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Short links for September 11th, 2009


Some interesting things I found recently:

# Nudge

Hobnox has launched Nudge, a virtual-instrument widget designed for self-expressive online music making & sharing.

It’s fun and simple to use and you don’t need to know a single thing about producing music to make your own individual songs in minutes!

Brought to you by the developers of the Audiotool, nudge is yet another example of the pioneering work of the team dedicated to creating the best online music production tools.

Nudge features

  • Includes 8 different sounds.
  • 16 Step Matrix allows drawing or selecting notes with your mouse.
  • Adjust each Track Volume & Panorama to correct the mix & set the overall Master volume.
  • Tempo can be adjusted.
  • Get + Share feature sends links and emails to your friends.
  • Embed the widget on your own profile, blog or webpage.

Lots of fun, just try it below.

# Cloudspeaker – What would your music taste look like as an object? Cloudspeaker is a conceptual work to create loudspeakers that reflect the music taste of their owner via 3d printing.

# DSO nano by Seeed Studio.

DSO nano is a pocket size digital storage oscilloscope fulfills basic electronic engineering requirements.

It is based on ARM Cortex™-M3 compatible 32 bit platform, equipped with 320*240 color display, SD card capability, USB connection, and chargeable batteries. Weighs only 60g!

DSO nano

More details on the Seeed Studio blog.

# little-scale: Multiplexing MIDI Output Streams with Arduino

Sebastian Tomczak writes:

Arduino can easily generate MIDI output data for use with external synths and modules or to take physical events and turn them into control data for use with software synths and applications etc.

Although the Arduino only has one Serial output, it is still possible to use a multiplexer to send multiple streams of MIDI data to multiple devices.

The idea is pretty simple. The Arduino still uses its TX pin for sending serial data, but uses an analog multiplexer to choose where that data is going (say, one of two MIDI outputs for example). The analog multiplexer that I have chosen is a 4051 and can 'route' the data to up to eight different places.



Giancarlo Todone of nerds’ headquarter posts introduces to PIC_MIDI, a homebrew solution for converting an old keyboard to MIDI.

An "open" electronic project involving a Microchip PIC 18F452, two simple and cheap de-mux 74hc138, a bunch of passive components and some software to build a MIDI master keyboard controller supporting velocity, continuous controller handling and strict adherence to MIDI protocol. Ease of setup and cheapness of required parts make this project suitable for intermediate hobbists, while technical specs such as low latency and high sensitivity to note-velocity make the device desirable for all musicians and DIY enthusiasts having an old keyboard lying around. EAGLE CAD schematics allow for quick circuit understanding and assisted production of custom PCB, while simple MikroC PIC code provides additional customizability in circuit's behaviour.

Short links for August 13th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Toy Piano Rescue Project

Ranjit Bhatnager bought a toy piano on eBay, but it got damaged in transport.

For Awesome August I'm trying to make something of this ebay toy piano that got smashed by UPS. The music is Philip Glass's "Modern Love Waltz," inspired by toy pianist Margaret Leng Tan. (I used it previously)

More info: Ranjit Bhatnager / Awesome August

# Advanced Drum Editing in Kontakt – Michael Hetrick's tutorial is aimed at anybody new to Kontakt or Komplete 5, people who haven’t really explored Kontakt’s groups, or anybody looking for a new, creative approach to beat-mangling.



Dan "Danno" Miller recently posted about my samples on his website. He is running a music production blog that offers free, downloadable, royalty free, high quality, one shot wav file, drum samples with virtually no restrictions of use.

Dan writes:

Whether you’re just dabbling in music production or you’re the hottest mega-producer in the game, you will always need new, crisp, high quality, punch you in the mouth drum samples. Most producers are very secretive with their drum samples. They spend a lot of time and money tweaking their kicks, hats, and snares to try to come up with their signature sounds. While I do feel that developing your sound is important and I would encourage all producers to do so, it’s also important to expand you drum collection so you have a buttload of options. I look at it like this; just because you give two painters the same paints, doesn’t mean they’ll paint the same picture. So I’m sharing my drums, presets, tips, etc. with the hope that someday a producer will come along, be inspired by what i’ve given away for free, think outside the box, and create music that’s completely different.

# Tapeography – Turkish designer Ersinhan Ersin did some cool designs with cassette tapes.

# ArpShift by Edward Loveall

ArpShift is a melodic, interval based, poly-rhythmic arpeggiator. It’s relatively simplistic in nature with only 3 pages and 7 lanes. However, it is flexible in it’s simplicity, and is able to take stagnant melodies and turn them into flowing, never repeating music.

# Human Synthesizer with Calvin Harris, Lots of Girls, Electric Ink – CDM takes a look behind the scenes.

Through the power of skin-safe conductive ink, Scottish electronic artist Calvin Harris has collaborated with a team to make a synthesizer out of himself and a group of models in bikinis.

It’s already viral, and yes they should’ve done this with old men in speedos instead, right?

# Contexture Design: 45 Nano

45 Nano Cases are made from reclaimed cassette tapes, gutted, routered and rebuilt to fit your 4th generation iPod nano.

45 Nano

# Radiohead refuse to make another album

From MusicRadar: Radiohead singer Thom Yorke says the band will not be making another 'full' album for as long as he can see.

In an interview with US magazine The Believer, the singer said:

"None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again. Not straight off.

"I mean, it's just become a real drag. It worked with In Rainbows because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we've all said that we can't possibly dive into that again. It'll kill us.

"I mean, obviously, there's still something great about the album. It's just, for us, right now, we need to get away from it a bit… In Rainbows was a particular aesthetic and I can't bear the idea of doing that again. Not that it's not good, I just can't… bear… that."

Short links for August 10th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently, and not so recently (since it’s been a while since I posted short links).

Guitare à crayon

# Guitare à crayon

The idea behind “la Guitare à crayon” is to be able to paint and play music with the same instrument (crayon mean pencil in english). It’s a custom usb guitar with open source software: namely, pure data (for sound) and gimp, blender, flash (for visual).

Guitare à crayon

  • Hardware features:
    • Accelerometer X-Axis (for example controlling the octave)
    • Accelerometer Y-Axis (for example controlling an effect)
    • 6 analog strings giving around 10 bits of resolution
    • External input: 1 analog, 1 digital
    • 4 positions switch
    • 8 buttons
    • 4 pots
    • 1 piezo with velocity filter (for example trigging any sound)
    • 1 ir distance sensor (+-6cm – +-20cm)
    • 1 unuseful led (for tapping the bpm)
    • Pressure-sensitive tablet
    • Foot controller (using a led & a photoresistor)
    • Foot switch (looper, change sound, …)
  • Software features:
    • No driver (firmware & bootloader)
    • Linux, Windows, Mac
    • Pure Data poweful DSP (sample, soundfont, fx rack, multiple looper)
    • Gimp for 2d (drawing, painting, photo, …)
    • Gesture tracking on the tablet (linux only)

# Beem – The Future – Lego synth models, inspired by danmcp's paper models. Artwork to the album – Beem "The Future" at

XenonJohn 8 Track Walkman-Pod thing

# 8 Track Walkman-Pod thing (Retro-tech)

Instructables user XenonJohn writes:

This is an admittedly mad project to see what might have happened if Sony had invented the Walkman earlier than they did – and made it so it took 8 track tape cartridges (which came before cassette tapes were invented).

In other words, can I make a personal 8 track player with just headphones in the style of a Walkman?

# 8-bit noise synth

vtol's 8-bit noise synth project:

8-bit noise synth is my latest project based on HT-8950 voice changer chip. Like my Lo-Fizer and Noise guitar it can produce noises by itself or process sounds like a lo-fi ring modulator, 8-bit pitch shifter and simple guitar synth/digital fuzz. I've also added two body contacts that change pitch or trigger sounds – in particular mode they work like theremin sensors. Check also 8-bit noise synth ver.2 , ver.3 and Star Noise synth.

# CASSETTE IS NOT DEAD – A lamp made of cassette tapes by cassette tapes lamp
You can replace the cassette tapes with your own as well

Available in transparent and colored cassette tapes, 20x13x12cm, price 35 EUR.

# NESynth – Retro game sounds piano for iPhone. NESynth is a virtual synthesizer that simulated 8 bit sound of video games in the 80's.

# Palalab’s Free Music Loops, Samples in ACID™ .WAV format

Palalab is offering free multi-instrumental sample loops in a variety of styles designed to be different, inspire your songwriting and fill out your mix. All loops can be used royalty-free, are properly ACID™ized for quality pitch and tempo transposition, and loop seamlessly.

Every week Palalab posts a new sample pack consisting of 5 loops. Each pack stays up for 4 weeks only, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly.

Korg nanoPAD / nanoKONTROL (image by Jay Vidheecharoen)

# Download Free Korg nanoPAD, nanoKONTROL Scripts for Ableton Live

Peter Kirn writes:

The KORG nanoSERIES has a rabid following among many Ableton Live users, and with good reason. The nanoPAD and nanoKONTROL street for about US$60, provide basic knobs + faders + transport (KONTROL) and pads and X/Y control (PAD), plus a fully-featured, cross-platform editor, but still fit in a backpack. They’re small enough to use in coach on an airplane.

Having to open Live templates, however, just to get the mappings you want is a big pain. So, instead I’ve created a basic set of MIDI Remote Scripts and Kontrol Editor templates for Mac and Windows, Live 6.x and later, and wanted to share them with you.

# Gijs Gieskes WalkSX – The Walkman has a audio recording of some sort, on one side.. (L) And a audio signal that is used to trigger the arduino sequencer on the other side (R), that sequences the Gakken SX-150.

# Techniques for dealing with Phase

Audio Geek Zine - Phase

Jon @ Audio Geek Zine takes a look at what phase is and how to avoid problems with it in your productions.

Phase is a constant concern for recording and mixing engineers. Problems with phase can ruin your music, they can be easily avoided or corrected, but first you need understand how these problems occur.

This guide will attempt to explain almost everything there is to know about phase, what it is, how it happens, what it can sound like and some techniques to deal with it.

# Samples | – Bunch of free samples including some REX'es of the Yamaha MP-1 and a ReFill featuring Mario Paint sounds.

Firelight Technologies updates FMOD Ex to v4.26 and FMOD Designer to v4.27

Firelight Technologies FMOD Ex

Firelight Technologies has released version 4.26 of FMOD Ex and version 4.27 of FMOD Designer, a world-leading library and toolkit for the creation and playback of interactive audio.

This new update of the FMOD Ex API and FMOD Designer brings new features and updates, including the new DSP effects, more memory optimizations, a new Profiler option and performance improvements to the Geometry API.

Changes in FMOD Ex Programmer’s API & Designer

  • FMOD Ex Programmer’s API v4.26
    • Added Delay and TREMOLO DSP effects.
    • Improved performance of FMOD Delay DSP, iPhone, Win32 and PSP (SNC library).
    • Made the FMOD Geometry API multithreaded and added a new geometry processing mode.
    • Optimized small streams not to read disk again after being fully buffered. Big reduction in disk access means less stuttering/smaller buffer sizes. FMOD_SOFTWARE only.
    • FSB codec memory usage reduced if using loading the same FSB multiple times.
    • Added "Compression quality, multichannel and looping with lossy audio formats" tutorials to low-level docs
    • Added profiling of geometry thread to Profiler.
    • Event API – Reduced size of FEV in memory.
    • PS3 – Added automatic muting/pausing of sounds in "music" channelgroup if PS3 System BGM music is playing.
    • Xbox 360 – Added microphone recording support.
  • FMOD Designer v4.27
    • All GUID conflicts are now listed at the end of the build log.
    • Added ability to control individual envelopes in an effect with different parameters.
    • Added sound definition pitch randomization modes.
    • Implemented network tweaking for event user properties.
    • Property sheets, lists and treeviews remember their selection when changing tab or project.
    • 3D Pan Level and 3D Speaker spread effects no longer require software on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
    • More cut and paste options available.
    • Added "Interactive music system" tutorials to the Designer user manual.

FMOD Ex and Designer are available for many platforms with various licenses, including a free one for non-commercial use.

More information: Firelight Technologies

Short links for April 22nd, 2009


Some interesting things I found recently:

# One Person Band

Vivace is a nice looking multitouch portable music studio concept, designed by Young-Shin Lee & Hae-Jin Jung.

A Music aficionados rejoice. The idea of having only 1 device that combines multiple instruments, track recording, equalizer, sound editing, internet connectivity, and a touchscreen interface all into one compact package is drool worthy. The Vivace makes it all possible. Information is scarce on how the interface works but I have no doubt up-and-coming artists like FrankMusik and Bjork could do a lot with such a device.

# FabFilter Twin 2 preset contest

FabFilter’s quest for vintage-sounding Rhodes piano presets is over and the winner has been announced.

The FabFilter Twin 2 Rhodes Preset Contest is closed. Of course, all of you did great, and it was extremely hard to pick a winner… but in the end, only one can be the best. And that is: Thomas Koot!

Thomas has put a lot of effort in modelling a Fender Rhodes Mark I. His preset really has the characteristic raw low-end, a great attack and release feel, a nice subtle bell sound, and a superb velocity response.

You can download some of the entries, including the patches by Thomas, on this page.

# Khene Creative Commons Sample Pack – Sebastian Tomczak of little-scale posts another free sample pack.

vvvv group updates vvvv to v4.0 beta 21

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vvvv group vvvv 4.0 beta 21

vvvv group has released v4.0 beta 21 of vvvv, a toolkit for real time video synthesis.

vvvv it is suitable for many tasks involving common computer related media like audio, video, 3d animation, the internet,.. to name only the hottest. Besides creating and transforming content for the aforementioned media, vvvv is also well trained in receiving input from and generating output to various external devices.

New in vvvv v4.0 beta 21

  • Pixel precise 2d rendering within 3d scenes.
  • Text and sprite rendering
  • Billboards and onesided objects.
  • A more versatile Multiscreen technique.
  • Spreadable ex9 primitives.
  • More performant caching with known switches and S+H nodes.
  • Faster patches in hidden tabs.
  • GUI enhancements for module writers (middleclick an iobox).
  • HID nodes for driver developmentv
  • More possibilities for plugin developers (mesh and layer outputs, enums in and out).
  • Lots more, detailed info in the changelog.

vvvv is available for download for Windows PC, free for non-commercial use. Commercial licenses are available here.

Visit vvvv group for more information.

Short links for November 17th, 2008

Some interesting things I found recently:

Richard Devine & Audiocubes

# An interview with Richard Devine

Percussa's Bert Schiettecatte writes:

A while ago we went to Winter NAMM (in January 2008), to show the AudioCubes. We were lucky to hang out with our good friends Kyle and Ryan from Subtractive, they have a studio in Santa Monica and do a lot of great sound design and composition work, while at the same time producing film and working on their album (see the Test Short Starfish remix contest from a while ago, which was featured on Percussa’s main website).

Ryan and Kyle have been AudioCube users since the very beginning, I think they have serial number 10 on their cubes. They introduced us to Richard Devine, and naturally a discussion about his work and music technology emerged.

# true – The new sound, light and dance performance, true is a stage performance piece that explores the relationship between the brain and the reality we face, and is, performed by two performers.

# ISM: The Quantum Hall Effects — impulse responses from nanospace for convolution reverb. Tony Dubshot writes:

After many years of fundamental research in cooperation with the Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory (Leiden Institute of Physics) the ISM studio proudly presents 'the sound of nanospace'. It's all about levels of magnification and breaking down the wall between analog and digital sound. Quantum hall fx are nothing less than a paradigm shift in the perception of time and space.

You can download a 27.1 MB archive of 24bit impulse responses released under a Creative Commons license from the ISM blog.

# SOUNDS.BUTTER Visible Sound – The "Visible Sound" project attempts to create a physical version of the sound around it by sewing sound waves in realtime. Although this was just a concept, we like ways of making invisible objects like sound waves into tangible forms.

vvvv group updates vvvv to v4.0 beta 19.1

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vvvv group has released version 4.0 beta 19.1 of vvvv, a toolkit for real time video synthesis.

It is designed to facilitate the handling of large media environments with physical interfaces, real-time motion graphics, audio and video that can interact with many users simultaneously.

Changes in vvvv v4.0 beta 19.1

  • Modules:
    • ALL modules got a good help file, tags for future search functions, tag-lines for future tooltips in node menus.
    • Invented an open place where all modules will be collected.
    • New folder structure for all shipped modules.
    • Renamed some modules, however they will be properly converted.
  • General:
    • Ctrl+M fixed (no longer saves multiple INFO tags).
    • Output-stringpin-tooltips no longer freeze vvvv link.
    • Shortcuts working again after opening patches with docked plugins. as noted here.
    • No more nasty popup on startup concerning file-type registration if you are no admin.
  • Fixed nodes:
    • FileStream (DShow9) now deals correctly with URLs as filename.
    • Writer (EX9.Texture) no longer saves files with double file extension.
    • Renderer (Flash): fixed playback of files as pointed out here.

vvvv is available for Windows PC, free of charge for non-commercial use. Check the licensing page for what is considered commercial and non-commercial.

Visit vvvv group for more information.