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Sidsonic Libraries Dark Drums, downloadable sample pack

Sidsonic Libraries Dark Drums

Sidsonic Libraries has announced the release of Dark Drums, a new downloadable sample pack.

This sample pack offers you the dark side of drums in a unique collection!

This pack was generated with high end equipment like Elektron Machinedrum, Metasonix Scrotum Smasher, Wiard Borg Filter, Wiard Boogie Filter,Steiner Parker Filter, Livewire Vulcan Modulator, Doepfer Wasp Filter and many more.

Punch the brightness out of its misery and free the dark side of your rythms.

Dark Drums features

  • Three packs:
    • Clear – 18 Drumkits (77MB)
    • Distorted – 22 Drumkits (80MB)
    • Long – 13 Drumkits (133MB)
  • All sounds are Multisamplesets for a realistic feeling.
  • Samples are mapped in EXS and NKI format.
  • Samples are recorded in wave format 24bit/96khz.

Dark Drums is available to purchase for 42.80 EUR. Individual packs are available from 10.70 EUR up to 21.40 EUR (prices include VAT).

More information: Sidsonic Libraries / Dark Drums

Short links for March 31st, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Dual SP0256 Vocal Synth

Eric Archer on his new dual SP0256 vocal synth:

The Dual SP0256 vocal synthesizer is the descendant of an earlier circuit of mine, Analog Controlled Speech Synthesizer. I crammed in all the features I’d want from a singing robot. It was a good challenge because it inspired some analytical thinking about the relationship between speech and singing.

The features of this circuit are:

  • 2 trigger inputs to step through pitch and vocal sequences independently
  • speech data stored cartridge-style on EPROM
  • 2-oscillator richness using dual SP0256-AL2 speech chips with crossfade mixer
  • optimized low-pass filtering for less strident tone
  • SP0256 crystal oscillators replaced with VCOs for pitch control
  • each chip has an independent / linkable 4-step analog step sequencer for pitch
  • lower step sequencer has switchable clock divider (divide/2 to divide/16)
  • glide and LFO functions
  • speech rate (slur) control
  • built-in realtime programmable sequencers for pitch and speech trigger
  • IR Sync input for wireless infrared tempo matching

# Can you hear like an audio engineer?

From NoiseAddicts:

Hello, my name is Matt. I record, edit, and mix music for a living. My profession requires an extremely discerning ear. This little listening test is to see if you can pick up subtle differences in pitch.

Shruti-1

# Shruti-1: DIY Digital Synth with Vintage Filter, as Dev Turns from Palm to Hardware

Peter Kirn writes:

For all the hype around mobile music creation, here’s a story with an ending in the opposite direction. Independent developer Olivier Gillet is the reason a lot of people see handheld gadgets as potential music making devices; he’s the creator of the brilliant Bhajis Loops for Palm. But, as if to prove that hardware can be a digital platform, too, his latest creation, while it will fit in your palm, isn’t for a device like the overcrowded iPhone.

# DarkEnergyPatch – Online patch creator for Doepfer's Dark Energy synth.

# Sonic Wire Sculptor 2010

Sonic Wire Sculptor is based on a musical instrument by Amit Pitaru which has been shown in museums and galleries world wide. A great effort has been placed in reworking the app to take advantage of the the iPhone's unique audio and input capabilities. The Sonic Wire Sculptor turns your 3D drawing into sound. It introduces a simple yet deep connection between visual and audio composition.

# Golden REAKTOR VOSIM

John Fisher has released a free VOSIM synth for Reaktor.

Well, for all you poor bastards who don’t own a G2 modular, and can’t use the VOSIM patch I made for mine, I have put together a VOSIM patch in Reaktor. Actually, part of the reason I made it was just to implement some features I couldn’t get in the G2, and because I thought it might sound different in reaktor.

Ian Boddy releases Beatalogue

Ian Boddy Beatalogue

Ian Boddy has released Beatalogue, the 4th sample library in the waveforms series.

This follow up to ‘Drumalogue’ takes a selection of electronic drum patterns and loops which were then fed through Boddy´s massive modular synth system. These were then filtered, mangled and generally messed up using a huge number of modules all in the analogue domain.

All the loops have between 3 and 5 variations and sonically range from sweet filtering all the way through to completely crunched and twisted mayhem. The quality of the distortion and overdrive achieved using these techniques gives the loops a gorgeous organic feel which is further heightened by the sound of the modular itself with it´s fuzzy warmness and tripping envelopes.

The sounds are also provided in Rex2 and Apple Loops format enabling them to be used at various tempos and dissected by the end user for their own purposes.

Beatalogue features

  • 300 mono samples at 44.1Khz, 24 bit in WAV format.
  • All samples also provided in Rex2 & Apple Loops format.
  • Drum Loops filtered, mangled & messed up via the following analogue synthesisers:
    • Roland System 100-M
    • Analogue Systems
    • Doepfer A-100 modular system
    • Analogue Solutions
    • Livewire AFG, Vulcan & Dalek Modulators
    • Metasonix TM-2 Tube BP filter & R-53 Tube Waveshaper/Ring Mod
    • Flight of Harmony Plague Bearer
    • The Harvestman Malgorithm
    • WMD Geiger Counter
    • Make Noise QMMG
    • Minimoog
    • VCS3

Beatalogue is available to purchase as a digital download for £24.99 GBP / 29.99 EUR / $39.99 USD.

More information: Beatalogue

Puremagnetik releases Analog Drums

Puremagnetik Analog Drums

Puremagnetik has released Analog Drums, a collection of percussives captured from modular analog systems. It includes an assortment of expertly programmed kits and looped clips.

From dramatic pitch enveloped hits to squelchy filtered noises, Analog Drums contains a huge grab bag of multisamples all expertly programmed for Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic. Produced entirely on Doepfer, LiveWire and MFB modular systems, Analog Drums was designed to pump the modern DAW full of real diodes, resistors and transformers!

This Micropak includes 5 ‘base’ kits alongside a selection of looped clips. The Ableton Live version includes a detailed programming of drum racks employing Live 8′s latest features. Each kit is paired with a selection of MIDI based Live Clips for extensive editing capabilities or simple ‘drag and drop’ song production.

The Logic version of Analog Drums includes all 5 kits, multiple variation kits and channel strips. A library of 50 SIAL (Software Instrument Audio Loops) Apple Loops are also included.

Analog Drums for Kontakt includes the 5 ‘base’ kits, each one programmed with a custom KSP GUI for fast tweaking and parameter adjustment. The library of 50 Apple Loops can easily be integrated into any Kontakt track, automatically time-syncing to your master session tempo.

Analog Drums features

  • An extensive sample library of percussives in various timbres and modulations
  • Comprehensive native Ableton Live 8 support
  • A library of 50 looped clips
  • A collection of 5 ‘base’ kits and variations (some variations excluded from the Kontakt version)
  • Custom KSP GUI for Kontakt

Analog Drums is now available to download for Puremagnetik subscribers. Subscriptions start at $5.75 USD per month.

More information: Puremagnetik / Analog Drums

Soundcells releases Simple Sampling and announces Holiday Season Sale

Soundcells Simple Sampling

Soundcells has released Simple Sampling, a free ReFill for Reason.

At first we started working on a fun refill based on a Stylophone we recorded for sampling purposes. So we started sampling this little toy note by note. Besides programming a patch that matches the real thing we also tweaked the nnxt to go some extra steps. Some fat funky clavinet-style patches caught us by surprise.

While producing a first mini track (apart from the loop it’s entirely based on stylophone samples) we added some extra cool stuff to this refill: a “single-sample-rhodes”, a “single-sample-piano”, a “single-sample-kalimba” and some other nifty stuff…”Simple Sampling” – the name speaks for itself!

Simple Sampling features

  • 25 combinator patches mainly based on Stylophone samples, a Rhodes-like patch that really feels great while playing the keys, mouth watering atmospheric content and some retro oriented surprises.
  • A note by note (a2 – e4) sampled and looped Stylophone including it´s typical release click.
  • “Simple Samples” coming from the Rhodes Mark 1, Doepfer MS404, a mini kalimba, a piano, a bassoon…
  • 10 Rex loops.

The Simple Sampling ReFill is available to download on request, free of charge.

Soundcells has also announced a “Before-And-After-Christmas” sale:

While the last days before Christmas are knocking at our door it´s time for us to offer you something special. Along with regular Christmas sentiments we´d like to present you with an almost 30% discount on most of our products! This offer starts now and will end on January 10th.

Put a SOUNDCELLS refill on your wish list for Christmas so you won´t get another pair of socks, your third toaster or a bad bottle of sour wine coming from a good and sweet heart!

More information: Soundcells / Simple Sampling

Review: Ian Boddy Drumalogue

Ian Boddy Drumalogue

Ian Boddy is a sound synthesist. Don’t ask me what that means exactly, but what I do know is that Ian has been doing electronic music for almost 3 decades.

Besides being quite a prolific musician, Ian also has been working as a sound designer for some 25 years. His works include sample libraries like Zero-G’s Malice in Wonderland and Outer Limits, Transmission-X for Sample Magic, and patches and samples used in LinPlug, Camel Audio & Rob Papen products.

Last year his Something Else Music Limited label launched the Ian Boddy Waveforms, a series of tightly focused downloadable sample packs.

The third title in the Waveforms series is Drumalogue, a library of 1,000 analogue drum, percussion and one-shot hits.

However these are not taken from vintage drum machines (of which there is already plenty of content available elsewhere) but rather all the sounds are hand crafted by Boddy on vintage analogue synths and modular systems. They run the full gamut from thunderous bass drums, crisp snares & hats through to abstract synth hits & FX and even weird glitchy & industrial sounds.

Drumalogue features

  • 1,000 samples at 44.1Khz, 24 bit in WAV format (stereo & mono samples).
  • Raw audio recorded from the following analogue synthesisers: Roland System 100-M, Analogue Systems, Doepfer A-100, Analogue Solutions, Livewire AFG, VCS3, Minimoog, Metasonix TM-2 tube BP filter.
  • Recorded directly into Apple Mac using RME Fireface 400 audio interface, samples edited in Bias Peak Pro 5.
  • Native Instruments Kontakt 2 support provided.

The Kontakt 2 programs (with a basic envelope and low-pass filter) provide an easy way to access and use the samples.

Ian Boddy Drumalogue in Kontakt
Ian Boddy Drumalogue in Kontakt

The Kontakt folder is divided into three sections:

  1. Audition – All the sounds per category (20 categories) with one sound per key starting at C1.
  2. Kits – 18 patches follow as closely as possible the General MIDI Percussion Key Map from B0 (Key35) to B2 (Key59) and provide a convenient way of playing some of the sounds as “drum kits”.
  3. Patches – 34 sounds key-mapped out in patches.

Drumalogue is available as a download from various distributors for £24.95 GBP / $34.95 USD / 27.95 EUR.

So what do I think?

Drumalogue won’t replace the vintage synths, modular systems and analogue effect processors used to create this sample library. The hands-on experience of tweaking knobs and patching sounds just isn’t going to be available in a collection of samples.

What Drumalogue does provide is an excellent collection of samples for those of us who can’t afford this type of equipment, or perhaps don’t have the space to fit all that gear into our music studios. Either way, Ian Boddy delivers on quality and versatility with Drumalogue: Raw, glitchy, bleepy analogue goodness!

Just listen to the demo mp3s and you will know what I am talking about. If your drum sample library has room for something different, I can highly recommend Drumalogue.

Visit the Ian Boddy Waveforms website for more information.

Note: Time+Space has a great deal on the first two Waveforms libraries. Airwaves and Radiophonica are available in a special bundle for just £40 GBP until 31 May, 2009. Details here.

Ian Boddy releases Drumalogue

Ian Boddy Drumalogue

Ian Boddy has released Drumalogue, the third sample library in the Waveforms series from Something Else Music Limited.

This is a library of 1,000 analogue drum, percussion and one-shot hits. However these are not taken from vintage drum machines (of which there is already plenty of content available elsewhere) but rather all the sounds are hand crafted by Boddy on vintage analogue synths and modular systems.

They run the full gamut from thunderous bass drums, crisp snares & hats through to abstract synth hits & FX and even weird glitchy & industrial sounds.

The sounds are a mixture of mono and stereo samples and some have genuine analogue effects printed on them from spring reverbs, bucket brigade delays and phaser/flangers. This all adds up to a cornucopia of drum and percussion sounds that can be used in virtually any style of production.

Drumalogue features

  • 1,000 samples at 44.1Khz, 24 bit in WAV format.
  • Mixture of stereo & mono samples.
  • Raw audio recorded from the following analogue synthesisers: Roland System 100-M, Analogue Systems, Doepfer A-100, Analogue Solutions, Livewire AFG, VCS3, Minimoog, Metasonix TM-2 tube BP filter.
  • Recorded directly into Apple Mac using RME Fireface 400 audio interface.
  • Samples edited in Bias Peak Pro 5.
  • Native Instruments Kontakt 2 support provided.

Drumalogue is available for purchase from selected distributors for £24.95 GBP.

Visit the Ian Boddy Waveforms website for more information and audio demos.

Doepfer announces Dark Energy

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Doepfer Dark Energy

Doepfer has announced Dark Energy, a monophonic stand-alone synthesizer with USB and Midi interface.

The sound generation and all modulation sources are 100% analog, only the USB/Midi interface contains digital components. Dark Energy is built into a rugged black metal case with wooden side plates. High quality potentiometers with metal shafts are used and each potentiometer is fixed to the case (no wobbly shafts and knobs). The distance between the controls is a bit wider compared to A-100 modules and knobs with vintage look are used.

Dark Energy features
VCO

  • Triangle based VCO core
  • manual tune control (with an internal jumper the range can be set to ~ +/-1 half an octave or ~ +/-2.5 octaves)
  • range switch -1 / 0 / +1 octave
  • frequency range about 10Hz … 12kHz
  • FM (frequency modulation) control with modulation source switch (LFO1 / off / ADSR)
  • manual pulsewidth control for rectangle waveform
  • PWM control with modulation source switch (LFO2 / off / ADSR)
  • waveform switch (sawtooth / off / triangle) 
  • the sum of the waveform chosen by this switch and the rectangle is fed into the VCF (to turn the rectangle off the PW control has to be set fully CCW)
  • external CV input for VCO frequency (1V/octave)
  • external CV input for external PWM of the rectangle
  • internal CV input for frequency (1V/octave) connected to the CV1 output of the built-in USB/Midi interface

VCF

  • 24 dB low pass
  • ~ 12 octaves frequency range
  • manual frequency control
  • tracking switch half – off – full (internally connected to the external frequency CV input of the VCO, i.e. the VCF tracks to the VCO if the switch is set to “half” or “full” position)
  • XM: exponential FM (frequency modulation) control with modulation source switch (LFO2 / off / ADSR)
  • LM: linear FM (frequency modulation) control to modulate the VCF by the triangle of the VCO in a linear (!) manner
  • manual resonance control (up to self oscillation)
  • external audio input (this signal is added to the VCO signal)
  • external CV input for filter frequency
  • 1V/octave tracking for usage of the VCF as a sine wave oscillator (not as precise as the VCO but much better than most of the other filters)

VCA

  • manual amplitude control
  • AM (amplitude modulation) control with modulation source switch (LFO1 / off / ADSR)
  • external CV input for VCA amplitude
  • special control scale: exponential scale in the range from about -20dB to -80/90dB, linear scale from about -20dB to 0dB
    Remark: this special control scale results in a loudness behaviour that is a bit different from pure linear or exponential VCAs

LFO1 and LFO2

  • manual frequency control
  • waveform switch (triangle / off / rectangle)
  • range switch (low, audio, medium)
  • LED display (dual green/red color for positive/negative share of the signal)
  • the LFO1 signal is available as an additional socket (to use the LFO1 signal for external modules)
  • an internal jumper can be used to select between the LFO1 signal or the inverted LFO1 signal

ADSR

  • manual controls for Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
  • range switch (long, short, medium)
  • blue LED display
  • ADSR signal is available as an additional socket (to use the ADSR signal for external modules)
  • External Gate input (normalled via switching contact of the socket to the Gate output of the built-in USB/Midi interface)

USB/Midi-Interface

  • Midi channel and reference note are adjusted by means of a learn button and LED at the rear panel
  • The interface generates the gate signal that controls the envelope generator and three analog control voltages: CV1 is used to control the pitch of the VCO, CV2 the VCF frequency (free assignable Midi controller) and CV3 is available as an additional socket at the rear panel (controlled by volume/velocity). It can be patched e.g. to the VCA control input.
  • The threes CVs and the gate signal are also available at the rear panel as jack sockets

In/Outputs

  • front panel:
    • CV In VCO frequency (1V/oct)
    • CV In VCO pulsewidth
    • CV In VCF frequency (~ 1V/oct)
    • CV In VCA amplitude
    • Gate In
    • External Audio In
    • LFO1 Out
    • Envelope Out
    • Audio Out
  • rear panel:
    • USB
    • Midi In
    • Learn button
    • Gate Out (with LED for Gate display and learn function)
    • CV1 (controlled by Midi note messages, internally connected to VCO CV input)
    • CV2 (controlled by Midi control change messages, free assignale controller, internally connected to VCF CV socket)
    • CV3 (controlled by Midi velocity/volume, no internal connection, can be patched e.g. to VCA CV input)
    • Audio Out or additional control voltage (CV4, controlled probably by After Touch), function can be selected by an internal jumper, factory setting audio output
    • power supply (15V AC, 400mA)

Additional remarks and specs:

  • As the LFO frequencies can go up to moderate audio range (~ 5kHz) even audio FM effects of VCO (pitch and pulsewidth), VCF and ADSR are possible !
  • If the VCO is turned off (waveform switch = center position, pulsewidth control = fully CCW) and the VCF resonance is set to maximum the module can be used as a sine oscillator. The sine can be modulated in a linear manner from the triangle wave of the VCO and by LFO2 in an exponential manner at the same time !
  • from the factory the socket labelled “LFO1″ outputs the inverted LFO1 signal. But as the module has several internal pin headers available even another signal may appear at this socket by changing the internal module patch. These six pin headers are available: LFO1 output, LFO2 output, ADSR output, inverter input, inverter output, output socket. The internal default patch is LFO1 -> inverter input, inverter output -> output socket (i.e. socket = inverted LFO1). But even another signal can be patched to this socket (e.g. inverted ADSR, non-inverted LFO1, inverted or non-inverted LFO2). It is also possible to add a blind panel next to the A-111-5 with a couple of sockets that are connected to the corresponding pins of the A-111-5 pc board. The in- and outputs of the VCO, VCF and VCA are not available as pin headers because the VCO, VCF and VCA are internally connected in the circuit which is used in this module.
  • Dark Energy is the stand-alone version of the module A-111-5
  • Dimensions: overall about 185 x 145 x 65 mm, about 145 x 135 x 55 without wooden site plates
  • Weight: about 1.2 kg
  • Distance between the knobs (center – center): ~ 25 mm, diameter of the knobs: ~ 15 mm
  • The metal case is made of 1 mm steel, black coated with white printing
  • Overall dimensions: overall about 185 x 145 x 65 mm
  • Dimension of the metal case (without side plates): about 145 x 135 x 55
  • Side plates dimensions: about 145 x 65 x 20  mm
  • The wooden side plates can be removed if desired. They are mounted by means of two screws to the metal box. The holes in the metal box can be used also to mount several devices together (e.g. with common wooden side plates on both ends).
  • The device can be positioned horizontal (desk top) or vertical
  • These parts are included: power supply (15V AC) for 230V mains voltage with European mains plug, cable 3.5 mm – 6.3 mm /1/4″) jack plug, USB cable

NOte: this is a preliminary information about the planned device. The features are still subject to change and all specifications are still preliminary without any obligation.

Dark Energy should ship in June 2009. You can already preorder it for the introductory price of ~400 EUR.

Visit Doepfer for more information.