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.
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.
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.
Pro Sound Effects has announced the release of Soundrangers, a sound effects hard drive library.
Yesterday PSE announced the release of the new Soundrangers sound effects library created for use in video games and interactive environments.
In developing the library, the Soundrangers team applied their own creative expertise in sound design for console and social games, iPhone and iPad apps, interactive software and websites which resulted in a collection of 21,117 sound effects in twenty categories.
For more juicy details, audio/video demos and 25 free sound effects, visit the Soundranger library on PSE!
21,117 sound effects (137 GB) on external hard drive.
Portable, Production-Quality Glyph PortaGig 50 Hard Drive (160 GB).
Broadcast .wav formats: 24/48, 24/44.1, 16/44.1.
Compressed formats: mp3 and Ogg Vorbis.
Optimized for interactive, video game, and web design.
Embedded Metadata, Intuitive Category and File names.
Sound Effects Search Software: NetMix Lite (video).
1 Year of Free Sound Effects Updates.
Mac and PC compatible.
3 -year Data Replacement Policy.
The Soundrangers library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $2900 USD, single user license (retail $3900 USD).
Hollywood Loops has launched its website with the release of Methane, a collection of cutting edge high definition music and sound FX loops for use in film, television, game composing, and all other music productions.
METHANE is the first in a series of THREE new products that are a perfect addition for anyone wanting to add a perfect selection of Loops or Sound Fx to any Film, Trailer or Music Production.
This DVD contains over 3.2 Gig of files perfectly formatted for REX2, Apple and WAV…Also contains KONTAKT combinations precisely mapped out to add to the performance element and also will sync in tempo to your favorite DAW program. *Requires KontaKt 3.5 or higher*
Methane is available to purchase on DVD for $99.99 USD.
Mike Norrish has released version 188.8.131.52 of Armchair Guitarist, a VST plug-in for providing MIDI input from one of the numerous console guitar controllers currently on the market.
It is a pure-MIDI plugin- MIDI messages, not audio data is sent to the host- in essence, the plugin allows the user to use a guitar controller the way they would a standard MIDI keyboard.
This release basically consists of a few little improvements and bugfixes, but there is enough difference there to warrant the 1.5 release. The Fret Board is now five frets wider, there are now parameters for fine tuning the Whammy Bar, and there is a proper menu for selecting controller types. The major new fix is that Guitar Hero World Tour and Guitar Hero 5 controllers for the Playstation 3 are now fully functional, after a few hiccups.
Changes in Armchair Guitarist v184.108.40.206
Whammy Bar can only bend notes down (Fixed)
Playstation 3 Button Mappings Incorrect (Fixed)
Add ability to specify range of Whammy Bar input (Implemented)
Changing to the previous fret at fret zero goes to incorrect fret (Fixed)
Need a GUI Item for changing programs (Implemented)
Resize GUI to fit Program Selector (Implemented)
Extend Fretboard (Implemented)
Armchair Guitarist is available to download as a freeware VST plug-in for Windows PC.
Calvin Cardioid posted some new loops from the Oberheim DX.
One year ago I posted some loops from the Oberheim DX drum machine. Now I present some more. Build something of your own on top or add them to an existing mix. Tempo is clearly labelled in each track name. I really like the 5th one here, I can imagine some happy Ska tune on top.
The Loop Loft is offering some free percussion samples.
We're currently putting the finishing touches on our next major release at The Loop Loft, "World Percussion Loops", and we wanted to give you a sneak peek (or listen) of what we think is one of our greatest packs to date. Loaded full of a wide mix of ethnic percussion, including cajons, udu drums, frame drums and a variety of shakers, this loop pack is a must-have for anyone looking to round out their percussion library with authentic sounds and grooves.
Download available in AIFF, REX2, and Wav formats.
Need 8bit sounds? Tom Shear at Waveformless has a good tip:
In need of some stylish 8-bit chip sounds, but don’t have any of the old classic machines on hand to sample? No problem! zxspectrum.net is an online emulation of the old Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer complete with a huge selection of games to choose from. Load up Audio Hijack or any other program that lets you record a computer’s audio, fire up your browser, and before you know it, you’ll have a whole ton of classic 8-bit sounds ready to be edited into your own custom sample kits.