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Free Download Puts Your Sound in a Cold War NSA Listening Station

Monday, January 12th, 2015


Long before PRISM was tuning in your chats and emails, the US National Security Agency (NSA) had Teufelsberg — the three-domed structure erected on top of a “devil’s mountain” of WWII rubble dumped on top of a half-finished Nazi military school. From this perch high above Berlin, the US government and its allies listened in on the Communists of the Eastern Bloc and Soviet Union.

Touring Teufelsberg these days is certainly possible, but it requires some climbing — you’re unlikely to be able to haul a sound system to add reverberation from its magnificent, neo-futuristic geodesic dome spaces. Here’s the next best thing.

The folks at Balance Mastering got into the different domes of the structure to record impulse responses — files that you can add to a range of reverb tools (including some free ones) to make it sound as if your sources are being heard in this environment. (The technique is known as convolution.)

They’ve captured some amazing sounds. You get cavernous reverbs, but with a lot of character — strange reflections and resonances owing to the space — in a number of variations. Logic and Ableton each have reverb plug-ins you can use these files with, and Balance Mastering in the article suggest other solutions, too, including free Mac and Windows plug-ins.

Free Teufelsberg NSA listening tower impulse responses

If you’re curious about the space — which has also been the scene to some Berlin party history (well, and the odd Native Instruments promo video), VICE/Motherboard have been there:

Take a Tour of Teufelsberg, Berlin’s Abandoned NSA Listening Station

Maybe that isn’t your only wish. Curious what your tracks sound like on a big club sound system — and don’t have any friends running sound at Berghain? Solved:
Free Funktion One impulse responses. Hear your mix at London club The Hive Project.

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Plug-in Maker Camel Audio is Deceased; Download Software Now

Thursday, January 8th, 2015


Camel Audio have long been a favorite name in plug-in instruments and effects, as makers of CamelSpace, CamelPhat, the Alchemy sample manipulation instrument. But their software hasn’t seen updates in some time, and today customers were greeted with a bare-bones site that presented only basic support options and a login.

Upon logging in, I read this:

January 8, 2015

We would like to thank you for the support we’ve received over the years in our efforts to create instruments and effects plug-ins and sound libraries.

Camel Audio’s plug-ins, Alchemy Mobile IAPs and sound libraries are no longer available for purchase. We will continue to provide downloads of your previous purchases and email support until July 7, 2015. We recommend you download all of your purchases and back them up so that you can continue to use them (Instructions: How to Download and Backup Your Products).

Those downloads are available now and it appears won’t be around forever.

There are two main scenarios here that would explain why all of these plug-ins didn’t just become free:
1. Licensing issues may prevent them from giving away the software. (Making it open source is often simply not an option; proprietary software often builds on proprietary libraries — or was simply never intended to be developed in an open environment.)
2. Assets may have been otherwise liquidated — as in, possibly sold to another developer.

Without any information, everything else is speculation.

The light of hope here, as noted in comments: sound designers were already working on Alchemy 2, meaning a new developer may take over the new synth.

The software business is tough — plain and simple. I’m very impressed by independent businesses making a go of it at all — see Audio Damage, for instance, who have built unique stuff with a liberal licensing scheme. But I know the numbers are very often right on the edge. And we have to remember that supporting those developers we love is what keeps them in business. Some day, they simply might not be there any more. I’m sad to see these folks go.

CDM asked Camel if they wish to comment; we’ll publish if we hear back from them.


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UVI releases PiNG – Free Game Download For UVI Workstation

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

UVI has announced the release of PiNG, which is available now for free download. PiNG is a free game for the also free UVI Workstation which brings some fun to the studio. Whether you need a [Read More]

A Pounding Free Download, A New Label, and Lots of Other Reasons to Love Paula Temple

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Paula Temple. Photo: Julia Gunther.

Paula Temple. Photo: Julia Gunther.

For me, one of the best things about 2014 was, simply, Paula Temple.

The artist, on R&S Records, consistently demonstrates that you can combine a dedication to heavy, left-field but traditional techno with an expansive appetite for experimentation. And then there are her signature, over-the-top-in-a-good way bass detonations. Her DJ sets were each highlights — check out the Goûte Mes Mix below, heavily featuring her regular collaborations Dadub, Eomac, and Lakker (the latter whom I got to join Friday in Amsterdam, lovely lads).

And then there was her audiovisual show with Jem the Misfit, a shining beacon at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event (from the aptly-named venue across the water, EYE). We’ll cover more in detail shortly as we talk to the artists but suffice to say I was impressed that Paula struck just the right balance between her shadowy, pounding techno world and more reflective moments of calm, perfectly matching the wondrous worlds of Jem the Misfit’s vibrant optical candy. Just as Paula Temple finds transcendence in tried-and-true techno vocabulary, Jemma Woolmore’s visual performance picked up familiar tropes — “let’s film stuff melting,” for instance — and makes them new, colorful abstract etudes and geometrically-tuned compositions.

Next up for Paula Temple’s ambitions is a new record label called Noise Manifesto. We’d heard word this was coming, but the free download “Gegen” gives us the first clue where this is going — before more releases come to Bandcamp and the like.

“Gegen” returns to Paula Temple’s roots. It is relentless, unforgiving techno with a synthesizer riff on top that sounds angry. It is also, for those of us who take pleasure in such things, a fine Advent gift. Grab it for free — unfortunately, MP3 only, but worth downloading. And then play it at some holiday party, ideally for your family get-together. Or, okay, maybe not.


What’s most important is, Paula Temple is effectively giving away a “secret weapon” — and, yes, I believe it.

‘Gegen’ is a very powerful word here in Berlin. It is a word of Tension. It is the word you see on all the protest posters on the streets, and when I first moved here, this instantly made me feel I have come to the right place. Residents standing up and AGAINST what is hurting people, and residents are active every week to be against (gegen) oppression. At the time I was making this track, I was invited to a club night called ‘Gegen’ and the atmosphere was something that left a mark on me. It’s a party environment that smashes up the idea of ‘normal’ and you are against yourself, your own fears and pleasures. This is why I’ve heard people either say it is the best night of my life or the worst night of my life. So I had to dedicate the track title to this night and to Berlin. In the same month I tested my new track when I played at Berghain for a benefit party — the reaction was over the edge! So for the past year this has been my ‘secret weapon’ in all my festival sets. I apologise to many people asking for the track for not releasing it sooner, it is a rave track and it really stands out on its own. So now I have decided to release it on its own. As a way to say thank you for giving me the most amazing year I’ve decided to make this a free download in the last two weeks of 2014.

Download via SoundCloud:


Credit to the Gegen party, too, which to me is notable in that it combines Berlin’s open-mindedness about identity and sexuality and expands it to a broad lineup of music — including some nicely experimental additions on the “drone” stage.

But somewhere between rave and concert, protest and meditation, I look forward to what comes next from this artist.

For more, watch her talk about technology and process — and technology as a platform for making it easier to be expressive — in her insightful piece with Slices:

Last year, she also walked through her technique of designing percussion with Ableton Push in a push. And that’s doubly interesting, as according to her resume she’s co-developer of the MXF8 from Grex Ultra Dynamics. That unique if unsung controller may have been a bit ahead of its time in 2004, but its combination of crossfader and knobs and buttons heralded various ideas that would follow.

Here’s that mix, complete with track listings — read more about it if you can read French.

Goûte Mes Mix #44 : Paula Temple by Goûte Mes Disques on Mixcloud

Let’s not be contented with ‘Gegen’ as the only free download. Her remix of Perera Elsewhere’s “Ebora,” featuring Aremu, is spooky, tribal-futuristic grooves with drops that require you to find a safe sitting position before listening. I’m effusive only because this has to be one of my favorite tracks of the year, even if I’m not partial to making lists.

While they’re streaming-only, you can also have a taste of her work remixing vocal artists in outings with the duo KNOX and (needing no introduction) The Knife:

Yes, “ridiculously massive” are the two words that come to mind.

Here’s the AV show:

Paula Temple HYBRID AV Show Teaser from Paula Temple on Vimeo.

HYBRID_NONAGON was a highlight of Amsterdam Dance Event.

HYBRID_NONAGON was a highlight of Amsterdam Dance Event.

“Deathvox,” the track, is actually frightening. I prefer to imagine scary imagery in my mind, though, rather than the wander-about-in-the-woods music video — nothing wrong with it, but sometimes internal visuals can be more fantastic. Definitely don’t miss the track, though. (And Paula’s performance in the video is a highlight.)

For more:



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Download An Amazing New Delay Effect for Free from Native Instruments

Monday, December 22nd, 2014


Miracle on Schlesische Straße?

Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind. It also means that Native Instruments is giving away a delay effect for free before it goes on sale at full retail — so now’s the time to grab it. (There’s also a download voucher, some Remix Sets, and a gear giveaway, but it’s the delay that I think rises to the level of newsworthy.)

The thing is, delays are very often as useful if not more indispensable than reverbs — whether it’s dark, dubby techno you’re producing or experimental soundscapes. And this one is really, really good — good enough that I’m a bit behind in writing about it because I got distracted trying it out; I was very quickly making some new ideas with it.

What makes Replika special is that it combines three delays in a single interface:

“Modern” is a clean digital delay — and delivers sounds you might expect of something like an Eventide.

“Vintage Digital” is my early favorite, in that it gives you a grittier, lo-fi sound that emulates retro digital units like the Lexicon.

“Diffusion” adds additional delays to produce a reverb (which is, naturally, how most digital reverbs apart from convolution reverbs work).

All of this is coupled with a resonant filter and phaser, and NI’s models of filters have been greatly improved (backed by some heavy research in the field), so … well, it all sounds good. Of anything we might love or hate from NI, you can count on things sounding like chocolate.

What brings this all together is that NI didn’t overthink the interface. There’s just a dead-simple UI for setting delay times. And with so many multi-taps getting, frankly, more complicated than you need, the one-knob approach is welcome. I always thought this was part of the genius of the Roland Space Echo. Complex multi-taps can open up creative possibilities, to be sure, but if you’re given a simple interface, you tend to focus on the sound.

You’ll need OS X 10.8 or greater or Windows 7, and you do need a 64-bit host on Mac. (I will say, if your hardware supports it, I’ve actually been happy with recent OS X versions; if you want to keep hardware running longer, you might think about a Windows install, seriously — even Boot Camp on Mac. And… let’s see if this comment earns me some hate mail.)

The free download is on the Replika product page:


NI has been putting out a stream of effects. Molekular is a whole sound design world of its own, with modular routing, if you want something deeper. But I have to say, going simple means I expect to wind up using Replika a lot. Let us know what you think.

NI holiday specials:

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Steinberg The Grand 3 now exclusively available as download product through the Steinberg Online Shop at a reduced price

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Steinberg has announced that their popular virtual piano suite The Grand 3 is now exclusively available as download product through the Steinberg Online Shop. The price has also been reduced [Read More]

AIR announces Riser Synth Plug-in Sneak Peak Free Demo Download

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

AIR Music Technology has introduced The Riser, a new synthesizer designed for creating powerful transitions with electronic dance music producers and DJs in mind. Get a full-version, 15-day trial of [Read More]

The KVR Developer Challenge 2014 Entries Are Live – Time To Download and Vote – (KVRDC14 Audio Plug-in, Audio Application and Soundware Design Event)

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

The time is here! The KVR Developer Challenge 2014 entries are now live and available for free download for everyone. Go get ’em from: www.kvraudio.com/kvr-developer-challenge/2014 There are 37 entri [Read More]

Inside Flying Lotus’ Mind: Free Download of Ideas + Drafts + Loops

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013


It seems hard to be an artist these days without a steady stream of mixes. The problem is, a lot of these become monotonous and similar. By contrast, this week, Flying Lotus drops a free download that feels more like getting a pass into someone’s hard drive.

Ideas + Drafts + Loops is full of random snippets of music, many of them — despite the name — fairly fully formed. FlyLo’s signature over-compression is showcased, of course, but you also get sparkling, shimmering rushes of sound, like a beautifully-romantic clip for Aqua Teen Force. (Being in California, of course FlyLo has been doing TV work, a lot of it great stuff.)

These are gentle and improvisatory, unadulterated fun without the burden of having to be a commercially-consumed track. And the results feel like a brilliant ray of sunshine in the midst of this December, a musical advent calendar (24 tracks, no less) of surprises. Personalities like Thundercat appear, musical notions are set free to roam, weirdness is allowed. “Puppet Talk” introduces a wavering synthesized and then resynthesized Satie Gymnopedie, in a shuffling, syncopated waltz.

The Internet’s ever-angry demand for more content, regardless of quality, can be oppressive. But this is its best side: it’s a chance to let the stranger corners of your imagination, the musical marginalia of production, see the light of day.

Speaking of the Internet unleashing streams of consciousness: image at the top from the FlyLo Instagram. It’s good to be Steve; I want those shoes.

FLYING LOTUS : IDEAS + DRAFTS + LOOPS [Brainfeeder + download links]


About That Time
Adventure Sound – ft. The Underachievers
An Xbox Killed My Dog
Aqua Teen 24
Aqua teen inst 24
Between Villains
Chasing Apples
Colemans Groove . ft. Andreya Triana and Niki Randa
Coswerved draft
Flying Lotus – DJ Mehdi – Mapei IDEAS 1 MIX
Hide me ft. Shabazz Palaces
Little Hours ft. Baths
Meadow Man2
Oatmeal Face
Osaka Trade
Puppet Talk
Such a Square
The Diddler
TheKill ft. Niki Randa
Thundercat – Yeezus- Black Skinhead

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Learn Max for Live and Control Ableton: Exclusive Book Excerpt Download and Discount

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013


Max for Live represented an important milestone in music making software. It paired one of the most popular music production tools, and easily the most popular real-time workflow, with one of the most popular tools for users wanting to realizing their own musical software ideas.

Max for Live, as a result, can become a window into making Ableton Live your own.

Of course, figuring out how to begin doing that can be a daunting task. For many Live users, it ends somewhere around downloading some neat patches someone else has made.

What do you do when you want to attack Max for Live yourself?

Julien Bayle’s new book, Max for Live Ultimate Zen Guide, isn’t a bad place to start. The audiovisual artist, educator, and certified Ableton Live trainer has been a prolific writer of late. His text isn’t necessarily a soup-to-nuts, top-to-bottom guide to Max. But that is probably not what you want, anyway, if you want to begin working in Ableton quickly. Instead, what you get is an unusually lucid look at how Max lives inside Live — how it integrates with what Live can do. That makes it essential reading for anyone wanting to tinker with Live and make it their own. From there (see the Table of Contents below), it moves into MIDI and audio, effects and instruments, making it an effective bridge to a more in-depth education in Max or patching in general.

But it’s that ability to get straight to the point of what you need to know to integrate with Live that makes it special. And so, to give you a feel for what that means (and for more advanced users, perhaps even share a few tips), we’re fortunate to have an exclusive excerpt downloadable as PDF from CDM. It goes deep into the question of how to observe and interact with Live from inside a Max patch, complete with a lot of very specific advice from Julien — a bit like having him at your side.

Hope you enjoy reading (below). And we have a discount code, too, to reduce the minimum price of the e-book.

A recent AV set live at TLN Festival 2013, in Toulon (southern France).

A recent AV set live at TLN Festival 2013, in Toulon (southern France).


PDF download:
Max-for-Live-Ultimate-Zen-Guide_Excerpt [hosted at CDM; please do not link directly]

Our excerpt focuses specifically on the interaction between M4L and Ableton, covering:

2.6 One shot request with get and live.object
2.7 Observing properties in Live with live.observer
2.8 Calling objects’ functions with live.object
2.9 Changing properties’ values by using set & live.object
2.10 Controlling continuous parameters in Live with live.remote~

If that’s a bit too advanced, check out the free excerpt on the e-publishing site that includes the beginning:


And the book is available on LeanPub:

Get an exclusive discount: With our special CDM code, through 12 December, you get the book for US$ 15 instead of the usual $ 30.

Enter code:

I have to say, I’m also impressed by Leanpub. The publisher offers 100% refunds within 45 days, DRM-free downloads, and multiple formats, including PDF, EPUB, and MOBI (covering Kindle, iPad, and many other third-party readers). You also get lifetime free updates to the title. It’s also great to see people self-publishing, because it means that kind of control over revisions, a chance to enter niches big publishers might (wisely) avoid, and more money direct to authors, quickly.

Let us know what you think of the book — and any other resources you appreciate for learning resources like Max for Live.

The Table of Contents:

1 Max for Live Basics
1.1 What ?
1.2 Ableton Live Basics
1.3 Max for Live specific objects

2 Live Object Model
2.1 What is LOM ?
2.2 LOM’s Objects
2.3 How to read the documentation
2.4 Children, Properties & functions
2.5 Path, ID & navigation
2.6 One shot request with get and live.object
2.7 Observing properties in Live with live.observer
2.8 Calling objects’ functions with live.object
2.9 Changing properties’ values by using set & live.object
2.10 Controlling continuous parameters in Live with live.remote~
2.11 List and use objects’ children
2.12 live.thisdevice tool
2.13 Mode Preview & performances

3 JavaScript in Max for Live
3.1 How to use Javascript in Max for Live ?
3.2 Controlling Live API through JavaScript

4 Creating your own Max for Live devices
4.1 preset & pattr
4.2 Freezing Max for Live’s devices
4.3 Presentation mode
4.4 Limitations of Max for Live compared to Max
4.5 MIDI & audio specific objects for Live connection
4.6 An example of MIDI instrument
4.7 Example of a sound generator
4.8 MIDI FX example
4.9 Audio FX example

Finally, I want to close by showing some of Julien’s work. Here, working with Native Instruments’ Reaktor in addition to Max and Ableton, he shows off the innards of his audiovisual system (with Reaktor handling sounds, processed through Ableton, and Max’s Jitter environment providing visuals):

“Saturation” is an audiovisual work:


And download more M4L goodies:
Download guide examples
Free Max for Live patches at Julien’s site

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