’ll be detailing how I went about that.

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Short links for October 30th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Robot playing Rockband on the iPhone

Joe Bowers combines light sensors, servos and Arduino to build a robot that plays Rock Band on his iPhone.

He writes:

Rock Band has been released on the iPhone, and even though its a lot of fun, I would rather have something play it for me. Preferably a robot!

# Waveformless: Free Sample Friday: Synthetic Kick Drums

Tom has another set of free samples: Here's 20 synthesized kicks created on the Virus, Microtonic, Reaktor, and Ultrabeat and processed with a Focusrite Liquid Mix. Enjoy!

Mark Mosher REBOOT

# Mark Mosher: REBOOT

Mark Mosher of the excellent Modulate This! blog has released REBOOT, a new album featuring some great electronic music.

Mark Mosher is an electronic music artist from Louisville Colorado just outside of Boulder. He is a BMI recording artist and composes and produces electronic music and sound completely in the digital realm using state-of-the-art virtual synthesizers and instruments within Ableton Live.

Two years in the making, REBOOT is an album containing 7 richly layered electronica songs that blend contemporary synthesizer sounds with classical music motifs. The end result is dark electronica for those who love synth "ear candy" with a “dirty” industrial edge.

While the songs on REBOOT stand alone as singles, the collection is an album in the true sense of the word. They share a common palette and when played in sequence conjure an epic and dynamic story for the listener.

Prior to the release of the album, the first three tracks were released as singles. "Midnight" and "Stealth" went to #1 and "They Walk Among Us" went to #2 on the Soundclick.com electronica charts.

REBOOT is available to download at Bandcamp. The album is currently being offered using the “pay what you will” model. Although the suggested pricing is $6 for the 7 song album + digital booklet and $1 for singles, users can name their own price including specifying 0$ for free downloads. There are future plans to make the album available on iTunes and Amazon’s MP3 store.

# little-scale: RAM Music: The Audio Contortionist

Sebastian Tomczak writes:

I have started working on what I am calling "RAM Music" after my previous exploration of EPROM Music. In many ways, this is an extension of EPROM Music, as it shares many traits. In particular, this idea of manipulating digital sound directly, without the need for pre-programmed parts, or anything that computes (such as a microcontroller).

# Filter control via light blob tracking in Processing (YouTube)

Filter control via light blob tracking in Processing This video shows how I can set and control a filter's parameters via MIDI mapping, creating a control surface via a webcam and a torch. I realized a little Processing sketch that tracks the light blob I shot in front of webcam, normalizes X and Y coordinates to MIDI acceptable values, and then sends them to a filter effect in Ableton Live. I also realized the little control panel that allows to correctly make the MIDI mapping and set some blob detection's params. My toolkit: Processing MIDI

# Crazy Celebrity Quotes File: Ricardo Villalobos Trashes Ableton, Recalls “Purer” Digital

Peter Kirn writes:

It’s been a while since we had a celebrity saying things that didn’t really make sense. It’d be unfair to ask Ricardo Villalobos live up to some of the titans – Bob Dylan saying CDs have “no stature” and “have sound all over them,” and Elton’ John’s classic call to “tear down the Internet.” (Not to mention, in the end I think we wound up agreeing with them and turned Elton’s quote into a brand-new verb.) As with Elton John and Bob Dylan, I love and respect Villalobos’ work, no less so as he says things with which I disagree. But Ricardo Villalobos does get special credit for claiming in a recent Resident Advisor interview, among other things, that what has really hurt sound quality today is the lack of cheap drum machines from the 80s, because they were analog. Or they weren’t, but it was as if they were. Or something. (If you think this might earn some ire from Ableton loyalists, you’re right.)

Are old digital drum machines better than your Ableton Live?

mixknob

# Getting Outside “The Box” – Hybrid Recording And Mixing

Jon @ Audio Geek Zine writes:

Plugins are great, they’re very close to the real hardware counterparts, sometimes better. I don’t want to debate that. This article is all about options for getting electrons flowing through gear to get better mixes.

There are very few (if any) professional mixing engineers that work 100% ITB (in the box), at some point you’ll need to get outside.

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Short links for August 10th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently, and not so recently (since it’s been a while since I posted short links).

Guitare à crayon

# Guitare à crayon

The idea behind “la Guitare à crayon” is to be able to paint and play music with the same instrument (crayon mean pencil in english). It’s a custom usb guitar with open source software: namely, pure data (for sound) and gimp, blender, flash (for visual).

Guitare à crayon

  • Hardware features:
    • Accelerometer X-Axis (for example controlling the octave)
    • Accelerometer Y-Axis (for example controlling an effect)
    • 6 analog strings giving around 10 bits of resolution
    • External input: 1 analog, 1 digital
    • 4 positions switch
    • 8 buttons
    • 4 pots
    • 1 piezo with velocity filter (for example trigging any sound)
    • 1 ir distance sensor (+-6cm – +-20cm)
    • 1 unuseful led (for tapping the bpm)
    • Pressure-sensitive tablet
    • Foot controller (using a led & a photoresistor)
    • Foot switch (looper, change sound, …)
  • Software features:
    • No driver (firmware & bootloader)
    • Linux, Windows, Mac
    • Pure Data poweful DSP (sample, soundfont, fx rack, multiple looper)
    • Gimp for 2d (drawing, painting, photo, …)
    • Gesture tracking on the tablet (linux only)

# Beem – The Future – Lego synth models, inspired by danmcp's paper models. Artwork to the album – Beem "The Future" at www.beem.se

XenonJohn 8 Track Walkman-Pod thing

# 8 Track Walkman-Pod thing (Retro-tech)

Instructables user XenonJohn writes:

This is an admittedly mad project to see what might have happened if Sony had invented the Walkman earlier than they did – and made it so it took 8 track tape cartridges (which came before cassette tapes were invented).

In other words, can I make a personal 8 track player with just headphones in the style of a Walkman?

# 8-bit noise synth

vtol's 8-bit noise synth project:

8-bit noise synth is my latest project based on HT-8950 voice changer chip. Like my Lo-Fizer and Noise guitar it can produce noises by itself or process sounds like a lo-fi ring modulator, 8-bit pitch shifter and simple guitar synth/digital fuzz. I've also added two body contacts that change pitch or trigger sounds – in particular mode they work like theremin sensors. Check also 8-bit noise synth ver.2 , ver.3 and Star Noise synth.

# CASSETTE IS NOT DEAD – A lamp made of cassette tapes by ooomydesign.com

ooomydesign.com cassette tapes lamp
You can replace the cassette tapes with your own as well

Available in transparent and colored cassette tapes, 20x13x12cm, price 35 EUR.

# NESynth – Retro game sounds piano for iPhone. NESynth is a virtual synthesizer that simulated 8 bit sound of video games in the 80's.

# Palalab’s Free Music Loops, Samples in ACID™ .WAV format

Palalab is offering free multi-instrumental sample loops in a variety of styles designed to be different, inspire your songwriting and fill out your mix. All loops can be used royalty-free, are properly ACID™ized for quality pitch and tempo transposition, and loop seamlessly.

Every week Palalab posts a new sample pack consisting of 5 loops. Each pack stays up for 4 weeks only, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly.

Korg nanoPAD / nanoKONTROL (image by Jay Vidheecharoen)

# Download Free Korg nanoPAD, nanoKONTROL Scripts for Ableton Live

Peter Kirn writes:

The KORG nanoSERIES has a rabid following among many Ableton Live users, and with good reason. The nanoPAD and nanoKONTROL street for about US$60, provide basic knobs + faders + transport (KONTROL) and pads and X/Y control (PAD), plus a fully-featured, cross-platform editor, but still fit in a backpack. They’re small enough to use in coach on an airplane.

Having to open Live templates, however, just to get the mappings you want is a big pain. So, instead I’ve created a basic set of MIDI Remote Scripts and Kontrol Editor templates for Mac and Windows, Live 6.x and later, and wanted to share them with you.

# Gijs Gieskes WalkSX – The Walkman has a audio recording of some sort, on one side.. (L) And a audio signal that is used to trigger the arduino sequencer on the other side (R), that sequences the Gakken SX-150.

# Techniques for dealing with Phase

Audio Geek Zine - Phase

Jon @ Audio Geek Zine takes a look at what phase is and how to avoid problems with it in your productions.

Phase is a constant concern for recording and mixing engineers. Problems with phase can ruin your music, they can be easily avoided or corrected, but first you need understand how these problems occur.

This guide will attempt to explain almost everything there is to know about phase, what it is, how it happens, what it can sound like and some techniques to deal with it.

# Samples | synthesizers.se – Bunch of free samples including some REX'es of the Yamaha MP-1 and a ReFill featuring Mario Paint sounds.

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Short links for September 25th, 2008

Tom's Diner by Monstro @ Flickr

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Toms Essay – Measure for Measure

Suzanne Vega writes:

In my last blog, I was discussing the idea of being a two-hit wonder, and wrote about the song “Luka.” The other hit AOL cited in its story (called “Two-Hit Wonders”) was “Tom’s Diner,” which was a hit for me in 1990. This wasn’t just a plain ordinary hit, if there is such a thing. To this day it is sticky with the modern issues of technology and copyright law.

What a lovely read. In the article Suzanne also mentions the Luka cover by the Lemonheads, one of my favorite covers of a Vega song ever. Nice to read that she liked it too, I wonder if Evan knows. (link via Synthtopia)

# 2 Addictive Drums Presets For You – Audio Geek Zine has uploaded 2 presets for Addictive Drum.

# ThinkGeek :: Electronic Drum Kit Shirt

We could do what those other supposedly geeky apparel companies do and print a regular t-shirt with a cool looking picture of a drum kit on the front… then say it was trendy, make a few Rock Band references and try to convince you to buy it. But we don't roll like that. At ThinkGeek we know you expect innovative new products and we're here to pony up the goods. So, how about an electronic t-shirt with a picture of an actual playable drum kit on the front? That's right. Hit the drums on this shirt with your finger and they play through the built in speaker… simple but amazing. With 7 different drum sounds you're ready for a personal drum solo on your chest.

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Short links for February 20th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on February 20th, 2008:

ModTrap
  • 5 Reflection Reducing Products

    Problem: Your recording room is too large or not properly treated for vocals, you need some way of reducing the room sound before it hits the mic.

    Audio Geek Zine lists a few devices to help isolate the room from the mic.
     

  • The Amazing Staircase – Combines a staircase with bookshelves, clever!
  • limpfish.com – Beautiful art including portraits of Simpsons characters painted in the style of Rembrandt
  • Guitar Effects Schematics & Projects – Muzique.com’s resources for building your own guitar effects.
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Audio Geek Zine releases Toys Breaking

Audio Geek Zine Toys Breaking

Audio Geek Zine has released Toys Breaking, a sample cd featuring tons circuit bent toys sounds.

Jon writes:

Yes, that time has come where I try to sell you something from my blog. I’ve had this 90% finished for a long time, finally got the push to finish and release it. This is the result of months laboring over a hot soldering iron days of manual editing, and 3rd degree burns. Its only $5.

Toys Breaking includes over 1400 samples of circuitbent toys, in standard 16 bit, 44.1 kHz WAV format. Toys include the Coleco Talking Teacher, Mystery Meat Machine and a Furby. Find images of some of the bent toys here.

Visit Audio Geek Zine for more information.

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