SID and chip lovers – look this way

March 8, 2010 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

Reason Refill review

Last week I published a post on the new release from Soundcells. It was the bitBumber Reason Refill, a new SID, bit, chip, you name it, refill that I was intrigued to try out myself.

After listening in on hundreds of different refills for Reason it is quite seldom that I find something that feels totally new and fresh, but I am inclined to change my mind on this one. Sure other refills have been published in this space before but rarely with this amount of breadth. There are not just the traditional CMB files and NNXT files that you have become accustomed to but also a several new live performance CMBs that allows you to actually be very creative on stage. I really enjoyed bringing these up during some live jamming in the studio, and to spice things up there are a several really nice Dr.Rex loops also included – and not just endless variations of the same loop  in different pitches and sounds but actually quite a nice mixture of experimental, bass and pure chip sounds – I like :-)

Several of the files has been nicely upgraded from the original using arpeggiators and effects, that either can be activated with automation or set to play as CMB loops. That deep bass sounds paired with either smooth SID strings or whacky FX type sounds.

Soundcells has also added a nice SID/bit section dedicated to  Thor, where I must say that they have been able to squeeze quite a lot of those orginal sounds of that synth, but with a twist.

I would recommend this Refill to any composer who wants to get a kick start in making bit tunes or simply spice up a trance, electro song with some of those nostalgic sounds of old computer games. Remeber though that the refill is more on the playfull side of bit music than for any of hard core SID fanatics with the pure objective of recreating everything as faithfull as possible- but I would recommend you to either purchase, download or build your own SID workstation, that are plenty available out there.

“bitBUMPER deluxe” Contents:

- 360+ combinators (130 (!) new ones since version 2) containing keys, pads, basses, leadsounds, FX, drums, bleeps, noises and percussion.

- 40 scream patches helping you to lofi your sound.

- 30 RPG-8 controlled rex loop patches, great for live gigs!

- 400 unique low bit samples.

- 160 NNXT patches, 126 rexloops.

- Great for music in all styles!


A web address to link to for more info and “bitBUMPER deluxe” only MP3s:

Happy weekend music with The Girl and the Robot

March 5, 2010 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

The Girl and the Robot release debut album

Electro-pop duo The Girl and the Robot (Deadbeat of Second Skin and Plastique of Welle:Erdball) will follow up the recent release of their debut EP, Whole/Flowers, with their first full-length album, The Beauty of Decay. The new album will be released March 26 on the Trisol label.
+ a nice interview with Welle:
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjUJSCfBWPQ]

String theory – new free VST from Ugo

March 5, 2010 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

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String Theory is a flexible, delay based physical modeling synth which is capable of a wide range of plucked strings, atmospheric pads and ambiences, and unique hybrid synth sounds.

String Theory also offers dual phrase arpeggiators. Each arp has its own speed, gate, and octave controls; which allows for complex patterns.

Features:

  • Physical Modeling Plucked Strings.
  • Delay based Oscillators.
  • Detune.
  • Pitch LFO.
  • Amp Envelope with 2 attacks.
  • Tremolo.
  • BP+BR Filter.
  • LP Filter with envelope and LFO.
  • HP Filter with envelope and LFO.
  • Dual Metal Module.
  • Dual Delay with MIDI sync and Pan.
  • Dual Phrase Arpeggiator.
  • MIDI CC support.
  • 173 patches by: Ugo, Tim Conrardy, Matthew DeMeritt (Geeseaplenty), Mark Stolk (Mystahr).

It’s a free download here >>

John Foxx – analog – live

March 4, 2010 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

Short Circuit 2010 – the Roundhouse’s festival of electronica – includes an evening celebrating the best of British electronic music, headlined and curated by John Foxx.

John Foxx will perform a unique analogue synthesizer show to mark his 30th anniversary as a solo artist. He and a one-off group of special guests will assemble on stage for the first time with the machines used on his 1980 debut solo album, Metamatic – the Moogs, ARPs and drum machines that created the sound of the future – to perform material from Metamatic and a selection of early Ultravox music.

The set will also include new material created in collaboration with Paul Daley from Leftfield, and songs by John Foxx & The Maths – an all-analogue synthesizer project with London-based artist Benge.

New free effect-plug from B.Serrano

March 4, 2010 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

B. Serrano has released Nibiru 2 – an extended 4 band resonator effect plug-in for Windows.

Features:

  • 4 parallel multimode filters (LP, HP, BP, Notch, Peak) with resonance and spread.
  • 4 LFOs (host syncable)
  • Stereo balance on each filter output.

Nibiru 2 is available now as a VST effect plug-in for Windows.

Download it for free here >>

The ultimate synthpicture

March 3, 2010 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

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via Tara Busch: “The motherf*cking mother of all synth pics, complete w/ the best helmet ever.”

New refill from Soundcells – "bitBUMPER deluxe" Version 2

March 3, 2010 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

bitBUMPER deluxe V2 – the ultimate 4 and 8 bit Pandora Box filled with hundreds of low bit surprises. This ReFill is your best friend when you’re looking for inspiring new sounds with a character and a bite – it sounds cool, adventurous, nostalgically warm and noisy at the same time! To catch this character some amazing sources were sampled: RozzBox One, QuadraSID, the old grey gameboy from 1989 with “nanoloop 1″ and “littlesounddj”, the gameboy advance sp from 2003 with “nanoloop 2″ and the nintendo ds lite from 2006 with “ds electroplankton” and “Korg DS-10″. Version 2 adds some cool DS10 loops and many new combinator patches…

“bitBUMPER deluxe V2″ is much bigger, even more fun to play with and it´s still your best friend when you’re looking for “Quality LoFi”.

Every “bitBUMPER deluxe” patch has been tweaked according to Soundcells´ current high standards of quality and all users will find that these new patches mingle and mix even better with eachother than before.
With bitBUMPER deluxe V2 the art of lofi has reached a new era!


“bitBUMPER deluxe” Contents:


- 360+ combinators (130 (!) new ones since version 2) containing keys, pads, basses, leadsounds, FX, drums, bleeps, noises and percussion.

- 40 scream patches helping you to lofi your sound.

- 30 RPG-8 controlled rex loop patches, great for live gigs!

- 400 unique low bit samples.

- 160 NNXT patches, 126 rexloops.

- Great for music in all styles!


A web address to link to for more info and “bitBUMPER deluxe” only MP3s:

JM Jarre goes Avatar

March 3, 2010 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

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Jean Michel Jarre is filming his latest concerts in 3D, using the same cameras used to shoot James Cameron’s pioneering 3D film Avatar.

Jarre was contacted by Panasonic, which developed the cameras, about filming the concerts in 3D and high-definition sound.

Jean Michel Jarre’s 3D concert film will be released in 3D and 2D later this year, according to Jarre. He calls 3D filmmaking as “important a revolution as going from black-and-white to color.”

Jarre previously released Jean Michele Jarre’s Oxygene: Live In Your Living Room as a 3D film, using older 3D technology.

New stuff from Machine Boy

March 2, 2010 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

Dean Cook's alter ego Machine Boy has a first ep out, 'People'

Dean Cook’s alter ego Machine Boy has a first ep out, “People”, which is available now from most download stores such as iTunes etc. The 5-track EP will be released through The Shotgun Charlie Label. The tracks from the EP were created in Logic running on a Macbook with synths from Novation XStation 25 and an Alesis Micron, using a text reader to provide the trademark Machine Boy halting vocals. A signing with Red Robot Records in 2009 resulted in numerous remixes for other artists including; K.Katt and Shesus Sanchez, Warp Records artist Lex Loofah, Universal Records band GoJah Moon Rockah and dance act Forte.

Introducing the Leploop compact analog synthesizer

March 1, 2010 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

Stromkult reports that the Leploop compact analog synthesizer + groovebox is now available for 599 Euro.

Just how tiny is the Leploop?

Check out this video to see the Leploop synthesizer in action:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCsc8UNF2P4&feature=player_embedded]

Facts:

  • osc1 wave squ. and tri.
  • osc2 wave saw.
  • osc1 can modulate osc2
  • 2 AD envelope
  • 2 vca
  • 1 lpf diode ladder filter with cutoff and res. cv control
  • kick drum generator + distortion/overdrive
  • noise generator
  • 1 lfo
  • 1 s/h
  • 1 mixer
  • 4 gate sequencer kick / S&H / env1 / env2
  • 1 16 step capacitor sequencer, the S/H sample the lfo for imput the note in the seq.
  • Different menu for clock div., step, groove, record, save and recall track.
  • midi in
  • cv in\out

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