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.
HISS and a ROAR has released Seal Vocals, a sample library featuring recordings of seals.
Creature vocals are some of the most difficult material to design due to their subjective nature, but one resource that can really help is access to unique new source material. With this knowledge I set about capturing close up vocalisations of Fur Seals at the colony in Cape Palliser, New Zealand.
The seals ranged from ferocious gutteral sounding 160kg males through to uniquely screechy, bitey adolescents (my Rycote got bitten at least a dozen times!) I carefully tracked the weather, tides & swell, and used a Sennheiser MKH70 mic to isolate the vocals as much as possible from the background ambience.
HISS and a ROAR has released Swish, a new sample library of swishes.
The english dictionary defines SWISH as a verb: ‘to audibly cut the air’ and in hindsight that’s a perfectly evocative definition, as we’ve spent many hours in the foley room at Park Road Post recently, cutting the beautifully quiet air within, with every kind of object imaginable…
From stock whips to skipping ropes, extention cords to curtain rail wire, vacuum cleaner hoses to straw brooms. We’ve revolved mesh bowls, badminton rackets, pipes, whistles, lunging whips and many forms of prepared bamboo sticks, all with the aim of recording air being sliced!
All libraries are provided as a collection of stereo .WAV files, carefully labelled & tagged with Metadata compatible with the ProTools workspace, SoundMiner, Basehead, Snapper and AudioFinder sound library software.
A free pack of samples (16 bit 44.1kHz, 47 sounds, 5MB download) is available to download from the product page.
HISS and a ROAR has released Vegetable Violence, a royalty-free sample library created by award winning film sound designer Tim Prebble.
Vegetable Violence™ is an organic sound effects library for creating your own orchestrated sonic mayhem. Recorded & mastered at 96kHz for stomach churning realism, this component library is available for download in three royalty-free forms.
Vegetable Violence features
Available in three editions:
Lite — 16 bit 44.1kHz, 250 sounds, 30MB download
Mid — 24bit 48kHz, 980 sounds, 215MB download
Pro — 24bit 96kHz, 2500 sounds, 1.05GB download
Provided as a collection of stereo .WAV files.
Carefully labelled & tagged with Metadata compatible with the ProTools workspace, SoundMiner, Basehead, Snapper and AudioFinder sound library software.
Vegetable Violence is available to purchase priced at $9 (Lite) / $29 (Mid) / $49 (Pro) USD.