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Grame updates Faust to v0.9.43

Faust

Grame – Centre National de Creation Musicale – has released version 0.9.43 of Faust (Functional Audio Stream), a functional programming language specifically designed for real-time signal processing and synthesis.

This version provides a major reorganization of the architecture system for better modularity and Open Sound Control (OSC) support. The code generation has been improved and the compiler offers new output possibilities for example the complete graph of the internal signal expressions as a .dot (graphviz) file.

The libraries and the examples have been extended: Julius Smith’s libraries provides several new filters and effects (including various reverbs) and Romain Michon has ported the Synthesis Tool Kit (STK) to FAUST.

Faust is available to download under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

More information: Faust

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Livid Instruments releases OhmRGB MIDI controller

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Livid OhmRGB

Livid Instruments has released the OhmRGB, an adaptable MIDI control surface.

The OhmRGB is a totally customizable, interactive MIDI instrument, designed to give you hands-on control for your performance. High-quality sliders, knobs buttons, expansion jacks, and multicolor LEDs provide the interface for creative expression, whether you’re mixing samples and synths or DJ’ing a cutting-edge set. Constructed with anodized aluminum and hand-finished wood, the quality is felt down to your fingertips.

OhmRGB features

  • Adaptable – The OhmRGB has scripts for many major audio, video, and lighting software titles like Ableton Live and Traktor, plus a growing community of open source apps that turn the OhmRGB into a digital instrument.
  • USB Powered and Plug and Play – The OhmRGB is completely plug and play and USB powered. No drivers, no wall wart: it works with a single USB cable.
  • Multicolor LEDs – Every button is programmable with seven colors available to create custom maps and settings.
  • Expansion Jacks – The OhmRGB has expansion jacks for added adaptability, flexibility, and control.
  • Customizable – All of the assignments presets, and LED colors on the Ohm 64 RGB can be changed, remapped, and saved using the OhmRGB Editor software.
  • High Quality Build – Livid Instruments controllers are built by hand (with the help of a few robots) from fine woods and metal in Livid’s Austin, Texas shop.
  • Community – The same people that make the instruments are there to service support your controllers. Livid’s active community of users are helping grow the library of software and tools.

The OhmRGB will ship July 25th, 2011. It is available to pre-order now for $699 USD (regular $749 USD).

More information: Livid Instruments / OhmRGB

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Short links for July 12th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# PERSPECTIVE LYRIQUE via Make:Blog

An interactive architectural mapping.
Fete des Lumieres / Lyon / France / 2010

A mapping by 1024 Architecture, projected on the facade of former Lyrical theater the “Celestins”. The building deformations and figures were controlled by the audience, using a microphone and an audio analysis algorythm.

More info at 1024architecture.net and 1024d.wordpress.com

# Dan303: Tenori-On iPad app review

Dan Weatherall on the TNR-i for iOS:

Yamaha TNR-i

The official Tenori on iOS app enter the app store the other week but at £12 I was a little hesitant to buy it. After a little thought and a bit of googling I decided it was indeed worth the price.

The cheapest hardware Tenori-On (the TNR-O) is roughly £500 where as the current price of the iPad 2 is £499 (cheapest wifi only model) so considering that both the devices are pretty much exactly the same price (and I already own an iPad) it makes sence to get the iOS version.

# Thumbs Up for Madrona Labs AALTO Software Synthesizer (Modulate This! – A Blog for Electronic Music Artists)

Madrona Labs Aalto

Mark Mosher shares some info on the Aalto semi-modular software synth.

Peter Kirn over at Create Digital Music did a post on a new synth by Madrona Labs last month. Even though I wasn’t in the market for a new synth right now I ended up buying this Aalto within an hour or so of downloading the demo so I wanted to pass this along and help promote Madrona’s great work. At $99 this is an incredible value.

# From the Trenches of the Loudness Wars, A Broad Survey of Research
Peter Kirn writes:

You’ve heard the gripes, and heard and seen the somewhat unscientific demos. Now it’s time to examine the over-compression of music with – science! Earl Vickers of STMicroelectronics examines the Loudness Wars in an academic paper, as noted to us by reader photohounds.

# Flickr: LEGO Album Covers via wire to the ear

Flickr LEGO Album Covers

# little-scale: Tau Percussion Sample Pack

Sebastian Tomczak has posted a nice free sample pack.

I made a small set of percussion samples using a waveform generated from the first 614 digits of 2π. Download it here: http://milkcrate.com.au/_other/downloads/sample_sets/Tau_Kit.zip

# Talking About The Upcoming Sound Packs With Elliott Fienberg

Nick of Nick’s Tutorials:

Elliot Fienberg aka MrTunes

I just finished recording a really enjoyable conversation with Elliott Fienberg, the man behind the Wobble Tech Radio podcast.

We chatted about some recording industry news and talked a bit about my upcoming Ableton Live packs that I’ll start releasing in the next month or so.

Check out the recording here, and be sure to check out Elliott’s other episodes: http://mixlr.com/mrtunes/wobble-tech-radio-10-with-the-ableton-tutor

# Dan303: Analog acid/minimal bass stabs (multisample)

More free samples from Dan303:

These multi samples were taken from my FreeBass FB383 bassline synth. It’s a rackmount analog bass synthesizer (clone of the Roland TB303).

Rockit 8-bit Synth Kit

# Open-Source Rockit 8-bit Synth Kit Coming

Peter at Create Digital Music:
Chicago-based hacker and synthesist Matt Heins is working on an open source synth kit. As a co-creator of the MeeBlip open source-synth hardware, I’m biased — I want more open synth hardware! So this is looking like some great company. The instrument is 8-bit, with analog filter circuitry, coded in C.

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Nucleus SoundLab releases Open Source Drumkit Reason ReFill

Nucleus SoundLab has announced the release of the Open Source Drumkit, a truly public domain drum sample library created by Real Music Media.

Nucleus SoundLab Open Source Drumkit

The kit contains a kick, snare, hihat, ride, crash, 3 toms and a gong. Nucleus SoundLab has brought this kit to the Propellerhead Reason 5 ReFill format, of course as a 100% free product.

The Open Source Drumkit is heavily velocity-layered, with upwards of 20 layers on many of the kit elements. Of course, we’ve mapped these kits in Kong, for ease of use and great sound quality. Additionally, the OSDK has been sampled with a dry, unprocessed feel which is great for using Reason’s excellent effects to produce your own unique kit. We’ve also got some patches to get you started with unique kits, since the OSDK ReFill includes some incredible customized Combinator kits by Lewis Osborne. Additionally, there is a template kit with all the samples mapped – meant as a great starting point for your own patches.

Open Source Drumkit ReFill features

  • 300+mb of raw 24-bit 44khz drum samples (compressed to ~150mb inside the ReFill).
  • 755 wav files.
  • 22 Custom Combinators by Lewis Osborne.

Note: This ReFill requires Reason 5+ in order to use the Combinator patches. Older versions of Reason can still load up the samples in NN-XT/19/Redrum.

The Open Source Drumkit is available to download at no cost by signing up for the Nucleus SoundLab newsletter.

More information: Nucleus SoundLab / Open Source Drumkit ReFill

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Partikkel Audio releases Hadron Particle Synthesizer + Time Dilation Effects pack

Partikkel Audio has released the Hadron Particle Synthesizer, a free granular synthesis tool.

Partikkel Audio
Partikkel Audio Hadron Particle Synthesizer

It can be used as a synthesizer or an audio effect. It can also seamlessly morph between different sound processing methods, so you can take the plugin gradually from being a synthesizer to an audio effect for live input. This self-modifying morph behavior might give you an idea of exactly how different this plugin is.

Its synthesis and processing engine is extremely versatile. In fact Hadron is such a complete implementation of granular synthesis we’ve renamed the technique to particle synthesis. Once you come to terms with the operating concepts of Hadron, vast new territories of sound transformation opens up.

Hadron is available as a free download (open source) for Windows and Mac, currently in Max For Live format, and as a Csound orchestra. A VST version can be expected during 2011.

Partikkel Audio Hardron expansion pack

Partikkel Audio has also released Time Dilation Effects, an expansion pack for Hadron consisting of reverbs, time freezing effects, pitched delays and more.

This expansion pack contains a number of hadron state and preset files. The focus of this pack is on using Hadron as an effects processor for live audio input, expanding the number of effects available.

The states in the expansion may easily be combined with previously installed Hadron states. Even though the states have been specifically designed for use as audio effects, the user is encouraged to experiment combining them with states designed for other purposes (e.g. synth states), as this kind of combinatorial abuse may reveal unexpected and unheard sounds.

The Time Dilation Effects expansion pack is available to purchase for 29 EUR.

More information: Partikkel Audio

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Sonic Visualiser updated to v1.8

Sonic Visualiser

Sonic Visualiser, an application for viewing and analysing the contents of music audio files, was recently updated to version 1.8.

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 v1.8

  • Sonic Visualiser now registers as a file type handler on OS/X, providing better integration with the desktop generally (Dan Stowell).
  • There is a new function to toggle all Time Rulers at once (key #).
  • The CSV import dialog has been overhauled, allowing more flexible selection of purpose for each column.
  • Text overlays are now easier to read on dark backgrounds.
  • Hidden layers are now ignored when exporting an image (Dan Stowell).
  • A crash when starting a new session or exiting the application after loading a session with saved alignment data has been fixed.
  • The duplication of right-button menu functions when multiple files were loaded has been fixed.
  • The layer-add menu functions now have shortcuts (Dan Stowell).
  • The codebase has been reorganised into libraries and a configure step added. It should be easier to build and maintain on OS/X and Linux than previously, although it won’t make much difference on Windows.
  • A Czech translation is now included (thanks to Pavel Fric).

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

More information: Sonic Visualiser

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Martin Zuther updates K-Meter to v1.22

Martin Zuther K-Meter

Martin Zuther has released version 1.22 of K-Meter, a free software tool for metering and monitoring audio levels.

Implementation of a K-System meter according to Bob Katz’ specifications.

All meters and counters have been thoroughly validated. So far, K-Meter only supports mono and stereo signals, but I have added experimental support for surround sound. I’d love to get some feedback on this.

The K-System average meters register RMS only, but support of ITU BS.1770-1 loudness weighting is planned.

Changes in K-Meter v1.22

  • Windows: run-time dynamic linking to FFTW, releases include FFTW DLL.
  • Windows: stand-alone application (ASIO, DirectX).
  • Manual with full documentation.
  • Another complete re-validation of K-Meter.
  • Validation is now possible directly from within K-Meter.
  • Wave files and instructions for validation of peak meter, overflow counter, phase correlation meter and stereo meter; corresponding fixes.
  • Experimental support for 5.1 surround sound.
  • Changed overflow detection.
  • Notify host of plug-in latency.
  • Silenced output for unsupported sample rates.
  • Fixed a few memory leaks and some minor bugs.
  • Streamlined code and started commenting the code.
  • Beautified meters.

K-Meter is available as a freeware effect released under the GPL license. Linux and Windows VST plugin versions are available to download, as well as a standalone version for Linux and the source code.

More information: Martin Zuther

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