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Tronsonic releases Waveform 72 sample library

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Tronsonic Waveform 72

Tronsonic has released Waveform 72, a sound library for Kontakt and ESX24.

Waveform 72 derives from the front end of a famous 70′s monosynth – all 7 waveforms from the oscillators plus pink and white noise ‘mellotronized’ onto tape by being recorded to a 1965 valve reel to reel using aged/worn tape to emulate the evocative sound of the mellotron.

Use the software synthesis capabilities of ESX24 or KONTAKT to stack these oscillators into complex polysynths, and your imagination with the modulation/filters/effects etc to create epic sounding analogue monstrosities!

Waveform 72 features

  • 100 patches + 20 multis for Kontakt (requires Kontakt 4.2.2).
  • 150 patches for ESX.
  • Sonic character and nostalgia of the Mellotron.
  • 300 MB download.

Waveform 72 is available to purchase for the introductory price of £10.99 GBP. A demo version containing some patches with one of the 7 waveforms (sawtooth triangle) is available as a free download from Tronsonic.

More information: Tronsonic

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Artifake_Labs releases Redtron_SE v1.0, free Mellotron instrument

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Artifake_Labs Redtron_SE

Artifake_Labs has released Redtron_SE, a special edition version of the Redtron_400 virtual mellotron instrument for Windows.

This VST plug-in uses the Taijiguy’s Mellotron samples (taken from a 1973 Mellotron M400S – Serial #500)

The samples have been cleaned (not too much) by removing an annoying 60Hz hum and some unwanted “clicks” and “pops” here and there.

Redtron_SE v1.0 features

  • Nine sound types : MKII Flute, MKII 3 Violins, M400 Cello, MKII Brass, M400 Combined Choir, M400 String Section, M400 Woodwinds, M300A Violins, M300B Violin.
  • No loops : as the original Mellotron, each sound is eight seconds long with, in many cases, “the bad endings”.
  • Exclusive “Mellotronic Click” switch. On real Mellotrons, “Click” can be heard at the beginning of a note, when the tape comes in contact with the replay head. These “clicks” are here randomly generated, so you don’t hear twice the same and they can appear on any key ; A rotary knob allows you to control the effect intensity (of course, you can also completely disable it ). Note : this function is inactive when the attack parameter is set to any value different from zero.
  • Layer (two sounds A & B) and split possibilities (octave shift).
  • Independent parameters for sound A & B :
    • Volume, Tone, Pan, Tune, Reverb, Delay, Attack & Release, Octave & Note parameters.
    • Delay effect (Amount, Time, Feedback & Pan parameters).
    • Reverb effect (Mix, Width, Size & Damp parameters).
  • Global volume, tone, and pitch control.

Retron_SE is available as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows.

More information: Artifake_Labs

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Puremagnetik Microtron XL, Mellotron Library for Live, Kontakt & Logic

Puremagnetik has released Microtron™ XL, a bundle of 3 tapes from Puremagnetik’s popular Microtron series.

Puremagnetik Microtron XL

All of the original performance nuances of the Mellotron M400 have been immaculately captured through a Neumann U47 Microphone and Reeves Custom 50 Amplifier.

Microtron XL integrates seamlessly into Ableton Live 8, Kontakt 3/4 and Logic 8/9. It comes packed with a palette of 9 expertly recorded instruments and over 1 Gigabyte of multisample content.

The Ableton Live version contains 9 individual multisampled instruments and a full “tape” instrument that has similar sound blending functionality as found on the original M400. Microtron XL also comes packed with over 150 professionally performed phrases complete with Macro and effects integration.

Microtron XL for Kontakt includes all 9 multisampled instruments complete with effects and a custom KSP user interface. Logic and Kontakt versions both come with a collection of over 150 professionally performed Apple Loops in SIAL format.

Microtron XL includes the following instruments as programmed from the original tapes.

  • MK II Flute – Undoubtedly the sound that defines Mellotron, the MKII flute instantly conjures images of 1967 Abbey Road. Not only the most famous Mellotron sound, but perhaps the eeriest, the MKII flute’s dubious pitching has been in question throughout the decades. The change in timbre (they say two flutes were used) and odd intonation only adds to the haunting and mesmerizing character of this timeless sound.
  • Octave Recorders – The Octave Recorder is a newer sound composed of soprano, alto and tenor recorders. Playing fast staccato chords on this one can make it sound a bit like a harmonium. It has a solid woody tone with breathy articulations and is definitely a contender to fill up the mix with some organic elements.
  • Cello – Renown for its melancholy timbre and described by some as “wheezing and groaning” the Cello sound was originally recorded in the 1960s. A double bassist was used for the lower registers. Apparently the original session cellist did not wish to detune his cello for fear of damaging the instrument. Nonetheless, the Microtron Cello recording is undoubtedly a unique character in the tape library.
  • Clarinet – The original Mk1 Clarinet that was discontinued but re- introduced for Puremagnetik’s Microtron series. Warm and woody, the Microtron clarinet has an authentic sound that captures a vintage flavor all its own. The Microtron clarinet patch is programmed an octave higher for quick harmonic layering with other Microtron sounds.
  • French Horn – Big and brassy, the Microtron French Horn is a uniquely expressive addition to the Microtron collection.
  • Glenn Miller – Glenn Miller disappeared from the radar in 1944, but now he has returned for one last swingin’ arrangement in your DAW!
    Glenn Miller inspires hours of fun and creativity with layered brass sounds, warped, flanged and mangled in the classic Mellotron tape style.
  • Brass – The recorded combined output of two saxophones, two trumpets and a trombone, this is a powerful and punchy sound much beloved of King Crimson, Rick Wakeman, The Moody Blues and even John Lennon who thoughtfully recorded most of a demo of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ using the black Mellotron Mk II he kept on his half landing. Never fails to impress. Never fails to scare small children either.
  • 8 Voice Choir – Certainly one of the major ‘classic’ Mellotron sounds, and perhaps the most arresting, this recording of four females and four males was first used in the early 1970s with the advent of the M400 and was widely used by rock groups who found that the sound of a Mellotron was a bit better than the sound of their chronic off-key harmonising.
  • String Section – A combination of violins, viola and cello, these multisampled strings are pre-arranged to sound huge! Layer them together in chords or clusters for some outlandish string effects.

Microtron XL is available to purchase for $29 USD

More information: Puremagnetik / Microtron XL

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Short links for July 20th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

Squishy Circuits

# Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits were developed at the University of St. Thomas by undergraduate Samuel Johnson and Dr. AnnMarie Thomas.

The purpose of their development is to facilitate electronics education to younger students. Research is being done to determine the most effective implementation of this learning tool in a middle school science curriculum. Our hope is that through the use of this tool, students will better understand electronics concepts, become more interested in engineering, and ultimately participate in playful learning techniques. This page is dedicated to sharing out research and guiding the further use and creation of squishy circuits.

via Make Blog

# Free Sample Shootout #4: Mellotrons And Harpsichords

Another free sample shootout on the bedroom producer's blog:

This week’s edition of Free Sample Shootout will be a rather short one, but also a very sweet one, because it includes links to free samples of two very rare instruments.

[CML001] Hope's not lost by Various Artists

# [CML001] Hope’s not lost by Various Artists

Camomille Music has released Hope’s not lost, an album featuring Emanuele Errante, Makunouchi Bento, Casper, Evo Luthi, Shiftless, Kyle Dawkins, Ilkae, Muhr, Transient, Ian Hawgood, Nunu, Woodworkings, and Hior Chronik & Logreybeam.

Yes, after closing down last year, we're back. We decided it was time to have fun again. Since we closed, the netlabel scene has changed a lot. The internet has changed a lot. Most of our favorite netlabels don't exist anymore. Everything has changed, for the better we think.

The thought of reopening occured to me in January 2010, after the haiti earthquake. As i stood helpless in front of my television screen, the way i envisioned to help was to make a compilation to raise awareness and funds for haiti. While that didnt turn out the way i wanted it to, i strongly and whole-heartedly advise you to go over to any of these fine establishements : Oxfam, Earthship, Google crisis response. If you think i'm missing some, please email me and i'll add them.

“Hope’s not lost” is available as a free download in various formats (mp3, flac, ogg, etc.)

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Streetly Electronics and Omenie annouce Mellotronics M3000 HD

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Streetly Electronics / Omenie Mellotronics M3000 HD

Streetly Electronics, designers and manufacturers of the original mellotron and Omenie, creators of Ellatron for iPhone and iPad, are delighted to announce their first joint development, Mellotronics M3000 HD.

The M3000 is a truly remarkable digital musical instrument for iPhone OS. The M3000 features 13 voices sampled from Streetly Electronics’ production tapes. These are the same tapes that featured on Strawberry Fields Forever, Nights in White Satin, Watcher of the Skies, Odessey and Oracle and hundreds more timeless, classic records.

All 35 notes of each tape set are sampled, and all the character of the classic mellotron sound has been retained. All 35 keys are on-screen and available at once, so anything that can be played on a mellotron can be played on the M3000. In fact the M3000 is even more flexible than a true mellotron because it includes Ellatron’s 12 programmable chord pads. The M3000 also supports 4 in-memory voices at one time, with independent keyboard and chordpad voices. The inclusion of a rich, spacious onboard reverb unit allows the M3000 to be used as a recording or performance instrument with no outboard effects chain.

Martin Smith of Streetly Electronics, says “I was amazed to hear our classic sounds coming out of the iPad. This is the truest, most playable digital mellotron for iPhone OS, and it has to be heard to be believed.”

The M3000 will be available from June 14th exclusively for iPad, and within a few weeks for iPhone and iPod Touch. It will be available to purchase from the App Store, priced at $11.99 USUD / £6.99 GBP / 9.99 EUR.

More information: Streetly Electronics / Omenie

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Puremagnetik releases Microtron Tape 3

Puremagnetik Microtron Tape 3

Puremagnetik has announced the release of Microtron Tape 3, a sample library which brings three classic Mellotron M400 tapes direct to your sampler.

Tape 3 integrates perfectly with Puremagnetik’s Microtron Tape 1 & 2 and contains expertly recorded Clarinet, French Horn and Glenn Miller sounds.

All of the original imperfections, vintage analog quality and performance nuances of the Mellotron M400 have been immaculately captured through a Neumann U47 Microphone and Reeves Custom 50 Amplifier.

Microtron Tape 3 features

  • Complete sound set of 3 classic Mellotron sounds.
  • Integrates seamlessly with Puremagnetik’s Microtron series.
  • A collection of professionally performed clips.
  • SIAL Apple Loops for easy editing and tempo syncing.
  • Custom Kontakt KSP GUI and native Kontakt effects.

Microtron Tape 3 for Ableton Live 8, Kontakt 3 & Logic 8 is now available to Puremagnetik subscribers (Subscriptions starting at $5.75/month).

More information: Puremagnetik / Microtron Tape 3

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Short links for April 27th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Arduino ant farm

Ants walking through IR gates manipulate the Auduino synth program. John spotted this at the RobotFest / Mid-Atlantic Mini Maker Faire. He writes:

I went to the RobotFest / Mid-Atlantic Mini Maker Faire yesterday. I saw this awesome project and thought you might like to put it on the blog. Basically it's an ant farm with optointerrupts. When the ants walk through the lightpath, they modify the audio output. The maker's name is Adam Franchino, and he was there with some of his classmates from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) His website is adamfranchino.net.

# Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design » Journey into Sound

“This is a Jouney into Sound” is a demo of the RHIFID speaker control system developed for the Physical Computing class. Using a combination of RFID technology, Processing and Arduino, the speakers work as location aware controllers, allowing the user to interact with music and the environment by moving the speakers around.

# Jordantron

Jordantron is a new iPad synth app that will include sounds by Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater.

Omenie in the comments:

The core sound generation is the Ellatron engine, and the same 'Toblerone' rotating keyboards have been retained – for now …

Inside it there’s quite a few changes, particularly trading off CPU burden against responsiveness – it’s become clear, particularly on the iPad, that it’s worth burning more CPU to get ultra-low latency for responsive playing, in Jordan’s hands this thing is *fast* and pretty amazing.

We are still shaking out details but the plan is to have different iPad and iPhone versions, slightly more voices in the iPad version as it supports apps with a bigger memory footprint than iPhone.

And yes, all new sounds, and unlike Ellatron all the sounds are stereo (and really immersive and immense) and have been pulled out of Jordan’s live rig, so these are authentic DT voices. So it’s not very much like a Mellotron at all! I think this one will turn out to be a must-have app for the DT fans, but the sounds are so damn PHAT that general synth hounds may end up picking up one of these to add to their arsenal.

I’m really pleased with how it’s shaping up.

# Four ways to use mid/side EQ

Kim Lajoie on mid/side EQ:

Several EQs now have a mid/side mode. This opens up a lot of possibilities, but can be difficult to use effectively. Instead of simply tweaking the sound or the range of the controls, mid/side mode completely changes how the EQ behaves and sets new rules for how it can be useful and effective.
It helps to stop thinking about mid/side EQ as an equaliser – but instead to think of it as a surgical frequency-focussed stereo width adjuster. It works best on complex stereo material, such as groups or the mix bus.

# Programmable Knex Piano-Playing Robot

plysaxaphone writes:

I've always been a big fan of K'nex, ever since I was a little kid. Then, when I discovered this website, I felt like I had hit the jackpot. This is a "robot" that I built out of knex, it's designed to play the piano. This version can play up to a 16 note sequence in a 12 note range. I call it "Zeeanobot" (Zach's Piano Robot), corny, I know, but I couldn't think of a better name. I spent a lot of time on this, and I'm very proud of it, so please be nice. Just to be clear, I have not tried it on a real piano, I built it to play my Yamaha DGX-230. You may need to modify the design slightly to get it to work on real pianos or other keyboards.

# Sound Grain, a graphical interface where users can draw and edit trajectories to control granular sound synthesis modules. Sound Grain is written with Python and uses Csound as its audio engine. Csound 5 must be installed on the system to allow Sound Grain to run.

Audiostry

# Audiostry Synthesis

Audiostry V1.27 is made with Sync Modular. It's structure is based on Korg MS2000 but it is not an emulation. It has:

  • it's own single cycle waveforms for the DWGS (48 waves),
  • unison in polyphonic mode: each oscillator quadruples and is internally modulated by a slow LFO.
  • dual filters.
  • 2 more patch bays.
  • 16 step modulation sequencer with 2 more lines (total of 5) and 39 parameter destinations.
  • 143 finely edited presets.
  • 16 voices by default but can be changed by user within Sync Modular. You need Sync Modular to run it.

Download it here: http://www.audiostry.com/synthesis.html

Sync Modular has been discontinued but it is now free. Get it here: http://www.syncmodular.com/

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