Friday, April 29, 2011
Today's Free Sample Friday consists of synthesized drum sounds created in Sonic Charge's Microtonic and then processed (all at the same setting) with D16 Group's Decimort to dirty them up a bit. 11 24-bit WAV samples weighing in around 650k.
GO GET THEM!
Nearly a year in the making, Camel Audio has released Version 1.20.1 of its flagship Alchemy synth. This is a major update adding 64-bit support, RTAS support, vastly expanded sample format, among a ton of other fixes and features. (Check out the complete list below...) Existing users can log in to their accounts on the Camel Audio web page to download the free update.
And in other news, Alchemy Player, the playback-only/limited waveform version of Alchemy, has been made absolutely free. This will definitely give the curious a great way to get a feel for the sound of the synth before buying it.
Now for those new features:
New formats - 64-bit and RTAS
64-bit support for Mac and Windows - access unlimited memory
RTAS Support for Pro Tools on Mac and Windows
SFZ Sample Playback Support
SFZ support - high quality loading of 3rd party and converted SFZs
Key switching for fast access to articulations
Round robin support for added realism
Unlimited zones for velocity, round robin, key switches...
Intelligent sample memory handling halves the sample memory required
Multiple audio file import when holding down 'Shift' with automatic mapping to keys
Easy SFZ loading via File -> Load
Improved GUI and New Skin
New 'Nightshade' skin by BitPlant
Switch skins from the file menu
Volume level meters for master filters and sources
Zoom size remembered for all editors
MSEG curves reset by double-click
Other New Features
Additional mod source for polyphonic aftertouch
Improved auto-assign for performance controls
24 new acoustic reverb presets
Randomise snapshots option
Support for shortcuts or aliases to folders
Improved MIDI program change implementation
Easier, faster, more reliable sound library installation
Supports new '.CamelSounds' file type for easier installation
Improved stability and GUI handling in all hosts
Improved Cameleon preset import
Increased MSEG editor maximum zoom
MSEG stretch mode now allow horizontal dragging
Demo period increased to 4 weeks
Effects rack now supports mouse wheel
Reduced mouse sensitivity when editing breakpoints
Allow use of different spectral palettes
Save consolidated no longer copies factory samples
User details only displayed once per instance
Faster updating of re-mix pad and other controls
Additive editor phase value reset on left click
Copy to all snapshots now works for snapshot volume
All submenus now display a check mark
Comment lines now supported in SFZ files
New 'Importing Audio' and 'Granular' tutorial videos - over 100 mins of tutorials
Videos now embedded in relevant page of manual
User Library Additions:
Now over 500 presets in User Library
WAV to oscillator and LFO waveform utilities available in user library
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Product: SM22 NuDisco
Format: Digital Download of Apple Loops, REX, Stylus RMX, plus Reason NNXT, Logic EXS-24, and Kontakt 2.
Genre: Nu-Disco, Electro, Retro
Distributed by: Sample Magic
Demo: Audio demos on product page.
NuDisco is the latest release from Sample Magic and covers the sound of a style I was previously unfamiliar with. If you're as uninformed as I was, NuDisco mixes elements of 70's disco with 80's funk and electro and gives the resulting music a more modern, polished sounding remix utilizing current dance music techniques such as side-chaining, bit-crushing, and glitching. Got it?
Sample Magic's NuDisco library aims to provide the user with all the elements they need to build their own NuDisco tracks. Nearly 400 one-hit drum sounds and nearly 500 loops are divided up into categories for basslines, drum loops, guitar loops, full music loops, synth loops, tops loops, and vocal loops. The drum loops tend to favor typical 80's electro favorites such as the Roland TR-707, the Emu SP-1200, and the Oberheim DMX. Very 80's sounding reverbs (gated and otherwise) are used throughout, but the compression and punch/stomp of the loops is more consistent with current production standards.
The musical loops are similarly well constructed, and more importantly, the elements they provide are ones you might actually want to use. Almost all of the riffs are extremely catchy and could be just the spark you need to get started on a new track. The juxtaposition of cheesy 80's synths with modern stutter edits and other studio trickery is an interesting one and everything here is beautifully done.
I really had no complaints with this library. The music is catchy, the production quality is excellent and current, and the individual elements work with one another extraordinarily well. As always with Sample Magic libraries, this also includes a helpful PDF booklet containing info on the equipment used to make these loops, as well as tons of very helpful production tips to help you polish your tracks further. If NuDisco is your game, definitely give these a look! [10/10]
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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Friday, April 22, 2011
British sample developers Wave Alchemy have released a brand new free sample set featuring sounds from the vintage Korg KPR-77 drum machine.
Here's what they have to say:
"Tape KPR-77 by Wave Alchemy serves up over 280 free drum samples (recorded directly to 1/4" analogue tape) from the Korg KPR-77 drum machine.
The KPR-77 was originally manufactured by Korg in the early 1980’s and was advertised as a cheaper alternative to Roland’s successful TR-606 drum machine. Surprisingly this quirky little analogue machine is capable of producing quite powerful drum sounds, we are especially fond of the toms, snares and claps!
Tape KPR-77 contains three pre-mapped drum kit patches for use with Kontakt 2, 3, & 4 and Battery 3. Each kit makes use of extensive velocity layering, round robin sample playback and choke groups which in turn capture the quirkiness and expressiveness of the original unit.The Kits
- Tape Clean - Includes 127 KPR-77 drum samples which have been recorded directly to 1/4" tape via a Studer A80 Mk1 analogue tape machine at a clean / neutral level. This kit includes 5 round robin samples per sound as well as 3 velocity layers per hit!
- Tape Saturated – Includes 127 KPR-77 drum samples which have been recorded at a hot level (providing obvious tape saturation) to 1/4" tape via a Studer A80 Mk1 analogue tape machine. This kit includes 5 round robin samples per sound as well as 3 velocity layers per hit!
- Driven Kit – Includes 27 KPR-77 drum samples which have been recorded and processed through a variety of Wave Alchemy’s outboard studio collection!"
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Since it was announced at Musicmesse, there has been a lot of speculation about what the price of the Monotribe would be. Now we have some idea, thanks to alert reader Psyche Poppet, who spotted this on the Hard to Find website.
Looks like about £169, or roughly $275. I don't know about you, but I'd say the price is right!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
We sort of take it for granted today that our synths have patch memory on them. In fact, for those of us working with software synths, we even take for granted that the exact settings for a particular song will be restored every time we open a song.