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Toontrack EZkeys Mellotoon

Written by Site Update on October 23rd, 2014

Read more about Toontrack EZkeys Mellotoon at MusicRadar.com


The latest extension to Toontrack’s EZkeys line of songwriting and virtual keyboard software (plugin and standalone; £55 as an expansion for existing owners) is a multisampled Mellotron M400.

“Alongside the main presets are five ‘mixed instruments’ and four pads”

The Mellotron was a legendary tape-based instrument made famous by the likes of Genesis and The Beatles, and often cited as the forerunner to the sampler.

15 of its tapes have been captured, including Flute, Cello, String Section and Boys Choir, each one opening with its own set of adjustable parameters (reverb, Brilliance and Presence for Cello, for example), and all sounding fabulously crusty and evocative.

Alongside the main presets are five “mixed instruments” and four pads (layered and processed combinations), but even with those, it’s a very restrictive soundset, thanks to the inherent limitations of the source instrument.

Read more about Toontrack EZkeys Mellotoon at MusicRadar.com







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Little Endian updates SpectrumWorx to v2.9.4

Written by Site Update on October 23rd, 2014

Little Endian has updated SpectrumWorx to v2.9.4. Added: “User’s guide” button in the About page. New image for LFO controlled knobs when automatic knob updating is turned off. Improved: Undo/redo [Read More]
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Crypto Cipher releases “Tabla Loops” in Kontakt, REX & WAV formats with Intro Offer

Written by Site Update on October 23rd, 2014

Crypto Cipher has released Tabla Loops, a new sample loop library in Kontakt, REX and WAV formats. Technical Specification: Articulation Based Tabla Phrase Library. 1130+ phrases ranging from [Read More]
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Heavyocity releases DM-307 for Ableton – Plus Free Pack & Discounts

Written by Site Update on October 23rd, 2014

Heavyocity has announced that its DM-307 is now formatted for Ableton Live. You can choose from 5 packs, each containing Drum Racks, Loops [full and stems] and One-Shots, or get the entire collection [Read More]
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Soundsdivine releases ‘Soul Design V2′ for XILS 4

Written by Site Update on October 23rd, 2014

Soundsdivine has released Soul Design V2, a bank that contains 136 presets for Xils-Lab’s XILS 4 synthesizer. Primarily focused on recreating famous electronic sounds from the 1970s, this bank [Read More]
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Acon Digital updates Multiply to v1.1.1

Written by Site Update on October 23rd, 2014

Acon Digital has updated Multiply to version 1.1 (actually 1.1.1). Multiply is a versatile chorus effect with a unique twist and the winning entry in the KVR Developer Challenge 2014. Changes [Read More]
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NASA Posts a Huge Library of Space Sounds, And You’re Free To Use Them

Written by Site Update on October 22nd, 2014

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Space is the place. Again.

And SoundCloud is now a place you can find sounds from the US government space agency, NASA. In addition to the requisite vocal clips (“Houston, we’ve had a problem” and “The Eagle has landed”), you get a lot more. There are rocket sounds, the chirps of satellites and equipment, lightning on Jupiter, interstellar plasma and radio emissions. And in one nod to humanity, and not just American humanity, there’s the Soviet satellite Sputnik (among many projects that are international in nature).

Many of these sounds were available before; I’ve actually used a number of them in my own music. But putting them on SoundCloud makes them much easier to browse and find, and there are download links. Have a listen below.

Another thing: you’re free to use all of these sounds as you wish, because NASA’s own audio isn’t copyrighted. It’s meant to be a public service to the American people of their taxpayer-funded government program, but that extends to everyone. There are some restrictions – not everything NASA publishes is covered by the same license, though it appears to be on SoundCloud. And you aren’t free to use NASA’s name or logo or imply commercial endorsement. (The Eagle didn’t land on a bag of Doritos.) But that means just about any imaginable musical application is fair game. They do ask you to list NASA as source, but that’s only reasonable. Read their content guidelines for full details.

Let the space remixing begin.

European Space Agency, your move.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in. If you want more, NASA centres all have archival libraries, and the agency has routinely worked with artists and composers to interpret the work they do. See also other research centers around the world. And yes, that’s my Saturn V photo at the top, because, and I’m sure this will come as a huge shock to everyone who reads this site, I’m a big nerd.

https://soundcloud.com/nasa

Have you made music with space sounds? Let us know in comments.

The post NASA Posts a Huge Library of Space Sounds, And You’re Free To Use Them appeared first on Create Digital Music.


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Turn a Rock Band Keytar Into a Mellotron, And More Standalone Instruments

Written by Site Update on October 22nd, 2014

Lurking in the bargain bins of game shops is a surprisingly well-built keyboard. The Rock Band “keytar” controller may have been made for games, but the keybed is solid, the thing is light, and it can run on batteries. So why not turn it into a standalone instrument?

That’s what Jamie Robertson has done with his, and he shows you how.

The magic here is something he calls the WAV Trigger. Without naming any names, while there are a lot of cool Arduino shields and the like out there, a lot of them are pretty functionally limited. They’re cool to play with, you can build some fun projects, and they can teach you a lot — but the WAV Trigger is something different.

It’s built to play 14 tracks of uncompressed audio at once, with enough control that it becomes a viable, 14-voice, polyphonic sample playback instrument. MIDI is built in, and trigger latency is low (around 8 msec).

It’s also a bargain – under US$ 50.

The mod isn’t tough, either. Check out the full instructions from Jamie (“Robertsonics”):
Turn the Rock Band 3 keyboard into a sampling instrument with the WAV Trigger

And more on the WAV Trigger:
The WAV Trigger vs. MP3 players

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Fabulous bargain stuff.

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Sonivox releases Anatomy v2.0 for Kontakt 5 at new lower price

Written by Site Update on October 22nd, 2014

SONiVOX has re-released Anatomy, which is described as “a re-imagination of the human form as an infinite template of sound”. It’s been re-mastered for Kontakt 5 and now costs $ 99.99 (formerly [Read More]
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MusicLab updates Real Instruments series to v3.1 incl. VST3 & AAX Support

Written by Site Update on October 22nd, 2014

MusicLab has updated RealGuitar, RealLPC and RealStrat to version 3.1. Changes: 32/64-bit AAX support on Windows/Mac. 32/64-bit VST3 support on Windows/Mac. Minor bug fixes. [Read More]
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