Short links for October 9th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Audio Damage Tattoo

Chris Randall shares the latest on Audio Damage’s forthcoming virtual drum synthesizer (check little demo audio clip here).

Audio Damage Tattoo
Audio Damage Tattoo (alpha)

Chris writes:

With the caveat that the UI isn't 100% finalized, here you go. Have a gander at Tattoo, our first instrument. Some salient points:

  1. No samples. This is a drum synthesizer. Each voice is purpose-built, as well, rather than just having a general percussion synthesis voice.
  2. Every synthesis control has a sequencer attached to it.
  3. If you own Replicant, you can immediately see how the randomization/likelihood works for each channel/voice.
  4. The sequencer also outputs MIDI (in the VST only, of course) so you can use the randomization features in other drum synths or external hardware.

So, there you have it. We haven't decided on a price, and I have no idea whatsoever as to when it will be done. We've got the synthesis all in place, but not "tuned," and the sequencer is about 80% complete, but the hardest parts haven't been done yet.

# Synthgeek free samples

Synthgeek has added another sample pack to the free samples page. The Kurzweil percussion 1 (2.15MB) sample pack includes 15 drum/percussion sounds from a Kurzweil K2000S.

# Create Digital Music » The Speaking Piano, and Transforming Audio to MIDI

Austrian composer Peter Ablinger digitized a recording of a child speaking and then programmed a mechanical piano to replicate the sounds. The video above is in German, but Hack a Day has provided a translation:

I break down this phonography, meaning a recording of something the voice, in this case -, in individual pixels, one can say. And if I have the possibility of a rendering in a fairly high resolution (and that I only get with a mechanical piano), then I in fact restore some kind of continuity. Therefore, with a little practice, or help or subtitling, we actually can hear a human voice in a piano sound.

The content of the speech is taken from the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court at World Venice Forum 2009.

# Make: Online : Build a drone synthesizer

From Casper Electronics:

Read all about the "DroneLab" analog drone synthesizer and signal processor; PCBs and parts kits coming by the end of October. Or build it from scratch! The schematics are available at the bottom of the page. PCB pattern will be posted as soon as it is finalized.

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