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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Artifake_Labs releases RedTron_MKV

Artifake_Labs RedTron_MKV

Artifake_Labs has released RedTron_MKV, a free VST instrument plug-in for Windows.

RedTron_MKV emulates the “Mellotron MKV” (essentially a double M400), one of the rarest Mellotron ever made. RedTron_MKV is a sample-based plug-in, made with Synthedit.

RedTron_MKV 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” and allows the samples to loop continuously.
  • Layer possibilities & independent parameters for layer A & B :
    • Volume, Tone, Reverb, Delay, Pan, Octave, Note & Attack parameters.
    • Delay effect (Amount, Time, Feedback & Pan parameters).
    • Reverb effect (Mix, Width, Size & Damp parameters).
  • Pitch control.
  • Can be used as Soundfont Player to mix any .sf2 file with “Tron sounds” or to extend the sound palette.

RedTron_MKV is available for download as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC.

More information: Artifake_Labs

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Puremagnetik releases Microtron Tape 2

Puremagnetik Microtron Tape 2

Puremagnetik has announced the release of Microtron Tape 2, a collection of sampled instruments for Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic.

This second edition to the Microtron series includes even more classic sounds! Microtron Tape 2 comes with the legendary Mark II Flute (think Beatles), melancholy Cello and the woody Octave Recorders.

Microtron Tape 2 features

  • 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 Mellotron Cello recording is undoubtedly a unique character in the tape library.

Microtron Tape 2 is available for subscribers in Ableton Live, NI Kontakt, and Logic EXS formats. Subscriptions start at $5.75 USD.

More information: Puremagnetik

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Artifake_Labs releases RedTron

Artifake_Labs RedTron

Artifake_Labs has released RedTron, a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC.

RedTron is an updated version of the previously released Meltron MKX.

RedTron emulates “The Mellotron”, one of the most famous tape replay keyboard. RedTron is a sample-based VST plug-in, made with SynthEdit and totally free.

RedTron features

  • Five sound types: 3 violins, 8-Voice Choir, Flute, Brass, String Section.
  • “Loop” and “Non-Loop” modes: as the original “Mellotron”, each sound is eight seconds long but you can switch to “Loop Mode” and allows the samples to loop continuously.
  • Layer possibilities & independent parameters for layer A & B:
    • Attack, Release, Pan, Octave, Note, Pitch, Tone & volume parameters.
    • Delay effect (Amount, Time, Feedback & Pan parameters).
    • Reverb effect (Mix, Width, Size & Damp parameters).
  • “Tape Noise” knob to simulate tape hiss.
  • Can be used as Soundfont Player to mix any .sf2 file with “Tron sounds” or to extend the sound palette.

RedTron is available as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC. Download it here (MediaFire).

Visit Artifake_Labs for more information.

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