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Short links for May 30th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Hey You! What Song are you Listening to?

Asking random New Yorkers with headphones on what song they are listening to.

# OUTLOUD.FM

OUTLOUD.FM lets you create rooms where you can chat and listen to music with your friends with a real time collaborative playlist. Just sign in, pick a room name, and start uploading music!

# STACKED by Royal Sapien – 300+ tracks mixed into one hour of electronic music soundtrack

Stacked

# End of Train Device, New Album from Your Editor, and an Experiment in Releasing Music

Peter Kirn writes:

Yes, I create digital music, too. One of the things I’ve loved about CDM is the chance to share music making, from the construction of the tools to the production of performances and recordings. If that’s all we ever get out of music – getting to share with someone else – that’s already more than enough for me.

This week I’ve released my own End of Train Device, a full-length ambient / leftfield electronic album.

Namm Oddities 2011

# NAMM Oddities 2011

Barry Wood is back with another selection of interesting products showcased at the NAMM show.

Welcome to the 2011 edition of the NAMM Oddities …finally

This year the show went smoothly but due to a perfect storm created by of a pile of work (the paying variety), local politics, and the writing of my first now published book, the Oddities were nearly 4 months late.

There was no shortage of Oddities-worthy items at the show this year. Even though this is probably the last NAMM report to go online, I'm certain that there are a number of products that will see their press debut on these pages.

# Massive Subwoofer Chair

Still not satisfied with the bass of the average chair? If so, check out this insane 1000 Watt Subwoofer Chair from Canadian designer John Greg Ball.

# Vinyl Poised to Make Further Gains; Time To Ask, “What Does it All Mean”?

Photo by Karola Riegler Photography

At first, it seemed like it might be just a blip: amidst generally declining sales of physical music, down sharply from their 1990s boom, vinyl sales were trending up. The reversal started with a slight uptick in 2007 – already noticeable as the CD had begun its collapse. That slight uptick has turned into a small boom. From a tiny 300,000 units in US sales in 1993, the vinyl record is projected to do some 3.6 million units in sales.

# Dan303: New Sample Pack ‘Toys’

Dan has posted another free sample pack: “The sounds in this sample pack are made to replicate the sound of old broken children’s toys.”

# The Radiumphonic Workshop « Radium Audio Labs

Radium is inviting you to have a look behind the scenes at the Radiumphonic Workshop. In the video below we delve under the bonnet of Radium to have a look at what makes it all tick – the sound lab operated by the fine team at Radium. It demonstrates a rare glimpse of how we work, as well as showing off some of the machines, technology, people and creative approaches we use to manipulate sound!

# Design to Address Visual Performance in Music, Explained by a Giant Robot Face

Computing technology is an inherently disruptive thing, wonderfully so. It solves problems you didn’t know you had. It creates problems, then creates new problems in even trying to understand those problems. Simply using a computer is a kind of design statement.

You’ve seen questions about what happens with computer performance and audience interaction. But, in AMALGAM, design student Jacob Lysgaard asks those questions, and proposes solutions, in a new way: with a giant talking robot face.

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ASL SoundLab releases Void filter effect

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ASL SoundLab Void

ASL SoundLab has released Void, a filter effect plug-in for Windows.

Void is a unique filter which is capable of transforming the most simplist of sounds into robotic vocal vowel sounds made popular by such artists as Skrillex, Doctor P, Datsik and Excision.

Void features

  • Void Bar: The Void Bar is one of the main controls of Void. This is the blue bar at the top of the GUI and effects the timbre of the incoming signal.
  • Length: Set on low it will produce a steep harsh deep sound whereas set on high it will produce a nice smooth and rounded filter sweep.
  • Intensity: This controls the intensity of the Void effect.
  • Width: Adds extra dimensional width to the signal resulting in a spacious yet tight sound.
  • Position: Sweeps through three different parts of the signal chain.
  • Link: When enabled, this links the Void Bar and the Length controls together.
  • Range: When enabled, another control is highlighted which can expand the frequency range of Void, resulting in new filter sweeps rarely heard.
  • Mix: Sweeps between the dry signal and the effected signal.
  • Input: Sets the gain for pre-filter clipping.
  • Output: Sets the gain for post-filter clipping.

Void for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for £30 GBP.

More information: ASL SoundLab / Void

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Loopmasters Alien Robot Vox, vocoded sample collection by Marco Scherer

Loopmasters Alien Robot Vox

Loopmasters has released Alien Robot Vox, a sample collection featuring vocoded loops and samples.

For Producers looking to emulate the vocoded and robotised sounds that have graced many of the top Dance and Hip Hop tracks of the past 10 years, from the artists such as Daft Punk, The Freestylers, Air, Mylo, Kraftwerk and Grandmaster Flash – then the waiting is over as the Alien Robot Vox pack from Marco Scherer and Loopmasters has arrived.

This collection of royalty free Vocoded Loops, Android and Robot talk, Cosmic Bot Loops, One Shots and a collection of Vocoded Drum loops and Synth parts are all producers need to inject that Human feel to electronic tracks needing an edge or hookline.

Alien Robot Vox features

  • Over 260 loops between 90 and 126 BPM, 350+MB content.
  • Includes 61 Autotalk Android Loops, 32 Cosmic Bot Loops, 25 FX talk Bot Loops, 36 One Shot Bot Loops, 59 Rhythmic Melody Loops, 32 Vocoded and Processed Drumloops, and 14 Bonus Synth Parts.
  • Available as a main pack including acidized Wav and Rex2 samples, or as a separate Apple Loops pack.

Alien Robot Vox is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Alien Robot Vox

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Review: Goldbaby Productions When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

Goldbaby When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

After releasing three synthesizer based titles consecutively, Goldbaby returns with another drum sample library: When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

When Alien Drum Robots Attack! features a large number of high quality samples. Kind of what you would expect from a Goldbaby library. But this time it’s not just about classic drum machines, or tape, the UBK Fatso, or vinyl. It’s all that, and more:

WHAT WAS USED TO MAKE IT? Everything in Goldbaby’s studio and more! Using a studio full of vintage and new drum machines, samplers, synths, rack effects, vinyl, tape, real drums and perc, field recordings… this product will give you a huge palette of super solid drums and sweet FX.

When Alien Drum Robots Attack! features

  • 1,516 x 24 bit samples.
  • 60 REX loops, 40 Battery 3 kits, 40 Guru bundles.
  • 65 EXS-24 patches (are in all the format downloads except the Refill).
  • ReFill includes 40 combinators, 40 ReDrum patches, and 8 x NN-XT patches.

Here’s a little demonstration of some of the sounds from the included kits. In the video I am using the FXpansion Guru version which comes with 40 bundles; perfect for showing off what these Alien Drum Robots are up to.

So what do I think?

Product: When Alien Drum Robots Attack! by Goldbaby Productions
Format: 24bit WAV, ReFill, EXS-24/Guru/Battery 3
Price: $39 USD (includes all formats)

The title of this library might sound a little silly but it does describe the content pretty well. Robotic vocoder type sounds, fx from outer space, fat ready-to-rumble drum hits… the attack is on!

When Alien Drum Robots Attack! includes lots of unique material. The processed drum samples (including 808/909 UBK Fatso) sound fat in that familiar Goldbaby way, just the way I like them. The sound quality is outstanding as well, as per usual.

After various drum machine libraries featuring samples processed with things like tape, vinyl, and the UBK Fatso, Goldbaby once again manages to create something fresh and exciting from sound sources that one might think were long exhausted. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

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Goldbaby Productions updates When Alien Drum Robots Attack! (ReFill now available)

Goldbaby When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

Goldbaby Productions has released the ReFill version of When Alien Drum Robots Attack!, a drum and FX sample library.

WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT? Think of this as a drum tool kit with plenty of production ready sounds… plus all you need to create and customise your own.

WHAT WAS USED TO MAKE IT? Everything in Goldbaby’s studio and more! Using a studio full of vintage and new drum machines, samplers, synths, rack effects, vinyl, tape, real drums and perc, field recordings… this product will give you a huge palette of super solid drums and sweet FX.

Included in this product is also an 808 and 909 given the UBK Fatso treatment!

When Alien Drum Robots Attack! features

  • 1,516 x 24 bit samples.
  • 60 x Rex loops.
  • 40 x Battery 3 Kits.
  • 40 x Guru Bundles.
  • 65 x EXS-24 Patches (in all the format downloads except the ReFill).
  • 40 x Combintors (ReFill).
  • 40 x ReDrum Patches (ReFill).
  • 8 x NNXT Patches (ReFill).

When Alien Drum Robots Attack! is available to purchase for $39 USD (all formats included).

More information: Goldbaby Productions / When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

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Short links for April 27th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Arduino ant farm

Ants walking through IR gates manipulate the Auduino synth program. John spotted this at the RobotFest / Mid-Atlantic Mini Maker Faire. He writes:

I went to the RobotFest / Mid-Atlantic Mini Maker Faire yesterday. I saw this awesome project and thought you might like to put it on the blog. Basically it's an ant farm with optointerrupts. When the ants walk through the lightpath, they modify the audio output. The maker's name is Adam Franchino, and he was there with some of his classmates from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) His website is adamfranchino.net.

# Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design » Journey into Sound

“This is a Jouney into Sound” is a demo of the RHIFID speaker control system developed for the Physical Computing class. Using a combination of RFID technology, Processing and Arduino, the speakers work as location aware controllers, allowing the user to interact with music and the environment by moving the speakers around.

# Jordantron

Jordantron is a new iPad synth app that will include sounds by Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater.

Omenie in the comments:

The core sound generation is the Ellatron engine, and the same 'Toblerone' rotating keyboards have been retained – for now …

Inside it there’s quite a few changes, particularly trading off CPU burden against responsiveness – it’s become clear, particularly on the iPad, that it’s worth burning more CPU to get ultra-low latency for responsive playing, in Jordan’s hands this thing is *fast* and pretty amazing.

We are still shaking out details but the plan is to have different iPad and iPhone versions, slightly more voices in the iPad version as it supports apps with a bigger memory footprint than iPhone.

And yes, all new sounds, and unlike Ellatron all the sounds are stereo (and really immersive and immense) and have been pulled out of Jordan’s live rig, so these are authentic DT voices. So it’s not very much like a Mellotron at all! I think this one will turn out to be a must-have app for the DT fans, but the sounds are so damn PHAT that general synth hounds may end up picking up one of these to add to their arsenal.

I’m really pleased with how it’s shaping up.

# Four ways to use mid/side EQ

Kim Lajoie on mid/side EQ:

Several EQs now have a mid/side mode. This opens up a lot of possibilities, but can be difficult to use effectively. Instead of simply tweaking the sound or the range of the controls, mid/side mode completely changes how the EQ behaves and sets new rules for how it can be useful and effective.
It helps to stop thinking about mid/side EQ as an equaliser – but instead to think of it as a surgical frequency-focussed stereo width adjuster. It works best on complex stereo material, such as groups or the mix bus.

# Programmable Knex Piano-Playing Robot

plysaxaphone writes:

I've always been a big fan of K'nex, ever since I was a little kid. Then, when I discovered this website, I felt like I had hit the jackpot. This is a "robot" that I built out of knex, it's designed to play the piano. This version can play up to a 16 note sequence in a 12 note range. I call it "Zeeanobot" (Zach's Piano Robot), corny, I know, but I couldn't think of a better name. I spent a lot of time on this, and I'm very proud of it, so please be nice. Just to be clear, I have not tried it on a real piano, I built it to play my Yamaha DGX-230. You may need to modify the design slightly to get it to work on real pianos or other keyboards.

# Sound Grain, a graphical interface where users can draw and edit trajectories to control granular sound synthesis modules. Sound Grain is written with Python and uses Csound as its audio engine. Csound 5 must be installed on the system to allow Sound Grain to run.

Audiostry

# Audiostry Synthesis

Audiostry V1.27 is made with Sync Modular. It's structure is based on Korg MS2000 but it is not an emulation. It has:

  • it's own single cycle waveforms for the DWGS (48 waves),
  • unison in polyphonic mode: each oscillator quadruples and is internally modulated by a slow LFO.
  • dual filters.
  • 2 more patch bays.
  • 16 step modulation sequencer with 2 more lines (total of 5) and 39 parameter destinations.
  • 143 finely edited presets.
  • 16 voices by default but can be changed by user within Sync Modular. You need Sync Modular to run it.

Download it here: http://www.audiostry.com/synthesis.html

Sync Modular has been discontinued but it is now free. Get it here: http://www.syncmodular.com/

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Goldbaby Productions releases When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

Goldbaby When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

Goldbaby Productions has released When Alien Drum Robots Attack!, a new drum sample library.

They have come for our drum machines. They will impregnate them with their Alien technology. No one is safe. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Ok enough B Grade Sci Fi references…

Think of this as a drum tool kit with plenty of production ready sounds… plus all you need to create and customise your own.

When Alien Drum Robots Attack! features

  • 1,516 x 24 bit samples.
  • 60 x Rex loops (can be used in programs like Guru, Logic, Cubase, Phatmatic Pro, Dr Rex, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, etc.).
  • 40 x Battery 3 Kits.
  • 40 x Guru Bundles.
  • 65 x EXS-24 Patches (can be imported into many different software samplers, including Kontakt, Ableton Live Sampler, HALion, and more).
  • Included in this product is also an 808 and 909 given the UBK Fatso treatment.
  • Multi-format: Battery 3, Guru, EXS-24, and Wav pack.

When Alien Drum Robots Attack! is available to purchase for $39 USD.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

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