Manuel Senfft launches crowdfunding project for fight! Kontakt library

Manuel Senfft has launched a crowdfunding project for fight!, a sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt that allows you to produce meelee sounds in no time.

“fight!” is a tool for budget-conscious sound designers who use “Kontakt” and want to manage standard tasks faster and more productively.

The goal of the campaign is to cover the production costs and to enable development of further useful libraries while keeping the price for the users at a minimum.

Upon successful financing the tool will be released under a free license to avoid cumbersome license sales and annoying copy protection, which otherwise would needlessly drive up the retail price.

fight! features

  • 303 dry samples.
  • 29 different sounds.
  • Up to 10 variations for each sound.
  • 24 bit / 44.1 kHz.
  • WAV-files are accessible and thereby usable without „NI Kontakt“.
  • Extra well sorted WAV-sample-pool with additional short “ready to use” pre-made sound-pieces for non-NI Kontakt users as well.
  • Variations are triggered round-robin or randomly, but without repeating the last sound.
  • Effects.
  • ADSR curve.
  • Equalizer.
  • Key position and color adjustable.
  • A randomizer for each setting.

The campaign is looking to fund 3,000 EUR by October 31st, 2014. Various rewards are available to those funding the project.

More information: fight!

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Image-Line intros “LollieVox Sings for You”

Image-Line has announced its LollieVox Sings for You, a chance for LollieVox to sing your vocal lines and melody.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Image-Line Software. To celebrate LollieVox (Laurie Webb) will sing for you by creating a ‘crowd sourced’ vocal pack.

We’re giving everyone who enters the competition, a free copy of the vocal pack by download!

More information: Image-Line / LollieVox Sings for You

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Open Music Labs launches Mixtape Alpha crowdfunding project

Open Music Labs has announced that it is crowdfunding its Mixtape Alpha pocket-sized 8-bit synthesizer at Crowd Supply.

Open Music Labs Mixtape Alpha
The Mixtape Alpha project is based on the ATmega328p processor, which is also used in the Arduino. All of the source code is online, so it can be hacked to make your own custom sounds.

Mixtape Alpha was a successful experiment for us, so much so, we ran out of our first production run. And, after much soul-searching, we decided to retire the product. But, before we did that, we wanted to give one last chance for music enthusiasts everywhere to get a Mixtape Alpha. As Neil Young said, “it’s better to burn out than fade away”.

The Mixtape Alpha has a stylophone style input for continuous tone generation, and six buttons for discrete notes. With four voices, four effects, and five-note polyphony there is quite a range of expression. You can even loop a pattern and play a second part on top. But, the best part is, you can record the songs you make, and trade mixtapes with your friends! And it comes in its own cassette case, with instructions.

The project is looking to raise $6,000 USD before funding ends on October 15th, 2013. Backers can pick up the Mixtape Alpha for $42 USD. Shipping is expected in January, 2014.

More information: Open Music Labs / Mixtape Alpha

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The Music Licensing Directory launches the next evolution in the crowdsourcing of music

Music Licensing Directory

The Music Licensing Directory has officially launched a music crowdsourcing service where Music Supervisors, Advertising Agencies, Production Companies and Individuals who need music for any purpose can launch a contest and find music to license for their needs.

Since launching in December last year, The Music Licensing Directory has rapidly built an extensive global community of artists, bands, labels, publishers, producers and composers. The new crowdsourcing platform allows anyone fast and simple access to this global community and an easy way to find both customized music and existing tracks to easily license for just about any purpose.

Crowdsourcing of music has traditionally been plagued by complexity and a lack of confidentiality. After extensive industry consultation the Music Licensing Directory has created a platform that addresses these critical issues.

“Music Licensing can be a time consuming, expensive, daunting and complex process for anyone who needs to find good music for their specific purpose. By utilizing the reach of our global community of music providers, we have come up with a solution that allows for confidentiality, particularly for clients in advertising, whilst still maintaining a fast, simple and personalized service” said Music Licensing Directory CEO Winston Giles.

The Crowdsourcing process caters to projects big and small with varying budgets and for many different purposes. Using the service is free, with no commitment or obligation – users only pay license fees if they are satisfied with tracks submitted.

“We are offering a new approach for those who need music and don’t have the time to sift through libraries with thousands of tracks or the time to get music from multiple sources. In a matter of hours we are able to deliver music suggestions based upon client requirements, and handle all aspects of the licensing process” said Giles.

More information: Music Licensing Directory

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Dualo launches crowdfunding campaign for dualo du-touch instrument

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Dualo du-touch

Dualo has announced a crowdfunding campaign for its dualo du-touch instinctive and comprehensive instrument based on a new layout of notes.

The du-touch dualo is a new musical instrument we have developed for music professionals as well as amateurs and non musicians. It is equipped with a new layout of notes called “the dualo principle”. This most intuitive arrangement allows you to see and understand music in a better way. You don’t have to know notation to play music!

On a dualo keyboard, the notes that sound well together are put next to each other. As a result, you can find notes directly with your fingers and have fun very quickly. As a matter of fact, musical things such as chords or scales are represented by simple shapes easy to remember.

The dualo keyboard is very visual and you can take it in hands in no time. You can play all kinds of music on this keyboard with virtuosity and great ease.

Dualo has already reached its goal of raising 10,000 EUR.
Until July 24th, 2013, backers can still join the funding project and get various rewards, including the possibility of renting an instrument and pre-ordering a dualo du-touch, delivered with all its accessories for a special price of 890 EUR.

More information: Dualo / dualo du-touch

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