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!
UnitOvOne has released UOO Samples Series 001 – “DIY Demons-1″, a free sample library by Dustin E.
Confounded from circuit bent toys from Camp Grey Skull, this pack includes 8 full length sessions of each toy in 24 bit wav format. We decided to leave these sessions unchopped and in their entirety for you to mangle, distort, disassemble, and contort as desired.
Some toys included in this round are Vtech Discovery Nursery Barn, modded Throbbing Gristle’s Gristelism, Kawasaki Big Bam Boom Machine, Barbie Karaoke (also with Granular Delayed version), a Toy Chainsaw (thank you Tamm-Buckle), a Turntable toy turned Gangsta Chain (thank you Hulke), and a contact mic session attached to a half broken acoustic guitar ran through a granular delay.
UOO Samples Series 001 is available as a free download.
Necromare has released another batch of free sample-based VST instruments for Windows.
New Necromare plugins
Dante’s Power Chords – A simple collection of muted and open powerchords. The keys are velocity triggered for each sound. On either end of the keys you will find guitar sounds mixed with demonic growls.
Deep Space Explorer – Great for space or ambient music this VST comes with instruments to make a complete song, all accessed via a drop down menu.
Bang – a collection of everyday obects in a percussive form. Drum map for easy navigation included.
Broken Toy – Old toy gets new life as circuit bent instrument.
Jazz Trumpet – Great solo instrument in its own right. Velocity sensitive, including muted trumpet and fx.
Bongoes – The lower registers are a set of dry bongos, the upper keys are wet.
Celtic Harp – A very pretty version of this beatiful irish instrument. sound great with soom room reverb.
Koto – This graceful instrument is reproduced here.
Mandolin – Exotic instrument with a nice string sound. Try and replicating the style of this instrument warning: Keep the sustain low.
Turntable – Recordings of various sounds from a turntable. Keyboard map included.
The Audience – Foley sounds, including laughter, boos, stomps and cheering.
Bent Furbie – Various bent phrases and effects scattered along the keyboard. Great if you into glitch or Bent music. The controls are represented as small dots.
PONG! – the simple but memorable blip sound from the PONG arcade video game.
Speak and Teach – 8 octaves of samples from speak and spell toys, great for dance, electro, art, industrial, glitch…
These Necromare plug-ins are available to download at no cost.