Falls A Star has released SplitDelay, a free experimental multi-index delay buffer effect plug-in for Windows.
A standard delay effect consists of a buffer and an index which moves linearly across it, looping back to the beginning like a magnetic head on a tape loop.
But instead of a single index, SplitDelay has multiple indices and rules for determining what to do with them. This makes it very messy and noisy, in hopefully interesting ways.
SplitDelay for Windows (32/64-bit VST) is available as freeware.
More information: Falls A Star
Paper Stone Instruments has launched Creative Junk, an experimental and tuned percussion collection for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Instrument was recorded in the revered Studio 2 live room of Paper Stone Studios, Nottingham, England, using purely audiophile quality signal paths. Our most ambitious, comprehensive and versatile offering to date, Creative Junk is a goldmine of unique hits, quirky sounds, and inspirational tones, all multi-sampled in our converted cinema auditorium live room.
“When I’m writing I’m always looking for inspirational sounds, I want sounds that haven’t been created by conventional instruments and seek out unusual or abstract objects to manipulate and sample. I wanted to create a collection of these objects that would be sampled with multiple mic positions, and give them an interface that would allow each sound to be tuned filtered and sculpted independently of one another.” -Sam Brown Paper Stone Studios
Creative Junk features
- 1.03 GB, 2,050 samples.
- 100 multi-sampled objects.
- Up to 7 velocity layers recorded in 3 mic positions: ‘Close’ (mono), ‘Overhead’ (stereo) and ‘Room’ (ambient stereo).
The library is available from Sampleism for the introductory price of £34.99 GBP through May, 2014 (RRP £49.99 GBP).
More information: Sampleism / Creative Junk
Diego Stocco has launched FFS 02 Convolution Processing, the second title in the Feedforward Sounds series of videos based on advanced and experimental sound design techniques created by Diego.
Convolution processors are used for a variety of applications these days, emulation of real acoustic spaces, sonic behavior of hardware devices and more. When used properly they can add an aura or realism to the initial sound source.
But the concept of “reality” in sound is exactly what a sound designer intends to transform, so rather than using a convolution processor as a static tool to approximate reality I decided to use it in a different way, to perform with sound design as it would be possible to perform with a instrument.
Convolution Processing is a technique that allows the real-time creation of musically related ambiences, accents and transition elements from an instrumental or vocal part. In this video you’ll see/hear how this technique can enrich a simple percussive part and a synth part into a full sounding track.
The 15 minute video is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.
More information: Diego Stocco / FFS 02 Convolution Processing
Composer, sound designer and performer Diego Stocco has introduced the Rhythmic Processing, the first title in the new “Feedforward Sounds” series of educational videos, based on advanced and experimental sound design techniques.
With these videos, I’m sharing with you guys the experience I gained out of years of work and countless hours spent in trying to figure out unique ways to create original sounds and music.
Rhythmic Processing is a technique that allows the creation of multiple rhythmic elements, in real-time, from a single instrumental part.
The dynamic accents of the instrumental part (in this case an acoustic guitar) are routed into several plugin chains, each one creating a separate rhythmic element.
Rhythmic Processing features
- 10 minute video (H264/720p, 87.2 MB), including:
- concept behind the technique
- recording of initial instrumental part
- setup of the Live session
- detailed function of each individual plugin chain
- final performance
- final notes.
The video is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.
More information: Diego Stocco / FFS 01: Rhythmic Processing
Fairly Confusing Waveforms has announced Psychodrumma, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Psychodrumma is a “machine for blinking lights and making noise”.
Psychodrumma is nonsensical drum machine for NI Kontakt 4, focused on creating random and randomly evolving rhythmic patterns. It is experimental sound device and although it could be used as a regular drum machine, it would be probably impractical.
It is build of nine modules, called pads, each can playback a sound from one of two banks of 100 samples each, each has separate sound control rack and its own simple sequencer. All sequencers are synchronized with host tempo, but can run at different relative speeds and their start points can be de-synchronized, so to say.
The fun feature of Psychodrumma is, that it can play by itself, all of pad’s settings can be randomized on user input, gradually or periodically. You can just tune settings, let it play and observe evolving waves of randomness.
The virtual instrument library for Kontakt includes 200 wav files (24bit/44kHz), and is available to download at no charge.
More information: Fairly Confusing Waveforms / Psychodrumma
Corin Neff has announced the release of Project Xebra, a soundset for the Zebra wireless modular synthesizer instrument by u-he.
Project Xebra is a collection of experimental soundscapes, bizarre percussion, and glitchy, gritty, cinematic sequences.
To boot, it’s got some bread-and-butter synth patches, some experimental basses, a few mallet sounds, and some nature based soundscapes that are quite complimentary to the rest of the collection.
Project Xebra features
- 102 patches for u-he Zebra.
- Includes 6 Animal soundscapes, 12 Basses, 12 Drums, 4 Mallets, 24 Sequences, 32 Soundscapes, 12 Synths.
- Requires Zebra 2.7.0 or higher.
The soundset is available to purchase for $20 USD.
More information: Corin Neff / Project Xebra
Need a Name has introduced Aria, a free synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Reaktor.
Hey guys, I released a new Reaktor ensemble named Aria, it’s an experimental synthesizer.
The synth is mostly enjoyable when playing it with a dynamic keyboard, ’cause filters are modulated by velocity.
Aria is a free download at Need a Name. Requires Reaktor full version.
More information: Need a Name / Aria