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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)


Sugar Bytes announces 50% discount on Artillery2

Sugar Bytes Artillery2

Sugar Bytes has announced of 50% discount on Artillery2, an effect keyboard plug-in for Windows PC and Mac.

Artillery2 is the number one live-, glitch- and sound design tool and the secret weapon of many well known producers and DJ´s worldwide.

Artillery2 features

  • 28 Effects included, like Looper, Vocoder, Delays, Filters etc.
  • FX can be freely mapped across the keyboard and played with MIDI notes.
  • Free signalflow with up to 128 effects in chain, multiple use of effects allowed.
  • Complete modulation section for each FX parameter (turns Looper into Scratcher etc…).
  • The perfect Live Tool.
  • The perfect Sound Design Tool.
  • Available in Audio Units and VST plugin format.

Artillery2 is available for 79 EUR / $99 USD until November 1, 2009.

More information: Sugar Bytes / Artillery2


Xylio updates FutureDecks Pro to v1.5

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Xylio FutureDecks Pro

Xylio has released version 1.5 of FutureDecks Pro, a professional DJ mixing software for Windows and Mac.

With FutureDecks Pro you can really mix your songs, nothing else needed but your imagination. Beat-matching is just a click away and also are seamless beat-aware loops, effects and many other things. All these thanks to a brand new audio engine.

Changes in FutureDecks Pro v1.5

  • New skin (widescreen).
  • Video preview screen (for both DirectX and OpenGL mode).
  • New CUE points logic (for the small cue points buttons).
  • Special AutoMix playlist.
  • Allow Auto-Mix on all lists (use current list when Auto-Mixing instead of special list).
  • Inserting/selecting multiple songs (works with Drag&Drop, Remove, Physical Remove, Analyze).
  • Searching works also with comment and album and preserves last cursor position (when leaving search mode).
  • Shuffle function.
  • Move song to top/bottom of list (Ctrl + PgUp/Down).
  • Current time on the standard skins.
  • Complete rewrite of several parts of the software to allow further improvements and better stability.
  • Numerous small improvements.
  • Performance optimizations.
  • Lots of stability improvements.
  • Error on mouse leaving button still pressed (the button remained on).
  • Video quality fixed (both OpenGL and DirectX).

FutureDecks Pro is available for Windows and Mac for $99 USD / 79 EUR / 59 GBP.

More information: Xylio


Mixxx v1.7.0 released

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The Mixxx team has announced the final release of Mixxx 1.7.0, the open source DJ software that gives you everything you need to perform live mixes.

The result of countless contributions from developers all over the globe, Mixxx 1.7.0 features an overhauled MIDI mapping system with advanced scripting capabilities, improvements to vinyl control, and many other tweaks and optimizations.

Our brand new MIDI scripting engine allows both users and developers to easily add complex behaviour to their MIDI devices. Whether you’re looking to get more out of your existing controller or want to take full advantage of cutting edge hardware, our 1.7.0 release won’t disappoint you. If you’d like more information on MIDI scripting, please see our documentation.

Changes in Mixxx v1.7.0

  • Improved MIDI device support:
    • MIDI learning wizard
    • MIDI mapping editor
    • Upgraded, faster mapping system
    • MIDI output now fully supported on Windows, OS X, and Linux.
    • QtScript/JavaScript-based MIDI Scripting Environment – Script complex behaviour for your MIDI controller!
    • Added full support for the Stanton SCS.3d and SCS.1m on all platforms.
    • Hercules MK2 and RMX improvements
    • Added Mixman DM2 mappings for Linux and OS X.
  • Vinyl Control:
    • Scratching responsiveness improved, with needle-skip prevention option added.
    • Signal quality indicators added to vinyl control preferences.
    • Improved support for soundcards with multiple stereo inputs
  • Convenience features:
    • The default skin is now widescreen, and fits nicely on netbook sized screens.
    • Stereo master VU meter added.
    • Cue points are now saved in the library for each track, with “auto-recall” cue option added to preferences.
    • Support for more platforms: 64-Bit Windows and a Universal OS X package for 10.4+!
    • Over 100 bug fixes and more!

Mixxx is available as binaries for Windows, Mac and Linux, free of cost. The source code is available for download as well.

More information: Mixxx


Xylio updates FutureDecks Pro to v1.3.3

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Xylio FutureDecks Pro

Xylio has released version 1.3.3 of FutureDecks Pro, a professional DJ mixing software for Windows and Mac.

With FutureDecks Pro you can really mix your songs, nothing else needed but your imagination. Beat-matching is just a click away and also are seamless beat-aware loops, effects and many other things. All these thanks to a brand new audio engine.

Changes in FutureDecks v1.3.3

  • lots of stability improvements.
  • completely changed equalizer for much better audio quality and precision.
  • greatly improved audio latency (Windows only).
  • minor performance optimizations.
  • video stability improved.
  • improved drag&drop (you can drop files directly on a specific list or directly to the deck’s screen or jog-wheel).
  • click on BPM value to edit (good for skins that don’t have a BPM Edit button).
  • crossfader curve setting in config window.
  • option to disable scratching when playing for some controllers (Hercules).
  • changed structure of saved data/playlists/settings (look here on how to preserve all your data).
  • disabling screensaver while running.
  • several bugs corrected related to all controllers.
  • Hercules controllers can now be used to browse/load songs.
  • fixed loading OGG files.
  • fixed loading of very large files.
  • fixed a very serious crash when analyzing/loading files.

FutureDecks Pro is available for purchase for $99 USD / 79 EUR / 59 GBP.

Visit Xylio for more information.


Short links for April 28th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Todd Vanderlin AR Scratching

# Todd Vanderlin | AR Scratching

Moving it in front of a camera, Todd Vanderlin uses a vinyl record equipped with an AR marker to manipulate music.

I was playing around with some AR markers the other day and came up with this idea. taking just a plain old vinyl record and attaching an AR marker to the label you can track the record in 3D space. The next question was, can you scratch the record? So by figuring out the velocity of the records rotation and applying it to the payback of the audio you can scratch.

… playback of course.

# SONiVOX | MIDI Solution for Google Android Mobile Phone Platform – SONiVOX audioINSIDE is an advanced, device-hardened audio synthesis solution with high quality MIDI audio capabilities used primarily to create interactive mobile gaming applications.

Leadtowill Cassette Spring Reverb

# Leadtowill: spring reverb

Leadtowill writes:

This was a cassette radio. I removed the motor etc and added an input to the amp section of the circuit, mounted a spring and converted the speaker to a driver with a knife – the result is a roomy sounding spring reverb.
Future additions —- a filter and feedback section, maybe make use of the radio section as a white noise generator…


djDecks v0.94 released

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djDecks, a computer mixing program for both beginning and professional DJ’s, has been updated to version 0.94.

This version brings support for the EKS Otus and the Stanton SCS.3d DaScratch. It also introduces a new tag database, which improves browsing speed and allows for dynamic playlists (based on queries) to be created. As always there have also been various other fixes and improvements.

Changes in djDecks v0.94

  • Added: EKS Otus controller support
  • Added: Stanton SCS.3d DaScratch controller support
  • Added: Create and edit Smart Playlists (dynamically generated)
  • Added: Option to disable tempocontrol while doing effects
  • Added: Sampler can be controlled using HC-4500 controller
  • Added: Support for Edcast Winamp plugin for streaming
  • Added: Dump effect
  • Improved: Completely new tag database (improves loading and browsing speed)
  • Improved: Reading iTunes playlists is much faster now
  • Improved: Compatibility with Denon HS-3700 controller
  • Improved: Selecting and re-ordering columns in playlist can now be done by right-clicking the header
  • Improved: Compatibility with 64-bit Windows versions
  • Fixed: Some crashes that could occur with certain mp3, wma and wav files
  • Fixed: BPM Detection utility stores settings correctly on Vista
  • Fixed: Various sampler bugs
  • Fixed: Problem with unicode characters in ogg and flac tags

djDecks is available for Windows PC for 117 EUR (~$154 USD). A demo version with all features of the full version is available for download here (stops working after 30 minutes of use).

Visit djDecks for more information.