Some interesting things I found recently:
# Art of Sound Contest
From Instructables: Music is absolutely essential for creativity – it inspires new ideas, helps us to create and build, and provides a soundtrack for life.
That's why we've teamed up with Zalytron, Create Digital Music, and Bleep Labs to bring you the Art of Sound Contest. Show us something amazing and music-related, and win an awesome set of hand-built custom speakers or a musical instrument kit!
The contest is open to any project that creates something beautiful with or around sound. Entry Deadline: 26-jul-2009.
# BITWIG, next generation music creation software for composers, producers and DJs around the world.
Within the virtual environment of a computer anything is possible, yet on a fundamental level, the way music is created today with computers is still very similar to how hardware studios were used. With an entirely new approach, we want to take the next step in the evolution of the computer music studio and create the music software we always wanted to use ourselves.
Bitwig is based in Berlin and founded by Claes Johanson, Pablo Sara, Nicholas Allen and Volker Schumacher. Our experience in the computer music software industry includes Ableton, where we were all part of the development team behind the successful music software Live, and Vember Audio, creator of the critically acclaimed software synthesizer Surge.
# Mic shootout – 6 condensers from $120 – $1900 – Female vocals
Jon @ AudioGeekZine writes:
As part of the Home Recording 101 class at Revolution Audio, this past Thursday we did a shootout of 6 vocal mics. The mics selected were some of the top sellers at the store and ranged in price from the M-Audio Nova at $119 to the AT4060 at $1905.
M-Audio Sputnik, one of the mics featured in this shootout
Sound files of the recordings are available for download from AudioGeekZine.
# Propellerhead – Record – Micro Tutorials
The Record micro tutorials is a series of short and focused tutorial videos that will highlight one aspect of Record in each installment. We will add to this continously during Record's beta test period.
Tutorials currently available
- Part 1 – Basics
The first micro tutorial explains the basic layout of Record, how to move between them and how to go about making your first recording.
- Part 2 – Reason & Record integration
The second micro tutorial shows how Reason and Record work together as one when installed on the same computer.
# Gotharman’s Deformer a granular effects processor, a polyphonic filterbank synthesizer, a MIDI note randomizer.
It's an analogue style 2-track MIDI sequencer. It's the first machine in the world (I think), that can do REALTIME TIMESTRETCH ON A LIVE INPUT AUDIO SIGNAL. Add to this a granulator that cut's the input audio signal up in fragments, and lets you move these fragments around with the 16 step pots to rearrange beats and others in realtime. Use the two fully programmable filterbanks to tweak the sound further. Or create complete synth-patches by combining the internal polyphonic oscillator section with one or both of the filterbanks. Create two note and controller sequences and run them thru the note randomizer to create enddless non-mechanical variations. Store your arrangement in one of the 512 program locations for instant recall. That's the Deformer!
# SoundPlayground iComposer, a super powerful music creating tool for iPhone.
It can record what your are humming and transcribe your humming melody into music notes on five line staff. It also provides you with 130+ instruments to playback the music you wrote down.
The Drum Kit – Kit lets you turn your Arduino into a drum kit. Imagine the fun you could have building a drum kit and then “rocking the house”.
The kit contains the electronic parts required to make a drum kit. This includes the circuit board, resistors, diodes and pins. You supply the Arduino and the material to make the actual drum pads. Below you will find the easy instruction on how to make traditional looking drum pads, but you could also stick the piezos (the part the sense the hits on the drum) to many different surfaces. Imagine, playing your desk, lamp and telephone!
# LITE2SOUND – This is a sensitive lightwave reciever that lets you explore the hidden sounds of modulated light. LITE2SOUND is a simple kit with 24 parts that solder to the board. It has a ¼” line output jack and runs on a coin cell battery.