99Sounds has launched The Warehouse, a free collection of 116 sound effects and organic percussion sounds created by Richard Gould.
The Warehouse is a sample instrument containing a range of SFX elements recorded in a military storage facility in the United Kingdom. It includes wooden, metallic and glass elements. Many of the sounds were captured within the natural ambience of the facility. The sounds can easily be used as percussion elements as well as straight sound effects.
Creaking doors, rattling chains, spooky metallic echoes and glass scraping sounds are the sort of stuff you’ll find in The Warehouse. These samples can be used as scary sound effects, however most of them will also work very well as organic percussive sounds for layering on top of drum loops. My favorite part of the library are the samples of an electric lift, which almost beg to be used as foley robot sounds in a Transformers style movie.
The sample pack is available as a free download.
More information: 99Sounds / The Warehouse
Glitchmachines has released version 1.1 of Fracture, the free buffer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Fracture features a buffer effect, a multimode filter, three LFOs and a delay. This plugin is geared toward adding glitchy articulations and abstract textures to your projects. Use it on anything from drums and percussion to synth lines and sound effects. Fracture’s intuitive interface and diverse features make it simple to give your projects a unique technical edge.
Changes in Fracture v1.1
- New: Panic button to clean delay lines.
- New: improved user interface.
- Fixed: some controls would not properly reflect the current parameter value.
- Fixed: better automation behavior.
Fracture for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is a free download from Glitchmachines.
More information: Glitchmachines / Fracture
Hephaestus has released Steinway Grand 2, a free compact piano library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
This is the 2nd version of our Steinway piano. It uses the same samples of the 1st version, but we’ve fixed a lot of sound issues and increased the sound quality. If you want to try it…please, it’s FREE!
Steinway Grand 2 features
- 44.1KHz 16-bit Stereo sample resolution.
- Looped samples.
- 3-band EQ to adjust the sound.
- IR Reverb knob (new).
- Key-off switch to enable/disable the key-off noise.
- Fixed the bad flanger effect when pressing the sustain pedal (new).
- Totally redesigned the script that controls the sustain pedal behaviour (new).
- Harmonics / Resonance effects with IR (new).
- Some notes have been retuned and adjusted EQ dynamics (new).
- 48 MB size.
- Kontakt 5.2 or newer required (Kontakt Player not supported).
The library is a free download.
More information: Hephaestus
Solid State Logic has announced that its SSL OffLine Setup Application for the SSL Live console is now available for free download.
The SSL OffLine Setup Application, or SOLSA, allows creation and editing of Live console Showfiles on a laptop or desktop PC.
Almost anything that can be done on a Live console can now be manipulated and configured ‘offline’ when access to a console is not possible.
Software functionality includes console architecture configuration and setup of Fader Tile Layers and Banks. Stageboxes and I/O routing can be assigned along with the creation of scenes and other automation editing. SOLSA also allows you to add effects, manipulate channel processing settings, bus routing and VCA assignments. SOLSA includes the same Help System as the Live console software, offering a built-in user guide with tutorials and reference sections.
SOLSA is intended to enable engineers to configure Showfiles in preparation for shows but it is a fantastic way for anybody to explore and learn about the SSL Live console.
The software is a free download for Windows.
More information: Solid State Logic / Offline Software
ufxmedia has launched uFXloops Music Studio, a music studio application that allows you to create custom music tracks through the use of samples.
We focused on an easy-to-learn, easy-to use approach, still letting you decide about how complex your music production is going to be. Just watch our introduction video to get a short overview of the uFXloops features. Everything you see there has been solely created with uFXloops, by using imported sounds edited in the uFXloops Sample editor.
But before you try, we must warn you: uFXloops could be addictive! and we must admit, this is what we intended.
- Sample Import: WAV, OGG, AIF, MP3, 11 / 22 / 44,1 / 48 KHZ, Mono/Stereo.
- Sample Editor with Click Track, Loop Flag and Audio Recorder.
- Instrument Editor for Melodic and Percussive Instruments.
- Pattern Editor for Melodic and Percussive / Drums Patterns.
- Pitch Shifters on several Layers.
- Live Tempo Shifting while Maintaining Pitch.
- Automatic Loop Point Finder with Cross Fade.
- Volume Mixer on Four Layers.
- Community Based Sound Library with fast search functions.
- Easy-To-Learn Soundboard Sequencer and Arranger.
- Projects, Parts and Recording Variants.
- Share Your Projects, Work Together on New Songs.
- Song Export to OGG.
The app is available as a free download at the Google Play Store.
More information: uFXloops Music Studio
Ben Taylor, Jesse Allison, and Yemin Oh have released NexusUI, a JS toolkit for easily designing musical interfaces for mobile apps and web browsers, with emphasis on rapid prototyping (nexusDrop) and integration with Max/MSP (nexusUp).
NexusUI can be used to integrate directly with the Web Audio API in the browser, or to communicate with Max, SuperCollider or Chuck via server-side applications.
NexusUI is mobile-friendly and multi-touch compatible. It enables large-scale collaborative performances by distributing interfaces through a browser — something that many people have at home, in their bag, or carry in their pocket.
NexusUI is available to download at no charge. NexusUI is licensed as open source software (New BSD License).
More information: NexusUI
PatchArena has launched SFZ FLukelele, a virtual ukelele instrument.
Sampled Instrument from a finger plucked Ukelele. Perfect for composing Ukelele on a breezy summer afternoon.
Instrument programming features include 5 “round robins” for each note using neighbor variation techniques. This provides natural variation on consecutive notes.
Use this free SFZ as a way to compose Ukelele lines with your favorite SFZ Player. With reverb and other effects this also works well for any plucked acoustic instrument part within the same range. Experiment with chorus, reverb, and other effects!
The library is a free download from PatchArena.
More information: PatchArena / SFZ FLukelele
Homegrown Sounds has launched Gratis IR, a free sound library for iZotope IRIS.
Gratis IR as the name suggests is a completely free collection of Pads for Izotope IRIS which is equal to half of one of the paid collections. Although some samples are used from the other IRIS releases, the actual IRIS instruments are all unique to Gratis IR.
The instruments were constructed using 1-3 Samples and take full advantage of the Spectral Features of IRIS, and most have Aftertouch assigned to the Filter Cutoff. The intention was to provide musically useful Pads full of texture and movement. All 100 WAVs that form the Gratis Sample collection are also available to explore when creating your own sounds.
Gratis IR is available to download at no charge.
More information: Homegrown Sounds / Gratis IR