KVR Audio has announced the Developer Challenge 2012, the fourth free-for-all audio plug-in / audio application / soundware design event.
The “KVR Developer Challenge” is for anyone who develops Audio Plug-ins or Applications and, new for this year, Soundware. The challenge is to create and release a brand new free audio plug-in, application or sound library / pack / set that will benefit the community at large. Creativity is key, it can be as simple or as complex as you want.
KVR members will vote on the entries and pick the eventual winner using whatever criteria they choose to.
The prize fund is from donations – the last Challenge in 2009 achieved a prize fund of almost $2000! Can we beat it this year?
Anyone can make a donation via PayPal and the prize fund will be distributed to the eventual winners with the main chunk going to the highest rated Windows and Mac OS X software (for details of the prize breakdown please see the DC 12 page).
Prizes for Entering, Donating and/or Voting
Additional prizes are also being donated by plug-in and soundware developers / companies. These will be awarded to various entrants, donaters and voters when the DC is over by means of a random draw. So simply by donating or voting (when voting begins in November) will give you a chance to win something!
H.G. Fortune has introduced GhostMachine WoF Edition 2012, a free virtual instrument in celebration of its anniversary.
GhostMachine WoF Edition 2012 free algorithmic instrument for Windows.
As May 6th is on a sunday this year it is a good day for a surprise in reconnecting to the past some way. The circle of the spiral crosses the point where it all began: HGFortune’s very 1st public VSTi ‘Wheel of Fortune’ or WoF! In reminiscense to this after about 9 years here is a worthy successor GhostMachine WoF Edition 2012 which is an offspring of the bigger project GhostMachine.
GhostMachine WoF Edition 2012 ties some links to it’s predecessor in having a Bass & HiSq part, a scale based algorithmic composing system, a pattern based sequencer with 2 x 8 steps instead of 4 and with the note pattern being editable. And what is most important it does have that very special vivid groovy feel back. And, yes, as of May 6th GhostMachine WoF Edition 2012 is free!
H.G. Fortune has also announced a contest in which you are asked to create note patterns for a chance to win Ghost Machine Pro (scheduled for release around May 18th, 2012) and additional plugins.
Just uploaded a video preview of Discord3's highlights. I think I touched on all the major features; I'll do a full tutorial series once I have a 100% working OS X VST. The quality of Snaggit's video capture is fairly lacking; nothing to compare with Screenflow. But this should give you a good idea of what's going on with the three engines.
If you're interested in the early history of ROLAND, the Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and the TB-303 Bassline, you'll enjoy this 20-minute video. The TB-303 and its design are described in depth, and many examples of popular music made with the machine are presented.
Tom Shear at Waveformless shares some tips on how to create the illusion of distance:
Even when one is talking about mixing to stereo (as opposed to 5.1), a song's mix can be very three dimensional. Perhaps not literally, but in the same sense that a painter can simulate the way an image diffuses the further it is away from the viewer, it is not terribly difficult to simulate the characteristics of a sound that is far from the listener. This can be brilliant at setting a mood and creating a real sense of depth. Here's two easy steps that when used together can really give them a sense of three dimensional space.
Every once in a while something quite special comes along in the crazy sonic world of the Dirty Electronics Ensemble.
In the past our leader John Richards has arranged for us to collaborate with some great names in the world of experimental music, including Pauline Oliveros, noise legend Merzbow and Nic Bullen amongst others. Our recent performance with Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle, Carter Tutti) at Phoenix Square, Leicester was no exception.
The core of the performance revolved around the Dirty Carter E.S.G.I. a postcard sized instrument designed by John and Chris and built by the members of the ensemble in an earlier workshop. Six pieces we’re performed in total by various members of the ensemble.
The Musical Table is a toy table that allows kids to play musical phrases by moving toys around the surface.Each of seven switches can play different musical phrases in four bases, making 27 different musical phrases in total. Some of the phrases are musically related and some of them are not. This toy table can help kids to develop musicality by playing phrases in logical order. The table also allows you to play two phrases at the same time. Depending on which phrases are played together, the sounds can be melodic or chaotic.
I’ve been experimenting lately with programming Ableton Analog from “init”. I have a rich set of VSTs so I’ve not given Analog much attention but after spending some time with it recently, I’m finding when you rack it up and add some effects and assign params to Macros you can achieve some pretty interesting sounds.
These days, everyone loves hip-hop. But how much does the average fan really know about the building blocks that formed the foundation of the genre's entire sound? That's right, before it was all-808-everything, hip-hop used a secret (and sometimes not-so-secret) selection of classic soul, funk rock, and jazz records from the ’60s and ’70s to create their sound. From tiny, obscure snippets to instantly-recognizable loops, the sample-based producers of the late ’80s and early ’90s uncovered some truly classic musical gems that are still sought after and used today.
Thank god we’ve got folks like Kon + Amir to keep us digging deeper. The veteran record collectors, DJs, and producers (yeah, they basically they do it all) recently released their latest compilation of slept-on vinyl rarities called Off Track Vol. 3, so we decided to call them up and get them to select their all-time favorite samples. Check out their countdown, complete with audio examples and commentary from the guys themselves…
KVR Audio has announced it is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a Year-Long Giveaway.
In February 2010 KVR Audio is celebrating 10 years as the number one news and information resource for audio plug-ins! To mark this special occasion we are having a huge giveaway contest for the whole year (until the end of Jan 2011)! Every month we’ll give away a prize from a major software developer, gear manufacturer or educational institution.
All you have to do is fill out our quick survey once and you will be entered into the prize draw with the chance to win one of the prizes every month! Simple.
We’ve teamed up several leading software, hardware and sample library developers to bring you a fantastic selection of prizes – with a value of more than $8000! A big thank you to these companies for being so generous (with more still to come)!
Year-Long Giveaway prizes
Ableton is offering one lucky winner a boxed version of Live 8, the fantastic composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance app. A value of $550.
Arturia is providing a plethora of prizes, including two copies of Hip Hop Producer and one each of their emulations of classic hardware synths: minimoog V, ARP 2600 V, CS-80V, Moog Modular V and Prophet V – a total prize fund value of $1,503 / €1,403!
Big Fish Audio is offering a copy of MOJO: Horn Section, Vir2 Instruments’ flexible and innovative approach to pop, funk, jazz, and big band horns in a virtual instrument.
FXpansion will give one lucky winner DCAM: Synth Squad, the plug-in suite that delivers the satisfaction of playing real analogue instruments in software! Advanced modelling technology carefully reconstructs the soul of dusty vintage circuits within your computer for the unmatched vibe of hardware at a fraction of the cost. A $249 value.
Native Instruments has given us a copy of its flagship Komplete 6 plug-in collection. Komplete 6 incorporates the latest Absynth 5, Kontakt 4 and Guitar Rig 4 Pro versions, which add significant creative capabilities over their predecessors, complemented by Battery 3, FM8, Massive and Reaktor 5. A $499 value.
Ohm Force is providing twelve (!) copies of its ALL-Live bundle (one each month). This fantastic plug-in bundle includes Quad Frohmage Filter Bank, Ohmicide:Melohman Distortion and Symptohm:Melohman Synth.
Resonant Vibes is offering several rv_samplepacks, Resonant Vibes’ line of quality-driven sample packs. Typically ranging from 100 MB to 600 MB+, each pack is created by a handpicked producer. A $209 value.
Toontrack Music is providing Superior Drummer 2.0, the professional virtual instrument for producing drums in a digital recording environment, together with its three SDX expansion packs: Lost New York Studios SDX, The Metal Foundry SDX and Custom and Vintage SDX. Over $800 in value.
u-he is offering the u-he Complete Bundle, which includes, as its name suggests, all u-he plug-ins released to date (ACE, Filterscape, MFM2, Uhbik, Zebra + soundbanks), worth well over $700!
Universal Audio is offering a “User’s Choice”: UAD-2 SOLO Powered Plug-Ins Card or a UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop Powered Plug-Ins Card. This single-processor PCIe card provides access to the World’s most authentic analog hardware emulations and audio processing plug-ins — including licensed emulations from Neve, Roland, BOSS, Empirical Labs, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix and more.