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Tambour musical game that requires rhythm

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Possible Metrics has released Tambour, a musical game for Windows and Mac.

We had always wanted to create a musical game which can be played and enjoyed by both gamers and musicians. An experience bound to the rules of video game logic, but open to musical creativity, even for those lacking rhythmic skills. This is why we created Tambour.

Tambour is a musical game about attacking and countering with rhythm

Tambour features

  • Access to all future game updates.
  • 10 levels, singleplayer and multiplayer.
  • Local and online TCP/IP multiplayer.
  • Playable with custom music.
  • Customizable game setups.
  • Save and load custom setups.
  • 1080p 60fps fullscreen display.
  • No DRM (and no ads of course).

Tambour for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $6.99 USD.

Tambourine – a lightweight version of Tambour providing many features that considerably increase the game’s replay value – is available to download at no cost.

More information: Tambour


Review: Precisionsound Exosphere soundscapes sample library

Precisionsound Exosphere

Precisionsound has recently released Exosphere, a collection of soundscapes.

Featuring corrosive textures, unstable machines, electronic ambiences, and twisted voices, Exosphere is a creative toolkit for film, game, and multimedia sound design, as well as for producers of electronic music.

Exosphere features

  • 50 stereo 48khz 24-bit WAV files.
  • Over 55 minutes of audio.
  • 1 program for all versions of Steinberg HALion.
  • 1 program for NI Kontakt 1 and 2.
  • 1 program with scripted GUI for NI Kontakt 3 and above.

While 50 samples might not seem like a lot, they’re over 1 minute each so you still get a total of 55 minutes of audio.

The sounds were designed to inspire music composers and sound designers by delivering lengthy loops with a wide dynamic range. To help identify sounds, the files have descriptive names like “Malfunctioning robot” and “Contamination zone”.

Static glitches, radiation crackles, chilling space winds, robotic bleeps, warbled voices, dark pad-like background ambiences… Exosphere!

The included patches map all sounds across the keyboard for easy auditioning. The Kontakt 3 patch also has some controls for Hi- and Lo-pass filters and stereo width.

Listen to Precisionsound’s demos below to get an idea of what Exosphere sounds like.

So what do I think?

Product: Exosphere by Precisioundsound
Format: 24-bit/48kHz Wav + sampler patches
Price: $29 USD
Like: Quality sounds, long loops
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

Exosphere is exactly what is says on the tin, a bunch of glitchy, threatening, and abstract soundscape loops. The atmosphere is seriously creepy, with a constant feeling that something is about to go horribly wrong.

The sounds are well designed with lots of movement and variations, without getting too complicated or being overly processed. The vibe and quality is consistent across the library. Organic, mechanical, unsettling, yet intriguing.

Well recommended!

More information: Precisionsound / Exosphere


V-Plugs updates Mr. Soundman ear training game to v1.1

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V-Plugs Mr. Soundman

V-Plugs has updated Mr. Soundman, an ear training game for Windows.

Mr. Soundman is a powerful tool for assessing and improving frequency detection, a critical skill for mixing, recording and producing music. It also enables users to win excellence awards and prizes, and to participate in Mr. Soundman special competitions.

Mr. Soundman v1.1 will be required for participating in future competitions.

Changes in Mr. Soundman v1.1

  • A new time bonus for quick responses.
  • The equalizers peak level for the game sounds was reduced.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

Mr. Soundman is available as a standalone application for Windows at no cost (basic version). A premium version is available to purchase for 29 EUR.

More information: V-Plugs / Mr. Soundman


Mick Gordon’s Voices of Devs – Turning Human Voices into Electronic Music

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Video game composer Mick Gordon wrote in to share about Voices of Devs, a collection of vocal recordings from game developers at last year’s GDC (Game Developers Conference) made into electronic music with the help of a few audio programs.

“Absolutely everything you hear in this track was made by manipulating these recordings using various sound design techniques. Every drum, lead, chord and effect was, at one point in time, a recording of somebody making noises with their mouth at GDC San Francisco 2011. No other samples, synths, instruments or recordings were used in this track. Whatsoever.” said Mick.

And some of those voices are from interesting industry figures. The list of contributors is mighty impressive, including two composers associated with the Mass Effect™ franchise, voice actors from Skyrim™ and Bioshock 2™, and even a former Fear Factory™ keyboardist.

Anticipating a certain level of curiosity around the project, Mick has thoughtfully provided us with an explanation page, which gets into the details about just how he achieved the effects featured in the track.

The song is also available for purchase from Bandcamp, iTunes and Android Marketplace, and can be listened to on Spotify.

More information: Mick Gordon


Sound Blend – free sounds by Julian Ray

Julian Ray Sound Blend

Julian Ray has launched Sound Blend, a royalty-free online sound library featuring free sounds for film and video games creators.

Julian writes:

Being a big fan of Blender 3D, I’m creating this project mostly for Blender users, but of course, these sounds can be useful for everyone, who is involved in games and film production.

There are more than 200 sounds in the Library so far and it grows. All the sounds are WAV / 16 bit / 44100 / Stereo.

Sounds may be used in commercial and non-commercial creative works. The sound library is updated periodically so make sure to check for new additions and updates.

More information: Julian Ray


V-Plugs releases Mr. Soundman ear training game

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V-Plugs Mr. Soundman

V-Plugs has introduced Mr. Soundman, a challenging free ear training game for music producers and sound engineers.

Mr. Soundman is a powerful tool for assessing and improving frequency detection, a critical skill for mixing, recording and producing music. It also enables users to win excellence awards and prizes, and to compete with colleagues and friends around the globe.

Mr. Soundman

  • The game: Mr. Soundman behaves a bit like an arcade game with an intuitive GUI, and rapidly increasing difficulty. The basic concept is simple: Mr. Soundman plays an audio source with a noticeable boost somewhere across the frequency range. The mission is to identify the boosted frequency.
    The closer the answer is to the boosted frequency the more points the user gains. As the game progresses the ‘right answer range’ becomes narrower, so users have to provide more precise answers. The game starts with a wide ‘right answer range’ of 3 octaves, but only the best will get to the ¼ octave zone.
  • Prizes, awards and competitions: Depending on their score, users can win three excellence awards: the Bronze Ear, the Silver Ear and the Golden Ear award. Each of these awards grants a special prize. The ambitious user can also participate in Mr. Soundman’s special competitions that will be announced from time to time, and compete with other music producers and sound engineers around the globe.
  • Mr. Soundman premium: The premium version of Mr. Soundman gives an advanced ear training solution for those who want to take audio ear training a step forward. It offers more sound sources (and sound categories), focused training sessions, and even a hearing test. It also enable the user to load his own sounds, to build and manage his personal practice folder, and to work on and improve certain aspects of his listening skills.

Mr. Soundman is available as a standalone application or as a VST plugin for Windows. The basic version is free, and the premium version costs 29 EUR.

More information: V-Plugs / Mr. Soundman


AfroDJMac releases Nintendo Rack for Ableton Live

AfroDJMac Nintendo Rack

AfroDJMac has released Nintendo Rack, a new download in a series of free Ableton Live racks.

Dirty, lo-fi, 8-bit, nostalgic. This weeks Ableton Live Rack was created with the sound card of a Nintendo Entertainment System. Maybe it’s just because I grew up spending more time playing video games than I’d ever admit, but the bleeps and blips that come from this magical machine have a warmth and familiarity that hits home. The samples that make up the virtual instrument were made by connecting a MidiNES cartridge to a Nintendo and sampling certain notes.

The Nintendo Rack for Ableton Live is available as a free download from AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac