Baauer releases free sample pack + “Searching for Sound” documentary

Baauer has released a free sample pack as part of his “Searching for Sound” documentary.

Music has existed for thousands of years. The variety of sounds, instruments and music cultures around the world is staggering in it’s diversity, yet often, we tend to stick to what we know. There’s something to be said for shaking off your habits and looking beyond the familiar; the world is teeming with sounds that will change your perspective and expand your creative horizons.

It’s this sort of thinking that spurred Baauer to embark on a global adventure in search of fresh sounds to fuel his new album. Looking for a new direction in the wake of the “Harlem Shake” phenomenon, Harry Rodrigues traveled with production partner Nick Hook from the deserts beyond Dubai to the volcanoes of Japan, recording quirky sounds and ancient musical traditions to bend into raw materials to use in the studio. Lucky for us they’ve handed over the full set of samples, giving you the chance to add a new edge to your musical palette and maybe even broaden your vision of sound itself.

The sample pack is a free download from Ableton.

More information: Searching for Sound / Baauer sample pack

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Les Productions Zvon releases Memory Collection Pack 02

Les Productions Zvon Memory Collection Pack 02

Les Productions Zvon has released Memory Collection Pack 02, a sample library featuring public domain samples.

The samples in this collection are taken from Public Domain video documents: 36 TV ads, 7 feature movies, 19 documentaries and 6 short films. Many of the documentaries are from and about the early days of radio and television.

It’s named Memory Collection because by definition works in the Public Domain are from the past, a past often not very distant but sadly also often forgotten or ignored. This collection brings back some of the sounds from the past.

The Memory Collection sample pack 02 has 3,313 (1.32 GB) including voice/spoken word/dialogs, sfx/foley, and music.

Memory Collection Pack 02 is available to purchase as donationware (minimum $17.50 USD). A free preview (101 samples) can be downloaded from the product page.

More information: Les Productions Zvon / The Memory Collection

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Short links for May 18th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Discord 3 sneak preview

Chris Randall writes:

Just uploaded a video preview of Discord3's highlights. I think I touched on all the major features; I'll do a full tutorial series once I have a 100% working OS X VST. The quality of Snaggit's video capture is fairly lacking; nothing to compare with Screenflow. But this should give you a good idea of what's going on with the three engines.

# 57 Free Drum Loops [.WAV]

Dan303 shares 57 high quality, royalty free drum loops to use in your favorite DAW or sampler.

  • The loops are in various tempos and styles.
  • .WAV format [Ready to load in ableton, cubase, Logic, Reason, etc.]
  • Loop tempo is included in the file name

Download them here (RAR).

# Roland TB-303 Documentary BASSLINE BASELINE

Nate Harrison on Vimeo:

If you're interested in the early history of ROLAND, the Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and the TB-303 Bassline, you'll enjoy this 20-minute video. The TB-303 and its design are described in depth, and many examples of popular music made with the machine are presented.

# Creating the Illusion of Distance

Tom Shear at Waveformless shares some tips on how to create the illusion of distance:

Even when one is talking about mixing to stereo (as opposed to 5.1), a song's mix can be very three dimensional. Perhaps not literally, but in the same sense that a painter can simulate the way an image diffuses the further it is away from the viewer, it is not terribly difficult to simulate the characteristics of a sound that is far from the listener. This can be brilliant at setting a mood and creating a real sense of depth. Here's two easy steps that when used together can really give them a sense of three dimensional space.

Chris Carter's instrumentation (image by ASMO)

# Chris Carter and The Dirty Electronics Ensemble

Stu Smith @ ASMO writes:

Every once in a while something quite special comes along in the crazy sonic world of the Dirty Electronics Ensemble.

In the past our leader John Richards has arranged for us to collaborate with some great names in the world of experimental music, including Pauline Oliveros, noise legend Merzbow and Nic Bullen amongst others. Our recent performance with Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle, Carter Tutti) at Phoenix Square, Leicester was no exception.

The core of the performance revolved around the Dirty Carter E.S.G.I. a postcard sized instrument designed by John and Chris and built by the members of the ensemble in an earlier workshop. Six pieces we’re performed in total by various members of the ensemble.

# Free (creepy) FM carillon

KVR user gvnz writes:

Ok, this is not really a carillon but can be creepy :-). It's a sound that I came up with while noodling on my DIY synth, I tought that it could sit nicely in some dark sci-fi music, so I sampled it.

This library is for the free Proteus Vx by E-mu; other than the bare samples, a number of modulation and effects are provided, so you can tweak some knobs while playing.

The library is composed of 122 mono samples at 44.1/16 and there is a README pdf file included, with detailed explanations and info.

This is a simple demo mp3 (external reverb and compression added)

This is the link for the download (ZIP archive 33MB compressed)

Musical Table

# Musical Table

indistructableBubble writes:

The Musical Table is a toy table that allows kids to play musical phrases by moving toys around the surface.Each of seven switches can play different musical phrases in four bases, making 27 different musical phrases in total. Some of the phrases are musically related and some of them are not. This toy table can help kids to develop musicality by playing phrases in logical order. The table also allows you to play two phrases at the same time. Depending on which phrases are played together, the sounds can be melodic or chaotic.

# Ableton Analog Experiments

Mark Mosher at ModulateThis! writes:

I’ve been experimenting lately with programming Ableton Analog from “init”. I have a rich set of VSTs so I’ve not given Analog much attention but after spending some time with it recently, I’m finding when you rack it up and add some effects and assign params to Macros you can achieve some pretty interesting sounds.

# Kon + Amir Present: The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Samples Of All Time

These days, everyone loves hip-hop. But how much does the average fan really know about the building blocks that formed the foundation of the genre's entire sound? That's right, before it was all-808-everything, hip-hop used a secret (and sometimes not-so-secret) selection of classic soul, funk rock, and jazz records from the ’60s and ’70s to create their sound. From tiny, obscure snippets to instantly-recognizable loops, the sample-based producers of the late ’80s and early ’90s uncovered some truly classic musical gems that are still sought after and used today.

Kon + Amir

Thank god we’ve got folks like Kon + Amir to keep us digging deeper. The veteran record collectors, DJs, and producers (yeah, they basically they do it all) recently released their latest compilation of slept-on vinyl rarities called Off Track Vol. 3, so we decided to call them up and get them to select their all-time favorite samples. Check out their countdown, complete with audio examples and commentary from the guys themselves…

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Short links for March 18th, 2010

Philips SAA-1099

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Phillips SAA-1099 Sample Pack (Copyright-free and License-free)

A new pack of samples by Sebastian Tomczak:

I have made a copyright-free and license-free sample pack of the Phillips SAA-1099 sound generator chip. It is a very straightforward sample pack, consisting of 96 pitched samples and 16 noise samples, across a range of frequencies. These samples have been recorded from hardware. The audio output stage of the sound chip has not been filtered.

Sebastian has also announced a music contest:

It's time to get your chipmusic on! This is your chance to win a SEGA Master System MIDI Interface. Be the coolest musician in your town with this brand new tool that lets you control the sound chip in your SEGA Master System with MIDI data.

More information: SEGA Music Competition: Win A SEGA Master System MIDI Interface!

# [ INCREDIBOX ] presents [ THE INCREDIBLE POLO ] – Lovely online application that offers you to discover the musical universe of "The Incredible Polo", handling a range of "human beat-box" sounds created by the artist.

# Jim Reekes, The Man Behind Mac Sound

From Create Digital Music:

The legend of the early sounds of the Mac remains, apparently, an alluring one. Here, Jim Reekes talks to a Dutch documentary crew (though in English) about his thought process in designing sounds for the Mac, including the famous Mac startup sound.

# Top 10 Free Pro Tools RTAS Plugins

Jon at Audio Geek Zine lists his top 10 free RTAS plug-ins for Pro Tools.

I see this topic come up a lot, “what are the best free rtas plugins?” I’ve answered the question so many times but I’ve never addressed it on the site.<br />
Below is my list of 10 (in no particular order) free 3rd party RTAS plugins I think everyone should have on their system. There are many more out there but these are the ones I use on a regular basis, they are useful and are stable.

Livid Block

# New Block Construction

Livid Instruments improves its Block:

Improving on a design and sharing the results with our users is always at the top of our list at Livid. The Block controller has been a great success and we have just made some minor design changes to make it even better. Originally milled from a solid block of wood, the square body with thin bottom has had its challenges, mostly warping and cupping. We have experienced a bit higher reject rate for bodies at the shop before they were built then we would like. Thus, the up and coming stash of rejected bodies in the Livid Graveyard that were never meant to be!

# Waveformless: 5 Ways of Emulating Vintage Samplers

Mirage DSK

Tom Shear on how to emulate vintage samplers:

When sampling technology finally became accessible to mere mortals and not just uber-rich Fairlight and Synclavier enthusiasts, the race was on to increase fidelity and leave behind the limitations of those first 8-bit samplers. Bit depth and sampling rates increased and memory capacity expanded until the average sampled sound was indistinguishable from the same sound recorded on a CD.

But sure enough, after many years of enjoying the pristine sound quality of the new sampling technology, musicians began to explore and exploit the limitations of the old school samplers. Suddenly the grain of low bit-rate samples and the metallic grit of aliasing is very much in style. So how can you emulate the sonic artifacts of some of the long forgotten vintage samplers? I'm glad you asked…

# Intello – Better Demo of first version (YouTube)

This is the plugin I am currently working on. It's called "Intello". Basically it's a glitch producing plugin and in this first short demo I'm showing you one of the 5 planned glitching modes. The plugin will be controllable by an iPhone application from a listening audience. So the listeners can interact with a performer.

More information: www.zettt.de

# Dan303: Audiotool BETA [Sneak peak]

Dan writes:

I receved an email last night from the good people at audiotool. For those of you that dont know audiotool is a browser based music production platform that features emulations of the classic drum machines and bassline synth origanally made by roland. Along with the drum machines and bass line synthesiser, the audiotool also features emulations of guitar effects. The email I receved contained a link to test the BETA version of audiotool 1.0 [codename: Firestarter]. The BETA version of the audio tool has lots of intresting new freatures, such as a timeline, piano roll, automation and a new synthesiser.

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Short links for March 2nd, 2008

Before the Music Dies

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on March 2nd, 2008:

  • Before the Music Dies – Narrated by Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker, BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES is an unsettling and inspiring look at today’s popular music industry.
  • pi10k – Converting the first 10,000 digits of pi into a musical sequence.
  • Bat’s powerful lift is illuminated by fog – Technique shows how bats and insects share the secret of slow flight. Bats are awesome!
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