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AudioThing records Bass Station to Tape: TapeStation for NI Kontakt

AudioThing has announced TapeStation, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

What happens when a ’90s analog synth meets an ’80s tape recorder? We sampled a famous Analogue Bass Synth to tape using a new old stock cassette, and boxed it into a Kontakt Instrument. The original synth produced fat basses and sharp leads, but now the raw tape sounds and unstable pitch add perfect elements for “tron” like sounds. Each waveform (Sawtooth, Square, Pulse 5%) was sampled chromatically from C0 to C7 and each sample is more then 6 seconds long. In the custom Performance View a Saturation and Limiter Input Gain are added to the original synth’s parameters.

AudioThing TapeStation
Novation Bass Station + Tape Recorder = AudioThing TapeStation for Kontakt.

TapeStation features

  • 2 Oscillators (Saw, Square, Pulse 5%).
  • 12-24dB/oct filter.
  • 1 LFO (Random, Saw, Triangle) for Pitch and Cutoff.
  • 2 Envelopes.
  • 24 Factory Presets.
  • 24 User Presets (save function within the Kontakt GUI).
  • 255 Samples (44.1Khz / 24Bit).
  • Size: 200 MB installed.
  • Custom performance view.

The TapeStation library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $9 USD until July 26th, 2012 (regular $12 USD). Requires Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.2 full version.

More information: AudioThing / TapeStation

Wavesfactory releases Old Tape Piano for Kontakt

Wavesfactory Old Tape Piano

Wavesfactory has released Old Tape Piano, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Always wanted to sample a grand piano, but what’s the point? The market is oversaturated of piano libraries, and making another one is pointless unless you make it differently. We sampled a grand piano in mono using a low quality cassette recorder. When I say “low quality” I mean “very low quality”. Unlike other libraries availabe, the piano used was new and tuned, just the recorder was old.

Old Tape Piano features

  • Grand Piano, 88 keys, recorded directly into cassette tape.
  • Mono WAV files 44.1 kHz 24 bits, 861 Mb installed.
  • Recorded in mono with 8 velocity layers.
  • Flutter, natural saturation and compression.
  • Noise reduction applied, noise file attached.
  • Full version of Kontakt 3.5 or superior required. Kontakt Player will run in demo mode.

The Old Tape Piano library is available to purchase for 9.95 EUR.

More information: Wavesfactory / Old Tape Piano

AudioThing releases TapeStation for Kontakt

AudioThing TapeStation

AudioThing has announced the release of TapeStation, a sample library/virtual instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

What happens when a ’90s analog synth meets an ’80s tape recorder? We sampled a famous Analogue Bass Synth to tape using a new old stock cassette, and boxed it into a Kontakt Instrument.

The original synth produced fat basses and sharp leads, but now the raw tape sounds and unstable pitch add perfect elements for “tron” like sounds. Each waveform (Sawtooth, Square, Pulse 5%) was sampled chromatically from C0 to C7 and each sample is more then 6 seconds long. In the custom Performance View a Saturation and Limiter Input Gain are added to the original synth’s parameters

TapeStation features

  • 2 Oscillators (Saw, Square, Pulse 5%).
  • 12-24dB/oct filter.
  • 1 LFO (Random, Saw, Triangle) for Pitch and Cutoff.
  • 2 Envelopes.
  • 24 Factory Presets.
  • 24 User Presets (save function within the Kontakt GUI).
  • Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit.
  • Size: 200 MB installed.
  • Custom performance view.
  • Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.2 full retail version is required.

TapeStation for Kontakt is available to purchase for the introductory price of $9 USD until October 24, 2011 (regular $12 USD).

More information: AudioThing / TapeStation

Goldbaby announces Maschine support for Tape808 & Cassette808 sample libraries

Goldbaby Productions Tape808

Goldbaby Productions has announced that the Tape808 drum machine sample library is now available with Maschine support.

Not another 808 sample! Well actually it isn’t… this is 407 samples taken from two 808′s recorded into an Ampex 351 1/2″ valve 2 track tape machine! That’s not all… We also put the 808′s through other vintage gear. Plus we recorded the 808′s naked into a Metric Halo ULN-2 firewire audio card. Then we chose the best samples.

The Tape808 library is available to purchase for $29 USD. Those who have Maschine and have already purchased the Tape808 can upgrade to the Maschine format for $1 USD (send Goldbaby your original order number and you will receive a special order form).

The free Cassette808 sample library now also includes Maschine support.

This is a free sample pack that was created by recording the TR808 to cassette.

More information: Goldbaby Productions

Cupwise releases Color Springs for Nebula

Cupwise

Cupwise has released Color Springs, a collection of programs for Nebula 3 by Acustica Audio.

What: A Gibbs spring reverb tank made in the early 70′s, of the type commonly used in Hammond organs and various Fender equipment. Two springs.

How: Sampled 14 different ways, some with the goal of capturing just the spring sound with little extra coloration, others with added flavor. The idea was to provide many variations of the spring reverb sound, giving several options for any situation requiring verb. Among the methods used- placing small objects on the springs (or wrapped around them), using the clamp (which I believe is to keep the pan/springs from moving around much during transportation) to dampen the effect, using different feedback paths, different sources of amplification, using cassette tapes, and playing the tones through the setups at different speeds/sample rates to shift the behavior up and down the frequency spectrum (check program specific details for more info on this). All were sampled with the RME hdsp 9632, at 96khz.

Color Springs for Nebula (full version required) is available to purchase for $6 USD.

More information: Cupwise / Color Springs

Celemony announces Capstan, wow and flutter removal tool

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Celemony has announced Capstan, a tool to remove wow and flutter from audio recordings.

Celemony Capstan

For over 100 years, music has been recorded on mechanical storage mediums, and for over 100 years such recordings have been plagued by the same problems: wow and flutter. Who isn’t familiar with the wobbling and warbling, the droning and dragging? Mechanical degradation caused by defective devices or sticking tapes, by aging or defective storage. Furthermore, wow and flutter were for the most part irremediable.

Countless recordings of renowned orchestras, big bands and rock groups are currently slumbering deep in archives because precisely this problem has rendered them unusable. The tapes worthless, the recordings lost to posterity. Until now.

For with Capstan there is now for the first time a program capable of removing wow and flutter from musical recordings – whether on tape, compact cassette, wax, shellac or vinyl. Capstan detects wow and flutter by analyzing the musical material itself, so the medium is of no relevance. In this, Capstan is clearly superior to solutions such as bias tracking, because Capstan still works even if the tape has already been copied several times or digitized only in low resolution.

Being musically intelligent, the Capstan algorithm is capable of recognizing not only the minutest amounts of wow and flutter but also continuous speed variations within the musical material itself and makes possible detailed editing that extends even to drawing in the curve manually. It is based on the patented DNA Direct Note Access technology made famous by the award-winning program Melodyne, which is used worldwide in all major studios for the editing of pitch and timing.

Whilst the precise detection of the wow and flutter represents the actual technological revolution, repairing the recording is easy: the musical material is simply played back with the velocity curve inverted. Pure varispeed – guaranteed free from artifacts.

Capstan will be available for Windows and Mac (standalone 64-bit) mid June 2011. Estimated price is 3,790 EUR. A demo version will be made available on the Celemony website.

More information: Celemony

Cupwise releases Cassette 1 for Nebula

Cupwise Cassette 1 Tascam 122 mkIII

Cupwise has released Cassette 1, a collection of Tascam 122 mkIII programs for Nebula by Acustica Audio.

The Tascam 122 mkIII deck was used, along with 11 tapes, to create this set. Some tapes were sampled twice, at slightly different speeds and with different noise reduction settings (B, C, and none).

Most of the tapes are/were highly regarded among cassette enthusiasts (they’re still out there!). There are type I, II, and metal type IV tapes. The deck has a rich history and is very well known for it’s reliability and performance.

The Cassette 1 Nebula programs are available to purchase for $10 USD.

More information: Cupwise / Cassette 1

Short links for July 15th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# polynome 5000

polynome 5000
polynome5000, amazing DIY controller by Colin Mann

Colin Mann on his polynome 5000 controller:

After more hours than I’d like to admit, even if I actually knew how many, I’m done. I started this, believe it or not, before the APC40 was even announced, and at the time there weren’t many products out there like it. Now, obviously it would make more sense to just buy one of those products, nevertheless, where are you gonna get an RGB monome with a nixie tube display that takes OSC commands? Exactly.

# Moogfest 2010, a three-day festival celebrating the innovative vision of sonic pioneer, Robert Moog, to be held Halloween weekend, October 29-31, in Asheville, NC.

Confirmed artists Massive Attack, MGMT, and Thievery Corporation will be joined by over 25 additional internationally renowned artists performing in multiple venues throughout downtown Asheville, including the Asheville Civic Center Arena, the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, and Asheville’s renowned world-class club, the Orange Peel.

# Drumssette – By Mike Walters

Intro to The Drumssette by Mike Walters.

The Drumssette was built by Mike Walters in 2010. The Drumssette is a Tascam four track cassette recorder that I turned into a programmable drum machine. A cassette with four tracks of repeating drum sounds can be mapped into a 16 step rhythm using the 64 switches on the interface. The audio on the cassette tape also clocks the sequencer. More details at www.mysterycircuits.com

# "I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS" Announcement, Download Links, Fun Facts, Listening tips

Mark Mosher presents his new album, composed and produced entirely on a laptop using Ableton Live 8.

After eight months of work, I'm very excited to announce that my latest album I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS is now available as a digital download.

I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS Album by MarkMosher

Livid Instruments Code

# Want Encoders? Livid Reveals Hardware Covered with Them

Peter Kirn on the new controller by Livid Instruments:

Livid Instruments has just revealed their next hardware controller. Well, sort of revealed – this evening on Twitter, they declared that it was a “Top secret sneak peek of our new controller.” Top secret – you know, just on the Internet. No one will see it there. It’s full of encoders, if that’s your thing. It’s called, cleverly, the “Code.” In addition to accompanying Livid’s own grid controllers, put this next to a monome, and you can manipulate continuous parameters alongside triggers. I could imagine someone doing some insane granular patch with an absurd number of parameters using this.

# Waveformless: 10 Free Synths for Your Mac

Tom Shear lists some worthwhile freebies for Mac users:

The internet has its ups and downs as far as musicians go, but one of the great things is the abundance of free software available to pros and beginners alike. While the comparatively smaller user base means there aren't as many freebies for Mac as there is for PC, there is still some great stuff out there available for absolutely nothing. (Although many developers of freeware, do accept donations.)

Dogs wanted!

# Music of Sound » CrowdSourced FX Library 2

Tim Prebble is looking for contributions for another "crowdsourced" fx sample library.

Seeing as how THE DOORS is hopefully going to finally kill the overuse of cliche doors, maybe we can also kill the over use of ‘DOG NEXT DOOR’ or at least provide some seriously good alternatives! But the world of dogs is vast & complex – some of the weirdest vocalisations I have ever heard were from a very small dog! So please comment on this post if you wish to be a contributor. As with the 1,000 doors aim (which we will easily meet) lets aim for 1,000 dogs so if each person records 5 dogs then we have a recordist limit of 200 contributors.