QESounds has released Aqueous, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Featuring 2659 sounds, Aqueous is a library based solely on water based source sounds. There are straight water sounds, pitch shifted water sounds, time stretched water sounds and heavily processed water sounds. Drips, plops, container hits, gurgles, water pouring – acoustic and hydrophone recordings.
Doing sound design for a water planet, dark/wet dungeon, dripping wet dark adventure, something that needs that wet and over-the-edge texture? Aqueous has probably got what you are looking for!
Aqueous for Kontakt is available to purchase for $89.95 USD (24-bit) / $59.95 USD (16-bit).
Rabbit Ears Audio has released REA007 Brooks Streams Waterfalls, a sound fx library.
REA 007 is a celebration of moving water in nature. From small trickles to rushing torrents, Brooks Streams Waterfalls is for those who need a variety of water movement in their library.
Locations were chosen based on their variety of elements. Water sounds most unique when it has something to pass through that changes its flow. The brooks and streams in this collection feature currents that are shaped by rocks, boulders, and downed trees. The waterfalls chosen range from small falls fed by babbling mountain brooks to large rushing waterfalls fed by strong relentless currents.
Brooks Streams Waterfalls features
45 files that clock in at 68 minutes.
Tracked on a Sound Devices 744T with a Cooper CS-104 as the front end. Both Schoeps (MK4/MK8) and Sennheiser MKH (30/40) Mid-Side pairs were used. The Schoeps were the “go to” pair, but the MKH’s got a workout as well.
24 Bit 96 kHz, 2.66 GB download, 3.77 GB unrar’d.
REA007 Brooks Streams Waterfalls is available to purchase for $50 USD.
Detunized has released DTS027 – Just Water, a new sample pack for Ableton Live.
Just Water is a voluminous collection of water recordings in different kinds of motion. It includes 90 scenes in 7 categories:
Bridge and Tube, Creek, Drops and Rain, Indoor, Melting Ice Floes, Ocean and Sea, River
Ranging from the small raindrop to the powerful surf of the ocean this library shows up as an inspiring toolbox for creative sound design, film scoring or art installations. For maximum flexibility each scene is configured as separate instrument. This allows for chromatic pitching and realtime sequencing in any kind of timeline or clip based composition.
DTS027 – Just Water is available to purchase for the introductory price of 5.50 EUR.
Detunized has also announced a limited time 3 Pack subscription offer.
Until end of June Detunized offers expanded downloads for new subscribers. Each new subscription contains the latest 3 instead of normally 2 Live Packs. This month each new subscription includes DTS027 – Just Water, DTS026 – Kathie´s Revenge and DTS025 – Shak2.
NSL005 Pacific Ocean features recordings of the Pacific Ocean at various locations along the beach within Refugio State Park.
The incoming waves collide with large rock formations, creating great wave impacts and rushing water through small channels and hollow rocks. A variety of mic placements at various distances from the ocean were used, from directly over the water to larger distances, recording ambience behind massive rock walls and inside natural beach caves. In addition, a hydrophone captured underwater currents from waves splashing into small tide pools on the rocks.
NSL005 Pacific Ocean features
55 Broadcast Wave files at 24bit 96khz (38 stereo and 17 mono).
Library size is 2.24 GB.
All files are organized and tagged with metadata, compatible with Pro Tools, Audiofinder, Soundminer and other sound library management software.
Metadata PDF included.
NSL006 Chorus Echo 501 features the classic 1980′s era Roland Chorus Echo RE 501 captured in 24bit 192khz HD format.
This library features 217 sounds processed by a mint condition Chorus Echo RE-501, including metal impacts, church bells, chainsaws, voices, and water. In addition, self-oscillation sounds from the RE-501 are included. All of these sounds can be used in a wide variety of ways and work well for both sound design and music production. The combination of the 192khz high resolution sample rate and the tape saturation/warmth from the Chorus Echo make these samples sound great when pitch shifted and/or time stretched, even at extreme settings.
NSL006 Chorus Echo 501 features
217 Mono Broadcast Wave files at 24bit 192khz.
Library size is 859 MB.
All files are organized and tagged with metadata compatible with Pro Tools, Audiofinder, Soundminer.
Metadata PDF included.
Both libraries are available to purchase for $25 USD each.
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.
The Phone Guitar is born out of a presentation I'm going to do next Saturday on MobileCampBrussels about mobile cross development. To put my money where my mouth is, I decided to create the same mobile app – a small piano/drum sequencer thing – on 3 mobile platforms: Android, Windows Mobile and iPhone OS.
As you may be able to tell from the lack of a regular posting schedule and the constant plugs for my band's gigs in various cities around the US, I happen to be on tour right now. (We're actually just two dates from the end now, and after a much needed rest, things should get back to normal here at Waveformless again.)
I've never been a big cell phone person. Sometimes it's kind of nice to not be able to be reached. But in a touring situation, they can be invaluable, so shortly before our tour, I picked up an iPhone 3Gs figuring it would come in handy. Obviously, there are tons of different models of smartphones out there, but since I only have experience with the iPhone, I thought today I would share some apps that I've found really useful during the past 6 weeks of travel. Many of them are probably available on other platforms as well.
Tim Prebble is looking for some people to record doors:
If there is one sound that pulls me out of a movie or TV show (apart from the Wilhelm) it’s the use of crappy sounding library doors. Now I don’t imagine this is a common complaint amongst theatre goers but it does bug me and I’ve often wondered why the problem exists. Lets face it, if you have your recorder running, you could record a dozen door sounds between the time you get out of bed until you return there… So why use generic door sounds?
My only theory is that on the scale of critical sounds to be recorded & prepared for a project, in some cases doors don’t rate high enough to receive due attention, and are maybe relegated to a less experienced sound editor or assistant to just ‘get them done’ before the deadline…. Sure if its a major moment in a horror or thriller then maybe the door effects are concentrated on more, but the recurring presence of those thin sounding prop doors from certain commercial libraries makes me think it is all about convenience ie use what we have!
So I’d like to pitch an idea to you, and by ‘you’ I mean anyone reading this who has a mic and a recorder: I want to crowd source a sound FX library of 1,000 doors! So if every person who signs on to the project commits to recording 10 doors over the next few months, and I can round up 100 people to participate, then we could solve this problem once & for all.
NextAid, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization harnessing the power of music to affect change in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa, will launch its third annual online auction BIDS BUILD HOPE in honor of World AIDS Orphans Day (WAOD), which happens on May 7th each year.
The international auction will kick-off on Friday, May 7, 2010 at 8:00AM EST, and close on Monday, May 31st at 11:00PM EST. The 24-day auction will raise awareness and funds for NextAid’s current projects: the Kawangware Vision Center in Kenya, and the goGogetters program in South Africa. NextAid continues its mission to promote and implement sustainable solutions to the challenges facing African children. WAOD is a grassroots campaign advocating for the 15 million children orphaned by AIDS around the world. Learn more and start bidding on May 7th at www.biddingforgood.com/bidsbuildhope.
The Richie Hawtin Gear Package (picture in image above) is currently fetching $10,000 USD.
Dustmotes delivers with his “Containment Sessions” a release that is a few notches above “Beats for the Subverted”. When listening to it for the first time I could feel a sound that is more confident and, but I might be wrong, I think that has a lot to do with all the positive feedback Paul got from his first ever release. Nothing in “The Containment Sessions” is out of place and the same attention to details that Paul got us used to, is here. I feel privileged for being one of the few that got to enjoy this release before everyone else and it is my opinion that we all should be grateful to Paul for sharing his immense talent with us.
The new episode of Sound Builders looks at Steve Mann, possibly the world's preeminent hydraulophonist.
What's that? Well, it's someone who builds instruments that produce sound from moving water. His specialty is water organs and he even has one built into his hot tub. When he's not making next-level sound-makers, he's developing technology that's helping blind people "see" their surroundings. He's pretty much taking life by the horns and turning them into water horns.
Bolder Sounds has announced the release of Crystal Glasses Volume 2, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Crystal Glasses volume 2 is a project I began in 2007. I worked on it sporadically over the last 3 years. Bolder Sounds already has a very popular sound set entitled Crystal Glasses and Meditation Bowls. So – why create another? The crystals recorded in that library date back to the mid 1990’s when 16 bit mono samples was the standard format ( the Meditation Bowls were sampled at a later date in stereo ). Also – the idea of recording these crystal glasses as a group of glasses opened up the door to different sound design opportunities.
Crystal Glasses Volume 2 features
Hit Crystal Glasses – (3 round-robins per sample zone).
Soft Hit Crystal Glasses – (2 round-robins per sample zone).
Singing Crystal Pads – wet finger along rim of glass.
Granular Crystal Pads – Ethereal pads created via granular synthesis.
Bowed Crystal Glasses – Both short and long articulations.
Crystal Morphs – Kontakt multi instruments which morph between individual instruments.
Extensive scripting for Kontakt giving the user an elegant and intuitive user interface.
Help menu built into the Kontakts front panel.
24 bit stereo sample in .wav format.
Total size of the Crystal Glass Volume 2 library is 490 mb (270 .rar download).
Note: Crystal Glasses Volume 2 requires full version of Kontakt 3+. The Kontakt PLAYER will only run for 30 minutes in demo mode.
Crystal Glasses Volume 2 is available to purchase for $49 USD.
Bolder Sounds has also released Granular Water Bottle, a free instrument for Kontakt and EXS24.
This the Klean Kanteen water bottle I drag around with me throughout my day. It has a very nice resonant ‘bonk’ sound to it. Originally I thought I’d sample it as more of a traditional percussion instrument and ﬁll it with sand, rice and water etc.. But once I started applying granular synthesis to just a few hits that I recorded that was the end of the line for me. A whole weird world opened up
It has been a while since I made music on the MindStorms bricks. But now I present the longest and most complicated piece of MindStorms music I have ever made. The title of the melody is “the Future Child” and the idea is to make a cheerfull bleepy melody with the NXT’s tones and use the other sounds as effects while an organ and a synthesizer supplies the orchestra. Most of the pictures are robots made by myself. The rest is something I photographed at the First LEGO League competition in Herning back in 2007. The screenshots are from the NXT-G PC programming tools.
AndyGadget @ Instructables created a Micro-organ and drum-kit in a Tic Tac box
This tiny box will give you hours of fun composing your own tunes. You can vary the tune tempo and switch between a pentatonic and blues scale as well as producing a variety of percussion sounds. Load up a different program and it will compose its own percussion rhythms(Tic Tac Beat Box) or play with half a dozen different musical scales (Tic Tac Scales). Another cool feature is no power switch – It will hibernate when it's not being used.
There are great musicians around . . . and then there's me with no musical talent at all, but even I can get some great sounding tunes out of this. Watch the video and have a listen to the MP3 files to get an idea of what this little marvel can do.
The Water drop sequencer is an interactive sound installation. It creates sound by water drops falling on suspended iron bars with piezo elements attached. The viewer or performer can control which tones will be played by placing water bottles upside down in holes that are centred over the iron bars. It is also possible to control the speed of the dripping.
LiveStep is an extremely rich (as in “dessert”, not “money” – this download is free) step sequencer. With control of up to eight sequences, each sequence can be modified with a huge variety of hands-on control. You can even play synths and drum machines on top of the sequenced insanity, and record loops of improvised melodies to play back.
An interactive generative art visualizer from award winning computer animator and software designer Glenn Marshall.
Explore and interact with an endlessly generating world of organic visuals. - Use drag and pinch to pan, move and rotate through space. - Pause / play, save snaphots to your photo library. - Switch on audio reactive visuals (for devices with mic only). - Comes with 3 unique preset Zio worlds.- Shake to shuffle between presets.
Using the same Zio animation technology, Glenn collaborated with Peter Gabriel to create The Nest That Sailed The Sky music video which won at Prix Ars Electronica 2009, one of the biggest computer arts festivals in the world.
Hello everyone, a student posted in one of my classes asking about this cool warped ambient piano he heard on a recording. It seemed like a cool challenge so I tried to make an instrument that would give a wide variety of spooky warped piano sounds. I created a really cool patch and used some of the more advanced features in Sampler and Instrument racks, so here is the video explaining it all.