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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.

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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.

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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.

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Puremagnetik releases Modular Patterns

Puremagnetik Modular Patterns

Puremagnetik has released Modular Patterns, a grab bag of over 300 pure analog phrases and expressions recorded through a variety of boutique and legendary modular synthesizers.

Modular Patterns includes a huge collection of thick basses, resonant leads and “analog data” phrases generated entirely within the analog realm. Employing over 20 unique modules for sound generation and expression, each pattern has been meticulously assembled using 3 analog sequencers for the ultimate in nuanced phrasing and voice morphing.

Modular Patterns features

  • Livewire Audio Frequency Generator – An advanced sound generating device capable of producing 27 distinct waveforms including harmonic animation of various outputs.
  • Livewire Dalek Modulator – contains 2 linear VCOs and ring modulator capable of cross modulation and horizontal symmetry control.
  • Doepfer A-155 & 154 – A mighty duo of pure analog sequencing control, advanced step phrasing and dynamic control voltage modulation.
  • Roland System 100 – A beautiful semi-modular monophonic synth consisting of 5 module components: the Synthesizer 101, Expander 102, Mixer 103, Sequencer 104, and Monitor Speakers 109.

Modular Patterns is available for Live, Kontakt and Logic. You need a subscription to download Modular Patterns (subscriptions start at $5.75 USD for instant access to this MicroPack).

More information: Puremagnetik

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Sony Creative Software releases Pulse: Pure Analog Lifeforms

Sony Creative Software Pulse: Pure Analog Lifeforms

Sony Creative Software has released Pulse: Pure Analog Lifeforms, a rare and perfect exhibition of vintage and new school sounds.

Created by Richard Devine and Josh Kay —the team that delivered our top-tier Electronic Music Manuscript title —Pulse contains all the musical maps and charts you need to plan and execute your own fantastic voyage through entire worlds of electronica, hip-hop, and film music.

Pulse: Pure Analog Lifeforms features

  • 397 (545 MB) original, royalty-free WAV files.
  • Classic analog sound streams tapped from hot Buchla, Doepfer and Cwejman electronics, and beat structures forged in a deep neural network of today’s finest soft synths.
  • Royalty-free sounds, organized and fortified with spot-on metadata that ensures seamless playback in ACID software and every other program that supports .wav files.

Pulse: Pure Analog Lifeforms is available now for 21.95 EUR.

Sony has also announced the Richard Devine Pulse Composition Contest contest in which you can win KORE 2 and various other prizes.

Richard and Josh have collaborated on the Original Track, “Pulse,” for this Composition contest using loops from our new Pulse library, plus a bunch of new and exclusive content found only in this download package! Give the track a good listen, and then take the provided contest download and show these two stellar artists that you’ve got the skills to create an amazing mix of your own. Where could the music take you?

Visit Sony Creative Software for more information on Pulse, and ACIDplanet for details on the contest.

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Short links for June 5th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 5th, 2008:

# CellularRecombomat: patch-bay circuit bent cellular automata video synth

CellularRecombomat

Tom Koch aka Univac writes:

My main idea with this gadget was to have optical control over the three main basic cellular automata (CA) controls (which are controlled by the pots on the right side, from the top): algorithm (the algorithm used to generate the type of cell which also controls what tone is generated based on the object created), width across the grid, and speed of cellular generation, each line generated one at a time from top to bottom.

 

# Drum Master – DIY Electronic Drum Brain – The Drum Master system is actually comprised of two parts:

  1. The hardware brain module (containing the Arduino microcontroller and a collection of circuits to assist in obtaining the sensor information) is called the Drum Master. This is connected via USB (technically, a virtual serial port over USB) to a computer,
  2. which is running the Drum Slave software, written in Python.

When a sensor is hit, the Drum Master converts the signal to a digital value, and sends this value (and the port on which the sensor was detected) over the serial port. The Drum Slave program listens for this, and plays the corresponding audio sample.

 

# Underwater Microphone (Hydrophone) – Construct a inexpensive hydrophone out of things laying around your house.

action_owl writes:

I decided to put up this instructable because (to my surprise) no one has a hydrophone instructable up yet. I made mine using a mixture of other people’s hydrophone creations that I found through a google search and a bit of ingenuity.

 

# Circuit Bent | Modified Fab Echo – Unlocking the Fab Echo’s delay potential. Add a Delay Rate knob (speed of repeats), increase the mix knob to full wetness, and to give it full feedback (which literally makes it feedback). Modded LFO’s to the delay circuit that cause strange swirly sounds, and pitch bending weirdness.

 

DIY guitar effects pedal parts

# Create Your Own Guitar Effects Pedal – This is a general instructable about how to build your own pedal clones.

It’s not hard to do, just take care that you read up on some info beforehand. There’s numerous schematics and layouts on tonepad.

If it’s the first build you’re doing it’s best to start with the easier stuff, like a simple fuzz or overdrive.

 

# Review: Percussa AudioCubes

David Battino writes:

At present, AudioCubes shine as a cool-looking device for experimentation and live performance. Only you can say whether that novelty justifies the boutique price; the results will depend on your creativity.

 

# Isidore, the modular robot with CV lights – "My friend Louis shot this video while I was testing the voltage controlled lights with some 16 steps sequence MIDI running in cubase, then converted to CV by Doepfer MCV24. All sounds by Doepfer A100 modular synth."

 

# How to Deal with MIDI Clock Signals in Arduino – Sebastian Tomczak shares some generic Arduino skeleton code that could be used to synchronise many different types of things to MIDI clock (and therefore ProTools, Ableton Live etc — any type of host sequencer).

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Short links for February 4th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on February 4th, 2008:

  • Pocket Electronic – An universal electronics DIY kit to build your own MIDI control box. Up to 16 controlling elements can be connected to PE transmitting 16 different MIDI messages on different (or even the same) MIDI channels.
  • Our daily bread – A film about where your food comes from in this age of globalization.
  • gaussmarkov: diy fx » Fuzzy Logic – A unique circuit for guitar effects builders. It uses readily available SIP sockets to allow easy transistor swapping.
Fuzzy Logic
Fuzzy Logic by Gaussmarkov
  • Remove shake and motion blur from photos – Nathan Willis dissected three applications for removing the effects of camera movement from your photos.
  • Mythbusters, airplane on a conveyor belt – Kottke’s liveblogging account of the Airplane on a conveyor belt myth.
  • Red Bull Art Of Can – Red Bull Art of Can is a national juried exhibition featuring artwork in a variety of media that have one thing in common?they are all inspired by Red Bull or crafted from the iconic blue and silver cans.
  • Star Wars R2-D2 Peppermill – Not that you’ve noticed… but all fine restaurants on Tatooine feature R2-D2 pepper grinders. Usually after you order your salad of Dagobah greens a Wookie will come around and offer you some fresh ground pepper from one of these handy droid-based mills.
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