99Sounds has launched 99 Drum Samples, a free collection of electronic and acoustic drum hits which have been built from scratch and processed with enternal and external audio gear.
I’ve been building this personal collection of drum samples for years and it’s being released now as a free bonus sample pack for the first music making contest on 99Sounds!
The sounds were recorded from various analogue and digital sources and processed with various on-board effects and external gear. My favorite part of the pack are the drum machine sounds and acoustic drum hits which I’ve recorded to a cassette tape in order to enhance them with a bit of punch and grit. Some of the included drum hits were also passed through an old tape delay unit, resulting in a warm organic sound.
The pack also includes a selection of modern electronic drum samples, some acoustic drums (captured with my trusty Edirol R-09 recorder) and a set of drums which were synthesized with various analogue and digital instruments (including the Korg Electribe ER-1 drum machine and the Lell UDS analogue drum generator). I’ve also included a small set of lo-fi drums which were recorded from various toy instruments such as the Yamaha DD-5.
The sample pack is a free download at 99Sounds.
More information: 99Sounds / 99 Drum Samples
Fairly Confusing Waveforms has introduced Terrible Piano, a free piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
This set has been recorded by accident. I happened to need to wait some hours alone in a room with this old upright piano, which has been quite obviously kept there purely for decorative reasons. I started to play around with it, recording notes to portable recorder. To make it somewhat interesting I picked rater unusual microphone position, I placed it under the piano. It barely fit the space between the floor and the instrument, and so the recording has a sort of claustrophobic, creepy vibe. If you have ever wondered, how would piano sound from a cockroach perspective, this is it.
It has been cut to samples and patched into an instrument in Kontakt. The piano was way out of tune, surely it hasn’t been serviced for decades, if ever. I made a rough attempt at fixing the tuning in Kontakt, it still sounds broken, just not as much as before. Kontakt patch offers both tuning versions, it also has an EQ, convolution reverb and mono/stereo switch. Here’s how it sounds, once again murdering a classic for demonstration purpose.
Terrible Piano is available to download at no charge. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2 or higher (Wav files also included).
More information: Fairly Confusing Waveforms / Terrible Piano
Holderness Media has announced the release of Caramel, a highly playable distortion, crusher and fattener effect processor for iPad.
Designed for use with the Audiobus app and USB audio interfaces, Caramel lets you easily add grit, punch and character to input sources such as drums, synth, bass and guitar. Create punchy distorted drum sounds and basslines, colorful lo-fi digital distortion and more.
Caramel also works as an Inter-app Audio effect inside hosts such as AudioShare, Auria, Cubasis and Apple’s own Garageband. Caramel supports Core MIDI for controlling the effect parameters with your favorite MIDI controllers.
- Great for adding punch, grit and sonic character to drums, bass and synths with ease.
- Compatible with USB audio interfaces such as the Apogee Jam, One, Duet and many more.
- Crunch, Crush, Girth, Sizzle and Bite parameters for shaping your distortion tone.
- Girth parameter adds subtle to punishing low end boost to drums and bass.
- Independent left and right channel effects engines can be linked or controlled independently for interesting stereo distortion.
- Use Caramel as an effect inside Garageband, Auria, Cubasis, and AudioShare using Audiobus or Inter-app audio.
- Supports new Audiobus 2 state saving feature for full parameter recall via Audiobus presets.
- Supports Core MIDI, Virtual MIDI and Network MIDI, plus MIDI learn for easily mapping your favorite controller to Caramel’s effect parameters.
- Two distinct modes: Perform and Tweak.
- Playable presets, allowing for interesting sonic experimentation on the fly.
- Several stereo output modes including Normal Stereo, Wide Stereo and Sum To Mono.
Caramel is available for purchase for $4.99 USD at the iTunes AppStore.
More information: Caramel
Samplephonics has launched Lo-Fi Cuts, a sample pack featuring 270 loops and 115 one shot samples.
Combining the old with the new, nostalgic synth glimmers are delicately manipulated using a collection of old tapes machines, gramophones, VHS players and painstakingly beautiful edits to ensure this collection cannot be missed.
Expect to see detailed vocal chops, extensive FX mangling, epically crisp ambient progressions, technical synth lines, evolving drum patterns and everything else in between.
Our secret producer has spent the last 4 months ensuring every single detail has been addressed in making this a pack to remember. Perfect for adding depth and texture to any production, this collection allows the users to be lost in a wash of dense ambience paying homage to greats of electronica Aphex Twin, Autechre and Squarepusher to name a few.
This pack would perfectly accompany any sound designer, glitch producer, breaks masters, ambient designer and everything in between.
The sample pack is available for purchase for £34.70 GBP. The one-shot samples are also sold separately for £14 GBP.
More information: Samplephonics
Ueberschall has launched Wonky Toys, a new Elastik Soundbank featuring a collection of off-kilter sounds for unstable tunes.
The Elastik Inspire series brings you Wonky Toys, a sound collection that captures the character and mood of sub-genres such as wonkystep, streetbass, aquacrunk or purple sound. Wonky Toys includes drum and percussion loops to give you a complex, and sometimes unusual, rhythmic feel in a meld of hip hop and dubstep influences
Pre-mixed loops and single track drum recordings as well as additional drum mixes processed for a lo-fi and dirty sound will get you started while you can build your track with a range of dark and disturbed instrument loops and sound FX. Instruments include synth-based basses, chords, leads, arps, pads and FX while there are also more conventional instruments such as guitars, brass and strings to colour your sound. A series of sound FX, processed vocal samples, a huge variety of percussion and 8-bit sounds round out the collection giving you all you need to start your next wonky cut.
This 1.14 GB-Library does not contain conventional construction kits. Rather, Wonky Toys is a pool of ideas consisting of 445 loops to be freely combined. So to speak, this library is a single huge construction kit.
The sample library is available to purchase for 49 EUR.
More information: Ueberschall / Wonky Toys
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