Tuesday, April 30, 2013

U-he Releases Free Updates

u-he has released free updates for ACE, Diva, Zebra2, Uhbik, MFM2, Filterscape, Podolski, Triple Cheese, and the Dark Zebra.  This is a minor update that includes VST3 support on Mac and Windows, 64-bit VST2 support for Mac, new installers with improved support for Windows 7 & 8 and OS X Mountain Lion, and fixes to various small issues.

Sonic State Interview with Flood

Missed this when it was originally posted, but my friend Seb mentioned it on his Facebook, so thanks for that, Seb!  Not a huge fan of his recent work, but I think Flood's work in the 80's was some of the most original production work I've heard.

Sequential Circuits Pro One on eBay

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Korg MS-2000 on eBay

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Wave Alchemy Releases "Synth Drums"

Wave Alchemy has released a new electronic drum sample library called, simply, "Synth Drums".  The massive library consists of thousands of sampled synth drum and percussion sounds programmed on the likes of the Roland Jupiter-8, Roland System-100, Moog Minimoog, Korg MS-20, Sequential Circuits Pro One, and many more class analogs.  Instrument mappings for Battery 3, Halion, Kong, Kontakt, NN-XT, and SFZ formats.  Synth Drums retails for £54.95.  Audio demos and a selection of free samples from the library can be found on the product page.

Depeche Mode Perform "But Not Tonight" Live for the First Time

Friday night Depeche Mode played a show for 400 lucky fans and KROQ listeners at LA's Troubador. Proving that even old schoolers have a few tricks up their sleeves, the band performed "But Not Tonight" from their seminal 1986 "Black Celebration" album for the first time live.

[via SlicingUpEyeballs]

kiloHearts Releases Disperser

Plug-in developers kiloHearts have released "Disperser", a "phase rotator" effect.  What does that mean?  I'll let them shed some light on that:

"Have you ever wanted to rotate the phases of your signal to create frequency sweeps? Funny, neither had we, but then we tried it and were blown away! Disperser smears high energy transients through space and time without modifying the gain of the sound. 

The result is a different take on transient shaping or, when used at extreme settings, an effect capable of shaping the sounds in ways you didn’t know you wanted to do. Boomy kicks, snappy hihats, synthetic wet basses or just a sweet utility to shape your signal's peaks and crest factor. The choice is yours! 

Disperser is available as VST and AudioUnit plugins which work in all popular digital audio workstations like Cubase, Sonar, Logic Pro, Garageband, Ableton Live, FL Studio, Reaper, Studio One and many others. Both 32 bit and 64 bit versions are available on MacOS X and Windows operating systems."

Disperser retails for $19 and a fully-functional demo is available on the product page.

AZur Studio Releases 114 Free Patches for TAL Noisemaker

AZur Studio has released 114 free patches for TAL's awesome free NoiseMaker synth.

[via KVR]

Acidlab Bassline 2 on eBay

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Yamaha CS-70M on eBay

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Formanta UDS Drum Synth

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Alesis Air Synth on eBay

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Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 w/ Poly Sequencer on eBay

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Free Sample Friday: DUNE Trance Lead

Today's free multi-sampled instrument is a sample of the "Big Room Trance RL" preset from Synapse Audio Software's excellent DUNE synth.  9 samples in total as 24-bit WAV files weighing in around 13.2 MB.


And if you own DUNE, by all means, check out my preset pack through Waveformless Soundware.  128 cool sounds for only $9.99.

Teisco 100p on eBay

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Korg Poly-800 on eBay

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

John Foxx and the Maths Remix OMD

One electronic music legend remixes another!

Making Dutch-style Leads in Absynth

Here's a great tutorial demonstrating how to make a Dutch-style synth lead in Native Instruments Absynth.

[via Dubspot on YouTube]

Free Kontakt "Zhaleika" Sample Library from Ilya Efimov Productions

Ilya Efimov Productions has released Zhaleika, a Kontakt sample instrument of a Russian ethnic horn that sounds similar to bagpipes.  The library weighs in at 82MB and is available as a free download.

[via Bedroom Producers]

Access Virus Snow on eBay

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Akai VX90 on eBay

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Moog Micromoog on eBay

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Free Sample Friday: Police Scanner Chatter

Today's free sample collection is made up of 13 samples of radio chatter from a police scanner.  While this might not seem useful at first glance, I highly recommend you try time-stretching, granular synthesis, and other sound design techniques to transform them into something new entirely.


Casio KX-101 Keyboard Boombox on eBay

I think this might be the most 80's thing I have ever seen in my life...

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Interview with a Legend: Alan Parsons

[via Rodemicrophones on YouTube]

Using Absynth's Aetherizer

Here's a great tutorial from Dubspot on utilizing the Aetherizer effect included in Native Instruments Absynth for sound design.

[via Dubspot on YouTube]

Selling My Korg MS-20ic on eBay

Selling my own personal Korg MS-20ic controller for the Korg Legacy software.  Of course, you can use it as a MIDI controller and assign the knobs to control just about any softsynth you care to via your DAW's MIDI learn features.  Pretty much perfect condition in the original box.  Also includes USB cable and all the original patch cables.

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Sequential Circuits Prophet VS on eBay

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Korg DW-6000 on eBay

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Red Bull Music Academy Interviews Giorgio Moroder

Red Bull Music Academy has posted an interview with disco pioneer and super-producer Giorgio Moroder in which he discusses, among other things, the time he tried to arrange a duet between Sylvester Stallone and Bob Dylan.  Can you imagine how unintelligible the lyrics to that song would've been?!

Nick Crow Lab Releases Free TubeDriver Plug-in

Nick Crow Lab has released TubeDriver for Mac (VST & AU) and Windows (VST), a plug-in that emulates an analog tube amplifier.  Here's a rundown of the controls:

Pre EQ - High Pass, Peak, Shelf and resonant Low Pass filters.
BIAS Adjusts tube stage’s grid bias which control the symmetry of the tube amp       saturation.
DRIVE -Amount of gain applied by the tube amp.
VOLUME - Output level..
BOOST +12 db additional gain applied by the tube amp.
BYPASS - Switch TubeDriver in bypass mode.
MONO - Switch TubeDriver in mono mode - process Left Input, output Left and Right.
PHASE Invert phase of output signal.
HP Freq – Post High Pass Filter frequency.
LP Freq– Post Low Pass Filter frequency.
Oversample - Oversampling Rate in realtime.
16x On Render – Oversampling Rate in Render (Mixdown) mode of host:

OFF - Oversampling Rate in Render (Mixdown) mode of host same as in realtime;
ON - Oversampling Rate have a maximum (16x) value in Render (Mixdown) mode of host.          

TubeDriver is free, but Nick Crow Lab does accept donations, so if you like it and use it, please consider throwing a couple bones their way.

Roland JX-3P on eBay

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Rheem Kee Bass on eBay

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