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Plughugger releases Dr Bob – 150 dance sounds for Spectrasonics Trilian

Plughugger Dr Bob

Plughugger has announced the release of Dr Bob, a sound expansion of 100 new sounds for the Spectrasonics Trilian virtual bass instrument, aimed for modern dance music.

Dr Bob is modern take on the Moog legacy. From the original Minimoog and Taurus pedals to modern models such as the Little Phatty, Spectrasonics Trilian offers a wealth of sampled Moog models.

With this soundset we set out to push the sound of Moog in new directions. Not only is this an expansion with bass sounds, but also contains sounds seldom heard from a Moog: mellow synth plucks, lush pads, inspirational arpeggios and old-school stabs(!).

As a bonus, Dr Bob comes bundled with the additional soundset Fat Bastard.

Plughugger Fat Bastard

Fat Bastard is a collection of 50 presets based on the experimental and weird waveforms from the Metasonix Assblaster, and works well as a counterweight to the polished and well-behaved Moog waveforms.

A bit of a warning though. These sounds are a bit all over the place and are not as “sophisticated” as the sounds in the Dr Bob soundset.

The Dr Bob library is available to purchase for the introductory price of 9.90 EUR until February 16th, 2014 (regular 14.90 EUR).

More information: Plughugger / Dr Bob

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Short links for March 7th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Mike Cook Hexome

A hexagonal monome – a Hexome, made using an Arduino. Containing RGB LEDs

More info at Mike’s website: Hexome

# Metasonix R54 Supermodule

From navs.modular.lab:

Tracks like a zombie, but kicks like a mule – my first taste of yellow.

Metasonix R54

As Metasonix own video makes hilariously clear, you're never going to play Switched on Bach with the R54. Feed the Supermodule with the appropriate combination of CVs, however, and you can coax deep drums, watery plops, rubber basslines and tortured-animal sounds from this unruly, tube-based VCF/ VCO.

# Imagining a Tablet Synth: Developer Christopher Penrose Shows Us SynthTronica for iPad

Leisuresonic SynthTronica

Peter at CDM writes:

What can a new digital synth be in 2011? How will it work and sound? And given access to so many excellent tools, how can it stand apart?

In place of a press release and some marketing-speak, developer Christopher Penrose (Leisuresonic, Cosmovox) sent us an extended essay explaining his thinking behind his imminent SynthTronica synth for the iPad. Aside from getting into the nitty-gritty technical details, it cuts to the crux of the issue: how to make something personal and new that nonetheless can work for other people, and how that idea can be tailored to a tablet.

SynthTronica for iPad is now available, iTunes link.

# Tibetan Singing Bowl

More free samples at Waveformless’ Free Sample Friday:

Today's free sample is a single sample of a Tibetan singing bowl. The singing bowl is essentially an inverted bell that is used by Buddhists to accompany meditation or chanting. It can be played either by rolling the padded mallet along the inside rim, or by striking it. The sample I'm providing is of a single strike. It's an extremely long sample that reveals just how this instrument got the name "singing bowl". The note of the strike is an E. 24-bit, 44.1k WAV sample. [6.07 MB]

Plus, a bunch of Absynth patches by Alan Stuart.

A little something different this Friday… instead of free samples, today we have 50 free patches for Native Instruments Absynth submitted by reader Alan Stuart. You can download them directly from his website. Thanks, Alan!

# Dustland – Real-time Live performance by Diego Stocco.

"Dustland" is a cinematic sounding improv that I recorded with the Fence Bass. This instrument has a rough and edgy sound since it's all made of metal, so I imagined a piece that could work in a modern Western film, I'm a fan of the genre.

Everything is created in real time, no pre-existing loops, additional tracks or post-efx involved. I built a chain of processors in Live that I control with a pedal board, all rhythmic parts and ambiences are derived from whatever sound/noise comes from the Fence Bass. I hope you'll like it!

# Tower Bawher by Théodore Ushev

This animated short by Theodore Ushev is like a whirlwind tour of Russian constructivist art and is filled with visual references to artists of the era, including Vertov, Stenberg, Rodchenko, Lissitsky and Popova.

# Beep-it! – Michael Una's Beep-it! device, an optical theremin.

It outputs a square wave whose pitch is controlled by the amount of light striking a photoresistor. You control the pitch by casting shadows over the light sensor, or by pointing it towards/away from a light source. Flashing lights induce an interesting oscillating effect. A single momentary button turns Beep-it on or off.

There is an 1/4″ output jack for connecting to audio equipment like amplifiers, guitar pedals, recording, etc.

Details on Beep-it! at Michael’s website here

# Photo Journaling for Electronic Music Artists

Mark Mosher writes:

I’ve been a bit “heads down” working on all sorts of fun music projects over the last month and half and of course learning lots of new things along the way. As I work away, I always take a moment to shoot photos.

# Derek Enos deMIDulator

Short: MIDI-controlled 8-bit digital synthesizer and audio sampler

Long: Device generates several different sounds based on incoming MIDI Note On/Off, Pitch Wheel and Control Change messages. Default waveforms are Sine and Square. An audio sampling function is available to record custom waveform samples that can then be played-back similarly to Sine and Square waveforms (think Impulse Tracker or Scream Tracker or any other tracker from 1997). Audio input is switchable between on-board microphone and external 4-conductor headset jack.

# Dark Energy Kick Samples (Analog)

Free sample pack by dubstep forum user Project EX:

A small collection of kicks, recorded and collected by me. No processing on the kicks, just normalized. Will try to make some more samples at some point. Will get it on the sample swap when it's back up.

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Hollow Sun releases Radiophonica, sample library by Ian Boddy

Hollow Sun Radiophonica

Hollow Sun has released a new version of Radiophonica, a sample library by Ian Boddy.

Radiophonica is the first title in Ian Boddy’s ‘Waveforms’ series of sample libraries. All the sounds were produced and recorded directly from analogue hardware synthesisers such as the venerable EMS VCS3 and MiniMoog and also the Roland 100M, Doepfer, Analogue Solutions and Analogue Systems modular synths.

The Hollow Sun Edition of ‘Radiophonica’ comes with a scripted panel that gives quick and easy control over these wonderfully atmospheric and evocative sounds.

Radiophonica Hollow Sun Edition features

  • Created by renowned UK synthesist, Ian Boddy.
  • 670MB of hand crafted samples at 44/24 taken from: Roland System 100-M modular, Analogue Systems modular, Doepfer A-100 modular, Analogue Solutions modular, EMS VCS3, Minimoog, Metasonix TM-2 tube BP filter.
  • Custom scripted panels with filters, ADSR and multi-FX.

Radiophonica Hollow Sun Edition for Kontakt is available to purchase for $40 USD.

More information: Hollow Sun / Radiophonica

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Sidsonic Libraries Dark Drums, downloadable sample pack

Sidsonic Libraries Dark Drums

Sidsonic Libraries has announced the release of Dark Drums, a new downloadable sample pack.

This sample pack offers you the dark side of drums in a unique collection!

This pack was generated with high end equipment like Elektron Machinedrum, Metasonix Scrotum Smasher, Wiard Borg Filter, Wiard Boogie Filter,Steiner Parker Filter, Livewire Vulcan Modulator, Doepfer Wasp Filter and many more.

Punch the brightness out of its misery and free the dark side of your rythms.

Dark Drums features

  • Three packs:
    • Clear – 18 Drumkits (77MB)
    • Distorted – 22 Drumkits (80MB)
    • Long – 13 Drumkits (133MB)
  • All sounds are Multisamplesets for a realistic feeling.
  • Samples are mapped in EXS and NKI format.
  • Samples are recorded in wave format 24bit/96khz.

Dark Drums is available to purchase for 42.80 EUR. Individual packs are available from 10.70 EUR up to 21.40 EUR (prices include VAT).

More information: Sidsonic Libraries / Dark Drums

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Sidsonic Libraries releases Pure Analog Clicks and Cuts

Sidsonic Libraries Pure Analog Clicks and Cuts

Sidsonic Libraries has released Pure Analog Clicks and Cuts, a new downloadable sample pack.

This sample pack offers you the finest glitches in a unique collection! Only analog synths and drumcomputers up to a huge modular system were used to create the cutting edge sounds. Moog, Synthesizers.com, Curetronic, Metasonix, Vermona,… all those big names were put together to show what analog Clicks and Cuts are made of!

After recording the sounds were mapped in an extended way (88 keys per kit) to provide not only the samples themself but also reversed and tonal sounds, made by looping and editing.

Pure Analog Clicks and Cuts features

  • Three packs:
    • Bubbled – 12 Drumkits (130.3MB)
    • High – 9 Drumkits (65.6MB)
    • Punchy – 12 Drumkits (73.1MB)
  • All sounds are Multisamplesets for a realistic feeling.
  • Samples are mapped in EXS and NKI format.
  • Samples are recorded in wave format 24bit/96khz.

Pure Analog Clicks and Cuts is available to purchase for 37.45 EUR. Individual packs are available for 16.05 EUR each (prices include VAT).

Note: Sidsonic Libraries is offering a 20% discount on its products until June 3, 2010.

Use the following promo code at checkout to receive your discount: 1209-gdtf-3534-hrgz

More information: Sidsonic Libraries / Pure Analog Clicks and Cuts

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Totalmusik releases Polyphonic Wretch Machine

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Totalmusik Polyphonic Wretch Machine

Totalmusik has released Polyphonic Wretch Machine, a sample library for Kontakt featuring the sound of the Metasonix S-1000 Wretch Machine.

Over 2GB of glorious samples of the raw, untamed tube oscillators of the Metasonix S-1000 Wretch Machine.

Aimed at the crafty sound sculptor looking to get direct access to a huge library of raw, malleable waveforms from the only currently manufactured synthesizer with balls enough to ignore over 50 years of technological innovation.

Polyphonic Wretch Machine features

  • Over 800 24 bit, 44k WAV samples with embedded loop points.
  • Kontakt 4 formatted library provided with custom scripted interface.
  • 14 core sample sets, including raw and tape transferred sets.
  • Over 2 GB of content.

Polyphonic Wretch Machine is available to purchase for the introductory price of $49.99 USD until June 15, 2010 (regular price $69.99 USD).

More information: Totalmusik

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Ian Boddy releases Beatalogue

Ian Boddy Beatalogue

Ian Boddy has released Beatalogue, the 4th sample library in the waveforms series.

This follow up to ‘Drumalogue’ takes a selection of electronic drum patterns and loops which were then fed through Boddy´s massive modular synth system. These were then filtered, mangled and generally messed up using a huge number of modules all in the analogue domain.

All the loops have between 3 and 5 variations and sonically range from sweet filtering all the way through to completely crunched and twisted mayhem. The quality of the distortion and overdrive achieved using these techniques gives the loops a gorgeous organic feel which is further heightened by the sound of the modular itself with it´s fuzzy warmness and tripping envelopes.

The sounds are also provided in Rex2 and Apple Loops format enabling them to be used at various tempos and dissected by the end user for their own purposes.

Beatalogue features

  • 300 mono samples at 44.1Khz, 24 bit in WAV format.
  • All samples also provided in Rex2 & Apple Loops format.
  • Drum Loops filtered, mangled & messed up via the following analogue synthesisers:
    • Roland System 100-M
    • Analogue Systems
    • Doepfer A-100 modular system
    • Analogue Solutions
    • Livewire AFG, Vulcan & Dalek Modulators
    • Metasonix TM-2 Tube BP filter & R-53 Tube Waveshaper/Ring Mod
    • Flight of Harmony Plague Bearer
    • The Harvestman Malgorithm
    • WMD Geiger Counter
    • Make Noise QMMG
    • Minimoog
    • VCS3

Beatalogue is available to purchase as a digital download for £24.99 GBP / 29.99 EUR / $39.99 USD.

More information: Beatalogue

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Metasonix announces D-1000

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Metasonix D-1000

Metasonix has announced the D-1000, the first drum machine made with vacuum tubes since the Wurlitzer Sideman of 1959.

Unlike the Sideman, it’s a “modern” primitive device–with plenty of inputs, outputs, and flexibility.

Even though it has only four drum sounds — two tunable drums, a tunable “snare” drum (harder sounding than the others), and a cymbal — control voltage inputs give great flexibility.

Each of the tunable drums is made from a vacuum tube ringing bandpass filter, and can be tuned to sound from below 20 Hz to over 2 kHz. They are also tunable with external control voltages, allowing complex patterns to be built up with external CV or pulse sources. Resonance of each filter circuit is set by internal trimpots. The cymbal sound is an extremely primitive circuit, with white noise gated by a pentode tube. The cymbal’s attack is knob-variable and CV variable, from a sharp click to a soft “whoosh”. The four outputs mix to a single tube preamp that allows for overdriving via the mix-level controls.

In keeping with the primitive nature of the soundmaking section, the pattern sequencer is extremely simple. Unlike early drumboxes, we won’t subject you to preset nonsense like “waltz”, “foxtrot”, “swing” or the like. Instead, there is a single 8-pulse sequence with separate enable switches for each drum sound–set a toggle switch up to get the sound at that point, down for silence. Great for house, hardcore or other simple 4/4 patterns. The internal clock is settable from 60 BPM to over 1000 BPM. There is also a “roll” clock signal built-in, to generate a faster drumroll on any drum sound by pressing a button (speed is preset with an internal trimpot). If you don’t like the internal sequencer, there are separate trigger inputs for each of the four sounds (the trigger pulse must be 0 to +5v, and less than 40 mS long). These trigger inputs operate in parallel with the built-in sequencer, so the D-1000′s sounds may be triggered by its internal sequence and external pulses at the same time. As a bonus, the three tunable drums can also be used as tunable bandpass filters, by feeding a line audio signal to each trigger input.

Ample inputs and outputs: mix output (with overdriveable tube preamp), separate outputs for each drum sound, external trigger inputs for each drum sound, and a main clock output (0-5v) for slaving external generators to the internal clock.

No, it does not sound like a TR-606. It’s a beast you have never seen or heard before.

D-1000 specifications

  • Inputs and outputs 1/8″ jacks, except main mix output on 1/4″ jack.
  • Enclosed in rugged, moisture-resistant ABS utility box with hinged lid, carrying handle and latch.
  • Size with lid closed 12.25″x7.4″x6.5″ (314mmx186mmx168mm), weight (minus AC adapter) approx 3 lbs (2.1 kg).
  • Power: 12-16 volts AC, 50/60 Hz, 1.5 amps. Uses Jameco 167151 AC adapter for power in 120v countries. Power inlet: 2.1mm coaxial jack.

More information: Metasonix / D-1000

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