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Miguel Isaza introduces Designing Sound TV, Television for Sound Designers.
Could you imagine the concept of television re-imagined for sound designers only? How would that be?
How would be a Field Recording TV channel? or can you imagine a show where you can see how the sound of a recent film was done? or what about watching some channels where you can find other guys like you recording sounds outside the world? What if you could watch interviews with different sound designers each night while you drink a cup coffee?
Well, I’ve created something like that, but using the Internet. It’s called Designing Sound TV, a new website packed with lots videos about sound for films, video games, tv, and more. There you can find all kind of stuff on sound design, field reording, foley, mixing, and more.
# Hiphop Experience vol.4
Dmitry Vasilyev aka Cyberworm brings the fourth part in series of free hiphop drum loops (36 loops in stereo wav format, 24bit/44.1kHz, 43 MB).
Music Thing is back! (though Tom notes that “Normal service will not, I’m afraid, be resumed…”)
After almost two years since the last blog post Tom Whitwell returns with a list of 23 DIY guitar effect pedal kits.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve spent a few evenings building DIY guitar effects. It's fun to build things that you can use. If you want to get started, one of the hardest things is buying components. Try to buy a 10Ω resistor from Farnell, and you’re faced with a choice of 345 items. So, starting out buying a kit is a good idea. At least you’ll know the parts are right, even if when your soldering isn’t.
However, not many people sell kits. Despite the potential markup on a handful of bulk components, the customer service is – presumably – a nightmare. Here are 23 companies who will sell you complete component kits for guitar effects – many more people produce PCBs, or sell finished pedals. Stay tuned for similar lists on synths/noise boxes and tube amplifiers.
# Google Translate Beatboxing – If you haven’t heard about Google Translate’s beatboxing skills yet you probably spend a more than healthy amount of time away from the interwebs. Check it out, it’s cool.
Jon Tidey at Audio Geek Zine shares some useful tips on editing & workflow as part of a series of 9 interviews with recording engineers from around the world.
What is Home Recording Tactics? This is a collection of audio interviews with 9 hard working, successful home studio engineers (including me). The interviews were led by Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner. He got these guys to share all their secrets on a variety of home recording topics.
Also features sound design tips by Nick Maxwell of NicksTutorials.com
Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn writes:
Who says technology has to move fast and die young? Leon Theremin may have been a full century ahead of his time, before computers, before transistors, before jet engines or atomic power or rockets.
ReacTable creator Martin Kaltenbrunner has a virtual Theremin prototype built with Microsoft’s depth-sensing, 3D Kinect camera. And what he really needs is some players of the real Theremin to help develop it.
SoundCloud’s iPhone app makes it easy to record and share your sounds from anywhere.
Today, we’re excited about the release of the recording feature.
The Record button will make it easy for you to capture all kinds of sounds right on SoundCloud & with the iPhone app and share them from anywhere to everywhere on the web: your website, social network profiles or simply between friends & family.
Friends of hand-held devices not sporting the omnipresent “i” prefix take note: TouchOSC for Android has been published on the Android Market! And it’s free. Free as in beer.
Necromare has released some more free sample-based VST instruments for Windows.
What can I say I love building instruments. I think it’s part of being a composer, to finally make the sounds you need and want. I keep coming up with ideas for instruments and there seems to be no end. I already have 50 plus most in the testing stages. Looks like I will be releasing them well into next year.
New Necromare plug-ins
- The Panning Piano – Simple piano that automatically pans left and right slowly as you play. Good for filing out a mix. The last octave includes some piano screeches.
- Piano Harp – Imagine if you played the piano like a harp? What would it sound like? It would sound like this VST great sound for mystical or romantic moods. Included in the last octave are Gliss samples for effect.
- Simple Acoustic Guitar – Straight Foward guitar. Good for picking or sketch work.
- Soft Mallet Xylophone – The xylophone played with a soft mallet. Velocity sensitive over 4 octaves.
- Toys – Toy Piano, a small scale piano with a tiny sound + an electronic children’s piano with baby xylophones instrument.
- VL-1 Drum – Drum sounds from the Casio VL-1 keyboard/calculator.
- Zeboo Drum Kit – Acoustic drum kit, GM Mapped. The last octaves are samples of Zeboo himself!
- Lucivier – The keyboard produces a celesta like tone while pipes produce flute like sounds at the same time. The bottom octave and the last are the sounds produced by using the three pedals on the bottom.
- Kazoo – The only instrument you need little to no experience to play. So why not try a VST. It’s a bit harsh but fun to knock around with.
- Gamelan Music – Three Gamelan instruments: Reyong, Gangsa and Calung.
- Electric Bass – Simple Electric Bass, keys are velocity sensitive to give a short note on harder strikes. The upper octaves include a classic bass slide.
- Whale Song – Made from CC whale song files. Includes a whale purr, a trumpet, gentle underwater sound fx, and more.
- Sinsonic Drums – Like many old toys from the past some have actually been used by pros. Mattel Synsonic drums have been used by kraftwerk and others. This is a knock off the original pays tribute to our toys of a bygone era.
- Basement Piano – Most homes might have one of these lurking in there corner basement. An old upright that you may have learned to play piano on or liked to beat on. Either way this pleasant piano will convey a warm nostalgic sound for your next tune.
- Southern Banjo – For some there is nothing like the sound of a picked banjo. for others they can do without. This is an attempt to faithfully recreate the sound of a great instrument.
The Necromare instruments are available as freeware VST plug-ins for Windows PC.
More information: Necromare
Smule has released Magic Fiddle, a new music app for the Apple iPad.
Hello. I am your fiddle. I am programmed to make you a musical prodigy. Your untrained fingers will play beautiful music in a matter of minutes. Seriously, in the amount of time it took you to read this you could have learned ‘Ave Maria’. I kid you not (fiddles never joke).
Use my magic to earn high scores, medals and badges for your performances. I understand that you humans like to win. Well then, can you get a gold medal on every song?
You, my friend, are not just someone with an iPad. You are a virtuoso.
Magic Fiddle features
- Pick up and play:
- Pick up and play beautiful songs by following streams of colored light in my SongBook, no skill required!
- Impress your friends by playing any of my 20 songs I have in my SongBook, from video game theme songs to ‘Ave Maria’ and everything in-between.
- Bow, pluck, trill, and play vibrato and glissandi right from your iPad.
- Take it to the top:
- Earn scores for every song, and medals for playing well. I will be the judge of ‘well’ (not your mother).
- Show off your newly found musical aptitude to your fellow fiddlers by competing for a spot on the global leaderboards.
- Earn badges as you accomplish new heights of fantastic fiddlery.
- Learn fiddling techniques easily:
- Learn basic and advanced fiddle techniques through fun learning adventures with me – my StoryBook takes us on an 8-chapter interactive journey to teach you different techniques with activities and step-by-step instructions.
- Practice your new techniques on real songs as you improve.
- Listen and share with the world:
- Listen to other magic fiddlers play on the globe around the world.
- Broadcast your masterpieces for the world to enjoy.
- Show your support for fellow fiddlers by ‘liking’ their songs.
Magic Fiddle for iPad is available to purchase from the iTunes App Store for $2.99 USD.
Propellerhead Software has announced the release of ReBirth for iPad and iPhone.
ReBirth is back! Propellerhead Software’s legendary Techno Micro Composer has been resurrected and customized for the iPad. ReBirth faithfully emulates dance music’s three backbone devices: The Roland TB-303 Bass synth and the Roland TR-808 and 909 drum machines. Combine these with FX units, fully featured pattern sequencers and a gorgeous-looking interface and you’re ready to make killer tracks on your iPad. Share your music with friends on Facebook, Twitter and more using the built in sharing features.
- 2 x TB-303 Bassline Synthesizer with pattern sequencer – The original Acid House and Techno bass synth. Unrivaled power, unmistakable sound.
- TR-808 Drum machine – Roland’s sub-heavy 1980 beat computer. Instant hip-hop.
- TR-909 Drum machine – The go-to beatbox for everything House and Techno. Press play and you’re dancing.
- Tempo-synced digital delay – Bouncy and hypnotic, always in time with your music.
- Compressor with threshold and ratio – A bare-bones compression unit for added beefiness.
- Distortion unit with amount and shape – Raw and rugged distortion for that extra edge. Works wonders with any 303 bassline.
- PCF effect – Pattern controlled Low-pass / Band-pass filter – a tweaker’s delight.
- Mixer – Device specific mixer sections with pan, delay sends and FX switches
- Mod support – Includes 7 original user mods with alternative sound sets and graphics
- Sharing features – Share function with easy publication of songs to Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
ReBirth for iPad is available to purchase for $14.99 USD.
More information: ReBirth App
Justin Windle at Soulwire posted a nice particle node sequencer created in Flash using the Tonfall Audio Engine, the new open source AS3 audio engine produced by Andre Michelle.
This sequencer is based around physical nodes, which connect to produce a variety of tones. There are two types of node, a neuron and a receptor, which are connected by synapses (apologies for the trite analogies). Neurons fire periodically, and if within a certain proximity of a receptor, this message is sent at a fixed speed along the bridging synapse. When the message arrives, the receptor is activated and responds by queuing it’s individual tone within the audio engine. Each receptor owns a randomly assigned note, and each neuron a randomly assigned octave; therefor a receptor will play it’s note in several different octaves depending on which neuron causes it to fire.
The Particle Sequencer is available to download from Soulwire.
Have a few spare minutes? Create some music with the Seaquence music ecosystem.
Seaquence, an experimental musical petri-dish.
Adopting a biological metaphor, Seaquence allows you to create and combine musical lifeforms into unique, dynamic compositions.
This is an initial alpha release and still under development.
More information: Seaquence