Patchpool has announced No Boundaries, a soundset for the DRON-E Reaktor ensemble by Antonio Blanca.
This set will contain a wide variety of soundscapes, drones, one-finger-pads, vocal sounds, textures made from percussion samples like gongs, bells and skindrum, processed field-recordings and some otherworldly, more experimental stuff.
Most of the samples will be produced exclusively for this set, some are borrowed from the vast pool of patchpool samples.
Create Digital Music has announced WretchUp, a handheld effect and instrument app for the iPhone.
Developed by Mouse on Mars, it’s easy to learn, but also sophisticated enough that it’s heavily used in their live shows and new albums – on vocals, on drums, with feedback, and more. Now with your help, we want to bring it to everyone as an open source project.
What WretchUp does: WretchUp is inspired by analog hardware effects, translated into something you can hold in your hand. You can use it on drums. You can use it to transform music tracks, or playing with feedback from a speaker. You can just have fun speaking or singing into it. But whatever you do, it’s designed around the handheld. In place of a complex interface, the focus is on a broad range of sound possibilities and quick exploration beneath your fingers. You can concentrate on listening and experimentation, as the app produces a range of sounds, fast.
Why we need your help: We want your help to expand adventurous sound-making on the iPhone and other devices, and get this tool from Mouse on Mars’ studio and stage setup into your hands. And we want to share all our work as an open source project, so other people can learn from how the tool produces sound and make their own creations.
The app already works, but it relies on a now-defunct player app called RjDj, and lacks some features that make it something anyone can use. We want to build a standalone app with a richer set of functionality, and make it easy-to-use for novice and advanced users alike.
The project campaign is looking to raise $5,000 USD by November 28th, 2012. Project contributors can opt to receive the app, exclusive Mouse on Mars tracks and albums, or become an “Exclusive Producer” of the WretchDub app.
M-RGT has announced the release of psyGEN, an experimental granular synthesizer plug-in for Windows.
The psyGEN granular multilayer synthesizer uses samples as the source for unique sound generation in the creation of experimental ambient soundscapes, drones, special effects, as well as more traditional synthesizer sounds.
Using granular synthesis as a basis it adds extensive Modulation and FX capabilities to take any type of .wav file source and turn it into a multi-layered composition of great complexity.
With the built-in 16 track sequencer, long evolving ambient/drone sounds can be created and cross-faded with other sounds to create dense tapestries of sound. Also, the sequencer allows for more rhythmic based compositions or patches as well. It is possible to create an entire composition with just one track incorporating many variations.
psyGEN can be used as a standalone synthesizer with a plug-in like SaviHost or similar program or can be installed as a VSTi with a Host DAW.
The psyGEN plug-in for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $33.50 USD.
Inear Display has announced the release of R_Mem, a granulator effect plug-in with additional ring-modulator, multimode filter and delay.
It lets you deconstruct the input signal and turn it into a totally different sound, from windy soundscapes to noisy clicks. What makes it special is the addition of a modulation matrix driven by 4 LFOs and of a morphing system that lets you store two states and crossfade between them. For even more radical sound mangling, both state slots can be filled with random values.
The full version also comes with 50 royalty-free samples (24 Bit / 44.1 kHz) : a selection of dark soundscapes and sound effects carefully crafted from a mix of field recordings and digital experiments.
Producer Loops has announced the release of its Ambient Glitch Vol 4 sample library, produced for ProducerLoops.com by sound designer/producer, Jeff Rhodes.
Jeff is fresh back from his work on the ‘Experimental Dubstep’ series, and crafting some more of the 2-ton clanking, limping, crushing, glitchtastic goodness that’s been missing from your sample folder lately. Tempos range from 73 BPM to 160 BPM, with the large majority of loops falling in the 90 to 130 BPM range.
‘Ambient Glitch Vol 4′ includes loops and samples that will work within the following genres: Ambient, Glitch, Industrial, Cinematic, Drum and Bass, Grime, Trip Hop, Dubstep, Gothic, Hip Hop, and Techno.
The sample pack is available to purchase for £14.95 GBP.
Skytopia has released SonicPhoto, an audio program to convert from pictures to sound.
Use your existing photo collection or draw your own in Photoshop (or any other paint editor) and with a click of a button, watch SonicPhoto create the sound before your eyes.
Inspired by the existing PhotoSounder program from Michel Rouzic, SonicPhoto loses the internal paint editor and sound importer, but gains automatic and convincing stereo, and a unique harmony filter to help create distinct and professional effects ranging from sparkling synths and rippling arpeggios, to roaring bass and metallic drones.
Create an infinite variety of sounds ranging based on the patterns found in any picture.
Instrument and harmony quantization so you can create tonal sounds.
Dozens of in-built presets, so you can immediately try sounds out and experiment.
Convincing stereo is automatically added to all sounds.
Very easy to use GUI with everything you need at a click of a button.
Well thought out system for loading and save custom projects.
Instantly adjust the quality to suit your needs (low for preview, high for final result).
Unlimited upgrades to future versions, and hassle-free installation, without messing about with keys/passwords .
SonicPhoto for Windows is available to purchase starting at $39 USD. A free demo version is also available.