The Control Centre has released Analog Synthesizers and Beat Generation, two downloadable sample packs.
The Control Centre Analog Synthesizers / Beat Generation
The Control Centre sample packs
Analog Synthesizers – A collection of 20 multi-sampled pure analog synthesizer tones, designed for the Sampler instrument in Ableton Live 8.2.2 or higher. The pack contains 285 24 bit 44.1k WAV files and 3 Ableton Live projects.
Beat Generation – A unique collection of improvised bongo loops, originally recorded to tape at the abandoned “Spanish City” funfair in Whitley Bay. Includes 37 loops at 24 bit/44k WAV, 33 MB content.
Analog Synthesizers is available to purchase for $30 USD, Beat Generation is $10 USD.
The Control Centre has released Tape Breaks Vol.1 – 3, Ethnic Percussion, and Diamonds And Dust, new sample packs.
New The Control Centre sample packs
Tape Breaks Vol.1 – A collection of 135 unique, improvised drum breaks and 93 individual kick, snare, hihat, cymbal and tom samples, originally recorded on four track tape at the Spanish City Funfair in Whitley Bay in 1997.
Tape Breaks Vol.2 – A collection of 137 funky, lofi, drum breaks and 105 individual kick, snare, hihat, cymbal and tom samples. Originally recorded to four track tape at North Parade, Whitley Bay in 1997.
Tape Breaks Vol.3 – A collection of original, driving breakbeats, recorded to four track tape during 2000/2001. The pack includes 157 loops and 71 individual kick, snare, hihat, cymbal and tom samples from the same sessions.
Drum Hardware – Yamaha 9000 5-Piece Drum Kit, Pearl Export Steel 6″ Snare, Ufip 13″ Hi-Hats, Zildjan 20″ Ride Cymbal, Zildjan 16″ Crash Cymbal. The drums were played by Darren Guy, and re-mastered and edited at The Control Centre.
Ethnic Percussion – A unique collection of 74 percussion loops featuring Indian Tablas, Morroccan Bongos, Tunisian Darbuka, and Morroccan Doumbek.
Diamonds And Dust – A collection of 24 sampled run in and run off grooves, needle drops and lifts, utilizing my record collection and a Philips 777 “Direct Control” turntable. Perfect for adding some vinyl “dirt” to those pristine digital recordings. All looped up and ready to use.
The Tape Breaks packs are available to purchase for $15 USD each, Ethnic Percussion is $5 USD. The Diamonds And Dust sample pack is available as a free download.
TeamDNR Collaborative Designs has announced the release of The Control Centre XL Drumpacks, a library of 600+ live drum loops recorded between 3 different acoustic drum kits.
The kits were recorded on a Tascam US-122 audio interface through the same 2 microphones throughout all the recordings. A Shure SM58 microphone was placed about 1 metre above the centre of the snare drum as an overhead mic, and an Audio Technica Pro4H in front of the kit, placed about 6-12″ from the head of the kick drum.
The Yamaha loops are completely unprocessed, while the Richmo loops (orange and blue) were processed sparingly with the Kjaerhaus Audio Classic EQ and Compressor plug-ins.
The Control Centre XL Drumpacks is available to purchase as a download for $15 USD.
There are those who will throw away their old record covers but there are those that will use them to create some mind blowing artistic stuff.
One of them is definitely Christian Marclay, a New York visual artist, DJ and composer who used record covers of Michael Jackson , Doors, Donna Summer, David Bowie and many others for this piece of art. The relationship of sound, vision, music, art and performance is the focus of his work.
It's hard to believe another weekend is upon us, but it is, so here are some more free samples to get your weekend off to a good start. This time, it's a set of 21 24-bit synthetic percussion sounds I made on my Sequential Pro One
Say you’re an up-and-coming crew with a turntable and some mics. You’ve got a gig this Friday at the middle school gym (the janitor has been bribed appropriately) and the boys on the corner have been passing out your flyers to all the lovely ladies. Everything’s set, except you heard that Kool Herc is coming to battle. Herc and his mighty sound system schooled you last go-round, so you know you need something fresh to rock the bodies proper. Your DIY solution? The 55-gallon drum sound system.
The Control Centre has posted a sample pack features 38 piano samples in 44k 16 bit mono format.
This samplepack contains 3 pianos I recorded to tape in 1998. A Baby Grand, a Fender Rhodes and an old upright a friend of mine had in her back kitchen. I recorded the pianos using a Tascam 244 Cassette Portastudio and a Shure SM58 microphone. The Fender Rhodes was recorded to tape directly from it's line output. The recordings were then sampled using a Yamaha A3000 sampler.
I recently exported the samples from the A3000 sampler to my laptop computer via floppy disk, and then imported them into Ableton Live's Sampler. To save each piano into your Live Library, load the project, then save each sampler as a preset inside Sampler's preset browser. Live will copy the samples to your library automatically.
If you don't have Live 8 and Sampler, you can still use the samples to recreate these pianos in your choice of software.
The "Octapult" is a kinetic sculpture designed and built on commission by Bradley N. Litwin of Philadelphia, PA. With 8 synchronized catapults, 160 plastic balls per minute are launched, caught, and recirculated. Made mostly of wood, the work is ~36 inches in diameter. On permanent display in the lobby of Lower Merion Elementary School, Merion Station, PA. Also a performing jazz musician, more of Litwin's work may be seen and heard at www.bradlitwin.com.
XEROWorld is the next phase in the evolution of online arts & entertainment — a totally new and unique web destination that seamlessly integrates social networking, interactive events, magazine style-news, and online malls.
Kyle Evans modified a didgeridoo to experiment in the combination of the organic sound qualities of a didgeridoo with the advanced signal processing capabilities of modern computer programming and sound synthesis.
This custom built didgeridoo features externally mounted modules that allow the performer to process and manipulate the sound of the instrument in real time. All control data is transmitted wirelessly via blue tooth and is controlling several audio processes created in a custom-built software environment.
Synchronization is, by definition, a tough thing to do. But musical engineering is replete with challenges; it’s no longer acceptable to simply say “live with it” and walk away. It seems we need both better shared knowledge about what sync is how to make it work, and better engineering solutions on the software and protocols side to support the way users want to work. And yes, we need a new sync standard that goes beyond what’s presently available in MIDI alone
Tunited is a groundbreaking new independent music website which will assist new and independent artists and labels gain increased exposure, challenging the flagging music business’ growing reluctance to invest in this exciting area.
The top 100 artists will upload their music catalogue onto the website prior to launch; it will then be made available to the press and music industry for showcasing before the site goes live.
To become a profile artist, please click on the button below to enter your details and upload your track before midnight on 11.12.09. Your music will be judged by Tunited's panel of experts including Midge Ure OBE.
Josh made a LED sign which displays voicemails from his Google Voice account.
I made the LED sign following instructions from this tutorial on Nerdkits.com. The hardware is some LED’s, a nerdkit, a piece of cardboard and a bit of wire that I got from some Cat 5 cable laying around. I cut out the cardboard and printed a grid to help me lay out the LED’s. I think mine were 1 cm apart. The soldering took forever and it was the first real time I did any soldering so it looks kinda crappy. Oh well. It works. The sign itself is powered by a 9 volt battery and receives data from my laptop through the serial port via a USB adapter. All that stuff was included in the Nerdkit when I bought it. The microcontroller is running code from the tutorial I mentioned earlier. One of these days I’m going to make an enclosure for this thing.