Ray Kurzweil Awarded Technical Grammy Award

ray-kurzweilInventor Ray Kurzweil will receive the 2015 Technical Grammy Award Sunday, Feb 8th, for his work in the field of music technology.

The Technical Grammy Award is a Special Merit Award presented by vote of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Trustees, for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

Kurzweil is a best selling author, futurist, computer scientist and inventor. He is credited as a principal innovator of omni-font optical character recognition, text to speech synthesis and speech recognition technology.

He founded Kurzweil Music Systems in 1982 and in 1984 introduced the Kurzweil K250, a computer based instrument that could realistically create sounds of a grand piano and other orchestra instruments.  Continue reading

Redmatica AutoSampler Returns As Part Of Apple’s $30 MainStage

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In 2012, Apple bought Italian sample management software Redmatica, maker of sample management tools, leaving fans of the tools wondering if they would return.

Now, CDM reports that Redmatica’s AutoSampler has returned – as a MainStage plug-in, Auto Sampler. I

It’s part of Apple’s MainStage 3.1, which is tool designed to let you use Mac virtual instruments in live performance. The app has been used by Nine Inch Nails to power their live show.  Continue reading

Interview With The Loop Loft’s Ryan Gruss

ryan-gruss-loop-loftThe latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast features Ryan Gruss, founder of sample provider The Loop Loft

Here’s what host Darwin Grosse has to say about the interview:

There are many different loop library companies out there, but nobody seems to be doing it quite like The Loop Loft. These guys are combining impeccably recorded instruments with timeless (and ultra-clean) mixes to create some of the best loop sets around.

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Free Editor For Korg Volca Sample (Android, iOS, Mac & Windows)

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Rej Poirier of Single Cell Software has introduced Caustic Editor for Volca Sample – a free, multiplatform (Android, iOS, Mac & Windows) app that lets you import, load, record, edit and upload samples for the Korg Volca Sample.

“Korg were nice enough to open up their volca sample SDK to 3rd parties,” says Poirer, “so I took a few days to rip out Caustic’s WAV editor and turn it into a stand-alone, multi-platform tool.”

“It was taken from my Caustic 3.2 working branch,” he adds, “so it even has a few more functions than what’s in Caustic 3.1!” Continue reading

Korg Unleashes Volca Sample Software Development Kit

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Korg’s Volca Sample has been one of their most hotly debated recent introductions.

The new Volca is inexpensive (street price around $160) for a sample sequencer – but Korg makes that price point by leaving out sampling hardware. So you can sequence samples, mangle samples and load it up with your custom samples – but it depends on an external app to do the sampling and sample management.

And, while Korg has released a free sampling tool for the Volca Sample, AudioPocket, the app is only available for iOS.

Now Korg is opening up sampling for the Volca Sample to everything and everyone. Korg has released a free software development kit (SDK), designed to help developers create apps that can talk to the Volca Sample.

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