SuperMegaUltraGroovy and toastycode announce TapeDeck 1.5 + Holiday Sale

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SuperMegaUltraGroovy TapeDeck

SuperMegaUltraGroovy has announced the release of TapeDeck 1.5, the long-awaited sequel to the powerful and fun audio recorder for Mac OS X.

This new release adds support for high-resolution Retina displays, and improved YouTube uploading with high definition output. Just in time for the holidays, you can purchase TapeDeck 1.5 for only $4.99 US (regular MSRP $19.99 US) for a limited time at tapedeckapp.com.

“When TapeDeck first launched in 2008, we worked hard to make an application that took full advantage of Core Animation to deliver a delightful user experience,” said Chris Liscio, SuperMegaUltraGroovy’s founder. “Now with the new Retina displays, we can continue delivering that experience at an even higher fidelity.”

As its predecessor, TapeDeck 1.5 features the cool retro interface reminiscent of an 80’s tape recorder. It offers a quick-capture workflow, allowing you to automatically save your recording as soon as you hit STOP. Using the Apple Lossless Audio Codec, TapeDeck captures its High Quality recordings with full fidelity, ensuring that your musical ideas are kept intact when moved to Garage Band or Logic.

“TapeDeck is such a popular application with songwriters, physicians, students, musicians, teachers,” says Liscio. “The user base is very diverse,and always growing. This release embraces Apple’s newest OS technologies in order to continue delivering its delightful and unique experience to a growing pool of diverse Mac users.” TapeDeck 1.5 requires a Mac running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and also adds support for Apple’s Sandboxing security feature while also adopting other new technologies under the hood. In addition, this update includes many performance and stability improvements.

Changes in TapeDeck v1.5

  • TapeDeck now supports the Retina display, and it looks great.
  • Uploading to YouTube is improved: Now with HD videos.
  • TapeDeck is now a sandboxed application.
  • Performance has been improved for large collections of tapes.
  • Scrolling behavior is much better in the tape box.
  • Various other fixes and improvements.

TapeDeck is available for $4.99 USD for a limited time, a 75% discount off its regular price of $19.99 USD.

More information: TapeDeck

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BIAS releases SoundSaver, convert and restore LPs and tapes

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BIAS SoundSave

BIAS has announced the release of SoundSaver, a new software solution for Mac and Windows computing platforms that greatly streamlines the process of converting and restoring LPs and tapes.

SoundSaver easily records your audio collection with unparalleled results.

Simply connect, record, clean, and export — directly to iTunes, as MP3, or uncompressed WAV files for CD/DVD burning!

Archiving your LPs and tapes has never been easier — SoundSaver delivers pro-quality results at an affordable price!

SoundSave features

  • Simply connect, record, clean, and export — directly to iTunes, as MP3, or uncompressed WAV files for CD/DVD burning!
  • Archiving your LPs and tapes has never been easier — SoundSaver delivers pro-quality results at an affordable price!
  • Start Page: SoundSaver’s Start Page is where you begin your projects. You can choose to make a new recording — or open an existing audio file or SoundSaver project file. SoundSaver’s all-in-one interface is easy and intuitive to use, and is powered by BIAS’ highly-acclaimed audio processing technology.
  • Connection Page: The Connection Page guides you through making the physical connection between your stereo system (or other audio source) and your computer. Once connected, it can automatically set the recording level for you (or you can set it manually).
  • Record Page: The Record Page is where you can start a new audio recording, and set up various recording options, such as a Record Timer, adding Track Markers, and adjusting the speed of 78 RPM records.
  • Many more features.

SoundSave for PC and Mac is available to purchase for the introductory price of $49.95 USD (MSRP). A free 14-day trial and tutorial video of SoundSaver is available from the BIAS website.

More information: BIAS / SoundSaver

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Short links for August 13th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Toy Piano Rescue Project

Ranjit Bhatnager bought a toy piano on eBay, but it got damaged in transport.

For Awesome August I'm trying to make something of this ebay toy piano that got smashed by UPS. The music is Philip Glass's "Modern Love Waltz," inspired by toy pianist Margaret Leng Tan. (I used it previously)

More info: Ranjit Bhatnager / Awesome August

# Advanced Drum Editing in Kontakt – Michael Hetrick's tutorial is aimed at anybody new to Kontakt or Komplete 5, people who haven’t really explored Kontakt’s groups, or anybody looking for a new, creative approach to beat-mangling.

# DOWNLOADMYDRUMS

downloadmydrums

Dan "Danno" Miller recently posted about my samples on his website. He is running a music production blog that offers free, downloadable, royalty free, high quality, one shot wav file, drum samples with virtually no restrictions of use.

Dan writes:

Whether you’re just dabbling in music production or you’re the hottest mega-producer in the game, you will always need new, crisp, high quality, punch you in the mouth drum samples. Most producers are very secretive with their drum samples. They spend a lot of time and money tweaking their kicks, hats, and snares to try to come up with their signature sounds. While I do feel that developing your sound is important and I would encourage all producers to do so, it’s also important to expand you drum collection so you have a buttload of options. I look at it like this; just because you give two painters the same paints, doesn’t mean they’ll paint the same picture. So I’m sharing my drums, presets, tips, etc. with the hope that someday a producer will come along, be inspired by what i’ve given away for free, think outside the box, and create music that’s completely different.

# Tapeography – Turkish designer Ersinhan Ersin did some cool designs with cassette tapes.

# ArpShift by Edward Loveall

ArpShift is a melodic, interval based, poly-rhythmic arpeggiator. It’s relatively simplistic in nature with only 3 pages and 7 lanes. However, it is flexible in it’s simplicity, and is able to take stagnant melodies and turn them into flowing, never repeating music.

# Human Synthesizer with Calvin Harris, Lots of Girls, Electric Ink – CDM takes a look behind the scenes.

Through the power of skin-safe conductive ink, Scottish electronic artist Calvin Harris has collaborated with a team to make a synthesizer out of himself and a group of models in bikinis.

It’s already viral, and yes they should’ve done this with old men in speedos instead, right?

# Contexture Design: 45 Nano

45 Nano Cases are made from reclaimed cassette tapes, gutted, routered and rebuilt to fit your 4th generation iPod nano.

45 Nano

# Radiohead refuse to make another album

From MusicRadar: Radiohead singer Thom Yorke says the band will not be making another 'full' album for as long as he can see.

In an interview with US magazine The Believer, the singer said:

"None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again. Not straight off.

"I mean, it's just become a real drag. It worked with In Rainbows because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we've all said that we can't possibly dive into that again. It'll kill us.

"I mean, obviously, there's still something great about the album. It's just, for us, right now, we need to get away from it a bit… In Rainbows was a particular aesthetic and I can't bear the idea of doing that again. Not that it's not good, I just can't… bear… that."

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Alesis introduces TapeLink USB

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Alesis TapeLink USB

Alesis has introduced TapeLink USB, a dual-cassette tape digital archiver.

Ever wonder what you’re going to do with all your 80s and 90s music that’s currently trapped on cassette tape? Bring your favorite tunes back to life – and make them part of your iPod playlist – with the Alesis TapeLink USB. Whether you’re a budding musician or music junkie, with TapeLink USB you can upgrade your poor sounding cassette tapes to CD quality audio. This digital-archiving cassette tape deck enables you to store irreplaceable recordings on hard disk or flash, burn them to CD or upload them to an iPod.

TapeLink USB features

  • Dual-cassette dubbing and playback deck with digital-audio output.
  • Plug-and-play USB audio interface requires no drivers.
  • 16-bit, 44.1 kHz CD-quality audio output.
  • Normal and high-speed dubbing modes save you time.
  • Dynamic noise-reduction circuitry and software assist in cleaning up aging tapes.
  • Works with metal and CrO2 tapes.
  • LED level meters provide quick visual reference.
  • Full auto-stop saves older tapes from breaking.
  • Includes software suite with BIAS SoundSoap SE, Audacity, and EZ Tape Converter.

TapeLink USB is available now from musical instrument and pro audio retailers at an estimated street price of
$199.99 USD.

Visit Alesis for more information.

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Short links for July 7th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on July 7th, 2008:

Parasite

# Parasite – Single Voltage-Controlled Resonant Bandpass filter with dual Low-Frequency Oscillators.

The Parasite is a single-channel filter of the exact same topology as the Plague Bearer, with extra goodies to enhance its usefulness.

Parasite features

  • The VCRBPF has a Mix control – akin to “Depth” or “Wet/Dry”.
  • Two independant LFOs, each with Saw, Ramp, Triangle, Square, and Sine waveforms.
  • Each LFO has a rate control as well as a rate indicator LED.
  • The filter’s High and Low cutoff frequencies each have a panel control and a switch to select LFO A, LFO B, or neither.
  • The High and Low cutoffs also have a modulation depth control to vary the amount of effect from the LFO. (Thanks for reminding me!)
  • 1/4″ Switchcraft jacks for Input and Output.
  • Power switch.

You can order one for $230 (still 8 left at the moment).

 

# The Stuff I made: I Made a(nother) Cigar Box Guitar – Ronnie Hinton of Florida made a tunable six-string cigar box guitar.

# Sweet Thunder – Tape Findings
RJ Porter writes:

This site is an archive of one of a kind cassette tape recordings and other odd sounds that I have discovered throughout my years searching thrift stores and garage sales. I hope you find them as fascinating as I do. Enjoy!

BASF tape @ Project C-90

# Project C-90 | Home – This page is dedicated to cassette tapes. Here you won't find any kind of scientific research, technical data or things like that. The authors' only message is just to give a visitor something interesting to look at.

# Poorman’s oscilloscope (with Arduino + Processing) – This software allows you to get a visual representation of an analog signal using Arduino and Processing. The resolution is 10 bits so this is not like a real oscilloscope but it is still pretty useful.

# Bleep Labs » Thing-a-ma-kits! – Now noisy makers can assemble and modify their own light controlled analog noise friend!

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