Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music has the scoop on Moog’s Filtrtron app for iOS.
Moog Music, they of the normally analog-only gear, have built their first iOS application. We’ve acquired exclusive details of the innards of the app, and I’ve been testing it today on my (second-generation) iPod touch. Blasphemy? Perhaps, but it’s a nicely-designed little application, and with audio input capability, could turn your Apple handheld into a tiny recording and effects-processing unit alongside other gear. (Game Boy plus iPod touch? Casiotone plus iPod touch?)
The application, Filtatron, hasn’t yet been announced. There’s no information on pricing or availability, accordingly.
A nice sample pack by Waveformless reader Darren Halm, who writes:
"I have a bunch of samples I took yesterday of me chopping wood in my front yard. I'm actually whacking a heavy metal dowel with the back of an axe head. The resulting sound of metal hitting metal, coupled with some nice natural reverb from the surrounding lake and hill prompted me to grab my H4 and get them. I just roughly normalized and exported the markers in Peak, so they tend to tail out a bit; I figure most people are throwing them in a sampler with comprehensive ADSR so this wouldn't be a problem. "
Industrial Radio has announced the release of Standard Midi Bass 4, a MIDI controller bass guitar.
The Standard Midi Bass 4 provides bassists the opportunity to plug into the latest and greatest of hardware and software synthesizers and samplers. It’s unique fret-sensing neck and multi-sensor approach to MIDI conversion provides industry-leading, low-latency MIDI tracking perfect for both the studio and live environments.
With the Standard Midi Bass 4 bassists can play synth bass lines live, plug into vintage analogue synths, harness their experience on bass in a MIDI recording environment, explore new sonic possibilities and more.
As well as being an awesome MIDI controller the Standard Midi Bass 4 is a real bass guitar. The Standard Midi Bass 4 combines classic bass design and quality construction to provide the best of both worlds so that bassists can mix their real bass tone with that of their synth / sound module or just switch conveniently between normal bass and MIDI bass to suit.
Standard Midi Bass 4 features
Black satin finish.
Bolt-on maple neck with satin finish.
Optional matching painted headstock.
Agathis tonewood body.
White or black pickguard.
Passive, single-coil pickups.
Controls – MIDI Volume, Front Pickup Volume, Back Pickup Volume, Passive Tone
MIDI system features:
Industry-leading low latency MIDI tracking.
Latency is consistent across full range of bass from high notes to low notes.
Features both monophonic and polyphonic modes.
Sophisticated operating system with highly-configurable settings to ensure optimum performance and compatibility with all MIDI-enabled synths and sound modules.
Intuitive user interface with on-board display – control Midi Bass settings direct on the bass from the fingerboard.
40 programmable performance presets.
The Standard Series Midi Bass is now available to order from Industrial Radio, priced at $2495 USD excl. shipping (+$100 USD for painted headstock option). Price includes Standard Midi Bass 4, Midi Bass Module and 8-pin Midi Bass Cable as well as hardshell bass case. The Standard Midi Bass 4 is also available in a left-handed model.
Simon W. Autenrieth has released The Wooden Frog, a free sample pack.
Hey! This is one of my first sampled things so… i hope you can have at last some use of it!
So… why this wooden frog thing? Becouse i heard it on a recent soundtrack i really liked. I found it today at a music festival near my hometown and just had to buy it. Its about 14 cm large and has six spikes carved onto its back.
The Wooden Frog features
186 Samples, 24bit/44.1kHz – 67 MB.
Wooden Stick 01 (Stickside 1)
Scratches (Typical Instrument sound) – 6 Variations, 1 Velocity layer x 4-5 Round robin each. (26 Samples)
Quark (Up-down, down-up scratch) – 2 Variations, 1 Velocity layer x 8-10 Round robin each (18 Samples)
Hits (Top, side 1 and 2)
Top-hit, 4 velocity layers x 5-8 Round robin (27 Samples)
Side-hit-1, 4 velovity layers x 10 Round robin (40 Samples)
Side-hit-2, 4 velocity layers x 8-10 Round robin (37 Samples)
Short tremolo hit (bottom), 1 Velocity layer x 4 Round robin (4 Samples)
Slow, normal, fast and loud tremolo textures (bottom) (6 Samples)
Quarking tremolo textures (head) (3 Samples)
Click-noise-effects (4 Samples)
A nice bloob effect created by quickly removing the stick from the frogs mouth (1 Sample)
Wooden Stick 02 (Stickside 2)
Scratches (Typical Instrument sound) – 1 Variation, 1 Velocity layer x 6 Round robin (6 Samples)
Quark (down-up scratch, softer that stick 01) – 1 Variation, 1 Velocity layer x 9 Round robin (9 Samples)
Microhammer has released the February 2010 Release Bundle, a collection of 10 new instruments for Kontakt.
Microhammer is launching a series of new products around 15th of every month. All monthly releases will be followed by a bundle containing all the products at a highly favorable rate, so you can get it all. The bundle is only valid until our next release, so grab it while you can. We are proud to announce our second launch bundle, which consists of all the Microhammer February titles.
February 2010 Release Bundle includes
Berimbau, a single-string percussion instrument, a musical bow, from Brazil.
Spirit Flute, originally an instrument played by Native Americans. It has been used in countless New Age and World Music recordings and is known for its distinctive and at times – almost haunting sound.
Train Flute, hand-carved by skilled craftsmen who adhere to the ways of a simpler time, only the finest and richest tone-producing secret blend of woods were used in this instrument.
Slide Flute, the classic slide-whistle or slide-flute is a common staple of comedic and children’s music. The signature rise and fall is used both musically, as well as in old-school sound design and foley to signify objects rising or falling in space.
Kokiriko, a traditional Japanese percussion instrument. The instrument sounds like a long set of domino pieces clashing together and has a distinct clicky/clacky type of sound.
Smiley Drum, a 10-tongue major pentatonic variant of the classic propane drum concept, with a shallower, wider pan than most.
Clay Drum, this giant clay vase was chosen specifically for it’s unique sound and tonal resonance. Producing a wide variety of sounds, this clay drum is a both a percussive and melodic instrument.
Sand Drum, the unique surf-like sound is produced by a medium-sized enclosed drum about 1 1/4″ thick and filled with dozens of tiny silver metal beads.
Road Trip Vol. 1, little tidbits, oddities, improvisations and random gems found at various pit stops on a desert trip.
Windchimes, made from a selection of different wind chimes, however sampled in detail so the user can control the amount of chimeniness and use them as percussive instruments.
Format(s): Kontakt 3, SFZ and .wav
Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 3 / 4 full retail versions required.
Note: Free Kontakt Player will only work for 30 minutes with this product. Full version required to remove this restriction.
The February 2010 Release Bundle is available to purchase for the introductory price of $109 USD until 15 March, 2010 (regular price $172 USD). Instruments are also available to purchase separately, starting at $9 USD.
Livid Instruments has announced Block, a compact and programmable MIDI control surface designed for interactive audio performance.
Built on the same bi-directional and adaptable platform as the Ohm64, Block provides a powerful interface for creating and interacting with sound in a small easy-to-transport body. Sixty four backlight led buttons provide endless possibilities for visual feedback with the instrument by connecting it to Ableton Live, Max/Msp, our open source sounds apps, or any other software that supports MIDI. The open source blockEditor application lets you reprogram any of the controller’s sixty four clip buttons, eight knobs, two faders, and seven function buttons. Block is hand crafted from lightweight wood and aluminum for easy portability.
Block has bi-directional talkback communication allowing the controller to talk to your software, and software to your device. MIDI messages can be sent to the Block to light up the buttons for an interactive performance. Completely programable and mappable, block provides a flexible control surface that be used with any software or setup. Completely USB powered means you don’t have to worry about adapters and and power strips, and it is plug and play so no drivers are required.
Portability — A compact and lightweight design lets you slip this controller into your backpack. Plug it into your computer’s USB, and you are powered to play.
Design — Block is completely plug and play and USB powered. This means you don’t need drivers to use it and it works with a single USB cable.
TalkBack — Reprogrammable buttons with LED talkback provides visual feedback by sending MIDI commands back to the controller.
Software — A growing collection of open source sound applications and utilities provide a wide range of uses and endless customization.
Home Grown — All controllers are handcrafted by artists with care the Livid Instruments Austin, Texas shop.
Specs — Technical specifications and details of the of the block controller here.
Block is available for pre-order for $399 USD. It will ship November 1, 2009.
Tonehammer has released Clack, a new sample library for Kontakt featuring wooden percussion sounds.
Think wood and then more wood and then some more wood on top of that.
The theme and purpose of this library is pretty simple. We wanted to capture as much sharp, bright, tonal wooden impact percussion as our hearts could desire. We captured several bamboo poles, bamboo logs (literally), a whole pile of claves, woodblocks, clappers, box drum, and other assorted wooden implements that epitomize the word “thwack.”
These elements are ideal auxiliary percussion for orchestral composition and epic ﬁlm/tv/game soundtrack scoring. They also are vital elements in Latin music and hip hop, as well as very useful percussion building-blocks and raw source material for experimental music and IDM.
We recorded all of these sets fairly up-close and dry, in a medium-sized hardwood and masonry percussion studio (dry). All instrument articulations were captured with 10 “round-robin” variations per velocity layer, with an average of 5-8 velocity layers per note. We also included 6 unique sets of dark multi-layered ambient drones, created them entirely from the original Clack source material. These multi-layered sound-scapes utilize the modwheel to allow you to sculpt and morph these ambiences very expressively.
5″x6′ bamboo logs (23 articulations)
1″x7′ small bamboo poles (6 articulations)
2 sets of castanets (solo and unison)
Wooden trident clapper (single notes and sustaining rolls)
Livid Instruments is now shipping the OHM64, an adaptable, programmable, and interactive MIDI control surface designed to give you hands-on control over your performance.
High-quality sliders, knobs and buttons provide the interface for creative expression, whether you’re mixing samples and synths or DJ’ing a cutting-edge set. Constructed with an aluminum faceplate and a gorgeous body of hand-finished wood, the quality is felt down to your fingertips. All of our controllers are proudly hand crafted and assembled for artists by artists in our Austin, Texas shop.
Ohm64 has bi-directional talkback communication allowing the controller to talk to your software, and software to your device. MIDI messages can be sent to the Ohm64 to light up the buttons for an interactive performance. Completely programable and mappable, the Ohm64 provides a flexible control surface that be used with any software or setup. Completely USB powered means you don’t have to worry about adapters and and power strips, and it is plug and play so no drivers are required.
TalkBack — All of the buttons have programmable LEDs, so you can create your own interfaces simply by sending MIDI commands back to the Ohm.
USB Powered and Plug and Play — The Ohm64 is completely plug and play and USB powered. This means you don’t need drivers to use it and it works with a single USB cable.
High Quality Faders and Knobs — The smoothness of the faders and knobs of the Ohm64 give it a true instrument feel. High quality dual rail sliders and all knobs give you precise hands on control.
MIDI In and Out — MIDI in and MIDI out jacks let you control analog MIDI devices or connect other controllers to your Ohm64. You can also send MIDI from your computer to the Ohm64.
Crossfader — The DJ style crossfader is designed to withstand heavy use and it comes with a custom wood knob designed for performance.
Ohm64 Editor — All of the assignments on the Ohm can be changed, remapped, and saved to the Ohm using Livid’s open source Ohm64 Editor software.
Custom Design — Livid Instruments controllers are built by hand (with the help of a few robots) and multiple finishes as well as an unfinished model are offered.
Software — The Ohm64 comes with a full copy of the Cell DNA VJ software. Also available is a growing library of open source tools to transform you controller into a custom performance instrument.
The OHM64 is now available from the Livid Shop for $599 USD.
Cinematic Instruments has recently launched a new library of rare and special instruments.
Our goal is to create expressive and powerful tools for people who are writing music. No matter what kind of music…
Cinematique Instruments – some of the sampled instruments/objects
Cinematique Instruments libraries
Autoharp – This is a stringed instrument with a series of chord bars. Despite its name, the autoharp is not a harp – it’s a chorded zither – and it’s the perfect instrument to give subtle highlights to all kinds of music. (6 patches)
Muted Baritone Ukulele – This is the largest size of ukulele and is tuned differently to the others (D-G-B-E, the same as the last four strings of a standard guitar, as opposed to G-C-E-A). We’ve concentrated on the muted played notes which can add beautiful light and subtle elements to your music. (3 patches)
Kantele – This a traditional plucked string instrument of the zither family native to Finland and Estonia with a distinctive bell-like sound and a diatonic tuning. We’ve made a Kontakt patch to play it in a chromatic tuning. (3 patches)
Magnus Harmonica Organ – This little organs use an electric fan to blow air across reeds, like a giant harmonica with keys. (3 patches)
Super Sound EK-470 – This is the processed e-piano sound of a low-cost, garbage keyboard for just €25. The sound is warm and crunchy. (3 patches)
Zeitter & Winkelmann Piano – This is our rehearsal piano, located in one of our control rooms. It’s got a warm and organic charm. (3 patches).
Mallets / Percussion (Tuned)
Glass – A collection of glasses and vases in different sizes. We scrubbed, rubbed, tapped and hit all the glass and made some very nice instruments out of it. (3 patches)
Metallic Objects/Lids – A collection of lid sounds. We struck the lids with fingers and recorded various sounds. It allows you to make up your own lid-mallet sound.
Metallic Objects/Kitchen, Handrail – This is a collection of sounds, noises, crashes and bangs made with our studio fixture and fittings: our iron KITCHEN and our staircase with its huge HANDRAIL. The result is astonishing: experimental percussion, strange and remarkable mallets.
Percussion – All percussion sounds are easy to play in a lively, realistic and organic way (no loops). Available as a multi set or single instruments of: Bongos, Chimes, Guiro, Ocean Drum, Shaker, Spring Drum and Tambourine. Just in the multi are: Toms, Cymbals and Wood.
Cinematique Instruments libraries are available in .nki-format for Native-Instruments Kontakt 3 or 3.5. All samples are in 44.1 kHz/ 16Bit mono/stereo .wav-Format. Prices start at 7 EUR.