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Impact Soundworks launches Shreddage website + open-source SFZ format available

Impact Soundworks Shreddage

Impact Soundworks has launched its new Shreddage website, providing product information, video tutorials, audio demos, and user content for the Shreddage family of electric guitar and bass sample libraries.

The website was launched alongside new open-source, cross-platform versions of “Shreddage: Electric Rhythm Guitar” and “Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition” in the SFZ format.

Impact Soundworks, a joint venture between composers Andrew Aversa and Wilbert Roget, II, was founded in 2007 with the goal of creating innovative, affordable and unique sample libraries that are “designed with composers in mind.”

“We’ve received so much great feedback from users of Shreddage, from composers, producers, and even rock guitarists; however, requiring the Kontakt software made it inaccessible for many who would have loved to use it,” said Aversa, designer of the libraries. “We’re thrilled to finally be offering our Shreddage instruments to all musicians, on any computer or operating system, with no barrier of entry.”

“Shreddage” and its expansion “Shreddage X” were originally released for Native Instruments Kontakt and contain over 2,000 recordings of a 6-string electric guitar recorded direct-in. The libraries contain all crucial articulations for rhythm playing, including powerchords, single notes, multiple palm mute variations, up to 8x round robins, legato slides, tremolo picking, vibrato, pinch squeals and more. “Shreddage Bass” takes a similar approach to the picked electric bass.

The open-source SFZ format can be loaded into most any sampling software, such as LinuxSampler (www.LinuxSampler.org), which itself is open-source, 32/64 bit and compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. Sample editor Baard Wolvik faithfully converted the Shreddage libraries to SFZ, maintaining virtually all features and functionality.

A copy of Peavey’s ReValver HPse virtual amp software is included with each copy of Shreddage, featuring custom presets and a discounted upgrade path to their flagship ReValver HP and ReValver MKIII.V products.

The sample libraries are available in the SFZ format at a discounted price of $49 USD. Existing users of the Kontakt version can crossgrade for free.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Shreddage

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MusE Open Source MIDI/Audio Sequencer for Linux updated to v2.0

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The open source multitrack virtual studio for Linux MusE has been updated to version 2.0.

Hello everybody! Finally it has happened, nearly two years from the last stable release we are ready to present to you the final MusE 2.0 version. A lot has happened and changed, still the migration from 1.1 to 2.0 should be quite easy and worth it.

MusE Sequencer
The MusE open source sequencer for Linux gets many improvements and fixes in version 2.

Main changes in MusE 2.0

  • Moved to qt4, this affects the visuals and potentially improved portability.
  • Graphical automation in the arranger.
  • A new score editor.
  • MusE now defaults to using MIDI through Jack, -A enables native alsa support.
  • New style MDI GUI with a bunch of configuration options to satisfy all tastes.
  • Redone MIDI editing tool dialogs with lots of new functionality.
  • Lots and lots and lots of internal small and big changes to improve stability, speed and functionality. Read the changelog for details.

MusE for Linux is available to download at no cost.

More information: MusE

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Oscillicious updates BeatCleaver beat slicing tool to v1.2 + Open Source audio decoder library released in partnership with Mixxx

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Oscillicious has released version 1.2 of BeatCleaver, a major update of the beat slicing tool for Windows and Mac.

New features include support for MP3 and AAC formats, fluid zoom, and slicing by fixed tempo. An open source library that powers BeatCleaver is now freely available.


BeatCleaver 1.2 demonstration

BeatCleaver is a beat slicing tool for sampling from drum loops, recordings, and songs. Aimed at hip hop and electronic artists, its intuitive design and fluid user interface create a fast, frustration‐free workflow. One‐click slice templates and quick export help artists spend less time editing and more time writing music.

With new support for MP3 and AAC formats, sampling from existing songs and recordings has never been easier. DJs can now easily save loops from songs to use with sampler decks and artists can cut samples for remixes and mashups. The new Advanced Slicing menu facilitates slicing audio by fixed bars or beats, perfect for chopping multi‐track exports for live resequencing.

libaudiodecoder is a new cross‐platform compressed audio decoder library developed in partnership with Mixxx, the free DJ software. This library allows developers to avoid technical and legal issues with certain codecs by wrapping the native audio decoders provided by Windows and Mac OS X. BeatCleaver now ships with libaudiodecoder for enhanced audio format support.

BeatCleaver 1.2 is available to purchase for $15 USD / 13 EUR / £10 GBP. libaudiodecoder is available under an open source MIT license permitting commercial use.

More information: Oscillicious / BeatCleaver

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Create Digital Music launches Meeblip SE open source synthesizer

Create Digital Music has announced the MeeBlip SE, an updated version of the hackable digital synthesizer in collaboration with Reflex Audio.

Today, at last, we’re building and shipping MeeBlip SE. Whatever the “SE” stands for – seconda edizione, or a meaning of your own choosing – the MeeBlip SE is the original MeeBlip, but better.

Building on the first version of our open source synthesizer, we’ve worked with feedback from users to make the MeeBlip more usable and more sonically versatile.

Meeblip SE
Meeblip SE monophonic virtual analog synth: better, easier-to-use, MIDI-controllable

Changes in Meeblip SE

  • A more intuitive, playable control layout.
  • Patch storage, save and recall up to 16 patches.
  • Variable pulse width to adjust the timbre of the first oscillator.
    A “pwm sweep” switch enables automated PWM envelope.
  • Anti-aliasing option for more pristine anti-aliased waveforms (or turn it off for other timbral effects).
  • Controllable MIDI parameters for all switches and knobs.
    Use a tracker or sequencer to program detailed MeeBlip sounds.

The Meeblip SE is available to purchase for the introductory price of $139.95 USD (Quick Build kit) / $119.95 USD (Build Everything kit). Regular prices $149.95 / $129.95 USD.

More information: Meeblip

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Kevin Holland and John Staskevich intro NTH Music Synthesizer

Kevin Holland and John Staskevich have launched a Kickstarter for their NTH Music Synthesizer project.

NTH Music Synthesizer

The NTH is a fun-to-use, sonically-rich, hackable music synthesizer. It features digital oscillators, an analog low-pass filter, an integrated step sequencer, MIDI I/O, and simple, intuitive controls.

The NTH is available for purchase from February 2, 2012 to March 1, 2012 via Kickstarter:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/holland/nth-music-synthesizer

Upon successful funding, production of the NTH will begin and the entire design will be open-sourced.

The NTH is available to purchase, starting at a Kickstarter pledge of $250 USD.

More information: NTH Music Synthesizer

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KMI intros QuNeo next-generation “3D Multi-Touch” portable iPad-sized music controller

Keith McMillen Instruments has introduced the QuNeo, the next generation of music software and hardware controllers for electronic musicians, DJs, VJs and DIY hackers.

Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo

Redefining music production and performance, QuNeo (pronounced kyoo-ne-oh) covers all of the functionality of other controllers, while adding the power of extra dimensions. Quneo provides 27 pads, sliders and rotary sensors with 3D Multi-Touch recognition for pressure, velocity, and location sensitivity, which allows musicians playing electronic sounds to change their timbre (quality, brightness and volume) the harder or softer they are played by simply varying touch pressure. The pads are also responsive to X (left – right) and Y (up – down) and recognize multiple gestures for pinching and swiping.

Previously with first generation products, controlling music software and hardware was limited. You could only hit a pad, twist a knob or push a button to manipulate sounds and effects. KMI has resolved these restrictions with its innovative next generation line of Multi-Touch controllers: SoftStep, 12 Step, and now QuNeo, that transforms musical intent into audio through physical control of 3D Multi-touch sensor technology.

QuNeo features

  • The Size of an iPad: QuNeo is the size of an iPad 2 and fits in iPad accessories such as clips, stands and more.
  • 3D Tactile Pads, Sliders, Rotary Sensors and Switches: 27 pads, sliders and rotary sensors that are pressure, velocity, and location sensitive, with 17 switches responding to how hard you press.
  • LED Light Feedback: a remarkable lumination scheme combines variably diffusive elastomers with 251 multi-color variable brightness LEDs providing visual feedback that is immediately responsive and delightfully informative.
  • Class Compliant and Open Source Development Kit: QuNeo works with USB, MIDI or OSC and will communicate with your favorite music software environments right out of the box. More advanced users and programmers can download the development kit to create their own code to respond to QuNeo’s sensor data.

The QuNeo is scheduled for release in March 2012. It is currently priced at $200 USD for pre-sale at Kickstarter.com

More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / QuNeo

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Sonic Visualiser updated to v1.9

Sonic Visualiser

Sonic Visualiser, an application for viewing and analysing the contents of music audio files, was updated to version 1.9.

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v1.9

  • Add session templates; save session as template; apply template to session.
  • Tidy up the file open logic so as to remove the dialog asking how to open a file, where possible.
  • Various bug fixes.

Sonic Visualiser for Linux, OS/X, and Windows is available to under the GNU General Public License (v2 or later).

More information: Sonic Visualiser

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