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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Point Blank has announced Music Potential, a free music production workshop featuring Wretch 32.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Gijs Gieskes uses the video ram of a Sega as an audio source.
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.
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.