IK Multimedia has released version 3.14 of its AmpliTube Custom Shop, which adds the Morley Contour Wah pedal model and offers general reliability improvements.
Morley has been making products for musicians since the 1960s. The Lubow Brothers “Tel-Ray” company made the first effect pedal that simulated the effect of the “Leslie” rotating speaker cabinet, providing “more-lee” (which became Morley) for players. They were also pioneers in using electro optical components in their pedals to prevent premature mechanical failure issues – a philosophy used to this day at Morley.
The Contour Wah was developed in joint cooperation with Morley. Thanks to its array of controls it can be tweaked to suite many styles and sounds; the Contour and Level controls allow to fine-tune the high-end response and personality of the pedal from mellow to bright and cutting, while the Auto-off feature adds flexibility to the pedal’s functionality. It works with Bass guitar too.
The AmpliTube Custom Shop update is available to download now. New models are available for purchase with Custom Shop Gear Credits. Contour Wah pedal costs 20 credits.
Number stations, making their appearance in the post-war radio landscape, were shortwave radio stations of streams of symbols, mysterious to their listeners and apparently code.
Here, the idea of lost and indecipherable broadcasts inspires a wonderfully-varied collection of reflective artists, in a free, Creative-Commons licensed compilation by PublicSpaces Lab. That Barcelona-based netlabel has been reliably curating some of the smartest, most forward-thinking music collections around. This time, the artists are impressive not only in their output but in their range of backgrounds and extra-musical sources of inspiration.
Instructables user capricorn1 shows how to create your own antique light bulb organ to add nostalgic ambiance to any midi instrument.
12 light bulbs correspond to the 12 notes in an octave (minus the octave note). The rectangular box unfolds to position the light bulbs vertically for display, while at the same time providing a platform for the keyboard in use. Playing a note on the keyboard directly via midi, or through the usb port illuminates the light bulb for a particular key. Releasing the note, releases the key. Pedal presses are also recognized and keep the bulb maintained. The bulbs can be controlled without a computer by using the front mounted midi port, or via computer which allows for remote control via midi or osc messages.
Peter Kirn rounds up some music making tools that take the circular approach.
There’s no reason apart from the printed score to assume music has to be divided into grids laid on rectangles. Even the “piano roll” as a concept began as just that – a roll. Cycles the world around, from a mechanical clock to Indonesian gamelan, can be thought of in circles.
Imagine an alternate universe in which Raymond Scott’s circle machine – a great, mechanical disc capable of sequencing sounds – became the dominant paradigm. We might have circles everywhere, in place of left-to-right timelines now common in media software. Regardless, it’s very likely Scott’s invention inspired Bob Moog’s own modular sequencers; it was almost certainly the young Moog’s exposure to the inventions in Scott’s basement that prompted that inventor to go into the electronic music business, thus setting the course for music technology as we know it.
Get more out of your Launchpad + Ableton combination.
The aurex sequencers for the Novation Launchpad are devices and tools to compose, sequence, alter and remix music within Ableton Live. You don't need M4L / Bome / … to use them, just make sure you have a Launchpad and Live 8.1.3 or higher.
Overloud has released VKFX, a virtual rack packed with outstanding models of vintage analog effect processors, especially suited for keyboard players.
It captures the sound of the original masters, which were often the key element in defining a classic instrument’s unique ‘voice’.
VKFX is a must for any keyboard player and for anyone who wants to add a vintage colour to the recordings! If you cannot get that kind of warmth from your sample library or your synthesizer, or even on a recorded track, VKFX enriches all your tones and allows you to recreate the sounds of countless records.
VKFX includes 8 premium quality effect processors:
Essential electric piano preamp with stereo pan/tremolo
Envelope and Dynamic Filter (Wah)
Tape multitap delay
Highly CPU efficient coding and module layout means that users can load many instances of VKFX without the fear of watching a system’s processor overloud appear, in the certain knowledge that processing quality is first class.
Simultaneous editing of all processors is available via a friendly and intuitive interface presented in the form of a rack of independent modules.
Module order can be rearranged by simply dragging and dropping modules to where they’re needed, giving users fast and total control over the effects.
All rates and times can be sync’d to the DAW or internally timed, or left independent for a more ‘analog’ approach.
All parameters are automatable. All parameters are assigned to MIDI controllers.
A flexible file management system allows one, several or all modules to be loaded and saved – enabling easy mixing and matching of module presets saved from different sessions.
VKFX is available as an effect plug-in for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone), priced at 119 EUR (+VAT).
Magix has announced the release of Vandal, a virtual (bass)guitar amplifier effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Vandal is a unique virtual guitar and bass amplifier for PC and Mac that avoids working with simple impulse responses. Every individual step – each tube, every amplifier stage, even the speaker coils – is virtualized.
Compare our sound to the others, and you’ll hear a more nuanced and authentic result.
Vandal also offers detailed effects and stomp boxes (several overdrive and distortion effects, different compressor effects, EQ, chorus, phaser, wah-wah, delay, reverb, lo-fi and many more) and advanced microphone settings in an easy-to-use interface that lets you forget that you are using a software amplification.
Vandal has a very low CPU consumption and can be hosted as a VST plug-in (Windows), or as a VST/AU plug-in.
Vandal is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU), priced at 169.99 EUR / $199.99 USD / £169.99 GBP. On Windows Samplitude 11 Silver is also included.
IK Multimedia has announced the release of 64-bit drivers for its StealthPedal range of guitar and bass interfaces/controllers.
The new 64-bit drivers include a 32-bit compatibility, allowing users to work with 64-bit or 32-bit audio software applications.
StealthPedal is the first USB-powered guitar audio interface/software controller in a compact wah-style pedal, allowing users to record, play and control the included “Powered by AmpliTube” software, or any other MIDI controllable software, with the same feel and ease of use as a traditional guitar pedal.
StealthPedal allows anyone to record guitar or bass with their Mac/PC at the highest possible quality, with 24-bit A/D and D/A conversion and 44.1/48 kHz operation. Two separate inputs are provided for Hi-Z or line level instruments as well as two separate outputs, plus a convenient headphone output.
The new drivers are available to registered users of StealthPedal as a free download in the IK User Area.
IK Multimedia has announced it is now shipping the StealthPedal, the world’s first compact audio interface and MIDI controller housed in a wah-style pedal.
StealthPedal was designed specifically for guitar and bass players who are looking for an affordable, “high sound quality” way to connect their instrument to their computer, and control parameters of their software from the floor. Players can plug into the StealthPedal and immediately control the included “Powered by AmpliTube” software without additional setup. Plus, they can control ANY MIDI controllable software with the StealthPedal using the included StealthPedal MIDI setup application for Mac/PC.
Also, the StealthPedal will incorporate into an existing pedalboard setup utilizing only one pedal space, and adds the convenience and flexibility of computer based rigs to live performances.
USB powered audio interface:
24-bit A/D and D/A conversion.
44.1/48 kHz operation.
2 balanced / unbalanced audio inputs (hi-Z or line level).