Rhythm Lab releases Downtempo Vinylistic Breaks

Rhythm Lab Downtempo Vinylistic Breaks

Prime Loops has introduced Downtempo Vinylistic Breaks, a collection of 64 original drum breaks & vintage drum loops by Rhythm Lab, emulating that much sought-after vibe of classic drum patterns sampled from vinyl.

Downtempo Vinylistic Breaks by Rhythm Lab is a super-tasty selection of 64 charismatic drum breaks and loops, all lovingly programmed and engineered by Dmitry “Cyberworm” Vasilyev.

This is a premium collection of original drum breaks and rare grooves ranging from 60 BPM to 90 BPM, all emulating that much sought-after vibe of classic drum patterns sampled from vinyl.

Buy Vinylistic Breaks today and layer your tracks with some warm, dusty and truly authentic sounding drum patterns and grooves!

The perfect tool kit for producers of Hip hop, trip hop, ambient and many more genres.

The pack is available from Prime Loops for £9.95 GBP.

More information: Rhythm Lab / Downtempo Vinylistic Breaks


Prime Loops intros Progressive Dubstep

Prime Loops Progressive Dubstep

Prime Loops has released Progressive Dubstep, a collection of 500MB+ of dark, detailed and ambient basslines, synth leads and pads, drum patterns, SFX loops and drum one-shots.

Dare yourself to descend into unchartered sonic depths with “Progressive Dubstep”, the brand new sample pack from audio pioneer Dmitri Vasilyev. Float through the sounds of ghostly subterranean caverns, scorched post-industrial landscapes and dense and detached nether worlds – this pack will take you on an intoxicating journey to new realms of deep and intelligent bass music.

Inside you’ll find sounds in the form of basslines, synth leads and pads, drum patterns, SFX loops and drum one-shots. All are coated in an alluring Post-Dubstep aura, taking elements from the dark, detailed and ambient work of James Blake, Burial, Jamie XX and SBTRKT. Make no mistake, this pack is not your typical slice of aggressive Dubstep mania!

The sample pack costs £17.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / Progressive Dubstep


Review: Prime Loops Ambient Illusions

I never really quite know what to expect when something is labeled ambient. Closest to my personal musical preference, I think of the sounds of Aphex Twin, Biosphere, System 7, The Orb, Boards of Canada. That kind of thing.

Prime Loops Ambient Illusions

For creating Ambient Illusions, Dmitry Vasilyev took inspiration from Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, as well as the easy listening sound of chill-out collections such as Café Del Mar and Buddah Bar.

Kick back and relax! Prime Loops are extremely proud to announce this ultimate collection of mind-bending ambient & chill-out instrumental loops – prepare yourself for “Ambient Illusions”!

Inside this extraordinary sample pack you will find an addictive blend of over 120 unreal ambient textures, hypnotic arpeggio patterns, mesmerizing chord progressions, intricately crafted sound effects and beautifully sculptured wall-of-sound atmospheres, ranging between 65 and 140 BPM.

The loops have indicative titles, with type classification (synth, seq, music, etc.), tempo and key information included. The samples are quite lengthy (up to 49 seconds!) with an average of ~20 seconds, allowing for progressions and plenty of movement of sounds.

Dmitry steers clear of useless repetition so you won’t find the exact same 4 bar melody being repeated 8 times. Instead you get well thought out evolving sounds that still loop well.

The overall vibe of the sounds is quite positive/light, relaxing, sometimes deep and spacey, never very dark or disturbing.

Have a listen to the official demo track below, which is a good representation of the sounds included in Ambient Illusions.

So what do I think?

Product: Prime Loops Ambient Illusions
Format: 24bit/44kHz samples (various formats)
Price: £19.95 GBP
Like: beautiful sounds, long loops (well looped)
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 9/10

I hold Dmitry Vasilyev in high regard. Ever since I came across his work as Cyberworm – offering free samples on his Rhythm-Lab blog, I have been impressed with pretty much everything he does.

Ambient Illusions is no exception. This library is a stunning collection of ambient textures / atmospheres / sounds. Well produced, wonderfully creative, unique and inspiring, there isn’t a single dud to be found really.

This sample pack is perfect for adding an ambient, chill-out vibe to your work.

More information: Prime Loops / Ambient Illusions


Short links for January 15th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# The Father of Drum Machines and the Father of MIDI Talk About Design and the Tempest

Dave Smith and Roger Linn (image by CDM)

Peter Kirn talks to the people responsible for one of the most exciting things over at the Winter NAMM show, the Tempest drum machine – Roger Linn and Dave Smith.

In songwriting, there was Rodgers and Hart, Gilbert and Sullivan. In music gear design, it’s hard not to assign a similar degree of expectation to the pairing of Dave Smith and Roger Linn.

Between them, these two designers have been a major part of what music technology is today. Dave Smith pioneered MIDI (even giving it its acronym), the first microprocessor-based instrument (the Prophet-5), the first programmable polyphonic synth, and other innovations at Sequential Circuits. Add to that landmarks in physical modeling research (at Yamaha) and the first PC soft synth. Roger Linn built the first programmable sampled-sound drum machine and with the LM-1, LinnDrum, Linn 9000, and his work on the MPC60 and MPC3000, introduced workflows and ideas in drum machines we now take for granted. It’s not easy to overstate the contributions of either designer.

Ambientaria Records Remember Chernobyl

# Chernobyl 25th Anniversary Project « Ambientaria Records

For the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl Accident, Ambientaria Records has gathered many Dark Ambient artists, including famous ones like Northaunt or Atomtrakt, for a Compilation project.

The album will be released on April 1st, 2011. It will be sold at a low price.

All the benefits shall be reversed to a Chernobyl Children International, is a non-profit organisation with United Nations NGO status, in order to help people suffering from Radiation Poisoning.

Check this Facebook page for details.

# Zimoun : Sound Sculptures & Installations

This is Compilation Video V2.2 (updated January 2011) of sound sculptures and installations by Swiss artist Zimoun. I can watch this for hours.

Zimoun's sound sculptures and installations are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their structural simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the «artificial» and the «organic».

He is interested in the artistic research of simple and elegant systems to generate and study complex behaviours in sound and motion. He creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.

More on Zimoun here.

# Emu Planet Phatt Hits

Cyberworm has another free sample pack out, featuring 61 Emu Plantet Phatt hit&stab sounds (wav+kontakt format, 24 bit, 44100 hz, stereo, 7 mb).


Short links for December 3rd, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

Designing Sound TV

# Designing Sound TV

Miguel Isaza introduces Designing Sound TV, Television for Sound Designers.

Could you imagine the concept of television re-imagined for sound designers only? How would that be?

How would be a Field Recording TV channel? or can you imagine a show where you can see how the sound of a recent film was done? or what about watching some channels where you can find other guys like you recording sounds outside the world? What if you could watch interviews with different sound designers each night while you drink a cup coffee?

Well, I’ve created something like that, but using the Internet. It’s called Designing Sound TV, a new website packed with lots videos about sound for films, video games, tv, and more. There you can find all kind of stuff on sound design, field reording, foley, mixing, and more.

# Hiphop Experience vol.4
Dmitry Vasilyev aka Cyberworm brings the fourth part in series of free hiphop drum loops (36 loops in stereo wav format, 24bit/44.1kHz, 43 MB).

# Music Kits #1: DIY guitar effect pedal kits

Music Thing is back! (though Tom notes that “Normal service will not, I’m afraid, be resumed…”)

After almost two years since the last blog post Tom Whitwell returns with a list of 23 DIY guitar effect pedal kits.

Music Thing DIY guitar effect pedal kits

Over the last couple of years, I’ve spent a few evenings building DIY guitar effects. It's fun to build things that you can use. If you want to get started, one of the hardest things is buying components. Try to buy a 10Ω resistor from Farnell, and you’re faced with a choice of 345 items. So, starting out buying a kit is a good idea. At least you’ll know the parts are right, even if when your soldering isn’t.

However, not many people sell kits. Despite the potential markup on a handful of bulk components, the customer service is – presumably – a nightmare. Here are 23 companies who will sell you complete component kits for guitar effects – many more people produce PCBs, or sell finished pedals. Stay tuned for similar lists on synths/noise boxes and tube amplifiers.

# Google Translate Beatboxing – If you haven’t heard about Google Translate’s beatboxing skills yet you probably spend a more than healthy amount of time away from the interwebs. Check it out, it’s cool.

# Home Recording Tactics

Home Recording Tactics

Jon Tidey at Audio Geek Zine shares some useful tips on editing & workflow as part of a series of 9 interviews with recording engineers from around the world.

What is Home Recording Tactics? This is a collection of audio interviews with 9 hard working, successful home studio engineers (including me). The interviews were led by Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner. He got these guys to share all their secrets on a variety of home recording topics.

Also features sound design tips by Nick Maxwell of NicksTutorials.com

# Virtual Theremin Made with Kinect; Real Thereminists Will Make it Useful

Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn writes:

Who says technology has to move fast and die young? Leon Theremin may have been a full century ahead of his time, before computers, before transistors, before jet engines or atomic power or rockets.

ReacTable creator Martin Kaltenbrunner has a virtual Theremin prototype built with Microsoft’s depth-sensing, 3D Kinect camera. And what he really needs is some players of the real Theremin to help develop it.

SoundCloud Record

# Capture And Share Your Sounds

SoundCloud’s iPhone app makes it easy to record and share your sounds from anywhere.

Today, we’re excited about the release of the recording feature.

The Record button will make it easy for you to capture all kinds of sounds right on SoundCloud & with the iPhone app and share them from anywhere to everywhere on the web: your website, social network profiles or simply between friends & family.

# TouchOSC for Android released

From hexler.net:

Friends of hand-held devices not sporting the omnipresent “i” prefix take note: TouchOSC for Android has been published on the Android Market! And it’s free. Free as in beer.


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