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Zenhiser intros Organic Club Grooves

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Zenhiser Organic Club Grooves

Zenhiser has announced the release of its Organic Club Grooves sample pack featuring 445 basslines, drum beats, and synth hooks.

So you’re a house producer, you’re looking for some new inspiration to include in your next track, well have we got something uber cool for you. ‘Organic Club Groovers’ delves into the house scene and shakes things up by mixing an eclectic sound of various house styles and pumping out some incredible grooves to give your tracks the underground house edge they need. Hey if a sample pack could be hipster this would be the one.

‘Organic Club Groovers’ is a smorgasbord of style with one thing for sure, the organic groove and superb swing of the sample pack will have you jackin round the studio in minutes. From organic jazzy vibes through to the retro swing sound of early garage and house ‘Organic Club Groovers’ melts perfectly together to deliver a great range of basslines, beats and synth hooks. And as with all Zenhiser sample packs these house grooves are brand spanking new, with no duplication over our entire Zenhiser catalogue you know that you can keep buying without the chance of doubling up on samples and loops.

The sample pack is available to purchase for $25 AUD.

More information: Zenhiser / Organic Club Grooves

Beatsurfing Organic MIDI Controller Builder app for iPad by VLEK

Herrmutt Lobby and Yaniv De Ridder have released Beatsurfing, a new app for iPad that allows you to draw a 3-dimensional controller and use it in two different and complementary ways.

VLEK Beatsurfing
Beatsurfing lets you create your own controller layout & use your fingers to “surf” controls.

You can tap it like you would with your regular MPC or any other beatmaking device, but the best and most innovative use you can make of it is definitely by surfing your fingers along routes, colliding with objects, triggering samples or effects. It’s all about movement, and bringing back this intuitive way to make music.

It can control any MIDI-enabled device (Software, Hardware, or even selected iPad apps through Virtual MIDI), features a very intuitive in-app editing system and integrates seemlessly in any existing Studio or Live setup.

Objects Behaviours can be set to link objects together and multiply the available commands on the surface of the iPad.

Official Teaser for Beatsurfing – The Organic MIDI Controller Builder.

Beatsurfing features

  • Draw your own controller – Work with the Controller you need, not the one you were given. Simply draw it on the screen with lines, polygons, circles and faders. Size, color, orientation and 3-Dimensional location are all yours to choose.
  • Surf! – Use the full potential of the iPad touchscreen: You can tap on the screen, but you better add the Surfing to your production and performance skills to integrate more of that human feel in your music.
  • Link any MIDI device – Dj, VJ, Production softwares, Hardware devices, and even selected iPad apps: you can route BEATSURFING to anything that allows for MIDI.
  • Objects Behaviours – Each object of your controller can be set to control the others. It creates a system of objects that allow you to add much more to a controller than what meets the eye.
  • Intuitive In-App editing – Forget about separated editing software, lenghty changes and whatnot. You can swap between the EDIT and PLAY modes at the tap of a finger. All your objects even remain playable when they’re be re-arranged!

The app is available to purchase for $11.99 USD / 9.99 EUR.

More information: Beatsurfing

Samplephonics Analogue Witchcraft: Leftfield & experimental sounds

Samplephonics Analogue Witchcraft

Samplephonics has released Analogue Witchcraft, a new sample pack by Paul Rez.

This is quite simply the most diverse and exciting sample pack we have released to date, packed full of leftfield and experimental loops and samples all with their own unique flavour and texture.

Paul Rez, the sound designer and composer behind this sample pack, utilized a number of experimental recording techniques and used some sought after analogue equipment, including a beautifully maintained Studer Tape Machine, UA LA610 recording channels, a Moogerfooger and Maestro Sustainer pedal, as well as Audiomulch and Reaktor for some cheeky digital manipulation.

Analogue Witchcraft features

  • 250+ Loops and Samples split into folders:
    • Acoustic Guitar Day Care – a contrast of organic and mechanical sound sources, melodic patterns and rhythmic percussion loops.
    • Half Buried Drum Loops – distorted, twisted and warped leftfield drum loops and breaks.
    • Retriggered to Tape – quirky music loops with added tape personality.
    • Synthi Hurtful Bass Loops – gnarly twisted bass loops, recorded from a selection of analogue synth loops, bass guitars and upright basses.
    • Un Cooperative Sequences – twisted and circuit bent synth loops and samples.
    • Flawed foley Melodies – experimental rhythmical and melodic loops recorded from various natural sound sources.
    • Organic Mechanic – a contrast of organic and mechanical sound sources, melodic patterns and rhythmic percussion loops.
  • 802 MB total content.
  • Formats: 24 Bit Wav, Apple Loops, Rex2, Kontakt, EXS24, NN-XT.

The sample library is available to purchase for £34.70 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics / Analogue Witchcraft

Samplephonics releases Ambient Soundspheres

Samplephonics has released Ambient Soundspheres, a sample pack featuring an eclectic collection of over 100 loops and samples created from field recordings and electronically manipulated organic sound sources.

Samplephonics Ambient Soundscapes

Gimu is a sound designer and electronic musician from Brazil, here’s what he had to say about creating this truly unique sample library:

‘Some of the loops and samples were made using guitars and basses, but more by generating unusual noises from the instruments as opposed to playing them in the traditional manner. Other times I record noises from my neighbourhood or from my radio or television.

Sometimes I use synthesizers as a sound source, including some really old ones that make really weird noises! I then sample them and process with a variety of tools including distortion, reverbs, delays, tremelos and granular effects.

For me it’s not really about getting melodies out of the source but getting unique sounds that I can treat and create unique timbres and textures with. Melodies seem to find their own way of evolving from the sound and the sound begins to take on a life of it’s own.’

Ambient Soundspheres features

  • 104 Ambient Sound Beds, 15-35 seconds long.
  • 104 Sampler Instruments, tuned to root key.
  • 972 MB total content, 24 Bit Wav, Kontakt, EXS24, NN-XT formats.

Ambient Soundspheres is available to purchase for £34.70 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics / Ambient Soundscapes

Review: Precisionsound Exosphere soundscapes sample library

Precisionsound Exosphere

Precisionsound has recently released Exosphere, a collection of soundscapes.

Featuring corrosive textures, unstable machines, electronic ambiences, and twisted voices, Exosphere is a creative toolkit for film, game, and multimedia sound design, as well as for producers of electronic music.

Exosphere features

  • 50 stereo 48khz 24-bit WAV files.
  • Over 55 minutes of audio.
  • 1 program for all versions of Steinberg HALion.
  • 1 program for NI Kontakt 1 and 2.
  • 1 program with scripted GUI for NI Kontakt 3 and above.

While 50 samples might not seem like a lot, they’re over 1 minute each so you still get a total of 55 minutes of audio.

The sounds were designed to inspire music composers and sound designers by delivering lengthy loops with a wide dynamic range. To help identify sounds, the files have descriptive names like “Malfunctioning robot” and “Contamination zone”.

Static glitches, radiation crackles, chilling space winds, robotic bleeps, warbled voices, dark pad-like background ambiences… Exosphere!

The included patches map all sounds across the keyboard for easy auditioning. The Kontakt 3 patch also has some controls for Hi- and Lo-pass filters and stereo width.

Listen to Precisionsound’s demos below to get an idea of what Exosphere sounds like.

So what do I think?

Product: Exosphere by Precisioundsound
Format: 24-bit/48kHz Wav + sampler patches
Price: $29 USD
Like: Quality sounds, long loops
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

Exosphere is exactly what is says on the tin, a bunch of glitchy, threatening, and abstract soundscape loops. The atmosphere is seriously creepy, with a constant feeling that something is about to go horribly wrong.

The sounds are well designed with lots of movement and variations, without getting too complicated or being overly processed. The vibe and quality is consistent across the library. Organic, mechanical, unsettling, yet intriguing.

Well recommended!

More information: Precisionsound / Exosphere

Sidsonic Libraries releases Organic Synthesis sample pack

Sidsonic Libraries Organic Synthesis

Organic Synthesis by Sidsonic Libraries is a sample library featuring sounds from the Jupiter 80 synthesizer by Roland.

The Organic Synthesis from Rolands Jupiter 80 is the sound source of this sample pack. Expect the final frontier in Lead and synthesized sounds. The sound of this multisamplepack will touch your Soul and send your mind on vacation.

Organic Synthesis features

  • 14 Sample Kits, 1530 MB content.
  • All samples are recorded in 24 bit, 96 khz.
  • Includes patches for Kontakt, EXS24, Reason NNXT, Structure (Kontakt and EXS24 are compatible with Ableton).

Organic Synthesis is available to purchase for 44.99 EUR. Three individual packs featuring a subset from the library are available as well.

More information: Sidsonic Libraries / Organic Synthesis

Review: Sonic Charge Synplant

Sonic Charge Synplant

Sometimes I feel that we have so many virtual instruments and effects that it seems near impossible to come up with something new and exciting.

And then Sonic Charge brings Synplant, completely proving me wrong.

If you’re into electronic beats you may very well be familiar with Sonic Charge’s µTonic (or MicroTonic), Magnus Lidström’s top notch drum and percussion synth.

And if you’re a Reason user that name Magnus Lidström might ring a bell as well. Magnus worked on several things for Propellerhead Software, most notably designing and developing the Malström synth for Reason 2.0.

And now for something completely different

I hope you weren’t expecting I was going to tell you that Synplant is some kind of Malström 2.0… Just take a look at Synplant and compare that with Malström’s GUI.

Synplant vs Malström
This isn’t properly scaled, but I’m sure you’ll notice they don’t look much alike. Synplant has 7 sliders and a few buttons around the plant’s bulb, while Maltröm’s controls are… many.

Right, so let’s focus on Synplant then. Here’s what the product page reads:

Synplant is a software synthesizer with a genetic approach to sound creation. Instead of creating patches the conventional way by turning dials and knobs, Synplant lets you explore a world of organic sounds by planting seeds that grow into synth patches.

Aha, the lack of controls on that Synplant GUI is intentional! Btw, note how it says it has a genetic approach to sound creation, not generative. Although Synplant uses a generative synthesis engine, it isn’t actually a generative music system (you might’ve thought so when seeing the circle of notes on the interface…)

Synplant invites you to take a different approach to sound creation. Using seeds to plant, and branches to grow sounds isn’t something I’ve ever seen before.

Growing a sound?

Sonic Charge Synplant

Without going into the details of what kind of synthesizing goes on under the hood right now, Synplant is extremely easy to use:

  1. Open a preset or create a Random Seed to generate a new sound.
  2. Grow any of the 12 branches to alter the sound, from subtle tweaks to extreme changes as you pull the branches further out.
  3. Plant branches you like as new seeds, or clone them so that all keys will play exactly the same sound.

This is quite an intuitive process. You listen to the changes in sound when growing branches. There are four sliders around the seed’s bulb allow you to influence the sound.

Tuning allows you to adjust the pitch of the entire plant, up to one octave up or down and Atonality determines the type of sounds the plant will produce: musical and “playable” sounds, or atonal sound effect type sounds. The Effect slider adjusts the effect mix and panning amount, while the Release slider controls the time it takes for the sound to fade out after releasing keys.

All of these except Tuning will preserve their settings when creating a new random seed, so you can influence the general type of sound a new seed will generate.

Clicky, clicky, clicky… now where’s the sound I’m looking for?

With the above-mentioned controls you can get some great sounds, but you may still have a hard time getting the exact sound you’re looking for. Now perhaps Synplant isn’t exactly the right synth for you if you want program your sounds rather than “finding” and tweaking them, but there’s more to this instrument than meets the eye.

Synplant Gene Manipulation

The little DNA-type button in the top of the interface opens the Gene Manipulation window. Here’s where you can get your hands dirty and do some genetic manipulation on any of Synplant’s 37 genes. You’ll find some control look like regular like synth parameters (i.e. a_mod, lfo_rate and flt_freq), but these aren’t always what they seem to be…

Please be aware that although you may find some of them similar to the controls commonly found in other synthesizers, Synplant genes should not be confused with traditional synthesizer parameters. Many genes have a fairly complex relationship with each other and their scales and response ranges have been extensively tuned so that useful sounds can be created out of random “mutations”.

The Synplant manual comes with a complete list of descriptions of each gene so you know exactly what you’re doing when adjusting these parameters.

Though I don’t think you’ll want to create patches from scratch in the Gene Manipulation dialog much, it’s good to know that you can fine-tune the seed. Note that the branches of a seed could still sound totally different as the seed you’re editing, because they mutate and differentiate from the seed and you can’t control those changes.

Other bits and pieces
There is more to Synplant (the mod wheel ring & wheel scaling, MIDI options, undo/redo, patch manipulation etc.) but I’ll leave those things for you to figure out yourself. The Synplant demo version has a very generous 3 week trial period in which the plug-in is fully functional so there’s plenty of time to explore all of its features.

Synplant comes with a wide variety of patches, showcasing its capable of much more than the experimental sounds you might expect from a synth that grows sounds from seeds.

So what do I think?

It’s not like I haven’t used any synths with great randomize features before, but Synplant is a breath of fresh air. I love its simple interface, the sound manipulation is focused on listening to where you’re taking something rather than programming it, yet Synplant still retains a good level of tweakability in its controls & genes. Oh, and it’s tons of fun to play with.

Although perfectly capable of doing a wide variety of bread & butter type sounds, Synplant is probably most useful for those other kind of sounds. Its wonderfully unique and inspiring sounds become the center of a new piece of music in no time.

Synplant is available for Windows and Mac and costs $89 USD, which I think is a great price. You can check the Synplant product page for some audio demos, or try the demo version of Synplant here.

I don’t usually rate anything here, but if I would have to this easily gets a 5/5 score.

More information: Sonic Charge / Synplant

Short links for April 11th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on April 11th, 2008:

# Brockenspiel in action – Brock Craft's Brockenspiel reads the magnetic strip on credit cards and swipe access cards, zips them through an Arduino board and triggers solenoids which bash the chimes.

Left: working on the Arduino, right: the actual Brockenspiel

# pe lang + zimoun : untitled sound objects – The “Untitled Sound Objects” by Pe Lang and Zimoun creates acoustic architecture from organic objects and forms connected up to motors and gears. The duo began as laptop performers but were offput by the lack of physicality so they investigated how to create physical instruments that react to their immediate environment and each other.

# Black Flag Hair: A Timeline – Nice illustration of Black Flag's hairstyles from 1976 to 1986.

# little-scale: Arduino Beats – Sebastian Tomczak is working on a sample-based drum machine for the Arduino. At the moment, bars and patterns have to be programmed into the code manually, but he's looking to adding a small and simple physical interface for real-time pattern sequencing.

# Ten Thousand Cents – Behind the scenes of a mechanical turk project: 10,000 people drawing a small piece of a 100 dollar bill.