New Sound Lab has announced NSL012 Floppy Drives, a sound library featuring recordings of seven computer disk drives: two 3.5″ floppy drives, one 5.25″ floppy drive, three Zip drives, and one SuperDisk drive.
All drives were taken apart to access and manipulate the stepper/eject motors to create unique sounds. These range from electronic percussive bleeps and glitchy noises, to electromechanical motor movements.
An Arduino UNO microcontroller board was connected to one of the 3.5″ floppy drives, allowing precise control of the drive’s stepper motor via custom software code. A midi keyboard was interfaced to the system, giving the ability to control the back-and-forth movement of the read/write heads via notes on the keyboard. This esentially turned the drive into an instrument, producing a new set of sounds not existing in the drive’s normal functions.
Sounds were captured using a pair of induction coil pickups, Barcus Berry contact mics, and a Sanken CSS-5 shotgun microphone, into a Sound Devices 702 recorder.
Floppy Drives features
- 665 sounds in 155 Broadcast Wave files at 24bit – 192khz (135 mono / 20 stereo).
- Library size is 1.2 GB.
- All files are organized and tagged with metadata, compatible with Pro Tools, Audiofinder, Soundminer and other sound library management software Metadata.
- PDF included.
The sound library is available to purchase for $45 USD.
More information: New Sound Lab / Floppy Drives
No Dough Samples has announced FX Sounds & Loops, a sample pack featuring over 1GB of sound fx samples.
Our components series just got a whole load more explosive, next up is our meaty collection of FX. Inside you will find over 300 mind blowing booms, risers, zaps and even a load of looped and delayed sounds set to inspire and turn your next production into something a little bit special.
Character, analogue feel with intense sound manipulation were the backbone for this pack, we put this collection together to give you the perfect finishing touch for your latest track, time to really blow people away.
FX Sounds & Loops features
- Impacts – The big and meaty bass booms, lushious reverbs and lots of more complex and characterful ways to take your song into its breakdown.
- Long & Delayed – Here we bring together long and winding white noise risers alongside delaying and evolving soundscapes, perfect for adding movement and life to your music.
- Loops – We got a little crazy, taking some of the more unique analogue synth fx sounds we could find and seuqencing them into unreal loops, from delayed percussion to crazy throbbing basslines.
- Short & Zaps – This section is all about those characterful little hooks and sweeps that just make your song sound unique, full of inspiration.
The sample pack is available to purchase for 16.99 EUR.
More information: No Dough Samples / FX Sounds & Loops
Lesser Vibes has launched Urban Russia, a sound library featuring field recordings made in Russia.
The Urban Russia sound library offers 118 sound clips recorded in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
This selection will help you to create an authentic aural atmosphere for a radio play, movie or a videogame.
Urban Russia features
- Streets, Parks, Subway, Museum, Bank, Airport, Bookstore, Mall, Hotel, Restaurant, Elevators, Train Stations etc.
- 5 hours, 4484 megabytes of audio material.
- 44100 kHz, 24-bit stereo WAV files.
- Universally compatible metadata.
The sound library is available to purchase for $80 USD.
More information: Lesser Vibes / Urban Russia
Rabbit Ears Audio has launched LA Underground, a sound fx sound library featuring a unique collection of Los Angeles ambiences from sound designer and recordist Charles Maynes.
REA015 LA Underground is all about grit and the unseen. Charles describes his recent infatuation with the underbelly of Los Angeles:
“I found myself interested in recording ambiences in really seedy/unsafe places downtown that made me think of some of my favorite LA crime dramas namely, Billy Friedkin’s “Too Live and Die in LA”, and Michael Mann’s films, “Heat” and “Collateral”. I found the locations for all those films to be an incredible juxtaposition of the common sunny depiction of Los Angeles which draws so many tourists… well, those tourists probably don’t go to these places….”
The sample library (73 stereo files, 24-bit/96kHz, 9.6 GB content) is available to purchase for $65 USD. Purchase before January 31st to receive an additional 700+ MB of sounds from Charles’ recent recording trip to San Francisco.
More information: Rabbit Ears Audio / LA Underground
Zenhiser has launched Prophet 5 FX, a sample pack featuring sound fx samples from the Prophet 5 synthesizer by Sequential Circuits.
We love our retro gear here at Zenhiser so it was only a matter of time before Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 synth made it into our catalogue. With a wealth of analogue sounds within this synth monster we decided the best and most usable sounds to add to a new sample pack would be the fx sounds. Prophet 5 makes some obscene fx sounds, white noise risers, pulsating rhythm fx sounds, space infused swirls, choppy lifts, sharp drops and a whole chunk more.
The great thing about ‘Prophet 5 FX’ is all the fx samples are suited to just about every genre out there, from Trance through to Dubstep, Techno to D&B, it really doesn’t matter what you create this is a serious fx pack. 378 perfectly crafted and mastered fx sounds from Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2 is what you get in this Zenhiser pack, it’s a fast way into the analogue synth domain without having to pay a fortune. Every sample has been crafted, programmed and chopped to perfection using a perfect Prophet 5 specimen so all you have to do is drop the sample group into your DAW or sampler and you’re ready to go, it’s that simple.
The sample pack is available to purchase for $30 AUD.
More information: Zenhiser / Prophet 5 FX
The Sound Guy, Inc. has announced the release of a 64-bit upgrade of its SFX Machine Pro software for Mac that lets you create your own effects from scratch.
SFX Machine, a flexible multi-effects and sound design tool, will now work with 64-bit VST and Audio Unit host programs. A 64-bit VST version is also already available for Windows.
SFX Machine Pro provides quick and easy access to hundreds of audio effects, from the conventional to the bizarre.
SFX Machine Pro features
- A modular synthesis preset editor.
- Host tempo sync.
- MIDI automation.
- Randomize function.
- Output limiter.
- Over 300 effects.
SFX Machine Pro is available to purchase for $99.99 USD.
More information: The Sound Guy / SFX Machine Pro
Future Loops releases The Loops Of Fury – Tension Builders & FX Edition, a collection of signature dance FX, Risers & Builders from the electro, techno & rave duo The Loops Of Fury.
The Loops Of Fury have been obsessed with rave since their childhood years. With support from nearly the entire spectrum of electronic music (2ManyDJs, Erol Alkan, Knife Party, Tiesto or even Jay-Z) they have been dominating the scene since their underground rave anthem “I Need” blew up in 2011.
The Loops Of Fury – Tension Builders & FX Edition is part of the complete collection the duo produced under the Future Loops label: The Loops Of Fury – Electro Meets Rave. This FX edition gives you access to signature sound FX, Risers & Builders from the duo at a reduced price.
The sample pack is available to purchase for 7.95 EUR.
More information: Future Loops / Tension Builders & FX Edition
Samplephonics has launched Arcade Transitions, a sample pack featuring a collection of heavy sound effects bloops, 8 Bit sweeps, bleepy impact samples and intricate chiptune style snapshots.
Painstakingly designed by our very own sonic scientist Soundbits, this collection of retro sound shaping tools and effects will take you right back to the good old days of Pacman and Streets of Rage!
Containing 299 one shot sound effect samples, and a collection of sampler instruments for EXS24, Kontakt and Reason NN-XT, this sample library contains a large collection of inspiring material for any sound designer, composer or music producer looking to inject complex and unique sound shaping into their productions.
The sample pack is available to purchase for £25 GBP.
More information: Samplephonics