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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.)

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

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

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/

GForce Software releases OptiTron for M-Tron Pro

GForce Software OptiTron

GForce Software has announced the release of OptiTron, an expansion pack for the M-Tron Pro synthesizer.

For many moons we have harboured the desire to release a full set of sounds recorded from our funky old Optigan. We considered building a completely new instrument but ultimately we’ve made the decision to integrate these sounds within the M-Tron Pro, primarily because they sit so well along side those tones and rhythms already released.

The OptiTron Expansion Pack for M-Tron Pro takes these nostalgic tones into completely new sonic territory and we look forward to hearing them in your compositions in the future.

OptiTron features

  • 30 New tape banks
  • 5 Lead, 25 Rhythms all looped
  • 4/4 Rhythms at 110 BPM
  • 3/4 Rhythms at 80 BPM
  • 35 Notes per tape bank
  • Over 150 New MTP Patches
  • OptiTron interface design

The OptiTron Expansion Pack is available to purchase as a download for existing registered users of M-Tron Pro, priced at 39 EUR.

More information: GForce Software / OptiTron

Short links for February 5th, 2010

Barry Wood's NAMM Oddities 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# NAMM Oddities 2010

Barry is back with the NAMM Oddities of 2010:

My NAMM experience went really quite smoothly this year. I didn't have to deal with any injuries or camera failures.

The show was a little smaller than last year, which was most apparent in my favorite haunt, Hall E. There were some open areas where there weren't any booths set up at all. That being said, there was no shortage of invention and innovation at the show. Because of that, I think the great unsung heroes of the Oddities need their own motto: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor global economic collapse stays the mad genius from the swift creation of strange musical devices."

# skewworks Pyxis – How would you like to be able to run compiled programs from a uSD drive? Maybe you'd like to create an app that's closed source? Or perhaps you're just looking to display full screen 320×240 bitmaps using the Arduino. If any of those sounds good to you than Pyxis is the OS for you.

Wiimote-help in pd

# Use the WiiMote as a musical instrument

Winko Erades van den Berg on making music using a computer and a Wiimote:

An article that appeared on the Create Digital Music website, about making music using the WiiMote and a computer, drew my attention. Several hints were given on the how to, but as always in doing new things the information was scattered everywhere and nowhere.

After reading many articles and watching many videos I found out how to realize a working setup for myself. In this article I’ll try to explain the steps needed to create a working setup for yourself.

# Primer on new Echo Nest search_tracks, capsule, and get_analysis APIs

Echo Nest co-founder Brian Whitman demoed the alpha version of a new set of Echo Nest APIs.

At Stockholm Hack Day we’re announcing three or four new APIs that are going to stay in our “alpha” sandbox for now. These are officially unsupported but we will work with anyone who has a use case for them. For now, the instructions will stay here until we promote them to production APIs.

Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie

# Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie

Mellodrama, a documentary by Dianna Dilworth, explores the rising and falling fortunes of the Mellotron – the first musical keyboard to "sample" the sounds of other instruments – from its birth in a California garage in the 1950s, through its dominance on concert stages in the 1970s, through its almost religious cult of followers in the 2000s. From the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" to Black Sabbath to Kanye West, Mellodrama is a 50-year odyssey of musical invention, revolution, betrayal, and rediscovery.

Includes 8-page booklet with essay by Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues, Mellotron and Chamberlin production timelines, and more.

# SampleRadar: 316 free Parisian-style samples

MusicRadar.com's latest batch of free samples is here:

The collection we're giving you here has a distinctly French flavour, being inspired by the likes of Kavinsky, Justice, Mr Oizo and the artists on the Kitsuné label. Download it and give your music a sense of Parisian style – you'd be 'in-Seine' to miss out!

Plughugger Drum Machine Shootout

# Drum machine shootout

Plughugger has a comprehensive review of Audio Damage Tattoo, Audiorealism ADM and Sonic Charge Microtonic.

This review compares three software drum machines and how they stand against each other. Three audioguns, twenty one sonic bullets. Two swedes and one american. Drum roll, please…

While there are a whole bunch of drum synthesizers on the market and many of them are very competent – my selection ended up with Audio Damage Tattoo, Audiorealism ADM and Sonic Charge Microtonic. My primary criteria was that they should be available for both PC and Mac – and they should be able to create more than one type of overall sound. I chose not to include any of the drum machines from the polish developer D16, as each and every drum machine is locked to a specific model and besides – I don’t own licenses for any of them.
Waldorf Attack is a classic that I seriously considered to include, but decided against as it doesn’t contain a sequencer. Also, three products against each other is clear as a german sausage soup. But the Waldorf Attack is a fantastic drum synthesizer, especially for creating weird electronic percussion noises.

I love Microtonic (and the D16 drum machines), but I think it’s inevitable I’ll end up getting Tattoo at some point.

# Mini Kit: PH001

Timothy has posted a nice little drum kit:

This is a mini kit with bd, snare, 2 ch’s and a oh. They are from one hits I have either recorded from drum machines or found around. Processed with eq and compression and some final touches to each sound. Hoping to give you a nice starter kit with a solid foundation. There is also a Ableton Live session with the kit in a drumrack with further processing on.

Real Music Media sets samples free

Real Music Media The Real Snare Drum

Real Music Media has announced it is now offering all its sample libraries at no cost.

For various reasons, not least of which is a desire to be courteous to past customers, we will be discontinuing the rex files, and the wave files are dithered down to 16/44.1 from 24/48. The Battery version of the Real Snare Drum is also discontinued.

People who REALLY NEED any of this discontinued stuff can, of course, contact us, and we can work something out at the old prices.

Real Music Media products include various loops libraries — Drum Sounds of the 60′s, Swing Jazz Drums, Synthetic Vortices, Endangered Rhythms, and Ritornelli, a multi-sampled vintage 1972 Slingerland Sound King snare drum — The Real Snare Drum, and The Taijiguy Mellotron, a collection of samples of a restored Mellotron M400S.

More information: Real Music Media

Artifake_Labs releases RedTron_400

Artifake_Labs RedTron_400

Artifake_Labs has released RedTron_400, a free sample-based plug-in which emulates the Mellotron M400.

RedTron_400 features

  • Realistic user interface.
  • Six sound types: 3 Violins, 8-Voice Choir, Flute, Brass, String Section, Cello.
  • “Loop” and “Non-Loop” modes: as the original “Mellotron”, each sound is eight seconds long but you can switch to “Loop Mode” which allows the samples to loop continuously.
  • Layer possibilities & independent parameters for layer A & B:
    • Volume, Tune, Reverb, Delay, Pan, Octave, Note, Cutoff, Resonance, Attack & Release parameters.
    • Delay effect (Amount, Time, Feedback & Pan parameters).
    • Reverb effect (Mix, Width, Size & Damp parameters).
  • Global Volume control.
  • Global Tone control.
  • Global Pitch control.
  • Can be used as SoundFont Player to mix any .sf2 file with “Tron sounds” or to extend the sound palette.

RedTron_400 is available as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC.

More information: Artifake_Labs