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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


Time+Space announces Christmas deals and bundles

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Time+Space Christmas Deals

Time+Space has announced a number of deals and bundles for the Christmas season.

The season of goodwill has arrived at Time+Space with almighty gusto as the UK’s largest soundware distributor announce a collection of special deals, exclusive bundles and gifts ideas that offer unbelievable savings and value for money.

Available deals & bundles include:

  • Complete Ableton Live Tutorial Bundle which includes Focal Press’ Ableton Live 8 book, ASK Video tutorial DVD bundle and a selection of Ableton samples  – all for just £79.
  • Garritan Christmas Bundle featuring Personal Orchestra 4 and Jazz & Big Band 3 for just £159!
  • Spectrasonics Stylus RMX comes bundled with Zero-G’s ‘Total Rex’ (which contains over 15,000 samples and is worth £99.95) at no extra cost!
  • Rock Guitar Bundle includes Vir2′s award winning Electri6ity and BASiS for just £299!
  • The Complete Reason Tuition Bundle delivers Reason 5 and Record 1.5 tutorial DVDs from ASK Video plus Zero-G’s The Big Reason (includes 6500+ samples!) for the special price of £59 instead of £151.93!
  • Dance/Urban Music Production Bundle combines Toontrack’s award winning Beatstation software, plus ESI’s U46XL audio interface, Cubase 5 LE, EZdrummer Lite and a 100MB pack of free samples for just £109 instead of £228!

More information: Time+Space


Audio-Technica launches Alternative Christmas Tune Competition


Audio-Technica, one of the world’s finest manufacturers of audio equipment, has launched an online search for the most entertaining alternative Christmas track.

The popular music manufacturer is looking for fun and vibrant YouTube video entries from the underground music scene that put a positive new spin on the age old tradition of Christmas carols.

The nationwide competition, which is being judged by Grammy & Brit award-winning record producer and chairman of the Music Producers Guild Steve Levine, is being formally launched via Audio-Technica’s social media channels of Facebook and Twitter.

The online competition is not restricted to any particular type of music so bands, DJs or music producers from any genre have the opportunity of scooping either the top prize of £500 or five runners-up prizes of £100 worth of Audio-Technica equipment. As an extra incentive the first 100 entries will all receive a free pair of Audio-Technica ATH-CK51 headphones worth £30 each.

Harvey Roberts, senior marketing manager at Audio-Technica commented: “We are really excited about this competition as we think it might help bring some added impetus to music during the Christmas period. Every year we hear the same few songs, so it would be nice to see something new and creative. The truth is we have an awful lot of musical talent in this country and we just felt that a competition like this would help give them some extra inspiration.”

Roberts continues: “The competition is an open book for musicians, they can do a quirky cover version of a Christmas carol or song or they can write a whole new piece of music themselves – we don’t mind it’s the creativity that matters. We want people to express themselves and have some fun making music. Who knows someone might even pen a brand new Christmas hit.”

The competition runs from 25th October 2010 until midnight, 12th December 2010. The winning entries will be announced on Thursday 23rd December 2010.

More information: Audio-Technica / Alternative Christmas Tune Competition


Bolder Sounds releases BOB Miscellaneous, Christmas Bells and Granular Christmas Bells

Bolder Sounds BOB Miscellaneous

Bolder Sounds has released some new sample libraries: BOB Miscellaneous, Christmas Bells and Granular Christmas Bells.

BOB Miscellaneous is the 10th volume of the Best of Bolder collection, which is now complete.

The B.O.B. Miscellaneous Instruments collection is a set of sounds which I did not feel comfortably fit into the other B.O.B. categories, you can think of them as ‘left-overs’ if you wish, but don’t be fooled -there are some real gems in here.

B.O.B. Miscellaneous Instruments features

  • Accordions (Gigastudio only)
  • Bassoon
  • Bullroarer (Kontakt & EXS only)
  • Celtic Harp
  • Classical Guitar
  • Electric Guitar Volume Swells
  • Monochord
  • Spring Drum
  • Steel Drums
  • Taylor Acoustic Bass Guitar
  • Upright Jazz Bass
  • Water
  • Wind Chimes (Gigastudio only)
  • Zon Fretless Bass

The BOB Miscellaneous set is available for $19.95. The Best Of Bolder Full Collection has a special price of $119.96 USD until January 1, 2009 (normal price $159.95 USD).

Bolder Sounds Christmas Bells

Bolder Sounds has also released Christmas Bells, a sample set that consists of 12 charming Christmas Bells which are attached to a mechanical sequencer of sorts.

The bells are tuned to C5, D5, E5, F5, F#5, G5, A5, Bb5, C6, D6, and E6. I extended the mapping of the lowest sample to A4 and the highest sample to G6 for more flexibility. When put in play mode the sequencer sends a signal to the bell’s ‘clapper’ to play the corresponding bell for the correct note. The play list includes all your typical Holiday favorites like Joy To The World, I Saw Three Ships etc …

Christmas Bells features

  • 86 mb (unzipped) / 58 mb (zipped)
  • 24 bit stereo samples
  • 3 round robins per note
  • Articulations – long decay and short muted samples

Christmas Bells is available for Kontakt & EXS24 for $14.96 USD until January 1, 2009 (normal price $19.95 USD).

Christmas Bells Granular is a free sample set featuring unusual granular pad-like textures from the Christmas Bells library. Also included are 4 hit samples (with long decays) of the bells from the downloadable full version of the bells. Check the free sounds page for more freebies.

Visit Bolder Sounds for more information, audio demos and a link to download Christmas Bells Granular.


Short links for December 9th, 2008

Some interesting things I found recently:

Wearable Toy Piano by mikamika

# Wearable Toy Piano – A Toy Piano embedded on a T-shirt.

Instructables member mikamika explains:

It has 8 keys from Do to Do (1 octave). You can play simple music by wearing the shirt and pushing the fabric button on the shirt. All the components from the toy piano (batteries, speaker, circuit board) are placed on the shirt and connected with poppers. All these hard components are detachable so that you can wash it if you wish.

# delicious blog » gettin’ taggy wit it – delicious has integrated FoxyPlayer for better support of audio files.

FoxyPlayer is a slick embedded audio player that supports a wider variety of audio formats and interoperates with the popular FoxyTunes add-on for Firefox and Internet Explorer. But perhaps most interestingly for Delicious users, it also turns your audio bookmarks into playlists you can control from your browser.

8-Bit Jesus

# 8-Bit Jesus: New Christmas Chip-tune Album | Doctor Octoroc

Doctor Octoroc writes:

I’ve been working on a new album for the past few months and am releasing a free MP3 download of the first half – sort of a preview, I suppose. The album is entitled 8-Bit Jesus and contains 9 tracks thus far. Each one is a chip-tune version of a classic Christmas song done in the style of a different NES game.

Songs include Silent Knight Man, Little Drummer Nemo and Super Jingle Bros. Download the album (or individual tracks) here.

# ::vtol:: Noise guitar – Digital Noise guitar is a custom project based on HT-8950 voice changer chip. Small circuit was mounted right in the body. It can process sound like lo-fi ring modulator, 8-bit pitch shifter or simple guitar synth. Mad Selfoscillation is possible too.

# 25 Awesome things I’ve failed to post on Music Thing over the last couple of months – Nice list by Tom Whitwell @ Music thing.