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Prysm Audio releases Monosc

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Prysm Audio has announced the release of Monosc, a free synthesizer instrument plug-in for Windows.

Prysm Audio Monosc

Monosc is a free, single-oscillator unison synth VST instrument plug-in for Windows.

Monosc can be used for electronic basslines, leads and plucked sounds.

Monosc features

  • One oscillator (Sine, Saw, Triangle, Square).
  • Unison, from 1 to 16 voices.
  • Unique filter with 4 filter types.
  • Polyphony (Monophonic Portamento).
  • Easy-to-use.

Monosc is available to download as a VST plug-in for Windows.

More information: Prysm Audio / Monosc

Mark Mosher launches “Project: INIT” Modulate This Video Series

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Mark Mosher of Modulate This has announced the Project: INIT video series.

Project: INIT is a new video series I’m kicking off today. In the videos I will offer real-time behind-the-patch footage taking you on sound design missions from INIT using a variety of sonic weapons. By simply coming along for the ride you’ll learn more about synthesis and how to make unique sounds for your productions.


First Project: INIT video – Vocal Formant Lead in Tone2′s ElectraX

The Project: INIT videos are free of charge, donations are most welcome.

More information: Modulate This!

Ableton and SoundCloud team up for free Ableton Live Lite 8 + 5 months free SoundCloud Pro

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Ableton and SoundCloud have announced a joint promotion where Ableton users get 5 months of free SoundCloud Pro, while the SoundCloud community gets a free copy of Ableton Live Lite 8.

SoundCloud / Ableton

Ableton has long been the number one choice for musicians, whether for songwriting, making beats, remixing or live performances. At SoundCloud, we know that many of you depend upon it, indeed many of our team members use it on a regular basis privately (and it’s even been used in a masterclass or two!). It’s therefore with great pleasure to announce that SoundCloud and Ableton, two great Berlin audio companies, have teamed up to give our communities something unprecedented and very, very awesome.

The news? Ableton now comes with SoundCloud sharing baked in – yes, upload straight to SoundCloud. To celebrate, SoundCloud is offering Ableton users 5 months of SoundCloud Pro, for free. You can find the details here. So what does the SoundCloud community get? Ableton has been generous enough to offer the entire SoundCloud community a free copy of Live Lite 8 so that everyone can get started making their own sounds.

If you’re registered for our newsletter, you’ll get an email in the next 2 weeks with your own personal download code for Ableton Live Lite 8. If you haven’t yet registered for our newsletter, you can do so on your email settings page.

The promotion is valid until May 31st, 2012.

More information: SoundCloud / Ableton

IMSTA FESTA 2011 – The Future of Music Technology

IMSTA FESTA comes back to New York for the second year running after a very successful inaugural event in 2010. This year’s focus will be on The Future of Music Technology showcasing what’s hot and what’s next for music makers around the world.

IMSTA FESTA brings a collection of the top audio technology companies together in an environment where they can interact with music makers face-to-face. Anyone who makes music will benefit from this event in a number of ways.

IMSTA FESTA is a FREE event. Doors open at 11:00AM and we go until 7:00PM. Open to anyone interested in the art of music making; professionals, semi-Pros, hobbyists and students. All visitors must register on-line www.imsta.org. Early registration is recommended.

Lots of new highlights to come for 2011!

IMSTA FESTA 2011

2010 EVENT highlights

  • All the top music technology companies gathered in a hands-on environment. MORE THIS YEAR!
  • Attendees packed in for the Shocklee Innertainment Panel Series hosted by Shocklee Entertainment. These panels included industry heavy weights that coached visitors on how to get the most out of their music. BACK FOR 2011!
  • Visitors were encouraged to enter Akon’s Hitlab Song Competition for a chance to perform in front of Akon and win a record label contract. The first, second and third place winners also received software prize packages from world-class music software companies.
  • Just for attending, visitors received $100 of FREE software courtesy of IK Multimedia.
  • Finally, Mr. Clyde Stubblefield, the ‘funky drummer’ from James Brown’s band of the 60′s and 70′s made his first New York appearance in ages and blow the audience away!

IMSTA FESTA takes place 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Saturday September 24, 2011, at the SAE Institute in New York.

More information: IMSTA

Point Blank announces free music production workshop with Wretch 32

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Point Blank has announced Music Potential, a free music production workshop featuring Wretch 32.

Music Potential

Point Blank, in association with Barclaycard Unwind and Choice FM’s Music Potential initiative, are giving young people a fantastic opportunity to win a recording session with Grime artist Wretch 32.

The contest winner will spend a day at the award winning Point Blank Music College in Hoxton, London working on their track with the latest star of the UK’s underground urban scene.

Wretch32, now signed to Ministry of Sound, started out as a member of the grime collective “Combination Chain Gang”, before forming The Movement with Scorcher, Ghetto, Devlin and Mercston. His huge debut single Traktor hit number 5 in the UK singles chart in January 2011 before Unorthodox featuring vocals from Example debuted at number 2. He plans to release his second album Black and White this August.

For a chance of winning, entrants must attend the Music Potential event taking place on July 21st at Wembley Arena and submit their demo CD. The event will feature a 1 hour ‘Inside Scoop’ seminar which will allow you to question some key industry figures including Wretch 32, plus Point Blank’s team of expert tutors will be hosting workshops in DJing, Producing, Singing, MCing and Film making.

The event is for 16-25 yr olds and absolutely FREE! You can register for either the Try It Session or the Inside Scoop Seminar via the Music Potential website

More information: Point Blank Online

TC-Helicon updates VoiceSupport application with Online Preset Library

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TC-Helicon VoiceSupport

TC-Helicon has announced the immediate availability of an update to its USB enabled connectivity app called VoiceSupport.

Version 1.2 of VoiceSupport adds an Online Preset Library that makes freely available a series of professionally produced presets for TC-Helicon products. It also includes numerous enhancements and tweaks to further streamline the free Mac/Windows application.

The Online Preset Library allows drag-and-drop ease of use and brings professionally authored preset libraries to TC-Helicon products such as VoiceLive 2, VoiceLive Touch, VoiceTone Create XT, and more. Dozens of new presets are available now and more will be added on a regular basis.

VoiceSupport’s Home page has been reformatted to include latest news, advice and direct access to the latest manual versions. VoiceSupport continues to offer video, articles and tips on using TCHelicon products in addition to singing in general, provided by www.voicecouncil.com

“VoiceSupport is a simple tool that lets singers get more from their TC-Helicon products and learn more about honing their craft,” says TC-Helicon product manager Tom Lang. “This update gives simple access to what helps singers become more creative – great presets.”

The free update is available now from the TC-Helicon website.

More information: TC-Helicon / VoiceSupport

Short links for March 18th, 2010

Philips SAA-1099

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Phillips SAA-1099 Sample Pack (Copyright-free and License-free)

A new pack of samples by Sebastian Tomczak:

I have made a copyright-free and license-free sample pack of the Phillips SAA-1099 sound generator chip. It is a very straightforward sample pack, consisting of 96 pitched samples and 16 noise samples, across a range of frequencies. These samples have been recorded from hardware. The audio output stage of the sound chip has not been filtered.

Sebastian has also announced a music contest:

It's time to get your chipmusic on! This is your chance to win a SEGA Master System MIDI Interface. Be the coolest musician in your town with this brand new tool that lets you control the sound chip in your SEGA Master System with MIDI data.

More information: SEGA Music Competition: Win A SEGA Master System MIDI Interface!

# [ INCREDIBOX ] presents [ THE INCREDIBLE POLO ] – Lovely online application that offers you to discover the musical universe of "The Incredible Polo", handling a range of "human beat-box" sounds created by the artist.

# Jim Reekes, The Man Behind Mac Sound

From Create Digital Music:

The legend of the early sounds of the Mac remains, apparently, an alluring one. Here, Jim Reekes talks to a Dutch documentary crew (though in English) about his thought process in designing sounds for the Mac, including the famous Mac startup sound.

# Top 10 Free Pro Tools RTAS Plugins

Jon at Audio Geek Zine lists his top 10 free RTAS plug-ins for Pro Tools.

I see this topic come up a lot, “what are the best free rtas plugins?” I’ve answered the question so many times but I’ve never addressed it on the site.<br />
Below is my list of 10 (in no particular order) free 3rd party RTAS plugins I think everyone should have on their system. There are many more out there but these are the ones I use on a regular basis, they are useful and are stable.

Livid Block

# New Block Construction

Livid Instruments improves its Block:

Improving on a design and sharing the results with our users is always at the top of our list at Livid. The Block controller has been a great success and we have just made some minor design changes to make it even better. Originally milled from a solid block of wood, the square body with thin bottom has had its challenges, mostly warping and cupping. We have experienced a bit higher reject rate for bodies at the shop before they were built then we would like. Thus, the up and coming stash of rejected bodies in the Livid Graveyard that were never meant to be!

# Waveformless: 5 Ways of Emulating Vintage Samplers

Mirage DSK

Tom Shear on how to emulate vintage samplers:

When sampling technology finally became accessible to mere mortals and not just uber-rich Fairlight and Synclavier enthusiasts, the race was on to increase fidelity and leave behind the limitations of those first 8-bit samplers. Bit depth and sampling rates increased and memory capacity expanded until the average sampled sound was indistinguishable from the same sound recorded on a CD.

But sure enough, after many years of enjoying the pristine sound quality of the new sampling technology, musicians began to explore and exploit the limitations of the old school samplers. Suddenly the grain of low bit-rate samples and the metallic grit of aliasing is very much in style. So how can you emulate the sonic artifacts of some of the long forgotten vintage samplers? I'm glad you asked…

# Intello – Better Demo of first version (YouTube)

This is the plugin I am currently working on. It's called "Intello". Basically it's a glitch producing plugin and in this first short demo I'm showing you one of the 5 planned glitching modes. The plugin will be controllable by an iPhone application from a listening audience. So the listeners can interact with a performer.

More information: www.zettt.de

# Dan303: Audiotool BETA [Sneak peak]

Dan writes:

I receved an email last night from the good people at audiotool. For those of you that dont know audiotool is a browser based music production platform that features emulations of the classic drum machines and bassline synth origanally made by roland. Along with the drum machines and bass line synthesiser, the audiotool also features emulations of guitar effects. The email I receved contained a link to test the BETA version of audiotool 1.0 [codename: Firestarter]. The BETA version of the audio tool has lots of intresting new freatures, such as a timeline, piano roll, automation and a new synthesiser.

Short links for October 6th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Arduino Contest

# Arduino Contest

Show what you can do with Arduino!

Arduinos are awesome – with one simple controller, you can make almost anything! What new things can you make with Arduino? We've teamed up with the creative folks at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories and the Arduino Team on an Arduino contest to find out.

The rules are simple: to enter you must make a new Instructable that involves the Arduino IDE. You can use any hardware that you like, or none at all. Be sure to provide the code you used so that others can follow in your footsteps. Make something amazing and win a sweet Meggy Jr RGB from Evil Mad Science or an Arduino Mega from the Arduino Team to power your next project!

So what are you waiting for? Document a project you've been meaning to write up, or make something new! We can't wait to see what it is.

The contest deadline is 15 November, 2009.

# Commodore 64 As Bitcrusher Audio Effect – Sebastian Tomczak of little-scale uses a C64 as a bit crusher effect (with visuals)

# Beaterator Music Challenge

Rockstar Games has launched the Beaterator and MySpace Music Challenge, a contest for the recently released music application Beaterator for PSP system. The aim of the Challenge is to highlight emerging artists using the Beaterator platform as a tool for music production. The Challenge winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000!

Beaterator

Artists that are chosen as semi-finalists will have the opportunity to have two songs featured on the Challenge promotion page, where MySpace Music and Rockstar Games fans will be able to check out the competition and vote on their favorite songs. The first song will be your “featured song” — the one that you feel best represents your sound.
The second song will be one that you create using Beaterator, which can be an original track, remix, or other song that showcases your use of the Beaterator software.
The winning artist or band will receive $5,000, have their winning track featured on the PlayStation®Network – which is visited by millions of PlayStation owners every day, and they will also have the opportunity to be featured on the MySpace homepage.

Beaterator is a music-making application for PSP system that acts as a portable 8-track music studio. In addition to the 3,000 included loops, it features a drum machine, full keyboard, synthesizer and sequencer; as well as the ability to import any sound via either a Memory Stick Duo™ or the PSP system’s built-in microphone. This is a true portable music studio.

# Modulate This Electronic Music Blog Turns 4

Modulate This!

Mark Mosher writes:

Modulate This has turned 4 years old! In year 3 the blog experienced non-linear growth in page views and subscribers.

Congrats, Mark! Love the blog.

If you’ve never checked Modulate This! before make sure you do. This blog on electronic music production and sound design is a wonderful source of articles, videos, downloads etc.

cl516 Omega 8

# cl516: Omega 8 as a Drum Machine.

cl516 turns a Studio Electronics Omega 8 into a drum machine.

Rather than play the usual handful of musical hooks, I thought wouldn't it be useful if it was drum loop time.

Well, long gone are my TR-909, TR-808, Machinedrum, Xbase09, MFB-502, and I haven't picked up those D16 plugins yet. So I decided, why not use the Omega 8?

# SampleRadar: 328 free drum ‘n’ bass samples

For our sixth instalment, our musical microscope has fallen on drum 'n' bass. This may be a genre that had its big moment in the mainstream more than a decade ago, but it continues to thrive and its influence is felt on the likes of grime, dubstep and ghettotech.

# Video Ram Synth 1

Gijs Gieskes uses the video ram of a Sega as an audio source.

Gijs Gieskes Video Ram Synth 1

The video ram of the sega gets slowed down by a binary counter, so it can be used as a audio source.

There are 3 oscillators that control a multiplexer, the multiplexer connects 1 out of 8 patch cables to the binary counters input, so there are some nice changing patterns in the sound.
Another multiplexer is connected to the same oscillators and makes some extra connections to glitch some more video.

There is a magnetic patch bay for the video ram, and the sega controller on the front can also be connected with magnets or metal wands.
The original idea was that the device can be used for drums, buts more a synth.. In another version i will probably build a small sequencer into it..

I will probably mainly use it for exhibitions, it is allot of fun to play with, because you control the sound and the video at the same time.

# Fresh Squeezed – Orange Tree Samples Blog

Orange Tree Samples' official blog will include articles, tutorials, videos, product demonstrations, artist interviews, and much more.

Subjects include everything from tips and tricks for using Orange Tree Samples libraries to instructions on how to create your own sample libraries! "Fresh Squeezed" will also discuss the sample library industry's latest technologies as well as explore sampling in pursuit of greater realism. Hopefully this will prove to be a useful resource for Orange Tree Samples customers as well as sample library users and computer musicians in general.