AfroDJMac let us know about a free Live pack designed to make anything sound like it was sampled from vinyl or tape:
Here’s what I consider an endlessly useful Ableton Collection of cassette and reel to reel tape hiss, along with vinyl crackling samples. The samples range from subtle to pretty unfortunate. They are presented as clips and in a drum rack with some useful and sometimes glitchy macro knobs.
I’ve also created an instrument rack that allows you to drop any synth inside and blend it with vinyl or tape noise, adding warmth and imperfection to the sound, giving it the effect of being sampled from tape or vinyl.
Get the details and download at the AfroDJMac site.
It’s Friday, so we thought you might want to start of the weekend right with some more music-making freebies:
- The Control Centre has released a free Ableton Live Instrument Rack, Rickenbacker 4001.
- OhDrat has released a free Reason Dubstep Combinator.
- SicknDstroy has released a free multimode lo fi filter for Mac & Windows.
- Wavesfactory has released W-MusicBox – a free music box virtual instrument for Kontakt.
- Reality Jockey’s Dimensions, an iOS augmented sound game, is now free.
- MauSynth is a polyphonic synthesizer VST plugin for Windows. It’s now in beta and available as a free download.
If you try out one of the freebies, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!
Developer Jonatan Liljedahl has updated BitWiz Audio Synth, a software synth for iOS that translates C-like code expressions into lo-fi 8-bit generative stereo audio in real-time.
Here’s what’s new:
- 3D oscilloscope with real-time visuals
- XY-pad for tweaking of variables. Play BitWiz as an instrument!
- Custom keyboard for easier editing
- Automatic update of audio while editing code
- Allow changing samplerate: 44100, 22050, 14700, 11025, 8820, 7350, etc.
- Open code in external application (for example DropBox)
- Status bar with running information and error messages
- Updated demo codes
- Lots of other improvements and fixes
BitWiz Audio Synth is $2.99 in the App Store.
If you’ve used BitWiz Audio Synth, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!
Kymatica has introduced BitWiz Audio Synth, a new iOS app that translates C-like code expressions into lo-fi 8-bit generative audio in real-time.
BitWiz comes bundled with examples and you can add your own codes to the built-in library. You can also share your codes by e-mail.
The entered code expression is used to calculate each audio frame, and can optionally include the microphone input as a variable, for crazy distortion effects.
Mutebank has announced that the Mute Synth - a hand-held touch and tilt instrument – is now available for order.
It combines sound synthesis with a sequencer/pulser, and it is ?knobless?. The Mute Synth is controlled by using the conductivity of the human body to complete the instrument?s circuit when the copper etching is touched. There are touch ?points? on both sides of the circuit board, and the instrument is designed to be played with thumbs and fingers. Two tilt switches on different planes allow for gestural control of the sequencer.
According to the company, the Mute Synth brings together many Dirty Electronics aesthetics and instrument designs into one device, in particular creating an instrument ?of the hand? (in terms of both playing and building), a noise-based device that utilizes feedback, and exploring the relationship between artwork and circuit board.
VXXY has introduced the DCM8 Chip Tune Drum Machine, described as ‘the first dedicated chip tune drum machine”.
- 64 Patterns in 8 banks of 8.
- Selectable 8, 16 or 32 steps per pattern with half, normal and double speed timing scales.
- Adjustable instrument volume, decay and pitch on per step basis.
- Dual channel architecture with wide range of retro and unique preset sounds generated by a scripted synthesis engine.
- 255 digitally synthesized chip sounds, consisting of 223 presets and 32 user generated patches.
- 8 Levels of live undo on each pattern.
- 8 Songs with 128 pattern selections.
- Clear, Copy and Paste 8, 16 or 32 steps between patterns.
- EEPROM based storage of all patterns and user data, with SYSEX backup.
- MIDI input and output.
Details and demo video below.
The DCM8 is currently priced at ?349 via the VXXY site.