u-he has announced Alexander Hacke: NYC, a soundset featuring 150 sounds for the Zebra2 synthesizer for Mac and Windows.
New York City is the new patch bank for Zebra2 by Alexander Hacke, of the famous German post-industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten. Hacke’s work has influenced many musicians around the world, and the musical genre Industrial would certainly not be the same without him!
In this amazing patch collection, Hacke combines his love for New York City with his love for Zebra2. A musical hommage, a cinematic soundtrack that captures the flavor of various New York locations. Some sounds are playable chromatically, others tell an entire story within a single note. Some smirk at you ironically, others evoke the strangest of emotions. Always read the patch info, and always try the XY controls for extra expression!
For some this will be the ultimate synaesthetic guide to the Big Apple, for all others it will be the most unusual collection of individual sounds and loops they have ever heard from Zebra2.
Alexander Hacke: NYC for Zebra2 is available to purchase for $39 USD excl. VAT.
Fuse has launched the Music Moments That Matter sweepstakes.
Want to win the ultimate music experience including some sweet ear candy? Enter the Fuse Music Matters Sweepstakes! Fuse will fly one lucky Linkin Park, Interpol, or Lady Gaga fan and their guest to NYC and seat you within the 10 front rows at the concert!
The winner will receive a trip for two – flight and one hotel night included, prime seating to February Fuse Presents, and one pair of Denon AH-D1100 “Acoustic Luxury” Over-Ear Headphones!
To enter for your chance to win, simply read the official rules and fill out the form here.
Participants are limited to one (1) entry per day. The more entries = the better chances! Contest ends January 15th at 6PM.
Synthtopia rounds up some first impressions, like this one from ipaddj:
Anyone who has used the Korg Legacy plug-in will know what they are in for and the fact that you can grab patch cables and route them using the touchscreen is almost mind-melting. Like a childhood fantasy come true.
The huge sound of the MS-20 is totally there and I couldn’t stop making Daft Punk patches for the first few hours using the beast.
Tom at Waveformless celebrates his birthday (happy birthday, Tom!) with another free sample pack:
Today is my birthday, and in the spirit of "it's better to give than to receive", here are some free synthesized drum sounds from the Access Virus. I made these quite some time ago, so they were recorded at 16-bit through an E-mu E6400. As a result, some of them have a little noise in them, but around these parts, we like to call that "character". The source of the sounds is a mix of factory patches and third party patches.
Mark at Modulate This! explains how to the OSC modulate pulse width on u-he's splendid ACE synth.
After watching my YouTube video “u-he ACE Tutorial: Patch Cables 101”, I had a viewer ask “How can i modulate the pulse width of? the osciliator?”, so I thought I’d do a quick answer here in text form. Click the image above to see a larger version of the synth. Annotation numbers in diagram match steps below.
P5Audio has released Hood Runnas NYC, a collection of hip hop loop sets.
Our popular Hood Runnas series meets NYC with… Hood Runnas NYC Edition Loop Sets! Get ready for the 40/40 club and start making hits like they do in the Empire State.
Hood Runnas NYC features
20 Multi-track Construction Loop Sets. Featuring our popular format of 10 section A and 10 Section B parts! Use them together for a Verse/Hook and a Bridge, or use them individually! It’s up to your genius to lead you!
254 individual loops total.
Inspired by the Award winning tracks of Jay Z and other NYC Producers!
All parts are separated including multi-track percussion, live and sampled drums, synths, brass, strings, keys, live and sampled guitar and more!
All tempos and keys are included in these Royalty FREE music loop sets!
Formats: WAV (24 & 16 bit), REX, Apple Loops.
Hood Runnas NYC is available to purchase as a download for $49.99 USD.
Sounds To Sample has released Victor Calderone & Mike Frade: Tech House, a new sample pack by Mike Frade and Victor Calderone of Waveform Recordings.
Legendary New York producer Victor Calderone and Mike Frade’s debut sample pack Essential Elements – Tech House has been our biggest seller of 2010. Now they kick off their own label with this twisted selection of 380 pounding tech-house beats, vox twists, tribal rhythms, music loops and more.
Waveform Recordings is run by Mike Frade and Victor Calderone, whose residencies at New York’s infamous Limelight, Crobar and Pacha clubs have cemented his status as one of the top-ranking DJ/producers in the world.
Victor Calderone & Mike Frade: Tech House features
Includes a total of 232 loops and 148 drum hits.
Drum Basics – The collection opens with 30 pared down beat loops – kick only, snare only and hat only, for backbone beatmaking.
Beat Loops & Tops – 67 deep and detailed tech-house beats with kick-free tops and variants for pure production ease.
Bass Loops – 21 funky, fried and filtered low-enders – all tinged with tech sensibilities.
Glitch Vox Loops – Delicious serving of 30+ twisted vocal grooves for instant topline character.
A closer look at the OP-1 portable synthesizer and controller (no release date yet though).
Last week, Ihavesynth.com got the chance to meet up with Teenage Engineering to get a closer look at the OP-1 synthesizer/sampler/controller/you-name-it. Teenage Engineering revealed their eye-catching OP-1 at Musikmesse in 2009 and the hype around the synthesizer has been massive, even though it is not yet released. We have posted about the OP-1 before and offcourse we are as curious about the OP-1 as the rest of the world seems to be.
Teenage Engineering is a great gang of 7 tech guys in a white painted garage filled with wonderful stuff like computers, synthesizers, all sorts of tech gear, an electronics shop, 3D printers, bikes, mopeds and a little dog which you can hear in the interview. The Teenage Engineering crew has experience from a lot of different areas, like the gaming industry, programming, electronic music – and it all comes together in their cozy garage.My mate Bjorn had a chat with David at Teenage Engineering, check it out in this clip.
One of my favorite hacks at last weekend’s Music Hack Day is Tristan’s Swinger. The Swinger is a bit of python code that takes any song and makes it swing. It does this be taking each beat and time-stretching the first half of each beat while time-shrinking the second half. It has quite a magical effect.
This project demonstrates how to use the Xbox Rock Band Stage Kit with Micro framework using GHI's USB Host feature….no Xbox is necessary!
This kit uses USB and it has special requests to set the strobe speed, LEDs and fog. But no worries! This still works with GHI NETMF devices. We use USB host on a low level using USBH Raw Device. This allows us to control the Stage kit as we like! It is actually easy if you know how USB works.
Tom Shear is back with another pack of free samples:
Today's selection is what used to be one of my favorite bass sounds I'd programmed for my old SQ-80 back in the day. It's very digital sounding and can add a nice bite to other bass sounds when layered. (The name of the patch was inspired by the liner notes of a Shriekback album that listed not only the gear used, but the name of the synth patches they used which pleased the hell out of me for some reason…)
The download includes 8 mono 24-bit/44.1k WAV samples of the C and G keys for 4 octaves.
Diego Stocco @ Soundcloud: In the past months I've been working on some new tracks with my Experibass. Since I built it, I discovered many new ways of interacting with it Take a look at this gallery to know more about the Experibass: http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Experibass/312989
David M. just sent us useful information on how to add internal pitch controls for both Kaossilator and the Kaoss Pad, below are his words of wisdom…
After reading about the GetLoFi Tutorial for 1799 oscillator circuit mod on the KORG Mini KP/KO and with a few of the LTC Modules on hand I decided to give it a go on a brand new Kaossilator. The conversion took about 45 minutes to do, but the results just blew me away. A real transformer for this instrument.
The Creators Project event series—a roving global celebration—launches this summer on June 26, when The Creators rolls into 80,000-square-feet of display and performance space honeycombed throughout the legendary Milk Studios in New York’s Meatpacking District.
The event is going to be a groundbreaking combination of interactive art and installations, panels, workshops, screenings, and live performances. As much as The Creators Project is a digital archive of our digital world, it is also a testament to the enduring appeal of the Real. Many of the artists within the program explore the way that digitally manipulated images, sounds, and motions converge in real time, in real spaces.