Useful Noise launches online sample boutique with 4 new sample packs

Useful Noise has announced its return with the release of 4 new sample packs from producer/sound designer Keith Hillebrandt (Nine Inch Nails, Nearly, Apple, Roland).

Reborn as an online digital delivery sample boutique, Useful Noise Online strives to be an option for those who don’t want their music and content to sound like everyone else.

Useful Noise Alternative Spaces

Alternative Spaces

The Alternative Spaces sample pack features a collection of 148 deep atmospheres, ambiences and drones.

Over a gigabyte of stunning 24-bit 96k samples that will add a special mood, feel and depth in film, media and music productions.

Available in either Apple Loop (.aif) or Wave (.wav) formats with EXS24 and Kontakt starter instruments included.

Useful Noise Trigger Man

Trigger Man

Trigger Man is a one of a kind collection of 100+ gate and envelope triggered loops.

These loops were created by running tones, found sound and noise through gates and envelope followers resulting in kick/snare/hat like beats that can work as main beats, breakdowns and beat shadows.

A wide range of BPMs that covers ambient to minimal to breaks to dubstep styles. 64 4-bar loops with breakdown version where applicable.

Useful Noise Tiny Machines Getting Crushed

Tiny Machines Getting Crushed

Tiny Machines Getting Crushed is a loop library featuring 277 samples of distorted analog drum machines.

Classic and obscure analog beat boxes are sampled, reprogrammed and then squeezed, smashed and decimated through modular synth modules, old guitar pedals and digital distortions to create one very nasty beat collection.

137 original loops with breakdown versions where applicable.

Useful Noise Damaged FX

Damaged FX

The Damaged FX pack features a collection of 285 processed and twisted noises, tweaks and loops.

A nice little collection if you want to add some unique damaged, glitchy effects or loops to your music or visuals.

Available in either Apple Loop (.aif) or Wave (.wav) formats with EXS24 and Kontakt starter instruments included.

Alternative Spaces is available to purchase for $20 USD; Trigger Man, Tiny Machines Getting Crushed, and Damaged FX are $15 USD each. A bundle of all 4 packs is available for $50 USD.

More information: Useful Noise

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Short links for August 10th, 2010

SONION + SuONOIO

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Interview, Workspace Tour: Alessandro Cortini’s SONOIO Album and Synth

Peter Kirn talks to Alessandro Cortini:

Call it cable addiction. Italian-born musician Alessandro Cortini, known for his live keyboard work with Nine Inch Nails, retreated into the studio with classic and contemporary Buchla modular synths to make “SONOIO.” Guided by his uniquely personal compositional style, he was able to wrangle that mess of chords and layers of analog sound into a genuine collection of beautifully-written songs, stacked high with Buchla timbral goodness.

Check some tracks from Alessandro’s new album below.

# Why Use High Sample Rates?

Tim Prebble writes:

This is a question I see often: if the final form of the project is 44.1kHz or 48khz, why bother recording at high sample rates? There isn’t any one answer to that question, there are lots of answers. But I thought it might be useful to illustrate a reason by using a real world example…. And if you cannot be bothered reading all of this, then just remember this: Plugins LOVE dense data!

Korg MonoTron

# Review: Korg Monotron

Tom Shear has had some time with the Monotron and shares his thoughts.

Whether or not the Monotron is for you really depends on your expectations. I've already outlined what it does best and if that sounds appealing to you, I can recommend you just place your order and get one now. You'll have an amazing amount of fun with this thing. If you're looking for a budget MS-20 to blast out some wall shaking basslines or other melodic bits, you're probably going to be disappointed.

Tom has also posted a free sample pack with some percussion sounds, sweeps, shrieks, and some tonal sounds from the Monotron. Get them here.

# The definitive Beastie Boys sample source collection

If you're a Beastie Boys fan Christmas has come early, folks. The brain/brains behind the sample source blog Miscreant Productions have compiled pretty much every single song that has been sampled by the Beastie Boys from Licensed to Ill to To The 5 Boroughs. As if that wasn't enough, they've even gone and thrown said samples on Megaupload for y'all to download. I know epic right.

In the words of the trio themselves “ch-ch-ch-ch-check it out”:

# Good-looking Ikeahacked speakers

Ikeahacked speaker by Charles Visnic

From Make: Online

Inspired by the classic spherical speaker array Instructable from user mzed, Charles Visnic created these cool wireless speakers by transplanting the guts of a pair of RocketFish speakers into some birch bowls from Ikea, mounted rim-to-rim.

# Makunouchi Bento – Swimé

Makunouchi Bento has released a free 8-track album, Swimé. Headphones listening recommended.

<a href="http://makunouchibento.bandcamp.com/album/swim">Rain Dragon, Hidden Genius by Makunouchi Bento</a>

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Short links for December 1st, 2009

Lab3 Arduino Sine wave Generator

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Arduino Sine wave Generator using the DDS Method

From Lab3:

Here we describe how to generate sine waves with an Arduino board in a very accurate way . Almost no additional hardware is required. The frequency range reaches form zero to 16 KHz with a resolution of a millionth part of one Hertz ! Distortions can be kept less than one percent on frequencies up to 3 KHz. This technique is not only useful for music and sound generation another range of application is test equipment or measurement instrumentation. Also in telecommunication the DDS Method is useful for instance in frequency of phase modulation (FSK PSK).

# ningear – This eBay seller is listing lots of Nine Inch Nails gear from their last tour. Want a piece of NiN? Get it now on eBay!

# Schipmann Music out of business Via Matrixsynth

Dear customers!

We are finishing our business. These are the very last units of “ebbe und flut” ever!! We are thankful for all our satisfied customers. We will be there for you in support and service in that time after this sale.

Yours sincerely,
Carsten Schippmann (CEO)

Schipmann ebbe und flut MKII
Last ebbe und flut MKII units going for 999 EUR (normal price: 1498,21 EUR per unit) Tempting…

# Gruss Loops – Volume VII is here!

Ryan writes:

I’m happy to announce that the wait is finally over. Gruss Loops Volume VII is now available! With some major studio upgrades at Gruss Headquarters over the past month, I think you’ll be able to hear the enriched sonic textures that only a few thousand dollars made out to Steve Jobs can bring. If you put your mouth against the speakers, you might even be able to taste it.

# 5 Years of CDM NYC Party: Beats + Baile + Open Bar + Laptops + Twitter Twister

CDM love by onetonnemusic

Time flies when you’re having fun. Congratulations to Peter Kirn and CDM.

Pete writes:

Link love, chip love, software love, music love – Create Digital Music is celebrating five years, and it’s time to spread some of the love back to you here in New York City.

Wednesday night, we’ll be celebrating five years made possible by our incredible readers with a big party at Love Nightclub in Manhattan.

# Waveformless: Free Sample Friday: Vocoded Drums

Tom writes:

Most of my American readers probably have today off, but regardless, the weekend is almost here! So here's a small set of 16 drum sounds sent through a vocoder for your downloading enjoyment… All samples are 24-bit/44.1k.

little-scale Novation Laundpad

# little-scale Novation Launchpad – Sebastian uses Max/MSP to create a linear sequencer, ripple sequencer and waveform editor for the Novation Launchpad.

Today I made a simple ripple-based sequencer for the Novation Launchpad. The idea is simple. By pressing a grid button, a yellow, square ripple is created that emanates from the point that was touched. By holding down a modifier button and pressing a grid button, static, red points are created. Each red point represents a musical note. Whenever a given yellow ripple intersects (touches) a red point, the sequencer plays a note.

# Endless loop: A brief history of chiptunes

By Kevin Driscoll, Joshua Diaz. The abstract:

Chiptune refers to a collection of related music production and performance practices sharing a history with video game soundtracks. The evolution of early chiptune music tells an alternate narrative about the hardware, software, and social practices of personal computing in the 1980s and 1990s. By digging into the interviews, text files, and dispersed ephemera that have made their way to the Web, we identify some of the common folk-historical threads among the commercial, noncommercial, and ambiguously commercial producers of chiptunes with an eye toward the present-day confusion surrounding the term chiptune. Using the language of affordances and constraints, we hope to avoid a technocratic view of the inventive and creative but nevertheless highly technical process of creating music on computer game hardware.

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Short links for April 14th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Tweet A Sound

# Tweet A Sound

Tweet A Sound is a desktop application that uses Twitter as a platform for sharing sonic tweets. Pushing the idea of “social sound design”, Tweet A Sound allows you to design a sound and share it in a community of like-minded folks. It is an opportunity for fun interaction with sound.

The sound engine is based on FM Synthesis and has a waveshaper, a delay, feedback and a flanger. You can get a ton of interesting sounds out of these.

Tweet A Sound was built in Max/MSP and is available for download for Mac. A Windows version should be out soon.

# Nine Inch Nails : access

Free app for iPhone/iTouch now available.

  • Exchange messages and photos with other NIN fans in your neighborhood and around the world.
  • Access NIN news, photos, custom wallpapers, and your nin.com inbox.

Download here.

Kacie Kinzer Tweenbots

# tweenbots | kacie kinzer

Kacie Kinzer built some cute robots, set them loose in NYC, and documented the willingness of people to help the bots find their way.

Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.

The new bots look too cute!

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Short links for August 18th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on August 18th, 2008:

Reaktor

# Learning Reaktor: 10-Step Path to Building New Sequencers, Beatboxes, and Effects

Peter Kirn writes:

“What if you had to take just one software instrument with you to a desert island?” It’s not an entirely silly question, with so many choices in software potentially distracting you from real music making. I say, cheat: take a tool that lets you build your own tools, specific to the job. Reaktor immediately springs to mind.

# Echoplex Drum Simulator – Mike L’s Nine Inch Nails-inspired Echoplex Drum Simulator, a Windows drum sequencer.

# New Circle Sound bank available… – A new bank of 30 sounds for Circle, designed by Dajan Izzo is available on the Circle downloads page

# NOR_/D TouchKit – TouchKit is a modular multitouch development kit with the aim to make multitouch readily available in an open source fashion. It is a sister project of the CUBIT multitouch system and aimed at rapid implementation of multitouch projects.

# little-scale: Toriton Version 1.5 – Sebastian Tomczak upgrades his Toriton water surface instrument.

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