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Short links for July 12th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# PERSPECTIVE LYRIQUE via Make:Blog

An interactive architectural mapping.
Fete des Lumieres / Lyon / France / 2010

A mapping by 1024 Architecture, projected on the facade of former Lyrical theater the “Celestins”. The building deformations and figures were controlled by the audience, using a microphone and an audio analysis algorythm.

More info at 1024architecture.net and 1024d.wordpress.com

# Dan303: Tenori-On iPad app review

Dan Weatherall on the TNR-i for iOS:

Yamaha TNR-i

The official Tenori on iOS app enter the app store the other week but at £12 I was a little hesitant to buy it. After a little thought and a bit of googling I decided it was indeed worth the price.

The cheapest hardware Tenori-On (the TNR-O) is roughly £500 where as the current price of the iPad 2 is £499 (cheapest wifi only model) so considering that both the devices are pretty much exactly the same price (and I already own an iPad) it makes sence to get the iOS version.

# Thumbs Up for Madrona Labs AALTO Software Synthesizer (Modulate This! – A Blog for Electronic Music Artists)

Madrona Labs Aalto

Mark Mosher shares some info on the Aalto semi-modular software synth.

Peter Kirn over at Create Digital Music did a post on a new synth by Madrona Labs last month. Even though I wasn’t in the market for a new synth right now I ended up buying this Aalto within an hour or so of downloading the demo so I wanted to pass this along and help promote Madrona’s great work. At $99 this is an incredible value.

# From the Trenches of the Loudness Wars, A Broad Survey of Research
Peter Kirn writes:

You’ve heard the gripes, and heard and seen the somewhat unscientific demos. Now it’s time to examine the over-compression of music with – science! Earl Vickers of STMicroelectronics examines the Loudness Wars in an academic paper, as noted to us by reader photohounds.

# Flickr: LEGO Album Covers via wire to the ear

Flickr LEGO Album Covers

# little-scale: Tau Percussion Sample Pack

Sebastian Tomczak has posted a nice free sample pack.

I made a small set of percussion samples using a waveform generated from the first 614 digits of 2π. Download it here: http://milkcrate.com.au/_other/downloads/sample_sets/Tau_Kit.zip

# Talking About The Upcoming Sound Packs With Elliott Fienberg

Nick of Nick’s Tutorials:

Elliot Fienberg aka MrTunes

I just finished recording a really enjoyable conversation with Elliott Fienberg, the man behind the Wobble Tech Radio podcast.

We chatted about some recording industry news and talked a bit about my upcoming Ableton Live packs that I’ll start releasing in the next month or so.

Check out the recording here, and be sure to check out Elliott’s other episodes: http://mixlr.com/mrtunes/wobble-tech-radio-10-with-the-ableton-tutor

# Dan303: Analog acid/minimal bass stabs (multisample)

More free samples from Dan303:

These multi samples were taken from my FreeBass FB383 bassline synth. It’s a rackmount analog bass synthesizer (clone of the Roland TB303).

Rockit 8-bit Synth Kit

# Open-Source Rockit 8-bit Synth Kit Coming

Peter at Create Digital Music:
Chicago-based hacker and synthesist Matt Heins is working on an open source synth kit. As a co-creator of the MeeBlip open source-synth hardware, I’m biased — I want more open synth hardware! So this is looking like some great company. The instrument is 8-bit, with analog filter circuitry, coded in C.

Madrona Labs updates Aalto to v1.2, VST for Windows and Mac now available

Madrona Labs has released version 1.2 of Aalto, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Mac and Windows.

Aalto is a new semi-modular software synthesizer with an innovative, patchable UI, distinctive sounds, and a charming personality.

Madrona Labs Aalto
Madrona Labs Aalto

Changes in Aalto v1.2

  • Mac and Windows VST versions added.
  • 64-bit Mac AU / VST added.
  • 64-bit Windows VST added.
  • Improved performance (20-50% faster than version 1.1).
  • Brand new patching interface.
  • New cross-platform preset format.
  • Improved dial ballistics.
  • Over 100 new presets from Richard Devine, Rory Dow, Surachai, Edward Ten Eyck and Madrona Labs.

Aalto is available to purchase for $99 USD. A purchase of Aalto includes a $99 USD discount on the Soundplane A, a force-sensitive control surface that is currently in development.

More information: Madrona Labs / Aalto

Madrona Labs Aaltoverb, freeware reverb effect for Mac

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Madrona Labs Aaltoverb

Madrona Labs has announced the release of Aaltoverb, a freeware reverb effect plug-in for Mac OS X.

Because of your support of Aalto these past few months, I can now work full time to bring you more software and hardware to make music with. And that is something I am very thankful for. I am very excited about what we will have to offer this coming year: Aalto for Windows, the Soundplane A, and more software instruments that are even farther off the beaten path.

As a small way to say thanks, today I’m releasing Aaltoverb for Mac OS X. Aaltoverb is just the reverb section from Aalto, packaged up as its own plugin and with mix and brightness knobs added. It won’t replace your ValhallaShimmer, but it is easy on the CPU and on the eyes, and I hope it makes a nice addition to your box of colors.

Aaltoverb is available to download as a free Audio Unit plugin for Mac OS X.

More information: Madrona Labs

Madrona Labs updates Aalto v1.1

Madrona Labs Aalto

Madrona Labs has released version 1.1 of Aalto, a virtual software synthesizer for Mac.

Aalto is a new semi-modular software synthesizer with an innovative, patchable UI, distinctive sounds, and a charming personality.

Changes in Aalto v1.1

  • Much faster: Aalto now runs 25 to 50% faster than version 1.0.
  • Installer: Easy install using Apple’s Installer puts Aalto’s bits where they belong.
  • New preset management UI: Load and save presets from the Aalto window.
  • Copy and paste presets: From the preset menu to and from the clipboard, for easy sharing, editing, and backup.
  • Host sync: Aalto’s sequencer now has rock-solid synchronization with your DAW’s clock.
  • Tuning tables: Load tunings from the Scala .scl file format. Over 100 different tunings categorized by musical tradition are included.
  • Sequencer modes: Key trigger and loop mode allow new uses of the sequencer.
  • Presets: Aalto now comes with 30 new presets from programming guru Simon Ball of SoundsDivine, and 10 fun sound machine constructions from synth innovator Alessandro Cortini.
  • Many minor bug fixes have also been implemented. See the bug tracker for a complete list.

Aalto is available to purchase as an Audio Unit plug-in for Mac (Mac and Windows VST coming soon) for $99 USD.

More information: Madrona Labs / Aalto

Madrona Labs Aalto, software synth for Mac

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Madrona Labs Aalto

Madrona Labs has announced the release of Aalto, a virtual synthesizer for Mac.

Aalto is a new semi-modular software synthesizer with an innovative, patchable UI, distinctive sounds, and a charming personality.

Subjectively speaking, Aalto can make a wide range of sounds, from lush to edgy, including some very complicated ones, without sounding too thick in a mix. Aalto’s sounds are not hyped or confined, they are wide-range, open and natural.

Aalto features

  • Buchla-inspired complex oscillator, with FM, timbre and waveshape controls that enable a wide range of expressive sounds.
  • Sounds are uniquely malleable and alive, in part because they are made with dynamic calculation, not static wavetables.
  • Designed as much for sequencing patterns as for playing individual notes.
  • Each voice has a separate, built-in sequencer with a patchable, independently controllable rate and offset that make it easy to achieve evolving, chaotic textures.
  • Each voice includes a lowpass gate module with a vactrol emulation in the control path.
  • Patchable waveguide / delay module with a waveshaper and a peaking EQ is built into the feedback loop (can be used as an additional oscillator or waveguide).
  • State-variable filter topology with mixable simultaneous outputs, tuned to have a similar range to an Oberheim SEM filter.

Aalto is currently available to purchase as an instrument plug-in for Mac (AU), priced at $99 USD. The license is for Aalto on all future formats and platforms as they are released. Mac and Windows VST versions are planned for fall 2010.

More information: Madrona Labs / Aalto