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sun.io releases Grasshopper free field recording sample pack

sun.io has released Grasshopper, a free sample pack for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring the sounds of grasshoppers.

In August 2011 I went on a field recording trip to a local park called Sonsbeek in my hometown Arnhem. I’ve recorded a range of grasshoppers from a distance and very, very, very close by. Sounds easy, but it was really difficult to record them properly. It took me around 5 hours to obtain reasonable data for processing. All audio was recorded using the binaural technique.

sun.io Grasshopper
Recording location: the Sondsbeek park in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

Grasshopper features

  • Recorded with:
    • MiniDisc MZ-R55.
    • Custom made binaural microphone.
    • Source: 44.1kHz re-sampled to 96kHz.
  • Kontakt patches:
    • Grasshopper Single – Single chirps of a grasshopper with 20 round (random) robin layers in mono.
    • Grasshopper Double – Double chirps of a grasshopper with 20 round (random) robin layers in mono.
    • Grasshopper Ambient Binaural – Sampled grasshoppers, streams, waterfall and other ambient sounds on location. Recorded in Binaural.

Download: Grasshopper (76.3 MB)

Metal Scratch free binaural sample pack by Ongelegen

Ongelegen has released Metal Scratch, a free sample library featuring binaural recordings of metal scratches.

This fourth library of The Binaural Collection consists of metal scratches. The recipe for this pack was simple: a metal housing from a deceased tape deck and a few sharp and blunt objects to ruin the surface of the housing.

I tried to capture all the nuances of the sounds and make the sounds as big as possible without any additional processing so I close mic’ed them with the front perspective of my dummy head.

Ongelegen Metal Scratch
Binaural sounds made by scratching up the housing of an old tape cassette deck.

Metal Scratch features

  • 126 metal scratches, recorded and edited at 24 Bit/96 kHz WAV.
  • Embedded metadata (BWF MetaEdit).
  • Recorded with Fostex FR2 – DIY Dummy Head (EM158).
  • 128 MB content (unpacked).

The sample pack is available to download at no cost.

More information: Ongelegen / Metal Scratch

Kall Binaural Audio launches online shop for 3D audio sound effects and sample libraries

Kall Binaural Audio

Kall Binaural Audio has announced the launch of its online shop for professional 3D binaural sound effects and sample libraries.

Each set of samples has been created using binaural recording techniques to produce fully immersive three-dimensional sound experiences. When they are heard through headphones, the listener hears the sounds as if they were right in the room beside them – and in many cases, coming from right beside their head.

The online shop was created with podcasters, sound designers, music producers, and 3D audio enthusiasts in mind. These affordable sample libraries allow them to bring their work to a whole new level with ready-to-use 3D sounds.

Sample libraries are available to purchase starting at $2 USD.

More information: Kall Binaural Audio

Roland R-26 portable recorder shipping

Roland has announced it is now shipping the R-26 Portable Recorder, a handheld device that provides up to six simultaneous channels of pro-quality audio recording to SD/SDHC media.

Roland R-26 portable recorder

With two types of built-in stereo mics, XLR/TRS combo inputs, USB audio interface functionality, and much more, the compact R-26 is perfect for demanding applications such as solo and ensemble music recording, environmental sound capture, broadcasting, and audio/video production.

Designed from the ground up for superior sound quality and ease of use, the R-26 is filled with features that will satisfy both pros and hobbyists alike. For the ultimate mobile flexibility, the R-26 can be powered either with the included AC adaptor, four internal AA batteries, or an external battery.

Two stereo mic types — omnidirectional and XY — are integrated into the R-26’s stylish chassis, providing mic options to suit any style of audio recording. In addition, there are two XLR/TRS combo inputs with phantom power for connecting external mics or line-level devices, plus a stereo mini-jack for a plug-in powered mic. The preamps for all mic channels are derived from the hi-res preamps found in Roland’s R-44 commercial field recorder.

Audio from the onboard mics and external inputs can be mixed internally in the R-26 and captured to a single stereo file, or can be recorded as three separate stereo files (six channels total) for mixing together later. Resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz are supported, and available file types include WAV and BWF. MP3 is supported as well, and the unit can record both WAV/BWF and MP3 formats simultaneously.

The R-26’s large touch screen provides detailed level metering and convenient fingertip control over most functions, and is equipped with a high-luminance backlight for perfect visibility in any situation. Hardware controls are ergonomically organized and clearly labeled, with large input level knobs for precise adjustments and dedicated buttons for often-used functions. The R-26 also features AUTO-SENS for setting input levels automatically, as well as onboard waveform editing.

USB 2.0 allows for both data transfer and audio interface functionality with Windows and Mac-based computers. Users can connect the R-26 and use its built-in mics and external inputs as a high-quality input device for their favorite audio recording software. Loop-back recording is also supported, allowing multimedia users to combine audio from the R-26’s mics with streaming audio from the PC. The R-26 comes with Cakewalk’s SONAR X1 LE, a professional Windows-based DAW for general audio production in addition to mixing and processing R-26 recordings.

With its rear-panel mount, the R-26 can be easily installed on any standard camera tripod stand, or on a mic stand with an optional adapter. An extensive line of accessories is available to compliment the R-26, including the OP-R26CW Cover/Windscreen and the CS-10EM Binaural Microphones/Earphones to name a few.

The R-26 Portable Recorder is available to purchase for MSRP $599 USD.

More information: Roland / R-26

Ongelegen releases Binaural 02 – Aluminum Cans sample pack

Ongelegen Binaural 02 Aluminum Cans

Ongelegen has announced the release of Binaural 02 – Aluminum Cans, a free sample library.

The second soundpack from ONGELEGEN features sounds of aluminum cans.

Once again I’ve tried to capture as many interesting sounds as possible. During this recording session alot of cans were tortured and mutilated. All sounds are recorded and edited @ 24 Bit, 96 kHz.

With Binaural 02 I Aluminum Cans you get 250 twisted metal sound effects. 311 MB full of dropping, hitting, tearing, bending cans and more.

Binaural 02 – Aluminum Cans is available as a free download.

More information: Ongelegen / Aluminum Cans

Tramon Kaiser launches Ongelegen + Binaural 01 The Balloon sample pack

Ongelegen

Tramon Kaiser aka Martin Oskera has announced the launch of Ongelegen, a new website offering free sample packs.

ONGELEGEN releases free, royalty free, high quality sound effect soundpacks for sound designers and electronic music producers or anyone who is interested in sound design, electronic music production or sound effects.

ONGELEGEN is founded by Martin Oskera, a hobbyist producer, recordist and sound designer from The Netherlands. He created this outlet to share his recordings and sound effects with the world, live out his passion and gain more experience in this field of work.

In celebration of the new website, Martin has released Binaural 01 | The Balloon, a collection of sounds made with party balloons.

With Binaural 01 I The Balloon you get 152 unique and weird balloon sound effects. 179 MB full of inflating, deflating, squealing effects and many more…

More information: Ongelegen

Longcat Audio Technologies updates AudioStage to v1.3

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Longcat AudioStage

Longcat Audio Technologies has updated its AudioStage 3D audio authoring and mixing software for Windows and Mac.

AudioStage benefits from a full-3D user interface that shows a virtual sound scene and all its components: audio sources, listeners, rooms and trajectories.

Changes in AudioStage v1.3

  • Reaper 4.10 compatibility.
  • User editable shortcuts.
  • 3D camera can be controlled using right and middle clicks.
  • Better Scene editing in the Timeline.
  • Scene locking.
  • Timeline UI revised.
  • AudioStage transport can be unlocked from the host transport.
  • Entity rename in the Project Explorer.

AudioStage for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for 299 EUR (Stereo Edition), 495 EUR/990 EUR (Surround Edition), and 2490 EUR (Unlimited Edition).

More information: Longcat / AudioStage

Tramon Kaiser releases Binaural Household + FX Library

Tramon Kaiser has released the Binaural Household + FX Library, a collection of binaural recordings of common household items and other interesting objects.

Binaural Household + FX Library features

  • 1064 sounds, 1,04 GB content.
  • Recorded with DIY binaural microphones (with Panasonic WM-61a capsules) and Zoom H1 at 44.1kHz/24bit.
  • No dynamic processing has been applied to the sounds, just some noise reduction.

The Binaural Household + FX Library is available to purchase for 7 EUR.

More information: Binaural Household + FX Library