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Short links for January 31st, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Touchscreen or Tangible? Use Both: A Practical, Affordable, Playable PC Rig with Usine

Peter Kirn writes:

Touchscreens? Good, old-fashioned faders, knobs, and pads? Why not just use what suits the job – especially when you can choose both on the cheap?

Nay-Seven shares some of his latest work with Usine, the brilliant, modular and touch-centric tool for Windows. It’s a futuristic rig that’s also down-to-earth. Touchscreen monitors can be had for around US$300 street, and the Akai LPD8 and Korg nanoKONTROL controllers each figure under a hundred bucks. Usine, the software, is a bargain for its depth at EUR120, and free and educational versions are available.

Nay-Seven: Here a work where i use the sequencer of Usine not to sequence audio or midi but patches : patches appear only when i need them , easy way to have only the controls you need on the screen, i also associate here works with faders and pads via personal patches for lpd8 and nano kontrol and the use of a touchscreen . Made with Usine ( ) thanks also to Michael Ourednik for his great vst Argotlunar

# – one year of drums

Here is my 365 days project. Every day I will compose/produce and upload here one drum break in CD quality format. It's simple – use it the way you want it. all files are copyrights free. This is not commercial project but if you like my work click donate button. have fun !

# John Olson: LIFE’s Young Photographer at Work – Rock Stars and Their Parents

LIFE - Rock Stars and Their Parents

They had fame, reams of money, and fans willing to do wild, unmentionable things just to breathe the same air — but in 1971, LIFE illustrated a different side of rock stars: Just like most of us mere mortals, they came from humble backgrounds, with moms and dads who bragged and worried about them every day. Assigned to take portraits of the artists at home with their sweetly square folks, photographer John Olson traveled everywhere from the suburbs of London to Brooklyn to the San Francisco Bay Area, capturing in his work the love that bridged any cultural divide that may have existed between his subjects. Now, as a special treat for Mother's Day, brings back Olson's nostalgia-inducing photos — check out the awesome '70s decor! — and talks with the photographer himself about his memories of those shoots.

Includes pictures of Frank Zappa, The Jackson Five, Joe Cocker, and more.

# Waveformless: Free Sample Friday: Distorted Snare Drums

It's the weekend! To celebrate, here are 12 snare drum samples that have been distorted in various ways. Some of the distortion on these is so extreme that the transients are pretty much totally sheered off, so if a particular snare doesn't have the oomph you want, try layering it behind an undistorted snare. 12 stereo samples, 24-bits, 1.3 MB.


The truth about the gentle reviewer

Carl at Plughugger:

Writing about and reviewing products is a subject that is brought up in forums and reader correspondence, and it generally follows the same story. Someone has read a magazine, got annoyed because 98% of the products got at least 8/10 ratings and/or a fancy award. Conclusion – the reviewers are in the pockets or the advertisers or simply bribed.

After working in the publishing business as a daily job for many years, I have to say that – sadly – I still haven't met a music technology journalist who drives a BMW or bloating around in a Hummer.

Writers in this genre are not bought, nor incompetent.

Carl brings up some excellent points in this article.

I generally don’t post any reviews of products I really don’t like. I just can’t be bothered to spend time on something really bad… Seems Tom at Waveformless is a different kind of reviewer… (not really of course, just pulling your leg, Tom)

# Canenero’ s Sketchbook Page – Idea e forma in Max/Msp.

# "Sounds from a Distant Outpost" Ableton Live Pack Experiment Update – New Compositions + 1000 Downloads and Counting

Sounds from a Distant Outpost

Mark Mosher writes:

On December 17th, 2010 I released the Sounds from a Distant Outpost FREE Live Pack.

Now, a little over a month later there have been over 1,000 downloads from!

The most exciting thing for me is that a two people have REALLY dug into the 12 instruments in the Live Pack and have taken the time to compose tracks using ONLY instruments from this pack.

I’ve attached their two songs plus a third I created below. It’s pretty fantastic that while we didn’t directly collaborate all the works are quite different yet sound they all sound like they are telling stories from the same universe.


Sensomusic updates Usine to v5.25f

Sensomusic Usine

Sensomusic has released version 5.25f of Usine, a universal audio software especially designed for live or studio utilization.

This version contains hundreds of improvements and new features. Usine is more stable, powerful, light and ergonomic than ever.

Changes in Usine v5.25f

  • Improvements
    • Aiff sound files compatible.
    • Zero crossing is active now in the sampler during the recording process, if the option is activated.
    • Better audio quality and synchro in the Grain Generator module.
    • New on/off parameter in the send bus module.
    • Midi-learn is now allowed on all the buttons of the navigation bar in IB mode.
    • Better size adjustment when moving/resizing controls.
    • New browser/Add-ons design.
    • New protect mode as hidden string.
    • Better Audio to Midi (pitch tracker) sub-patch.
    • New Active Line Number module, to get the selected line in the grid.
    • New navigation bar design (IB mode).
    • New Midi Expand voices Midi Tool script.
    • New Math/Bit Operators OR, AND, XOR, NOT, SHL, SHR available as scripts.
    • New improved Random Law Generator sub-patch.
    • New options in the global IB “maximize if ON (Grid & IB)” and “maximize if ON (IB only)”.
    • Usine graphic engine is globally twice faster.
    • Scripts take less memory.
    • Audio protection in the Filter module to prevent instability.
    • New target parameter in the mouse module.
    • New SET_LAYOUT instruction in the IML.
    • New FaderColor Module.
    • In the Sequenced Pianoroll, we can now scroll the cursor position.
    • Array’s input in the XPpad module.
    • The internal help form has a Minimize button.
    • Set array parameter in the random module.
    • Inverse Y axis option in the layout of XYPad.
    • Various design improvements.
    • Array’s input in the Draw Objects module.
    • Up to 128 objects in the Draw Objects module.
    • New layout option to draw connexions between objects in the Draw Objects module.
    • Parameter type ptPointerBitMap, ptPointer, ptLed added in scripts.
    • Array’s parameters are saved automatically in scripts except if SetDontNeedSave is called.
    • New 1-X and X+1 math modules.
    • New window parameter in the grain sampler module.
    • The Delay module sounds better.
    • New Compile&Init and Compile&Reload menus for scripts.
    • Few new IML instructions: PAUSE, CREATE_UID, GET_CAPTION.
    • VST Randomizor template added.
    • DrawTrajectory user module has been updated (thanks to Martin Fleurent).
  • Fixed bugs
    • The Drag & Drop doesn’t work in the sequencer.
    • Various Drag & Drop issues in grid mode.
    • Several important bugs in the VSTRandomizor script.
    • Hard bug when updating VST parameter’s list.
    • The SetVariableString doesn’t work properly in scripts.
    • Various bugs in the random data module.
    • Various glitches issues in the VST version.
    • Problems storing Midi-learn’s after copy/past of a sub-patch.
    • Problems with negative numbers in the RandomData module.
    • The ‘edit layout’ function is sometime tricky…
    • Various graphic refresh problems when the ASIO driver is down.
    • Small refresh issue in the preset panel on recall.
    • Sometime Midi/Key learns aren’t properly stored in the patch.
    • Often, the Midi setup is lost…
    • The Midi Sequencer diplicates Midi Events in bar mode.
    • Various conductor issues with copy/past bank.
    • Refresh problem when a VST window is reduced as a thumbnail.
  • Comments
    • The scale parameter of Faders/Knobs is no longer in the layout settings but is now in the module settings (as it use to be in the V4).
    • The color selector is now opened with a double click instead of single click.
    • Midi/key learns can be lost from previous Usine versions.

Usine is available to purchase for Windows PC for 120 EUR (educational license 60 EUR, upgrade 40 EUR). A free version of Usine is available to download from the Sensomusic website.

More information: Sensomusic


Short links for June 16th, 2010

Vuvuzela by Dundas Football Club @ Flickr

Some interesting things I found recently:

The sound of the vuvuzela seems to irritate quite a number of people, so here’s a round-up of some solutions on how to watch the World Cup games without this loud horn.

# Filter The Vuvuzela Horn Out of the World Cup; Learn JACK Routing on Linux

Are you a World Cup fan annoyed by the constant sound of the South African vuvuzela horn? Wish you could remove that sound from your World Cup viewing experience? Do you want to learn a little bit about powerful modular effects routing can be on Linux? Either? Both? Call it “football”? “Soccer”? Any way round, we’ve got you covered.

# Waves Vuvuzela Noise Reduction Solution

Waves has a processing chain available to download.

In response to the widely publicized complaints from TV viewers and broadcasters of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Waves is proud to unveil a solution which dramatically reduces the problematic sound of the omnipresent Vuvuzela trumpet favored by South African soccer fans.

Working in conjunction with a major television broadcaster, we've precision-crafted a preset processing chain which drastically decreases Vuvuzela noise: The WNS Waves Noise Suppressor and the Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer. Together, they not only minimize Vuvuzela noise, they increase the intelligibility of the game announcers' play-by-play action and color commentary.

Waves Vuvuzela processing chain

The processing chain for Vuvuzela noise reduction is now available as load-and-use sessions for Pro Tools, Waves MultiRack, and Cubase.

# Prosoniq VuvuX

And Prosoniq has a free filtering plug-in for Mac users.

Prosoniq is proud to announce the world's first realtime Vuvuzela filtering plug in based on sonicWORX' audio de-mixing technology.

# Z3TA+

Cakewalk's award-winning Waveshaping Synthesizer is now just $19.99 USD as a download.

Usine Ableton OSC touch Controller

# Sensomusic Usine

Sensomusic has released tons of freebies for its Usine users.

Good news for all Usine free Users: Get more than 200 Add-ons and ready-made patches for free. Just register on the forum (it's totally free).

Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music also report on this one in Hundreds of Free Musical Tools Now Free to Add to Usine.

Usine is an overlooked gem in music making, a PC-based modular environment and live performance tool that runs as a host or VST plug-in. Pick the modules you need from a set of powerful building blocks, and build a custom musical rig, complete with multi-touch control on new Windows devices. It sounds like something you might request from a magical genie, but the thing is real, priced at EUR120 (or just EUR60 for educational users).

As with any modular environment, having ample access to powerful modules and some patches to get you started is everything. But that makes this week’s news worth noting: co-developer Olivier Sens has made some 200+ add-ons and patches free. All you have to do to grab them is register on the forum. The demo version of Usine is surprisingly capable, too, so if you’ve been waiting to test-drive and you have a Windows machine (or a dual-boot Mac), now could be a good time.

# Black Allegheny, Swarm Generated Music

Evan Merz writes:

Black Allegheny is one of the first albums made up entirely of swarm generated music. The album was created using a swarm-controlled sampler called Becoming, which was programmed by the composer.

Obey™ 3 Compact DMX Controller

# Review of the Chauvet Slimpar56 LED Light and Obey3 Light Controller

Mark @ Modulate This! on the Chauvet Slimpar56 & Obey3:

In a recent post I documented my new live rig with a drawing and a time-lapse video sans lights and light controller. I’m happy to report I just received and have been testing the brand new LED SlimPAR™ 56 and Obey™ 3 compact DMX controller so I thought I’d share some notes.


Sensomusic updates Usine to v5.17

Sensomusic Usine

Sensomusic has released version 5.17 of Usine, a universal audio software especially designed for live or studio utilization.

Changes in Usine v5.17

  • Master output soft clipping option in the setup.
  • Midi learn is allowed on curve settings of the sequencer.
  • Caption font size option in the ControlPanel layout.
  • After an IB reorganisation panels are now in track order.
  • New SendInternalMessage procedure in scripts.
  • Fixed: GetSmptePos, SetSmptePos and GetLoopMarkerPos is missing in Script.
  • Fixed: the main IB is not cleared properly.
  • Fixed: we can’t use several send Midi to Usine module at the same time.
  • Fixed: various curve setting bugs in the sequencer.
  • Fixed: various display bugs.

Usine is available to purchase for Windows PC for 120 EUR (educational license 60 EUR, upgrade 40 EUR). A free version of Usine is available to download from the Sensomusic website.

More information: Sensomusic


Sensomusic updates Usine to v5.15

Sensomusic Usine

Sensomusic has released version 5.15 of Usine, a universal audio software especially designed for live or studio utilization.

Usine is made by musicians and audio engineers to respond to their specific problems in a lot of domains like live sampling, effect processing or sound design. Usine is a real musical instrument, flexible and powerful if you like to transform, resample the sound on stage, improvise and create unusual effect.

Changes in Usine v5.15

  • Usine is now 20% faster.
  • PitchBend midilearn allowed.
  • New Buses templates.
  • Better zooming in the sequencer.
  • Better zooming in the pianoroll.
  • New object panel settings in the sequencer.
  • Mp3 files are now converted and stored for a faster reloading.
  • New MouseDown outlet in faders, buttons, etc.
  • New OFFcaption parameter in Switch module.
  • Fixed: midi learn on preset buttons can freeze Usine.
  • Fixed: various more or less important bugs.
  • Fixed: MidiYoke issues.

Usine is available to purchase for Windows PC, priced at 120 EUR (educational license 60 EUR, upgrade 40 EUR). A free version of Usine is available to download. It is fully functional but has some feature limitations.

More information: Sensomusic


Sensomusic releases Usine 5.0

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Sensomusic Usine

Sensomusic has announced the release of Usine 5.0, a universal audio software especially designed for live or studio utilization.

Usine is made by musicians and audio engineers to respond to their specific problems in a lot of domains like live sampling, effect processing or sound design. Usine is a real musical instrument, flexible and powerful if you like to transform, resample the sound on stage, improvise and create unusual effect.

Changes in Usine v5.0

  • Gesture and Multi-touch Implementation – All design modules can receive Multi-Touch and Gesture informations that you can use directly in all the patches to create very ergonomic systems.
  • Video Tracker Module – Enables audio interaction with a camera. Motion detection, dark zones and light zones.
  • Intelligent Auto Wiring – Fast auto wiring system to build patches faster than ever… For that just Drag&Drop a Module or a VST directly on the wire to insert it in the process chain.
  • New Grid concept – The new Grid mode mixes row/cell presentation and interface builder mode.
  • Surround – Built-in 16 channels surround mixer and aux buses. If it’s not enough, all audio modules can handle up to 64 channels. Direct surround recording in the Sampler
  • VST’s layouts – Total integration of VST’s in personal interfaces. Vst’s forms can now be located in controls panels or in interfaces.
  • Patch window – The Patching area is now a stand alone window to improve paching in dual screens systems.
  • New layouts – Serious improvements of interface building. All controls are now resizable and with new layouts possiblilities.
  • More than 300 improvements and modifications, especially a new engine, more powerful and lighter.

Usine Pro is available to purchase for Windows PC (standalone/VST) for a promotional price of 90 EUR until March 31, 2010 (regular 120 EUR). An educational license is available for 50 EUR, and a limited but fully functional free version can be downloaded.

More information: Sensomusic


Sensomusic updates Usine to v3.5.2

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Sensomusic Usine

Sensomusic has released version 3.5.2 of Usine, a patch oriented sound software where you can add modules or VST plug-ins and connect them without restriction.

Usine 3.5 was released a few days ago. This version contains many improvements which simplify most of basics aspect of live music creation. Check the Sensomusic forum for more information on what’s new in version 3.5.

Updated in v3.5.2

  • New record (direct to disk) options, to record directly in the sequencer.
  • The default workspace (loaded at the start up) keeps its real name and can be saved normally.
  • Fixed: new option in the setup to set the disk buffer size (reading buffer of audio files).
  • Fixed: Wave display ‘show loop’ doesn’t work, and inlet invisible.
  • Fixed: Problems (cpu & freeze) in the sequencer with large wave files.
  • Fixed: Mouse wheel (zoom) in the sequencer.
  • Fixed: Better memory allocation and release.

Usine Free is fully functional but limited to 1 stereo input, 1 stereo output and 4 tracks. Usine Pro features 10 stereo inputs, 10 stereo outputs, 16 tracks and a complete access to the user library (add-ons) and costs 50 EUR.

Visit Sensomusic for more information and a link to download Usine Free or a demo version of Usine Pro.