Ross Bencina updates AudioMulch to v2.2.3

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Ross Bencina has updated the AudioMulch software for live performance, audio processing, sound design and music composition to version 2.2.3.

This is a stability update. It fixes several crashes, bugs with LiveLooper, PulseComb and SDelay contraption behavior, and a number of plugin hosting issues (mostly on Mac). It is recommended that users of version 2.2.0 thru 2.2.2 upgrade now.

Changes in AudioMulch v2.2.3

  • Fixed bug where clicking the LiveLooper Start button would sometimes not start recording, especially with high CPU load or when the audio driver buffer size was not set to a multiple of 64 samples.
  • Fixed crash: assertion failure “length >= fadeLengthSamples_” if you changed the sample rate in AudioMulch’s Audio General settings while LiveLooper was recording.
  • Fixed bug where PulseComb hold would get permanently stuck on if you set the Hold Quantize Divisions multiplier to zero with Quantize Amount set to non-zero.
  • Fixed bug in PulseComb hold quantize behavior (present since version 2.1): Hold Quantize was taking priority over the Hold Period causing rapid holds when the hold duration should have been at least as long as Hold Period. To get the previous “buggy” behavior use a very short Hold Period.
  • Fixed bug in SDelay where delay times would not be displayed correctly (clamped to a maximum value of 32) when recalling presets that switched delay units from rhythmic units to milliseconds.
  • Display preset names in preset automation hover tooltips.
  • Fixed crash when recalling AudioMulch presets with DFX Transverb VST Plugin.
  • Mac: fixed crash when selecting the contraption editor “Close All” menu item when the mouse cursor was positioned over a sub-control of the editor.
  • Mac: fixed bug where using the “Refresh Plugins List” context menu would cause subsequent documents to load the wrong VST plugins until AudioMulch was restarted.
  • Mac: increased limit on concurrently open file handles to improve compatibility with some streaming sampler plugins (e.g. NI Kontakt). Fixes crashes when selecting File > Open… or File > Save As… after using a Kontakt sample set that streams many files from disk.
  • Mac: fixed VST plugin unloading logic that could cause crashes when mixing VST and AU versions of some plugins (e.g. Korg Legacy).
  • Mac: fixed white flashes when closing some Audio Unit plugin custom editor windows.
  • Mac (OS X 10.7 Lion only): fixed intermittent crash when switching Metasurface to full screen.

AudioMulch for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $189 USD.

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Review: Samplephonics Analogue Witchcraft by Paul Rez

Samplephonics Analogue Witchcraft

Tons of sample libraries are released week in week out, and I reckon it’s getting increasingly harder to get noticed. Still, every once in a while there’s a sample library that grabs my attention.

Since launching their website at the end of 2011, the guys at Samplephonics have been working hard to bring “fresh, unique sounds that inspire creativity and push the boundaries of music and sound”, and that’s certainly what they are doing with libraries like Analogue Witchcraft.

This is quite simply the most diverse and exciting sample pack we have released to date, packed full of leftfield and experimental loops and samples all with their own unique flavour and texture.

Leftfield and experimental, just my cup of tea!

The title Analogue Witchcraft might throw you off a bit so just to be sure you know what we have here. The library includes a fair amount of sounds coming from modular analog synthesizer sources, but this sample pack is not all about that.

For Analogue Witchcraft a combination of vintage and current equipment and software was used. Samplephonics mentions “experimental recording techniques”, I call the pack’s sound fresh. It includes recordings of acoustic guitars and foley percussion, and a Studer Tape Machine was used as well.

This library was made by Paul Rez aka Paul Ressel, an innovative sound designer, composer, and member of electronica band Lark from Cape Town, South Africa. As part of this band that is said to be “one of the key contributors to the rising experimental and idm crossover scene”, Paul is no stranger to blending organic and acoustic sources with digital and electronic sounds.

Have a listen to some demo tracks and example loops from the sample pack below.

The pack includes no less than 226 samples grouped in 7 folders.

The first folder – Acoustic Guitar Day Care – sets the tone right from the start. These are some lovely acoustic guitar samples with a distinct sound, 42 loops in total. The description reads “played in a variety of unorthodox ways and processed in Reaktor and Audiomulch for some subtle effects”. I really like Paul’s style on the guitar, lots of flageolet tones and fragile melodies, lovely!

Taking things to the more experimental side we find Flawed Foley Melodies, a collection of 23 more melodic and rhythmic themes with stringed instruments and cinematic percussion type sounds. Unique in sound and execution.

The Half Buried Drum Loops folder includes 26 heavily processed beats. Heavy compression, long reverbs, nasty distortion. All is allowed here. Again, lots of unique material here.

Up next is the Organic Mechanic folder, in which 37 loops blend organic and mechanical sound sources. This results in more melodic and rhythmic themes, which are more on the experimental side as well. It’s interesting to see the variety of styles, which go from dark cinematic to sonic youth type bass guitar.

The Retriggered to Tape section offers a selection of loops that were processed with tape. The 21 loops include lots of re-triggered piano and guitar sounds.

Just as you think you are getting a good sense of where this library is going we get another surprise. Synthi Hurtful Bass Loops is full of the type of sounds that will make some people question your sanity. You’ll have to reassure them your speakers aren’t broken, explain what idm is, that kind of thing. Samplephonics lists them as “gnarly twisted bass loops, recorded from a selection of analogue synth loops, bass guitars and upright basses”. Gnarly & twisted, check.

The last folder is titled Uncooperative Sequences and they kind of remain in the same area as the synthi bass loops. These sequences also sound quite raw and twisted. There’s a total of 48 melodic and percussive loops, which once again showcase a lovely sonic range and a wide variety of styles.

The sample pack also includes REX files for many of the loops (103 in total), and patches are available for easy auditioning in your favorite soft sampler.

In general the loops have quite a raw and honest vibe, played/composed with feeling and processed with care.

So what do I think?

Product: Analogue Witchcraft by Samplephonics
Format: 24bit, 44kHz/48kHz/96kHz Wav
Price: £34.70 GBP
Like: Unique sounds, inspiring
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 9/10

I would like to describe Analogue Witchcraft as musical, experimental, glitchy, raw & energetic, and most beautiful. These sounds conjure up a childlike enthusiasm in me. The library is like a playground with lots of fun toys scattered around for you to find, pick up, and make your own. My favorite sections are the guitar sounds and the drum loops.

The library is most suited to idm music producers and many sounds have a vibe that would work well for cinematic projects as well.

In short, Paul Rez created a truly remarkable collection of loops with a sound I haven’t really heard before. Recommended, check it out!

More information: Samplephonics / Analogue Witchcraft

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Ross Bencina updates AudioMulch music performance software to v2.2

Ross Bencina has released version 2.2 of AudioMulch, the creative software for live performance, audio processing, sound design and music composition.

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AudioMulch allows you to make music by patching together a range of sound producing and processing modules.

AudioMulch 2.2 delivers a solid line up of refinements targeted at live performance, including increased responsiveness and expanded MIDI control and routing capabilities. Additions include: lower audio latency, support for routing MIDI output to external devices, improved MIDI and network clock synchronization, and MIDI-controlled snapshot switching for AudioMulch’s unique Metasurface control interface. A range of other enhancements and bug fixes are included.

This release also marks the launch of a new community patch sharing area at AudioMulch.com where AudioMulch users can share sound processing patches and compositions: (http://www.audiomulch.com/patches).

Performers processing live audio or playing virtual instrument plug-ins will benefit from the responsiveness of the overhauled low-latency sound processing engine. The engine now supports lower latency buffer settings with improved stability.

Musicians using AudioMulch in conjunction with MIDI synthesizers and outboard effects units can take advantage of extensions to AudioMulch’s modular MIDI routing system. MIDI data can now be routed to external MIDI devices from sequencer and control generator plug-ins.

AudioMulch 2.2’s new timing engine improves timing stability when chasing MIDI or network synchronization. A new “pattern mode” MIDI clock sync option provides compatibility with pattern-based hardware step sequencers.

Performers who control AudioMulch from a MIDI controller will welcome the ability to switch Metasurface parameter snapshots under MIDI control.

Mac users will appreciate AudioMulch 2.2’s improved plug-in compatibility stemming from the switch to a Cocoa-based user interface framework. AudioMulch 2.2 is ready for OS X Mountain Lion today.

Other enhancements include:

  • Unlimited contraption presets and improved preset workflow via a new streamlined header bar.
  • Support for composing with musical pitch names when using frequency parameters usually expressed in Hertz.
  • A versatile new stereo chorus contraption.
  • A new Welcome Screen gives quick access to recent documents and common tasks.
  • An updated help system with a clear, step-by-step tutorial format to bring users up to speed quickly.

AudioMulch for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $189 USD. The upgrade for version 1.0 users is $89 USD. All version 2 updates, including this one, are free to licensed AudioMulch version 2 users. A 60 day trial version is available to download.

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Ross Bencina AudioMulch, interactive music studio updated to v2.1

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Ross Bencina has released version 2.1 of AudioMulch, an interactive music studio for Windows and Mac.

This version includes support for custom time signatures, Audio Unit plugin support on Mac OS X, new dynamics processing contraptions, an optional light grey color scheme, and more.

Changes in AudioMulch v2.1

  • Time signatures and rhythmic units — AudioMulch now supports custom and user-defined time signatures and rhythmic units. Automation supports time signature changes. This opens a world of potential for polyrhythmic and polymetric music. Everything that used to be hard-wired to 4/4 time now allows selection of a time signature (including CanonLooper, LiveLooper and LoopPlayer). Everything that used to be hardwired to 16ths (semiquavers) allows the selection of a rhythmic unit (including BubbleBlower, DLGranulator, Drums, LoopPlayer, Nebuliser, PulseComb, SDelay and SouthPole).
  • New rhythmic matrix pattern editors for Arpeggiator, SouthPole and Bassline — All contraptions with rhythmic pattern editors now support user-selectable pattern lengths, matrix resolutions, non-4/4 time signatures and time signature changes. You can also click and drag to “paint” multiple triggers in the matrix pattern editors.
  • Dynamics processing contraptions: Compressor, Limiter and NoiseGate — New Compressor, Limiter and NoiseGate contraptions in mono and stereo versions. These contraptions are useful for shaping the dynamics (loudness) of your sound. They can be found in the new Dynamics category of the contraptions palette.
  • Audio Unit plugin support on Mac OSX — AudioMulch now support’s Audio Unit plugins on Mac OS X, giving you access to a new range of third-party audio effects and instruments.
  • A new, light grey color scheme — You can now select between light and dark color schemes on the Appearance page of the Settings/Preferences dialog box.
  • Support for hot-plugging MIDI devices — AudioMulch now remembers selected MIDI devices when they’re not connected. You can connect them while AudioMulch is running. Just toggle the Enable MIDI button to activate them.
  • Improved documentation — We’ve re-written and reorganised the MIDI help page and the contraption reference pages for every contraption to make it easier for you to find the information you’re looking for.
  • Bug fixes and other improvements — Version 2.1 includes a range of other enhancements, tweaks and bug fixes. They’re all listed in the release notes.

AudioMulch is available for purchase for Windows and Mac for $189 USD.

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Ross Bencina updates AudioMulch to v2.0.4

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Ross Bencina has released version 2.0.4 of AudioMulch, a software for live performance, audio processing, sound synthesis and music composition.

This update resolves a small number of bugs to improve stability on both Mac OS X and Windows platforms. This is anticipated to be the final 2.0.x series release prior to version 2.1.

Changes in AudioMulch v2.0.4

  • Fixed hung notes and/or plugin crashes when using VSTi plugins controlled by MIDI. The bug occurred when MIDI data is received on multiple MIDI channels simultaneously and the plugin Receive Channel is set to a single channel (i.e. not “None” or “All”).
  • Fixed intermittent crash when displaying a VST generic editor while audio is running: “assertion failed: slider .= 0″.
  • Fixed rare crash while previewing a sound file in the open sound file dialog: “assertion failed: lastAlloc_->Blocksize()==size”.
  • Mac 10.6 (Snow Leopard): Fixed audio freeze when selecting files in open sound file dialog.
  • Mac: Fixed crash on startup if Preferences .plist file had become corrupted. Fixed preferences mechanism to avoid Preferences corruption.
  • Mac: Fixed bug where sometimes double clicking on an AudioMulch document in Finder would launch the help viewer instead of AudioMulch.

AudioMulch is available for purchase for Windows and Mac for $189 USD.

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