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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
I have made a copyright-free and license-free sample pack of the Phillips SAA-1099 sound generator chip. It is a very straightforward sample pack, consisting of 96 pitched samples and 16 noise samples, across a range of frequencies. These samples have been recorded from hardware. The audio output stage of the sound chip has not been filtered.
Sebastian has also announced a music contest:
It's time to get your chipmusic on! This is your chance to win a SEGA Master System MIDI Interface. Be the coolest musician in your town with this brand new tool that lets you control the sound chip in your SEGA Master System with MIDI data.
The legend of the early sounds of the Mac remains, apparently, an alluring one. Here, Jim Reekes talks to a Dutch documentary crew (though in English) about his thought process in designing sounds for the Mac, including the famous Mac startup sound.
Jon at Audio Geek Zine lists his top 10 free RTAS plug-ins for Pro Tools.
I see this topic come up a lot, “what are the best free rtas plugins?” I’ve answered the question so many times but I’ve never addressed it on the site.<br />
Below is my list of 10 (in no particular order) free 3rd party RTAS plugins I think everyone should have on their system. There are many more out there but these are the ones I use on a regular basis, they are useful and are stable.
Improving on a design and sharing the results with our users is always at the top of our list at Livid. The Block controller has been a great success and we have just made some minor design changes to make it even better. Originally milled from a solid block of wood, the square body with thin bottom has had its challenges, mostly warping and cupping. We have experienced a bit higher reject rate for bodies at the shop before they were built then we would like. Thus, the up and coming stash of rejected bodies in the Livid Graveyard that were never meant to be!
When sampling technology finally became accessible to mere mortals and not just uber-rich Fairlight and Synclavier enthusiasts, the race was on to increase fidelity and leave behind the limitations of those first 8-bit samplers. Bit depth and sampling rates increased and memory capacity expanded until the average sampled sound was indistinguishable from the same sound recorded on a CD.
But sure enough, after many years of enjoying the pristine sound quality of the new sampling technology, musicians began to explore and exploit the limitations of the old school samplers. Suddenly the grain of low bit-rate samples and the metallic grit of aliasing is very much in style. So how can you emulate the sonic artifacts of some of the long forgotten vintage samplers? I'm glad you asked…
This is the plugin I am currently working on. It's called "Intello". Basically it's a glitch producing plugin and in this first short demo I'm showing you one of the 5 planned glitching modes. The plugin will be controllable by an iPhone application from a listening audience. So the listeners can interact with a performer.
I receved an email last night from the good people at audiotool. For those of you that dont know audiotool is a browser based music production platform that features emulations of the classic drum machines and bassline synth origanally made by roland. Along with the drum machines and bass line synthesiser, the audiotool also features emulations of guitar effects. The email I receved contained a link to test the BETA version of audiotool 1.0 [codename: Firestarter]. The BETA version of the audio tool has lots of intresting new freatures, such as a timeline, piano roll, automation and a new synthesiser.
Dübreq has released the Stylophone Beatbox, a portable electronic beats machine.
The Stylophone pocket synthesizer steps into the future with the all retro classic instrument taking the next leap on the evolutionary ladder. The result is the rocking Stylophone Beatbox delivering the coolest sounds of the new millenium.
Stylophone Beatbox is the portable electronic beats machine that retains all the retro cool of its predecesor – however, the future is here with all new electro sounds including samples from the UK’s beatbox champion MC Zani. Grab your nylon tracksuit, Adidas kicks, and whatever bling you can find and get ready to lay down some dope beatbox beats.
Features 3 all new exclusive sounds – beatbox with MC Zani, percusssion, and steel drums. Also new is the record and scratch functions that allow you to playback loops of your work. Another feature is the tempo adjust switch for beat pitch control during loop playback.
The MP3 input feature means it is also possible to syncopate your scratches along with your favourite tracks. Plug in your device and lay down some dope style to your favourites.
Stylophone Beatbox features
Three new sounds: Beatbox, Percussion and Steel Drums.
Record Loop and Playback function.
MP3 function – play along to any music – includes two way adapter.
Stylophone Beatbox is available for purchase for $25.50 USD.
One of the guys in the video above (the drum kit) is Shlomo, who has some cool stuff on his own site as well. Here’s a video of part one of Shlomo’s Glastonbury diary featuring his beatbox choir The Vocal Orchestra, plus Jarvis Cocker, Imogen Heap, DJ Yoda and Marcus Brigstocke.