Boscomac releases Snowflake free synth for Reaktor

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Boscomac has announced the release of Snowflake, a free synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Reaktor.

Boscomac Snowflake

SNOWFLAKE is a poetic winter instrument, pretty special. It can be played from the first snowfall. Each note is a snowflake and as everyone knows, the snowflakes take various forms. This is the case here: the instrument settings allow slight sound variations for each snowflake …

The concept is quite singular because you do not set the parameters permanently but you determine the chance that a parameter is applied. The sound of the instrument is still very soft. I invite you to read some information on the dedicated page of my site and consult the “info” tab in Reaktor for each parameter for more information.

Beyond being an instrument, SNOWFLAKE is also a great way to relax, meditate, take the time to listen and watch the snow fall. This is why it has a “Automatic” mode that generates random notes and creates the snow.

SNOWFLAKE is a pure way to spend winter …

Snowflake is a free download from Boscomac.

More information: Boscomac / Snowflake

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Rabbit Ears Audio releases Winter Atmospheres sample library

Rabbit Ears Audio Winter Atmospheres

Rabbit Ears Audio has released Winter Atmospheres, a sample library featuring winter ambiances.

This Library is all about cold! The temperatures of these files range from a low of −20°F up to a balmy 35°F. Our Rabbit Ears froze so your ears would not have to.

Winter Atmospheres was culled from some of the coldest forests and wilderness areas in North America. Our frozen locations include: Nemadji State Forest and Superior National Forest in Minnesota, Crex Meadows Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, and Algonquin Park in Canada.

This library is Rabbit Ears Audio’s first quad (L/R/Ls/Rs) ambience collection. We dragged, hiked, skied, and snowshoed a double ORTF rig into the woods. The collection features airs, winds, tree creaks, ice cracks, and even a few winter birds. Each ambience is between two and nine minutes long, with interesting variations.

The sound library is on sale for $99 USD (regular $115 USD).

More information: Rabbit Ears Audio / Winter Atmospheres

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Create Digital Music Winter 2008 guide

CDM Winter 2008

Last month Create Digital Music asked its readers to share what they would want to receive, give to newcomers, and what they would want to read.

Yesterday CDM presented the Winter 2008 guide, a wonderful publication (print edition + pdf download) including a Holiday Guide, Circuit bending 101, Dan McPharlin’s cardboard miniature synths, Ableton Live slicing tutorial (including freebie) and much more.

For digital musicians and lovers of sound, Create Digital Music Winter 2008 extends the popular website createdigitalmusic.com with a handbook of the best in products, how-to’s, and features.

In this issue, we explore the best products and gifts for beginners and advanced users, from synths to strange music controllers to software to books and listening. We learn how to slice up audio into powerful software drum machines in Ableton Live, with a free companion download at covops.org/cdm. Dan McPharlin shows us his intricate, imaginary synth designs, constructed by hand in cardboard. Sound artist Mike Una introduces circuit bending, which gives you the power to turn cheap toys into strange sonic wonders. Technologists reflect on the best in design, the potential of open source, and how to use music to survive Berlin’s drab, wet, and cold winters.

Unlike traditional editorial-only content, the CDM Winter guide is full of ideas and images from the createdigitalmusic community.

The CDM Winter 2008 guide is released under the Creative Commons
Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. You can download the pdf version from lulu.com, free of charge — this publication is a true gift in itself!

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