HISS and a ROAR has announced the release of its Tortured Piano sample library.
There is nothing sadder than the death of a musical instrument, but this broken old piano was deceased long before I got it. So my mission was to immortalise its final sounds as it was struck, scraped, twanged, hit and slowly deconstructed to a pile of kindling and broken wires. And then a wake was held….
The resulting library is an incredibly diverse collection of disturbing and unsettling sounds, perfect for evocative sound design but also useful for many practical applications: some of the wood creaks, shrieks, hits & splits are particularly resonant, while many of the metal-on-wood scrapes are prime source material for woosh creation.
Tortured Piano features
24bit 192kHz stereo.
3.7GB download, 7.3GB unrar’d.
Tortured Piano is available to purchase for the introductory price of $79 USD until May 20, 2011 (regular price $99 USD).
HISS and a ROAR has announced the release of SD005 PRESSURE, a sound fx library featuring a collection of recordings of air and steam powered devices.
We all know sound occurs through the vibration of air molecules, but what happens when you deliberately manipulate the pressure? We’ve employed a vast range of devices for exactly that purpose: a five ton steam engine, an air compressor with many different attachments, truck air brakes, a domestic pressure cooker, spray cans, fire extinguishers, balloons, shaken up soda cans, paint ball guns & the most essential device of all; the human breath!
Every one of these devices provides a unique source of design material, whether its many varied forms of aggressive attack, or the sustained shriek & decay as the pressure drops… Use these as elements in their own right or convolve them with your favourite source material or impulse responses – the noise component means they cut through even the densest mixes. We also took the opportunity to record some very interesting ambiences – air hissing through a variety of pipes…
SD005 PRESSURE is available to purchase in various formats starting at $9 USD. A free collection of 67 sounds (16 bit/44.1kHz) is available to download from the product page.
HISS and a ROAR has announced SD005 PRESSURE, a sound design source library focused on sounds generated via air pressure.
Props included: a five ton steam engine, spray cans, fire extinguishers an air compressor with many different attachments, truck air brakes, a domestic pressure cooker, balloons, shaken up soda cans, paintball guns & the most essential device of all; the human breath!
SD005 PRESSURE will be available to purchase on November 23, 2010.
HISS and a ROAR has announced the release of SD004 Fireworks, a 24bit 192kHz multi-mic & multi-channel sample library featuring fireworks sounds.
Four recordists, ten microphones, a windless night, a full moon, a deserted park and $600 worth of fireworks hand selected by a pyrotechnician adds up to some serious fun!
But I wanted to not only record fireworks, I also wanted to manipulate them in real time as we recorded them, so I took along a number of props including a 2m long drain pipe, a wok, a water bowl, short metal pipes, an air conditioning vent & a metal box; all great sources of resonance!
SD004 Fireworks features
Collection of over 180 fireworks includes large Multi-Shot Fireworks (Solar Flare, Red Mantis, Purple Perry, Holiday Fun, Night Rocket, E.T, Meteor, The Brick, Black Panther, Sandstorm, Mega Eruption, Bling Bling, Swarm, Rapid Fire, Thunder) Rockets (Mighty Cannon, White Spider, Shooting Balls, 10 Shot, small, medium & large Roman Candles, Patriot Missile) Screechy Rockets (Predator, Firestorm, Mean Green, Sonic Boom, Rising Sun, Hummer, Red Dragon) and a huge range of Ground Bloom Flowers.
24bit 192kHz multi-mic & multi-channel:
close up: Tim Prebble SoundDevices 722, LR Sanken CUB mics x 2
close up: Dave Whitehead SoundDevices 722, Cx2 MKH8050 & DPA4006
medium: Matt Lambourn SoundDevices 722, LR MKH816 & MKH70
medium/wide: Ray Beentjes SoundDevices 744, Quad MKH50/30+816×2
All libraries are provided as a collection of .WAV files, carefully labelled & tagged with Metadata compatible with the ProTools workspace, SoundMiner, Basehead, Snapper and AudioFinder sound library software.
SD004 Fireworks is available to purchase in various formats with prices ranging from $9 to $99 USD. A free 16 bit/44.1kHz pack featuring 14 fireworks is available to donwload from the HISS and a ROAR website.
polynome5000, amazing DIY controller by Colin Mann
Colin Mann on his polynome 5000 controller:
After more hours than I’d like to admit, even if I actually knew how many, I’m done. I started this, believe it or not, before the APC40 was even announced, and at the time there weren’t many products out there like it. Now, obviously it would make more sense to just buy one of those products, nevertheless, where are you gonna get an RGB monome with a nixie tube display that takes OSC commands? Exactly.
# Moogfest 2010, a three-day festival celebrating the innovative vision of sonic pioneer, Robert Moog, to be held Halloween weekend, October 29-31, in Asheville, NC.
Confirmed artists Massive Attack, MGMT, and Thievery Corporation will be joined by over 25 additional internationally renowned artists performing in multiple venues throughout downtown Asheville, including the Asheville Civic Center Arena, the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, and Asheville’s renowned world-class club, the Orange Peel.
The Drumssette was built by Mike Walters in 2010. The Drumssette is a Tascam four track cassette recorder that I turned into a programmable drum machine. A cassette with four tracks of repeating drum sounds can be mapped into a 16 step rhythm using the 64 switches on the interface. The audio on the cassette tape also clocks the sequencer. More details at www.mysterycircuits.com
Peter Kirn on the new controller by Livid Instruments:
Livid Instruments has just revealed their next hardware controller. Well, sort of revealed – this evening on Twitter, they declared that it was a “Top secret sneak peek of our new controller.” Top secret – you know, just on the Internet. No one will see it there. It’s full of encoders, if that’s your thing. It’s called, cleverly, the “Code.” In addition to accompanying Livid’s own grid controllers, put this next to a monome, and you can manipulate continuous parameters alongside triggers. I could imagine someone doing some insane granular patch with an absurd number of parameters using this.
Tom Shear lists some worthwhile freebies for Mac users:
The internet has its ups and downs as far as musicians go, but one of the great things is the abundance of free software available to pros and beginners alike. While the comparatively smaller user base means there aren't as many freebies for Mac as there is for PC, there is still some great stuff out there available for absolutely nothing. (Although many developers of freeware, do accept donations.)
Tim Prebble is looking for contributions for another "crowdsourced" fx sample library.
Seeing as how THE DOORS is hopefully going to finally kill the overuse of cliche doors, maybe we can also kill the over use of ‘DOG NEXT DOOR’ or at least provide some seriously good alternatives! But the world of dogs is vast & complex – some of the weirdest vocalisations I have ever heard were from a very small dog! So please comment on this post if you wish to be a contributor. As with the 1,000 doors aim (which we will easily meet) lets aim for 1,000 dogs so if each person records 5 dogs then we have a recordist limit of 200 contributors.