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Short links for July 12th, 2010

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# Ean Golden’s 10 Minute Mini-Set

Over the past few years, we have shown everyone a fair number of controllerism tricks and techniques on this site. Through that time, everyone has consistently expressed a desire to see them used in the context of a real dj set. While it’s not realistic to beat juggle for 30 minutes and keep a dance floor rocking it IS realistic to sprinkle the mix with some amazingly fun routines. In the video above I condense a 30 minute set into 10 minutes of quick mixes that use controllerism as a tool for creative transitions.

Read on for the full 20 minute mix, and a contest in which you can win the midi-fighter controllers.

# Free Sample Friday

Tom at Waveformless has recently posted some nice sample packs as part his “Free Sample Friday” series, now including sounds by guest stars:

  • Alesis Ion Synth Sounds, 11 synth sounds (as 24-bit WAVs) from the Alesis Ion courtesy of Adam W.
  • JX-10 Bass, a bass sound taken from Roland’s JX-10, sampled every ‘C’ note for 7 octaves as 16-bit/44.1k WAV files, by Matthias S.
  • Mouth Drum Kit, 27 sounds as 24-bit/44.1k mono WAV files by Tom.
monome mk

# mk: All New monome Kit Improves on Original; Q+A with Creator Brian Crabtree

Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music writes:

Open hardware means the ability to create exactly what you want. But it doesn’t have to intimidate the newcomer – not so long as you’re up for a project and a little creativity. The monome grid controller, long a sensation with digital musicians, finally sees a major update in its kit version. The “kit” isn’t built from scratch; instead, it includes the major components largely pre-assembled. A US$60 logic board contains the brain and USB port, with all surface-mount soldering done for you. (You don’t even have to upload firmware to make it run). A $40 driver operates the grid. $120 buys you the main guts – just add LEDs yourself (allowing you to pick a color) – and put the grid and pads into a housing.

Pre-orders july 16. shipping late july. More info at monome.org

# Kaossonome, inspired by Korg’s Kaoss Pad and the Monome.

It features Kaoss Pad-like sampling programs and is fully Monome 256 compliant. Additional programs include an algorithmic step sequencer, a beat synced sample chopping performance controller, and many more.

Alexander Randon writes:

The Kaossonome is my first electronic music controller design. It interfaces the musician via a touchscreen, resting on top of a 256 LED matrix, and eight rotary encoders with push‐buttons. Enclosed within an aluminum front panel, a dark wooden frame, and a clear Plexiglas back panel, the controller is protected from external forces and is less than an inch thick. The touchscreen can be controlled with either a finger or a stylus and the knobs turn and toggle with ease. The Kaossonome powers and transmits serial data over USB. The serial data is then intercepted by a modified version of ArduinomeSerial, which transforms the data into MIDI and OSC. The software savvy electronic musician can design intermediate software devices to grab data from the device, route touch-screen presses and rotary encoder changes to musically defined parameters, and then send data back to the device to control the LEDs.

Short links for June 28th, 2010

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# NXT-606 Lego Drum Machine

Peter Cocteau wrote in to let us know about his real LEGO drum machine that will make you dance !!!

I’ ve just put online my LEGO drum machine’s video. I’ ve made this MOC in August 2008.

The NXT-606 is a monophonic sample based drum machine with 24 percussion and fx sounds.

You can download the NXT-606 program from the nxtasy.org forums

# cl516: Sounds from the Oberheim DX

Calvin Cardioid posted some new loops from the Oberheim DX.

One year ago I posted some loops from the Oberheim DX drum machine. Now I present some more. Build something of your own on top or add them to an existing mix. Tempo is clearly labelled in each track name. I really like the 5th one here, I can imagine some happy Ska tune on top.

The Loop Loft

# World Percussion Preview – Free Download!

The Loop Loft is offering some free percussion samples.

We're currently putting the finishing touches on our next major release at The Loop Loft, "World Percussion Loops", and we wanted to give you a sneak peek (or listen) of what we think is one of our greatest packs to date. Loaded full of a wide mix of ethnic percussion, including cajons, udu drums, frame drums and a variety of shakers, this loop pack is a must-have for anyone looking to round out their percussion library with authentic sounds and grooves.

Download available in AIFF, REX2, and Wav formats.

# Gotharman’s Anamono – Monophonic analogue feedback synthesizer with build in granulator/delay effects. via wire to the ear

retro game

# Sample Fodder: ZX Spectrum Games In Your Browser

Need 8bit sounds? Tom Shear at Waveformless has a good tip:

In need of some stylish 8-bit chip sounds, but don’t have any of the old classic machines on hand to sample? No problem! zxspectrum.net is an online emulation of the old Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer complete with a huge selection of games to choose from. Load up Audio Hijack or any other program that lets you record a computer’s audio, fire up your browser, and before you know it, you’ll have a whole ton of classic 8-bit sounds ready to be edited into your own custom sample kits.

Short links for June 25th, 2010

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# Beatfly

Beatfly is a small illuminating blimp for entertainment. Its light and movement can be controlled via various interfaces such as MIDI controller, iPhone multi-touch interface, Flash interface on a web site, computer keyboard, mobile phones and voice, and music. It flies, filling the space with colorful light, producing diverse styles of performance in the air.

A limited number of Beatfly DIY kits are available to purchase for $65 USD. The kit includes a soldered circuit board, motors, propellers, structures, screws, and balloon. Size of the inflated balloon is about 110cm * 40cm * 80cm. You need some additional electronic parts (Arduino, XBees, Battery, etc.) and helium gas.

# Free Sample Shootout #2: Acoustic Drums: Full Kits

Bedroom Producers lists a number of quality free acoustic drums:

When it comes to working with sampled acoustic drums, the advantages of using dedicated software like EZdrummer, Addictive Drums, or BFD2 are more than obvious. But not everyone can afford these, as they all come with quite a big price tag. Luckily though, there are many free alternatives available online. I selected only the best free sample packs for this list, and choosing only the ones that come with mappings in sfz format (among others, of course). If you don’t own a commercial sampler like Battery or Halion, I recommend using the free Shortcircuit sampler v1.1.2, as it supports the sfz format and also offers multiple outputs.

Peter Kirn speaking in Hamburg

# Looking Beyond MIDI, What’s the Best Way to Represent Musical Notes Digitally?

Excellent article by Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music:

The history of music and the history of music notation are closely intertwined. Now, digital languages for communicating musical ideas between devices, users, and software, and storing and reproducing those ideas, take on the role notation alone once did.

Notation has always been more than just a way of telling musicians what to do. (Any composer will quickly tell you as much.) Notation is a model by which we think about music, one so ingrained that even people who can’t read music are impacted by the way scores shape musical practice.

# Making A Drum Kit With Your Mouth

Tom Shear has some tips on how to create some cool vocal drum samples:

Before hip-hop hit the big time, it was a very underground phenomenon and as a result, most of the artists at the time had to make music as cheaply as possible. Indeed, some bands couldn't even afford a drum machine, so "beatboxing" was born where a performer would imitate the sounds of a drum kit with his mouth to create the beat for the rapper to do his thing over. While it seems kind of hokey now, your own voice is actually still quite a decent source for new drum and percussion sounds. Here are some tips on getting the best results from your vocal drum sample experiments.

Air Users Blog Bargain Basement

# The AIR Users Blog Bargain Basement

The Bargain Basement at the AIR Users Blog is an excellent resource for getting some plug-ins on the cheap.

The AIR Users Blog has teamed up with sellers to offer plug-ins and soon hardware with massive savings. What you get are:

  • low prices, in most cases insanely low!
  • unrivalled support.
  • free training videos and content.
  • the protection of Paypal should you have any issue with your purchase.

# CERN Sounds library

Some audio samples from The European Organization for Nuclear Research’s (CERN) Large Hadron Collider and computer room. Here you can listen to the sounds and download mp3 files, numerical files and explanatory notes.

via wire to the ear

# Alberto Balsam – Steel Version

"Alberto Balsam" by Aphex Twin Arranged by Ben Wallace for the CCM Steel Band June 2010.

# Review: Ohm Force Ohmicide Melohman

Tom Shear @ Waveformless checks out Ohmicide:Melohman, Ohm Force's distortion effect plug-in.

This is a product that has been out for a while, but when the Ohm Boyz themselves asked if I might like to take a look at it, how could I refuse? If you haven't heard of it by now, Ohmicide:Meloman (I'm going just called it Ohmicide from here on out) is a multi-band distortion effect on steroids. Multi-band distortion allows you to split a single signal into multiple frequency bands allowing you to process and tweak each band completely independently of the others. Let's see how it stacks up.

I don’t use distortion effects a lot myself but when I do it’s usually Ohmicide. Great stuff!

Packaged Piano by t_kondo @ Flickr

# Paper and conductive ink piano

From Make: Online:

Takashi Kondo of Ogaki, Japan, created this amazing foldable paper piano printed with conductive ink and embedded with an ATmega328. I'd love to see a video of this creation in action, as well as some more details of its creation — like, where is it getting its power?

Short links for June 7th, 2010

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# Eigenharp Alpha unboxing – EigenZone

Geert Bevin writes:

Faithful to my Eigenharp Pico unboxing video, I also recorded one right after I received my Eigenharp Alpha. I hope you like it!

Until now I haven’t been able to find an unboxing video that showed what I personally always wanted to see about the Alpha and its accessories. I hope this video satisfies the drool-lust of people like me now ;-)

# Applications for the Korg Kaossilator Pro

English Hermit has two freeware applications for Windows to add MIDI functionality to the Kaossilator Pro.

  • Kaossilator Pro MIDI Keyboard Interface: This application allows the KO-PRO to be played with a standard MIDI keyboard.
  • Kaossilator Pro – DAW Interface: This application allows KO-PRO performance MIDI data to be recorded, easily edited and played back from a digital audio workstation.
Dream Synthesizer

# Dreams of a Musical Future: Digitópia Winners’ Wondrous Creations; One Will Be Real

Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music writes:

What if you could have any musical technology you wanted – if you had only to imagine something, and it appeared? That was the somewhat insane notion behind the Dreams Competition CDM organized with Rui Penha of Casa Da Musica’s Digitópia research and education program in Porto, Portugal. Earlier this week, Rui and I sat down on the banks of Porto’s famed Douro River with Paulo Maria Rodrigues to pour through stacks of imaginary instruments. Some proposals read like wish lists composed to Santa Claus. Others included exquisite renderings, mock-ups, and even video that made them into serious, near-finished product designs. In the end, we attempted to choose the ideas that seemed the most surprising and original, including a winner that – with some limitation of its scope – would be feasible to actually build.

Far from just being idle fantasy, the winner will be realized by a team of developers as an open-source, free project. And I suspect some of the other entries may yield real tools, too. The line-up offers plenty of indications of what matters to people, and what’s possible. Here are some of our favorite entries out of an impressively high-quality bunch, plus, of course, our winners and the grand-prize selection that will inspire a real project.

# Free Sample Friday: Synth Kicks

More free samples by Tom Shear:

Today we’ve got 16 synthetic kick drums to feed your sampler. All samples are 24-bit/44.1k mono WAV format.

GO GET THEM!

Jonas the Plugexpert - Ondervlak

Jonas the Plugexpert – Ondervlak

Lovely compilation of tunes, including Ik mis je, the track that won 1st in the first rekkerd.org sample remix contest.

Richard writes:

This album mix is a selection out of my relatively slower attempts at music (<140 bpm) created between 2005 – 2010, with the exception of ‘Kontje’ which was made in 2002.

The album is available as a free download under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license.

Boss pedal mouse

# Boss pedal mouse

From MusicRadar:

As you can see, it's based on Boss's perennially popular DS-1 distortion pedal, with the 'Tone' and 'Dist' knobs operating as the left and right mouse buttons. There's also a scroll wheel on the side and the 'check' L.E.D. lights up when it's plugged in!

Unfortunately it doesn't work as an actual distortion pedal, but that's probably a good thing, because it's made out of plastic and it would be crumpled by our huge ROCK feet.

Short links for May 28th, 2010

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# Teenage Engineering OP-1 Synthesizer Exclusive Demo and Interview

A closer look at the OP-1 portable synthesizer and controller (no release date yet though).

Last week, Ihavesynth.com got the chance to meet up with Teenage Engineering to get a closer look at the OP-1 synthesizer/sampler/controller/you-name-it. Teenage Engineering revealed their eye-catching OP-1 at Musikmesse in 2009 and the hype around the synthesizer has been massive, even though it is not yet released. We have posted about the OP-1 before and offcourse we are as curious about the OP-1 as the rest of the world seems to be.

Teenage Engineering is a great gang of 7 tech guys in a white painted garage filled with wonderful stuff like computers, synthesizers, all sorts of tech gear, an electronics shop, 3D printers, bikes, mopeds and a little dog which you can hear in the interview. The Teenage Engineering crew has experience from a lot of different areas, like the gaming industry, programming, electronic music – and it all comes together in their cozy garage.My mate Bjorn had a chat with David at Teenage Engineering, check it out in this clip.

# The Swinger « Music Machinery

Paul Lamere @ Music Machinery writes:

One of my favorite hacks at last weekend’s Music Hack Day is Tristan’s Swinger. The Swinger is a bit of python code that takes any song and makes it swing. It does this be taking each beat and time-stretching the first half of each beat while time-shrinking the second half. It has quite a magical effect.

via CDM

RockBandStageKit

# RockBandStageKit

This project demonstrates how to use the Xbox Rock Band Stage Kit with Micro framework using GHI's USB Host feature….no Xbox is necessary!

This kit uses USB and it has special requests to set the strobe speed, LEDs and fog. But no worries! This still works with GHI NETMF devices. We use USB host on a low level using USBH Raw Device. This allows us to control the Stage kit as we like! It is actually easy if you know how USB works.

# Free Sample Friday: SQ-80 Ganks

Tom Shear is back with another pack of free samples:

Today's selection is what used to be one of my favorite bass sounds I'd programmed for my old SQ-80 back in the day. It's very digital sounding and can add a nice bite to other bass sounds when layered. (The name of the patch was inspired by the liner notes of a Shriekback album that listed not only the gear used, but the name of the synth patches they used which pleased the hell out of me for some reason…)

The download includes 8 mono 24-bit/44.1k WAV samples of the C and G keys for 4 octaves.

# Diego Stocco "Experibass Suite"

Diego Stocco @ Soundcloud: In the past months I've been working on some new tracks with my Experibass. Since I built it, I discovered many new ways of interacting with it
Take a look at this gallery to know more about the Experibass: http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Experibass/312989

# New Roland JX8p Patches (Sysex Dump)

Free jX8p patches by Chip Collection:

32 New JX-8P Patches. These are my favourite patches of all time. It contains leads, basses, hoovers, strings and chimes. You can see many of these demoed in my youtube videos. Enjoy

# PIXEL – A pixel art documentary

An 11 minute documentary exploring the merits and impact of pixel art, animation and chiptune music.

Kaoss Pad Pitch Modification

# Kaoss Pad Pitch Modification w/Internal Controls

GetLoFi reports:

David M. just sent us useful information on how to add internal pitch controls for both Kaossilator and the Kaoss Pad, below are his words of wisdom…

After reading about the GetLoFi Tutorial for 1799 oscillator circuit mod on the KORG Mini KP/KO and with a few of the LTC Modules on hand I decided to give it a go on a brand new Kaossilator. The conversion took about 45 minutes to do, but the results just blew me away. A real transformer for this instrument.

# The Creators Project

The Creators Project event series—a roving global celebration—launches this summer on June 26, when The Creators rolls into 80,000-square-feet of display and performance space honeycombed throughout the legendary Milk Studios in New York’s Meatpacking District.

The event is going to be a groundbreaking combination of interactive art and installations, panels, workshops, screenings, and live performances. As much as The Creators Project is a digital archive of our digital world, it is also a testament to the enduring appeal of the Real. Many of the artists within the program explore the way that digitally manipulated images, sounds, and motions converge in real time, in real spaces.

Short links for May 18th, 2010

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# Discord 3 sneak preview

Chris Randall writes:

Just uploaded a video preview of Discord3's highlights. I think I touched on all the major features; I'll do a full tutorial series once I have a 100% working OS X VST. The quality of Snaggit's video capture is fairly lacking; nothing to compare with Screenflow. But this should give you a good idea of what's going on with the three engines.

# 57 Free Drum Loops [.WAV]

Dan303 shares 57 high quality, royalty free drum loops to use in your favorite DAW or sampler.

  • The loops are in various tempos and styles.
  • .WAV format [Ready to load in ableton, cubase, Logic, Reason, etc.]
  • Loop tempo is included in the file name

Download them here (RAR).

# Roland TB-303 Documentary BASSLINE BASELINE

Nate Harrison on Vimeo:

If you're interested in the early history of ROLAND, the Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and the TB-303 Bassline, you'll enjoy this 20-minute video. The TB-303 and its design are described in depth, and many examples of popular music made with the machine are presented.

# Creating the Illusion of Distance

Tom Shear at Waveformless shares some tips on how to create the illusion of distance:

Even when one is talking about mixing to stereo (as opposed to 5.1), a song's mix can be very three dimensional. Perhaps not literally, but in the same sense that a painter can simulate the way an image diffuses the further it is away from the viewer, it is not terribly difficult to simulate the characteristics of a sound that is far from the listener. This can be brilliant at setting a mood and creating a real sense of depth. Here's two easy steps that when used together can really give them a sense of three dimensional space.

Chris Carter's instrumentation (image by ASMO)

# Chris Carter and The Dirty Electronics Ensemble

Stu Smith @ ASMO writes:

Every once in a while something quite special comes along in the crazy sonic world of the Dirty Electronics Ensemble.

In the past our leader John Richards has arranged for us to collaborate with some great names in the world of experimental music, including Pauline Oliveros, noise legend Merzbow and Nic Bullen amongst others. Our recent performance with Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle, Carter Tutti) at Phoenix Square, Leicester was no exception.

The core of the performance revolved around the Dirty Carter E.S.G.I. a postcard sized instrument designed by John and Chris and built by the members of the ensemble in an earlier workshop. Six pieces we’re performed in total by various members of the ensemble.

# Free (creepy) FM carillon

KVR user gvnz writes:

Ok, this is not really a carillon but can be creepy :-). It's a sound that I came up with while noodling on my DIY synth, I tought that it could sit nicely in some dark sci-fi music, so I sampled it.

This library is for the free Proteus Vx by E-mu; other than the bare samples, a number of modulation and effects are provided, so you can tweak some knobs while playing.

The library is composed of 122 mono samples at 44.1/16 and there is a README pdf file included, with detailed explanations and info.

This is a simple demo mp3 (external reverb and compression added)

This is the link for the download (ZIP archive 33MB compressed)

Musical Table

# Musical Table

indistructableBubble writes:

The Musical Table is a toy table that allows kids to play musical phrases by moving toys around the surface.Each of seven switches can play different musical phrases in four bases, making 27 different musical phrases in total. Some of the phrases are musically related and some of them are not. This toy table can help kids to develop musicality by playing phrases in logical order. The table also allows you to play two phrases at the same time. Depending on which phrases are played together, the sounds can be melodic or chaotic.

# Ableton Analog Experiments

Mark Mosher at ModulateThis! writes:

I’ve been experimenting lately with programming Ableton Analog from “init”. I have a rich set of VSTs so I’ve not given Analog much attention but after spending some time with it recently, I’m finding when you rack it up and add some effects and assign params to Macros you can achieve some pretty interesting sounds.

# Kon + Amir Present: The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Samples Of All Time

These days, everyone loves hip-hop. But how much does the average fan really know about the building blocks that formed the foundation of the genre's entire sound? That's right, before it was all-808-everything, hip-hop used a secret (and sometimes not-so-secret) selection of classic soul, funk rock, and jazz records from the ’60s and ’70s to create their sound. From tiny, obscure snippets to instantly-recognizable loops, the sample-based producers of the late ’80s and early ’90s uncovered some truly classic musical gems that are still sought after and used today.

Kon + Amir

Thank god we’ve got folks like Kon + Amir to keep us digging deeper. The veteran record collectors, DJs, and producers (yeah, they basically they do it all) recently released their latest compilation of slept-on vinyl rarities called Off Track Vol. 3, so we decided to call them up and get them to select their all-time favorite samples. Check out their countdown, complete with audio examples and commentary from the guys themselves…

Short links for May 10th, 2010

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# Steffest Phone Guitar

From Steffest:

The Phone Guitar is born out of a presentation I'm going to do next Saturday on MobileCampBrussels about mobile cross development.
To put my money where my mouth is, I decided to create the same mobile app – a small piano/drum sequencer thing – on 3 mobile platforms: Android, Windows Mobile and iPhone OS.

# Waveformless: 7 iPhone Apps to Make Your Touring Life Better

Tom Shear writes:

As you may be able to tell from the lack of a regular posting schedule and the constant plugs for my band's gigs in various cities around the US, I happen to be on tour right now. (We're actually just two dates from the end now, and after a much needed rest, things should get back to normal here at Waveformless again.)

I've never been a big cell phone person. Sometimes it's kind of nice to not be able to be reached. But in a touring situation, they can be invaluable, so shortly before our tour, I picked up an iPhone 3Gs figuring it would come in handy. Obviously, there are tons of different models of smartphones out there, but since I only have experience with the iPhone, I thought today I would share some apps that I've found really useful during the past 6 weeks of travel. Many of them are probably available on other platforms as well.

20 doors (see orignal post for photo credits)

# HISSandaROAR Library X: Doors

Tim Prebble is looking for some people to record doors:

If there is one sound that pulls me out of a movie or TV show (apart from the Wilhelm) it’s the use of crappy sounding library doors. Now I don’t imagine this is a common complaint amongst theatre goers but it does bug me and I’ve often wondered why the problem exists. Lets face it, if you have your recorder running, you could record a dozen door sounds between the time you get out of bed until you return there… So why use generic door sounds?

My only theory is that on the scale of critical sounds to be recorded & prepared for a project, in some cases doors don’t rate high enough to receive due attention, and are maybe relegated to a less experienced sound editor or assistant to just ‘get them done’ before the deadline…. Sure if its a major moment in a horror or thriller then maybe the door effects are concentrated on more, but the recurring presence of those thin sounding prop doors from certain commercial libraries makes me think it is all about convenience ie use what we have!

So I’d like to pitch an idea to you, and by ‘you’ I mean anyone reading this who has a mic and a recorder: I want to crowd source a sound FX library of 1,000 doors! So if every person who signs on to the project commits to recording 10 doors over the next few months, and I can round up 100 people to participate, then we could solve this problem once & for all.

# Beatstation : It’s what you want it to be – Third video now available: Watch how Adam & Chris creates their own BTX using the Beatstation sample recorder and a bunch of things laying around the office.

NextAid Auction - Richie Hawtin Gear Package

# NextAid – Auction Home Page – BiddingForGood Fundraising Auction

NextAid, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization harnessing the power of music to affect change in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa, will launch its third annual online auction BIDS BUILD HOPE in honor of World AIDS Orphans Day (WAOD), which happens on May 7th each year.

The international auction will kick-off on Friday, May 7, 2010 at 8:00AM EST, and close on Monday, May 31st at 11:00PM EST. The 24-day auction will raise awareness and funds for NextAid’s current projects: the Kawangware Vision Center in Kenya, and the goGogetters program in South Africa. NextAid continues its mission to promote and implement sustainable solutions to the challenges facing African children. WAOD is a grassroots campaign advocating for the 15 million children orphaned by AIDS around the world. Learn more and start bidding on May 7th at www.biddingforgood.com/bidsbuildhope.

The Richie Hawtin Gear Package (picture in image above) is currently fetching $10,000 USD.

# Petri Suhonen

Electronic music producer Petri Suhonen has some nice tutorials on his website:

I have wrote couple of tutorials in my website covering such subjects as "How To Make Electronic Music", "How To Promote Music Online" & "Structure Of A Trance Song: How Trance Song Progresses".

Dustmotes - The Containment Sessions

# [PS019] Dustmotes – The Containment Sessions

Alex Mendez @ PublicSpacesLab writes:

Dustmotes delivers with his “Containment Sessions” a release that is a few notches above “Beats for the Subverted”. When listening to it for the first time I could feel a sound that is more confident and, but I might be wrong, I think that has a lot to do with all the positive feedback Paul got from his first ever release. Nothing in “The Containment Sessions” is out of place and the same attention to details that Paul got us used to, is here. I feel privileged for being one of the few that got to enjoy this release before everyone else and it is my opinion that we all should be grateful to Paul for sharing his immense talent with us.

# Sound Builders: "Cyborg" Inventor Steve Mann Builds Instruments Out of Water

The new episode of Sound Builders looks at Steve Mann, possibly the world's preeminent hydraulophonist.

What's that? Well, it's someone who builds instruments that produce sound from moving water. His specialty is water organs and he even has one built into his hot tub. When he's not making next-level sound-makers, he's developing technology that's helping blind people "see" their surroundings. He's pretty much taking life by the horns and turning them into water horns.

Short links for March 18th, 2010

Philips SAA-1099

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Phillips SAA-1099 Sample Pack (Copyright-free and License-free)

A new pack of samples by Sebastian Tomczak:

I have made a copyright-free and license-free sample pack of the Phillips SAA-1099 sound generator chip. It is a very straightforward sample pack, consisting of 96 pitched samples and 16 noise samples, across a range of frequencies. These samples have been recorded from hardware. The audio output stage of the sound chip has not been filtered.

Sebastian has also announced a music contest:

It's time to get your chipmusic on! This is your chance to win a SEGA Master System MIDI Interface. Be the coolest musician in your town with this brand new tool that lets you control the sound chip in your SEGA Master System with MIDI data.

More information: SEGA Music Competition: Win A SEGA Master System MIDI Interface!

# [ INCREDIBOX ] presents [ THE INCREDIBLE POLO ] – Lovely online application that offers you to discover the musical universe of "The Incredible Polo", handling a range of "human beat-box" sounds created by the artist.

# Jim Reekes, The Man Behind Mac Sound

From Create Digital Music:

The legend of the early sounds of the Mac remains, apparently, an alluring one. Here, Jim Reekes talks to a Dutch documentary crew (though in English) about his thought process in designing sounds for the Mac, including the famous Mac startup sound.

# Top 10 Free Pro Tools RTAS Plugins

Jon at Audio Geek Zine lists his top 10 free RTAS plug-ins for Pro Tools.

I see this topic come up a lot, “what are the best free rtas plugins?” I’ve answered the question so many times but I’ve never addressed it on the site.<br />
Below is my list of 10 (in no particular order) free 3rd party RTAS plugins I think everyone should have on their system. There are many more out there but these are the ones I use on a regular basis, they are useful and are stable.

Livid Block

# New Block Construction

Livid Instruments improves its Block:

Improving on a design and sharing the results with our users is always at the top of our list at Livid. The Block controller has been a great success and we have just made some minor design changes to make it even better. Originally milled from a solid block of wood, the square body with thin bottom has had its challenges, mostly warping and cupping. We have experienced a bit higher reject rate for bodies at the shop before they were built then we would like. Thus, the up and coming stash of rejected bodies in the Livid Graveyard that were never meant to be!

# Waveformless: 5 Ways of Emulating Vintage Samplers

Mirage DSK

Tom Shear on how to emulate vintage samplers:

When sampling technology finally became accessible to mere mortals and not just uber-rich Fairlight and Synclavier enthusiasts, the race was on to increase fidelity and leave behind the limitations of those first 8-bit samplers. Bit depth and sampling rates increased and memory capacity expanded until the average sampled sound was indistinguishable from the same sound recorded on a CD.

But sure enough, after many years of enjoying the pristine sound quality of the new sampling technology, musicians began to explore and exploit the limitations of the old school samplers. Suddenly the grain of low bit-rate samples and the metallic grit of aliasing is very much in style. So how can you emulate the sonic artifacts of some of the long forgotten vintage samplers? I'm glad you asked…

# Intello – Better Demo of first version (YouTube)

This is the plugin I am currently working on. It's called "Intello". Basically it's a glitch producing plugin and in this first short demo I'm showing you one of the 5 planned glitching modes. The plugin will be controllable by an iPhone application from a listening audience. So the listeners can interact with a performer.

More information: www.zettt.de

# Dan303: Audiotool BETA [Sneak peak]

Dan writes:

I receved an email last night from the good people at audiotool. For those of you that dont know audiotool is a browser based music production platform that features emulations of the classic drum machines and bassline synth origanally made by roland. Along with the drum machines and bass line synthesiser, the audiotool also features emulations of guitar effects. The email I receved contained a link to test the BETA version of audiotool 1.0 [codename: Firestarter]. The BETA version of the audio tool has lots of intresting new freatures, such as a timeline, piano roll, automation and a new synthesiser.