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Goldbaby releases iAm-MS20, sample library for Kontakt and EXS24

Goldbaby iAm-MS20

Goldbaby Productions has released iAm-MS20, a sample library for Kontakt and EXS24 featuring the sounds of the Korg MS20.

Legendary vintage analog synth the MS20 is a very special instrument. With loads of character and quirky controls, it has become a very sought after synth for its raw upfront sound and incredibly creative options for editing…

After finally finding a great example of this synth… it was put through it’s paces and recorded via various tasty bits of studio hardware… things like the UBK Fatso, Otari 1/4 inch tape machine, Great River Harrison EQ32 (eq), A-Design EM-PEQ (eq), Boss Dimension C, E-MU E4XT, Mutronics Mutator…

A great deal of time and experimentation went into the development of this product.

The result… fantastic sampled instruments with the raw power and unique character that the MS20 is renowned for..

iAm-MS20 features

  • 140 patches for Kontakt (8 folders) and EXS24 (7 folders).
  • 1129 24 bit wav samples.
  • Every sound has passed through various analog hardware units to give you that super sweet analog tone.

iAm-MS20 is available to purchase for $49 USD.

Goldbaby has also released a free sample pack: iAmDrum-MS20-free.

The Korg MS20 has the ability to process external audio. It can also convert audio to CV and trigger signals! So this is the basis of my latest freebie. Various drums with MS20 love… includes some glitch stuff.

Download iAmDrum-MS20-free here.

More information: Goldbaby Productions

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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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Digital Sound Factory releases E-MU Proteus Pack for Kontakt

Digital Sound Factory E-MU Proteus Pack for Kontakt

Digital Sound Factory has released E-MU Proteus Pack for Kontakt, a sample library featuring over 3,500 instruments from the original Proteus hardware.

E-MU Proteus Pack features

  • Proteus 2000 — In 1999, Proteus 2000 was introduced with 128 note polyphony and 4 sound ROM expansion slots totaling 128 mb, The sound set became a combination of many of the Emulator sample libraries covering a vast amount of instruments required for most compositions. There are over 1000 programs included with Proteus 2000. Sounds from the Proteus 2000 can be heard on numerous recordings of music, sound tracks, and advertisements.
  • Virtuoso — Virtuoso was recorded at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. Various size string sections and styles were captured, including legato, pizzicato, detache, tremolande, and trills. Using 4 pairs of high quality microphones, the players were recorded both on stage and in the hall to capture the ambience from the audience position. Included are string sections, solo strings, woodwinds, brass, & percussion. In addition to the hall recordings, sections of 5 players were recorded in the studio to allow for ambient effects to be added later.
  • Planet Earth — Planet Earth represents an arsonal of exotic world instruments. Recorded by legendary sound designer Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), this set works with just about any style of music. The wind instruments from Egypt and India were from the California Institute for the Arts and the string instruments were from a private collector. All instruments were recorded with a stereo pair of mid capsule multi pattern microphones. Planet Earth’s Bonsuri, Muted Domora, and Djembe can be heard nightly on the Discovery Channel, A& E, and numerous advertisements.
  • Mo’ Phatt — Mo’ Phatt says it all when is comes to phatt hip hop tracks. The kits and basses are processed to the max, making them completely usable right out of the box. Guitar wahs, various hits, cool keys, and great pads make this the go to sound set. Mo’ Phatt has become widely accepted and is heard all over the charts in numerous hit records, movies, and games. With over 500 programs, Mo’ Phatt will take your tracks to a whole new level.
  • Xtreme Lead-1 — Xtreme Lead-1 is a cutting sound set with edgy synths, lots of filters, and punch. Included are a massive amount of synths, both analog and digital, perfect for everything from the hard core to glitter sounds peppered into the mix. There are also great drums, percussion, chord clusters, hits, and effects. Xtreme has over 500 great programs.
  • Vintage Pro — Vintage Pro covers the full range of classic analog keyboards from the 70′s, 80′s, & 90′s. Included are the Rhodes & Wurly EP’s, Hammond B-3, Mellotron, ARP, Moog, Oberheim, Roland, and more. This collection is timeless and will get you through just about any gig!!!

The E-MU Proteus Pack for Kontakt 3 & 4 is available to purchase for $249 USD. Individual Expansion Packs also available.

More information: Digital Sound Factory / E-MU Proteus Pack for Kontakt

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ToneBuilder announces Driven Machine Drums Sale

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

ToneBuilder has announced a limited time sale for Driven Machine Drums, an electronic drums sample library, created from an unique blend of 14 drum machines/synthesizers and 9 analog coloration devices.

DRIVEN MACHINE DRUMS highlights the natural sounding punch, depth, and warmth added by a collection of tubes, transformers, and hardware tape emulation.

Driven Machine Drums features

  • 1,820 sounds in 24bit resolution, captured directly from the source using professional-quality cables and A/D converters.
  • Each individual sound has been carefully edited by hand for tight attacks and natural decays.
  • Synthesis sources: Elektron Machine Drum, Symbolic Sound Kyma Capybara, Eventide H8000FW, Korg ER-1, E-mu SP-1200, Oberheim DMX, Emu Mo Phatt, Yamaha DX200, Roland TR909, TR808, TR707, TR606, Vermona DRM-1 MKIII, and Jomox MBase 11.
  • Analog processing: Thermionic Culture Vulture, Anamod ATS-1, Neve 1073 Preamp, Atlas Pro Juggernaut Twin, A-Design EM-Gold, Source + Plus Tube Amp, Empirical Labs Distressor, Moog MF101, and Mutronics Mutator.

Driven Machine Drums is available in two packages:

  • Driven Machine Drums – $37 USD (regular $77), 26 Guru Kits, 24bit Wav/Aif.
  • Driven Machine Drums Deluxe – $47 USD (regular $87), NN-XT, Structure, Kontakt, EXS-24, 24bit Wav/Aif.

This limited time sale is available until April 15, 2010.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

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ToneBuilder updates Driven Machine Drums with Reason NN-XT and Pro Tools Structure support

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

ToneBuilder has included support for Reason NN-XT and Pro Tools Structure for Driven Machine Drums, its electronic drums sample library, created from an unique blend of 14 drum machines/synthesizers and 9 analog coloration devices.

DRIVEN MACHINE DRUMS highlights the natural sounding punch, depth, and warmth added by a collection of tubes, transformers, and hardware tape emulation.

Driven Machine Drums features

  • 1,820 sounds in 24bit resolution, captured directly from the source using professional-quality cables and A/D converters.
  • Each individual sound has been carefully edited by hand for tight attacks and natural decays.
  • Synthesis sources: Elektron Machine Drum, Symbolic Sound Kyma Capybara, Eventide H8000FW, Korg ER-1, E-mu SP-1200, Oberheim DMX, Emu Mo Phatt, Yamaha DX200, Roland TR909, TR808, TR707, TR606, Vermona DRM-1 MKIII, and Jomox MBase 11.
  • Analog processing: Thermionic Culture Vulture, Anamod ATS-1, Neve 1073 Preamp, Atlas Pro Juggernaut Twin, A-Design EM-Gold, Source + Plus Tube Amp, Empirical Labs Distressor, Moog MF101, and Mutronics Mutator.

Driven Machine Drums is available to purchase for $77 USD (includes 26 Guru Kits, 24bit Wav + 24bit Aif), and a Deluxe version is available for $87 USD (NN-XT, Structure, Kontakt, EXS-24, 24bit Wav/Aif).

A free demo pack featuring 100+ sounds is available to download from the ToneBuilder website.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

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Digital Sound Factory releases E-MU Proteus 2000 ReFill

Digital Sound Factory Proteus 2000 ReFill

Digital Sound Factory has announced the release of E-MU Proteus 2000 for Reason, a ReFill featuring the sounds of the Proteus 2000 hardware unit.

The Proteus 2000 was a reincarnation of the economical Proteus rack module series of the early nineties. While its synthesis architecture was virtually the same as the original Proteus, the Proteus 2000 came packed with major new features, sounds and expandability for the most demanding professionals! It featured 128-voice polyphony and 32 MIDI channels and shipped with the ‘Composer’ soundset, offering 1,024 presets.

This SoundFont collection covers the whole spectrum of synthesizer type sounds, from real instruments to bizarre sounds and effects. There’s an immense amount of great sounds at your fingertips for any music application!

Proteus 2000 ReFill features

  • 1024 NN-XT’s & 1024 Combinators.
  • 166 mb Refill – Bass, Drums, Percussion, Orchestral, Synth, Pads, Guitar, Piano, Vox, Woodwind, Brass.

The Proteus 2000 ReFill for Reason is available to purchase for $59.95 USD.

More information: Digital Sound Factory / E-MU Proteus 2000 ReFill

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Review: Goldbaby Productions Tape-101

Goldbaby Productions is a household name when it comes to quality drum machine samples.

Goldbaby’s love for tape machines, vinyl and vintage instruments has resulted in a bunch of top notch sample libraries.

Goldbaby Tape-101

With Tape-101, Goldbaby brings yet another collection of sounds treated with some analog tape love. But it’s not a drum machine this time around.

The SH101 is a legendary 80′s analog synth. A small synth with a large sound. It can be warm and phat or nasty and raw. Some say the sound is a cross between a Juno and 303.

So… I have taken this little synth and created a sampled instrument library. Of course I haven’t just sampled the synth naked. Oh no… I had to let the sounds get caressed by tape first!

Analog synth plus analog tape… Mmmm.

Tape-101 includes 1,658 24 bit samples, and over 70 instrument patches for both Kontakt and EXS24 (most of the instruments are multi-samples from every key on the SH-101).

I used the Kontakt version of The Tape-101, which has its instruments divided in 3 folders:

  • Drums & FX, 2 Drum Kits and an FX instrument with wobbles and such.
  • Gold Presets, almost 40 mono- and polyphonic instruments, extended and enhanced with the Kontakt sampler software (the SH-101 is monophonic).
  • Raw Ammo, 35 multi-sampled instruments with little or no software sampler modifications.
Tape-101 in Kontakt
Tape-101 in Kontakt (red HOT!)

The samples are available as .wav files and like the Kontakt instruments they are clearly labeled so you can tell which kind of processing was done.

Goldbaby used the following gear:

  • Otari MX5050 1/4 inch 2 track, recorded normally and HOT.
  • Hitachi Cassette Deck, for some wow & flutter + Dolby C.
  • Boss SE-70, the digital multi-effects processor with an analogue distortion circuit.
  • E-mu E4XT, sampled and processed by this ultra sampler.
  • Akai MPC-60, for some gritty 12bit samples, dirty & phat!
  • A bit of secret extra processing was done on a few instruments (labeled _X) as well.

If you want to get an idea of the type of sounds you will get make sure to check the media player on the Tape-101 product page. Hugo did some lovely demo mp3s.

Tape-101 is available as a download for Kontakt and EXS24 (both formats included) for $49 USD.

So what do I think?

Tape-101 sounds deep, nasty & dirty… in a good way. It appears this synth was actually designed as a strap-on instrument with an optional modulation attachment that stuck out like a guitar neck. Weird, it doesn’t seem like the keytar kind of synth to me at all.

Anyway, there’s a good variety of sounds and they generally sound warm, punchy and fat (or phat if you prefer). Playing some of the instruments I hear the sounds of True Playaz and Dillinja, so I reckon they’re great for drum & bass. The SH-101 is a popular synth so you might also recognize some if its sounds as there are tons of big names who’ve used it (Aphex Twin, The Prodigy, Bjork, Carl Craig, Squarepusher and Boards of Canada to name a few).

Tape-101 is another solid sample library from Goldbaby, highly recommended if you’re looking for some heavy bass and cutting lead sounds for techno, acid, drum & bass, and the likes. Plus you get some lovely drum kits and a bunch of cool LFO effect sounds. What more could you want? (except a real SH-101)

Visit Goldbaby Productions for more information.

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Keep It Bangin Music announces AKAI MPC2000XL & EMU SP1200 Flash Drives

Keep It Banging Music AKAI MPC2000XL FLash Drive

Keep It Bangin Music has announced the AKAI MPC2000XL & EMU SP1200 Flash Drives, two USB flash memory drives shaped like these vintage samplers.

Introducing the worlds first USB flash memory drive shaped like the Akai MPC 2000XL, one of Hip Hop’s most classic drum machines / samplers. This is the long time favorite Sampler of producers such as Dr. Dre, Pete Rock, Just Blaze, Lil Jon and more! Akai’s powerhouse drum machine has been immortalized as a 4 GB USB flash memory drive. Every nuance of the Akai MPC 2000XL has been captured in extreme detail! These unique devices are perfect for Hip-Hop beat makers, producers, and enthusiast on the go. This is the only portable data storage solution that screams “Hip Hop”.

AKAI MPC2000XL / EMU SP1200 Flash Drives features

  • 4 GB capacity, high quality Toshiba Flash memory.
  • Ultra high detail, super durable PVC rubber construction.
  • USB 2.0 support.

The AKAI MPC2000XL / EMU SP1200 Flash drives are available for pre-order for $39.95 + S/H, and are expected to ship mid May.

Visit Keep It Bangin Music for more information.

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