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AfroDJMac releases Ocarina of Live free Ableton Pack

AfroDJMac Ocarina of Live

AfroDJMac has launched the third year of his series of Free Ableton Live material with the release of Ocarina of Live, another free Ableton Live Pack.

I’m sure it’s pretty clear that video games have a large influence in my life. One of my first and favorite Live packs was the AfroDJMac Nintendo Rack. Probably my favorite video game series of all time is the Legend of Zelda. It has captured my imagination since I was about 5 or 6 years old, and I’ve purchased Nintendo systems exclusively to play Zelda games.

A good friend of mine, J-Rod, gave me a really nice ceramic Ocarina for Christmas a few years ago. It’s just like the one Link uses in many of the games. It even comes with a little booklet that teaches you how to play songs from the games. This week, I finally put this ocarina to good use. I sampled a couple of notes into Ableton and created an instrument that works especially well with Push. It has controls for the sample selection, filters, delay, etc. It even makes use of Push’s aftertouch to control subtle vibrato and the filter frequency. You can adjust it to sound true to the Ocarina, with slow attacks reminiscent of your breath blowing in. But it also can function like a weird electric keyboard, or under extreme manipulation, some kind of bizarre breathing organism.

The Ocarina of Live pack is a free download. It requires Ableton Live 9.

More information: AfroDJMac / Ocarina of Live

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Aly James Lab releases FMDRIVE synth plugin

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Aly James Lab FMDRIVE

Aly James Lab has released FMDRIVE, a virtual synthesizer instrument that emulates the Sega Genesis / Megadrive sound chip.

Fact is that the Megadrive had a very characteristic and cool sound, -much- cooler than Nintendo’s :)
I grew up playing some great games on the genesis. So, I thought the Genesis/Megadrive also deserves that kind of attention and its own VST Instrument.

You may think, the YM2612 chip is basically another 4 Operator YAMAHA FM synth but there is more… DAC, SSG Envelopes and Special operating MODES. On top of that the SEGA had a distinctive distorted sound, more or less present, depending on revision models.

FMDRIVE is not simply an YM2612 emulator, it add many extended features and huge user friendly GUI! It is a fantastic synth suitable for chip music and SEGA nostalgic pleasure and also a powerful FM tool for modern music production.

You can design a vast range of sounds on top of 33000 instruments presets already extracted from Games ROMS. Go further with extended controls, and even MIDI control the real hardware with a special add on interface: The GENMDM designed by Little Scale.

FMDRIVE for Windows (VST/Standalone) is available at a minimum donation of 10 EUR.

More information: Aly James Lab / FMDRIVE

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Bitword releases Cobalt Blue for Kontakt

Bitword Cobalt Blue

Bitword has announced the release of Cobalt Blue, a sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt 4.

Cobalt Blue is a collection of timbres for film, Post, Video Games and general Multimedia Sound Design. Inspired by metal ore and processed with a hardware granulator, these timbres are intended to be moody, mysterious, and blue.

Source material ranges from metal impacts, scrapes, data taps, voice, synthesis, and other sounds intended to provide a diverse range of tones and timbres for use as percussive accents, beds, drones and pads.

The included 147 Patches are programmed to give the most of each oscillator set. Heavy modulations to subtle adjustments are designed to make this an asset to professional sound designers, and modern composers alike.

The sound library is available to purchase for $49 USD. Requires Kontakt 4+ full version.

More information: Bitword / Cobalt Blue

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GameStick reaches Kickstarter hits target in 30 hours + support of XBMC and DLNA confirmed

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PlayJam has announced that its Kickstarter funding goal for the GameStick game console was reached in only 30 hours.

GameStick
The GameStick console (stick) is neatly tucked away in its controller.

The team behind the GameStick raised a glass yesterday evening in thanks to the 1000+ Kickstarter backers that pushed them over their $100,000 funding goal in just 30 hours.

“The response from the Kickstarter community has been truly overwhelming. We are confident in our product and what we hope it will mean for gaming but we were taken aback at how quickly the message was adopted,” says Anthony Johnson, CMO, PlayJam. “There is no better feeling than having hundreds if not thousands of people endorse your idea.”

The team has been busy keeping up with the hundreds of questions and requests that continue to come through the Kickstarter message boards and in response have today announced support for XBMC & DNLA, two of the most sought after features.

“While we are shipping as a dedicated games console, we are keen to ensure that users have the ability to hack the device if they so wish and will be providing support for XBMC & DNLA via an optional firmware update in September. We encourage users to hack the device – the time for closed, proprietary systems is ending which bodes well for true innovation”, concluded Johnson.

GameStick is described as ‘The Most Portable TV games Console Ever Created’. The team behind the project are passionate about accelerating the race to change the face of big screen gaming with a product that will now, as promised, launch in April of this Year.

Supporters flooded to the Kickstarter page just moments after the campaign launched and began pledging. The ‘Early Bird’ pledge tier, giving backers the chance to grab themselves a GameStick at a discounted rate, proved so popular that it sold out in a matter of hours resulting in people moving in droves to the next tier. At the time of writing, the average pledge towards GameStick was $98.

Interest from the developer community has been extremely strong with over 300 registrations on the www.gamestick.tv website and a new tier offering early access to the SDK and 30 days premium positioning within the games store having been added for $500.

GameStick will feature a purpose-built game store through which users will be able to browse and download content. The proposition will be powered by PlayJam’s existing Games Network for Smart TV which currently supports developers such as Relentless Software, First Star Software, and Disney.

The GameStick project can be backed with pledged starting at $10 USD. The first batch of GameSticks is scheduled to ship in April, 2013.

More information: GameStick at Kickstarter

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Zero-G Maximum Force – Imaging Elements for Film & Games Producers + Winter Sale

Zero-G has announced the release of Maximum Force Imaging Elements, a collection of over 1.5 GB of monumental cinematic audio of stupendous power.

Zero-G Maximum Force

Maximum Force has been created by the prodigious talent of a world-class soundtrack and FX producer this library was especially created for projects that require high-impact sound effects (radio station ID, TV promos, bumpers, trailers). All sounds are designed using manipulated field recordings and synthesized sources.

Full of awe-inspiring sounds of scope and breadth Maximum Force is the perfect tool for busy post-production facilities, video editors, sound designers, broadcast radio/TV stations and experimental composers. This library is not only for film and games soundtrack creators but is also a goldmine for cutting-edge dance producers who want to add something special to their tracks.

The library includes multi-layered imaging elements, impacts, long and short fx, noise, whooshes, lasers, bleeps, tonal sounds and creative soundscapes as well as various loops so you’ll find the sound you need without slowing down your workflow.

Maximum Force features

  • 550 Acidized WAV files & 550 AIFF Apple Loops.
  • 40 instruments for Kontakt, EXS24 & NN-XT.
  • All stereo 24-bit 48Khz sounds are Ebu128 loudness normalized and cut in single files to make them easier to use in your audio/video productions.
  • All of the samples have been pre-cleared and are 100% original & royalty-free for your musical use without any additional licensing fees.

The sample library is available to purchase for £60.95 GBP / $99.95 USD / 75 EUR.

Zero-G has also announced a Christmas Sale, offering a discount on its sample libraries through December 31st, 2012.

BIG festive savings in the Zero-G Download Shop! 30% off everything, and great bundle deals in our Christmas Sale.

More information: Zero-G / Maximum Force

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V-Plugs announces Mr. Soundman Summer Competition

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V-Plugs Mr. Soundman Competitions

V-Plugs has announced the Mr. Soundman Summer Competition, offering a chance to win V-Plugs effect plugins by competing in an ear training game.

Mr. Soundman is a free challenging Ear Training game for music producers and sound engineers, that enable users to assess and improve their frequency detection skills, to compete with other users around the globe, and to win prizes.

The Mr. Soundman summer competition will run until August 31, when the winners will be announced.

The competition’s standings can be viewed in real time on V-Plugs site.


Enhance your frequency detection skills, compete with sound engineers and music producers around the globe and win prizes with V-Plugs Mr. Soundman.

Competition prizes

  • 1st place: V-Plugs Echo Trip + Uranium + Emphasizer
  • 2nd place: V-Plugs Echo Trip
  • 3rd place: V-Plugs Uranium

More information: V-Plugs / Mr. Soundman Summer Competition

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Juno Download launches TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Remix Competition

Tekken Tag Tournement 2 Remix Competition

Juno Download has announced the TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Remix Competition, a chance to mix tracks of the upcoming game.

To mark the upcoming release of the game TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2, Juno has teamed up with NAMCO BANDAI Games to give budding producers the chance to remix tracks from the game’s original soundtrack.

The remix stems for six different tracks are available to download for free from Juno Download, and remixers can upload their track to the TEKKEN remix competition SoundCloud dropbox for a chance to win these amazing prizes

Tekken Remix Competition prizes

Remix competition prizes

  • First prize winner will receive:
    • €500 cash prize.
    • Avid Fast Track C400 audio interface and Pro Tools MP software.
    • Vestax VCI-380 controller for Serato.
    • Novation Impulse 61 Keyboard Controller.
    • 12 month SoundCloud Pro account.
    • €200 Juno vouchers.
    • Mixed In Key and Platinum Notes.
    • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ‘We Are Tekken’ collector’s edition.
    • A professionally mastered copy of their remix to be released on the official winning remixes free download EP.
  • Four runners up will each receive:
    • €250 cash prize.
    • 12 month SoundCloud Pro account.
    • €50 Juno vouchers.
    • Mixed In Key and Platinum Notes.
    • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ‘We Are Tekken’ collector’s edition.
    • A professionally mastered copy of their remix to be released on the official winning remixes free download EP.

The submission phase of the remix competition ends July 16th, 2012. Winners will be selected by the TEKKEN development team, and announceed via the Juno Download Facebook Page and Tekken Facebook Page on July 23rd, 2012.

More information: Juno Download / TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Remix Competition

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