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Short links for December 15th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Nintendo NES Does MIDI and Live Music, Integrated into Your Studio

Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music:

Retro chip music appeal and the occasional Super Mario Bros. game aside, you probably think of the Nintendo NES and Famicom system as something collecting dust at garage sales. You probably don’t think of this NES running as a self-contained music production workstation, syncing to MIDI and Android, or exploiting new software for producing elaborate musical sequences, drum and bass lines. Think again.

What might to outsiders seem like the nostalgic draw of video music has become something else entirely – the NES is taking its place as a serious, studio synth.

Below a video of NES tracker Pulsar.

# Free Max for Live devices

Christian Kleine has released a number of Max for Live devices, including timestretching, delay, extreme chorus, spring reverb, ringmod, drum synth, comb filters, audio recorder and more.

The devices are available at no cost. Donations are welcome.

# OpenKinect – Keyboard Anywhere

Made possible by libfreenect (http://openkinect.org) and coded in python.

# little-scale: NanoKontrol As Simple Waveform Editor

Sebastian Tomczak writes:

I made a basic Max/MSP patch that allows one to use the Korg NanoKontrol MIDI controller as a periodic waveform editor. Each of the first eight faders controls a point along a periodic waveform. The ninth fader controls the frequency of the waveform.

# refreq

Daniel Feles writes:

refreq is a really customable music player. I mean really. You can load music files into refreq, but also images (bitmaps, imgs, pngs). When you load a song, first the program analyzes the track, then it draws its frequency spectrum. After tracking, you can generate the spectral image / bitmap back into music.

At this point, it's getting really interesting. After you have the image of the track, how you want to play it depends on you, You can play with the timeline, to play the sound from an other aspect. You can see where exactly the notes are, but the harmonies are also really visible. You can rotate the player, then the notes will be the same, but the harmonies will be changing

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Short links for September 15th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Everything is a Remix, Part 1 : Everything Is a Remix

Check Songs Used in Everything is a Remix Part 1 for details.

# Dan303: FREE Samples: “Synth Strings”

Dan is back with a new free sample pack featuring 4 different synth string sounds in .wav format:

Each string sound was had crafted using the Korg R3 synthesizer and each sound is played in a verity of chords.
The Chords are clearly labeled and ready for your compositions.

# cl516: Six Delays in September

Calvin Cardioid posted a lovely video on his ditto blog.

There's a little bit of variety here, ranging from such sounds as the simple Boss DD-3, to the heavier thick tone of the Moog MF104SD, to the craziness of the Eowave Spacebug, and even to the crispy digital artifact sounding OTO Biscuit. Throughout the video, I'm just playing common synth patches in mono with one hand, while the other tweaks the pedals.

Gotta love delays!

Sonic Terrain

# Sonic Terrain

A new blog dedicated to field recording:

Welcome to Sonic Terrain, your source for sounds in the field! Today we are very glad to start with this adventure and we hope you like it as we do. There’s no other reason for this rather than the community and the passion for recording sounds from the world.

What is Sonic Terrain?

In the last few years, social media and blogs have changed the way we interact and learn from other people over the world. This has been especially true in the world of professional sound and audio production/post-production, where a recent proliferation of blogs, websites, and online communities have allowed both emerging talent and established professionals to interact, share, and collaborate with one another.

Sonic Terrain is the brainchild of Miguel Isaza, was co-founded by he and Nathan Moody, and enjoys the deep support and involvement of Colin Hart. You can also find very enjoyable stories from our pro contributors Michael Raphael and Charles Maynes.

# Sound Interjection, Yuri Suzuki

From Pixelsumo:

Last week Yuri Suzuki had his first major show open in London (KK Outlet) until the end of September. Featuring some old works and new ones, each giving a playful physical interaction with sound, such as…

“Colour Chaser detects and follows black line whilst it reads the colour and translate the colour RGB data into sound.”

# Pd & Max/MSP Externals – Beta 7

Tom Erbe at Soundhack writes:

We have just released the first complete version of the SoundHack externals for PD & Max. These externals replicate most of the SoundHack plugins and are offered free of charge.

Included in this collection are externals for amplitude shaping and distortion (+compand~, +chebyshev~ & +decimate~), single-head, multi-head, pitchshifting and granular delays (+delay~, +pitchdelay~, +bubbler~), and the spectral shapers, a set of spectral filters and dynamics processors (+binaural~, +morphfilter~, +spectralcompand~ & +spectralgate~).

Studio BEA-5

# Somewhat Ahead Of Their Time…

From Analog Industries:

In 1952, Phillips Industries, those zany Dutchfolk that bring us fancy new TVs and lightbulbs every now and again, saw fit to make an electronic music studio in their main R&D facility in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This studio, which was moved to the University Of Utrecht in 1960 as part of their new Sonology Studio, and again in 1972 to the Royal Conservatory Of Music (as pictured above), still exists today as Studio BEA-5 at the Institute Of Sonology, with most of the gear in that top image still in daily use.

# Checking drum tracks for phase issues

Good advice from Audio Geek Zine:

When working with a multi-miked drumkit recording you need to be aware of phase issues and how to correct them. Recognizing the phase issues will take some practice but if you go step by step you should have no problems.

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Ewan Hemingway Androidome, Android + monome

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Ewan Hemingway Androidome

Ewan Hemingway has released Androidome, a android-based emulator for the monome music making device.

Androidome is a portmanteau of Android + monome, android being the popular operating system for mobile phones, and the monome being a minimalist instrument/controller/interface/toy.

Like the monome, the app itself doesn’t actually do a whole lot out of the box, it simply provides an interface for sending and receiving data to and from your computer.

Androidome features

  • Connects to Max/MSP over WLAN.
  • Responds to incoming led messages.
  • Provides multitouch input from phone to Max/MSP.
  • Works with mlrV, polygome, boiingg, (hopefully many more too).

Androidome is available as a free download.

More information: Androidome

via @waka_x

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Johan Looijenga MIDI real-time Harmonizer 2, professional features for serious MIDI-based harmonizing

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Johan Looijenga MIDI real-time Harmonizer

Johan Looijenga has released version 2 of his MIDI real‐time Harmonizer, a MIDI-based harmonizer software application for Windows and Mac.

The MIDI real-time Harmonizer will take input notes via MIDI and generate 4-note chords that can be harmonized towards any key and scale. The result is send out to a physical or virtual MIDI port in real-time to drive any host plugin synths or external synths. In the MIDI real-time Harmonizer you can program 8 different chords that will be played one at a time, each time you play a note. The MIDI real-time Harmonizer can then harmonize these chords towards any key and/or scale in real-time. By designating a special (lower) keyboard area to be used as key switches, you can switch to have all generated notes harmonized towards a particular programmable key/scale as you play. You can also play a chromatic above/below or below/above approach in your solo line to switch key/scale harmonizing in real-time.

The MIDI real-time Harmonizer allows you to play a solo line with additional note harmonics generated in real-time that will always fit to the right key and scale at the right moment. The application is designed with the performing musician in mind.

MIDI real‐time Harmonizer 2 features

  • Individual notes can trigger chords containing up to 4 notes.
  • More than one note can be played at the same time, triggering multiple (harmonized) chords.
  • Chords are automatically transposed depending on note played.
  • Rotation through in total 8 chords triggered by every note played.
  • Possibility to define velocity offset for chord notes and decrease number of chord notes to 3, 2 or 1.
  • Force/harmonize chords to fit within a certain key and scale including tensions.
  • Bypass as well as key/scale forcing/harmonizing can be switched on/off from any keyboard/controller.
  • Real-time switching of key/scale using key switches in lower keyboard area.
  • 12 key switches with any key/scale can be programmed within each preset.
  • Real-time switching of key/scale by using chromatic above/below or below/above approach.
  • MIDI in ports, MIDI out ports, MIDI out channel can be set.
  • 128 presets can be saved, MIDI program change recognition.

MIDI real‐time Harmonizer 2 is available to purchase as a standalone (Max/MSP) application for PC and Mac, priced at 29.95 EUR excl. VAT.

More information: MIDI real‐time Harmonizer 2

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Audiobulb Records Ambient, unique ambient soundscape generator (standalone Max/MSP application)

Audiobulb Records Ambient

Audiobulb Records has released Ambient, a multi-effect standalone software module by Christopher Hipgrave and Mike Podolak.

A unique ambient soundscape generator. AMBIENT is capable of producing a vast array of ambient textures, from the bizarre to the beautiful. AMBIENT processes any sound you care to load into it. The possibilities are endless.

Ambient features

  • Granular sampler with random pitch function.
  • Amplitude envelope with a trigger speed control.
  • Three pitch shift controls for adding extra layers to the sound.
  • Tape delay.
  • Multi-mode filter.
  • Ambient reverb.

Ambient is available to purchase as a standalone Max/MSP application for £9.99 GBP.

More information: Audiobulb Records

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Skinnerbox sbx 2049, powerful drum machine made with Max for Live

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Skinnerbox sbx 2049

Ableton has announced the release of sbx 2049, a free Max for Live drum machine from electronic artists Skinnerbox.

sbx 2049 is a six-voice synthesis-based drum machine with an integrated pattern sequencer. Its powerful sound design capabilities are easy to use, and provide an infinite variety of sounds perfectly suited for all styles of electronic music.

sbx 2049 is available as a free download for all Max for Live owners (Requires Live 8.1.3 or higher and Max For Live).

More information: Skinnerbox @ Ableton

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Roger Linn Design LinnStrument

Roger Linn has posted his research project LinnStrument, a new musical instrument prototype.

If you’ve read my (Roger’s) New Musical Instruments page, you know that I’m interested in the idea of new musical instruments that overcome the limitations of traditional mechanical instruments. My particular interest is in a new instrument that while capable of entirely new sounds and playing techniques, is also able to reproduce the sounds, virtuosic performance capabilities and subtleties that we’ve come to know and love from traditional musical instruments, but without all their problems and limitations.

I’ve come up with a prototype of an instrument design that I like. Here’s a brief video of what I’ve got so far:

The low cost multi-touch, pressure-sensitive, high-resolution input surface used in this prototype comes from TouchCo, which was bought by Amazon in January 2010 in order to add touchscreen technology to Kindle.

Roger writes:

Alas, until someone else comes up with a similar touch technology or Amazon decides to make the TouchCo technology available, development of our product will be limited to refining our Max/MSP patch. One promising new technology we’ve evaluated is a touchscreen from Stantum (same company as JazzMutant, makers of the Lemur) that senses surface area of your fingers, which is not a bad alternative to sensing pressure because your finger surface area increases as you increase pressure. However, I found that their current resolution wasn’t high enough for what I’m trying to do, plus true pressure sensing is better for musical control.

More information: LinnStrument

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