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The Control Centre releases Analog Synthesizers & Beat Generation sample packs

The Control Centre has released Analog Synthesizers and Beat Generation, two downloadable sample packs.

The Control Centre Analog Synthesizers / Beat Generation
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.

More information: The Control Centre

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The Control Centre releases free Darongo sample pack

The Control Centre Darongo

The Control Centre has released Darongo, a free sample pack featuring percussion loops.

33 sampled loops of a unique percussion instrument.

The Darongo is a plywood box with a snare band and various percussion elements attached to the inside. Designed and played by Darren Guy.

Darongo features

  • 33 loops, 16 bit WAV (24 MB content).
  • Recorded with NI Audio Kontrol 1, Ableton Live 8, and Behringer C1.

The Darongo sample pack is a free download at The Control Centre.

More information: The Control Centre

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The Control Centre releases Tape Breaks Vol.1 – 3, Ethnic Percussion & Diamonds And Dust

The Control Centre sample packs

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.

More information: The Control Centre

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TeamDNR The Control Centre XL Drumpacks, drum loops sample library

TeamDNR The Control Centre XL Drumpacks

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.

More information: TeamDNR / The Control Centre XL Drumpacks

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Short links for November 13th, 2009

Christian Marclay album cover art

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Even retro record covers can be used to create something amazing

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.

More on Christian Marclay

# Waveformless: Free Sample Friday: Pro One Synthetic Percussion

More samples at Tom Shear’s Waveformless blog:

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

DIY Sound System with garbage cans

# Two Garbage Cans and a Microphone

Rock the party with this DIY sound system.

Peter Kirn writes:

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.

# Tape Pianos Sample Pack

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.

Kontakt, Wusikstation, and Mutools available here

# The Octapult (YouTube)

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

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.

Yaktronix Electronically Modified Didgeridoo

# Yaktronix: Electronically Modified Didgeridoo

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.
He writes:

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.

# Review: Roger Linn Design AdrenaLinn Sync

Tom Shear reviews AdrenaLinn Sync, a new software plug-in from Roger Linn Design that provides the same unique beat-synced filter modulation and sequencing effects of our AdrenaLinn III guitar pedal.

Cyrille Arndt DIY Arduino-based MIDI controller

# DIY Arduino-based MIDI controller

Cyrille Arndt’s DIY, standalone Arduino-based, MIDI control surface work-in-progress.

Current features:

  • Heartbeat
  • On-the-fly generated labels from csv files.
  • Limiters (with capability of inversing the range).
  • Every function of the faders and pads is customisable from the desktop software.
  • Different states for the pads (currently on/off or moment).
  • In the desktop software: Selecting the MIDI port (for example for routing over another software).
  • MIDI channel.
  • 6 presets (more possible).
  • RGB pads can be controlled from software like Live to be switched on/off or blinking.
  • Presets also concern the pads.
  • Auto-switch to generated labels if the software is running.
  • New! The buttons above the faders can have different functions : Notes (triggering clip for example), quick change of the function of the fader, preset switching.
  • New! Presets also concern the limiters.
  • New! The bottom buttons can change the preset or the bank (useful in Ableton Live).
  • New! USB port for adding USB connectivity: allows to program it easily and use USB instead of MIDI in cases where it’s necessary.

# Live Music Makers Ask: How Can We Get in Sync?

Peter Kirn writes:

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

Bleep Labs Thingamagoop 2

# Bleep Labs » Thingamagoop 2 is here!

New in Thingamagoop 2:

  • Analog VCO controlled by analog or digital signal from Arduino. (A separate Arduino board is not required)
  • Sample and hold, Arpeggios, noise, and bit crush effects with open source code so you can program your own sounds!
  • All the analog sounds of the original Thingamagoop.
  • Controllable LEDacle – Ramp and random waveforms with rate control.
  • New modulators – Square wave amplitude modulator and triangle wave pulse width modulator.
  • Tough, stomp box type body with silk screened graphics in 3 different styles.
  • Easy to access battery – No more screws!
  • Much fuller and louder speaker.
  • CV in and out.
  • Arduino Programmer jack. Easily hook an Ardunio board up to the Thingamagoop 2.
  • Kit now comes with a pre-drilled enclosure.
  • Still assembled in Austin, Texas by Dr. Bleep and friends.

# Tunited

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.

Nerdkits DIY marquee LED array display

# Voice2LED Project

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.

# little-scale: FM is for the PEOPLE – VOL. 1 – Out Now!

Sebastian writes:

Compiled by notorious OPL buff , Oxygenstar, this release serves up a healthy dose of frequency modulation synthesis which varies nicely in both style and technique.

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The Control Centre releases free acoustic guitar sample pack

Ibanez V280 guitar

The Control Centre has released a free set of samples of an Ibanez V280 Acoustic Guitar.

The sample pack includes 6 samples (44k 16 Bit WAV) and a Live Project as well for use with Live and Sampler.

Download these and other free samples from The Control Centre.

The image isn’t the actual guitar that was sampled but rather one I found over at Vintage Guitars

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The Control Centre releases Orange Drum Pack

The Control Centre Orange Drum Pack

The Control Centre has released Orange Drum Pack, a free drum loop pack.

Orange Drums contains 22 drum loops (mono 16 bit wav) played by Darren Guy.

Features

  • Richmo Custom Kit
  • Mapex Black Panther Snare
  • Zildjan Master Sound 15″ Hi-Hats
  • Paiste Formula 602 24″ Ride
  • Sabien HHX Evolution 18″ Crash
  • Stagg 6″ Splash

Visit The Control Centre for more information and a link to download the Orange Drum Pack.

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The Control Centre releases Dangerous Drum Pack 3

The Control Centre

The Control Centre has relased another pack of free drum samples: DANGEROUS DRUM PACK 3.

This pack (~5,5MB unpacked), contains 12 heavily processed drum loops (44k 16 bit stereo WAV files) recorded by Dave Younger.

You’ll find filtered beats, bitcrush treatment, glitchy beats and more.

Visit The Control Centre to download these fine samples.

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