Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sonic Projects Releases OP-X PRO-II

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Remiix International Feel Released for iPhone

"To help celebrate their two year anniversary, remix the Balearic sounds of the mysterious label from Uruguay: International Feel. Remiix International Feel is an interactive record, a 2011 version of Brian Eno’s ‘Generative Music’. Combine instrumental loops, playful vocals, slo-mo drum & percussion loops and mercury infused basslines, straight from the shores of Vesuvius.

What is Remiix
The concept is simple. Songs are meticulously organized in four groups or reels. Mix loops from different reels in ANY combination; it’s guaranteed to sound like a professional mix. The sounds are all automatically beat-matched and re- pitched in key. Tweak the sounds with studio-grade effects to add some subtle flavour or to completely transform the material. A high-quality, streamlined, artist-themed interface, including an artist and label info page, adds to the experience.

What is International Feel
Says label boss Mark B: “International Feel is based in Punta Del Este on Uruguay’s Atlantic Coast. The label came into existence to create a home for open minded music heads driven by 100% passion and perfection in everything we do. Whether it be the music itself or the vinyl cut... the artwork or the remixes, we strive to create pieces of music and artwork that play with expectations, never drop the quality and become desirable and collectable items of timeless beauty.”

Over the past 12 months International Feel has released tracks and remixes by DJ Harvey, Daniele Baldelli, Still Going, Greg Wilson, Joakim, Quiet Village and many others, as well as breaking new artists like Rocha and Hungry Ghost. This year has also seen acclaimed album releases from Gatto Fritto and DJ Harvey’s Locussolus project (from which two tracks are included on this version of Remiix).


Hungry Ghost - Illuminations
Bubble Club - The Goddess
Rocha - Hands Of Love
Locussolus - Next To You
Coyote - Moving
Locussolus - I Want It"

Red Roland SH-101 on eBay

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1960's Taffet Electronics Audio Oscillator on eBay

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Waldorf Pulse on eBay

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Camel Audio Releases Alchemy Mobile

Camel Audio have announced Alchemy Mobile, a special version of their flagship Alchemy softsynth.  The app is available in two flavors, a free version with limited features, and a "pro" version that expands on those a bit.  Here's what they have to say about it:

"Turn your iPhone / iPad into a powerful synthesizer! Alchemy Mobile includes everything from evolving soundscapes and fat bases to lush pads and pulsing arpeggios, and is available for free from the iTunes App store. This is the iOS version of Camel Audio's award-winning Mac/PC Alchemy synth - the leading sample manipulation synthesizer which can be heard on thousands of records and films by world-class artists.
Touch Remote for Alchemy on Mac/PC
With the Pro Upgrade ($19.99/€15.99/£13.99), you can remotely control Alchemy or the free Alchemy Player on your desktop computer. This is the first iPhone App to offer a dedicated touch remote feature for a desktop synth! Easy one touch access to the remix pad and preset selection means you'll spend more time getting inspired and less time reaching for your mouse.
Create Your Own Sounds with the Remix Pad
Discover an almost limitless palette of sounds using the unique remix pad to morph between sound variations. 16 controls including cutoff, resonance, ADSR and effects parameters are specially selected for each preset to make tweaking sounds to fit your music easier than ever.
External MIDI or Built In Keyboard
The Alchemy Mobile interface was designed with ease of use in mind. You can play the mini keyboard built into the app, which features scalable key size and one touch major and minor keys so even the clumsiest fingers can play along with friends. You can also plug in an external Core MIDI keyboard.
Copy/Paste and Loop Player
Using Alchemy with other apps like NanoStudio and Garageband is easy, thanks to the included loop player. Simply paste a loop from your sequencer into Alchemy Player, hit record, and play in your killer bass part, and then paste the resulting loop back into the sequencer. Alchemy Player is the first iPhone app to feature exposé, which makes switching between pages a breeze.
Most Powerful Synthesis Engine on iOS
Want to know why Alchemy Mobile has such amazing sounds which can change so drastically with a tap of the remix pad? The performance controls and remix pad are linked to the most powerful synthesis engine on iOS, which allows you to morph and change the sound in radical ways not possible with any other synth. Alchemy's VA synth, sampler and granular and additive resynthesis, combined with almost unlimited modulation sources, effects and a flexible arpeggiator are used to power this expressive way of creating new sounds for your music.
Expandable with Sound Libraries
The free version of Alchemy Mobile includes 25 sounds, with a further 25 available when you register for free with Camel Audio. You can expand Alchemy Mobile with a wide range of sound libraries such as BigTone, Cinematic and Arp Dimensions from world class sound designers. The libraries each contain 50 sounds (400 variations) and are available as in-app purchases for $4.99/€3.99/£2.99.
Check out the FAQ for answers to all the most commonly asked questions.

Free Features

  • remix pad to morph between sound variations and create your own sound
  • 16 performance controls so you can easily tweak sounds to fit your music
  • most powerful iOS synthesis engine with VA, sampler, granular and additive resynthesis
  • external MIDI keyboard support
  • loop player with 25 drum loops included
  • copy and paste support for easy integration with sequencers
  • built in keyboard with scalable keys
  • one touch major and minor chords
  • iPad native version included
  • 25 sounds with 25 more free when you register
  • add on sound libraries available as in-app purchases

Pro Features

  • remote control of Alchemy or free Alchemy Player on your desktop computer
  • free download of Mobile version (if available) of desktop sound libraries you own
  • 125 sounds
  • 50 loops"

Maestro Ring Modulator RM-1A by Oberheim Electronics on eBay

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Roland V-Synth on eBay

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Headed Down Under

By the time you read this, I'll be on a plane headed to Australia for my band's second Australian tour.  As you might imagine, the schedule of the blog might be a bit disrupted, although I will try to continue posting as regularly as is possible.  I've also brought along my field recorder, so hopefully I can get some exotic sounds for Free Sample Friday.  Or at the least the sound of me enjoying an ice cold Balmers.

• September 30th, Brisbane, Australia @ UBER
• October 1st, Sydney, Australia @ Herman's
• October 2nd, Canberra, Australia @ Transit Bar
• October 7th, Melbourne, Australia @ E. Brunswick Club

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Keshanator Generates Pop Lyrics for You

Do you ever get the feeling when listening to today's pop music that a computer program could generate the lyrics at random just as well as a human being?  Well, look no further, as enterprising Gearslutz user BloodSample has unleashed the Keshanator on the unsuspecting public.  All you need to do is enter a title for your pop masterpiece, define the structure of the song, then sit back and let the Keshanator draw on its ever-growing database of phrases to create your Grammy-winning hit.  Hilarious and sad at the same time.

[via Gearslutz]

Friday, September 23, 2011

Free Sample Friday: SQ-80 Moog Bass

Today's free samples are again sourced from the underrated Ensoniq SQ-80.  This time out, it's a sound I programmed myself called Moogbs.  As the name implies, it's a punchy synth bass sort of like what you'd expect from a Minimoog.  For a digital synth, the SQ-80 is capable of some quite analog-sounding tones (thanks in part to the fact that it has analog filters).  5 octaves in total are multisampled on every C and G as 24-bit stereo WAV files.  Files weigh in around 2.5 MB.


(By the way, DJAfroMac turned last week's Free Sample Friday samples into an Ableton Live Rack, which you can get here...)

Korg DW-8000 on eBay

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Roland JD-800 on eBay

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

AudioSpillage Announces MiniSpillage 2

AudioSpillage has announced the release of MiniSpillage 2, a drum instrument for Mac in AU format.  The new version builds on the drum synthesis abilities of MiniSpillage and adds sampling abilities allowing you to combine the best of both worlds.  Also new is the integrated step sequencer.  MiniSpillage2 is available for pre-order for just $25.  Here's the details:

What's new in MiniSpillage 2
• Integrated 8 track sequencer• Re-modelled drum synth section• Load and play WAV/AIFF files• Improved preset browser• 4 stereo audio outputs• Upgraded overdrive effects• Alternative themes
Key Sequencer Features:
• 8 part pattern based step sequencer• Modulate parameters via sequencer• Assign patterns to MIDI keys• Groove quantize / swing controls• Copy/paste pattern editor
Key Synthesis Features:
• 4 custom drum synthesis algorithms• Load and play WAV/AIFF files• 3 ADSR envelopes per pad• 2 LFOs per pad• 1 Overdrive and 1 filter unit per pad• Extensive editing features• High resolution DSP code• 64-bit compatibility

Assemblage 23 Live in Los Angeles

If you're going to be in the Los Angeles area on Friday, my band will be playing a show at Das Bunker.  This is an exciting show for us as we will not only be debuting our new drummer, but will also be playing our next single live for the first time.  So if you want to get a sneak peak of what's ahead for Assemblage 23, get yourself there!

[photo by Olga Danilova]

Radikal Technologies Accelerator on eBay

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Kawai K1-m on eBay

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Korg Z1 on eBay

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Linplug Releases Relectro

Linplug has announced their first effects plug-in, called Relectro.  This unusual plug-in is designed to take drum loops and transform them into electronic-sounding mutations of the original loop using waveform replacement, filters, pitch modulation, lfos, step modulators.  Relectro goes for $79 and is available for Mac (AU/RTAS/VST) or PC (VST).  A demo is available on the Linplug site.

Arp Odyssey mk1 on eBay

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Vermona DRM1 mkII Analog Drum Synth on eBay

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Sequential Circuits Prophet-10 on eBay

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Synth1 to Get a Mac Version

The popular freeware Windows softsynth Synth1, which is based on the popular Nord Lead hardware synth is apparently getting a Mac port at long last.  You can download the beta here (holy crap, people still have Geocities sites?!) The down side is, it's only available in VST format for the time being...


Where Is Your God NOW?

Word on the streets is that unlikely celebrity Susan Boyle will be releasing a new album this November with the even more unlikely covers of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" and Tears for Fears' "Mad World".  I don't even know what to say about this other than, "NO."

[via Side-line]

Limited Edition Black Waldorf Blofeld

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Korg Poly-61 on eBay

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Moog Micromoog on eBay

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