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Short links for July 11th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on July 11th, 2008:

Oliver Chesler's Roland SH3

# wire to the ear » » Listen to some pure Roland SH3 audio files. – Oliver Chesler has some Roland SH3 samples up for download.

He has been following a thread over at the Vintage Synth Explorer forum discussing the Roland SH-3.

Oliver writes:

Forum members have been contributing audio samples to see if there is a real difference between the 3 and 3A so I decided to upload a set for of my SH3 for everyone to check out. Each same is pure Roland SH3, no compressor or any effects. Recorded directly into a Motu 828 using Ableton Live.

You can download 24bit Wav files in a .zip (Creative Commons license) or listen to the 320kpbs MP3s at wire to the ear.

# Big Updates for Handheld Homebrew Music: NitroTracker 0.4, PSPSeq 3, PSP Rhythm 8 – Peter Kirn rounds up the latest and greatest for your Nintendo DS and Sony PSP handhelds.

# Lego Record Player – And yes, it works!

# Junk Kalimba – Made from a wall plug casing and various other pieces that were discarded on the drive of a demolished house. Piezo and 1/4" jack added.

# Hockey Organ – Graeme Patterson's sweet hocky organ project. The keys of the Casio SK1 control the players.

# DIY IRF610 MOSFET Class A Headphone Amplifier Project

Giovanni Militano writes:

Not thrilled with how a computer soundcard drove my 32 ohm Grado SR80 headphones, I decided to build myself a desktop headphone amplifier for the office.

# R2-D2 2.0 – Ben Burtt, the man who gave WALL-E a voice – Interview with Academy Award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt, who has created some of the most iconic sounds in film history, including the light saber's hum and crackle, and Darth Vader's asthmatic murmur.

Short links for May 30th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 30th, 2008:

# Mainstream Multi-Touch is Coming, And It’ll Rock for Music

Peter Kirn writes:

The video above, showing multi-touch integrated with the next version of Windows 7 (expected at the end of next year), demonstrates one thing to me: multi-touch is coming, and it’ll be mainstream. And that’s huge for creative performance.

# GetLoFi – Abelincoln live looper – The “abelincoln live sampler” utilizes 3 Yada Yada Yada voice recorder circuits and simple passive 3 channel mixer for the Output signals.

# LittleGPTracker Hits 1.0; Free, GP2x, Linux, Mac, Windows, Does Lots of Stuff – LittleGPTracker (a.k.a 'The piggy') is a music tracker optimised to run on portable game consoles. It is currently running on Game Park's GP2x but there's a version for windows & mac too.

# 8bitcollective.com Compilation CD “Hello World!” OUT NOW! – Free CD includes 16 creative commons licensed 8bit tracks.

# Kontakt Tutorial Video: Creative Abuse with Modulation, Scripting – Peter Dines’ tutorial on scripting and modulation in Kontakt 3.

# The C1 has landed! – Casper Electronics circuit bent C1 is available in three styles: CS1 Speak&Spell, CM1 Speak&Math, CR1 Speak&Read. You can get one for $250.

Short links for April 15th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on April 15th, 2008:

# Casper at LA & NY bent festivals – Casper will showing off and demoing his new product at the upcoming bent festivals in both LA and NY.

Casper writes:

After years of working on the Texas Instruments Speak&Spell I have come up with a design that incorporates the best bends into a rugged, utilitarian and affordable design.

Casper Electronics Speak&Spell
Casper’s mod comes with an atari controller port, guitar strap pegs, locking 1/4″ audio jack, pitch adjustment body contacts, sound activated LED, 3 glitch switches, LOOP switch and adjustment, HOLD switch and adjustment, pitch adjustment, industrial reset button… what more do you want?

# Bent Festival – The Bent Festival is an annual art and music festival celebrating DIY electronics, hardware hacking, and circuit bending.

# Cheap Mic Shootout #1 at Audio Geek Zine – A quick shootout with some budget mics: Shure PG-58, GLS Audio ES-57, Shure PG 52 & Audio Technica AT-2020.

# RulesofThumb.org – Tons of useful and less useful Rules of Thumb. I quite like this one:

PLAY MUSIC YOU LIKE
You will get farther and be happier playing music the way you like it than by changing your sound to please others.

# The Analog Synthesizer Ensemble – Listening to The Analog Synthesizer Ensemble is like taking trips through outer and inner space. Black hole tripping.

# Thomas Margolf Modified BOSS VT-1 – Thomas Margolf (aka: firestARTer, Frau Holler) is working on a new circuit bending project; he's added MIDI capability to a BOSS VT-1 voice transformer pedal changing it into a vocoder-like instrument. Check Thomas’ website for more info.

# ChibiTracker – A portable IT (Impulse Tracker) clone. It is not a 100% clone though, as it adds more features, such as chorus and reverb, stereo samples, an advanced sample editor and more.

# LittleGPTracker – the little Tracker for GP2x, Windows, OSX and Debian – LittleGPTracker (a.k.a 'The piggy') is a music tracker optimised to run on portable game consoles. It is currently running on Game Park's GP2x but there's a version for windows & mac too.

MilkyTracker v0.90.80 released – now open source

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MilkyTracker has been updated to version 0.90.80.

MilkyTracker is an open source, multi-platform music application for creating .MOD and .XM module files. It attempts to recreate the module replay and user experience of the popular DOS program Fasttracker II, with special playback modes available for improved Amiga ProTracker 2/3 compatibility.

Milkytracker
Milkytracker – Desktop version & portable version on a Casio EM-500 Pocket PC (r)

raina writes:

This is a big release for us and we hope you’ll like it too. As usual, the new version fixes several bugs and replay issues but more interestingly, the code refactoring has resulted in two things: A) Cool new features. B) MilkyTracker is now open source (GPL). That’s right, dig in, patch, port, maintain, you are welcome to do so. Linux distributions can also now include MilkyTracker in their sofware repositories, so spread the word. We’d also like to see some quality player plugins and whatnot come out of this.

New in MilkyTracker v0.90.80

  • Open up to 32 modules using tabs (Desktop version of MilkyTracker only):
    Allows simultaneous playback of different tabs and copy pattern data/instruments/samples between tabs.
  • New resamplers for improved sound quality:
    Cubic Lagrange, Cubic Spline, Fast Sinc (window size 16, fixed point integer, sinc lookup table), Precise Sinc (window size 128, double floating point), Amiga 500, Amiga 500 LED, Amiga 1200, Amiga 1200 LED.
  • Render parts of the song directly into a sample slot (from HD recorder).
  • Live switch toggle [L].
  • Track splitter insert note off toggle.
  • Sample editor shows time in milliseconds according to currently selected relative note.
  • Notes on muted channels appear in grey on the piano.
  • Scopes also available with smoothed lines.
  • Added option to always mixdown stereo samples, no more questions.
  • WAV loader recognizes loop points and also exports them.
  • Lots of bugfixes (check the changelog for more info).

Milkytracker is available for Mac, Windows (including CE/Mobile), as source files and as part of BSD and Linux systems (AmigaOS version will be available soon).

Visit the Milkytracker website for more information and a link to download the latest version of Milkytracker.

Renoise v1.9.1 beta released (including Linux port)

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Renoise version 1.9

Renoise version 1.9.1 has been released for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

Changes in 1.9.1 Beta 1

  • New feature: freeform waveform drawing in the Sample Editor.
  • Enhanced undo functionality in the Sample Editor.
  • Faster drag ‘n’ drop behavior in the Pattern Editor.
  • Added a “Record dry” switch to the Sample Editor Recording dialog.
  • Added “Clear Muted Tracks/Columns” actions.
  • Faster rescanning in the Disk Browser.
  • Added an info tool for VST / LADSPA effects.
  • Fixed all bugs reported in the Bug Report forum (more details here).

The Linux version additionally includes ALSA support (for Audio and MIDI), JACK Audio support (optional), LADSPA support (native Linux audio plugins) and VST support (for Linux NATIVE VSTs only – See the FAQs).

Visit Renoise for more information and a link to download the Renoise demo.

Pixilang – pixel oriented programming language

Pixilang is a simple programming language for small graphics/sound applications.

It was created by Alex Zolotov (NightRadio) and Mik Razuvaev (Goglus) for non-programmers, demosceners and designers. Pixilang programs keeps in a TXT-files, so you can edit it in any text-editor.

Pixilang
Screenshots of Pixilang in action

The latest version of Pixilang (v1.2) is now working on WinCE and adds functions for working with streaming sound (changelog).

Pixilang features

  • easy syntax and small amount of commands;
  • universal containers (pixi) using for text/gfx storage;
  • pixel graphics describing in a source TXT-files directly (using ASCII symbols);
  • transparency (simple and with alpha-channel);
  • simple commands for rotation and resize;
  • no floating point math operations – only 32bit integers are using;
  • playing music in MOD and XM formats (using PsyTexx engine);
  • functions for sound synthesis;
  • loading GIF (animated) and JPG file formats;
  • realtime export to GIF;

Pixilang interpreter works on different operation systems (Windows, Linux, PalmOS) and distibuting under GNU GPL license.

Download the latest version of Pixilang here.

Link via Music Thing

Renoise v1.9 released

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Renoise version 1.9

Renoise, the community driven tracker-like music production software, has been updated to version 1.9.

Highlights in v1.9

  • Multi-core support
    Renoise 1.9 will take advantage of all the cores in your multi-core processor to boost up performance, allowing you to add much more and heavier DSPs, tracks, VST FX and VST Instruments than before.
  • 6 New DSP devices
    New artillery for the loudness war: the Bus Compressor and Maximizer have been created without any concessions in regard to quality, with exceptional 64-bit dithering and feedback transient analysis. The Velocity Device opens a new world of level-driven FX manipulation. The other devices are Chorus, Distortion 2 and Gate 2.
  • Supercharged DSP devices
    Existing DSPs have received an overhaul, including filter response graphs for the 64-bit EQ devices, the intuitive LPC frequency unit in the LFO device and 64-bit precision filter auxiliary sections. And that is just scratching the surface.
  • Improved MIDI support
    Fast and stable MIDI timing through WDM MIDI drivers, adjustable jitter reduction for the MIDI Clock to improve external synchronization, hot-pluggable devices on OS X and non-blocking MIDI connections on Windows.
  • Preset handling for Renoise’s DSP devices
    Organize your original DSP settings to have quick access to your signature sound, or get quality presets from other users to save yourself time. The A/B Comparison feature lets you switch between two configurations so you can decide which one sounds best.
  • Adjustable rulers in the Sample Editor
    The rulers in the Sample Editor will help you to slice your beats. With a rightclick you can switch the scale. Enable Snapping to snap to the nearest division and you got yourself a homebrew beatslicer. Well, almost.
  • Per-Sample Interpolation and NNA
    The interpolation mode and New Note Action (NNA) have been moved from instrument level down to sample level. Chiptune artists take notice, it is now possible to disable interpolation to preserve that authentic crunchy sound.

Visit Renoise for more information and a link to download the Renoise demo.

Psycle v1.8.5 released

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Psycledelics, the developers Psycle (originally developed by Arguru), have released version 1.8.5 of the open source tracker-style music production studio.

Psycle screenshot
Psycle screenshot

The main changes are a new VST Host, a New Mixer, much faster application start/plugin check, wave in machine, new render to wav dialog with dither and lots of other small additions. New tutorial songs which demonstrate some of these features are included.

Changes in v1.8.5

  • Finished the reimplementation of the VSTHost (Internal and UI).
  • Extended and finished the Mixer machine. 12 inserts, 12 sends/returns, with routing abilities.
  • Improved Sampulse partially, can load instruments and be used in a song (still incomplete).
  • Improvements in the new Interpolate Curve Dialog.
  • Changes in the Sequencer toolbar. Now it can show names of patterns and change them.
  • Improvements in source code (partially from 1.9 alpha).
  • Several new native plugins (most developed during the 1.9 alpha period). The total number is now 70.
  • Wave In machine that allows input from external sources. Only works with directsound and ASIO for now.
  • Sinc interpolation for sampler. Should offer better quality, but it’s quite much slower.
  • Record to clipboard added to Record to Wave dialog box. (Works only with psycle for now).
  • Blocks in patterns can be moved by dragging them, as well as via popup menu.
  • Volume, panning and portamento commands for VST’s (volume does channel aftertouch for now).
  • Yannis midi native plugin nearly usable now (doesn’t sync too well if used in a pattern).
  • Fixes in several native plugins ( arguru synth, ayeternal delay, …).
  • Bugfixes and other smaller additions.

Visit Psycledelics for more information, and a link to download Psycle.