Short links for June 16th, 2010

Vuvuzela by Dundas Football Club @ Flickr

Some interesting things I found recently:

The sound of the vuvuzela seems to irritate quite a number of people, so here’s a round-up of some solutions on how to watch the World Cup games without this loud horn.

# Filter The Vuvuzela Horn Out of the World Cup; Learn JACK Routing on Linux

Are you a World Cup fan annoyed by the constant sound of the South African vuvuzela horn? Wish you could remove that sound from your World Cup viewing experience? Do you want to learn a little bit about powerful modular effects routing can be on Linux? Either? Both? Call it “football”? “Soccer”? Any way round, we’ve got you covered.

# Waves Vuvuzela Noise Reduction Solution

Waves has a processing chain available to download.

In response to the widely publicized complaints from TV viewers and broadcasters of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Waves is proud to unveil a solution which dramatically reduces the problematic sound of the omnipresent Vuvuzela trumpet favored by South African soccer fans.

Working in conjunction with a major television broadcaster, we've precision-crafted a preset processing chain which drastically decreases Vuvuzela noise: The WNS Waves Noise Suppressor and the Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer. Together, they not only minimize Vuvuzela noise, they increase the intelligibility of the game announcers' play-by-play action and color commentary.

Waves Vuvuzela processing chain

The processing chain for Vuvuzela noise reduction is now available as load-and-use sessions for Pro Tools, Waves MultiRack, and Cubase.

# Prosoniq VuvuX

And Prosoniq has a free filtering plug-in for Mac users.

Prosoniq is proud to announce the world's first realtime Vuvuzela filtering plug in based on sonicWORX' audio de-mixing technology.

# Z3TA+

Cakewalk's award-winning Waveshaping Synthesizer is now just $19.99 USD as a download.

Usine Ableton OSC touch Controller

# Sensomusic Usine

Sensomusic has released tons of freebies for its Usine users.

Good news for all Usine free Users: Get more than 200 Add-ons and ready-made patches for free. Just register on the forum (it's totally free).

Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music also report on this one in Hundreds of Free Musical Tools Now Free to Add to Usine.

Usine is an overlooked gem in music making, a PC-based modular environment and live performance tool that runs as a host or VST plug-in. Pick the modules you need from a set of powerful building blocks, and build a custom musical rig, complete with multi-touch control on new Windows devices. It sounds like something you might request from a magical genie, but the thing is real, priced at EUR120 (or just EUR60 for educational users).

As with any modular environment, having ample access to powerful modules and some patches to get you started is everything. But that makes this week’s news worth noting: co-developer Olivier Sens has made some 200+ add-ons and patches free. All you have to do to grab them is register on the forum. The demo version of Usine is surprisingly capable, too, so if you’ve been waiting to test-drive and you have a Windows machine (or a dual-boot Mac), now could be a good time.

# Black Allegheny, Swarm Generated Music

Evan Merz writes:

Black Allegheny is one of the first albums made up entirely of swarm generated music. The album was created using a swarm-controlled sampler called Becoming, which was programmed by the composer.

Obey™ 3 Compact DMX Controller

# Review of the Chauvet Slimpar56 LED Light and Obey3 Light Controller

Mark @ Modulate This! on the Chauvet Slimpar56 & Obey3:

In a recent post I documented my new live rig with a drawing and a time-lapse video sans lights and light controller. I’m happy to report I just received and have been testing the brand new LED SlimPAR™ 56 and Obey™ 3 compact DMX controller so I thought I’d share some notes.

comment announces Computer Music Anthology 2008

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Computer Music Anthology 2008

Evan Merz of has announced the Computer Music Anthology 2008, a collection of works by young, student and/or outsider composers.

It is a volume of work that will be distributed for free from with the goal of promoting electronic and computer music by unestablished composers. There will also be a focus on work that the composer cannot or will not distribute using traditional media (interactive, generative … etc). Accepted submissions will earn a write-up from and other participating blogs, as well as inclusion in the 2008 anthology.

The deadline for submission is December 1st, 2008.

Check for more information and submission guidelines.


Wii Play The Drums gets updates and a home at CodePlex

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Wii Play The Drums

Evan Merz wrote in to let us know about some updates on Wii Play The Drums, a .NET application written in visual basic that gives the user the experience of playing drums using the Nintendo Wii Wiimotes.

Wii Play The Drums allows users to map any .wav sound to any of the provided Wiimote gesture/button combinations provided, create their own presets, record their sessions and play them back.

Evan writes:

After a long incubation, the instrument that launched this blog is finally taking the next step.

The project has been moved to CodePlex, to allow more collaborative development, and to get more developers involved with the code. If you want to download the latest version of Wii Play the Drums, or check out the source code, then you will have to head over to the Wii Play the Drums site on CodePlex.

Evan has found a partner in Andre Knight, who will also moderate the development process on the CodePlex site.

Latest additions from Andre

  • Added support for use of two Wiimotes, thanks to Brian Peek for updating the WiimoteLib to support multiple Wiimotes.
  • Re-designed and more intuitive GUI.
  • Added better support to find wiimotes connected via bluetooth.
  • Added more sounds to sound library.
  • Added functionality to be able to record your “Wii Play The Drums” drum session and play it back.(Vista users will need to enable their recording devices for this to work. By default, Vista has recording devices disabled and hidden.).
  • Added more Wiimote gesture + buttons combinations.
  • Added a basic metronome.

Evan wants to encourage you to get involved:

If you have wanted to contribute code to this project, or just tell us how you think it should work, hit the Wii Play the Drums site on CodePlex, and leave us a message in the forums.

Check and CodePlex for more information.


WLCI – an indie radio station for GTA IV

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Evan Merz wrote in to let me know about his latest videogame/music project, a compilation of unsigned indie rock designed for play in GTA IV.


Over the last month Evan scoured the internet for indie rock by unsigned acts, that is perfect for Grand Theft Auto (GTA) games. He found an incredible wealth of talent, contacted about 50 bands good enough to be included, and eventually assembled a terrific indie rock radio station.

Evan writes:

First, lining up all the bands for the station was a painstaking process. I listened to hundreds of crappy bands and sent emails to about 50 bands who were good enough to be included. Of these, about half responded, and about half of those were eager to be included in this type of project. The funny thing is that I expected ‘worse’ bands to be more interested in being included, but it turned out to be just the opposite. Only the really good bands had their act together enough to recognize the opportunity for free publicity. So the resulting list is incredible. Every single one of these bands is worth listening to, and I honestly love every track here.

The WLCI station inlcudes songs by Triggers, The Rooftops, We Are The Fury, The Bombers, Annabel, Teeth of Mammals, The Libertines, Kingsfoil, The Turnbull ACs, Stem, The Vinyltones, Aaralyn, and Beware Fashionable Women.

WLCI even features a script with things like traffic updates using in-game locations and streets, just like the the regular radio stations.

The whole production runs for 60 minutes, and every track is hand-picked to be perfect for high-speed chases.

Visit for more information and a link to download the mp3.