Avid has announced it will demonstrate the largest range of integrated media production technology the company has ever presented at the IBC 2012 conference and exhibition for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of electronic media and entertainment content worldwide.
Avid is featuring new and upgraded solutions for advanced asset-based workflows spanning distributed production, multi-platform distribution, server and storage, and video editing/audio mixing solutions, demonstrating how customers in news, sports, TV, and post-production can make the most of their media, achieve their creative vision and improve their productivity.
The European debut of Avid’s cloud-based, real-time, remote editing solution, Interplay® Sphere, and details of early customer adopters.
The newest developments to Avid’s asset-based workflow solutions including a new Avid Interplay MAM solution package; Interplay Central cloud-enabled web and mobile tools; Interplay Production asset manager; Avid iNEWS® release, and the AirSpeed® 5000 video server.
New enhancements to Avid’s suite of industry-leading creative video and audio editing tools, including Avid Media Composer®, Symphony®, NewsCutter®, DS and Pro Tools®.
The IBC 2012 takes place at the Amsterdam RAI, the Netherlands, from September 7th to 11th, 2012. Find Avid’s booth at Hall 7.J20.
This library contains an amazing collection totaling 23 full music cues and 147 Individual sound files perfect for use in all sorts of music productions ranging from film scores, trailer cues, game composing and all other music genres.
Tempos ranging from 70 – 150 Bpm in a multitude of Keys for the exact combination to suit your musical needs. Each music cue includes the full music mix and also included are each individual sound FX, drum loop, perc loop, bass loop, gtr loop, etc.
Hollywood Loops was recently commissioned to compose and design music for some of the biggest Hollywood film trailers coming to soon to the Big Screen, and along our journey, we decided to go the extra step and compose additional music cues to be used for Cinematic Construction Kits.
Inspired by all the great Film, Film Trailer, and Game music productions currently on the Hollywood scene, this pack should be an absolute MUST HAVE for the serious music composer or producer!!!
The sample library is available from Loopmasters for £24.95 GBP.
Loopmasters has announced Vintage Movie FX, an inspirational set of 355 separate Wav samples taken from original early Film Soundtracks, all licensed for use under the new Creative Commons license agreement.
The sound effects samples have been taken from old movies and public information films and are categorised in folders such as “Ambient Sounds & Outdoors”. These samples are all 100% Authentic which means that whilst they have, “Guns, Explosions and War”, “Kung Foo”, “Space & Sci-Fi”. “Emergency Services” and much more, all re-mastered and de-noised yet retaining artifacts from the original recordings, which we feel gives them a much more authentic sound!
If you need some inspiring sound effects samples for your music, then Vintage Movie FX includes a truly original set of some interesting and authentic sounds from one of the most creative periods of TV and broadcast history. Suitable for House, Techno, Ambient, Lounge, Breakbeat, Drum and Bass, Dubstep and all forms of modern musical experimentation.
The sample pack is available to purchase for £14.95 GBP.
Steinberg has announced the release of the SLM 128 Loudness Meter, a plug-in that offers EBU R 128-compliant loudness metering within Cubase 6.5 and Nuendo 5 or higher.
In the last decades, the loudness level of TV and radio commercials has seen a dramatic increase — a phenomenon that is often referred to as loudness war. In order to harmonize audio levels, the European Broadcast Union (EBU) has introduced the R 128 recommendation, a loudness measurement approach based on the new Loudness Unit Full Scale (LUFS). As of August 31, 2012, many broadcasters will only accept EBU R 128-compliant audio signals.
“That’s why we decided to create a loudness metering tool in the very short-term, which enables our customers to create R 128-compliant mixes,” says Timo Wildenhain, product marketing manager at Steinberg.
SLM 128 features
EBU R 128-compliant loudness measurement.
Momentary, Short Term and Integrated methods.
True Peak and Range display.
VST 3 plug-in (unsupported).
The SLM 128 Loudness Meter is now available as free download (unsupported) from the Steinberg website.
Equinox Sounds has introduced MIDI Keys: Piano Loops For Film & TV, a collection of MIDI files by Smash Up The Studio, designed for use in TV, ads, jingles and film productions.
Smash Up The Studio have once again employed the services of keyboardist, composer and producer Steve Burton in the making of this product. The brief was “Can you make it sound like all those piano ads on TV?” The results were outstanding!
There are chilled loops, atmospheric loops, classical, easy listening, jazzy, all with one thing in common, you can imagine hearing them on the TV whether in an advert, show or movie. All loops range between four to sixteen bars in length and are all key and tempo labelled.
The MIDI library is available to purchase from Equinox Sounds for $29.95 USD.
I count Soundiron among some of the most interesting sound library developers I know.
Whether it’s the 30-voice male chorus of epic choir library Mars, M1 Garand’s rifle sound fx, a tear-jerking Emotional Piano, or the Bronze Bin percussive sounds made with a trash can, Soundiron seems to be able to take any sound source for a proper deep sampling session and turn it into something beautiful and useful.
So how about a bunch of glass pebbles on a beach? Enter Glass Beach.
Glass pebbles at “Glass Beach”, MacKerricher State Park (Fort Bragg, CA)
For this sample library Mike Peaslee went on a trip to record sounds at a place that was once used to dump refuse.
Beginning in 1949, the area around Glass Beach became a public dump. It is hard to imagine this happening today, but back then people dumped all kinds of refuse straight into the ocean, including old cars, and their household garbage, which of course included lots of glass.
By the early sixties, some attempts were made to control what was dumped, and dumping of any toxic items was banned. Finally in 1967, the North Coast Water Quality Board realized what a mistake it was and plans were begun for a new dump away from the ocean.
Now, over 30 years later, Mother Nature has reclaimed this beach. Years of pounding wave action have deposited tons of polished glass onto the beach. You’ll still see the occasional reminder of its earlier life, such as a rusted spark plug, but for the most part what you’ll see is millions of pieces of glass sparkling in the sun.
In 50 years we’ll probably be saying the same thing about some of the things we do in this day and age, but… what were they thinking?!
The Glass Beach library includes 225 samples (24bit/44kHz, non-encrypted PCM wav files), which are used in 31 Kontakt patches in three categories.
The percussion section includes various pebble sounds (hit, scrape, bounce, etc.) and some individual footsteps. These are mostly high pitched click-type sounds, great for adding some interesting glitchy elements to your music, or you can use them as a support or main part in your percussion. Using these sounds with the included “Uberarpeggiator” Kontakt script is easy and fun.
The Glass Beach Grain Hit patch with the “Uberarpeggiator”
The ambient soundscapes category includes sounds of waves crashing on the shore and in a tide pool, a waterfall trickling down a sea cave, and some sounds of man and his best companion walking through the sea glass sand and the pebbles on the beach.
Since these samples were recorded in an outdoor location you might also notice some “unintended” sounds, most audibly some sea birds (I guess). One of the presets actually includes a flock of geese flying over. The lengthy ambience samples can be set to start at a random position with the “Random” control to achieve a kind of round-robin effect.
Lastly, there’s the special fx section. Here we find a number of designed instruments, including some synth and pad type sounds, creative percussion, sound fx and more. Quite a lot of processing is going on with most of these, and in some instances unrelated samples are used as well (e.g. the Glass Piano). These are not necessarily typical for Glass Beach. However, they are a nice addition to the palette of sounds and they work exceptionally well with the other content in Glass Beach.
The Kontakt instruments include a number of performance controls (controls vary per instrument), the Tone/FX panel with various effects, and there’s the custom “Uberarpeggiator” script mentioned earlier.
A collection of 40+ convolution impulse responses is included as well. These are readily available in the reverb section of the Tone/FX tab for some instruments, or you can use a 3rd party software of your choice.
Check Mike Peaslee’s video below for a quick tour of the Glass Beach library.
So what do I think?
Product: Glass Beach by Soundiron Format: Kontakt 3.5+ (unlocked), 24bit/44kHz samples Price: $9.99 USD Like: authentic & original, well designed sounds, value for money Don’t like: – Verdict: 9/10
Glass Beach is found in Soundiron’s “Experimental” category of instruments — and rightly so. It’s basically a mixture of field recordings and designed instruments which match the character/vibe of the location. Obviously this library is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. To me, the sounds of Glass Beach are quite beautiful, evocative and inspiring.
The glass pebble sounds have a unique quality, great for creating glitchy rhythms. I reckon the ambiences will appeal to soundtrack composers, for film/tv/games, or perhaps for use in music productions that just need that soothing quality of sea and beach sounds. The included “special fx” patches are well designed and a valuable addition to the library, bringing greater diversity of sounds. I absolutely love some of the delicate, dreamy and hauntingly beautiful tonal patches.
Soundiron is selling this library for $9.99 USD, a real bargain if you ask me. Glass Beach is packed with unique sounds, it is well produced, and — true to Soundiron’s mission — it feels like a proper labor of love.
Time+Space has announced the availability of Epic Horizons – Cinematic Atmospheres, a sound library from Zero-G.
Epic soundscapes, sonic narratives and breathtaking audio vistas from the people behind the award winning Dark Skies
Crammed full of textures, ambiences, soundscapes, drones and FX, Epic Horizons is the ideal companion for any professional film, TV or video game producer and sound designer looking to add some scale and intensity of emotion to their musical score.
This colossal library contains over 850 instruments in EXS24, Kontakt and NN-XT format as well as standard Acidized Wav files and Apple Loops all recorded in stunning 24bit using state of the art sound design by one of the world’s leading soundtrack and fx producers.
There are also 30 construction kits that present a full musical/sound design piece which is then broken up into its constituent parts so that you can use them anyway you like. Adventure, sci-fi, thriller, horror, mystery, fantasy and action genres are all included in this vast library.
“Epic Horizons: Cinematic Atmospheres” is available to purchase as a DVD or download exclusively from Time+Space for RRP £89.95 GBP/99.95 EUR/$150 USD. A free taster pack is available to download.