Soundiron Releases Waterharp v2.0

waterharp-vstSoundiron has released Waterharp 2.0 for Kontakt – a deeply multi-sampled percussion and effects waterphone library.

The Waterphone was originally developed by Richard Waters in the late 1960s. Waterphones — also commonly known as Water Harps — are found in all shapes and sizes, but they generally follow the same basic design: a brass vessel with a hollow brass water chamber and a long neck. The top side of the chamber is adorned with vertical brass tines or bars.

It is played by strumming, striking and bowing these tines, which resonate together creating darkly harmonic or dissonant tones and textures. The tines are cut to specific lengths and arranged to create scales as they wind around the body of the waterphone.

Adding water to the chamber and changing the position of the waterphone drastically changes the pitch and harmonics that are produced when the instrument is played. The water chamber itself can also be played as a percussion instrument.

Overall, the waterphone can be considered as both a tuned and un-tuned percussion instrument, but is most often used in suspense and horror soundtracks and sound design as a dramatic sound effect tool. Continue reading

Experimental Synth’s littleBits + Koushion + Ableton Demo

Chris Stack, aka Experimental Synth, has been working on a series of videos exploring possibilities with the new LittleBits MIDI and CV modules.

Stack says, “[In this video series] I was able to hook LittleBits into my DSI Pro 2, Moog Voyager, Ableton and Koushion in some really interesting ways, and the results were surprisingly musical, especially in this Koushion + Ableton video. This was a lot of fun… I wish they’d had these when I was a kid.”
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SeekBeats Drum Machine Synthesizer Updated With MIDI Support

seekbeatsDeveloper Rodrigo Yanez has updated SeekBeats Drum Machine Synthesizer for iOS with MIDI In control drum sounds and patterns.

SeekBeats is software drum machine with 100% synthesized sounds that Yanex says ‘sound alive, noisy and musical.”

Here’s a demo of the updated SeekBeats in action: Continue reading

Sonic Faction Dips Into Kontakt Ecosystem With Whoosh Machine

Sonic Faction, a longtime maker of creative devices for Ableton, has expanded to the Native Instruments Kontakt platform with their new plug-in, Whoosh Machine.

Sonic Faction describe Whoosh Machine as an “enigmatic” FX creation tool which takes advantage of the Kontakt script programming language, ideally suited to creating all types of electronic, cinematic and experimental music.
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iDensity Update Adds Multi-Channel Granular Synthesis

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apeSoft has released iDensity 2.0 – an up to its iOS ‘granular playground’.

iDensity offers: time/pitch shifting, time/pitch jittering, intricate textures, grain fountain/pulverizer, recording and manipulation of buffers, complex scrub pad exploration, dynamic envelope shape and more.

Here’s what’s new in version 2.0: Continue reading