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Short links for May 30th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Hey You! What Song are you Listening to?

Asking random New Yorkers with headphones on what song they are listening to.

# OUTLOUD.FM

OUTLOUD.FM lets you create rooms where you can chat and listen to music with your friends with a real time collaborative playlist. Just sign in, pick a room name, and start uploading music!

# STACKED by Royal Sapien – 300+ tracks mixed into one hour of electronic music soundtrack

Stacked

# End of Train Device, New Album from Your Editor, and an Experiment in Releasing Music

Peter Kirn writes:

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.

Namm Oddities 2011

# NAMM Oddities 2011

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.

# Massive Subwoofer Chair

Still not satisfied with the bass of the average chair? If so, check out this insane 1000 Watt Subwoofer Chair from Canadian designer John Greg Ball.

# Vinyl Poised to Make Further Gains; Time To Ask, “What Does it All Mean”?

Photo by Karola Riegler Photography

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.

# Dan303: New Sample Pack ‘Toys’

Dan has posted another free sample pack: “The sounds in this sample pack are made to replicate the sound of old broken children’s toys.”

# The Radiumphonic Workshop « Radium Audio Labs

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!

# Design to Address Visual Performance in Music, Explained by a Giant Robot Face

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.

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Puremagnetik Food For Live – Toy Factory, sample library for Ableton

Puremagnetik Food For Live - Toy Factory

Loopmasters has released Food For Live – Toy Factory, a collection of Ableton sound libraries by Puremagnetik.

Hacked, glitched and tricked out toys will invade your Ableton Library. Twisted electronics, chaotic circuit-bent synthesizers and classic toy store favorites all await your madness with Toy Factory.

Toy Factory features

  • Includes content from the following libraries:
    • Bender – Circuit bent loops and glitchy percussion kits from modified electronic devices.
    • HackShop – Layered basses, pads and percussion sampled from circuit bent devices and modified signal processors.
    • ToyBox 1 – Toys, gadgets and music education devices. From plastic accordions to toy vibraphones, Toybox is bursting with creative sounds.
    • ToyBox 2 – Multi-sampled toys, speaking devices, handmade wooden instruments, classic noisemakers & battery-powered plastic gizmos.
    • Ultrakord – An electronic instrument inspired by the extraordinary sounds & strumming interface of the Suzuki Omnichord.
  • Over 100 Live Clips.
  • Over 300MB of High quality multi samples.
  • Over 30 Expertly programmed Ableton Live Racks.
  • Highly detailed Ableton Macro integration.
  • Native Ableton Live Effects integration.

Food For Live – Toy Factory is available to purchase for £17.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Food For Live – Toy Factory

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AudioThing Toy Piano, sample library for Kontakt

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AudioThing Toy Piano

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.

More information: AudioThing / Toy Piano

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Time+Space contests: Win mag subscriptions, virtual instruments and signed albums

Time+Space has announced a number of contests.

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.

Time+Space contests

Time+Space contests

  • 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!

More information: Time+Space

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UnitOvOne releases UOO Samples Series 001 – “DIY Demons-1″

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UnitOvOne DIY Demons1

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.

More information: UnitOvOne / DIY Demons-1

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Necromare releases Dante’s Power Chords, Deep Space Explorer, and many more

Necromare Dante's Power Chords

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.

More information: Necromare

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Necromare releases new sample-based VST instruments

Necromare Banjo

Necromare has released some more free sample-based VST instruments for Windows.

What can I say I love building instruments. I think it’s part of being a composer, to finally make the sounds you need and want. I keep coming up with ideas for instruments and there seems to be no end. I already have 50 plus most in the testing stages. Looks like I will be releasing them well into next year.

New Necromare plug-ins

  • The Panning Piano – Simple piano that automatically pans left and right slowly as you play. Good for filing out a mix. The last octave includes some piano screeches.
  • Piano Harp – Imagine if you played the piano like a harp? What would it sound like? It would sound like this VST great sound for mystical or romantic moods. Included in the last octave are Gliss samples for effect.
  • Simple Acoustic Guitar – Straight Foward guitar. Good for picking or sketch work.
  • Soft Mallet Xylophone – The xylophone played with a soft mallet. Velocity sensitive over 4 octaves.
  • Toys – Toy Piano, a small scale piano with a tiny sound + an electronic children’s piano with baby xylophones instrument.
  • VL-1 Drum – Drum sounds from the Casio VL-1 keyboard/calculator.
  • Zeboo Drum Kit – Acoustic drum kit, GM Mapped. The last octaves are samples of Zeboo himself!
  • Lucivier – The keyboard produces a celesta like tone while pipes produce flute like sounds at the same time. The bottom octave and the last are the sounds produced by using the three pedals on the bottom.
  • Kazoo – The only instrument you need little to no experience to play. So why not try a VST. It’s a bit harsh but fun to knock around with.
  • Gamelan Music – Three Gamelan instruments: Reyong, Gangsa and Calung.
  • Electric Bass – Simple Electric Bass, keys are velocity sensitive to give a short note on harder strikes. The upper octaves include a classic bass slide.
  • Whale Song – Made from CC whale song files. Includes a whale purr, a trumpet, gentle underwater sound fx, and more.
  • Sinsonic Drums – Like many old toys from the past some have actually been used by pros. Mattel Synsonic drums have been used by kraftwerk and others. This is a knock off the original pays tribute to our toys of a bygone era.
  • Basement Piano – Most homes might have one of these lurking in there corner basement. An old upright that you may have learned to play piano on or liked to beat on. Either way this pleasant piano will convey a warm nostalgic sound for your next tune.
  • Southern Banjo – For some there is nothing like the sound of a picked banjo. for others they can do without. This is an attempt to faithfully recreate the sound of a great instrument.

The Necromare instruments are available as freeware VST plug-ins for Windows PC.

More information: Necromare

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