Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank introduces Complete Toy Museum, sampled musical toys

Ultimate Sound Bank Complete Toy Museum

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank has released Complete Toy Museum, a collection of sampled toys.

Complete Toy Museum features tons of marvelous “ready to play” presets from more than 300 musical toys. A massive 20 GB library containing more than 21 000 samples and loops carefully recorded in 24 bit / 96 khz with the best gear on earth.

For a limited period, Complete Toy Museum is shipped with a lovely hardback art book called “Toy Instrument”. In this art book you’ll discover throughout 192 pages the design and nostalgia inspired by these musical machines. Introduction by DJ Spooky, images and text by Eric Schneider, the man behind the Electric Toy collection!

Complete Toy Museum (including the full version of UVI Workstation and the book Toy Instruments) is now available to purchase for $499 USD. The library is also available as digital download at UVI SoundSource.

More information: Ultimate Sound Bank / Complete Toy Museum

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Mark Batty Publisher announces Toy Instruments: Design, Nostalgia, Music

Eric Schneider Toy Instruments: Design, Nostalgia, Music

Mark Batty Publisher has announced Toy Instruments: Design, Nostalgia, Music, a book written by the German author/toy instrument aficionado Eric Schneider.

Toy Instruments comprises an eye-popping collection of musical toys from around the world made between the 1950s and today. Culled from author Eric Schneider’s personal collection, Toy Instruments is the first book to explore this niche of the toy industry doing so with an informative and humorous approach. With an intro from the author and a foreword from world-renown experimental electronic and hip-hop musician Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, the book collects the toy instruments you may remember from your past, and the wacky ones you’ll find hard to believe ever existed.

From the late 70s to the early 80s, the heyday of these bleeping, chirping, thrumming and keening devices, while children were busy driving their parents crazy with battery-powered sounds, adults were incorporating the unique tones into the earliest samples of electronic music and techno. And, just as dazzling as the cacophony of sounds produced by these toys are the designs of the toys, as well as their packaging. Made all over the world, the predominately gender-neutral design applied to the products and packaging is at times more fascinating than the toys.

Toy Instruments: Design, Nostalgia, Music is available to purchase for $19.95 USD.

More information: Mark Batty Publisher

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Eric Schneider’s Miniorgan collection

Eric Schneider from Germany collects miniorgans. In April 2005, his collection included about 180 toys.

Silver Star ORP-1803 and Panasonic R-1088
2 items in Eric’s library: Silver Star ORP-1803 and Panasonic R-1088

Eric writes:

Hello to all friends and lovers of rare and vintage musical electronic toys. This is the first museum of lost organs, damned keyboards, childish synthesizers, dusty voice transformers and singing calculators. Most of them are from the 70ies and 80ies.

The library currently has 112 of his organs and you can listen to a few on the audio page.

Link via Pixelsumo

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