August 15 Sample Logic releases IMPAKT, a new suite of over 850 “morphed” concert percussion instruments and multis. This collection of instruments ranges from “dramatically twisted” marimbas and xylophones, peaceful chimes and bells to “massively transfigured” tympani, gongs, bass drums, cymbals, and a range of world percussion instruments.
BeepStreet, maker of the iOS synth Sunrizer, has announcedImpakton – a new app designed to turn any surface into a playable percussive instrument.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
You just slap your desk like a real drum, the transient acoustic signal is fed into the physical modeling engine and turned into the desired sound. That makes Impakton an extremely expressive instrument. Drop a coin on the desk, select any of the membramophones presets and you will hear the sound of the coin dancing on a membrane.
YouTube user HALmotohashi has created a series of video demos showcasing the capabilities of the Korg Wavedrum percussion synthesizer as not just a percussion instrument, but as a drum-controlled synthesizer.
The Korg Wavedrum puts some impressive synthesis capabilities into a sensitive controller.
The Wavedrum contains 36 DSP algorithms, allowing for a variety of of synthesis methods; analog, additive, non-linear, physical modeling, etc. The PCM sound engine – the other important part of Wavedrum’s sound creation system – contains 200 sampled sounds; 100 for the head, and 100 for the rim, with velocity-switching capabilities.
These videos highlight the variety of sound, and the sensitive control over sound, that the Wavedrum allows.
Reader Ville Väisänen sent word of a free sample library, made with the Korg Monotribe:
I made this free drum/percussion sample pack with my monotribe. I found it is great box for such sounds; with pitch and filter envelopes and great sounding resonant filter I recorded some pretty powerful analog bass drums, effect sounds and other percussion.
There are 90 files available for download as 24bit wav files, above or via SoundCloud. They are CC licensed.
Here’s another freebie for Ableton Live users – Unusual Percussion For Ableton Live, by AfroDJMac:
This week is the 47th installment of my free Ableton Live Pack series and it is the beginning of a exploratory journey into using nontraditional sounds as drums and percussion. I’ve sampled a bunch of everyday-type sounds (computer keyboards, plastic cups, static) and programmed a couple of patches in Ableton’s Operator to create 126 percussive sounds. From there, I used some of the built in effects (transposition, filter, arpeggiator, and Corpus) to allow you mangle each sound in infinite ways.
If you are feeling a little bored with traditional drum sounds and samples, I hoping this will motivate and inspire.
You can get the full details and the download at the AfroDJMac site.
Dave Smith and Roger Linn have released a new demo compilation for their Tempest drum machine.
The Tempest is a professional drum machine that generates its sounds using six analog synthesis voices. It features a performance-oriented operating system that lets you create, edit, arrange, and manipulate beats in real time, without ever stopping.
Each of the six analog voices has two analog oscillators plus two digital oscillators (with a large bank of included samples), the classic Curtis analog lowpass filter with audio-rate modulation, an additional highpass filter, analog VCA with feedback, five envelopes, two LFOs and a large variety of analog modulation routings. Although the synth engine is optimized for drum sounds, it can do more traditional synth sounds as well.
The compilation offers a variety of examples that demonstrate the range of what the Tempest can do.