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Wavesfactory releases Old Tape Drums for Kontakt

Wavesfactory Old Tape Drums

Wavesfactory has announced the release of Old Tape Drums, a free drum kit recorded using a lo-fi cassette tape recorder, available to Wavesfactory Facebook friends.

6 velocity layers and 6 round robin per articulation. Custom animated GUI and custom script that gives you control over the volume and color of the noise from the tape itself, and over the speed and tune of the tape.

This is an exclusive freebie for Facebook friends, you only have to like us on Facebook and you’ll be able to download the library instantly.

The library is a free download at Wavesfactory’s Facebook page.

More information: Wavesfactory / Old Tape Drums

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100 Akres releases Dirty Arse Drum Breaks Vol 2

100 Akres Dirty Arse Drum Breaks Vol 2

100 Akres has announced the release of Dirty Arse Drum Breaks Vol 2, a new collection of drum breaks by Timmy Rickard.

These royalty free drum breaks are provided in 16 bit/44.1kHz for use in most hardware and software samplers (please refer to your sampler’s manufacturer specs for compatibility).

This sample pack contains 98 brand new, original breaks ranging in tempo from 81 BPM to 119 BPM.

Played and engineered by Timmy Rickard, a recording chain of high quality, analog gear has been used which you can hear in the clear (but dirty) quality and warm tone of these drum breaks.

The sample pack is available to purchase for $14 USD. The Kontakt 5.1 version with some additional features also costs $14 USD. Additionally, a Limited edition (100) cassette is available for $19 USD (includes digital WAV format via instant download).

More information: 100 Akres / Dirty Arse Drum Breaks Vol 2

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ToneBytes releases Tape Noise effect plugin

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ToneBytes Tape Noise

ToneBytes has announced Tape Noise, a VST format plug-in for Windows, which adds the sound and atmosphere of analog recordings to your tracks and mixes.

The purpose of the plug-in is to add real sounding analog noises from different sources. For this goal, Tape Noise has 21 delicious tape noise profiles, sampled from actual magnetic tapes, compact cassettes and reels such as TDK D-C60, Maxell XLII-S, DENON RD50, BASF chromdioxide super II, etc.

With the help of the embedded equalizer, it is possible to either emphasize or reduce those parts of the noise profile you want. The features of the equalizer are selected in such a way that it keeps its use of noise sounding natural.

Built-in preset based tape frequency response simulator and Wow’n’Flutter also adds some vintage feeling to your sound.

Tape Noise features

  • 32 Factory presets based on 21 of actual tape noise profiles.
  • Built-in preset manager makes it easy to save the settings and quickly access them or share them with other Tape Noise users.
  • VST automation and full MIDI Learning are supported.

The plugin costs $20 USD / 15 EUR.

More information: ToneBytes / Tape Noise

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Open Music Labs launches Mixtape Alpha crowdfunding project

Open Music Labs has announced that it is crowdfunding its Mixtape Alpha pocket-sized 8-bit synthesizer at Crowd Supply.

Open Music Labs Mixtape Alpha
The Mixtape Alpha project is based on the ATmega328p processor, which is also used in the Arduino. All of the source code is online, so it can be hacked to make your own custom sounds.

Mixtape Alpha was a successful experiment for us, so much so, we ran out of our first production run. And, after much soul-searching, we decided to retire the product. But, before we did that, we wanted to give one last chance for music enthusiasts everywhere to get a Mixtape Alpha. As Neil Young said, “it’s better to burn out than fade away”.

The Mixtape Alpha has a stylophone style input for continuous tone generation, and six buttons for discrete notes. With four voices, four effects, and five-note polyphony there is quite a range of expression. You can even loop a pattern and play a second part on top. But, the best part is, you can record the songs you make, and trade mixtapes with your friends! And it comes in its own cassette case, with instructions.

The project is looking to raise $6,000 USD before funding ends on October 15th, 2013. Backers can pick up the Mixtape Alpha for $42 USD. Shipping is expected in January, 2014.

More information: Open Music Labs / Mixtape Alpha

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Review: Goldbaby Dirt and Layers sample pack

Goldbaby Dirt and Layers

Goldbaby’s latest sample pack Dirt and Layers features a collection of samples to enhance your drum and percussion sounds by adding some dirt, layers & more.

The dirt category comprises 140 sounds, including vinyl and tape noise, digital hash, guitar amp and pedal hum and more.

The dirt sounds can add subtle or not so subtle texture to your individual instruments or whole mixes. Add some vinyl noise to give the impression that your instrument was sampled off vinyl. Add some tape noise to make your recordings sound like they were done on tape before noise reduction was invented. Use the damaged cassette noise to fake your cassette sampling skills.

No less than 830 drum layering sounds are found in the layers category. These include kick drum subs, snare top sounds, sucking sounds, transients, and more.

The drum layering sounds are a fantastic tool kit for augmenting and beefing up drum sounds. Give your drums more depth and texture by experimenting with different layers. Boost the bottom end of kicks with tuned subs or add a transient layer to help it cut through a mix. Crispen snares with various top layers or add body and substance using the sauce and body layers.

For instant gratification you can drop one of the 50 loops (REX) in your track to get the authentic, characteristic sounds of vinyl, dirt patterns, etc.

While the pack is clearly designed to enhance your drum sounds and add character to (any) audio, many of the sounds are also great for using as is, or as the basis for further processing. If you like your odd percussion sounds like me, you will be in for a treat. Transient clicks and kick subs are probably best used layered with existing drum sounds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them any other way. Hugo also included things like synth fx, random noises and vocoder sounds, so you really have a good variety of sounds.

Maschine and Geist users will be happy to hear that Dirt and Layers includes browser integration for these instruments, so everything is nicely ordered/tagged and good to go right off the bat.

Check this nice video demonstrating how you can use these tools to layer sounds in Maschine.

So what do I think?

Product: Dirt and Layers by Goldbaby
Format: 970 wav samples (24-bit) / 50 REX loops
Price: $29 USD
Like: Excellent tools, top notch sound design, browser integration, Goldbaby quality
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

I think this is one of Goldbaby’s best sample packs to date. Hugo has always delivered work of the highest quality, but to me Dirt and Layers is a bit special, something like a treasure trove.

Making sure you have good quality source material to work with is really important, but there usually is room for improvement. Dirt and Layers is like a toolbox filled to the brim with the best tools for the job.

Depending on the vibe you are trying to create you will want to add some of those character noises, fatten up your drum sounds, or add some excitement with sound fx type samples. This pack has it all.

And if you like a more experimental sound, you’re going to be using these samples for a lot more than layering or simply adding character. Get your creative juices flowing!

More information: Goldbaby / Dirt and Layers

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VST Buzz offers 50% off Wavesfactory Piano Bundle

VST Buzz Wavesfactory Piano Bundle

VST Buzz has launched a limited time sale on the Wavesfactory Piano Bundle, comprising two virtual piano instruments.

Old Tape Piano is a grand piano that has been sampled in mono using a low quality cassette recorder. It has a lofi vibe to it, without sacrificing dynamics and 8 velocity layers.

W-Honky is a vintage keys library that is similar to the “Mrs Mills” piano sound from Abbey Road Studios used by the Beatles, Elliot Smith etc. The sound was achieved by combining a vertical piano (Kawai from 1984) with a digitally processed metal sound for the attack. The signal is slightly detuned to achieve the honky tonk sound.

Both libraries require the full version of Kontakt 3.5 or higher (Old Tape piano is available in EX24 format also).

The bundle is available to purchase for $12.50 USD until July 16th, 2013 (50% off regular).

More information: VST Buzz

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100 Akres releases Monosole: Dirty Arse Drum Hits Vol 1.5

Monosole Dirty Arse Drum Hits Vol 1.5

100 Akres has launched Monosole: Dirty Arse Drum Hits Vol 1.5, a collection of 100+ drum hits by Timmy Rickard.

We’re not in the business of recycling sounds from sample packs found around the internet. We’re also not in the business of providing you with a folder of 1000′s of drum sounds to sort through. We create original samples and deliver a manageable amount of sounds at your reach. Spend more time making music and less time sorting.

Monosole: Dirty Arse Drum Hits vol 1.5 features

  • Over 100 Drum Hits in 16 bit WAV format.
  • Bonus folder containing all of the drum hits ran through a HHB tube preamp to cassette.
  • Drum kit mic’d with a Coles 4038 ribbon mic and mixed through a EQP-1A for a warm vintage sound.
  • Compatible with all major software DAWs including; Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Pro Tools, FL Studio, Propellerheads Reason, etc.
  • Compatible with all hardware samplers that accept 16 bit WAV files; Akai MPC samplers, Roland MV8000, Yamaha samplers, etc.
  • Instant Digital Download.

The sample library costs $11 USD. It is on sale for $9 USD until July 7th, 2013.

More information: 100 Akres / Monosole: Dirty Arse Drum Hits 1.5

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