Drum Broker intros Limited Edition 16GB Akai MPC60II Flash Drive + 2 Free Kits

Roger Linn Akai MPC60II Flash Drive

The Drum Broker has announced a limited time special, offering 2 free sample kits with the purchase of a limited edition 16GB Akai MPC60II Flash Drive.

We are running a SUPER SPECIAL. Purchase a Limited Edition 16GB Akai MPC60II Flash Drive and Get ANY 2 drum kits valued at $24.99 or less ($49.98 Total) for FREE! Total value of this package is $90

Supplies are limited and this SPECIAL WILL SELL OUT SOON!

Instructions for ordering:

  1. Order the Flash Drive
  2. E-Mail support@thedrumbroker.com with your order # and 2 kit selections. We will update you order and you’ll receive digital links to your kits within 1 day or less and your flash drive will be shipped immediately!

This special is available for purchase for a limited time for $39.99 USD ($89.99 USD value).

More information: The Drum Broker

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Boxed Ear releases free Tempest vs MPC60 sample pack

Boxed Ear Tempest vs MPC60

Boxed Ear has announced the release of Tempest vs MPC60, a free sample pack made with two of Roger Linn’s most coveted drum machines, the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest and the Akai MPC60.

Two classic drum machines, both designed by “the father of the drum machine” Roger Linn. The MPC60 is a sampler first released in 1988 and is considered one of the major contributors to the development of hip hop music. The Tempest is a modern analogue/digital hybrid drum machine released in 2011.

We thought it would be fun to bring them both together by synthesizing pure analog drum sounds on the Tempest and sampling them into the MPC60 for that tasty 12bit digital crunch.

Tempest vs MPC60 is free and is available now from the Boxed Ear website.

More information: Boxed Ear / Tempest vs MPC60

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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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Dave Smith and Roger Linn announce Tempest, Analog Drum Machine

Dave Smith and Roger Linn have announced the Tempest, a new analog drum machine, introduced at the 2011 NAMM Show.

Dave Smith Instrument / Roger Linn Design Tempest

Tempest is a collaboration between Smith and longtime friend and fellow instrument designer Roger Linn. Though they’ve consulted with each other on past projects, Tempest marks the first time a product will carry both the Dave Smith Instruments and Roger Linn Design logos. “If you’re going to make a drum machine, who better to have in your corner than Roger Linn?” said Smith, referring to Linn’s legacy as inventor of the digital drum machine.

Though Smith is also responsible for some fine drum machines—most notably Sequential’s DrumTraks and Studio 440—Tempest is his first to utilize analog synthesis to generate the sounds. “We’ve designed a very flexible new synth voice for Tempest,” said Smith. Linn added, “The design of Tempest reflects a rethinking of what a drum machine needs to be in the current era. It’s not so much a drum machine as a new musical performance instrument for the creation, manipulation, and arrangement of beat-oriented music, with an intuitive and efficient use of human gestures.”

Tempest’s 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads are arranged in an 8 x 2 array to facilitate both real-time and step entry of beats. Two pressure- and position-sensitive Note FX slide controllers provide a unique new method of performance and control.

“We’re very excited about Tempest,” said Smith. “It’s an instrument with a lot of personality and it’s great fun to play. It has been a long time since there has been anything new in the drum machine world.”

Tempest is expected to be available by June 2011 with a projected MAP of $1,999 USD.

More information: Dave Smith Instruments / Roger Linn Design

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Roger Linn Design AdrenaLinn Sync V2, beta for Windows available

Roger Linn Design has released Windows Version 2.0.3 Beta 6 of AdrenaLinn Sync V2, an effect plug-in that transforms your input signal into dramatic rhythmic patterns of filtered, resonated, chopped, pulsed, spiked, sequenced, looped, delayed and otherwise manipulated tones.

AdrenaLinn Sync is a software plug-in from Roger Linn Design that provides the same unique beat-synced filter modulation and sequencing effects of our AdrenaLinn III guitar pedal, plus quite a bit more. Though intended for guitar, it adds fascinating rhythmic tonal effects to any instrument or processed audio.

Roger Linn Design AdrenaLinn Sync V2
Roger Linn Design AdrenaLinn Sync V2

AdrenaLinn Sync v2 for Windows is a 32-bit plug-in that works in both VST and RTAS formats in Windows XP, Vista and 7. If running on 64-bit Windows XP, Vista or 7, you’ll need to use the 32-bit bridge feature that exists in most 64-bit host DAWs.

More information: Roger Linn Design / AdrenaLinn Sync V2

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