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.
UVI has announced the release of IRCAM Prepared Piano, an experimental instrument library for UVI Workstation 2 and MachFive 3.
UVI joined forces with the world’s leading acoustic research center, IRCAM, to bring you this very special instrument. Recorded at the IRCAM labs in Paris on a Yamaha C7 Grand Piano, IRCAM Prepared Piano boasts 45 contemporary preparation techniques deeply multi-sampled with the finest equipment available by some of the world’s leading acoustic technicians.
Our powerful UVI technology gives you up to two simultaneous preparations per note and advanced parameter editing, providing nearly endless configuration possibilities. Utilize screws, erasers, coins, clothespins, sticks and more–excite the strings with a mallet, plectrum, bow or even an eBow.
Also included is the latest UVI technology, SparkVerb™, a highly advanced synthetic reverb that focuses on sound quality and musicality. Add lush atmosphere to any of your configurations instantly!
Quickly explore new sound environments with the built in randomization features and listen as this massive instrument delights your ears with previously unheard timbre and texture combinations.
If you’re a musician or sound designer who likes to explore the cutting edge of avant garde, IRCAM Prepared Piano offers an experience like no other.
IRCAM Prepared Piano | Official trailer UVI.
IRCAM Prepared Piano features
Deep multi-sampling of 45 preparations on the IRCAM Yamaha C7 Grand Piano.
Over 12,000 samples in total.
Multiple mic positions.
Pristine recordings made with the finest mics, preamps and converters available including DPA, Schoeps and Prism.
Advanced algorithms by the leading UVI scripter, Arnaud Sicard of AcousticSamples.
UVI SparkVerb™; add lush atmosphere to any configuration instantly.
The IRCAM Prepared Piano library for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $399 USD.
Plan8 and 14islands have launched Bandcontroller, an experimental audio game for the Chrome browser.
Control music and sound in Google Chrome, using your iPhone as a game controller.
This is a demo showing our little Chrome Experiment with Web Audio API, Googles fantastic Audio API for the Chrome browser. It lets you do stuff you couldn´t do before in a browser. It takes shape as a little game, where you control certain aspects of a song using your iphone as a control unit. Very handy for doing synth solos.
This is quite simply the most diverse and exciting sample pack we have released to date, packed full of leftfield and experimental loops and samples all with their own unique flavour and texture.
Paul Rez, the sound designer and composer behind this sample pack, utilized a number of experimental recording techniques and used some sought after analogue equipment, including a beautifully maintained Studer Tape Machine, UA LA610 recording channels, a Moogerfooger and Maestro Sustainer pedal, as well as Audiomulch and Reaktor for some cheeky digital manipulation.
Analogue Witchcraft features
250+ Loops and Samples split into folders:
Acoustic Guitar Day Care – a contrast of organic and mechanical sound sources, melodic patterns and rhythmic percussion loops.
Half Buried Drum Loops – distorted, twisted and warped leftfield drum loops and breaks.
Retriggered to Tape – quirky music loops with added tape personality.
Synthi Hurtful Bass Loops – gnarly twisted bass loops, recorded from a selection of analogue synth loops, bass guitars and upright basses.
Un Cooperative Sequences – twisted and circuit bent synth loops and samples.
Flawed foley Melodies – experimental rhythmical and melodic loops recorded from various natural sound sources.
Organic Mechanic – a contrast of organic and mechanical sound sources, melodic patterns and rhythmic percussion loops.
802 MB total content.
Formats: 24 Bit Wav, Apple Loops, Rex2, Kontakt, EXS24, NN-XT.
The sample library is available to purchase for £34.70 GBP.
Rhythm Robot has announced SpecTalk, a sampled version of a genuine 1980s computerised speech synthesiser.
It creates monotone robot voices, robot sound effects, 8-bit vocal phrases and glitchy stutter effects. It includes a complete phoneme set allowing the user to create any vocal word or phrase imaginable, plus four banks of pre-prepared words and phrases covering a variety of styles (from dance floor ad-libs to old science fiction quotes). The sound is entirely 8-bit and far more authentic than using a vocoder to emulate “robot voices”.
It also includes a built-in drum kit made by the speech synthesiser “saying” drum sounds (so the bass drum is “buh”, the snare is “tshh” and so on). This is cooler than it sounds here: check out the audio demo on the website for proof!
The source for SpecTalk was the Currah MicroSpeech hardware add-on for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum home computer. This was an 8-bit hardware speech synthesiser that converted any key press on the Spectrum to a spoken word, and also allowed for specific word and phrase creating via simple BASIC programming. All the component phoneme sounds, plus full words and phrases, have been sampled.
SpecTalk is ideal for sound design, glitch, experimental and dance music, where its phonetic components can be treated as musical or rhythmical elements in their own right (they respond particularly well to further processing); and of course for creating robotic-style ad-libs, shout-outs, voice-overs, vocal phrases and stutter effects with a uniquely old-school 1980s flavour.
SpecTalk 1980s-style 8-bit computerised speech synthesiser for NI Kontakt.
Complete phoneme set allowing the creation of infinite original vocal phrases.
Built-in library of pre-recorded phrases and words.
8-bit quality throughout (sampled at 24-bit!).
True 1980s-vintage robot voices.
Phoneme components ideal for sound design and further manipulation.
The SpecTalk sample library for Kontakt (full version 4.2.3 or later) is available to purchase for £4.95 GBP. Previous Rhythm Robot customers can get SpecTalk free of charge (check your email).
Wusik has released The Hyper Collection, a soundset for the Wusik Station rompler synthesizer instrument for Windows.
In this set we try to come with totally different ideas, using Granular Synthesis with regular in-house sounds, plus, field recorded sounds, to come up with new sound textures. Plus, creative preset creation to really push the limits of the Wusik Station Engine. Be sure to listen to all audio examples to hear what’s inside this set. The best part is that you can use presets as a base for your own sound experiments. Just load a preset and switch sounds with your own samples, or sample with the Wusik Station Sampler feature, here’s where the fun starts!
The Hyper Collection features
Over 280 presets in the following categories: Granular SFX (135), Looped SEQs (9), Regular SFX (28), SEQ SFX (38), Synth Sync (14), Tuned Waveforms (31), Ultra Saws (10), Vocoder SEQs (17).
Format: mostly WAV files with a few SFZ sets and Wusik Station V6 Presets. (Compatible with V7 too)
The soundset is available to purchase for $14.95 USD.
Rhythmic Robot has released the Loopscape Tape Loop Synthesizer, a sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Inspired by the experimental soundscapes produced by 70s pioneers like Brian Eno, Loopscape is a synthesiser that creates endlessly modulating, evolving complexities of sound from raw waveforms recorded onto looped sections of audio tape.
It is richly warm, thoroughly analogue, and every sonic inch of it has been printed to oxide and passed across the playback heads of vintage tape gear of the past. This is the sound of science meeting art: the depth of analogue synthesis run through real tape spools. And look – it’s covered in knobs and sliders, too!
Loopscape creates a sound so dense, rich and evolving that one single held note will quite simply not repeat its sonic fingerprint for thousands of years.
Three virtual Tape Loops running 24-bit recordings of real analog tape.
Each Loop can be loaded with Saw, Double Saw, Triangle, Square, Sine or Noise waveforms.
Each Loop can have its length chosen from 0.5, 0.66, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13 and 17 seconds.
Each Loop has a switchable High / Low pass resonant filter.
Each Loop has four LFOs: Filter, Amp 1, Amp 2 and Pitch.
LFO wave shapes can be chosen from Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square and Random.
Full AHDSR envelopes for each Loop.
Global tape-based Effects section with Saturation, Chorus, Flanger and Delay.
Loopscape for Kontakt is available to purchase for £34.95 GBP.
Roland Kuit has announced SoundLab II, a new e-book on modular sound design.
New tools to individualism. While making these patches I became aware of the fact that there are so many fields, like e.g. astronomy, mathematics, DNA research, IT development and neurotransmitters, with comparable functionality. It is in the way these fields are organized that we can recognize patterns.
What amazes me is the connectivity and parallels, in so many fields finding its way into modular sound design now, by cabling these findings into patch architectures. It was a challenge and especially fun to bring and connect this fields together. Certainly it will be a challenge for everybody’s creativity in finding new ways in modular sound design.
This e-book is not for lower level users. The modules are not going to be explained. The patch structures with accompanying text and order explain a way of thinking by themselves. You always can consult the G2 Editor help-file. Patches, or parts of patches can be copy/pasted to new patches and/or performances to get new structures.
SoundLab II features
Oscillators: New structures to create sound. Extended and constructed oscillators.
Filters: Extended and DIY filters.
Shapers and audio: New forms to shape your audio.
Logic: All kind of logic experiments. From 1D to 3D ON/OFF architectures and logic sound structures.
Patterns and sequencers: Extended and DIY stuff, all you missed till now.
Miscellaneous: A lot of thoughts about a lot. DIY Lfo’s, EG’s. granular, Sync, RM, FM and much, much more.
Audio processing: New structures to remodel and mangle audio. From soft to hard distortion. Extensive echo-reverbs, mangling- and Glitch architectures.
All DIY ways to construct your own audio context.
Over 700 patches.
G2Demo software included.
And probably a few free future updates.
The SoundLab II e-book is available to purchase for 125 EUR. SoundLab I users get a 20% discount, and bundle of SoundLab I and II is available at a 20% discount as well.