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Matt Mower releases Reichatron

Matt Mower Reichatron

Matt Mower has released Reichatron, a phase shifting looper for Native Instruments Reaktor.

Reichatron is a sample playing instrument that grew out of my desire to experiment with phase-shifted looping (a la Steve Reichʼs early works ʻItʼs Gonna Rainʼ and ʻPiano Phaseʼ) and as an homage to Metaphysical Function which is, I think, one of the most interesting Reaktor ensembles.

Reichatron allows you to mix together the phase-shifted blending of two samples and then modulate that mixture using a block of six effects that can be independently controlled. Reichatron also offers stochastic control of the effects block and sample selection. You can take as much, or as little, control over how the sound evolves over time as you like.

The Reichatron ensemble comes with 500+ MB of original material including samples from and Rhythm Lab/Cyberworm.

Reichatron is available to download from the Native Instrument Reaktor User Library.

More information: Matt Mower / Reichatron


Short links for February 1st, 2010

Virtual Piano

Some interesting things I found recently:

# The Virtual Piano for Songwriters, Singers, Producers and aspiring musicians

Not Only is The Virtual Piano a Virtual instrument that you can play chords and melodies on, it also shows you how to play all the chords (triads) in all twelve keys.

It's an excellent tool for you to learn to play piano, to transpose songs into any key or for writing songs.

# Kent ‘sound sculptor’ unveils ‘sharpsichord’

From the BBC:

A self-styled "sound sculptor" is looking for a home for an unusual musical instrument that he has spent almost four years making. Henry Dagg created the pin barrel harp, nicknamed a sharpsichord, at his workshop in Faversham, Kent. Pegs put into one of 11,520 holes on a metal roll push levers which pluck strings to create the music. It was commissioned for a garden in London but Mr Dagg now feels it is too precious to be left outside.

Mark Mosher's AudioCubes in Ableton Live

# In-Depth Review of Percussa AudioCubes in Use with Ableton Live

Mark @ Modulate This! reviews Percussa's AudioCubes in Ableton Live:

Back in November I purchased a set of four Percussa AudioCubes. I've spent quite a bit of time working with them as a an interface to Ableton Live.

In this hands-on review I'll explain what they are, how they work, how I'm using them with Live and also offer some tips along the way.

# Illuminated Sounds » Roland TR-626 Sound Library

From Illuminated Sounds:

Recently I picked up a used Roland TR-626 from ebay. I finally got around to sampling beeps and buzzes that this guy makes. Here is a sound library of all the sounds this drum machine makes. Each sounds has 15 different pitch levels that I label -7 to +7, 0 being the original sample. All the samples were recorded into Pro Tools at 44.1/16 bit. Also I circuit bend the hell out of this thing, so expect future posts with pictures and samples of it glitched out.


# SIDstick – 100,000 chiptunes in your pocket!

The SIDstick is a pocket-sized chiptunes player featuring:

  • Removable Storage supporting microSD cards, 1 card can hold 20,000 songs
  • 20+ hour battery life
  • Super Hi-Quality hardware-based playback at 31kHz sample rate, >16 bit resolution
  • Completely Open, hardware and software are available under the MIT license
  • Upgradable with connections on the board

# Hiphop Orchestra

A generous pack of free samples by Cyberworm:

Acoustic cellos and violins, pianos, ensembles. 54 loops at all. 80-120 bmp, all keys in filename. Good for hiphop and similar styles. Basically it was commercial pack, but I change my mind and release it for free. :) wav format, 24 bit, 44100 hz, stereo, 154 mb

Bleep Labs Nebulophone

# Nebulophone Kit Pre-Order

Now available to pre-order from Bleep Labs:

The Nebulophone is an Arduino based synth with a Stylophone like keyboard. It has adjustable waveforms, a light controlled analog filter, LFO, and arpeggiator that can be clocked over IR.

This is a beginner kit and does not require an Arduino programmer board.

# Free Nebula Power distortion effect

Hnery Olonga shares another effect for Acustica Audio’s Nebula:

Mega distortion is a distortion type effect that adds power and warmth to any instrument or mix. I made it using a unique signal chain. There is a slight levelling that happens as well allowing details buried deeper in the mix to come to the front. This effect is also useful in beefing up thin recordings. Try it on lame drums or a weak piano.

Sampled at 96 khz using Prismsound Orpheus convertors this is a no nonsense – no compromise effect. Ten distortion kernels means that this is a CPU hog so if you don’t have a fast machine – God bless you.

# Multichord Hybrid Musical Instrument, a single-stringed instrument that plays multiple notes via varied tensioning rather than fretting.


From the project page:

The Multichord musical instrument is an acoustic stringed instrument with a single string, constructed from wood, a hard drive, 20-lb monofilament, and assorted electronic components. It was the culmination of a project to build an acoustic instrument capable of playing multiple notes without fretting or manual, time-consuming retuning. The Multichord achieves this by attaching a hard drive read/write head assembly between the resonant string and a tensioning spring to adjust the tension of the instrument's string. Careful adjustment was made to the tension of both the string and the spring with the hard drive head in a neutral, unpowered position to ensure a bipolar application of voltage within the safety ratings of the hard drive's coil could cause the string to cover a full musical octave. In the end, the Multichord was tuned to a C-major scale (no flats or sharps) running from A at 220Hz through (but not including) A at 440Hz.


Short links for January 20th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# bassdll – An arduino piezo buzzer sound engine by Drew Crawford.

Source code available at github

# ISM / DUBBHISM: impulse responses

Tony Dubshot wrote in to share some of the unusual but usable, hi quality impulse responses he is offering on his Dubshot website. Includes: RE-201 Roland Space Echo impulse responses (25-200 BPM), The Quantum Hall Effects (impulse responses from nanospace), and 60 Classic and King Tubby style spring reverb impulse responses.

# Charting the Beatles – Exploration of Beatles music through infographics.

Charting the Beatles
Charting the Beatles – Authorship and Collaboration

Michael Deal writes:

These visualizations are part of an extensive study of the music of the Beatles. Many of the diagrams and charts are based on secondary sources, including but not limited to sales statistics, biographies, recording sesion notes, sheet music, and raw audio readings.

# Circuit Bending the Bliptronic 5000

Michael Una circuit bends his Bliptronic 5000:

and while I was sad that there was no active synthesis, I’m pretty satisfied with the results.

# MISA digital guitar

The MISA digital guitar is a minimalistic looking MIDI controller.

# Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 Instrument: Hands-on, Videos, Why it’s Different

Teenage Engineering OP-1
Teenage Engineering OP-1, portable synthesizer and controller

Peter Kirn spent some hands-on time with the current prototype of the OP-1 and had a talk with the developers of Teenage Engineering.


# mtXcontrol

mtXcontrol by Tobias Bielohlawek is an editor written in Processing to easily create image sequences for several output devices containing multicolor LED matrix.

mtXcontrol Editor auto detects and connects to your device. Once connected, you can draw points, lines & rows in different colors, create multiple frames and manipulate them. Add, delete, move, fill, copy & paste of frames is supported. Play all frames by different speed, realtime update the device and save your work as image file. If supported (e.g. Rainbowduino), update the sequence on your device and run it standalone. One special feature is typing letters and numbers. Future versions aim to support multiple devices, different color depth and many more.

# Elektron Monomachine drum samples

Some new free samples from Cyberworm: 156 drums, clicks, noised and rattles from Elektron Monomachine (wav format, 24 bit, 44100, stereo, 12 mb)

Also from Cyberworm: Ensoniq VFX/SD patches, 85 banks and 709 single patches for Ensoniq SD, VFX, VFX-SD. Only Ensoniq SD 100% compatible! In VFX or VFX-SD some patches might not work (or work incorrectly)!


Short links for November 2nd, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Johan Larsby Tentacle-box

# Tentacle-box, mobile musicstation with beatsynched lights.

Johan Larsby made himself a portable sound system so he can do shows wherever he goes.

It should be able to work without being connected to an outlet. It should have lights and it shouldn't be to heavy to move around. Ateast not by a small wagon. And it should be loud. Not Mötorhead loud but loud enough. It should also be cheap enough so that I would not cry if it got trashed or stolen after a few gigs/parties.

# Pluto

Pluto is a digital audio workstation demo implemented in a web browser – based on the raw audio capabilities of Microsoft Silverlight. In a nutshell:

  • 16 tracks with 32 voice polyphony plus 6 fx/track
  • Granular synthesizer, Karplus-Strong guitar synthesizer or drum-machine per each track
  • Highly optimized, multithreaded audio pipeline
  • MIDI import/export, WAV export
Stretta Z-DSP Experiments

# The Stretta Procedure: Z-DSP Experiments

Matthew Davidson writes:

I'm one of the lucky few beta testers of the new TipTop Audio Z-DSP eurorack module, and boy is it a lot of fun. The Z-DSP is a lot like the TipTop Audio Z5000, except embiggened. A lot. There are three CV controlled parameters per program. There is a feedback loop that you can tap into on the front panel so you can insert a filter or whatever module you can think of inside a part of the DSP process that is usually closed to tinkering. You can change the personality of the DSP by inserting a different card on the front panel. You can even voltage control the clock. This is serious sound-mangling mayhem.

The short audio files I produced represent only one patch idea using one program on one card on this module. I could spend a great deal of time exploring various options without even changing the DSP program on the Z-DSP. The fact that I could load another program is another whole world of possibilities. If, somehow you got bored of that, you can load a card with a different batch of programs. Egads, this thing is endless.

# In the Jungle – 17 Amazing Ableton Live Tutorials – Here are 17 tutorials coming from Ableton, Youtube and Audiotuts+. Most cover the current version of Live, but a few cover version 7 where the same techniques still apply.

# Pseudo scratching In Ableton Live 8

Video showing how to emulate a scratch-like effect in Ableton Live 8 using the new delay Modes available in the Ping Pong Delay. This is not meant to replace vinyl, nor will it produce a totally authentic sounding scratch sound, but it is a Ableton Live only solution and is a nice add on to your effects arsenal.

The template is available to download here.

# FREE Sample Pack #3: Yamaha DD-8

Bedroom Producers presents a new pack of samples:

Drum machines are cool. Toy drum machines are way cooler though. Is it the cheeziness of the samples or some strange drugs hidden under the pads, i’m not sure, but playing these old Yamaha drums has always been a great pleasure for me.

So in order to share some of the fun, here’s a free samplepack with all of the samples available in the machine, from kicks and snares to lions and scratches. Below is a quick and lame demo i made. Have fun!

improbably projects sonic ties

# recycled cassette tape thin necktie

sonic fabric neckties by improbable projects:

the sonic fabric neckties are a limited-edition project made in collaboration with my designer friend julio cesar. sonic fabric is woven from 50% recorded audio cassette tape and 50% colored thread the fabric is actually audible if you run a tape head over it! (if you’d like a demo, please visit my youtube channel at alyceobvious.

the idea behind the tie is that the wearer becomes a beacon for other-dimensional, intangible, subtle forces of good…much in the manner of a superhero. only this part of the superhero garb can be worn on the outside in the most conservative environment without detection! looks equally great with dress shirt or t-shirt. this tie is the thinner version – 2" wide at the widest point. i also make a slightly wider version for more mature audiences.

the sound collages recorded onto the tape for this batch of ties comes from my cd between stations, and is based on looped and layered samples collected on and under the streets of nyc.

# "Stab" loops and single sounds

More free samples by Cyberworm:

UK Hardcore chords and stabs – 15 single sounds and 15 loops. It's not a sampled sounds, all samples synthesized by me. (wav format, 24 bit, 44100 hz, stereo, 21 mb)


Short links for October 1st, 2009

energyXT in Linux

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Free, Native Linux Plug-ins, and How to Use Them in energyXT for Linux

Peter Kirn writes:

It’s simply stunning some of the terrific instrument and effect plug-ins available that are now free and open source – yes, free as in freedom, not just freeware. I had commented in the past something along the lines of, “boy, wouldn’t it be great if this now meant, say, a Linux port?” and then went on the business of my daily life, which tends not to include re-compiling plug-ins. But now, the folks of JUCETICE have been busy doing just that, serving up delicious instrument and effect goodness, running native on Linux.

# Flute samples

Cyberworm posts some free acoustic flute loops, shots and fx's. Thanks to Decado/Fluter for playing. 80 samples in all.
Samples are in wav format, 24 bit, 44100 hz, stereo, 46 mb.

mechomaniac Arduino noise box synth

# Arduino noise box synth – an Arduino based step sequencer, synthesizer and sound effects box.

mechomaniac writes:

It was constructed a year ago as a third birthday present, and has recently come back to me for some 'refurbishment' – fresh batteries and some glue to fix LEDs that have been pushed into the box. Not too bad after a year with a small child!

The full source code is available here:

# Massive YM2413 Sample Pack (245 Samples)

Sebastian Tomczak recorded a sample pack from a YM2413 chip.

The sample pack consists on 245 samples. These are:

  • 5 drum sounds
  • 16 sounds per instrument, across 15 preset instruments

In the case of all of the pitched sounds, the samples include every C and G pitch from C-2 to G6 (16 in total). Every even-numbered file is a G. Every odd-numbered file is a C. Samples are available in wav and mp3.

Casper Electronics Echo Bender

# Echo Bender V2

Casper Electronics’ Echo Bender is an echo, distortion and experimental, stand alone noise generator.
It’s capable of creating smooth, clean echos as well as delving deep into screeching, noisy realms seldom heard from a traditional echo pedal.

Echo Bender V2 features

  • Coarse pitch
  • Fine pitch
  • Decay
  • Wet volume
  • Dry volume
  • Feedback/distortion amount
  • True bypass foot switch
  • Effect activation indicator LED
  • 9 volt DC Power jack
  • 9 Volt Battery compartment
  • 1/4″ Switching input jack (conserves battery power by switching off power when plug is empty)
  • 1/4″ Output jack
  • External power supply included. Input 120AC, output 9Volts DC. 200mA

# Obsessive Windows 7 Under-the-Hood Guide for Music

Can You Finally Dump XP? Peter Kirn talks about Windows 7 with Noel Borthwick of Cakewalk.


Electronisounds releases Downtempo Spirals

Electronisounds Downtempo Spiral

Electronisounds has released Downtempo Spirals, a collection of samples for downtempo music.

If you like your BPM dial at 100bpm and under, you’ll flip for this all-new sample library! Downtempo Spirals has everything you need to create a vast array of musical genres – beats, musical loops and phrases, fx, groove kits, one-shots, chords, soundfonts, multi-samples — It’s ALL HERE!! Five producers helped create this project — meaning you really get a nice assortment of styles and production techniques. Imagine having the work of FIVE seasoned producers at your fingertips!!

Downtempo Spirals features

  • 3,000+ samples, 16-bit, 44.1Khz.
  • Produced by Junebug, JTEKK, Rhythm Lab, Muzik Professor, and Tony Galasso.
  • Samples include: Sounds, Chords, Drumloops, Drum Sounds, Groove Kits, FX, Misc. Musical Loops.
  • 8 multi-sample SoundFonts.
  • Bonus content from 5 other releases: Beyond Gravity Drumkit, 4 Groove-A-Liptic Inspiration Kits, Mello Synthetic – Vocoded Beats, Supreme Sounds – Vinyl Stuff, Trip Hop Explosion – Rhodes Loops.
  • Includes demo samples from 10 other releases.

Downtempo Spirals is available as a 2.2GB download for $34.99 USD.

More information: Electronisounds / Downtempo Spirals


Rhythm Lab updates Mo’Verb to v1.04

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Rhythm Lab has released version 1.04 of Mo’Verb, a free reverb effect plug-in for Windows PC.

Mo’Verb is a reverberator, based on original algorithms, combining simulation of spring and digital reverbs. In our plug-in we did our best to provide basis for creating of wide spectrum of timbres, make smooth and warm sound, handy and intuitive interface for making the required sound easy and fast. While making our reverb algorithm we used specially created program for the search of inner parameters to make the sound of the reverb smooth and clear.

Changes in Mo’Verb v1.04

  • FPU, SSE2, SSE3 auto-detect (no need to use previous versions for old CPUs).
  • Minor bug fixes.

Mo’Verb is available as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows PC.

More information: Rhythm Lab