Oscillicious Audio Labs has announced the immediate availability of SongStarter, a new software tool for rapid music prototyping and brainstorming. A free public beta is available for a limited time for Windows, Mac OS X, and Google Chrome.
SongStarter is a music brainstorming tool for quick composition and iteration using a live looping workflow. Designed to minimize setup time, SongStarter makes it easy to capture new ideas quickly or have spontaneous jams. Using the built-in instruments, musicians can quickly record melodies with the 32-beat live looper and layer them as musical ideas. To finish a jam, these melodies can be dragged and dropped directly into a DAW as MIDI files via the Instant Export feature, so musicians can continue arranging and producing with their existing workflows.
For quick setup, SongStarter includes 21 built-in instruments spanning a range of styles. The Jam Essentials collection features charming sampled instruments like the Dusty Piano. The built-in SodaSynth collection produces pristine, classic sounds from the flagship Oscillicious synthesizer engine. Lastly, the Analog Extracts collection provides quirky synth sounds sampled from a legendary analog modular synthesizer.
Also included in SongStarter is the Freestyle Recorder, a hands-free MIDI recorder with an alternative workflow for kickstarting jams. The Freestyle Recorder allows musicians to easily create seamless loops without worrying about manual chopping, and can instantly drop a beat over a recorded loop.
Oscillicious SongStarter Beta in Google Chrome.
32-beat live looper with overdubbing.
14 built-in drum beats from producer Carlo Carosi spanning a range of styles.
Instant Export: Drag and drop MIDI to any DAW that supports it.
Share to SoundCloud: Upload directly to your SoundCloud account.
The SongStarter beta is available as a free download for a limited time.
SongStarter can also be preordered during beta for $40 USD/35 EUR/£30 GBP from the SongStarter Preorder page. For a limited time, customers who preorder SongStarter will receive a free copy of BeatCleaver when it ships.
Oscillicious Audio Labs has announced the release of Analog Extracts, a sample pack featuring diverse new sounds designed with an analog modular synthesizer. A bonus VST and Audio Units plugin is included to provide artists with easy sample browsing and playback with any host, and is powered by a new Oscillicious sampler engine.
Analog Extracts is a rich collection of analog drum and synth sounds designed with the legendary Buchla 200e modular synthesizer. These 227 original samples span a gamut of analog sounds including drums, leads, basses, pads, and lasers. The set of 63 included laser samples is unparalleled in character, and perfect for musicians searching for quirky yet lively sounds for their next track. Analog Extracts brings some of the rich sounds possible with the Buchla modular synthesizer to the desktop at an affordable price.
The bonus Analog Extracts VST and AU plugin acts as a sampler for these sounds in any host, and provides easy browsing and playback without the fuss of manual mapping. The plugin is available on Windows and Mac OS X, and is compatible with both 32 and 64-bit hosts. Oscillicious has ensured the plugin is fully compatible with Windows 8 and Mac OS X Mountain Lion.
Analog Extracts was conceived and produced by the Pacific Northwest’s Thor Kell and Dan Godlovitch, also known as Fractal and Ookpikk. This Canadian duo produce everything from IDM to dub and and everything in-between with ambient influences and orchestral nods.
Analog Extracts features
227 pure analog samples, carefully curated and tweaked to perfection, including:
32 bass sounds.
13 gritty pad sounds.
63 of the most original, analog laser sounds you’ve ever heard.
28 synth lead sounds.
28 other assorted synth sounds.
Analog drum samples:
35 snapping snare sounds.
28 analog drum kicks.
91 megabytes of professional WAVE samples (16-bit, 44.1 KHz stereo).
Bonus VST and AU plug-in, 32 and 64-bit!
Includes presets for each individual bass, lead, laser, pads, kicks, snares, and several drum kits.
Windows: VST plug-in requires Windows XP.
Mac OS X: VST and AU plug-in require OS X 10.5+ (Intel) or greater.
Analog Extracts is available to purchase for $50 USD/45 EUR/£30 GBP.
Oscillicious has updated its BeatCleaver beat slicing tool for Windows and Mac to version 1.2.1.
Whether you’re slicing drum loops for electronica or cutting melodies for beat making, BeatCleaver makes a great producer’s companion. The less time you spend editing audio, the more time you spend making music.
Changes in BeatCleaver v1.2.1
Important compatibility improvements with files containing non-Roman characters. If you’re slicing files with non-ASCII titles or work with non-Western music, you’ll want to update.
Fixed a related bug in our open source library libaudiodecoder.
Added the currently open file’s name to the window title.
Fixed a crash when moving a slice’s end point after playing.
Minor improvements to the registration process.
Fixed a settings saving bug on Mac OS X.
All Windows packages are now certified and signed.
Fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
BeatCleaver is available to purchase for $15 USD/12 EUR/£10 GBP. Registered users can download this update at no cost. An updated free trial version is available for download from the BeatCleaver site.
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.
Oscillicious has introduced an Audio Units version of its SodaSynth, allowing it to be used in GarageBand, Logic, MOTU Studio, and other workstations in addition to those that support VST plug-ins (Ableton Live, Cubase, Reaper).
SodaSynth is a VST and AU plug-in synthesizer designed to give artists clean sounds that fit easily into tracks.
Starting with an ensemble of oscillators, SodaSynth smoothly adds or subtracts harmonics while modulating the frequencies of these new components in novel ways. The results are clean harmonies that sound familiar, yet can morph in new ways.
SodaSynth for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $23 USD. For existing SodaSynth users, the new AU plug-in is now included in the SodaSynth for Mac OS X download alongside the VST version.