MeeBlip anode bass synth launched – Pre-order available

MeeBlip anode

Create Digital Music has introduced the MeeBlip anode, a compact synthesizer that combines an analog filter with unique digital sound sources.

The all-new MeeBlip anode is part analog, part digital, capable of producing a range of uniquely aggressive, bass-heavy sounds. And inspired by the best classic synths of the past, getting your hands on that sound is always simple, direct, and intuitive. Simply plug in a keyboard, computer, iPad (via adapter), or controller via the MIDI port to play notes. Then, adjust sounds via knobs and switches – you don’t need to navigate a single menu.

Its digital side reproduces the sound and architecture of classic synthesizers, but with an emphasis on adding personality, especially in the low end. Its all-new analog filter with resonance can range from smooth to raunchy – perfect for shaping sound or making squelchy basslines.

MeeBlip anode features

  • Unique 8-bit oscillators meet an original analog filter.
  • Compact, 4” x 4” case (approx. 100 x 100 mm).
  • Modulation, envelope, tuning, and pulse width controls.
  • Open source hardware, but fully-assembled and ready to play.
  • MIDI input for compatibility with vintage and modern hardware, computers, and (with a compatible adapter) iPad and iPhone.

The MeeBlip anode is available to pre-order for $129.95 USD / 129.95 EUR / £109.95 GBP. They are built to order (ships within 7 weeks).

More information: MeeBlip

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Mouse on Mars and Create Digital Music team up for WretchUp instrument for iPhone

WretchUp

Create Digital Music has announced WretchUp, a handheld effect and instrument app for the iPhone.

Developed by Mouse on Mars, it’s easy to learn, but also sophisticated enough that it’s heavily used in their live shows and new albums – on vocals, on drums, with feedback, and more. Now with your help, we want to bring it to everyone as an open source project.

What WretchUp does: WretchUp is inspired by analog hardware effects, translated into something you can hold in your hand. You can use it on drums. You can use it to transform music tracks, or playing with feedback from a speaker. You can just have fun speaking or singing into it. But whatever you do, it’s designed around the handheld. In place of a complex interface, the focus is on a broad range of sound possibilities and quick exploration beneath your fingers. You can concentrate on listening and experimentation, as the app produces a range of sounds, fast.

Why we need your help: We want your help to expand adventurous sound-making on the iPhone and other devices, and get this tool from Mouse on Mars’ studio and stage setup into your hands. And we want to share all our work as an open source project, so other people can learn from how the tool produces sound and make their own creations.

The app already works, but it relies on a now-defunct player app called RjDj, and lacks some features that make it something anyone can use. We want to build a standalone app with a richer set of functionality, and make it easy-to-use for novice and advanced users alike.

The project campaign is looking to raise $5,000 USD by November 28th, 2012. Project contributors can opt to receive the app, exclusive Mouse on Mars tracks and albums, or become an “Exclusive Producer” of the WretchDub app.

More information: Create Digital Music / WretchUp

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Create Digital Music launches Meeblip SE open source synthesizer

Create Digital Music has announced the MeeBlip SE, an updated version of the hackable digital synthesizer in collaboration with Reflex Audio.

Today, at last, we’re building and shipping MeeBlip SE. Whatever the “SE” stands for – seconda edizione, or a meaning of your own choosing – the MeeBlip SE is the original MeeBlip, but better.

Building on the first version of our open source synthesizer, we’ve worked with feedback from users to make the MeeBlip more usable and more sonically versatile.

Meeblip SE
Meeblip SE monophonic virtual analog synth: better, easier-to-use, MIDI-controllable

Changes in Meeblip SE

  • A more intuitive, playable control layout.
  • Patch storage, save and recall up to 16 patches.
  • Variable pulse width to adjust the timbre of the first oscillator.
    A “pwm sweep” switch enables automated PWM envelope.
  • Anti-aliasing option for more pristine anti-aliased waveforms (or turn it off for other timbral effects).
  • Controllable MIDI parameters for all switches and knobs.
    Use a tracker or sequencer to program detailed MeeBlip sounds.

The Meeblip SE is available to purchase for the introductory price of $139.95 USD (Quick Build kit) / $119.95 USD (Build Everything kit). Regular prices $149.95 / $129.95 USD.

More information: Meeblip

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tkrworks PICratchBOX 2-channel DJ mixer + pad controller

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tkrworks has introduced the PICratchBOX, a 2-channel DJ mixer and pad controller.

The PICratchBOX is scheduled for release later this year.

More information: tkrworks (via Create Digital Music)

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Short links for July 12th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# PERSPECTIVE LYRIQUE via Make:Blog

An interactive architectural mapping.
Fete des Lumieres / Lyon / France / 2010

A mapping by 1024 Architecture, projected on the facade of former Lyrical theater the “Celestins”. The building deformations and figures were controlled by the audience, using a microphone and an audio analysis algorythm.

More info at 1024architecture.net and 1024d.wordpress.com

# Dan303: Tenori-On iPad app review

Dan Weatherall on the TNR-i for iOS:

Yamaha TNR-i

The official Tenori on iOS app enter the app store the other week but at £12 I was a little hesitant to buy it. After a little thought and a bit of googling I decided it was indeed worth the price.

The cheapest hardware Tenori-On (the TNR-O) is roughly £500 where as the current price of the iPad 2 is £499 (cheapest wifi only model) so considering that both the devices are pretty much exactly the same price (and I already own an iPad) it makes sence to get the iOS version.

# Thumbs Up for Madrona Labs AALTO Software Synthesizer (Modulate This! – A Blog for Electronic Music Artists)

Madrona Labs Aalto

Mark Mosher shares some info on the Aalto semi-modular software synth.

Peter Kirn over at Create Digital Music did a post on a new synth by Madrona Labs last month. Even though I wasn’t in the market for a new synth right now I ended up buying this Aalto within an hour or so of downloading the demo so I wanted to pass this along and help promote Madrona’s great work. At $99 this is an incredible value.

# From the Trenches of the Loudness Wars, A Broad Survey of Research
Peter Kirn writes:

You’ve heard the gripes, and heard and seen the somewhat unscientific demos. Now it’s time to examine the over-compression of music with – science! Earl Vickers of STMicroelectronics examines the Loudness Wars in an academic paper, as noted to us by reader photohounds.

# Flickr: LEGO Album Covers via wire to the ear

Flickr LEGO Album Covers

# little-scale: Tau Percussion Sample Pack

Sebastian Tomczak has posted a nice free sample pack.

I made a small set of percussion samples using a waveform generated from the first 614 digits of 2π. Download it here: http://milkcrate.com.au/_other/downloads/sample_sets/Tau_Kit.zip

# Talking About The Upcoming Sound Packs With Elliott Fienberg

Nick of Nick’s Tutorials:

Elliot Fienberg aka MrTunes

I just finished recording a really enjoyable conversation with Elliott Fienberg, the man behind the Wobble Tech Radio podcast.

We chatted about some recording industry news and talked a bit about my upcoming Ableton Live packs that I’ll start releasing in the next month or so.

Check out the recording here, and be sure to check out Elliott’s other episodes: http://mixlr.com/mrtunes/wobble-tech-radio-10-with-the-ableton-tutor

# Dan303: Analog acid/minimal bass stabs (multisample)

More free samples from Dan303:

These multi samples were taken from my FreeBass FB383 bassline synth. It’s a rackmount analog bass synthesizer (clone of the Roland TB303).

Rockit 8-bit Synth Kit

# Open-Source Rockit 8-bit Synth Kit Coming

Peter at Create Digital Music:
Chicago-based hacker and synthesist Matt Heins is working on an open source synth kit. As a co-creator of the MeeBlip open source-synth hardware, I’m biased — I want more open synth hardware! So this is looking like some great company. The instrument is 8-bit, with analog filter circuitry, coded in C.

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