I just want to take the time to wish all rekkerd.org readers a happy new year and all the best for 2013.
It is my hope that this website has been useful resource for your music/audio projects.
Many thanks for visiting, writing comments and email, participating in contests and giveaways, and whatnot. This place wouldn’t be the same without you.
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, samples and sound libraries
, Sonic Charge
Posted in news
on Jul 17, 2012
Carl Löfgren of Fingerpushers and Plughugger has released Freon Surfer FZ, a free instrument based on the Freon Surfer preset of the Sonic Charge MicroTonic software drum machine.
Freon Surfer FZ with custom Native Instruments Kontakt interface.
All eight drum sounds have been sampled by the mighty Casio FZ-20m sampler at 36 kilohertz, at crunchy 9 kilohertz and at 9 kilohertz too loud to capture the natural distortion of the analog converters.
Lastly, we did the old-school drum and bass trick of timestretching the samples back and forth a number of times, to give the samples a glitchy digital feel to them. For this we used our E-mu E4XT sampler.
Below are two short demo clips showcasing the various sound banks.
Freon Surfer FZ features
- 8 sounds recorded at 36kHz, 9kHz, 9kHz overdriven, and 9kHz stretched.
- 32 unique samples in total, 16-bit/44kHz mono Wav.
- Instrument patches for Kontakt 4, Maschine, and Geist.
- Custom Kontakt GUI with knob to select sound bank.
The Freon Surfer FZ sample pack is available as a free download.
Freon Surfer FZSize:6.76 MB
For more free samples check here, and make sure to visit Fingerpushers for some quality sample libraries.
The guys over at Cinematique Instruments have announced their top 3 favorite entries of the Contest Cinematique, the music production competition in which the goal was to make a track that sounds like Cinematique Instruments.
This was the first time I used this type of (perhaps slightly vague) theme and I am not sure everyone fully understood the idea, but I think there were lots of great entries nonetheless. I am pleased I did not have to do the hard work of picking the winners.
So here goes!
Third place is for Herfinnur Arnafjall’s “First Snow”.
Maurice Camplair comes in second with his tune “Tragical Charm”.
And finally, “This Godforsaken Place” by Alex Cuervo is good for first place, winning no less than 7 Cinematique Instruments libraries.
Many congratulations to the winners, and a big thanks to all contestants and Cinematique Instruments for sponsoring the contest and selecting the winners.
Make sure to visit them at Cinematique Instruments and check out their libraries.
, samples and sound libraries
, sound fx
, Zoom H2
Posted in news
on Apr 26, 2012
Ever since recording some sounds a few years ago, I’ve been meaning to take the trusty Zoom H2 for another round. I finally took the time to capture another batch of ordinary, and perhaps some less ordinary sounds.
sound recordings vol 2 was recorded with the Zoom H2, a budget priced pocket recorder
For Rekkerd Sound Recordings Vol. 2 I found a number of interesting objects to hit, drop, slide, slam, press, etc. After a good amount of editing the pack ended up containing 90 samples. Various noises produced by light switches, fans, drawers, and lots more included.
The samples are in 24-bit/44kHz WAV format. Plenty of background noise is included, and those with a good ear might spot one of my kids in some of the recordings. 100% high quality lo-fi!
So why did I record these sounds? Well, I personally love create rhythms/percussions with unusual sounds so I figure I’m not the only one. Also included in the pack is a number of such loops that I did exclusively using the recorded sound and and a bunch of processing. You can listen to those loops below.
Download this free Creative Commons BY sample pack below (27.4 MB).
rekkerd sound recordings vol 2 Downloads: 9339 times
Comprising over 40 titles, the Cinematique Instruments sound library of rare and unique sampled instruments includes strings, keys, percussion, mallets & tuned percussion, drumboxes, the Gecko series of musical tools, and some more experimental things.
The library is perfectly suitable for all kinds of music productions giving your music a special character. Even though there is a slight focus on film music, you can benefit from these unique sounds in various fields of music productions, too.
When listening to the product demo tracks and music pieces composed with Cinematique Instruments – most of which are by Cinematique’s very own Eric van Gent – you will find a consistent quality and vibe to what you hear. This is where the contest comes in.
The idea of “Contest Cinematique” is to compose a track in the vein of Cinematique Instruments. In other words, to create something with that signature sound/feel that Cinematique describes as doing things “the other way”.
For those up to the challenge, there is a chance to win some prizes. The top 3 winners – chosen by Cinematique Instruments, will receive a number of Cinematique Instruments products:
- 1st prize: 7 instrument libraries of your choice (~ 210 EUR value)
- 2nd prize: 3 instrument libraries of your choice (~ 90 EUR value)
- 3rd prize: 1 instrument library of your choice (~ 30 EUR value)
- The theme is to create a track in the “style” of Cinematique Instruments.
- Your entry should be composed specifically for this contest. There are no other limitations (song length, instruments/sounds used, etc.)
- Submit your entry in mp3 format (minimum 192kbit) per email to email@example.com before May 26th, 2012, 11:59pm CET.
- One entry per person is allowed, you will receive confirmation of your submission per email.
- The winners will be chosen by Cinematique Instruments.
Contest rules subject to change. If you have any questions feel free to contact me or comment on this post.