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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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Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank introduces Complete Toy Museum, sampled musical toys

Ultimate Sound Bank Complete Toy Museum

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank has released Complete Toy Museum, a collection of sampled toys.

Complete Toy Museum features tons of marvelous “ready to play” presets from more than 300 musical toys. A massive 20 GB library containing more than 21 000 samples and loops carefully recorded in 24 bit / 96 khz with the best gear on earth.

For a limited period, Complete Toy Museum is shipped with a lovely hardback art book called “Toy Instrument”. In this art book you’ll discover throughout 192 pages the design and nostalgia inspired by these musical machines. Introduction by DJ Spooky, images and text by Eric Schneider, the man behind the Electric Toy collection!

Complete Toy Museum (including the full version of UVI Workstation and the book Toy Instruments) is now available to purchase for $499 USD. The library is also available as digital download at UVI SoundSource.

More information: Ultimate Sound Bank / Complete Toy Museum

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Puremagnetik Toybox 2, multi-sampled musical toys and more

Puremagnetik Toybox 2

Puremagnetik has announced the release of Toybox 2, a a collection of multi-sampled toys, speaking devices, handmade wooden instruments, classic noisemakers & battery-powered plastic gizmos for Ableton Live 8, Kontakt 3 and Logic 8.

Toybox 2 starts off with a Ukelele, Wooden Xylophone, Maracas, Jingle Bells, and classic Casio MT-30 tones, which should all evoke some childhood nostalgia.

Delving into some rare finds, ToyBox 2 explores oddities such as the Otamatone from Japan, a handmade wooden electronic Sonica and a fold-up keyboard with surprisingly unique lo-fi tones.

In addition, ToyBox 2 comes packed with 2 menus of sound fx and speech fragments from some talking toys. These patches include NumberFarm and Alphabeta, the latter having the spoken alphabet, but also an additional set of consonant and vowel sounds for reconstructing words and phrases.

All instruments were recorded in 24 bit depth with either a stereo XY mic pair (Neumann KM84′s) or through a tube DI box. In some cases there was tube compression applied (Pendulum OCL-2).

Toybox 2 features

  • 11 multi-sampled musical toys.
  • 2 menus of sound fx and speech fragments.
  • A set of electronic and acoustic percussion sounds.
  • Custom Ableton Racks, Kontakt KSP GUI and Logic Channel Strips.

Toybox 2 is now available to Puremagnetik subscribers ($5.75 USD/month, $60 USD/year, $299 USD/All Access Pass).

More information: Puremagnetik / ToyBox 2

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Les Productions Zvon My Music Maker, free toy keyboard samples

Les Productions Zvon My Music Maker

Les Productions Zvon has released My Music Maker, a free sample pack featuring the sounds of a toy keyboard.

Zvon writes:

Here’s a sample set of the My Music Maker toy electronic keyboard. The formats included are wav files, soundfont, sfz and Kontakt 3.5 or better.

I’ve extended the mapping from C1 to C7 but the range of the original samples is from C4 to A#5. Please note that all the original notes are all flat by an average of 30 cents and I have not retuned the samples to keep the original character of the toy keyboard.

The My Music Maker sample set is available as a free download.

More information: Les Productions Zvon / My Music Maker

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Loopmasters releases Circuit Bent Sounds Vol. 3

Loopmasters Circuit Bent Sounds Vol. 3

Loopmasters has released Circuit Bent Sounds Vol. 3, a collection of twisted beats and deformed audio sickness guaranteed to deliver a fresh bout of insanity to any production.

Back once again from the electronic surgery of the Circuitbenders labs, the products of an unholy alliance between soldering iron and sampler return to unleash another unhealthy dose of audio terrorism upon your unsuspecting senses!

From a cut-price drum toy to the mighty Roland SH101, nothing is safe from circuitbenders.co.uk attentions, with every machine being treated with an equally relaxed concern for its basic rights to bring you this unique set of sounds.

Stepping outside of normal methods of synthesis and audio production to unlock the true potential of an otherwise ordinary bit of hardware is the circuitbenders technique, All the machines used on this release have been rewired and abused to operate far beyond their normal design limits, enabling them to produce all those sounds that the original designers either fought to avoid or just never dreamed possible.

Circuit Bent Sounds Vol. 3 features

  • Over 650Mb of content, comprising of over 758 samples, 283 Loops and 475 Single Sounds.
  • 209 Drum Loops, 74 Sound Loops, and 22 Sounds and FX from a simply huge collection of circuit bent toys, drum machines and instruments of all types:
    • Includes old school drum machines given a new lease of life in the form of the rare Akai XR10, the Yamaha RX7, Korg DDD1, Casio RZ1 sampling drum machine, Boss DR550 and the legendary Roland TR707, along with a host of esoteric electronic devices and toys supplying extra beats.
    • Modified keys and synths include the analogue Roland SH101, the MFOS weird sound generator, Yamaha PSS270, Casio SA5, Rocktek Delay pedal and the favourite of every lofi musician and circuit bender, the Casio SK1 sampler.
    • Rewired kids toys including Early Leaner shapes toy, Letterland toy, Bongon electronic bongos, VTech Talking Alfie teddy bear, Little Tykes guitar, Mix Me DJ toy and the classic Texas Instruments Speak & Read and Speak & Write toys amongst many others.
  • 22 ready to play patches for all the most popular software samplers including Reason’s NNXT, Halion, Kontakt, EXS and SFZ.
  • Acidised Wav, Rex2 and Apple Loop formats are all available.

Circuit Bent Sounds Vol. 3 is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Circuit Bent Sounds Vol. 3

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