Some interesting things I found recently:
# Waveformless: Free Sample Friday: Metallic Hits
Tom Shear of Waveformless has a lovely collection of samples as a free download.
As a thanks to my readers, here are 30 metal hits all coming from the unlikely source of one of those gift tins of popcorn people give each other at the holidays. When emptied, it actually had a pretty nice sound to it.
I hit it with both my hand and a drum stick, both with the lid on and off. Most are straight hits, but when I was shuffling stuff around in my hands I'd occasionally get some kind of interesting rhythms, so there are a couple of those in there too just waiting to be warped and synced in Live (or Logic 9).
All samples are 24-bit/44.1k mono WAV files. Total download size is about 7 MB.
# Synthgeek free samples – Synthgeek has a nice collection of free wav samples, including the recently added TR-66 abuse 1 pack, featuring 18 sounds from a circuit-bent Roland TR-66.
# Have iPhone? Get The New, Free Tara Busch iPhone App!
Who doesn’t want Tara Busch on their iPhone?
Here's an utterly wonderfully, delightfully dork-a-licious app for you to add to your phone!
Designed by Rehan Fernando at phizuu, the application contains copious content designed by Maf Lewis (films and photos) and of course music by me including 3 free songs from my Tummy Touch Records debut, Pilfershire Lane.
You can also access AnalogSuicide.com and my latest tweets via your iPhone. Pretty Groovy, eh?
I highly recommend you use Google Chrome to play JSNES. Thanks to its high performance canvas element, and a clever optimisation by Connor Dunn, it runs at full speed on modern computers. Mac builds are also available. Otherwise, it just about runs on Firefox 3.5 or Safari 4, but it’s hardly playable.
# The Making of The Electronica Single “They Walk Among Us” Using Ableton Live + VSTs
Mark Mosher of Modulate This! shows us how he created one of his tracks.
In this epic post I’m going to share some behind the scenes notes on what it took to compose the song “They Walk Among Us”.
If you have any friends who think that all us electronic musicians do is just drop canned loops and hit buttons, have them read this – of course they’ll have no idea what I’m talking about ;^).