Ambient Nature Noise puts the sounds of nature in your productions

ToneBytes has released Ambient Nature Noise, a virtual instrument for Windows, which adds the sound and atmosphere of alive and lifeless nature to your recordings.

The purpose of the plug-in is to add sounds typically found in the surrounding world. For this goal, Ambient Nature Noise has 21 sound profiles, including the sound of birds, insects, bats, trees and other flora and fauna, and the sounds of lifeless nature such as sound of waterfall and rain, wash, fire crackling and much more other.

ToneBytes Ambient Nature Noise
Add the sounds of nature to your music with ToneBytes Amient Nature Noise for Windows.

Ambient Nature Noise features

  • 3 slots for mixing different noise profiles to produce complex and variable noise environments.
  • Embedded equalizer for emphasizing or muting those parts of the noise profile you want.
  • 32 factory presets based on 21 noise profiles.
  • Built-in preset manager makes it easy to save the settings and quickly access them or share them with other Ambient Nature Noise users.
  • VST automation and full MIDI Learning are supported.

The Ambient Nature Noise plug-in for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $20 USD / 15 EUR.

More information: ToneBytes / Ambient Nature Noise

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Luftrum launches Charity Fundraiser

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Luftrum

Luftrum has announced a Charity Fundraiser, an initiative to raise funds for a charity.

During September all sales from the Luftrum soundbanks including royalties, will be given to charity. The charity will be an organisation covering either children’s life and health or an organisation for environmental protection.

The soundbank for Roland GAIA SH-01 will be changed to pay-what-you-want during September. Your chance to get the GAIA soundbank and donate to charity at the same time!

Companies and sound developer individuals participating in the charity event are mentioned in a Sound Dev Charity list (including Camel Audio, Big Tick, Patchpool, and more), available at KVR. A purchase from a listed participant will contribute to the cause as well.

More information: Luftrum

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Camel Audio Planet Earth, Pay What You Want sound library for Alchemy and Alchemy Player

Camel Audio Planet Earth

Camel Audio has announced the release of Planet Earth, a sound library for Alchemy and Alchemy Player.

Planet Earth is a new Sound Library packed full of great sounds for electronica, ambient and dance music producers. Until the end of August you can choose what you want to pay for it, with at least 50% of the proceeds going to charity.

This new Sound Library features 150 stunning sounds including massive pads, deep soundscapes, pulsating arps and fat basses. Alchemy Player VST/AU instrument is provided free and includes a further 150 sounds.

Pay what you want – this Sound Library was produced with the same uncompromising attention to detail as all other Camel Audio Sound Libraries which usually sell for $59, but until the end of August, you name your price!

50% to environmental charity Friends of the Earth – by default the amount is split equally between FOE and Camel Audio, but you can tweak the split any way you’d like.

Soundwise, Planet Earth is jammed with jungle soundscapes and tribal rhythms, industrial basses and warped machines. From ancient ritual to glimpses of alternate futures, it offers a world of new sounds for modern electronica, ambient and dance, yet manages to be both warm, lush, light and airy, as well as dark, dramatic and icy, just like Planet Earth itself.

Featuring gamelan bowls and oriental bells, bamboo bongos, glass instruments, mechanical pianos, electronic and vocal drones, Planet Earth features 320MB of new samples, including rich pads, ethnic loops, inventive soundscapes, powerful electronic basses as well as synthesisers and broken machines. It was created by a talented team of sound designers from around the globe.

More information: Camel Audio / Planet Earth

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Short links for April 12th, 2010

Thomann's Packaging for 2 Shure N447 needles

Some interesting things I found recently:

# The one thing I don’t like about Thomann

Good example of a company that probably hasn’t heard of green packaging or cradle to cradle yet (at least it doesn’t seem to care much)…

Looza @ Mindboggling writes:

Every few months I need to make a certain hifi-related purchase. My retailer of choice for this is of course thomann.de, hands down the best european retailer for audio, music and hifi-related stuff. Great selection, great prices, amazing service.

However, there is one thing about thomann that really drives me insane now that I experienced it several times.

# My Blofeld + Ableton Live + Lpk25 + AudioCube Couch Potato Setup

Mark @ Modulate This! writes:

I wanted to create a small couch-friendly setup where I could play the Waldorf Blofeld with my little Akai LPK25 Controller and an AudioCube. Here is how I set it all up.

Electro Harmonix V256 Vocoder

# cl516: Electro Harmonix V256 Vocoder

Calvin got himself an Electro Harmonix V256 Vocoder:

Simple setup with a Shure 55SH and the V256 set to HI gain. Segments alternate from internal synth to Vermona Perfourmer as the carrier. I didn't play around too much with the "reflex-tune" or other features. I just like the vocoder part. The audio file has more detailed narration.

Best audio demo I’ve heard in a while.

# Beatstation

Second video of Toontrack's upcoming "Tonal and Percussive, Open Surface, New Generation Virtual Instrument" now available:

Check out the sounds in Beatstation, the new expansion pack format, BTX, and how to use the core library with Audio, MIDI and REX content.

# Exploding piano alarm clock

From Make: Online:

Here's a video of a nifty Exploding Piano Alarm Clock that was recently made in a graduate product design class at MIT. One of MAKE's former interns, Jake McKenzie, was part of the team who created it. They based their project on the traditional piano drop held every spring off the MIT Baker House.

Exploding Piano Alarm Clock
Exploding Piano Alarm Clock

The premise is simple and aggravating: the piano and its color-coded legs explode once the alarm goes off. The user's task is to gather up all the parts and put the legs in their corresponding color slots. All while the alarm annoyingly beeps at you. The rub: the color slots move around, so you have to be agile (and awake) to get the correct legs in the correct slots. A knob on the bottom allows you to adjust the difficulty by speeding up the rate of the color changes.

# Rethinkyoyo – Want to learn some new yoyo tricks? Check Rethinkyoyo for a great collection of tutorial videos.

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Score for a Hole in the Ground

The music of sound has an interesting post about some of the works of Jem Finer, one of the founding members of the Pogues.

Tim writes:

Since leaving the band in 1996 he has gone on to develop some inspired sound art & installations, including a piece of music, appropriately called Longplayer which is designed to play for 1,000 years without repetition.

One of his more recent projects is Score for a Hole in the Ground, an environmental sound installation in a forest in Ashford, Kent, UK.

Score for a Hole in the Ground
Score for a Hole in the Ground. Photograph by Andy McGowan (click image to enlarge)

Jem won the PRS Foundation New Music Award back in 2005. The prize was a sum of money with which to realise the project proposed as an entry to the competition.

You can read Jem’s original proposal here. It reads:

In the temple gardens of Kyoto, suikinkutsu, water chimes, provide a meditive focus for the ambient sounds of the surroundings. Water, overflowing stone bowls, trickles down through a layer of loose packed stones until it drips into a buried bowl. The resonance of these drips is listened to through a bamboo tube or with the “naked ear”. It is this attention to the subtle and beautiful timbres of the drips within the resonant chamber that hones the concentration of the listener.

This was the starting point for the Score for a Hole in the Ground project, a water driven musical instrument buried beneath the ground & amplified via a 7 meter high steel horn. As water slowly trickles into its sounding chamber, the drips hit metal splines creating percussive tones.

Check the Sound for a hole in the ground blog for more info, images and sound clips.

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