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Rhythm Lab releases Microkorg XL/XL+ Alternative Bankset

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Rhythm Lab Alternative Bankset

Rhythm Lab has launched the Alternative Bankset, a collection of 128 presets for the Microkorg XL/XL+ synthesizers by Korg.

This set contains 2 alternative banks (128 presets in total) for the Microkorg XL/XL+. The sounds match the synthesizer categories as well as the factory bankset.

The genres are more contemporary – we did more up-to-date sounds in various styles like Trap, Dubstep, Deep House, Minimal/Dub Techno, Neurofunk and others. All the presets have designations on the pitch/modulation wheels and the 3 assignable knobs.

The soundset is available for purchase for $39.99 USD.

More information: Rhythm Lab / Alternative Bankset

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Flipper releases Basslines #1 sample pack

Rhythm Lab has introduced Basslines #1, a free samplepack by Flipper featuring drum and bass basslines.

Flipper Basslines #1
TAMSMPL001 – Flipper Basslines #1

Flipper and TAM Records proudly presents bassline samplepack! It contains 50 high-tech basslines, “reese” sounds, neurofunk mid basses.

The sample pack (16bit/44.1kHz .WAV, Stereo) is a free 60 MB download at Rhythm-Lab.

More information: Flipper Basslines

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Rhythm Lab releases Wicked Dubstep and Dub Sounds soundsets

Rhythm Lab has released Wicked Dubstep for LennarDigital Sylenth1 and Dub Sounds for Native Instruments Massive.

Rhythm Lab Wicked Dubstep / Dub Sounds

Wicked Dubstep is ultimate collection of dirty wobbles, scary synth leads, mad sequences, kicking hits and hoovers. Pack contains 128 sounds. There is modwheel assignment for every sound with additional processing.

Dub sounds is a real godsend for all who are fond of sub-bass vibes in various styles, such as dub techno, dubstep, dubwise, reggae, dubtronica and so on. It may be helpful to bring a pinch of dub to your music : some fatty subs, drilling wobbler and grime basses, noisy echoing organs and electric pianos, ambient pads and atmospheres, crazy fx sounds, deep and warm chords and hits. Every patch has full assignment to all 8 macro knobs.

The soundsets are available to purchase for $40 USD each.

More information: Rhythm Lab

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Short links for January 15th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# The Father of Drum Machines and the Father of MIDI Talk About Design and the Tempest

Dave Smith and Roger Linn (image by CDM)

Peter Kirn talks to the people responsible for one of the most exciting things over at the Winter NAMM show, the Tempest drum machine – Roger Linn and Dave Smith.

In songwriting, there was Rodgers and Hart, Gilbert and Sullivan. In music gear design, it’s hard not to assign a similar degree of expectation to the pairing of Dave Smith and Roger Linn.

Between them, these two designers have been a major part of what music technology is today. Dave Smith pioneered MIDI (even giving it its acronym), the first microprocessor-based instrument (the Prophet-5), the first programmable polyphonic synth, and other innovations at Sequential Circuits. Add to that landmarks in physical modeling research (at Yamaha) and the first PC soft synth. Roger Linn built the first programmable sampled-sound drum machine and with the LM-1, LinnDrum, Linn 9000, and his work on the MPC60 and MPC3000, introduced workflows and ideas in drum machines we now take for granted. It’s not easy to overstate the contributions of either designer.

Ambientaria Records Remember Chernobyl

# Chernobyl 25th Anniversary Project « Ambientaria Records

For the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl Accident, Ambientaria Records has gathered many Dark Ambient artists, including famous ones like Northaunt or Atomtrakt, for a Compilation project.

The album will be released on April 1st, 2011. It will be sold at a low price.

All the benefits shall be reversed to a Chernobyl Children International, is a non-profit organisation with United Nations NGO status, in order to help people suffering from Radiation Poisoning.

Check this Facebook page for details.

# Zimoun : Sound Sculptures & Installations

This is Compilation Video V2.2 (updated January 2011) of sound sculptures and installations by Swiss artist Zimoun. I can watch this for hours.

Zimoun's sound sculptures and installations are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their structural simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the «artificial» and the «organic».

He is interested in the artistic research of simple and elegant systems to generate and study complex behaviours in sound and motion. He creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.

More on Zimoun here.

# Emu Planet Phatt Hits

Cyberworm has another free sample pack out, featuring 61 Emu Plantet Phatt hit&stab sounds (wav+kontakt format, 24 bit, 44100 hz, stereo, 7 mb).

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Short links for December 3rd, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

Designing Sound TV

# Designing Sound TV

Miguel Isaza introduces Designing Sound TV, Television for Sound Designers.

Could you imagine the concept of television re-imagined for sound designers only? How would that be?

How would be a Field Recording TV channel? or can you imagine a show where you can see how the sound of a recent film was done? or what about watching some channels where you can find other guys like you recording sounds outside the world? What if you could watch interviews with different sound designers each night while you drink a cup coffee?

Well, I’ve created something like that, but using the Internet. It’s called Designing Sound TV, a new website packed with lots videos about sound for films, video games, tv, and more. There you can find all kind of stuff on sound design, field reording, foley, mixing, and more.

# Hiphop Experience vol.4
Dmitry Vasilyev aka Cyberworm brings the fourth part in series of free hiphop drum loops (36 loops in stereo wav format, 24bit/44.1kHz, 43 MB).

# Music Kits #1: DIY guitar effect pedal kits

Music Thing is back! (though Tom notes that “Normal service will not, I’m afraid, be resumed…”)

After almost two years since the last blog post Tom Whitwell returns with a list of 23 DIY guitar effect pedal kits.

Music Thing DIY guitar effect pedal kits

Over the last couple of years, I’ve spent a few evenings building DIY guitar effects. It's fun to build things that you can use. If you want to get started, one of the hardest things is buying components. Try to buy a 10Ω resistor from Farnell, and you’re faced with a choice of 345 items. So, starting out buying a kit is a good idea. At least you’ll know the parts are right, even if when your soldering isn’t.

However, not many people sell kits. Despite the potential markup on a handful of bulk components, the customer service is – presumably – a nightmare. Here are 23 companies who will sell you complete component kits for guitar effects – many more people produce PCBs, or sell finished pedals. Stay tuned for similar lists on synths/noise boxes and tube amplifiers.

# Google Translate Beatboxing – If you haven’t heard about Google Translate’s beatboxing skills yet you probably spend a more than healthy amount of time away from the interwebs. Check it out, it’s cool.

# Home Recording Tactics

Home Recording Tactics

Jon Tidey at Audio Geek Zine shares some useful tips on editing & workflow as part of a series of 9 interviews with recording engineers from around the world.

What is Home Recording Tactics? This is a collection of audio interviews with 9 hard working, successful home studio engineers (including me). The interviews were led by Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner. He got these guys to share all their secrets on a variety of home recording topics.

Also features sound design tips by Nick Maxwell of NicksTutorials.com

# Virtual Theremin Made with Kinect; Real Thereminists Will Make it Useful

Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn writes:

Who says technology has to move fast and die young? Leon Theremin may have been a full century ahead of his time, before computers, before transistors, before jet engines or atomic power or rockets.

ReacTable creator Martin Kaltenbrunner has a virtual Theremin prototype built with Microsoft’s depth-sensing, 3D Kinect camera. And what he really needs is some players of the real Theremin to help develop it.

SoundCloud Record

# Capture And Share Your Sounds

SoundCloud’s iPhone app makes it easy to record and share your sounds from anywhere.

Today, we’re excited about the release of the recording feature.

The Record button will make it easy for you to capture all kinds of sounds right on SoundCloud & with the iPhone app and share them from anywhere to everywhere on the web: your website, social network profiles or simply between friends & family.

# TouchOSC for Android released

From hexler.net:

Friends of hand-held devices not sporting the omnipresent “i” prefix take note: TouchOSC for Android has been published on the Android Market! And it’s free. Free as in beer.

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Electronisounds releases Urban Legends: Hip Hop Rev-O-Lution

Electronisounds Urban Legends: Hip Hop Rev-O-Lution

Electronisounds has released Urban Legends: Hip Hop Rev-O-Lution, a new sample library by Junebug, JTEKK & Rhythm Lab.

All You hip-hop, rap, illbient, down-tempo and trip-hop fans looking for a NEW sound – This is what you’ve been waiting for!! This sample collection will take your music to new heights! THREE top-notch music producers giving you all their flava in one downloadable sample collection!

This is not your typical ‘boring old skool hip-hop’ sample collection – these unique sounds and loops will take your music into new territory!

With over 2,500 all-new samples categorized into over 135 folders, this is truly “Digital Crate Digging” at it’s best! These samples will keep you coming back to ‘Hip Hop Revolution’ for years to come.

Urban Legends: Hip Hop Rev-O-Lution features

  • 1.28 GB content, over 2,500 all-new samples (16-bit, 44.1Khz).
  • Drumloops — With drumloops provided by all 3 producers, you’ll definately find the right kind of groove you need for your tracks! We all have a different style of making beats and this gives you a huge pallete of sounds and styles to choose from. The drumloops here are all filed by BPM and very easy to use in your tracks. Junebug has even provided a wealth of VOCODED drumloops — which are perfect for breaks, intros or just to add some more melodic expression to your tracks! We’ve also included .REX2 files of all of the drumloops that could be sliced! These .REX2 drumloops are so versatile, they really work at just about any bpm – and are also PERFECT for breakbeat mixes.
  • Drum Sounds — Over 1,000 individual drum one-shots. Hip Hop Revolution Drums, Mouth Percussion, Claves, Block, Rap-A-Delic Drums, Lo-Fi Vinyl Drums, BONUS Vinyl Drums, Tom’s Lo-Fi Drums, Analoggy Drumkit, JTEKK’s Urban Drumkit & Rhythm Lab’s chopped up drum beat slices & MORE!! There are enough phat drum sounds here to keep you making new beats for YEARS to come!!
  • Chords — Another motherload of sweet chord samples from Junebug – a selection of Rhodes chords, and a folder of Misc. Chords. All sorts of sounds perfect for downbeat stabs, breaks and intros, etc.
  • Pads — We’ve hooked you up with over 125 all-new incredible pad one-shots samples, grouped into “looped” and “non-looped’ folders! Most samplers can read “loop points” in .WAV samples, which means you can hold the note down as long as you like without the sample cutting off.
  • Musical Loops (without drums) — Junebug has given you a handful of inspirational loops that can help kick start your new songs. All named by bpm and key so you can slide them into your existing tracks, too. Some very unique flava here – everything from funky “down-south” banjo riffs to “low-rider” bass loops! Many are provided in .REX2 format as well.
  • Hip Hop Grooves — Junebug and JTEKK have created a wide variety of “grooves” for you to start new tracks with. These are drum beats with some sort of melodic element(s) included over them. They are supa-phunky and very versatile! We’ve also included .REX2 files of many of these grooves as well! The loops range from 1bar, up to 32 bars long!! Get yourself a mic and a rapper and you’ll have new tracks finished in no time.
  • FX — You’ll get your bleeps, blasts and sweeps up in here! Just the kind of “freeky” sounds you’ve been wanting!
  • Bonus Content — 112MB / 337 samples: Drum Sounds (from Evolved Beatworks), Misc. Acoustic One-Shots (from Mello Synthetic), Nickel Jungle Drums (from DnB Void), Rhodes Loops (from Trip Hop Explosion), Rude Basses (from Rhythm lab – Neuro Funk).

Urban Legends: Hip Hop Rev-O-Lution is available to purchase as a download for $24.99 USD.

More information: Electronisounds / Hip Hop Rev-O-Lution

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Short links for April 7th, 2010

Cadeli Drum Machine

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Cadeli Drum Machine, a Drum Machine for Andoid:

  • You got 8 patterns of 8 tracks each.
  • Design drum patterns in a matrix, add accents to notes.
  • Pitch and Volume control on each track.
  • Tempo control.
  • Export drum patterns as wav files (mono/22khz).
  • Automatic electro/techno style pattern semi-randomly generated.
  • 3 drumkits included (jungle, electro, accoustic)

# Help Us Fight Copyright Violations

Kid Nepro writes:

So I’m sitting at home, minding my own business when I get an e-mail from someone (I can’t say exactly who) that goes on to tell me that there is an auction happening on ebay that has some of my sounds for sale. The e-mail went on to ask me if I knew anything about it.

Air Harp

# The First Round of iPad Apps Is Here: Updated Round-up, More Thoughts

Peter Kirn takes a look at music apps for the Apple iPad:

I’ve completed my round-up of some of the most compelling music creation applications coming to iPad at or near launch: iPad Apps for Music Making: What’s Coming, The Bigger Picture

The revised post includes some new videos and apps introduced over the weekend, so check out the full line-up. My thinking was that putting everything in one place makes it easier to find, and to get a sense of the … well, the bigger picture.

# Roland MC-307 “HipHop East” Loops

Cyberworm posted some new free samples:

45 loops (12 construction kits) sampled from Roland MC307. 65-93 BPM. wav format, 24 bit, 44100 hz, stereo, 62 mb

… and some more Roland samples, this time from the MC-303

# Dan303: Drums By 303. Free drum samples.

Clean and Vocoded one shot drum samples. The drums were taken from the roland MC303 groove box and vocoded using the built in vocoder on the Korg Microkorg.

protrekkr

# protrekkr v2.0 released

ProTrekkr (formerly known as NoiseTrekker by Juan Antonio Arguelles Rius aka Arguru) is a tracker program combining a software synthesizer together with a traditional samples tracker which can be used to create electronic music (like psytrance, trance goa, hard acid, IDM, chip, techno, etc.) for small sized intros, demos or games.

Currently the tracker is supported on Windows, Linux, AmigaOS4, AROS and Mac OSX.

# MOON8 – 8-bit version of Dark Side of the Moon.

Have you ever wondered what Dark Side of the Moon would sound like if Pink Floyd had written it for NES, instead of for a rock band?

THE PROTODECK

# THE PROTODECK, a midibox-based MIDI controller for Ableton Live 8 with Max For Live.

THE PROTODECK controller features:

  • 87 potentiometers
  • 90 buttons
  • 81 rgb leds
  • 2×20 LCD
  • 2 PIC 18F4620 (20MHz RISC processors)
  • fully custom rgb led drivers
  • fully custom firmware
  • 2 MIDI IN/OUT interface
  • power supply unit included in the box
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