Oscillicious has updated its BeatCleaver beat slicing tool for Windows and Mac to version 1.2.1.
Whether you’re slicing drum loops for electronica or cutting melodies for beat making, BeatCleaver makes a great producer’s companion. The less time you spend editing audio, the more time you spend making music.
Changes in BeatCleaver v1.2.1
Important compatibility improvements with files containing non-Roman characters. If you’re slicing files with non-ASCII titles or work with non-Western music, you’ll want to update.
Fixed a related bug in our open source library libaudiodecoder.
Added the currently open file’s name to the window title.
Fixed a crash when moving a slice’s end point after playing.
Minor improvements to the registration process.
Fixed a settings saving bug on Mac OS X.
All Windows packages are now certified and signed.
Fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
BeatCleaver is available to purchase for $15 USD/12 EUR/£10 GBP. Registered users can download this update at no cost. An updated free trial version is available for download from the BeatCleaver site.
Oscillicious has released version 1.2 of BeatCleaver, a major update of the beat slicing tool for Windows and Mac.
New features include support for MP3 and AAC formats, fluid zoom, and slicing by fixed tempo. An open source library that powers BeatCleaver is now freely available.
BeatCleaver 1.2 demonstration
BeatCleaver is a beat slicing tool for sampling from drum loops, recordings, and songs. Aimed at hip hop and electronic artists, its intuitive design and fluid user interface create a fast, frustration‐free workflow. One‐click slice templates and quick export help artists spend less time editing and more time writing music.
With new support for MP3 and AAC formats, sampling from existing songs and recordings has never been easier. DJs can now easily save loops from songs to use with sampler decks and artists can cut samples for remixes and mashups. The new Advanced Slicing menu facilitates slicing audio by fixed bars or beats, perfect for chopping multi‐track exports for live resequencing.
libaudiodecoder is a new cross‐platform compressed audio decoder library developed in partnership with Mixxx, the free DJ software. This library allows developers to avoid technical and legal issues with certain codecs by wrapping the native audio decoders provided by Windows and Mac OS X. BeatCleaver now ships with libaudiodecoder for enhanced audio format support.
BeatCleaver 1.2 is available to purchase for $15 USD / 13 EUR / £10 GBP. libaudiodecoder is available under an open source MIT license permitting commercial use.
Propellerhead Software has updated ReCycle, a creative tool for total sample and loop control.
ReCycle 2.2 is a free update that brings is 64-bit compatibility, is Mac OS X Lion compatible, and has a new look and some workflow improvements.
Changes in ReCycle v2.2
The program is now compatible with 64 bit operating systems.
ReCyle 2.2 is also a true Cocoa program under Mac OS and fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. ReCycle 2.2 requires a Mac with an Intel processor. PowerPC is no longer supported.
The main window has been graphically redesigned, including new zooming and scrolling. Scrolling is smoother and you can now zoom in further. Some redundant controls have been removed and others added.
When exporting AIFF and Wave files, Record/Reason-style tempo information is now included in the file. Also, when importing audio files created in Record or Reason, the tempo information in those files is used for setting tempo and length in ReCycle.
The Waveform now indicates graphically what sound will be played back, by dimming silent sections.
You can now use the Q, W, E and R keys to select tools.
The max length of audio files you can edit in ReCycle is no longer limited to five minutes.
New online help on Mac and Windows.
The Preference dialog has been streamlined and updated.
Open Recent (documents) is now a sub-menu on Mac OS.
The status bar has been removed.
We have removed support for the Sound Designer II, Mixman and SampleCell formats since these are all outdated.
The authorization system and copy protection has been changed, reducing the risk of having to reauthorize the program.
Installation under Mac OS is now drag and drop (no installer).
ReCycle for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for 229 EUR. The 2.2 update is now available to download for registered users.
Loomer has recently released a new effect plug-in called Sequent.
I figured Sequent had something to do with sequences, but English is not my first language so I looked up what it means. According to my dictionary it is something that is in order or succession, or consecutive, following as a result. As an adjective it could be something in regular succession, without gaps.
Sequent — the plug-in, has step sequencers for each effect parameter so I think this is the perfect name for it.
Here’s what the product page says:
Sequent is a modular multi-effects unit, the perfect tool for mangling audio on stage or in the studio. The effects – including a flexible beat looper and a pair of filters capable of self oscillation – can be connected in practically limitless combinations by simply dragging virtual cables between them.
Audio mangling, beat looper, self oscillation… I don’t know about you but this kind of talk gets me all excited!
The signal flow is set up in the routing window in the top middle of the interface. It’s simply a matter of connecting virtual cables to the input, outputs and effect blocks. This provides a simple visual overview of what is going on.
Sequent has a lovely elegant interface, but don’t let that fool you. This thing goes wild!
Sequent has one input (stereo) and two outputs (both also stereo). The top and bottom output can be used to route two separate signals, e.g. a dry and wet output, or two completely different effect chains. The crossfade control sets the relative output of each output. Interesting thing about this is that you can use the crossfade to play one effect chain while you create/modify another one. Moving the crossfade values from 0% to 100% (and back to 0%) basically lets you switch between the two signal flows on the fly.
Selecting an effect block in the routing window will bring up a number of parameters related to that particular effect, including its step sequencer values. Each effect block and corresponding effect parameter’s step sequencer has a number of common controls like step sequencer length (division), random step selection, smooth value changes, etc., as well as effect specific controls.
Sequent multi-effects features
The Looper effect — a tempo-synced delay that triggers slices of the audio, has various parameters to control the way the looper slices and plays. It has basic functionality you would expect from a looper (trigger, repeat, slice length and offset, reverse, etc.) but also more advanced things like pitch and pitch decay, a fade parameter for getting rid of audible clicks in slices, and various processing modes (gate, mix, and duck).
Two identical multi-mode filter effects are available, featuring lowpass, highpass, and bandpass filter types, and cutoff and resonance controls.
For adding some overdrive to the sound a distort(ion) effect block is available. It has only one control, drive. It is more powerful than you might think.
Triggering the gate effect with its sequencer will mute the audio. Depth controls the amount (e.g. completely muted, or just lowering the audio input), and a slew parameter sets the speed of the gate.
If you would like to play with the stereo field you will want to add the pan effect.
Finally, a tempo-syncable delay effect is available to create time based effects. When not tempo-synced the delay time can be set to small values (ms) to create comb filter or flanger type effects.
Once you have set up everything you may want to store Sequent’s state into one of the 12 available patterns. You can copy & paste between patterns in order to create variations or completely new effect chains, accessible from the Sequent interface or by playing MIDI notes (1 octave = 12 patterns). Sequent has a simple MIDI Learn system so assigning parameters to your controller is a breeze.
To get a better idea of what Sequent can do I made a little video demonstration.
So what do I think?
Product: Sequent by Loomer Format: Standalone and effect plug-in for Windows, Mac, and Linux (VST/AU/RTAS) Price: £49 GBP + VAT
Sequent is seriously good stuff. If this was food I would eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. High quality effects, a flexible modular structure, various randomize options, easy-to-use sequencers… what’s not to like?
Suitable for both subtle manipulation as well as extensive FSU processing, Sequent is a versatile tool that will look good in any producer’s plug-in folder.
Percussa’s AudioCubes meets Deckadance in DeckaBridge, a software designed with the digital DJ in mind.
Deckabridge is a software application developed specifically for the Percussa AudioCubes hardware. It lets you use the AudioCubes with Deckadance, well known professional DJ software from Image-Line, the company that created FL Studio.
DeckaBridge allow you to:
Control the transport (CUE, seek fwd / backw)
Control EQ and effect sections (bit crusher, lowpass filter, …)
Control loop length and enable/disable
Control various parts of the relooper beat slicer (a unique feature in DJ software!)
Here's how to make a little pedal for electric guitar. The idea is to connect the Arduino pedals, and using software to control sound processing, we made ourselves with Pure Data. Here I show you an example of a looper, but it can also be a rack of effects without problem.
Nick Maxwell takes a look at some more sound-shaping tools that will aid you in your quest to develop unique timbres.
Continuing the series of posts I began last week, let’s take a look at some more sound-shaping tools that will aid us in our quest to develop unique timbres. As usual, I’ll be using Ableton Live to illustrate when needed.
The Berlin Hack Day, which wound up earlier today, offers still more projects focused on the creation side of music hacking. Having Ableton and Native Instruments as sponsors likely helped the mood. And as you’d expect from one of the world capitals of creative hacking, Berliners don’t disappoint.
Among the projects: a beautiful, elegant 3D sequencer, a fun bird-and-sky multitouch soundmaker with multitouch trackpad input, and a robotic xylophone controlled by monome. Someone even worked out a way to turn NI’s Maschine into a rhythm game, complete with Street Fighter sounds.
Ryan is about to release Volume II of his subscription based drum loops service, so in the next few days you can get over 200 loops for only $9.95.
As I’m putting the finishing touches on Gruss Loops Volume II, I realized I should make you painfully aware of the sweet deal that currently lays before you. You see, since I’m offering the loop packs as a subscription service, there will be over 200 loops available over the course of the next two days. That’s right. You could sign up now, grab Volume I right now AND Volume II in another 24 hours…. all for the rock bottom price of $9.95. You can even cancel after you nab both of the packs. See if I care (you cheap bastard). I know you’ll be back for more.
Many people have asked about the instructions and code for the SX-150 mod I did to add MIDI and Audio out, therefore I’m posting the plans for everyone to try. By using the Arduino as the brains of the operation, a lot of other options are available for the mod, really the sky is the limit. If you do any cool hacks to it, by all means, please let me know.
This set was inspired by our elderly dryer dying — well, the belt driving the drum snapped, so I took the back off to see if it was user serviceable. Confronted with even more stamped sheet metal cowlings, I gave up and bought a new dryer.
But that giant cover was just begging to be tapped, banged and otherwise made to reverberate. Added to that are some pot lids and other random noise-making things, including a plastic tarp on the floor. The ‘kik’ sample was made from me bumping the mic stand, and the surpisingly convincing ’snarish’ is me sneezing.
OTTO by Luca de Rosso is an electronic musical instrument for realtime manual beat slicing of audio samples.
OTTO provides a tangible user interface designed with the aim of giving the user the feel of having the sample in his hands. The musician can manipulate an audio sample in real time through the use of a restricted number of simple physical buttons and switches.
The Low-Bit Gamelan Compilation – a release of five original tracks with a strong influence from the beautiful music of Indonesian gamelan! Thanks to all who submitted tracks – I’m very happy with this compilation.
de la Mancha has released version 1.01 of slix, a randomising loop slicer, which switches between up to 4 loops and can shuffle, repeat, reverse and gate the slices of each loop according to user defined probability.
Changes in slix v1.01
In some hosts (FL Studio & Ableton Live) the waveform display would go blank after rendering audio. The display now auto-refreshes 3 seconds after rendering.
If a value of 0.5 or below was entered into the ‘repeats’ parameter, the host would crash. The minimum value is now 1, regardless of the number entered into the box.
Slix is available as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC for $39 USD. A demo version can be downloaded from the product page.