AudioRealism has released version 2.5.0 of AudioRealism Bass Line (ABL), a virtual bass line synthesizer for Windows and Mac.
The Bass Line is a monophonic programmable synthesizer plug-in which can memorize and playback bass patterns in sync with a host sequencer. The voice of the original Bass Line is well known and has become standard studio equipment. The AudioRealism Bass Line is a digital recreation of that instrument, offering every characteristic of the analog instruments while maintaining all the benefits of digital algorithms. More benefits of moving into the digital realm are for example unlimited (that the CPU can support) number of instances and control automation allowing previously unheard effects with the well known voice.
Changes in AudioRealism Bass Line v2.5.0
Improved 18dB/oct filter emulation and overall sound improvements.
Beefed up distortion unit.
MIDI keyboard programming (i.e. you can assign MIDI keys to buttons on ABL2′s interface and program remotely).
MIDI pattern export.
Other minor changes.
AudioRealism Bass Line is avaialble to purchase as an instrument plug-in for PC and Mac (VST/AU), priced at 95 EUR + VAT if applicable.
My NAMM experience went really quite smoothly this year. I didn't have to deal with any injuries or camera failures.
The show was a little smaller than last year, which was most apparent in my favorite haunt, Hall E. There were some open areas where there weren't any booths set up at all. That being said, there was no shortage of invention and innovation at the show. Because of that, I think the great unsung heroes of the Oddities need their own motto: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor global economic collapse stays the mad genius from the swift creation of strange musical devices."
# skewworks Pyxis – How would you like to be able to run compiled programs from a uSD drive? Maybe you'd like to create an app that's closed source? Or perhaps you're just looking to display full screen 320×240 bitmaps using the Arduino. If any of those sounds good to you than Pyxis is the OS for you.
Winko Erades van den Berg on making music using a computer and a Wiimote:
An article that appeared on the Create Digital Music website, about making music using the WiiMote and a computer, drew my attention. Several hints were given on the how to, but as always in doing new things the information was scattered everywhere and nowhere.
After reading many articles and watching many videos I found out how to realize a working setup for myself. In this article I’ll try to explain the steps needed to create a working setup for yourself.
Echo Nest co-founder Brian Whitman demoed the alpha version of a new set of Echo Nest APIs.
At Stockholm Hack Day we’re announcing three or four new APIs that are going to stay in our “alpha” sandbox for now. These are officially unsupported but we will work with anyone who has a use case for them. For now, the instructions will stay here until we promote them to production APIs.
Mellodrama, a documentary by Dianna Dilworth, explores the rising and falling fortunes of the Mellotron – the first musical keyboard to "sample" the sounds of other instruments – from its birth in a California garage in the 1950s, through its dominance on concert stages in the 1970s, through its almost religious cult of followers in the 2000s. From the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" to Black Sabbath to Kanye West, Mellodrama is a 50-year odyssey of musical invention, revolution, betrayal, and rediscovery.
Includes 8-page booklet with essay by Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues, Mellotron and Chamberlin production timelines, and more.
MusicRadar.com's latest batch of free samples is here:
The collection we're giving you here has a distinctly French flavour, being inspired by the likes of Kavinsky, Justice, Mr Oizo and the artists on the Kitsuné label. Download it and give your music a sense of Parisian style – you'd be 'in-Seine' to miss out!
Plughugger has a comprehensive review of Audio Damage Tattoo, Audiorealism ADM and Sonic Charge Microtonic.
This review compares three software drum machines and how they stand against each other. Three audioguns, twenty one sonic bullets. Two swedes and one american. Drum roll, please…
While there are a whole bunch of drum synthesizers on the market and many of them are very competent – my selection ended up with Audio Damage Tattoo, Audiorealism ADM and Sonic Charge Microtonic. My primary criteria was that they should be available for both PC and Mac – and they should be able to create more than one type of overall sound. I chose not to include any of the drum machines from the polish developer D16, as each and every drum machine is locked to a specific model and besides – I don’t own licenses for any of them.
Waldorf Attack is a classic that I seriously considered to include, but decided against as it doesn’t contain a sequencer. Also, three products against each other is clear as a german sausage soup. But the Waldorf Attack is a fantastic drum synthesizer, especially for creating weird electronic percussion noises.
I love Microtonic (and the D16 drum machines), but I think it’s inevitable I’ll end up getting Tattoo at some point.
This is a mini kit with bd, snare, 2 ch’s and a oh. They are from one hits I have either recorded from drum machines or found around. Processed with eq and compression and some final touches to each sound. Hoping to give you a nice starter kit with a solid foundation. There is also a Ableton Live session with the kit in a drumrack with further processing on.
Oliver Chesler puts together a track with some iPhone apps (Audiorealism technoBox, Tapestri and Andriod FX by Pure Profit).
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?
AudioTag.info 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.
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.
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.
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!
AudioRealism has announced technoBox, a virtual studio application for the iPhone / iPod touch.
technoBox is your virtual techno studio on the go for iPhone / iPod touch featuring stunningly accurate emulations of three classic boxes: The legendary 303 bass line machine together with the smooth 808 and punchy 909 drum machines. technoBox has easy to use sequencing capabilities which lets you tie together patterns, or use it live by improvising pattern switches on the fly!
Authentic 303 emulation based on the ABL2 engine.
Drum module with selectible 808 or 909 sounds.
Shuffle with variable amount for drum module.
Transpose and randomizer for synth module.
24 patterns per session (12 for 303, 12 for 808/909).
Pattern sequencer with up to 1000 bars.
Session manager with realtime switching.
High contrast GUI for use in clubs etc.
Supports autorotation to your preferred landscape orientation.
On board quickstart manual.
Supports multi-touch for knobs.
technoBox will be available from the iTunes App Store soon (price should be less than 10 EUR).
AudioRealism has released version 1.1.0 of AudioRealism Drum Machine (ADM), a drum machine plug-in featuring three realtime switchable vintage drum machine models, combined with a 32-step internal sequencer and pattern controlled fx.
Changes in ADM v1.1.0
Added drop zone to the instrument selector, you can now drag&drop a sample from a file browser window (like explorer or finder) directly onto an instrument slot to load a sample. Dragging multiple samples also works and loads them into consecutive slots.
Universal Binary VST for Mac.
Multiout AU on Mac.
Changed 909 Toms.
Changed caching system.
Tuning smoothed for SPL generators and 909 Hats.
Save patch default path fixed.
Multiple minor bugfixes and changes.
AudioRealism Drum Machine is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) and costs 95 EUR (+VAT if applicable).
Visit AudioRealism for more information, audio demos and a link to download a demo version of ADM.