Short links for November 2nd, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Johan Larsby Tentacle-box

# Tentacle-box, mobile musicstation with beatsynched lights.

Johan Larsby made himself a portable sound system so he can do shows wherever he goes.

It should be able to work without being connected to an outlet. It should have lights and it shouldn't be to heavy to move around. Ateast not by a small wagon. And it should be loud. Not Mötorhead loud but loud enough. It should also be cheap enough so that I would not cry if it got trashed or stolen after a few gigs/parties.

# Pluto

Pluto is a digital audio workstation demo implemented in a web browser – based on the raw audio capabilities of Microsoft Silverlight. In a nutshell:

  • 16 tracks with 32 voice polyphony plus 6 fx/track
  • Granular synthesizer, Karplus-Strong guitar synthesizer or drum-machine per each track
  • Highly optimized, multithreaded audio pipeline
  • MIDI import/export, WAV export
Stretta Z-DSP Experiments

# The Stretta Procedure: Z-DSP Experiments

Matthew Davidson writes:

I'm one of the lucky few beta testers of the new TipTop Audio Z-DSP eurorack module, and boy is it a lot of fun. The Z-DSP is a lot like the TipTop Audio Z5000, except embiggened. A lot. There are three CV controlled parameters per program. There is a feedback loop that you can tap into on the front panel so you can insert a filter or whatever module you can think of inside a part of the DSP process that is usually closed to tinkering. You can change the personality of the DSP by inserting a different card on the front panel. You can even voltage control the clock. This is serious sound-mangling mayhem.

The short audio files I produced represent only one patch idea using one program on one card on this module. I could spend a great deal of time exploring various options without even changing the DSP program on the Z-DSP. The fact that I could load another program is another whole world of possibilities. If, somehow you got bored of that, you can load a card with a different batch of programs. Egads, this thing is endless.

# In the Jungle – 17 Amazing Ableton Live Tutorials – Here are 17 tutorials coming from Ableton, Youtube and Audiotuts+. Most cover the current version of Live, but a few cover version 7 where the same techniques still apply.

# Pseudo scratching In Ableton Live 8

Video showing how to emulate a scratch-like effect in Ableton Live 8 using the new delay Modes available in the Ping Pong Delay. This is not meant to replace vinyl, nor will it produce a totally authentic sounding scratch sound, but it is a Ableton Live only solution and is a nice add on to your effects arsenal.

The template is available to download here.

# FREE Sample Pack #3: Yamaha DD-8

Bedroom Producers presents a new pack of samples:

Drum machines are cool. Toy drum machines are way cooler though. Is it the cheeziness of the samples or some strange drugs hidden under the pads, i’m not sure, but playing these old Yamaha drums has always been a great pleasure for me.

So in order to share some of the fun, here’s a free samplepack with all of the samples available in the machine, from kicks and snares to lions and scratches. Below is a quick and lame demo i made. Have fun!

improbably projects sonic ties

# recycled cassette tape thin necktie

sonic fabric neckties by improbable projects:

the sonic fabric neckties are a limited-edition project made in collaboration with my designer friend julio cesar. sonic fabric is woven from 50% recorded audio cassette tape and 50% colored thread the fabric is actually audible if you run a tape head over it! (if you’d like a demo, please visit my youtube channel at alyceobvious.

the idea behind the tie is that the wearer becomes a beacon for other-dimensional, intangible, subtle forces of good…much in the manner of a superhero. only this part of the superhero garb can be worn on the outside in the most conservative environment without detection! looks equally great with dress shirt or t-shirt. this tie is the thinner version – 2" wide at the widest point. i also make a slightly wider version for more mature audiences.

the sound collages recorded onto the tape for this batch of ties comes from my cd between stations, and is based on looped and layered samples collected on and under the streets of nyc.

# "Stab" loops and single sounds

More free samples by Cyberworm:

UK Hardcore chords and stabs – 15 single sounds and 15 loops. It's not a sampled sounds, all samples synthesized by me. (wav format, 24 bit, 44100 hz, stereo, 21 mb)

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Short links for August 17th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Audiotuts - Layering drums in FL Studio

# How to Layer Hip Hop Drums in FL Studio

Sean Duncan @ Audiotuts shows you how to layer drums:

Although it is often seen as a signature move of Hip Hop producers, customizing drums through layering is a technique used by artists in every genre, and it allows you to have fresh, new drum sounds that will energize your productions.

Using simple tools and sounds you already have, you can expand your sound palette. In this tutorial, Sean Duncan gets us started.

# Reaktor Blog – Native Instrument Reaktor tutorials, tips and hints by Aleksandr Smirnov (noartistname)

# Son of Thummer: a jammer is born

MusicScienceGuy Jammer

MusicScienceGuy (Ken Rushton) about his custom MIDI controller:

So far, all I've done with it is run a little Max/MSP test program to prove I can address each device separately, and it does work. A modest bit of programming awaits.

What you see:

  • 2 axis keyboards in folded-scale mode, one for each hand, 98 keys under each hand.
  • A black Korg nanoPad: my pitch bend and special controls / triggers.
  • A white Korg nanoKey: this is my foot-pedal to-be.
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Cakewalk celebrates pyro Audio Creator 1.5 with Video Contest

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Cakewalk/Audiotuts

Cakewalk and Audiotuts have announced Be a Cakewalk Coach!, a video tutorial contest.

Join Cakewalk and Audiotuts® in celebrating the release of pyro Audio Creator 1.5 with Be a Cakewalk Coach 2008. Show off your creativity using Cakewalk’s digital music product and produce the best overall video tutorial to win three great prizes.

One lucky participant will win a bundle of Cakewalk’s music production software (and more) to build a studio of their own, at home! The winning video will be included in a large promotional campaign.

The contest closes October 10, 2008 at 12:00 pm (ET).

More information: Audiotuts

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