Ivory Bunker releases free sample packs

Ivory Bunker has announced 4 new free sample packs.

I’ve opened up the Ivory Bunker Samplepacks page a couple of months ago with the idea of sharing some of the sounds I’ve recorded or created over the last couple of years. I may have used some of those already and/or might in the future, but a lot of them are probably doomed to gather binary dust.

Trusting that there are plenty creative people out there who can make good use of some sounds that go beyond the scope of most commercially (including the freebies coming with magazines) packs and libraries, I decided to start out with a focus on my collection of recordings of my DIY- and Circuit Bent Instruments and the like, as well as the occasional field recordings.

Ivory Bunker sample packs

New packs at Ivory Bunker

  • Samplepack 2: Waves Mallorca 24bit/44.100 (38MB) — rec wavs16 selections from field recordings of waves captured on Mallorca March 2013. Recorded with the built-in mics on a zoom h4n. Post processed for ideal results. 24/44.100.
  • Samplepack 3: Atari Punk Console 16bit/44.100 (24MB) — APCC142 (fortytwo) 16bit/44.1kHz/mono wav files* all recorded from either my “Atari Punk Cassette Console” or an Atari Punk Console Circuit built with two 555 chips on a breadboard.
  • Samplepack 4 Kid’s Electronic Lab: 24bit/44.100 (38MB) — ElectronicLab 30inONE18 24bit/44.1kHz/mono wav files* of recordings of circuits with the 30 in ONE Electronic Lab. All from Audio-related Experiments – simple oscillators, siren, etc on a Maxitronic 30 in ONE kit.
  • Samplepack 5 The Poor Man’s Synthesizer: 24bit/44.100 (54MB) — This sample pack contains 113 24bit/44.1kHz/mono wav files* sorted into four categories – Bass n Synth, Drones n FX, Loops and Percussive. These have to be read with a grain of salt, as those are probably not your classical construction kit variety sounds. The Poor Man’s Synthesizer (or Chocolate Box Synth) based on a design by Andrew Bentley. You can find the schematics, BOM and layout at John Richard’s Dirty Electronics website, should you be interested in building one of those for yourselves.

The packs are free to download at Ivory Bunker.

More information: Ivory Bunker

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Bolasol updates Werkbench music app for iPad to v1.03

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Bolasol has updated its Werkbench steampunk beatbox music app for iPad to version 1.03.

WerkBench is a new kind of beatbox that is part loop pedal, part drum machine, and 100% beat-making magic. It’s powerful, easy to use, and there is nothing else like it. Get ready to be inspired!

WerkBench’s unique power comes from two live-sampling step sequencers. Each step in the sequence holds its own sample that can be recorded and manipulated in real-time.

You’ll be making beats and cool rhythms in seconds… and all of the sounds will be unique to you!


Workbench lets you turn the sounds of your world into music.

Changes in Werkbench v1.03

  • Added user-definable scales for the pitch knobs in fancy controls.
  • Big improvements to audio quality! PItches and echoes are now much more sublime.
  • Removed some click and snaps.

Workbench for iPad is available to purchase for $6.99 USD.

More information: Werkbench

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Short links for June 18th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 18th, 2008:

# Jules Vernian Analog Synthesizer | The Steampunk Workshop

Jake von Slatt writes:

Peter wrote me a while back with some pictures of his latest project, a Jules Verne inspired analog synthesizer with etched brass control panels.

Peter Winterhill's modular synth
Modular synth in its cabinet, a panel and pcb on the right

Peter Winterhill‘s synth is designed to be modular and re-configurable, so Peter was looking for a process that could be repeated in-house at any time in the future should he wish to add or change modules.
He used the electrolytic etching process Jake used for the Moleskine journals, but he’s made some really clever plate holders instead of Jake’s duct tape. SPWS has a little Q&A with Peter.

# Mark Griffiths Music: Wiard 300 Samples – Having got the Wiard 300 series up and running, I decided to take a quick canter through some simple patches and a few of the patch ideas on the Wiard site.

# ‘Oldest’ computer music unveiled – 1951 – A scratchy recording of Baa Baa Black Sheep and a truncated version of In the Mood are thought to be the oldest known recordings of computer generated music.

# BoxBeat | Karl D.D. Willis – a prototype toy that turns the surface of your desk into a beat making instrument. It uses contact microphones to detect different sounds from the desk surface, and a simple software patch to trigger audio samples.

# Spinalcat – A five month-long (graduate thesis) project concentrated on the development of a hardware/software interface for controlling musical events on a computer using a set of disk-jockey turntables and paper "records" that can be printed or drawn.

# Moving Music: 10 Ways for a Music Geek to Move House – Dave Dri shares some of tips he found useful in his own recent moving.

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