The Loop Loft has released Ringo Goes Indie, a new multi-track drums sample library.
Extremely dry. Extremely punchy. Extremely awesome. That is the drum sound that Ringo Star made famous with The Beatles in the mid to late 1960’s. By placing tea towels on his drum heads and using an abundant amount of compression, Ringo, along with engineer, Geoff Emerick, created a signature sound that is still sought after by producers and artists to this day.
For this Multitrack Drum Session release, we utilized the “towels on the drums” method while playing an assortment of indie pop grooves and fills. The result? A vintage sound with a modern day feel, perfect for songwriters and producers looking for that “classic” vibe, along with the flexibility of multitracked drums.
Ringo Goes Indie is available to purchase for $15 USD. It is also included in the Multitrack Drums Bundle 2 for $45 USD (25% off the price of the four individual packs).
Tony Dubshot wrote in to share some of the unusual but usable, hi quality impulse responses he is offering on his Dubshot website. Includes: RE-201 Roland Space Echo impulse responses (25-200 BPM), The Quantum Hall Effects (impulse responses from nanospace), and 60 Classic and King Tubby style spring reverb impulse responses.
Charting the Beatles – Authorship and Collaboration
Michael Deal writes:
These visualizations are part of an extensive study of the music of the Beatles. Many of the diagrams and charts are based on secondary sources, including but not limited to sales statistics, biographies, recording sesion notes, sheet music, and raw audio readings.
mtXcontrol by Tobias Bielohlawek is an editor written in Processing to easily create image sequences for several output devices containing multicolor LED matrix.
mtXcontrol Editor auto detects and connects to your device. Once connected, you can draw points, lines & rows in different colors, create multiple frames and manipulate them. Add, delete, move, fill, copy & paste of frames is supported. Play all frames by different speed, realtime update the device and save your work as image file. If supported (e.g. Rainbowduino), update the sequence on your device and run it standalone. One special feature is typing letters and numbers. Future versions aim to support multiple devices, different color depth and many more.
Some new free samples from Cyberworm: 156 drums, clicks, noised and rattles from Elektron Monomachine (wav format, 24 bit, 44100, stereo, 12 mb)
Also from Cyberworm: Ensoniq VFX/SD patches, 85 banks and 709 single patches for Ensoniq SD, VFX, VFX-SD. Only Ensoniq SD 100% compatible! In VFX or VFX-SD some patches might not work (or work incorrectly)!
Puremagnetik has announced the release of Microtron Tape 2, a collection of sampled instruments for Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic.
This second edition to the Microtron series includes even more classic sounds! Microtron Tape 2 comes with the legendary Mark II Flute (think Beatles), melancholy Cello and the woody Octave Recorders.
Microtron Tape 2 features
MK II Flute — Undoubtedly the sound that defines Mellotron, the MKII flute instantly conjures images of 1967 Abbey Road. Not only the most famous Mellotron sound, but perhaps the eeriest, the MKII flute’s dubious pitching has been in question throughout the decades. The change in timbre (they say two flutes were used) and odd intonation only adds to the haunting and mesmerizing character of this timeless sound.
Octave Recorders — The Octave Recorder is a newer sound composed of soprano, alto and tenor recorders. Playing fast staccato chords on this one can make it sound a bit like a harmonium. It has a solid woody tone with breathy articulations and is definitely a contender to fill up the mix with some organic elements.
Cello — Renown for its melancholy timbre and described by some as “wheezing and groaning” the Cello sound was originally recorded in the 1960s. A double bassist was used for the lower registers. Apparently the original session cellist did not wish to detune his cello for fear of damaging the instrument. Nonetheless, the Mellotron Cello recording is undoubtedly a unique character in the tape library.
Microtron Tape 2 is available for subscribers in Ableton Live, NI Kontakt, and Logic EXS formats. Subscriptions start at $5.75 USD.
Abbey Road Plug-ins has released version 2.0 of TG12413, an emulation of the compressor / limiter from the legendary EMI TG12345 mixing console, which was used on many classic recordings such as The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
The TG12345 consoles were never sold commercially and were only available to EMI studios.
The plug-in brings the sound of this rare and sought-after unit to the modern DAW user and sets a new standard in vintage hardware modelling. It functions as a 2:1 compressor or as a limiter with up to 20dB of gain reduction. It accurately reproduces the behaviour of the original and features an authentic, TG-style graphical interface. In addition, it can be used in multi-channel configurations, supporting up to 7.1 surround operation.
Two plug-in modules are included, providing variations on the TG sound: the ‘1969’ module is modelled on the original from the TG12345 console and the ‘2005’ module is based on Chandler Limited’s TG1 compressor / limiter.
TG12413 key features
Classic and contemporary modules.
Compressor and limiter modes from the original hardware.
TG-style controls and gain reduction meter.
Mono, stereo and multi-channel operation.
Automation and control surface support.
TG12413 is available in TDM ($560 USD), RTAS, VST and AU ($335 USD) versions.
Beatles for Sale (1964), marked a minor turning point in the evolution of Lennon and McCartney as lyricists, Lennon particularly now showing interest in composing songs of a more autobiographical nature.
Help! (1965), contains seven songs that appeared in the movie of the same name, and seven that did not, including the most recorded song in history, the Paul McCartney ballad “Yesterday“.
Rubber Soul (1965), a major artistic achievement for the band, attaining widespread critical and commercial success, with reviewers taking note of The Beatles’ developing musical vision.
Revolver (1966), an album which showcased a number of new stylistic developments which would become more pronounced on later albums. Revolver is often cited as one of the greatest albums in rock music history.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), often cited as their magnum opus and one of the most influential albums of all time by prominent critics and publications, ranking number 1 on Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003.
The Beatles (White Album) (1968), has no text other than the band’s name on its plain white sleeve, designed by pop artist Richard Hamilton. Originally planned to be titled A Doll’s House, the album is often hailed as one of the major accomplishments in popular music.
Abbey Road (1969), regarded as one of The Beatles’ most tightly constructed albums, even though the band was barely operating as a functioning unit at the time. It became one of the most successful Beatles albums ever.
Let It Be (1970), released posthumously after the group’s announced breakup.