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Loopmasters releases Meat Katie – Tech Funk Producer

Loopmasters Meat Katie - Tech Funk Producer

Loopmasters has announced the release of Meat Katie – Tech Funk Producer, a collection of dance floor ready grooves and melodies for the Tech Funk production elite by DJ/Producer and Label owner Meat Katie aka Mark Pember.

South west Londoner Mark Pember (AKA Meat Katie) has had a long history in Dance music. In his time he has recorded for such prestigious labels such as Wall of Sound, R&S Records , Kingsize, Bedrock, Perfecto, Great Stuff, Renaissance, Saw Pember has also remixed for / collaborated with Arthur Baker, U.N.K.L.E, Deep Dish, D.Ramirez, Peace Division, Chicken Lips, Robbie Rivera & James Zabelia, to name but a few.

Not satisfied with being a world class DJ and Producer the self confessed workaholic also found time to set up and run his own highly influential LOT49 imprint with Dylan Rhymes, which maintains a reputation as being a taste-making label, with over 60 releases under its belt featuring artists such as, Dubfire , Audiojack, D Ramirez, Elite Force, Lee Coombs, Robbie Rivera, Marco Bailey, James Talk and Evil 9.

Mark decided to take us back to the days when searching out loops in dusty basements and secondhand record stores lifting kicks & snare, bassloops & Hooks bits of vocals from films etc… this was seen as part of the creative process, finding a 4 bar loop that would inspire a whole track, mark has made it slighter easier for you by allowing you to get a taste of what can be achieved and how far you can diversify with his loops by his demo that moves effortlessly through the techy genres, still maintaining a moody and an overall feel, the very same feel has gained him a reputation as being a unique and influential Artist, very hard to pin down but the words ‘Tech-Funk’ just ooze out of this pack.

Meat Katie – Tech Funk Producer features

  • 800MB Tech Funk Samples; 424 Wav Samples, 302 Loops.
  • 35 Bass Loops, 78 Drum Loops, 17 FX Loops, 33 Hats Loops, 52 Percussion Loops, 43 Synth Riffs, 14 Stab Loops, 30 Vocal Loops, 112 Single Drum Samples, 10 Synth Stabs.
  • 13 Patches for Reason NNXt, Halion, Kontakt, EXS, SFZ Samplers.
  • Formats: Wav, Acid, Rex2, Reason Refill, Live Pack, Apple Loops, Halion, Kontakt, EXS, SFZ, Live Presets and NNXT.

Meat Katie – Tech Funk Producer is available to purchase in various formats, priced at £24.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Tech Funk Producer

Dark Side Of The Tune releases Queen’s English

Dark Side Of The Tune Queen's English

Dark Side Of The Tune has released Queen’s English, a spoken word sample library.

In this spoken sample library, unexpected vernacular contrasts with wholesome British correctness, delivering dramatic audio clips without the licensing hassles from Hollywood.

Drawing on the disciplinary pronouncements of London-based dominatrix Miss T, producers can add new life to composition through urban street jargon, master & slave instruction, retro cookbook text, fetish descriptions, and other miscellaneous sound bites. Tone is bossy, imperious and crisp.

Queen’s English contains 176 stereo samples recorded with tube equipment at 44.1 kHz. 24 and 16 bit files are offered to accommodate most samplers.

Queen’s English is available on DVD+Download for $29.99 USD.

More information: Dark Side Of The Tune / Queen’s English

Sonic Visualiser updated to v1.7

Sonic Visualiser

Chris Cannam of the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London, has released version 1.7 of Sonic Visualiser, an application for inspecting and analysing the contents of music audio files, combining powerful waveform and spectral visualisation tools with automated feature extraction plugins and annotation capabilities.

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

We hope Sonic Visualiser will be of particular interest to musicologists, archivists, signal-processing researchers and anyone else looking for a friendly way to take a look at what lies inside the audio file.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v1.7

  • A new “Insert Item At Selection” function on the Edit menu can be used to create Note and Region layer items whose time extents correspond to the current selection(s).
  • Interactively editing points in the Note and Region layers now works much more smoothly.
  • SV can now import MIDI files that use SMPTE timecode for event timing (importing MIDI files using with the more common timebase-based timing was already supported).
  • Time values throughout the display may optionally be shown in seconds and frames at various frame rates.
  • A crash on exit in Windows has been fixed.
  • A very unobtrusive user survey is now included.
  • Various other bug fixes.

Sonic Visualiser is available as freeware (GNU General Public License) for Windows, Mac and Linux.

More information: Sonic Visualiser

Sonic Visualiser updated to v1.6

Sonic Visualiser

Chris Cannam has released version 1.6 of Sonic Visualiser, an application for inspecting and analysing the contents of music audio files, combining powerful waveform and spectral visualisation tools with automated feature extraction plugins and annotation capabilities.

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

We hope Sonic Visualiser will be of particular interest to musicologists, archivists, signal-processing researchers and anyone else looking for a friendly way to take a look at what lies inside the audio file.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v1.6

  • The Colour 3D Plot layer now supports logarithmic vertical scale and linear interpolation options.
  • A new colour scheme (High Gain) has been added for spectrogram and Colour 3D Plot, which improves readability for some data.
  • Further performance improvements have been made to Colour 3D Plot.
  • Various other bug fixes.

Sonic Visualiser is available as freeware (GNU General Public License) for Windows, Mac and Linux.

More information: Sonic Visualiser

Time+Space announces exclusive UK previews at LIMS

Time+Space has announced it will have some exclusive UK previews from several top brands at next week’s London International Music Show (LIMS), UK’s biggest music exhibition.

Toontrack The Metal Foundry

Time+Space @ LIMS 2009

  • The Metal Foundry – Toontrack
    Drum sampling specialists Toontrack will be joined by heavy metal drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, Scarve, Aborted) to demonstrate the sheer hot molten power of their new Superior Drummer 2.0 expansion pack.

    The Metal Foundry SDX™ is an all-new recording with Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake, featuring seven massive drum kits, spanning 300,000 sound files of raw, single hit drum recordings covering Hard Rock to Metal, from the early Blues tinged sound of the late 60s to the fragmentation of today’s music, from Power through Thrash, Death and Progressive Metal.

    This will be the first ever UK demonstration of The Metal Foundry since its announcement last week and the tremendous performances from Verbeuren are sure to be a crowd-puller.

  • ESP1010e – ESI
    ESI, one of the world’s leading suppliers of audio hardware, will be giving the brand new ESP1010e recording interface its first UK showing at LIMS – just as it starts shipping within the UK. The upgraded version of the famous ESP1010 is now a PCIe (PCI Express) solution, integrating the latest interface standard for extremely fast and reliable data transfer.

    ESI ESP1010e

    The hardware is equipped with 24-bit converters on up to 8 analog inputs and up to 8 analog outputs. Two input connectors are equipped with microphone preamps with balanced XLR connectors and switchable phantom power supply that can be used with high quality dynamic and condenser microphones. In addition, two Hi-Z inputs are provided to directly connect and use guitar input signals. ESP1010e also provides a 24-bit 96kHz coaxial digital input and output, a 32 channel MIDI I/O interface with 2 inputs and 2 outputs and full EWDM driver with DirectWIRE functionality.

Sontronics Delta
  • Delta – Sontronics
    UK-based microphone brand Sontronics will be waving the British flag at this year’s LIMS, exhibiting its complete range of microphones, preamps and accessories. The brand, which celebrates its 5th birthday this summer and has been distributed in the UK by Time+Space since 1st April, will be offering show visitors the chance to try out all their British-designed microphones including the newly released rugged ribbon mic, DELTA.

    The new mic is designed for use in the live environment as well as the studio, and the guys at Sontronics have come up with an ingenious way of demoing exactly what it can do.

    “The Sontronics RockBox,” explains Sontronics founder Trevor Coley, “is a soundproofed isolation box containing our new DELTA ribbon microphone sitting right next to a guitar amp connected out to a guitar and headphones. Visitors can pop on the headphones, play the guitar and experience exactly how well the DELTA works on guitar amps, and users are already telling us it also gives amazing results with brass, woodwind and stringed instruments as well.”

Throughout the four-day show (11-14 June), Time+Space will also be hosting a daily prize draw to win prizes from Toontrack, Sontronics, ESI and Rob Papen.

Visit Time+Space and LIMS for more information.

Sonic Visualiser updated to v1.5

Sonic Visualiser

Chris Cannam has released version 1.5 of Sonic Visualiser, an application for inspecting and analysing the contents of music audio files.

This release has a few new features and a substantial number of bug fixes over the previous version 1.4. Also, the binary packages for this release have been built with Qt 4.5 instead of 4.4, offering better performance and platform integration.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v1.5

  • You can now insert time instants, time values, and notes using a MIDI device during playback. If a time value or note layer is current it will be used for insertion (giving a value equal to the pitch class, or the played note, respectively); otherwise an existing or new time instants layer will be used just as it is when inserting instants using the PC keyboard. Using a MIDI device should give better timing than using the PC keyboard.
  • There is a new Activity Log window with a (purely informative) list of events and user interactions that happen while SV is running.
  • The spectrogram has somewhat improved graphical scaling, and this is now the default (being much faster than the 4x oversampled method). The previous default is still available as a preference.
  • Visualisation of very dense colour plots (such as spectrograms calculated by plugins) is substantially faster in this release.
  • Spectrogram display is now faster in many circumstances.
  • Alignment using the MATCH plugin is faster on OS/X than before.
  • SV will take into account RDF plugin descriptions, if available, in order to make somewhat better decisions about display of plugin outputs (for example, placing segmentation data into a layer with segmentation plot type).
  • You can now switch layers by clicking on the spare area at the left end of the pane that is also used for the current pane indicator.
  • The vertical black lines dividing segments in the time value layer’s segmentation plot style are now optional.
  • Several widget layout bugs on OS/X have been fixed.
  • Several serious crashing, deadlock, and data corruption bugs have been fixed.

Sonic Visualiser is available as freeware (GNU license) for Linux, Mac and Windows.

More information: Sonic Visualiser

Chris Cannam updates Sonic Visualiser to v1.4

Sonic Visualiser

Chris Cannam has released version 1.4 of Sonic Visualiser, an application for inspecting and analysing the contents of music audio files.

It combines powerful waveform and spectral visualisation tools with automated feature extraction plugins and annotation capabilities.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v1.4

  • SV now has a Region layer type, used for display of features with durations (also supports Vamp v2.0 plugins that provide durations for features).
  • Layer data can now be imported from RDF described using the Audio Features Ontology, as well as from the existing text file types.
  • You can search for transforms by text in the new “Find a Transform” dialog.
  • You can now zoom and scroll vertically in the time-value, note, and colour 3d plot layers.
  • Sonic Visualiser can now load sessions from uncompressed XML files as well as its own compressed-XML .sv format.
  • Several crashes and other bugs have been fixed.

Sonic Visualiser is available as freeware (GNU license) for Linux, Mac and Windows.

More information: Sonic Visualiser

Chris Cannam releases Sonic Visualiser v1.3

Sonic Visualiser

Chris Cannam of the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London, has released version 1.3 of Sonic Visualiser, an application for viewing and analysing the contents of music audio files.

As well as a number of features designed to make exploring audio data as revealing and fun as possible, Sonic Visualiser also has powerful annotation capabilities to help you to describe what you find, and the ability to run automated annotation and analysis plugins in the Vamp analysis plugin format – as well as applying standard audio effects.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v1.3

  • There is a new spreadsheet-style data viewer and editor for viewing and editing the data in some types of annotation layer.
  • Alignments are now saved to the session file.
  • The spectrogram layer is usually somewhat faster than it was.
  • You can now hold Shift while dragging to move an item, in order to override the initial drag resistance introduced in 1.2.
  • The gross mis-labelling of time lines in the ruler has been fixed.
  • There is a new, somewhat provisional PulseAudio output driver.
  • Several other bug fixes.

Sonic Visualiser is free software, distributed under the GNU General Public License and available for Linux, OS/X, and Windows.

More information: Sonic Visualiser