Audio Geek Zine has released AGZFX03: Hell Piano, a Kontakt sample library featuring the sounds of a circuit-bent electronic toy piano.
This sample library contains the sounds of a circuitbent FisherPrice 3810 electronic toy piano at 96kHz. Modifications to the toy resulted in hellish distorted drones and screams.
The edited WAV files (included) were used to create KONTAKT instruments that span several octaves more than the original keyboard. There is a KONTAKT instrument for each key and each combination of modification + 2 patches using KONTAKT effects.
Les Productions Zvon has announced the release of Baby Piano, a virtual toy piano instrument for Windows.
Jason Washburn contacted me and sent me a beta version of this VSTi he made with the Maize Sampler and he offered me to distribute it. After some tweaks, we are happy to release the version 1.
He used the natural samples of my Baby Piano free sample set. This means that the Baby Piano VST corresponds to the “Real white keys” program of the free set, the real acoustic Baby Piano mapped from G3 to F5 only on white keys. The pitch heard does not match the key pressed except for G3 and it has velocity layers.
Baby Piano for Windows (VST) is available to download at no cost.
Analogfactory has released Urban Drum Assault, an energetic drum sample library for urban style music which has been created from samples of a Kinder Toy Drum.
Urban Drum Assault is a drum sample library for Urban Style Music and has been created from samples of a very cheap Kinder Toy Drum. All recordings have processed a heavy sound design and editing to create energetic drum samples which sound thick and fat.
Urban Drum Assault features
Includes 200 bass drums, 150 snares and 50 hi hats.
Available in two variations.
Mappings for Native Instruments Battery 3, Logic EXS24 and Presonus Studio One Pro – Sample One.
Urban Drum Assault is available to puchase for the introductory price of $10.99 USD until August 1st, 2011 (regular price $12.99 USD). Free bonus patches and product audio demos available on the Urban Drum Assault product page.
Special discount: rekkerd.org readers can get an additional 10% off using coupon code REKKERD10 at checkout.
Analogfactory has also released Toy Drum, a free drum sample library containing samples from the Kinder Toy Drum recording sessions which have been used to create Urban Drum Assault.
Audio Geek Zine has released AGZFX02: Baby Pianos, a sample library featuring the sounds from three baby pianos captured in stereo at 96kHz and at multiple velocities.
Two of the pianos had 4 keys, the third had 8. Noise reduction was used to increase dynamic range.
The edited WAV files (included) were used to create KONTAKT instruments that span several more octaves than the original toys. There are 5 KONTAKT instruments for each of the 3 pianos with various effects and manipulations.
You will find the distinctive clink, fast transient, bright ringing and slightly off-tune sound of the baby pianos useful for music and sound design projects.
AGZFX02: Baby Pianos is available to purchase for $10 USD.
Yes, I create digital music, too. One of the things I’ve loved about CDM is the chance to share music making, from the construction of the tools to the production of performances and recordings. If that’s all we ever get out of music – getting to share with someone else – that’s already more than enough for me.
This week I’ve released my own End of Train Device, a full-length ambient / leftfield electronic album.
Barry Wood is back with another selection of interesting products showcased at the NAMM show.
Welcome to the 2011 edition of the NAMM Oddities …finally
This year the show went smoothly but due to a perfect storm created by of a pile of work (the paying variety), local politics, and the writing of my first now published book, the Oddities were nearly 4 months late.
There was no shortage of Oddities-worthy items at the show this year. Even though this is probably the last NAMM report to go online, I'm certain that there are a number of products that will see their press debut on these pages.
At first, it seemed like it might be just a blip: amidst generally declining sales of physical music, down sharply from their 1990s boom, vinyl sales were trending up. The reversal started with a slight uptick in 2007 – already noticeable as the CD had begun its collapse. That slight uptick has turned into a small boom. From a tiny 300,000 units in US sales in 1993, the vinyl record is projected to do some 3.6 million units in sales.
Radium is inviting you to have a look behind the scenes at the Radiumphonic Workshop. In the video below we delve under the bonnet of Radium to have a look at what makes it all tick – the sound lab operated by the fine team at Radium. It demonstrates a rare glimpse of how we work, as well as showing off some of the machines, technology, people and creative approaches we use to manipulate sound!
Computing technology is an inherently disruptive thing, wonderfully so. It solves problems you didn’t know you had. It creates problems, then creates new problems in even trying to understand those problems. Simply using a computer is a kind of design statement.
You’ve seen questions about what happens with computer performance and audience interaction. But, in AMALGAM, design student Jacob Lysgaard asks those questions, and proposes solutions, in a new way: with a giant talking robot face.
AudioThing has released Toy Piano, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
I always wanted a Toy Piano like Schroeder’s, from Peanuts. I finally got this lovely 2-octaves upright toy piano and I could not resist to sample it and start making sound design. The sound of the piano is produced by metal bars stroke by plastic hammers, almost like a glockenspiel but more deep and warm. The Toy Piano was sampled with the lid both closed and open and percussions samples have been recorded playing the wood case of the Toy Piano with hands, nylon brushes and rubber mallets. There are also two ambient/pad/drone instruments created using samples start/loop tricks and a bunch of effects, both with a custom, tweakable, GUI.
Toy Piano features
3 Round Robin samples for each key.
6 Random release samples.
Two sample sets (closed or open lid).
Size: 108 MB installed.
Formats: Kontakt and .wav.
Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit.
Custom performance view.
Bonus percussion samples and sound designed instruments.
Native Instruments Kontakt 3.5 full retail version is required.
AudioThing Toy Piano is available to purchase for $5 USD.
This month, Time+Space (UK distributor of many of the world’s top software and sample library brands) have had a plethora of prizes up for grabs across three different competitions – have you tried your luck yet?
Ending on Thursday 31st March, entrants simply need to send Time+Space the answer to a very simple question for each competition.
Win 1 of 3 annual DJ mag subscriptions plus sample libraries from Zero-G! – Time+Space have teamed up with one of the world’s leading dance music magazines – DJ Mag – to give you the chance to win one of three annual subscriptions plus two dance collections from sample library prodigies Zero-G – the award winning Distorted Dancefloors and the more recently released Paradise Sessions.
Win The Complete Toy Museum from USB – Among Ultimate Sound Bank’s most talked about and recent collections are their Electric Toy Museum and Acoustic Toy Museum titles which offer thousands of samples recorded from toys that will take you on a trip down memory lane. Time+Space are giving away a copy of The Complete Toy Museum which includes both titles plus a nostalgic hard back book ‘Toy Instruments’.
Win 1 of 5 signed solo albums from Lamb’s Andy Barlow – Towards the end of last year Time+Space published a feature on their website with Andy Barlow – one half of Trip Hop duo Lamb and an artist in his own right. Andy is a big fan of all Spectrasonics synths – Trilian, Stylus RMX and Omnisphere and used them on his new solo album Leap and the Net will Appear. Andy has signed and donated 5 copies of the album and you could win one of them!