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Prism House Samples Vol. 3 free found sound sample pack

Prism House Samples Vol 3

Prism House has introduced a third volume of free found sound samples.

Prism House Samples Vol. 3 is a new collection of 80 found sound samples gathered from field recordings made in the streets and art spaces of New York City and Brooklyn.

The pack includes natural percussion hits and unique loops recorded in Mid-Side using the Zoom H2N field recorder. This pack is great for adding environmental timbres and ‘air’ to a track, and can help create a unique edge for your productions.

Prism House is a Brooklyn-based audio/visual duo currently signed to Ceremony Recordings.

The sample pack is a free download below.

Prism House Samples Vol. 3Size: 51.53 MB

Get the other 2 volumes of free found sounds here.

More information: Prism House (Facebook)

Loopmasters presents Junkyard Percussion sample library

Loopmasters Junkyard Percussion

Loopmasters has announced the release of Junkyard Percussion, a sample collection made with inanimate objects that are usually located in man’s secret hideaway “The Tool Shed”.

Going on the principle that “give a Musician a spanner he might undo a bolt”, “Give a him a toolbox he will fill his sampler” Junkyard Percussion produced exclusively for Loopmasters Midi Error contains quite literally a toolbox of percussion sounds and fx created using found sounds and unwitting objects whose original intended purpose involved Oil, Sweat, Screwing, whacking and probably a bit of foul language. Luckily Loopmasters has removed the hard labour and brings you an amazing collection of Audio Multi Tools ready to add creative organic sounds to your productions.

Featuring a staggering collection of Dome Rings, Glass Hits, Shakes, Splashes, swipes, Bells, Axel Hits, Garage Door Noises, Tank Slaps, Oil Drums, Rattles, Spanner drops, Metal and Wood sounds, Plates and Squeaks all meticulously sampled in 24Bit quality.

Added to the pack Midi Error has also created 100 inspirational rhythmic beats using the single sounds in tempos ranging from 90 to 175 BPM.

The sample library costs £29.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Junkyard Percussion

Atom Hub releases Drumming Fire, Snow And Ice & Wine Glass sample packs

Atom Hub has announced the release of three new sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Atom Hub Drumming Fire
Drumming Fire sound library for NI Kontakt.

New Atom Hub libraries

  • Drumming Fire – Make weird rhythms from sampled fire, crackling, buring wood, or a fireplace itself – Wood chunks, iron broach, banister, barbecue shovel. 368 MB / 29 nki’s.
  • Snow And Ice – Snowy and icy sounds… footsteps, ice throws, slides, stabbings, as well as winter creek ambiences. 166 MB / 33 nki’s.
  • Wine Glass – Two wine glasses, 40 different sets, up to 7x round robin, pips, strokes, clashes, fingertips, knuckles, stick. 99 MB / 40 nki’s.

The sound libraries are available to purchase for 5 EUR each.

More information: Atom Hub

Prism House Samples Vol. 2 free found sound sample pack

Prism House Samples Vol. 2

Prism House has released a second volume of found sound samples.

“Prism House Samples Vol. 2″ is a new collection of 80 found sound samples gathered from field recordings made exclusively in New York City. The pack includes natural percussion hits and unique loops recorded in Mid-Side using the Zoom H2N field recorder.

This pack is great for adding environmental timbres and ‘air’ to a track, and can help create a unique edge for your productions.

The pack was created by Prism House, a Brooklyn-based electronic duo, and many of these sounds are used extensively in the future EP entitled “Reflections” coming soon on Ceremony Recordings.

The sample pack can be downloaded below, free of charge. Make sure to check the first volume as well.

Prism House Samples Vol. 2Size: 48.55 MB

More information: Prism House (Facebook)

Antonio Blanca releases Dron-e for Reaktor

Antonio Blanca has introduced Dron-e, a free drone ensemble for Native Instruments Reaktor.

Antonio Blanca Dron-e

Dron-e is a Reaktor Instrument specialised in creating ambient, generative, abstract and cinematic soundscapes and drones. Dron-e contains flexible parameters and controls for creating everything from delicate atmospheres to complex walls of sound.

Included is a custom created sound bank of acoustic and synthetic instrument and field recordings designed specially for Dron-e, but you can load your own and venture into unknown sonic territories.

In addition to the pre-established modulators and controls, it’s possible to use your own modulators built in Reaktor such as sequencers or break-point envelopes using the EXT option, as well as MIDI/OSC signals to further shape your sounds.

The Dron-e is available to download at no cost.

More information: Antonio Blanca / Dron-e

Samplephonics releases Sound Design Freebie

Samplephonics Sound Design Freebie

Samplephonics has announced the Sound Design Freebie, a free collection of sounds from the winners of a recent sound design competition at Samplephonics.

The top 2 places from the Samplephonics Sound Design Competition 2 have kindly agreed to donate a small selection of free loops and samples from the field recordings they used for there winning entries.

Thanks again to all those who participated in the fantastic competition…we can’t wait for the next one!

The 43 MB sample pack is available to download at no cost.

More information: Samplephonics / Sound Design Freebie

Review: Wave Alchemy SFX Collection 02

Wave Alchemy SFX Collection 02

For SFX Collection 02, the guys of Wave Alchemy collaborated with producer Matt Lange of IsoRhythm, to deliver a library of sound effects for electronic music, cinematic scores, and game audio productions.

SFX Collection 02 delves deeply into new sonic territory by combining creative digital effects processing, granular re-synthesis and intricate automation with analogue synths, legendary effects devices and unique field recordings.

The library features a total of 826 samples (over 2GB in size), categorized in no less than eleven distinct types of fx sounds:

  • Cinematic Slams (68)
  • Cymbal FX (59)
  • Downshifters (55)
  • Impacts (55)
  • Noise Tools (83)
  • Risers & Falls (55)
  • Soundscape & Ambience (26)
  • Synth Impacts & Stabs (23)
  • Twisted Transition FX (91)
  • Uplifters (64)
  • Xtra – Analogue Synth FX (247)

The cinematic slams typically come with a bit of buildup in front of the slam, and a rather long reverberated tail behind it. Impressive, big sounding hits with a rather tense, disturbing undertone. Just what you would expect and hope to get.

The cymbal effects include both short (1 sec) and long (up to 35 sec) sounds. Includes your typical swoosh-type stuff as well as heavily processed samples. There is actually surprisingly much variety in sounds here.

Now, I have to admit I am not so well-versed in sound fx vocabulary, so I am not completely sure what exactly is the difference between downshifters and falls, and uplifters and risers. They all have this sense of something going up or coming down, with movement in pitch, lfo type effects, etc. Great for bridging different parts of your music/composition. Again, lots of unique, quality material here.

When it comes to the impact samples I can identify with some of the sounds and mentally place them in a familiar scene, while others are quite much out of this world. These are no simple run of the mill impact thuds.

For the noise tools section, Wave Alchemy used some vintage synths, analog effect units and experimental fx chains and re-synthesis to create noise-based effects, resulting in lots of sweep type sounds. These could also have gone in some of the other categories but I guess the sound sources and processing is what got them grouped in a bunch.

If I wasn’t already hugely impressed by the sound design on all these samples, the soundscape & ambient section shows a fantastic selection of inspiring, complex, yet usable sounds. Both cinematic and musical ndash; slightly creepy at times ndash; just amazing stuff really!

While reading, why don’t you have a listen to Wave Alchemy’s demos below for a quick impression.

The synth impacts & stabs section brings more impacts, but with a distinct synthesizer flavor this time. As such, these are generally more tonal than the previously mentioned cinematic impacts. They basically sound like a synth hit processed to bits.

This library just keeps blowing me away. The twisted transition fx are just stunning. These are heavily processed and truly creative transition sounds including morphing granular effects, transformed foley recordings, undulated Doppler FX, spectral trickery and all manner of other sonic destruction!. Yes, this is the icing on the cake. Crazy wild effects like you’ve never heard before.

The last folder in this library reads “xtra – analogue synth fx”. One might think these are just a few bonus sounds, but get this: no less than 247 extremely raw sounding audio effects which have been created using our extensive collection of high-end analogue studio equipment are included here!
These “dry” sounds include lots of similar sounds to the ones in other folders, but unprocessed. Very useful.

All of the samples in this library have descriptive titles, and 16 sampler patches are included for easy auditioning of the sounds.

So what do I think?

Product: SFX Collection 02 by Wave Alchemy
Format: 24bit Wav + Kontakt, EXS24, Halion & SFZ patches
Price: £44.95 GBP, individual sections are £7.95 GBP each
Like: Superb quality, fantastic sound design
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9.5/10

I don’t need to write a lot here. Simply said, SFX Collection 02 is a stunning sound effects library. It is impressive in every way, from sound design to sound quality. It has a huge sound, a perfect blend of cinematic & electronic, incredibly versatile and not limited to any kind of genre at all really. These sound effects are good to go.

I reckon is the one that has set the bar to a new level for this type of sound fx sample libraries.

Check it out at Wave Alchemy, and make sure to download the free demo pack with 60 sounds.

More information: Wave Alchemy / SFX Collection 02

Detunized releases Blackbird free Live Pack

Detunized Blackbird

Detunized has announced the release of Blackbird, a free sample library for Ableton Live.

Starting with only a handful of short snippets of found sounds Blackbird hooks up with the idea of granular synthesis.

With its small footprint of only 1 MB and Live´s gorgeously expandable effect chains Blackbird offers endless possibilities for the creation of extensive sound sculptures.

The sound library is a free download at Detunized.

More information: Detunized / Blackbird