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AfroDJMac releases free Jingle Bells for Ableton Live

AfroDJMac has released Jingle Bells, a free Ableton Live Pack.

It’s become a tradition around here to create an Ableton Live Pack especially for Christmas. Nothing really evokes the feelings and memories of Christmas quite like the sound of jingling bells!

This year I have decided to sample my sleigh bells. I did so using Rode NT5 mics, which I recently had modified by Michael Joly (he can turn entry level mics into high-end works of art). So to celebrate, I’ve created not one but four different instruments for your holiday pleasure.

The pack is a free download at AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac / Jingle Bells

Sonokinetic launches 12 Days of Christmas

Sonokinetic has announced its 12 Days of Christmas, a limited time promotion with daily deals up to Christmas.

We close our festive lustrum year with a big party on ’12 days of Christmas’ here at Sonokinetic BV

Running from December 12th until December 24 (23:59 CET), Sonokinetic will post a new offer every day on our Facebook page and Twitter.

Check out our gifts and specials daily

More information: Sonokinetic / 12 Days of Christmas

8Dio launches 25 Days of Christmas

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8Dio 25 Days of Christmas

8Dio has launched its annual 25 Days of Christmas promotion.

Hey there fellow sample connoisseur – and welcome to 8Dio’s annual 25 Days of Christmas tradition. We have a rather ambitious lineup this year comprised of new releases, gift with purchase, essential Adagio updates, artist interviews and two massive announcements. We are kicking Christmas off with the release of our cloud-collaboration library: “Free Angels”, which is a unique type of art software unlike anything else on the market. Free Angels will be released on Tuesday, December 3rd.

Free Angels was created in collaboration with over 100 gracious members of the 8Dio community. In the tradition of giving we are happy to announce that Free Angels will be a complimentary gift added to ANY 8Dio purchase of 50$ or more made between December 3rd and December 25th.

We also encourage you to check our site and/or Facebook during the Xmas period. We have fresh news items every day and some really special things coming your way.

More information: 8Dio Productions

Sonokinetic releases free Sleigh Bells for Kontakt

Sonokinetic Sleigh Bells

Sonokinetic has announced the release of Sleigh Bells, a free virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Q: What does every Christmas track need but has been sadly overlooked by most sample developers?
A: Sleigh Bells

Q: What are Sonokinetic going to do about it?
A: Program a ridiculously comprehensive collection of tempo-synced sleigh bells and give it to you for FREE as an extra special xmas gift.

Sonokinetic brings you this treat, free for anyone to enjoy, but no less powerful than our paid-for libraries. We figured it’s a time for giving presents, and we wanted to thank all of you for the 5 years you kept Sonokinetic going strong, and growing to the company it is today… Thank You!

Sleigh Bells features

  • 6 different Sleigh bells (25, 21, 17, 13, 6, and 1 bell sleigh bells).
  • Loops in two tempi, two meters and two feels.
  • Loop length up to 25 seconds, average around 10.
  • Up to 41 Round Robins per multisample.
  • 300+ samples. (about 500 Mb sample content) in 24 bit 44.1 kHz aiff format.
  • Royalty and copyright free content license.
  • Format: All files in 44.1 kHz, 24bit aiff format.
  • Programmed for Kontakt 4.2.4 & Kontakt 5 (requires full version, not compatible with the free Kontakt Player).

The Sleigh Bells library is a free download at Sonokinetic.

More information: Sonokinetic / Sleigh Bells

The Unfinished launches Advent Calendar

The Unfinished has introduced its Advent Calendar, offering free patches every day until Christmas.

The Unfinished Advent Calendar

I shall be creating free patches for Absynth, FM8, Massive, Omnisphere, Synthmaster and Zebra.

As well as giving away free synth presets, I shall be releasing new commercial soundsets, creating discounts on existing ones and also running competitions to win all my soundsets – not just the ones I’ve made, but every soundset I will ever make!

There will also be new music as talented composers and producers create new demo tracks for my existing synth collections. Plus there will be one or two bonus free soundsets for some of the best free vst synths out there.

There’s going to be lots going on (except perhaps sleep!) so bookmark this page to keep up to date with all the Yuletide news.

More information: The Unfinished

Audio-Technica announces final shortlist for its Alternative Christmas Tune Competition

Audio-Technica

Audio-Technica has announced the final six shortlist of its alternative Christmas track competition.

It launched the competition in October and has received a huge wave of diverse entries from all across the UK and some from further afield.

The aim of the new music competition was to seek out fun and vibrant alternatives to the age-old tradition of Christmas carols and songs. The nationwide competition was launched through the company’s Facebook and Twitter channels, with entrants required to submit video entries via YouTube.

The online competition was not restricted to any particular type of music so bands, DJs or music producers from any genre had the opportunity to show off their skills.

The competition’s judge, Steve Levine, acclaimed producer and chairman of the Music Producers Guild, joined the team to carefully sift through the entries and create a shortlist of six finalists. The judging panel want the public to make the final decision on the best entry by voting for the track they believe should win the top prize of £500 worth of Audio-Technica equipment.

You can vote for your favourite video by visiting this online poll. The winning entry will be announced on Thursday 23rd December.

More information: Audio-Technica / Alternative Christmas Tune Competition

Gnomehammer 2010, Tonehammer’s freebies season is back

Tonehammer Gnomehammer

Tonehammer has kicked off this year’s Gnomehammer season, offering various free virtual instruments until Christmas.

We have all received poor xmas gifts in life … whether it was handmade insults like socks or sweaters, a low-carb cooking book or a set of meditation tapes.

Gnomehammer is proud to follow this lackluster tradition by regifting last years entire Gnomehammer fruitcake collection for free until December 25th 2010.

This strange collection of quasi-musical oddities was mostly captured in one epic recording session somewhere around Thanksgiving im 2009 at the Tonehammer studio, involving lots of Belgian beer, balloons, helium, oxygen deprivation, us and a few of our closest friends. While there is a bit of a winter or even some sort of pseudo-Christmas theme running through this library, it’s definitely intended to fitin well with content from Tonehammer’s Antidrum and Mini series of libraries. The library includes a wide range of comedic sounds from authentic helium choir (yeah – we sucked down a whole tank of 2He) to drum kits from snow- and ice sounds – from human beat box through PVC ensembles to manipulation of childrens balloons – from glockenspiel to sleighbells etc.

Microhammer “Gnomehammer”

  • Free downloable until December 25th 2010 (normal price $19 on www.microhammer.com)
  • Articulations include: Snow Drums (drums made from snow sounds), Wintery Pod (drums made from throwing stones on ice), Toy Glockenspiel, Holy Ambiencs, Gnomish Choir (aka Helium Choir), PVC Beatbox Ensemble, Luftballon.
  • Intelligent editing and programming.
  • Read me (.pdf) install, patch and hint documentation.
  • 47 instrument patches, 1405 samples, 531MB installed, 313MB .rar download.
  • Sample resolution and source format: 44.1Khz/16/24Bit mono- and stereo .wav format.
  • Format(s): Kontakt, SFZ and .wav.
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 3.5 and later. Full retail versions required for Kontakt instruments.
  • Note: Free Kontakt Player does not support this product. Full version required.
  • Note: This product is derived from previous, Tonehammer “Gnomehammer” collection.

Tonehammer will be posting something new every day until December 25th, 2010.

More information: Tonehammer

Ohm Force announces Christmas Promo + Poetry Cohmpetition

Ohm Force Christmas Promo

Ohm Force has announced a limited time Christmas promotion for its products.

Well, Christmas will arrive soon, and the end of this year is also getting closer. Our hearts become more tender and our thoughts more reflexive. We all would want to be able to spend more time with our friends, and with our passions, and… talking about that, our loyal studios – temples of our inspiration and expression – surely deserve an upgrade to start 2011 with the right foot, don’t they?

For only two or three coins from your holed pocket, you’ll be able to grab some new – and competent! – swords and splinters for your ever evolving skills on sound sculpting and sonic battleship. How would you be able to fight for love, otherwise?

We’re talking about this year’s Christmas promo, that will offer a pair of -40% discounted plug-ins each December’s friday! This Friday 3rd December we’ll start with the Mobilohm and the Hematohm. Next week there’ll be another discounted pair, and so on, until the Friday 24th December, when we’ll celebrate the holiday with a discounted ALL-ALL Bundle!

The discounted plug-in pairs will be announced at least two days before each Friday.

This Friday (December 3, 2010) there is a 40% discount on Hematohm and Mobilohm, available by using the promo codes below at checkout.

  • 40% off Mobilohm: PHASING-MOBILOHM
  • 40% off Hematohm: HEMATOHM-IN-OUR-SOULS
  • 40% off both plug-ins: MOBILOHM-HEMATOHM-NEED

Ohm Force has also announced a new Cohmpetition:

this time, and for the first time, a poetry one! Yes, musicians are artists first of all, and we know that you can touch your audience’s emotions either with notes or words! Get inspired by the poems we’ll post starting from tomorrow and write your own ohm-inspired poetry. The best 3 poems will grab Ohm Force bundles.

More information: Ohm Force