Thalamus Lab launches XSL free sounds collection & open collaboration

XSL The Sound Collection

Thalamus Lab has announced the release of XSL, a free sample library.

We (Thalamus Lab) want to reach new horizons in collaborative art. With this in mind, we have been curating the XSL, a free sound collection by several artists around the world. The XSL stands out from the rest of libraries by offering all sorts of original and rare audio samples. To call it just a tool would be unfair. We believe everyone will find something into it for striking inspiration.
The XSL features recordings from sound installations, underwater recordings with a custom made hydrophone, the new instrument Arpasauro inspired by harp and organ, field-recordings of wild insects, frogs, rain, thunderstorms, sea waves, planes, machines, an experimental band improvising in a cave 700 meter deep, samples of ceramics, stones, household percussion, vinyl crackle, a clavichord, a violin, a japanese choir, a vocal of a poem, analog synthesizers, drones, pads, sci-fi soundscapes… A total of 324 audio files organized in 30 sound packs.

XSL The Album

GET INVOLVED IN THE CO-CREATION OF THE XSL ALBUM

Participants are required to create audio works with the sounds in the XSL and encouraged to collaborate in the process. Our goal is to connect creative people and to work together on something special. Something created collectively and owned by all of us. We challenge you to join our open collaboration for breaking down barriers to collective evolution!

The deadline to submit final works is March 1, 2015. A selection of the submitted works will be presented by Harvestworks (New York), Niu (Barcelona), Netlabelism (Ghent) and Thalamus Lab (Berlin).

The sample library is available to download at no charge, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0.

More information: Thalamus Lab / XSL

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Orange Free Sounds releases Free Orange Synth Loops Collection Vol. 2

Orange Free Sounds has announced the release of Free Orange Synth Loops Collection Vol. 2, a collection of Korg MS2000 synthesizer loops.

Free Orange Synth Loops Collection Vol. 2

In our first Free Orange Synth Loops Collection Vol. 1 we promised: it is just the beginning of planned Synth Loop Collection series.

So – we are back with “Free Orange Synth Loops Collection Vol. 2″, completely created with Korg MS2000 synth , published in high quality 16 bit WAV format.

Synth Loops Collection Vol. 2 features

  • 24 free Synth Loops (05:06 min total length).
  • 16-bit/44.1kHz quality.
  • Tempo 120 bpm.

The pack is a free download (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License).

More information: Orange Free Sounds / Synth Loops Collection Vol. 2

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Bigcat Instruments intros Piano Collection for Kontakt

Bigcat Instruments has introduced the Piano Collection, a collection of free piano instrument libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Bigcat Instruments Salamander Piano
The Salamander Piano (Yamaha C5) by Alexander HolmFeel was originally released as an SFZ instrument.

Here are six bigcat Instruments pianos for Kontakt 5.

The showpieces of the collection are mid-sized to baby Grands from each of the three major piano makers, Yamaha, Steinway and Baldwin. Also included are a Prepared Piano, a Honky-Tonk and an Intimate Piano.

The libraries are available to download at no charge (Creative Commons and Public Domain licenses).

More information: Bigcat Instruments / Piano Collection

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Smplshr launches community-driven loops library

smplshr

Smplshr has announced its community-driven online loops library.

Smplshr is a community for musicians, composers, DJ’s, producers and sound designers to share their loops and samples.

Upload your loops. Download everyone else’s.

Our motto is simple. “Share. Receive. Prosper.”

Smplshr is 100% free.

Smplrshr content is available to registered users under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

More information: Smplshr

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strawMan releases Limited by Nature free sound library

Limited by Nature

strawMan has announced Limited by Nature, a free sample library.

This library was created for personal use, with the intention of generating different timbres and atmospheres from violin, harmonica and singing bowl. I’m now letting it into the wild in the hope that you find it useful or inspiring.

Recorded with two stereo pairs under a leaky bridge, the intentional capture of ambiance with instrument gives the sounds a unique grainy and highly textural character, with a distinct sense of place.

This is not a sample pack aimed at specific genres, but a collection of sonic material intended to be further manipulated. It wont be for everyone, but it might be for you.

The sample pack is available to download at no cost (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license).

More information: Limited by Nature

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