sun.io has released Grasshopper, a free sample pack for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring the sounds of grasshoppers.
In August 2011 I went on a field recording trip to a local park called Sonsbeek in my hometown Arnhem. I’ve recorded a range of grasshoppers from a distance and very, very, very close by. Sounds easy, but it was really difficult to record them properly. It took me around 5 hours to obtain reasonable data for processing. All audio was recorded using the binaural technique.
Recording location: the Sondsbeek park in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Custom made binaural microphone.
Source: 44.1kHz re-sampled to 96kHz.
Grasshopper Single – Single chirps of a grasshopper with 20 round (random) robin layers in mono.
Grasshopper Double – Double chirps of a grasshopper with 20 round (random) robin layers in mono.
Grasshopper Ambient Binaural – Sampled grasshoppers, streams, waterfall and other ambient sounds on location. Recorded in Binaural.
Armed with his portable recorder Glimpse has been sucking up sound waves from around the world from his extensive tours and globetrotting trips. Packed with sonic delights from Mexico Airport, Sydney Zoo, Tokyo Market, Coffee machines, Ambient noise, Helicopters, Trains, Planes, Children, Cafes, Weather and more.
This truly unique sample package includes pre sidechained versions that are ready to drop straight into your tracks, along with pure unedited recordings for you to play with. Found Sounds and Filed Recordings is the perfect way to add natural organic sounds into your productions be it Minimal, Tech, Deep Techno or library sound tracks.
Found Sounds and Field Recordings features
133 field recording samples (24bit), 551 MB content.
Includes 20 glitch and crackle, 20 human, 16 metal, 9 piano, 31 places, 7 room noise, 21 travel, and 9 weather samples.
8 sampler patches for NN-XT, HALion, SFZ, Kontakt and EXS24.
The sample pack is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP.
Brian Wenner of Prism House wrote in to share his collection of recorded sounds: Prism House Samples Vol. 1.
Prism House Samples Vol. 1 is a collection of 80 found sound samples gathered from field recordings made in New York City, San Francisco, and Vermont.
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.
Download the samples pack below. A Drum Rack Preset is included for Ableton Live users.
These samples are used extensively in the Brooklyn-based electronic project Prism House, and can be heard in the upcoming EP release “Reflections” coming this fall. Thanks and follow the links below for updates and new sample packs as they emerge.
Patchpool has announced it is now taking pre-orders for Granular Worlds, a soundset for the Padshop Pro software synthesizer by Steinberg.
Granular Worlds for Steinberg’s Padshop Pro will contain about 100 presets making use of about 2 Gigabyte of exceptional samples mostly produced exclusively for this soundset. Additionally I will also use selected samples from the large pool of samples produced for various of my soundsets over the last years. All samples are produced in 48 Khz / 24 Bit.
The sounds in this set will cover a wide range of expressively playable sounds ranging from huge cinematic soundscapes and warm pads to more bizarre experimental sounds and ethereal textures. Also I will use a lot of samples generated by acoustic instrument like woodwinds, brass, string instruments and Okarina. Field recordings, various objects, glass sounds and vocal samples will also find their way into these granular worlds.
All patches will have the Modwheel assigned and I’ll make use of Aftertouch whenever a sound needs some extra expressiveness.
Granular Worlds is scheduled for release for Windows and Mac (.vstpreset/.aupreset) in mid August 2012, priced 30 EUR. The soundset is now available to pre-order at 25 EUR, 20% off regular.
Samplephonics has released Ambient Soundspheres, a sample pack featuring an eclectic collection of over 100 loops and samples created from field recordings and electronically manipulated organic sound sources.
Gimu is a sound designer and electronic musician from Brazil, here’s what he had to say about creating this truly unique sample library:
‘Some of the loops and samples were made using guitars and basses, but more by generating unusual noises from the instruments as opposed to playing them in the traditional manner. Other times I record noises from my neighbourhood or from my radio or television.
Sometimes I use synthesizers as a sound source, including some really old ones that make really weird noises! I then sample them and process with a variety of tools including distortion, reverbs, delays, tremelos and granular effects.
For me it’s not really about getting melodies out of the source but getting unique sounds that I can treat and create unique timbres and textures with. Melodies seem to find their own way of evolving from the sound and the sound begins to take on a life of it’s own.’
Ambient Soundspheres features
104 Ambient Sound Beds, 15-35 seconds long.
104 Sampler Instruments, tuned to root key.
972 MB total content, 24 Bit Wav, Kontakt, EXS24, NN-XT formats.
Ambient Soundspheres is available to purchase for £34.70 GBP.
Ableton has posted two free downloads from British producer Dauwd and electronic musician and sound designer Hecq.
“For me, it’s not so much where it comes from but how you harness what you have,” says Dauwd Al Hilali. As Dauwd, the British producer makes music out of such seemingly disparate sources as old jazz records and field recordings from nature, among others. “Even something as flat sounding as vinyl crackle can have rhythm,” he explains.
Dauwd demonstrates his workflow in this Live Pack, downloadable from his label’s website, and recorded during a recent visit to the Ableton office in Berlin.
“I don’t have a plan B” says Ben Lukas Boysen – nor does he seem to need one. With a series of well-regarded albums as Hecq on Hymen Records, plus a busy schedule producing music for a number of high-profile advertising, film and gaming clients, Hecq has firmly established himself as a forward-thinking electronic musician and sophisticated sound designer.
Hecq’s brand new Live Pack is a distillation of his sound aesthetic – a modern update on classic IDM and glitch, infused with a healthy dose of dubstep elements. Featuring his trademark processed percussion sounds and rhythmic noise loops, punchy kicks and evocative filtered chords, Hecq’s Live Pack is a case study in precision, with each part occupying its own distinct sonic space but mixing beautifully with every other part.
Ableton has also posted a video in which Robot Koch of Jahcoozi shows how he creates his grooves with Live.
SampleScience has announced the release of Dusty Eclectic Goldmine Vol. 1, its first commercial sample library.
Dusty Eclectic Goldmine is a collection of sounds consisting mainly of breakbeat loops. The focus is on dirty, lofi sounds that would fit well into a mix of Boards of Canada & Aphex Twin tracks. The collection also include a dialogue folder full of sound clips from vintage advertising & educational movies. Those public domain cuts have been selected to be usefull for anyone seeking worthwhile sound bites to put in their mix. They have been sampled with Ninja Tune records & early 1990 IDM in mind. The rest of the collection consist of inspiring music loops as well as FXs, one shots, field recordings & vinyl crackles.
I hope you’ll enjoy this collection. While designing the sounds, I had in mind to put up a sound library similar to the good old e-Lab X-Static Goldmine libraries. Don’t hesitate to chop, remix & re-arrange the loops & sounds to your taste! It is by no mean a string the dots/construction kit type of library. It is meant to be sampled & chop in a creative way.
The wav files works well in Sony MediaSoftwares Acid music production software as well as any other softwares that loads 24 bits wav files. The library is also available in REX2 format.
Dusty Eclectic Goldmine Vol. 1 is available to purchase for $5 USD.
Wave Alchemy has announced the release of SFX Collection 02, an epic collection of next-generation sound effects, cinematic trailer tools and cutting-edge transitional FX elements…
Delivering 2.1GB of stunningly produced special effects samples, SFX Collection 02 pushes the boundaries of modern sound design, combining creative digital effects processing, granular re-synthesis and intricate automation with sought after analogue synths, legendary effects devices and unique live field recordings.
Expect to find a versatile selection of twisted impacts and slams, huge risers and intense builds, sublime falls and breakdown FX as well as complex transitional elements and much more.
SFX Collection 02 is an essential tool for cutting-edge dance music production, cinematic sound design and game audio.
Cymbal FX- 58 uniquely processed crash effects, other worldly-gongs and mutated cymbals.
Uplifters – 64 risers, lifters and hair-raising ascents. Including complex granular risers, brutal uplifters, multi-layered tonal sweeps and epic one minute long tension builders.
Downshifters – 55 down-sweeps, falls and descenders. Including bottomless descents, uniquely processed tonal falls and hugely complex down-shifts.
Noise Tools – 83 processed white noise effects including intense build-ups, washed out sweeps, spinning dopplers and heavily mutated noise effects. Noise Tools have been created with unique sounding instruments such as the Oberheim OB8, Roland Jupiter 8 and Korg MS-20. These source sounds have been creatively treated through a wealth of analogue filters, experimental effects chains and various re-synthesis methods.
Risers & Falls – 55 pressure building sweeps and drop down FX, perfect for creating tension within your mix.
Soundscapes & Ambience – 26 textural ambiences including evolving sound beds, alien landscapes and glitchy backdrops.
Synth Impacts & Stabs – 23 synthesized impacts, paranormal collisions and deep metallic slams.
Twisted Transition FX – 91 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!.
Analogue Synth FX – 247 extremely raw sounding audio effects which have been created using our extensive collection of high-end analogue studio equipment. Divided into sub categories such as ‘bass drops’ ‘jupiter 8 fx’ ‘miscellaneous’ and ‘noise’ this folder hosts a vast selection of powerful ‘dry’ analogue FX material – great for layering, further effecting and creating your own unique sound effects from! Expect huge dubstep style bass drops, subs and power downs, monstrous Jupiter 8 FX workouts, experimental bleeps and drones and a huge selection of powerful filtered noise sweeps and atmospheres.
Includes 16 ‘ready-to-play’ sampler patches for Kontakt, Reason NNXT, Halion, EXS24 and SFZ (Also available in Ableton Live Pack format).
SFX Collection 02 is available to purchase for £44.95 GBP (around $70 USD) from Wave Alchemy and distributor Loopmasters. A free taster pack which includes 60 samples (160MB) taken directly from SFX Collection 02 is available to download from the Wave Alchemy website (registration required, registration is free).