discoDSP intros Tinga’s Gamelan free soundset for Corona

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discoDSP Corona

discoDSP has announced the release of the Tinga’s Gamelan sound library for the Corona software synthesizer for Windows and Mac.

Tinga’s Gamelan is a 115 MB bank including presets using custom tunings.

Tinga’s Gamelan features

  • Set of samples from various sources, all have been re-tuned in C with Audacity 4 samples from http://freesound.org/people/Robinhood76/packs/3940/
  • 2 birds SF2 files (place at Documents\discoDSP\Corona\Waves\User.dwb)
  • Attack samples made with FuDrum 3 in Jeskola Buzz.
  • Steel drum notes recorded with a Zoom H4.

The soundbank is a free download for all Corona users.

More information: discoDSP

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Short links for March 26th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Mike Cook Arduinocaster

# Arduinocaster shreds in MIDI

Mike Cook takes the keytar to the next level.

Arduinocaster is a an Arduino based MIDI instrument modelled on a guitar sometimes called a keytar. It uses switches and LEDs to control six "strings" which are held down in guitar like chords. Triggering the strings is through an opto reflective switch for a continuous repeating strum and four touch sensitive switches for a one off sequence. There are three banks of four picking / strumming / arpeggio styles and a three octave capo. Voice change information can also be sent.

# glitchNES – NO CARRIER/Don Miller’s glitchNES is an open source software project for the Nintendo Entertainment System. This software causes graphical glitches similar to hardware circuit-bending. The current version is 0.1 (initial release).
Link via CDM

Clubhouse Strummer

# Dinosaurs and Robots: The Clubhouse Strummer

Mark Frauenfelder writes:

My goal was to make an electric string instrument that uses drone tuning. I don't know anything about music theory, but drone tuning is a way to tune an instrument that makes it sound good no matter what you do with your fret fingers. Sitars, some dulcimers, and bagpipes use drone tuning. The clubhouse strummer uses GDG tuning (the Gs are one octave apart). I copied the fret layout from a strumstick, but I could have used this handy mountain dulcimer fret calculator to figure out the fret spacing.

# gotoandlearn.com – Flash Player 10 Beta: Dynamic Sound
Learn how to dynamically create sounds using the new features in Astro.

# Synth1 random preset generator
Christophe Roussy created a utility to generate random presets for Synth 1.

Synth1 is my favorite free software synthesizer to this date. There are a lot of preset banks available on the web. I had a look at the preset format and thought it would be easy to generate random presets if I could figure out how the values are stored. I decided to write a small Java application that can generate random presets.

# Free Korg MS-20 Patches
Waveformless offers some free patches for Korg's MS-20 synth plug-in.

8bitcollective drum machine compilation

# little-scale: Drum Machine Compilation

Kezziebeat writes:

"Due to a song I created just a couple of days ago, I became inspired to start this compo. I want to make a compilation of songs using only kick drums and noise. Yes, only drums. No leads, no melodies, no arps (even slutty ones). I want to see what people can create when they only have a beat to work with.

# Zoom H4n review – Brad Linder takes a look at the latest Zoom H4 field recorder.

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Short links for January 12th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Zoom H4N

# First look at the Zoom H4N digital audio recorder

Brad Linder takes a look at the Zoom H4N, a digital pocket recorder.

I got a chance to stop by the Samson booth at CES yesterday and check out the new Zoom H4N digital audio recorder. This flash recorder is an upgraded version of the Zoom H4, but Zoom and Samson don't plan to phase out the older model. Rather, they'll now offer flash recorders in three price ranges, $199 for the Zoom H2, $249 to $299 for the Zoom H4, and $349 for the zoom H4N, which is a bit closer to being a pro audio device. The new recorder should begin shipping in February.

# Like a DIY NAMM: Handmade Music Preview, with Gestural Gadgets, Mannequin Parts, More

Peter Kirn posts details on some of the DIY projects that you can go check out for yourself at the upcoming Handmade Music Night, this thursday in NYC.

What’s new in the world of music technological creations? It’s stunning how much people are creating in their private workshops and bedrooms. I’m pleased to have the chance to share it virtually here, and Thursday night in person in New York City.

Here’s a look at the projects. It’s a bit like having an all-DIY, oddball music tech trade show – eat your heart out, NAMM show! (Warning: one slightly not-safe-for-work clip of a mannequin getting felt up.)

# Stanwood craftsman puts human touch on factory-made pianos – Darrell Fandrich is a micromaker of pianos, importing instruments from China and parts from Europe and the U.S. and rebuilding them as Fandrich & Sons pianos. A craftsman in an assembly-line world, Fandrich hopes that human touch can turn back the clock on pianos built by conveyor belt.

# Interview With Smule’s Dr. Ge Wang (Maker of iPhone Ocarina)

Modulate This interview with Dr. Ge Wang

Mark Mosher interviews Dr. Ge Wang, CTO and Co-founder of Smule.com.

Smule are the makers of extremely popular and innovative iPhone applications such as Sonic Lighter and Ocarina. Dr. Wang is also an assistant professor at Stanford University, at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University and a BS in Computer Science from Duke University. Ge is the creator and chief architect of the ChucK audio programming language, and the founding director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk).

I asked a wide variety of questions in this interview – so – whether you are a musician, a developer, an iPhone user, or an entrepreneur, I hope you find this interview interesting and enlightening.

The interview is available in YouTube and mp3 formats.

# Music Thing: The end of Music Thing, for now. – I’m sure you’ve heard the news… Thanks Music Thing for all the great posts over the years.

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Kent Williams releases free Toy Piano sample pack

Schoenhut Toy Piano

Kent Williams has released a free pack of samples of a Toy Piano.

Kent writes:

I was at my brother’s house over the weekend and sampled his daughter’s toy piano with a Zoom H4. The instrument sampled was I believe the Schoenhut ‘Fancy Baby Grand‘.

The download contains the samples, a Kontakt3 instrument, and an Ableton Live Drum Rack instrument.

You can listen to an example of the samples here and download them here.

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Zoom H4 firmware updated to v2.0

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Zoom H4 Handy Recorder

The firmware for the Zoom H4 Handy Recorder has been updated to version 2.0.

Changes in v2.0

  • Support for SDHC cards over 4GB
  • Adopted a larger display font to be easier to read
  • Indicates the battery capacity and recordable time at the top of the screen
  • Added a File Dividing function to create separate files for each song from a long-hours of live recording
  • Added a Low-Cut filter to reduce wind noise and breath popping
  • Added an MP3 post-encoding funciton which can convert recorded WAV files into MP3s
  • Added a Mono Mix function for the purpose of Electronic News Gathering
  • Added an Auto Recording function enables you to start recording automatically when the input signal exceeds a certain level
  • Added a Normalize function lets you increase the audio level of the recorded file at a maximum

Brad Linder says the software update does not solve the electric pulsing noise problem when you’re running on battery power, so the best solution is still to build your own battery pack.

Visit Zoom’s H4 download page for more information, links to download the lastest firmware and a supplemental manual.

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