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Mark Mosher releases Sounds From a Distant Outpost, free sample library

Mark Mosher Sounds From a Distant Outpost

Mark Mosher of Modulate This! has released Sounds From a Distant Outpost, a free Ableton Live Pack.

Sounds From a Distant Outpost is more than a sample sound library. Over 30 hours in the making, it is a set of 12 deep and expressive instrument racks that will transport you to a dark and distant outpost. From here you will be able to explore the sounds, machines, and creatures of this world. These instruments will help spark your imagination and I hope inspire you to create your own soundtrack for this world. Of course, the instruments will also help add an interesting “edge” to any sound or music project.

The source audio is made up of some of my field recordings as well as original synthesized and re-synthesis harmonic content. The concept for the instruments was based on a back-story I created as the project progressed. Fueled by the story and setting, I translated these these source samples into Ableton Live racks and meticulously programmed them to create playable dynamic instruments which are placed under your command via macro parameters, velocity, after touch, and modulation wheel mappings. I’ve also provided the original source samples for the project so those who don’t have Ableton Live will be able to use these samples as oscillator sources in synths like Absynth, Alchemy, ElectraX and Blofeld.

Sounds From a Distant Outpost is available as a free download for Ableton Live 8 and Suite 8 (Intro not supported), and a pack of samples for use in your sampler of choice is available as well.

More information: Sounds From a Distant Outpost


Short links for November 25th, 2010

Matt Mets Spoon Organ

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Spoon Organ

Spoon Organ is an instrument that I created to show at the Make Tokyo Meeting 06 this past weekend. The user can play musical tunes simply by touching a row of spoons sitting on a table, with a fork added in for good measure. A microcontroller is used to detect changes in capacitance caused by a finger pressing against the metal, which are then sent to a computer using the MIDI protocol.

# Modulate Holiday Gift Sound Pack – Vote for Your Synth Format

Mark Mosher is preparing a holiday gift and you can let him know which synth format has your preference.

The elves at Modulate This are working on a holiday gift for you – a free sound pack! As you know it's a busy time of year for elves, so we need some feedback on where to focus our sound design magic. Ableton Live 8 Livepack format is a given. Also, you can download last year's holiday gift here.

# Interview: Music Production Guru and Violinist Laura Escude

Laura Escude (image from CDM)

Peter Kirn interviews Laura Escudé.

She’s a composer, a sound designer, a performer, and a violinist; she’s recognized as an expert in Ableton Live and has worked with artists ranging from Cirque du Soleil to Kanye West. But now we really get to hear Laura Escudé’s musical vision as a complete picture in her debut album this year, Pororoca. That seemed the perfect time to talk to Laura about her work, particularly as it lies at the intersection of vectors in sound, visuals, and technology that matter so much to so many of us. Laura shares where she sees the music scene going, her own evolution in finding her sound and performance style, and what still lies ahead, and proves – as expected – a fantastic resource for thinking about issues artistic and technological.

Looks like some of Laura’s favorite software instruments are the same as mine, including Rob Papen synths (especially BLUE), Native Instruments Massive and Reaktor, and u-he’s wireless virtual modular Zebra synth.

# Free Korg Legacy MS-20 Patches

More free patches from the Waveformless blog:

Waveformless reader Joel has shared a bank's worth of patches he made for Korg's Legacy MS-20 plug-in. Thanks for sharing, Joel!

Jethroe Dub DJ FX

# Jethroe Dub DJ FX

Jethroe has posted a free Ableton FX rack which will help you get some of those dirty dub sounds.

He also posted a couple of other interesting Ableton related things recently. Wondering how to warp multitrack audio files in Ableton Live? Check here. Also, a variphrasing in Ableton Live step-by-step here.

# Dan303: Free DIY Techno/Minimal

Dan Weatherall is back with some free samples:

This sample pack contains a selection of high quality samples ideal for use in your DIY Techno/Minimal productions.
Loops/Samples are all in Cm and at 120bpm

All of the samples are completely free to use in whatever way you wish.

303 lines: 12
Percussion: 23
Siren FX: 8


Short links for November 12th, 2010

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# The Bit Blob 2 and Bit Blob Jr.

Bleep Labs is back with some more Bit Blob noise makers.

The Bit Blob 2 and Bit Blob Junior are now available to order ($225 and $55-$80 USD respectively), ships by December 6th.

# Handmade Music NYC 11/14

Handmade Music is part party, part science fair. Come meet people who make things that make music.


This month:

  • A duo of classical guitarists who play video games with their instruments
  • A project that sequences beats as you play a game of checkers
  • Chip music on Game Boy
  • Surf rock meets speed metal on glockenspiel, Casio, drums, bass


The official launch party for the MeeBlip, new, affordable open source synth hardware for everyone.

More info at the Handmade Music blog.

Korg iMS-20

# Korg iMS-20 Review

Synthtopia rounds up some first impressions, like this one from ipaddj:

Anyone who has used the Korg Legacy plug-in will know what they are in for and the fact that you can grab patch cables and route them using the touchscreen is almost mind-melting. Like a childhood fantasy come true.

The huge sound of the MS-20 is totally there and I couldn’t stop making Daft Punk patches for the first few hours using the beast.

# Free Sample Friday: Virus Drums

Access Virus

Tom at Waveformless celebrates his birthday (happy birthday, Tom!) with another free sample pack:

Today is my birthday, and in the spirit of "it's better to give than to receive", here are some free synthesized drum sounds from the Access Virus. I made these quite some time ago, so they were recorded at 16-bit through an E-mu E6400. As a result, some of them have a little noise in them, but around these parts, we like to call that "character". The source of the sounds is a mix of factory patches and third party patches.

u-he ACE

# U-HE ACE TIP: Pulse Width Modulation Basics

Mark at Modulate This! explains how to the OSC modulate pulse width on u-he's splendid ACE synth.

After watching my YouTube video “u-he ACE Tutorial: Patch Cables 101”, I had a viewer ask “How can i modulate the pulse width of? the osciliator?”, so I thought I’d do a quick answer here in text form. Click the image above to see a larger version of the synth. Annotation numbers in diagram match steps below.


Short links for September 30th, 2010

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# Skale Tracker

Tracker goes online with a Flash based web version.

Skale Tracker is a music tracker developed by Ruben Ramos Salvador (baktery) in the year 1998. The first version was released for Windows, later a Linux version was presented and now a web version is here.

Skale online
Skale Tracker web version

Brings me right back to my FastTracker 2/GUS days. I feel like pulling up some of my old .xm files and doing some remixes.

via CDM

# Show Report: Two Days in Denver with Robert Henke (aka Monolake)

Mark Mosher of Modulate This! writes:

Robert Henke of Monolake and one of the creators of Ableton live came through Denver and performed his work "Intersection" on Monday and then delivered a lecture at Denver University on Tuesday. This invitation only event was hosted by The Digital Media Studies program at the University of Denver.<br />
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This was a real treat as this was one of only a small number Robert's performances in the US. Here is a show report.

# Making music on a microscopic scale – University of Twente

Strings a fraction of the thickness of a human hair, with microscopic weights to pluck them: researchers and students from the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente have succeeded in constructing the first musical instrument with dimensions measured in mere micrometres – a 'micronium' – that produces audible tones. A composition specially written for the instrument will be performed in Enschede on Sunday 26 September.

via Matrixsynth

# little-scale and Poppi Doser: Antia (2010)

"A recent project saw little-scale collaborate with electronic music composer and researcher Poppi Doser. Antia – the resultant eight track EP – is best described as ambient and smooth sonic landscapes, interrupted by harsh and rhythmically complex lo-fi beats.

A work of contradiction, Antia manages to create a convincing merger of various stylistic elements. Poppi provides field recordings, plays piano and sings, and little-scale is on the SEGA Mega Drive and Atari 2600."

Available as a free download.

# Fallon and Timberlake give rap history lesson


Short links for August 30th, 2010

Tuned Pale Ale

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# Ready-to-Play, Tuned Beer Bottles, and Other Design Experiments with Sound

From Create Digital Music:

What if blowing tunes on beer bottles was raised to the level of musical science?

Through even the mundane medium of packaging, design can transform the everyday. DJ and designer Matt Braun of Philadelphia, collaborating with Chris Mufalli, use labels to tune the level of beer remaining in the bottle for musical results. Pitches are printed on the labels, allowing you to exactly match the liquid inside to a pitch you want, and join along with your fellow imbibers for a performance.

It’s not just a label that’s different. Ridges on the sides of the bottles make them double as Guiro-style percussion. The neck was adjusted for ergonomics. Even the wooden box becomes a tongue drum.

Sonic Charge uTonic + Ableton Live

# How To Change Sonic Charge uTonic Drum Machine Patterns on the Fly Within Ableton Live

Mark Mosher writes:

I love Ableton Live’s workflow and while I’m a big fan of Ableton Sampler, Operator, Impulse, Drum Racks etc… I do heavily utilize VST’s to extend Live’s range even further. I try to find plugins that not only sound great, but also integrate into and compliment Live’s workflow. One recent addition to my software rig is Sonic Charge’s fantastic pattern based drum-machine synth uTonic.

In this post, I’ll show you how to use MIDI to change patterns on the fly within uTonic. This will allow you to use uTonic as a drum machine in conjunction with your other Live clips and scenes.

# Playable Mini Drumset rocks out in cars, on roofs

Via Make: Online:

At the Kansas City Mini Maker Faire, Taylor Jessee introduced me to his one of his latest creations, the Mini Drumset. Dissatisfied with plastic miniatures that look authentic but lack the full sound of real drums, he decided to design his own. He spent lots of time perfecting the snare sound with multiple layers of wrap, wire, and sugar, and finding the appropriate materials to produce a good symbol crash- in this case, a sawed-off candlestick holder. But he didn't stop there, and produced the above infomercial to advertise the kit. He is actually selling them, too!

# DSI Mopho Synth Loops

Cyberworm has a new free sample pack available to download:

20 synth loops from Dave Smith Instruments MOPHO.
wav format, 24 bit, 44100 hz, stereo, 24 mb


Short links for August 24th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# The World’s Biggest Drum Machine

If you ever wonder what we do at night here at the PHQ, here it the answer: We build large, silly drum controllers and haul them across town.

# Find, Remix and Reuse – SoundCloud Style

SoundCloud gets advanced search, browse by tag, and Creative Commons integration.

Choice is good, right? We just love that we can pick our favorite ice cream flavor or favorite color for a new shirt. When it comes to audio creation, it’s even better when your choice creates more choice for others.

Today, SoundCloud is opening up a bit more to allow you to find and share more sounds to use and reuse. With new search and discovery features for Creative Commons tracks, your creations can go much further. More options give you more freedom over your audio content on the web. It helps expose your work and find people to collaborate with that you perhaps wouldn’t normally find. We’re excited about this update and we hope you are too. We say “New features!” you say “Yay!”

Some of my music and samples (both Creative Commons licensed) are available from SoundCloud as well.

# Incredible vintage lucite organ for sale

Wersi Electronics Delta Digital DX500
Wersi Electronics Delta Digital DX500

From Boing Boing:

Over at ye olde Submitterator, Pea Hix points us to this magnificent c.1970 lucite Wersi Digital DX500 organ and speakers for sale.

“The Delta Digital DX500 organ comes replete with all manuals, control panel templates, music stand, amplified speakers, lucite dollies, pedal board, adjustable bench and chromed keys. And it works beautifully!!!” Just $85,000 at

# Free Synth Patch Friday: 12 New Patches for Camel Audio Alchemy

Tom @ Waveformless is back with some free sounds:

We have a little something different instead of Free Sample Friday this week. Instead, we have Free Synth Patch Friday. Below are 12 weird, original patches for Camel Audio Alchemy programmed by yours truly. Enjoy!

More patches from Tom are available on Waveformless

Mark Mosher's setup

# Percussa AudioCube Production and Performance Notes for “I Hear Your Signals”

Mark writes:

For my original music album “I Hear Your Signals” (download the album free) I use Percussa Audiocubes as performance controllers. In this post I’ll give you all the geeky details about how the controllers were applied in the project.

I used 4 AudioCubes plus Percussa’s free MIDIbridge app on Windows to configure and route AudioCube signals to Ableton Live. I use the same MIDIbridge patch for every song which allows for consistent and predictable data mapping from the cubes to Ableton Live.

In general, I play a lot of the notes on you hear on the album via keyboards, Theremin and Tenori-On live. I tend to use the cubes as controllers, for scene launching, and for real-time modulation of effects and synth parameters and only use them for triggering notes from time to time.

# V-Synth GT Richard Devine Patches

Roland has released a free collection custom V-Synth GT Patches from Atlanta-based electronic musician, composer and sound designer Richard Devine.


Short links for August 18th, 2010

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# Shamantis – J. BIEBZ – U SMILE 800% SLOWER

I’m pretty sure you’ve already heard (about) this, but I just wanted to stress the fact that it’s the excellent Paul Stretch that makes stuff sound cool.

# Dan303: Percussion/Bass Pack

Dan303 returns with another free pack of samples.

Here's a little sample pack I put together using my Microkorg and FB383 synthesizers.
This Pack contains 4 Bass Patches [NNXT] and 22 synth Percussion hits

# SoundPrism – Colorful, Playable iPad App – and Organizing Tones and Harmony Visually

Peter Kirn talks with Sebastian Dittmann, CEO of developer Audanika, developer of SoundPrism, the app they describe as something they are not entirely sure of what it is. From "We think it might be a musical instrument but we're learning new stuff playing with it every day… which sometimes goes beyond the scale of that."

Peter Kirn writes:

Using an array of rectangles arranged in a harmonically useful way, and color coding for pitch, SoundPrism is a glimpse of a more graphical future for music software design. (Nor is this necessarily limited to the iPad in the long term – in addition to Windows 7, Ubuntu 10.10 is getting official multitouch support, which I think both validates Apple’s work and suggests we’ll see more platforms for this kind of interface.)

And, bonus, it all demonstrates why arranging pitch by the Circle of Thirds can be ideal. I got a chance to talk to the developers of SoundPrism about the thinking behind the software.

More info on SoundPrism: Audanika

# Ableton Live Quick Tip – Resampling and Sample-Based Workflow

From Nick's Tutorials:

Resampling is an incredibly simple yet powerful technique in digital music production. The idea is straighforward: Record the output of one or multiple tracks into a new, editable audio file. It’s not much different than rendering your composition, except here you’re actually going to incorporate the new file into the current song.

# Celebrating Leon Theremin’s Birthday with Video, Notes, Links, and a Soundcloud Set

Mark at Modulate This! writes:

Leon Theremin (born Lev Sergeyevich Terme) was born on this day, August 15th, 1896. To help celebrate I’m going to do a bit of a stream of consciousness post and will offer some links on Leon and his wonderful instrument and some notes on my use of it.

Hang in there till the end of the post as I’ve created a Soundcloud set called “Theremin Action” which is a collection of all the songs from REBOOT and I Hear Your Signals that use that Theremin sound or Theremin as a Controller.

Mark Mosher using the Theremin as a spatial controller to control virtual digital synthesizers running out of Ableton Live in combination with Percussa AudioCubes
Mark controls virtual synths in Ableton Live using the Theremin and Percussa AudioCubes