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# Discord 3 sneak preview

Chris Randall writes:

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.

# 57 Free Drum Loops [.WAV]

Dan303 shares 57 high quality, royalty free drum loops to use in your favorite DAW or sampler.

  • The loops are in various tempos and styles.
  • .WAV format [Ready to load in ableton, cubase, Logic, Reason, etc.]
  • Loop tempo is included in the file name

Download them here (RAR).

# Roland TB-303 Documentary BASSLINE BASELINE

Nate Harrison on Vimeo:

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.

# Creating the Illusion of Distance

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.

Chris Carter's instrumentation (image by ASMO)

# Chris Carter and The Dirty Electronics Ensemble

Stu Smith @ ASMO writes:

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.

# Free (creepy) FM carillon

KVR user gvnz writes:

Ok, this is not really a carillon but can be creepy :-). It's a sound that I came up with while noodling on my DIY synth, I tought that it could sit nicely in some dark sci-fi music, so I sampled it.

This library is for the free Proteus Vx by E-mu; other than the bare samples, a number of modulation and effects are provided, so you can tweak some knobs while playing.

The library is composed of 122 mono samples at 44.1/16 and there is a README pdf file included, with detailed explanations and info.

This is a simple demo mp3 (external reverb and compression added)

This is the link for the download (ZIP archive 33MB compressed)

Musical Table

# Musical Table

indistructableBubble writes:

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.

# Ableton Analog Experiments

Mark Mosher at ModulateThis! writes:

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.

# Kon + Amir Present: The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Samples Of All Time

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.

Kon + Amir

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 Celebrates 10 Years with a Year-Long Giveaway

KVR Audio 10 Year Anniversary

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.

More information: KVR Audio

Krakli Synths releases Gargoyle 2

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Krakli Synths has released Gargoyle 2, a free virtual synthesizer instrument for Windows, created as a response to the KvRAudio One-Synth-Challenge Competition won by JJ.

Krakli Synths Gargoyle 2
Krakli Synths Gargoyle 2, noise maker instrument

Gargoyle2 is a noise maker designed to appeal to sound-designers or those that just like hitting notes and moving controls. Fans of the original Gargoyle synth will find this one a new ‘challenge’.

More information: Krakli Synths / Gargoyle 2

Matthew Lindsay NCL Phase EQ

Matthew Lindsay NCL Phase EQ

Matthew Lindsay NCL Phase EQ is a freeware equalizer effect plug-in for Windows.

NCL Phase EQ is a high quality six band stereo equalizer which allows simultaneous left/right and mid/side processing. It is also more than capable functioning in a more traditional EQing role.

Phase EQ has been designed to be both powerful and flexible yet easy to use. Controls and parameters have been set up to steer users in the right direction without being restrictive in function.

To ensure a high quality signal with a low signal to noise ratio 64 bit precision is used internally on the entire audio path. Optional oversampling is available for increased audio fidelity.

NCL Phase EQ features

  • 6 EQ bands.
  • 64 bit internal precision though out entire signal path.
  • Optional oversampling.
  • Simultaneous Left/Right and Mid/Side processing.
  • Optimized CPU usage.

NCL Phase EQ was developed for the KVR Developer Challenge 2009. It is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows PC (1.67 MB).

NCL Phase EQ Downloads: 8537 times

Matthew’s NCL EQ plug-ins is available to download here.

KVR Audio announces Developer Challenge 2009 Winners

KVR Audio has announced the winners of the Developer Challenge 2009, KVR’s third free-for-all audio plug-in / audio application design event.

With over twice as many points as the second placed entry, FerricTDS by bootsie, a Windows VST effect Tape Dynamics Simulator plug-in, is the clear favourite in this year’s Challenge. Bootsie wins 30% of the prize fund as the top Windows entry!

Bootsy FerricTDS
KVR DC 2009 Winner: FerricTDS by H.L. Goldberg

Second place goes to HybridReverb2 by Christian Borß, a convolution-based reverberation VST effect plug-in for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Third place is for FMMF by de la Mancha, a 4 operator FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer VST instrument plug-in for Windows.

Developer Challenge 2009 Top 10

  1. FerricTDS by bootsie
  2. HybridReverb2 by c.borss
  3. FMMF by de la Mancha
  4. Twin Engined Verb by daz.diamond
  5. massTURBOtar by LpD
  6. Antopya by L-Day
  7. Phase Shifter by Astralp
  8. SpectroBits by g200kg
  9. PanCake by Jakob / CableGuys
  10. EQUINOX by IIRs

More information: KVR Audio / Developer Challenge 2009

Bootsy / Variety Of Sound updates TesslaSE, TesslaPRO, Density mkII and FerricTDS

Bootsy / Variety Of Sound FerricTDS

Bootsy of Variety Of Sound has announced maintenance releases for Density mkII (v2.0.2) and FerricTDS (v1.0.2), two freeware VST effect plug-ins for Windows.

Both maintenance releases are containing important stability improvements, especially for the memory issues that were causing crashes when deleting plugins in some host applications.

TesslaSE and TesslaPRO were also updated.

Additional changes TesslaSE 1.2.1

  • Noise model removed.
  • Faster loading times on systems with large amounts of system fonts.
  • VST vendor tag changed to ‘Variety Of Sound’.
  • Manual updated.

Additional changes TesslaPRO 1.0.1

  • Samplerate compatibility issue fixed (internal filter).
  • VU needle renders proper on mono tracks now.
  • VST vendor tag changed to ‘Variety Of Sound’.

The updates are available through the Variety Of Sound downloads page. The FerricTDS v1.0.2 update is available through the KVR Developer Challenge.

More information: Variety Of Sound / FerricTDS @ KVR

Matthew Lindsay releases NCL Phase EQ

Matthew Lindsay NCL Phase EQ

Matthew Lindsay has released NCL Phase EQ, a free equalizer effect plug-in for Windows.

Phase EQ is a high quality 6 band EQ that allows simultaneous Left/Right and Mid/Side Processing.

Possible uses include stereo correction and enhancement in both mixing and mastering as well as more traditional and creative EQing tasks where audio quality is of the highest importance.

NCL Phase EQ features

  • 6 Band EQ.
  • 64 bit internal precision.
  • Optional oversampling.
  • Simultaneous Left/Right and Mid/Side processing.
  • Optimized CPU usage.

NCL Phase EQ was developed for the KVR Developer Challenge 2009. It is available as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows PC.

Note: Matthew’s previously released NCL EQ plug-in is available here.

More information: KVR DC 2009 / NCL Phase EQ download

Homegrown Sounds releases Phase Shifter

Homegrown Sounds Phase Shifter

Homegrown Sounds has released Phase Shifter, a free VST instrument plug-in designed to emulate Steve Reich’s tape loop phasing technique.

In the late 60′s composer Steve Reich stumbled across a technique he called phasing, which was to have two identical tape loops that run at slightly different speeds, the result is that every possible combination of sound is cycled through until they arrive back in sync. The result with a melodic piece of music is that it moves through moments of chaos and moments of melody. Brian Eno also used this technique extensively on some of his Ambient albums. After becoming interested in this in 2008, I decided to build myself a simple plugin to emulate the process as it was surprisingly difficult to emulate with any software I had at that time. I have now expanded it to emulate four tape decks and many more features such as time stretching, filters & FX so that it has become a much more capable synthesizer.

Phase Shifter is designed more for playing live, though full VST automation is supported and having an external controller makes the process a much more rewarding experience. It also has a built in recorder so that the output can be recorded directly to disk. It works by loading up to 2 WAVs, and is triggered via a midi keyboard. Middle C will play the WAV at it’s original speed. It has a lot of potential for producing interesting sounds, I would be pleased to hear of the different ways people use it.

Phase Shifter was developed for the KVR Developers Challenge 2009. It is available to download as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC.

More information: Homegrown Sounds / Phase Shifter @ KVR