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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

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


Short links for February 24th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

iPhone fun in Ableton

# iPhone attack: TR-808, TB-303, Sampler, Synthesizer

Oliver Chesler puts together a track with some iPhone apps (Audiorealism technoBox, Tapestri and Andriod FX by Pure Profit).

Oliver writes:

I was having some music fun on my iPhone and I put together a quick Acid track. I recorded three apps into Ableton Live. There really is something to be said for bringing in audio from the outside world, even if it’s from another computer. I like the slight noise and live interaction the iPhone apps forced. The combined price of all the applications I used here was $11.97. Imagine what a Roland TB-303, Roland TR-808, Akai S950 and Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 would have cost you 15 years ago?

# — your music recognition robot allows you to identify almost any unknown piece of music quickly and easily. Its use is very simple: you upload a short audio fragment or an entire song, the robot analyzes it and provides you with the information about the track title, artist name, album title, etc. Your audio fragment can be in almost any file format and of almost any quality (aurally recognizable, of course) — it can be an MP3 file downloaded from the Internet or a short recording made with your old tape recorder and stored as a low-quality .WAV-file.

Josh Freese

# Want Josh Freese to join your band? Got $75,000?

Former NIN drummer Josh Freese is promoting his new album with some limited edition deals.

There's a lot of funny stuff between the regular $7 digital download of Since 1972, and the $75,000 limited edition which includes things like going on tour with Josh for a few days, have Josh write, record and release a 5-song EP about you and your life story and taking a flying trapeze lesson with Josh and Robin from NIN.

Link via Soundcheck

# Apogee discontinues Windows development

From the Agogee news page:

As of 2009, Apogee Electronics will no longer develop products for the Microsoft Windows platform. Apogee has made this decision in order to focus all research, development, and support resources on the Apple platform with its unparalleled power and stability. Apple offers a wide range of affordable, powerful desktop and laptop solutions ideally suited for music creation and audio production.

Check CDM for discussion on the matter.

Ryan Gruss blog


Ryan Gruss has a cool blog where he posts some free drum tracks.

I am a drummer based in Boston, Massachusetts. I previously lived in NYC and Los Angeles where I had the chance to record, collaborate and tour with a wide range of artists. I started this blog with the intention of sharing, transferring and exploring musical ideas with my friends around the world… as well as anyone else who might stumble across this site.

All of the drum tracks (unless credited) are recorded at my studio using Logic Pro 8. I include mp3s of all my recordings for quick previews as well as a separate link to the original, multitracked Logic files. Feel free to download, cut-up, eq, compress, distort, and mutate my drum parts and use them for your own projects. All I ask is that you send me a link to the final product when you’re finished. Let’s see what happens…

Currently at Loop #17.

# AT-AT Boom Box – Combining an AT-AT Walker with an old skool boom box, AT-AT Boom Box FTW!

# Reyn vs Björk – I’ve Seen It All [Dancer in the Dark] (link to YouTube)

Loving this video of Reyn Ouwehand’s mix of this Björk track.

Reyn writes:

I found this track on the album Family Tree. It's Björk together with the Brodsky string quartet.
Really love this track and version and thought it would be nice to do some looping over it.. Enjoy!..

More on Reyn Ouwehand here. Via Tom @ Twitter


Bug Labs releases BUGsound

Bug Labs BUGsound

Bug Labs has announced the availability of BUGsound, the first of the five BUGmodules announced last month at CES.

BUGsound is an audio module, providing a flush-mount 20-mm speaker and omnidirectional microphone with hardware stereo codecs and four 3.5-mm stereo jacks for third-party inputs, outputs, headphones and microphones.

Use BUG as a portable music player, speakerphone, audio processor, and more.

BUGsound features

  • Speaker
    • Built-in mono micro-speaker, 20mm diameter.
    • Impedance is 8O ±15% at 1.5kHz 1V.
    • Input power is 0.5W nominal, 1.0W handling capacity.
    • Sound pressure level is 82dB/w ±3 dB.
  • Microphone
    • Built-in electret microphone (mono).
    • Sensitivity: -45 ±4 dB (0dB=1V/Pa, 1kHz).
    • Omnidirectional.
    • 20-16,000 Hz.
    • > 58dB SNR.
  • Stereo Codec
    • DAC SNR 102 dBA.
    • ADC SNR 92dB, THD -89dB (48ksps, 1kHz, 0dB PGA gain, -2dB full-scale input).
    • On-chip Headphone driver, 30mW per channel into 16O / 3.3V SPKVDD.
    • 16/20/24/32-bit data.
    • Data rates from 8 kHz to 96kHz.
    • 3-D/Bass/Treble/EQ/De-Emphasis effects.
    • Serial data bus supports I2S, left/right-justified, DSP, and TDM modes.
    • ADC with programmable preamp gain or Automatic Gain Control (AGC) for record.
    • Programmable filters for audible noise reduction.

BUGsound is available for purchase now for $99 USD.

Visit Bug Labs for more information.

Link via Create Digital Music


Short links for December 3rd, 2008

Some interesting things I found recently:

Beat Fixx

# Beat Fixx – Natural Performance Enhancement For Drums

Beat Fixx is a professional drum quantizing service. AudioGeekZine’s Jon Tidey explains what this is all about.

  • What is this?
    Professional drum quantizing. A new service for getting your drum tracks corrected. Using Pro Tools’ Elastic Audio and Beat Detective, drumming inconsistencies on a recording can be snapped into time, while maintaining much of the personality of the original performance.

  • Who is it for?
    The service is aimed at home, project and pro studios that may not have the time or resources to do the corrections themselves. Effective and natural quantizing techniques take time to master, I’m sure you’d rather be recording guitars. Spend a few hours editing drums the wrong way and you’ll understand why this is a great deal.

  • How much?
    Beat Fixx is currently charging a flat rate of $50 per song. Payments are processed through PayPal.

  • How long does it take?
    You can expect corrected tracks in 1-3 days. Approximately 24 hours is typical.

# DEVSND.COM | DEVINESOUND – Website of sound sculptors Richard Devine and Josh Kay. You'll find some top notch free Battery kits (including .wav samples) in the library section.

Free DEVSND Battery kits

  • Modded ARP 2600, custom samples from a heavily C.M.S. modded ARP 2600. A strange collection of percussion one-shots, hits, pulses, and other unclassifiable noises.
  • Broken Santoor, custom samples from a detuned & broken suntur, made using a cello bow, battery-powered fans, wind-up toys, and hematite magnets.
  • Bent TR-808, custom samples from a bent and rewired TR-808 drum machine.

Check DEVSND.COM for audio demos and links to download these lovely samples.


# Auditorium – A free Flash game about about the process of discovery and play:

The Primary Goal of Auditorium is to guide your Flow into the various Audio Containers presented before you. As you fill these Containers, you will energize them. Given enough energy, the containers will begin to sing together in a symphony, providing the ultimate Harmony of Flow. But be advised: While some containers merely require the presence of Flow Energy, some containers will require a specific color of Flow. Beyond that, you may encounter containers that require a combination of two or more colors at a time in order to fill.

Link via CDM

# STEIM is safe – From the STEIM website:

We have good news: STEIM is safe and will be able to continue her work. The Council for Culture has reversed her decision, without a doubt impressed by the well over 1000 support letters we received in just two weeks. Insightful, eloquent, personal letters from all over the world. We cannot thank you enough. You helped us realise again how extensive and faithful the network around us is, and we are excited that we can keep working with you and continue to build collaborations, connections and exchanges.
Unfortunately at the moment it looks like the City of Amsterdam is not going to continue her support for STEIM. The final decision on this will happen in December. We'll keep you updated.

# Free Download of The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die (Radio Edit) – Fill out the form (yes you'll get some related news about The Prodigy in your inbox) and you'll get the free mp3 download.


# Play Rhythm Games using any MIDI Instrument

egyokeo writes:

Since I injured my middle left finger playing Guitar Hero 2 way too much when it came out, I've been dying to get back to playing it. But my finger hasn't healed. I was holding the neck too tightly on the X-plorer guitar controller and it hurts to bend it anymore. I've never had an injury playing the drums, so I thought "wouldn't it be great to be able to play Guitar Hero on the drums?" So I thought about how that might be accomplished… researched, implemented, borrowed, and here I outline the finished product.


Short links for November 6th, 2008

Some interesting things I found recently:

# YouTube – “Monkey Jazz” : BEARDYMAN & mr_hopkinson™

Fantastic video of Beardyman doing the jazz thing.

Combining the talents of 2 times UK Beatbox Champion Beardyman and master of the edit mr_hopkinson, this is a one take performance by Beardyman using live looping technology that has been visually explained and augmented by mr_hopkinson's edit and animation.

More here:

# elastic~ – the ultimate pitch-shifting time-stretching looping MaxMSP object – Incorporating the same algorhythm as software giants Cubase, Ableton Live, and Kontakt, elastic~ is a powerful and intuitive tool for looping, pitch-bending and time-stretching audio within MaxMSP.

For Life magazine by Staton

# For Life – Free DJ Magazine From Stanton (pdf)

Stanton is thrilled to announce the first issue of our new hybrid magazine/lifestyle catalog, “For Life”! This new e-zine will be issued periodically to bring our DJs interesting articles, all our latest gear, and even a special “city guide” that focuses on a different city each issue and highlights all our favorite spots. We’re excited about this new venture, and hope that you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it! This issue features the new SCS.3d controller, artist Richard Devine, an insider guide to Seattle, and more! Check it out!

You can subscribe to For Life Magalog and Stanton News here.

# LP 2 FLASH – LP 2 FLASH is the fastest and easiest way to convert your vinyl recordings directly to an SD card or USB thumb drive* without the need for a computer. LP 2 FLASH listens for the silence between songs on your recordings and automatically breaks up album into individual tracks. Once converted, you can listen to your music on any audio player with a standard SD card slot, or on your computer. Converting your records is a snap with LP 2 FLASH!

# Touch the Wave – Objective-Audio – Free iPhone app for looping and scratching. More info over at CDM.

Arturia Origin

# Music Thing: Review: Arturia Origin
Tom Whitwell: It’s big, it’s expensive, it’s sexy. Why don’t I want one?

Why am I writing this, rather than playing with the thing? How come I've already taken the top off to have a look inside and see how it all works? Because the Origin has crossed that line – it's not a hardware synth, it's a computer in a box covered in knobs.

# – iPhone Synth – iPhone Synthesizer – is one of the most intriguing applications for iPhone/iPod Touch which is available exclusively on the AppStore. It is a unique, new-generation sound synthesizer for iPhone / iPod Touch featuring revolutionary user interface and technologies: ESFM, ControlSurface, SoftRibbon and many more. has hit the AppStore on the 30th of October 2008 and is available for purchase for $9.99

# Software Programmer Dreams of New, Small Music Machines – Belgian musician Marc Resibois talk about little music machines.

Peter Kirn writes:

Marc “Nostromo” Resibois, aka “m.-.n,” lives the digital life of computers. The Belgian musician and hacker [@MySpace] is renowned as a Game Boy musician, as the inventor of legendary Nintendo tracker LittleGPTracker, and even has a day job as a programmer for VJ software maker Arkaos. But lately, his thoughts have turned to more traditional synthesis hardware – hardware that acts as tiny computers. Nothing is going to shake me from my love of computers, but that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in having what he describes sitting next to mine. Here’s what he imagines – and it’s a variation on a theme I think we’ll see a lot in the coming weeks and months here on CDM. And without giving away the punchline, that Nintendo DS is going to make another appearance.


Short links for May 13th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 13th, 2008:

# MAKE: Blog: Noise Toy – crash course in programming

Collin Cunningham writes:

The Noise Toy kit is fun to use, but if you’re like me – leaving that little “PROGRAM” port unused will drive you crazy. With little knowledge of AVR programming beyond some fun with Arduino, I taught myself how to upload and hack source code for it. Read on to see how the deed was done and listen to some sample audio.

Noise Toy - Program header
The Noise Toy PROGRAM header

# Happy Knobbing V3.0 2008 in Fischbach – Aliens Project has images from the 2008 "modular" meeting.

# Color the pitch & mod wheels on your Prophet ’08 – User selectable colors: Red, Green, Blue, White, Violet, Yellow, Turquoise and off (Colors can be independently set), compatible with DSI Prophet '08, DSI Poly Evolver, Moog Voyager

# Audio Shield for Arduino – Can play up to 22KHz, 12bit uncompressed audio files of any length. It’s low cost, available as an easy-to-make kit. It has an onboard DAC, filter and op-amp for high quality output. Audio files are read off of an SD/MMC card, which are available at nearly any store. Volume can be controlled with the onboard thumbwheel potentiometer.

# The Get Out Clause, Manchester’s stars of CCTV cameras – Unable to afford a proper camera crew and equipment, The Get Out Clause, an unsigned band from the city, decided to make use of the cameras seen all over British streets.


Short links for April 25th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on April 25th, 2008:

# KlangStufen – „KlangStufen“ is an experiment to show, how much information you can get from the sound of a city. You can experience the urban space auditivly by mounting the different height levels of a city, which would not be possible in the real space at all. You should concentrate completely on the sounds, the visual remains in the background.

KlangStufen (Sound Steps) installation by Christiane Keller

A stair makes the different height levels conceivable to the user. The single steps correspond to the different height levels. So we can use the existing architecture to experience the urban space and to get information about it. The user selects his point of view in the city on a map projected on the wall. Now from this point you move along the y-axis upwards or downwards, depending on which step one is standing.

# Audio Ping Pong – Mike McCracken has a fun little project using an arduino, headphones and an accellerometer.

# Kids Be Gone – Mosquito Device – Are gatherings of teenagers and young adults affecting your business and your profits?
The Mosquito ultrasonic teenage deterrent is the solution to the eternal problem of unwanted gatherings of youths and teenagers in shopping malls and around shops.

# Tristram Cary, Tape Music Pioneer, VCS3 Designer, Composer, Dies – Tristram is credited by some as the father of tape music, originating tape music techniques in World War II. He’s notorious to the general public and sci fi fans as the composer of the music for the Daleks in Doctor Who.

# Puzzlemation – A Dynamic Tiled Display – Puzzlemation divides the digital display into pixels you're free to pick up and re-arrange. It can be used to create things as diverse as modular animated signs, to a uniquely challenging dynamic puzzle.

# LoFi Looping Tape Machine – xelent modified a bedside table alarm clock with a tape recorder into a lofi loop recorder.