Short links for August 10th, 2010


Some interesting things I found recently:

# Interview, Workspace Tour: Alessandro Cortini’s SONOIO Album and Synth

Peter Kirn talks to Alessandro Cortini:

Call it cable addiction. Italian-born musician Alessandro Cortini, known for his live keyboard work with Nine Inch Nails, retreated into the studio with classic and contemporary Buchla modular synths to make “SONOIO.” Guided by his uniquely personal compositional style, he was able to wrangle that mess of chords and layers of analog sound into a genuine collection of beautifully-written songs, stacked high with Buchla timbral goodness.

Check some tracks from Alessandro’s new album below.

# Why Use High Sample Rates?

Tim Prebble writes:

This is a question I see often: if the final form of the project is 44.1kHz or 48khz, why bother recording at high sample rates? There isn’t any one answer to that question, there are lots of answers. But I thought it might be useful to illustrate a reason by using a real world example…. And if you cannot be bothered reading all of this, then just remember this: Plugins LOVE dense data!

Korg MonoTron

# Review: Korg Monotron

Tom Shear has had some time with the Monotron and shares his thoughts.

Whether or not the Monotron is for you really depends on your expectations. I've already outlined what it does best and if that sounds appealing to you, I can recommend you just place your order and get one now. You'll have an amazing amount of fun with this thing. If you're looking for a budget MS-20 to blast out some wall shaking basslines or other melodic bits, you're probably going to be disappointed.

Tom has also posted a free sample pack with some percussion sounds, sweeps, shrieks, and some tonal sounds from the Monotron. Get them here.

# The definitive Beastie Boys sample source collection

If you're a Beastie Boys fan Christmas has come early, folks. The brain/brains behind the sample source blog Miscreant Productions have compiled pretty much every single song that has been sampled by the Beastie Boys from Licensed to Ill to To The 5 Boroughs. As if that wasn't enough, they've even gone and thrown said samples on Megaupload for y'all to download. I know epic right.

In the words of the trio themselves “ch-ch-ch-ch-check it out”:

# Good-looking Ikeahacked speakers

Ikeahacked speaker by Charles Visnic

From Make: Online

Inspired by the classic spherical speaker array Instructable from user mzed, Charles Visnic created these cool wireless speakers by transplanting the guts of a pair of RocketFish speakers into some birch bowls from Ikea, mounted rim-to-rim.

# Makunouchi Bento – Swimé

Makunouchi Bento has released a free 8-track album, Swimé. Headphones listening recommended.

<a href="">Rain Dragon, Hidden Genius by Makunouchi Bento</a>


makunouchi bento releases free pack of lo-fi ringtones

makunouchi bento

makunouchi bento and OTAKU Magazine have teamed up to release 10 retrogaming ringtones, a free pack of ringtone samples.

10 retrogaming ringtones features

  • 10 frantic lo-fi ringtones (loopable).
  • inspired by retro console games (invaders, pacman & co.).
  • composed by makunouchi bento for OTAKU Magazine.
  • format: various (mono) – aac/mmf/64kbit & 128mbit mp3/wma.

You can download the samples here.


Makunouchi Bento releases Hiccup v0.9 Beta

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Makunouchi Bento Hiccup v0.9 Beta

Felix Petrescu (aka waka x) from Makunouchi Bento has released Hiccup v0.9 Beta, a freeware FSU plug-in that provides simple smooth humanized stutter / audio retrigger.

The Hiccup VST effect comes in three versions (all three included in download):

  • the regular hiccup
  • micro hiccup (1/10 buffer size of normal)
  • grand hiccup (5x buffer size of normal)

The controls are simple, just turn it on to get the stutter effect going.

Visit Makunouchi Bento for more information and a link to download Hiccup v0.9 Beta. (mirror download here)


Makunouchi Bento releases Borgang v0.9 Beta

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Makunouchi Bento Borgang VSTi

Felix Petrescu (waka x / makunouchi bento) has released Borgan 0.9 Beta.

Borgan is another free lofi electronic type organ VSTi, like Rorgang and Organg.


  • ADSR controls
  • 2 editable Oscs
  • Ring mod types ( 2 osc -> ring mod, 25 types )
  • Resonance types (16 types)
  • Volume controls for various body parts

Borgang doesn’t have a limiter on the output so be careful with your gear/ears!

Visit Makunouchi Bento for more information and a link to download Borgang v0.9 Beta.


Makunouchi Bento releases Flippertonic & Flippertonic3

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Makunouchi Bento Flippertonic VST

Felix Petrescu (waka x) of Makunouchi Bento has released two new VST effects, Flippertonic and Flippertonic3 v0.9 beta.

Both are freeware VST effect plug-ins made with SynthEdit and behave like a broken sampler, playing random samples from an earlier stream, using random timing.


  • 3 silders to control:
    • density of the replayed buffer (default val is 1)
    • volume of the fx-ed output
    • volume of the input
Makunouchi Bento Flippertonic3 VST

Feed the plug-in audio for a few minutes and then listen what Flippertonic generates from that. The result can be recorded with a virtual tape device like Silverspike TapeIt 2 or the free VST audio recorders by EFM.

Flippertonic 3 is the same as Flippertonic, but features 3 buffers instead of 1.

Download these VST plug-ins here: Flippertonic3 (also includes Flippertonic), and Flippertonic.

Check Makunouchi Bento for more information.


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