Daniel Gooding has released the Sonic Beatbox sfx/sample library.
“Human language is unique in comparison to other forms of communication, such as those used by other animals, because it allows humans to produce an infinite set of utterances from a finite set of elements.”
The Sonic Beatbox library takes the abilities of the human voice box, and uses it as an effective tool for sound design.
Sonic Beatbox features
- Almost 300 recordings of different vocally produced sounds. Great for working with abstract sound design, or layering with other sounds for a human element.
- Over 100 designed sounds, produced entirely from the vocal recordings, and show many of the possibilities.
- For musicians, there are over 50 individual samples, of vocally produced drum sounds, just put them in your favorite sampler, and start playing instantly. Also included are some simple beatbox loops, that you can throw right into a mix, if you want a quick beatbox sound in your track.
- Each File is recorded in 24-bit 96kHz.
- All sounds were recorded with a Rode NTK Condenser mic, with an Apogee One Pre-amp.
Sonic Beatbox is available for a “pay what you can” price. All proceeds above $5 USD are donated to AutismSpeaks.
More information: Daniel Gooding / Sonic Beatbox
TC-Helicon has announced the ‘Gone Loopy’ competition, which runs from 30 June to 30 September.
Requirements to participate: a TC-Helicon product with looping capability (VoiceLive Touch, VoiceLive 2 or VoiceJam app for iPhone), a personal YouTube account and an open, creative mind.
The grand prize of the ‘Gone Loopy’ competition is a US$1000 in cash plus a 45-minute lesson via Skype with the vocal looping master, Beardyman. Additionally, there are 5 runners up prizes – a ‘mystery’ TC-Helicon product – and the 5 perticipants who upload the most video entries will also be awarded with a TC-Helicon MP-75 Modern Performance Microphone.
To enter the competition, participants just have to complete 3 simple steps. First, they must record a video of themselves creating layers of vocal loops, using a TC-Helicon looping device. Second, upload the video to a personal YouTube video channel, making sure that ‘TC-Helicon Looping’ is included in the title of the video, and third, complete the online entry form on TC-Helicon’s website. To increase the chances of winning all participants are free to loop these 3 steps as many times as they want to – a new video must be submitted each time, of course.
All winners of the competition will be selected exclusively by the amazing voice loop and human beatbox master: Darren Foreman aka ‘Beardyman’. In a way, he could be seen as the personification of TC-Helicon’s overall goal: to support all singers’ natural right to express themselves in any way they feel like. Beardyman currently uses an impressive setup of looping devices and effects when creating his layers of vocals, including several pieces of gear from the TC-Helicon family of products.
More information: TC-Helicon / Gone Loopy competition
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on Mar 31, 2011
mobileRhythm mR-606, adding MIDI support to the classic drum machine for iOS.
You can now use your iPhone/iPad and mR-606 with other drum machines, sequencers, samplers, synths, arpeggiators, DAW’s etc.
mobileRhythm mR-606 features
- New features:
- Copy/Paste patterns in play mode
- MIDI notes send/receive
- MIDI clock send for syncing with other hardware
- Core MIDI and Line6 MIDI Mobilizer compatible
- UI improvements:
- Last step selection – deselect with a second tap
- Drag finger across steps to set beats quickly
- Fixed bug that prevented patterns from saving properly under certain circumstances
- Fixed bug that made toms volume occasionally load incorrectly
mobileRhythm mR-606 for iOS 3.0 or later is available for $5.99 USD.
More information: mobileRhythm mR-606
Patrick McNally wrote in to share a free sample pack featuring samples from a Stylophone Beatbox
The drums sounds from the Stylophone are recorded from the inbuilt speaker and the headphone out at the highest and lowest possible pitches. They sound nasty, grimy, crushed and noisy and not just because of my recording skills. They have a lot of energy though and will be of use to someone. Just not someone wanting subtlety. The naming of what is kick, snare or tom is sometimes a bit iffy as these sounds can fall somewhere between them all.
You can download the free samples from this Mediafire link.
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, MPD Software
Posted in news
on Nov 17, 2010
MPD Software has released the mobileRhythm mR-606, a music app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, inspired by the look and sound of classic 1980′s drum machines.
The mR-606 drum machine is reminiscent of the classic 1980′s beatboxes that heavily influenced both the Detroit and Chicago house music scenes – the forebears of modern dance and techno music. These classic boxes were re-discovered by the rave and acid music collectives of the ’90′s in the UK and in Europe, and have been popular ever since.
Now hard to find in their original hardware form, the mobileRhythm mR-606 is destined to be popular with anyone who enjoys a bit of nostalgia in their music-making.
mobileRhythm mR-606 is now available in 3 versions: iPad, iPhone and Universal, for use on any iOS device. It is priced at $5.99 USD / £3.49 GBP.
More information: mobileRhythm
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Posted in news
on Nov 10, 2010
Propellerhead Software has announced the release of ReBirth for iPad and iPhone.
ReBirth is back! Propellerhead Software’s legendary Techno Micro Composer has been resurrected and customized for the iPad. ReBirth faithfully emulates dance music’s three backbone devices: The Roland TB-303 Bass synth and the Roland TR-808 and 909 drum machines. Combine these with FX units, fully featured pattern sequencers and a gorgeous-looking interface and you’re ready to make killer tracks on your iPad. Share your music with friends on Facebook, Twitter and more using the built in sharing features.
- 2 x TB-303 Bassline Synthesizer with pattern sequencer – The original Acid House and Techno bass synth. Unrivaled power, unmistakable sound.
- TR-808 Drum machine – Roland’s sub-heavy 1980 beat computer. Instant hip-hop.
- TR-909 Drum machine – The go-to beatbox for everything House and Techno. Press play and you’re dancing.
- Tempo-synced digital delay – Bouncy and hypnotic, always in time with your music.
- Compressor with threshold and ratio – A bare-bones compression unit for added beefiness.
- Distortion unit with amount and shape – Raw and rugged distortion for that extra edge. Works wonders with any 303 bassline.
- PCF effect – Pattern controlled Low-pass / Band-pass filter – a tweaker’s delight.
- Mixer – Device specific mixer sections with pan, delay sends and FX switches
- Mod support – Includes 7 original user mods with alternative sound sets and graphics
- Sharing features – Share function with easy publication of songs to Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
ReBirth for iPad is available to purchase for $14.99 USD.
More information: ReBirth App
Korg has announced the release of version 1.1.0 of iELECTRIBE, a virtual analog beatbox for iPad.
With the iELECTRIBE, sound creation is easy, fun and intuitive – just as on a vintage analog synthesizer. Simply choose a part (or sound) and touch the 16-step sequencer to quickly build a groove. This easy-to-use interface combines forces with the iPad’s 9.7” multi touch display to offer an intuitive “hardware” feel, sure to inspire and captivate the imagination of any user.
The iELECTRIBE faithfully recreates the historic ELECTRIBE·R’s entire sound engine and sequencer capabilities. In addition, it provides advanced Motion Sequencing, eight supercharged effect types, plus 64 new preset patterns that instantly allow the user to create music in a wide variety of dance and electronic music styles. Get started today!
Changes in iELECTRIBE v1.1.0
- Audio Export feature
- Export a rhythm pattern as a CD-quality audio file (.wav format).
- Record real-time full length performances.
- Additional refinements
- Improved knob response.
- Improved sound quality of the “MOD TYPE“ – “NOISE“.
- Added the “Help” menu.
The iELECTRIBE is available for the introductory price of $9.99 USD until June 30, 2010 (regular price $19.99 USD).
More information: Korg / iELECTRIBE
Korg has announced the release of iElectribe, Korg’s first dedicated iPad musical instrument app.
For over a decade, Korg’s Electribe•R has been go-to gear for creative musicians from around the world and across multiple electronic and dance music genres. Now, you can take the power of the Electribe•R with you thanks to iElectribe, Korg’s first dedicated app; bringing the fun of analog-synth style beat making to your iPad. Best of all, the iElectribe takes full advantage of iPad’s 9.7 inch multi touch display to deliver a new style of musical instrument.
- Sound Engine: Analog Synthesizer Modeling; PCM Samples; Virtual Valve Force Tube Modeling.
- Instrument Voices (Parts): 8 total: 4 percussion synthesizer parts, 4 PCM synthesizer parts.
- Effect Section: Master Effect: Assignable per step/per part; 8 Effect Types: Short Delay, BPM Sync Delay, Grain Shifter, Reverb, Chorus/Flanger, Filter, Talking Modulator, Decimator.
- Sequencer Section: Patterns: 64 steps maximum per part; Motion Sequencing can memorize all knob motions in a pattern; Tempo: 20-300BPM (with Tap tempo and Swing function), Pattern-set function.
- Memory patterns: 160 Total: 32 preset patterns x 2 banks; 32 basic patterns x 1 bank; 32 blank patterns x 2 banks.
iElectribe is available to purchase for the introductory price of $9.99 USD until June 30, 2010 (regular price $19.99 USD).
More information: Korg / iElectribe