Short links for July 12th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# PERSPECTIVE LYRIQUE via Make:Blog

An interactive architectural mapping.
Fete des Lumieres / Lyon / France / 2010

A mapping by 1024 Architecture, projected on the facade of former Lyrical theater the “Celestins”. The building deformations and figures were controlled by the audience, using a microphone and an audio analysis algorythm.

More info at 1024architecture.net and 1024d.wordpress.com

# Dan303: Tenori-On iPad app review

Dan Weatherall on the TNR-i for iOS:

Yamaha TNR-i

The official Tenori on iOS app enter the app store the other week but at £12 I was a little hesitant to buy it. After a little thought and a bit of googling I decided it was indeed worth the price.

The cheapest hardware Tenori-On (the TNR-O) is roughly £500 where as the current price of the iPad 2 is £499 (cheapest wifi only model) so considering that both the devices are pretty much exactly the same price (and I already own an iPad) it makes sence to get the iOS version.

# Thumbs Up for Madrona Labs AALTO Software Synthesizer (Modulate This! – A Blog for Electronic Music Artists)

Madrona Labs Aalto

Mark Mosher shares some info on the Aalto semi-modular software synth.

Peter Kirn over at Create Digital Music did a post on a new synth by Madrona Labs last month. Even though I wasn’t in the market for a new synth right now I ended up buying this Aalto within an hour or so of downloading the demo so I wanted to pass this along and help promote Madrona’s great work. At $99 this is an incredible value.

# From the Trenches of the Loudness Wars, A Broad Survey of Research
Peter Kirn writes:

You’ve heard the gripes, and heard and seen the somewhat unscientific demos. Now it’s time to examine the over-compression of music with – science! Earl Vickers of STMicroelectronics examines the Loudness Wars in an academic paper, as noted to us by reader photohounds.

# Flickr: LEGO Album Covers via wire to the ear

Flickr LEGO Album Covers

# little-scale: Tau Percussion Sample Pack

Sebastian Tomczak has posted a nice free sample pack.

I made a small set of percussion samples using a waveform generated from the first 614 digits of 2π. Download it here: http://milkcrate.com.au/_other/downloads/sample_sets/Tau_Kit.zip

# Talking About The Upcoming Sound Packs With Elliott Fienberg

Nick of Nick’s Tutorials:

Elliot Fienberg aka MrTunes

I just finished recording a really enjoyable conversation with Elliott Fienberg, the man behind the Wobble Tech Radio podcast.

We chatted about some recording industry news and talked a bit about my upcoming Ableton Live packs that I’ll start releasing in the next month or so.

Check out the recording here, and be sure to check out Elliott’s other episodes: http://mixlr.com/mrtunes/wobble-tech-radio-10-with-the-ableton-tutor

# Dan303: Analog acid/minimal bass stabs (multisample)

More free samples from Dan303:

These multi samples were taken from my FreeBass FB383 bassline synth. It’s a rackmount analog bass synthesizer (clone of the Roland TB303).

Rockit 8-bit Synth Kit

# Open-Source Rockit 8-bit Synth Kit Coming

Peter at Create Digital Music:
Chicago-based hacker and synthesist Matt Heins is working on an open source synth kit. As a co-creator of the MeeBlip open source-synth hardware, I’m biased — I want more open synth hardware! So this is looking like some great company. The instrument is 8-bit, with analog filter circuitry, coded in C.

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Yamaha releases TNR-i, Tenori-On for iOS

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Yamaha TNR-i

Yamaha has released TNR-i, a music app for iOS.

The iOS version of the world-renowned TENORI-ON brings you a completely new musical interface.

Even if you don’t know much about music, you can create music intuitively as if you were arranging sounds in space. The music that you see on the 16 × 16 grid of buttons is the music that is performed.

On the 16 × 16 grid of buttons, basically, the horizontal direction is time, and the vertical direction is pitch. By laying sounds on these buttons, you can combine rhythms and melodies to produce music. A button will glow when its sound is produced. The movements of the glowing lights produce a visual performance.

TNR-i for iOS is available to purchase for £11.99 GBP.

More information: Yamaha / TNR-i

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Short links for August 24th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# The World’s Biggest Drum Machine

If you ever wonder what we do at night here at the PHQ, here it the answer: We build large, silly drum controllers and haul them across town.

# Find, Remix and Reuse – SoundCloud Style

SoundCloud gets advanced search, browse by tag, and Creative Commons integration.

Choice is good, right? We just love that we can pick our favorite ice cream flavor or favorite color for a new shirt. When it comes to audio creation, it’s even better when your choice creates more choice for others.

Today, SoundCloud is opening up a bit more to allow you to find and share more sounds to use and reuse. With new search and discovery features for Creative Commons tracks, your creations can go much further. More options give you more freedom over your audio content on the web. It helps expose your work and find people to collaborate with that you perhaps wouldn’t normally find. We’re excited about this update and we hope you are too. We say “New features!” you say “Yay!”

Some of my music and samples (both Creative Commons licensed) are available from SoundCloud as well.

# Incredible vintage lucite organ for sale

Wersi Electronics Delta Digital DX500
Wersi Electronics Delta Digital DX500

From Boing Boing:

Over at ye olde Submitterator, Pea Hix points us to this magnificent c.1970 lucite Wersi Digital DX500 organ and speakers for sale.

“The Delta Digital DX500 organ comes replete with all manuals, control panel templates, music stand, amplified speakers, lucite dollies, pedal board, adjustable bench and chromed keys. And it works beautifully!!!” Just $85,000 at 1stdibs.com.

# Free Synth Patch Friday: 12 New Patches for Camel Audio Alchemy

Tom @ Waveformless is back with some free sounds:

We have a little something different instead of Free Sample Friday this week. Instead, we have Free Synth Patch Friday. Below are 12 weird, original patches for Camel Audio Alchemy programmed by yours truly. Enjoy!

More patches from Tom are available on Waveformless

Mark Mosher's setup

# Percussa AudioCube Production and Performance Notes for “I Hear Your Signals”

Mark writes:

For my original music album “I Hear Your Signals” (download the album free) I use Percussa Audiocubes as performance controllers. In this post I’ll give you all the geeky details about how the controllers were applied in the project.

I used 4 AudioCubes plus Percussa’s free MIDIbridge app on Windows to configure and route AudioCube signals to Ableton Live. I use the same MIDIbridge patch for every song which allows for consistent and predictable data mapping from the cubes to Ableton Live.

In general, I play a lot of the notes on you hear on the album via keyboards, Theremin and Tenori-On live. I tend to use the cubes as controllers, for scene launching, and for real-time modulation of effects and synth parameters and only use them for triggering notes from time to time.

# V-Synth GT Richard Devine Patches

Roland has released a free collection custom V-Synth GT Patches from Atlanta-based electronic musician, composer and sound designer Richard Devine.

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Short links for June 1st, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Craftsman Music Experiment – Kutiman takes on a bunch of Craftsman tools to create music.

“What you are watching is built entirely from the sounds of Craftsman tools mixed and edited by Kutiman. No musical instruments were used.”

# 107 Free Glitch/Lo-Fi percussion hits.

Dan303 is back with another collection of free samples, some Glitch/Lo-Fi percussion hits this time around.

This pack contains a total of 107 individual Percussion hits. The samples were made using hardware/software synthesizers and found sound. Most hits were further mangled using various effects processors. Suitable for many types of music genres including; Glitch, Lo-Fi, Ambient, Industrial, EBM, minimal, IDM and many more.

  • 107 high quality Individual drum hits
  • Royalty free
  • Can be easily loaded directly into your sampler/sequencer of choice
  • 2 NN-XT Patches for use in Propellerheads Reason
  • 2 ReDrum Patches for use in Propellerheads Reason

# CC6 Studio, various freeware VST effect plug-ins for Windows.

I’m a audio and video performer from montreal. the CC6studio is my hidden spot where I blog my inspiration and audio performance.

CC6 Studio Spider

Evans also posted SPIDER 1.3, a midi router for TENORI-ON (standalone Windows application).

SPIDER converts midi notes to CC parameters.

Currently you can assign:

  • Midi in ( track to convert from tenori-on)
  • Midi out ( to the synth target)
  • Control Change (what CC parameter to control)
  • Control Change offset

More information: CC6 Studio / via waka_x @ Twitter

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WOK releases Blip2000

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WOK Blip2000

WOK has released Blip2000, a matrix step-sequencer plug-in for Windows.

Sure you know the Bliptronic5000® or the Tenori-On™. If the first one lacks MIDI and the second one is too expensive for you, you might try this VST-version of a matrix stepsequencer: Blip2000

Every column corresponds to one step, each line represents a note. Just click the buttons to enable the notes to be played. The orange line runs thru while playing. Select the number of steps to play (2-16), the speed in relation to the host clock, the direction (forward, backward, random etc.). Blip2000 outputs MIDI notes, so you can use your favourite synth (-plugin) as the sound source. MIDI channel, note length and velocity can be set.

With the fields on the left side you can adjust any scale to be played – or use Blip2000 as a drum sequencer!

Blip2000 features

  • Clear and easy interface.
  • Number of steps selectable (up to 16).
  • Note per line selectable from 3 octaves with display.
  • Several play modes (forward-backward and so on).
  • Syncs to host – clock divider adjustable.
  • Sequence transpose by MIDI input .
  • MIDI ouput channel selectable.
  • Automatable in the DAW.
  • Sequences can be saved as VST plugin presets.
  • Random play.
  • MIDI-ouput; any plugin or synthesizer can be used as sound source.
  • Low on CPU.

Blip2000 is available as a donationware VST instrument plug-in for Windows. The free version has a nag-screen, but is fully functional.

More information: WOK / Blip2000

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