Soundiron has launched Fountain Wires, an experimental tuned percussion library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Fountain Wires captures the sound of thick braided steel strings under high tension strung between steel beams in a concrete and water feature surrounded environment.
This 853 MB library includes the original plucked articulations as they sounded up close and direct, as well as manipulated articulations that provide punchy lead instruments, distorted guitar-like tones, undulating soundscapes, complex organ and e-piano-like elements, thumping bass notes and a wide variety of other very musical and deeply useful creative content.
All of it is wrapped up in a customizable performance control system, with lots of soundshaping tools, arpeggiation sequencing and flexible DSP effects. This library is perfect for chillwave, new wave, EDM, glitch, post rock, soundtrack, downtempo, dub, ambient music, general sound design and any situation that calls for conceptually familiar and yet slightly off-kilter sonic source material.
The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $15 USD until November 22nd, 2013 (regular $20 USD).
More information: Soundiron / Fountain Wires
ADSR Sounds has launched Experimental Sounds, a collection of 50 patches for the Massive software synthesizer by Native Instruments.
From the highly expressive to the highly extraordinary, Experimental sounds for NI Massive delves deep into the sound design capabilities of this synth to provide you with a set of sounds of the sort sometimes overlooked in Massive.
Modulators key tracking, velocity and trigger random feature heavily in the sculpting of these sounds for added expression, and there’s a wide range of spaced out pads, highly melodic arps, sound fx and some downright weirdness for your next sci-fi movie soundtrack.
The soundset is available to purchase for $17 USD.
More information: ADSR Sounds / Experimental Sounds
Moogfest and Moog Music has announced a Circuit Bending Challenge, offering you a chance to win Moog’s Sub Phatty, Slim Phatty and Minitaur synthesizers and free passes to the Moogfest 2014 festival.
Moog Music was born when a young Bob Moog started tinkering with electronic circuitry. As a boy, Moog built small radios, amps, and Theremins in his basement workshop with his father and the rest is history. This experimentation with the inner workings of electronic devices to create new sounds and effects has been developed into an art form known as circuit bending.
Circuit bending is a creative medium that combines technology, sonic artistry and creativity. By altering the internal circuitry of electronic devices such as keyboards, drum machines, and children’s toys, circuit benders are able to produce new sounds not intended in the original design.
In celebration of this creative curiosity that fueled a young Bob Moog and all of those that follow in his footsteps, Moog is sponsoring its 4th Annual Circuit Bending Contest.
This year, Moog’s circuit bending contest is challenging entrants to take a battery powered device and circuit bend it into an instrument capable of creating new and unique sounds for a total budget of $70 or less.
Moog will select three finalists and invite them to showcase their creations at Moogfest in April of 2014 where Moog’s judges and the general public will decide a winner of the contest.
The deadline for submitting your entry is February 28th, 2014.
More information: Moogfest / Circuit Bending Challenge
Whitebox Synth Makers has released Arcturus, a free-jazz automaton device for Ableton Live 9.
This is a continuation of the experiment in generative music started below here in “XY”. This has a much smaller megabyte footprint as it’s software not sample-based and it takes off in a jazz rather than orchestral style.
Love it or hate it, you’ll need Suite to enjoy it as it uses TENSION, M4L, GLUE, ELECTRIC and AMP.
The Arcturus pack for Live is a free download.
More information: Whitebox Synth Makers / Arcturus
Alexander Zolotov has released version 2.0 of Virtual ANS, a full-featured professional tool which allows you to create unusual, deep, atmospheric sounds.
With this app you can draw a complete piece of music, or convert sound to image (sonogram) and then make some complex sonogram modifications.
Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS – photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention in honour of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin.
The instrument was used by Stanislav Kreichi, Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Edward Artemiev and other Soviet composers. You can hear the sound of the ANS in Andrei Tarkovsky’s movies Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker. In 2004, the British experimental group Coil released CoilANS, a boxed set of experimental drone music performed on the ANS.
Changes in Virtual ANS v2.0
- Rewritten from scratch with the following systems support: iOS, Android, OSX, Linux, Windows.
- Optimized for realtime playing.
- Version 2 can load *.vns files from version 1, but not vice versa.
Virtual ANS is available to download for Android, Windows, Linux and OSX. iOS support is coming soon.
More information: Virtual ANS