Sampleism has released BOCS Volume 1 – a sound library inspired by the sound of Boards Of Canada.
These sounds have been created using the same types of methods used by the group. Vintage analog synths, 4-tracks, valve amps VHS recorders were used.
As a result, the sounds have a ‘dirty, dusty, and dream like quality’.
Here’s a preview: Continue reading
Lo-Fi SES is a lo-fi 8-bit instrument, that’s open source and fully hackable.
Production is being funded as a Kickstarter project, but the project is already fully funded with 40 days to go.
Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading
Critter & Guitari has introduced the Black & White Video Scope – their latest video synthesizer.
The Black & White Video Scope is a video synthesizer that generates visual patterns in response to sound. It features 16 patterns, including oscilloscopes, strobe effects, flashing squares, rotating blocks, and random pixels. Some of the modes respond continuously to the sound, and others respond to percussive sounds, advancing a pattern on each hit.
It also features a Randomizer mode where the modes change randomly at a selectable rate between 1 frame – 30 seconds.
Here’s a preview of the Black & White Video Scope in action:
To operate: Connect it to a television, projector or video rig and connect a sound source to the ¼” audio jack. Select one of the 16 patterns and, using the gain knob, adjust the sensitivity to the audio input.
The Black & White Video Scope is available now, priced at US $165.
Developer Jan Cumpelik is running an IndieGoGo campaign to put the Lunchbeat 1-bit groovebox into production. Continue reading
Developer Jan Cumpelik has introduced the Lunchbeat groovebox – an ‘impossibly dirty’ 1-bit drum machine.
It’s designed to be a ‘minimalistic groovemachine’ that also offers interesting lo fi sounds.
Here’s a demo of the LunchBeat in action: Continue reading
ALM has introduced the Sid Guts – a new Eurorack module basd on the sound generator chip used in the Commodore 64.
The MOS Technology 6581/8580 ‘Sound Interface Device’ chip, aka the ‘SID’, was the sound generator chip used in the Commodore 64 home computer. The SID, by the means of 3 wavetable oscillators, a real analogue multi mode filter, an ADSR and various cross modulation options, provided the soundtrack to a generation of computer gaming.
The Sid Guts takes the legendary SID chip and tailors it into the Eurorack modular environment. By use of a real SID chip, the classic sound is taken in a new direction with the levels of direct and voltage control only a modular system can offer.
Here’s a video introduction to the Sid Guts: Continue reading
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!