Puremagnetik has released HackShop, a versatile collection of sampled blips, beeps, bumps and squeals from the circuit bent arsenal of The Violent Scar.
TVS specializes in bending and modifying toys and equipment with echo feedback circuitry. Some of the most industrial and aggressive sounds he achieves are squeezed out of a certain Barbie karaoke machine that TVS has mastered the manipulation of.
TVS flagship machine known simply as The Dueling Bitches, combines two of these circuits with multiple parameter controls, as well as input and output of each circuit enabling for cross patching and running them in parallel or series. All of these options were put to use while recording sounds for HackShop.
Puremagnetik also sampled TVS’ circuit patchable Yamaha DD-5, modified toy guitar effects machine, and custom built optical theremin. TVS has provided Puremagnetik with the unique opportunity to bring all these dark and twisted tones directly to you and your DAW for immediate sonic experimentation.
Over 100 loops of percussive, textural and rhythmic sound elements.
Customized for Ableton Live — HackShop for Ableton Live has been programmed deeply into Drum Racks and Instrument Racks with tons of effects and customized Macros for quick and easy access to extremely tweakable sounds. The Textural and Rhythmic Clips all load onto audio tracks with custom Effect Racks for lush sound design and musical chemistry. The Percussive Clips load with one of the 4 Drum Racks giving you the ability to edit the MIDI performance or adjust the parameters to your liking.
Customized for Logic and Kontakt — The Logic version of HackShop includes special channel strip configurations for each instrument. The HackShop Apple Loops collection is a combination of Textural and Rhythmic Audio loops along with some Percussive SIAL loops that will load into Logic with one of the percussion menus and channel strips in place. HackShop for Kontakt comes complete with customized KSP scripting for layer blending and effects parameter tweaking.
HackShop is now available for Puremagnetik subscribers. Subscriptions start at $5.75 USD/Month.
This is my MIDI piano instructor. This thing (top left in the picture) drives a bar of LEDs placed on top of a piano keyboard (electronic or regular). MIDI messages play a MIDI melody through the electronic piano or a MIDI box and also drive the MIDI piano instructor which turns on and off the LEDs according to the notes played.
The new episode of Electric Independence documents a rare look inside Devo’s studio. Mark Mothersbaugh himself gives us a tour through the space and shows us some of his favorite (and strangest) synths and circuit bending noisemakers. The guys even tell us some funny stories of their early Akron days, like the large girls (or “mother hens” as they like to call them) who would circle their equipment to warm it up before playing on those cold Ohio nights.
When the x0xb0x first came out in 2005 it was a exciting and unusual for a few reasons. First it was the first synth that really sounded like a TB-303, Second it was a Kit that you had to build yourself. Due to the cult status of the 303 a lot of musicians started getting into DIY just so they could get there hands on a x0xb0x. This was a boom to the DIY synthesizer community. After 5 years Adafruit has had a wildly successful run with the x0xb0x. Adafruit Industries shipped out 1,000 kits and there are countless others who self sourced there own. My goal is to keep the x0xb0x alive and relevant to the DIY community for years to come. We have an amazing project that was given to us by Adafruit Industries. I plan to keep the original spirit of sharing. In the coming months you will see more open source project’s that are derived from the x0xb0x but not necessary tb-303 related. Transistorize the World!
Producer Loops has released Ambient Glitch Vol.3, a sample library featuring original, expertly mangled glitch loops to give your productions a jolt of contemporary circuit bent insanity.
‘Ambient Glitch Vol 3′ expands on this unique series of versatile, atmospheric sample packs by experienced sound designer, Jeff Rhodes.
From Industrial and Grime, to Trip Hop and Ambient and everything in between, this pack is at home in a wide variety of styles and also covers a good range of tempos from 70 to 180bpm.
Ambient Glitch Vol.3 features
1.17GB of fresh glitched out content including drum, percussion, synth and fx loops in ACID WAV and Apple Loops formats.
Includes 17 Bass Loops, 141 Beats, 59 Clanks, 25 Percussion rhythms, 86 Synth phrases and 73 ‘Zingers’ (including delayed, forward and reverse hits), all expertly crafted and shaped in an astounding variety of ways.
44.1 kHz/ 24-Bit.
All loops sync to BPM.
Filenames indicate Tempo & Key.
Ambient Glitch Vol.3 is available to purchase for £14.95 GBP.
Loopmasters has released Circuit Bent Sounds Vol. 3, a collection of twisted beats and deformed audio sickness guaranteed to deliver a fresh bout of insanity to any production.
Back once again from the electronic surgery of the Circuitbenders labs, the products of an unholy alliance between soldering iron and sampler return to unleash another unhealthy dose of audio terrorism upon your unsuspecting senses!
From a cut-price drum toy to the mighty Roland SH101, nothing is safe from circuitbenders.co.uk attentions, with every machine being treated with an equally relaxed concern for its basic rights to bring you this unique set of sounds.
Stepping outside of normal methods of synthesis and audio production to unlock the true potential of an otherwise ordinary bit of hardware is the circuitbenders technique, All the machines used on this release have been rewired and abused to operate far beyond their normal design limits, enabling them to produce all those sounds that the original designers either fought to avoid or just never dreamed possible.
Circuit Bent Sounds Vol. 3 features
Over 650Mb of content, comprising of over 758 samples, 283 Loops and 475 Single Sounds.
209 Drum Loops, 74 Sound Loops, and 22 Sounds and FX from a simply huge collection of circuit bent toys, drum machines and instruments of all types:
Includes old school drum machines given a new lease of life in the form of the rare Akai XR10, the Yamaha RX7, Korg DDD1, Casio RZ1 sampling drum machine, Boss DR550 and the legendary Roland TR707, along with a host of esoteric electronic devices and toys supplying extra beats.
Modified keys and synths include the analogue Roland SH101, the MFOS weird sound generator, Yamaha PSS270, Casio SA5, Rocktek Delay pedal and the favourite of every lofi musician and circuit bender, the Casio SK1 sampler.
Rewired kids toys including Early Leaner shapes toy, Letterland toy, Bongon electronic bongos, VTech Talking Alfie teddy bear, Little Tykes guitar, Mix Me DJ toy and the classic Texas Instruments Speak & Read and Speak & Write toys amongst many others.
22 ready to play patches for all the most popular software samplers including Reason’s NNXT, Halion, Kontakt, EXS and SFZ.
Acidised Wav, Rex2 and Apple Loop formats are all available.
Circuit Bent Sounds Vol. 3 is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP.
Synthgeek has released sg-modutron mini, a free synthesizer instrument for Windows.
This is a simple 1-oscillator synth based on “virtual circuit-bending”. The initial idea started out as an attempt at making a bass synth version of the APC synth. It turned out to be impossible to get it to track pitch at all, so more experimentation ensued, and this is the result. It does track pitch, but often sounds will change across the keyboard or possibly even stop making sound at a certain key.
Some of the ideas used here will doubtless be put to use in a larger multi-osc synth, though whether an expanded version of this exact synth will be developed remains to be seen.
sg-modutron mini is available to download as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC.