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Short links for June 7th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Eigenharp Alpha unboxing – EigenZone

Geert Bevin writes:

Faithful to my Eigenharp Pico unboxing video, I also recorded one right after I received my Eigenharp Alpha. I hope you like it!

Until now I haven’t been able to find an unboxing video that showed what I personally always wanted to see about the Alpha and its accessories. I hope this video satisfies the drool-lust of people like me now ;-)

# Applications for the Korg Kaossilator Pro

English Hermit has two freeware applications for Windows to add MIDI functionality to the Kaossilator Pro.

  • Kaossilator Pro MIDI Keyboard Interface: This application allows the KO-PRO to be played with a standard MIDI keyboard.
  • Kaossilator Pro – DAW Interface: This application allows KO-PRO performance MIDI data to be recorded, easily edited and played back from a digital audio workstation.
Dream Synthesizer

# Dreams of a Musical Future: Digitópia Winners’ Wondrous Creations; One Will Be Real

Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music writes:

What if you could have any musical technology you wanted – if you had only to imagine something, and it appeared? That was the somewhat insane notion behind the Dreams Competition CDM organized with Rui Penha of Casa Da Musica’s Digitópia research and education program in Porto, Portugal. Earlier this week, Rui and I sat down on the banks of Porto’s famed Douro River with Paulo Maria Rodrigues to pour through stacks of imaginary instruments. Some proposals read like wish lists composed to Santa Claus. Others included exquisite renderings, mock-ups, and even video that made them into serious, near-finished product designs. In the end, we attempted to choose the ideas that seemed the most surprising and original, including a winner that – with some limitation of its scope – would be feasible to actually build.

Far from just being idle fantasy, the winner will be realized by a team of developers as an open-source, free project. And I suspect some of the other entries may yield real tools, too. The line-up offers plenty of indications of what matters to people, and what’s possible. Here are some of our favorite entries out of an impressively high-quality bunch, plus, of course, our winners and the grand-prize selection that will inspire a real project.

# Free Sample Friday: Synth Kicks

More free samples by Tom Shear:

Today we’ve got 16 synthetic kick drums to feed your sampler. All samples are 24-bit/44.1k mono WAV format.


Jonas the Plugexpert - Ondervlak

Jonas the Plugexpert – Ondervlak

Lovely compilation of tunes, including Ik mis je, the track that won 1st in the first sample remix contest.

Richard writes:

This album mix is a selection out of my relatively slower attempts at music (<140 bpm) created between 2005 – 2010, with the exception of ‘Kontje’ which was made in 2002.

The album is available as a free download under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license.

Boss pedal mouse

# Boss pedal mouse

From MusicRadar:

As you can see, it's based on Boss's perennially popular DS-1 distortion pedal, with the 'Tone' and 'Dist' knobs operating as the left and right mouse buttons. There's also a scroll wheel on the side and the 'check' L.E.D. lights up when it's plugged in!

Unfortunately it doesn't work as an actual distortion pedal, but that's probably a good thing, because it's made out of plastic and it would be crumpled by our huge ROCK feet.


Native Instruments announces Traktor Upgrade Offer

Native Instruments Traktor Upgrade Offer

Native Instruments has announced a Traktor Upgrade Offer, offering free Traktor Duo/Traktor Pro software with every Audio 2 / Audio 4 / Audio 8 DJ interface in May and June.

If you’re hungry for a complete DJ system, this offer is sure to satisfy:
Buy either AUDIO 2 DJ, AUDIO 4 DJ or AUDIO 8 DJ and we’ll supersize your DJ software.

Select your high-end, ultra-loud soundcard of choice, and get a TRAKTOR upgrade* on the side – everything you need for rocking the club:

  • Get TRAKTOR PRO for free when you buy AUDIO 8 DJ
  • Get TRAKTOR DUO for free when you buy AUDIO 2 DJ or AUDIO 4 DJ

Note: An upgrade procedure is available for those who have already bought an interface after May 1st, 2010

More information: Native Instruments


Avid announces agreement to acquire Euphonix

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Avid has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Euphonix, a leader in large-format digital audio consoles, media controllers and peripherals.

With the acquisition, Avid will deliver a broad range of audio and video control surfaces and consoles designed to meet the needs of customers ranging from the independent professional to the high-end broadcaster. Avid plans to continue to support and sell both Euphonix control surfaces and Avid’s existing ICON solution, enabling customers to leverage existing investments in industry-leading hardware.

“This acquisition greatly expands our portfolio to offer customers a complementary set of workflow solutions–from independent producers creating music in their home studios to broadcasters preparing segments for national broadcast,” said Gary Greenfield, chairman and CEO, Avid. “We remain committed to driving interoperability and modularity across a vast ecosystem of Avid and third-party creative hardware and software solutions. And, as audio and video workflows continue to converge, we are now well positioned to deliver control surfaces that work across both audio and video applications, making the content creation process more cost-effective and efficient for our customers.”

Avid plans to further develop an open standard protocol that greatly expands the ecosystem of compatibility between the Euphonix control surfaces and a wide range of Avid and third-party audio and video applications, including Media Composer and Pro Tools. For existing Euphonix customers, Avid will continue to support EuCon– the Euphonix high-speed Ethernet protocol that enables its control surfaces to interface with third-party software.

The transaction is expected to close at the end of April.

More information: Avid / Euphonix


Short links for March 26th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Tone Garden | Stephanie McCarty – Interactive toy project for Core Design Studio IV. Designed in collaboration with Andrew Siu.

Interactive Musical Device that produces tones and loops. Sound can be manipulated by physically moving and controlling certain elements of the device. IR sensors detect the distances of propeller blades triggering a corresponding tone to emit from the device.

# Sound Builders: Peaking Lights Are Teasing Lo-Fi Musical …
Matt at Motherboard.TV wrote in to let us know about Sound Builders:

We have a brand spanking new show called Sound Builders where sound geeks create instruments from just about anything that will make noise and, well, to but it simply, build sound. The first episode is a visit to the home of Madison, WI duo Peaking Lights. During their time making bleeps and bloops and washes of noise, they've done a fair share of turning trash into sonic treasure and have had some literally shocking moments of discovery.

Paris Smaragdis user-assited audio selection

# Paris Smaragdis Audio Demos – User-assisted audio selection

Paris Smaragdis writes:

Audio editors are pretty lousy, you can’t use a graphical interface to do anything useful when editing sound mixtures.

In this demo we present an audio-driven interface which allows a user to vocalize the sound they want to select and an automatic process matches that input to the most appropriate sound. Once the selection is done then we can manipulate sounds independently and then throw them back in the mix. This ties in a lot of work on audio separation shown in a later section.

Check the audio demos on the page, pretty brilliant stuff!

# Dan303: Korg Microkorg samples [NNXT, WAV]

Dan has released another pack of free samples:

This pack contains 7 multi sampled synthesiser patches and one pack of EFX taken from the Korg Microkorg synthesiser. Each patch has been pre-loaded into reasons NNXT sampler and ready to play. All sounds were made from scratch. [No factory presets are used]
The multi sample files [.WAV] are also included so that the sounds can be loaded up into a sampler your own choice.

The sample pack is available to download (and share) at no cost.

# Beat Feet, a pair of wireless shoes and hat that allow a solo performer to orchestrate audio loops in real time using dynamic, unexpected sounds.

Arturo Vidich writes:

This is the demo video we made for Beat Feet. I wish we had good video from the ITP Winter Show because after dancing in those shoes for 9+ hours I finally understood how to use them.

# Pro Music Apps, new website a small team of Australian-based journalists, musicians and audio professionals that share a common interest in the growing number of quality iPhone apps designed for professional audio and music uses. was conceived out of respect for the amazing pro audio and music apps the many talented software developers around the world are creating, as well as our passion for enjoying these incredible apps. Until now there has been a lack of unified information about this exciting area of app development, so it was decided (amongst several friends) to create a one-stop online source where developers and users can all come to share and learn about the latest developments in pro music and audio apps.


Short links for February 26th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Neurosonics Live (Vimeo)

Chris Cairns of Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc. posted another Neurosonics video, the Holographic Drumkit and Turntables test.


# GroovePacks Free Stuff

GroovePacks has released a new sampler freebie featuring 10 Sampler instruments (Live 8 and Sampler required).

The instruments were made using samples from our Foundation 1 & 2 sample packs, and also some waveforms from the default Ableton library. Open the info view to see additional information on each rack. You get some great sounding sfx, bass, pad and rhythmic sounds. Install instructions are on the zip file. Enjoy!

# OTO machines – Biscuit

Hardware unit with real 8-bit A/D and D/A converters, true analog multimode filter with resonance control, an FX section with Waveshaper, Delay, Pitch Shifter and Step Filter, and more…

OTO Biscuit
OTO Biscuit

Add depth, texture and organic behavior to synths, basslines, drum machines and virtual sounds from computers with BISCUIT !

By using 8-bit converters, digital processing and analog resonant filters, Biscuit opens up a wide range of sounds from harsh distortion, digital and aliasing artifacts to warm and fat 8-bit sounds.

Producers, deejays, musicians and sound lovers can use BISCUIT to extend their sound creation possi- bilities.
BISCUIT will find its place in studios, on stages or even in clubs.

via CDM, where you can also find an interview with creator Denis Cazajeux.

# SNOOKY001 DRUMKIT « timothyJ:

Free drumkit by Timothy Preut:

new drumkit called SNOOKY001. It is a combo of some kinda retro meets grimey meets elctronic. Have fun using these sounds.

Drumaxx & Ableton @ ModulateThis!

# Image Line Drumaxx Tutorial – Routing Pad Output to Separate Audio Tracks in Ableton Live

Mark Mosher posted a tutorial on how to route pad output of Image-Line's Drumaxx percussion synth to separate audio tracks in Ableton Live.

Image Line has just released a new Percussion Modeling Instrument called Drumaxx made by Maxx Claster. Drumaxx includes 130 drumkits, 900 drum patches, 200 drum patterns. If you use Sawer, Sakura, Morphine, Poizone, or Toxic Biohazard instruments, then you are familiar with Maxx’s work.

Image Line is offering Drumaxx as a “name your price” download for limited until March 31st,2010 with a minimum price of $13 USD with $1 going to support Haiti earthquake victims. With a deal like this I thought it was a “no brainer” so I picked it up.

One of the coolest features is that each of the 16 physically modeled drums can be routed to individual tracks within your host so you can add additional effects. Below I’ll show you how to set this up on Ableton Live.

# Studio Wormbone

Trevor Dutton wrote in to let us know that he’s hiring out the services of his electronic music studio.

Studio Wormbone is a compact and efficient state of the art recording and production facility located in a quiet forest setting just outside the Emerald City of Seattle.

Owned and managed by sound designer/producer Trevor Dutton, Wormbone Studio specializes in all aspects of electronic music, sound design, and cutting edge audio production.

Trevor has also released a number of sample packs, now available from Producer Loops.


Livid Instruments announces Block

Livid Instruments Block

Livid Instruments has announced Block, a compact and programmable MIDI control surface designed for interactive audio performance.

Built on the same bi-directional and adaptable platform as the Ohm64, Block provides a powerful interface for creating and interacting with sound in a small easy-to-transport body. Sixty four backlight led buttons provide endless possibilities for visual feedback with the instrument by connecting it to Ableton Live, Max/Msp, our open source sounds apps, or any other software that supports MIDI. The open source blockEditor application lets you reprogram any of the controller’s sixty four clip buttons, eight knobs, two faders, and seven function buttons. Block is hand crafted from lightweight wood and aluminum for easy portability.

Block has bi-directional talkback communication allowing the controller to talk to your software, and software to your device. MIDI messages can be sent to the Block to light up the buttons for an interactive performance. Completely programable and mappable, block provides a flexible control surface that be used with any software or setup. Completely USB powered means you don’t have to worry about adapters and and power strips, and it is plug and play so no drivers are required.

Block features

  • Portability — A compact and lightweight design lets you slip this controller into your backpack. Plug it into your computer’s USB, and you are powered to play.
  • Design — Block is completely plug and play and USB powered. This means you don’t need drivers to use it and it works with a single USB cable.
  • TalkBack — Reprogrammable buttons with LED talkback provides visual feedback by sending MIDI commands back to the controller.
  • Software — A growing collection of open source sound applications and utilities provide a wide range of uses and endless customization.
  • Home Grown — All controllers are handcrafted by artists with care the Livid Instruments Austin, Texas shop.
  • Specs — Technical specifications and details of the of the block controller here.

Block is available for pre-order for $399 USD. It will ship November 1, 2009.

More information: Livid Instruments / Block


Percussa releases AudioCubes LoopShaper

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Percussa has released LoopShaper, a software application developed specifically for Percussa AudioCubes.

Percussa LoopShaper

LoopShaper is a standalone application, hosts your VST instruments, and lets you interact with them in a hands on fashion through AudioCubes. With LoopShaper, AudioCubes and a VST instrument (some are freely available), you have everything you need to create interesting sound material and loops.

The software will loop and record, and will let you record your interactions and play over them continuously. There are various controls available for the loop memory and to freeze the loop once you are satisfied with it and only want to control the notes or the parameter changes, for example. There is also a loop memory deck available to store and recall loops, which facilitates using LoopShaper with live performance or with lengthy recording sessions.

The resulting sound can be recorded to WAV files on your computer’s harddisk. If necessary you can import the files into your favourite DAW for further editing and mixing.
LoopShaper works with ASIO for low-latency sound output. If your audio interface doesn’t support ASIO you can always use the built-in sound card of your computer using a freely available ASIO driver such as ASIO4ALL.

To help with timing, there is a built-in metronome in loopshaper.

LoopShaper is available as freeware for Windows PC and Mac (requires two Percussa AudioCubes).

More information: Percussa / LoopShaper