HISS and a ROAR has announced the release of its Tortured Piano sample library.
There is nothing sadder than the death of a musical instrument, but this broken old piano was deceased long before I got it. So my mission was to immortalise its final sounds as it was struck, scraped, twanged, hit and slowly deconstructed to a pile of kindling and broken wires. And then a wake was held….
The resulting library is an incredibly diverse collection of disturbing and unsettling sounds, perfect for evocative sound design but also useful for many practical applications: some of the wood creaks, shrieks, hits & splits are particularly resonant, while many of the metal-on-wood scrapes are prime source material for woosh creation.
Tortured Piano features
24bit 192kHz stereo.
3.7GB download, 7.3GB unrar’d.
Tortured Piano is available to purchase for the introductory price of $79 USD until May 20, 2011 (regular price $99 USD).
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.