iPad trilogy – An Evening with Hindole Majumdar and Kevin Schlei

August 27, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Somewhat on the ethnic side of things :-)

‘An Evening with Hindole Majumdar and Kevin Schlei’ was a concert on August 19th, 2012 that explored electronics + tabla. This piece, ‘Idiom,’ is a fully improvised, on-the-spot composition by myself and Hindole. A basic rhythmic pattern forms that he and I use to ground ourselves, and we play off of each other’s accents and phrases.

I am using my iPad instrument TC-11 with three iPads, and Hindole is playing his D tabla set with an extra E dayan. You can find more information about Hindole at his website, sites.google.com/site/hindolemajumdar/, and about TC-11 at bitshapesoftware.com/instruments/tc-11

TC-11 is the only fully programmable, professional multi-touch synthesizer for the iPad. Choose from the 96 included presets, or build your own using touch controls, device motion, and on-board modules. Create music with the next evolution of synthesizer control!

iDesignSound App of the Week 12.17.2011
- idesignsound.com

“This thing is ALIVE! TC-11 is really fascinating and I’m having some fun experimenting with it. It is very, very cool!”
- Jordan Rudess, keyboardist, Dream Theater

“TC-11 is making my jaw drop every few minutes; realizing new and increasingly complex routing options. Rating: Essential.”
- Tim Webb, discchord.com

“Creating, routing, configuring, and general tweaking is unbelievably robust and complex. This is a big leap forward in design. A madhouse of sonic possibilities at your touch.”
- David Israel, smitematter.com

FEATURES:

√ 96 built-in presets
√ Unlimited user patches
√ Fully controlled by multi-touch / device motion
√ Built-in recording + AudioCopy
√ 23 modular synthesis objects
√ 22 oscillator waveforms
√ 3 controller modules: AHDSR, LFO, Sequencer
√ Email custom patches to your friends
√ Full display customization
√ Retina graphics

MULTI-TOUCH CONTROL:

There are no on-screen knobs, keys, or sliders to fiddle with; all synthesis is driven by your multi-touch performance. Touch relationships like distances / angles / timings perform all the controller functions. It’s just you and the full screen multi-touch performance area.

EVERY synthesis parameter can be controlled by ANY multi-touch controller. The patch possibilities are limitless!

DEVICE MOTION CONTROL:

Use the iPad’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and even the compass to attack your synthesis patch! Tilt and move the iPad to change any filter, effect, or module. You can create real vibrato by moving the iPad during performance, or change the speed of a sequencer by tilting forward and backward!

SYNTHESIS:

TC-11 has 8 voice polyphony for full, real-time synthesis. The audio engine has been highly optimized to deliver crisp, responsive performance. Choose from 22 oscillator waveforms, 3 oscillator types, 3 filter types, 4 unique effects, amplitude modulation, and panning control.

Fully programmable AHDSR, LFO, and sequencer modules make TC-11 the most capable iOS synthesizer in the world.

Use TC-11 in your band during live performances. Add TC-11 into your laptop orchestra. Experiment and create with the next evolution of synthesizer control!

Download the complete user guide to read more:

http://www.bitshapesoftware.com/instruments/tc-11/tc-11-user-guide-1.5.pdf

Quick tour around the new Swar Studio software

February 24, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

For all you Bollywood music makers out there I guess. This is a quick tour around the new Swar Studio software, the first sequencer aimed at both modern and traditional music from India.

Swar Studio is the first sequencer primarily aimed at music from India, whether modern or ancient. It includes both Indian and Western virtual instruments to allow you to create your favourite songs from the film or classical repertoire without the need of any additional tool.

With Swar Studio, you’ll be able to reproduce your favorite Bollywood hits of the past or present days, and/or create your own personal songs for a fraction of the price of setting up an expensive home studio.

  • Fully featured, cost-effective DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
  • Audio tracks for recording or dragging audio loops
  • Instrument tracks for recording from keyboard or  dragging MIDI loops
  • 36 in-built virtual instruments*
  • Library panel with hundreds of included MIDI loops
  • VST and Audio Unit effects
  • Piano Roll editor for MIDI loops
  • Link to external tools
  • Quantization
  • Drag loops directly from SwarShala or Swar Librarian
  • Export to audio or MIDI files
  • Windows and Mac OS X
  • Free updates

World Percussion ReFill For Reason 5

October 2, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Loop Loft has introduced World Percussion Vol 1, a new ReFill created specifically for Reason 5.

Here’s what The Loop Loft has to say about their new ReFill:

With pristinely recorded loops and samples (24-bit, 48 khz audio) ranging from West African udu drums and shakers, to North Indian frame drums, to Afro-Peruvian cajóns, the World Percussion collection provides an eclectic library of highly authentic sounds and grooves from all over the world.

Containing custom patches for The Dr Octo Rex player and Kong, this ReFill leverages the latest and greatest features found in Reason 5, putting the loops and samples at your fingertips in a way that was never before possible.  Watch the video below to see (and hear) what the World Percussion ReFill can add to your Reason library.

ReFill Specs:

  • 102 REX2 Loops
  • 14 Dr Octo Rex Patches
  • 4 Kong Patches
  • High Quality, 24-bit 48 khz Audio

REX2 Sets included:

  • 102_Groove_Cajon
  • 140_SixEight_Cajon
  • 107_Rumble_Framedrum
  • 125_Simmer_Framedrum
  • 132_Shaker
  • 117_Hall_Udu
  • 132_Intense_Udu
  • 98_Hypnotic_Udu

Pricing and Availability

World Percussion Vol 1 is available now for US $29.

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Are you into odd sounds and instruments?

August 19, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

If yes this one’s definitely for you….

Soniccouture have announce their latest product : Tingklik. Here’s what they have to say about it…

A Tingklik is a bamboo percussion instrument from Bali. A Tingklik typically has 11 bamboo tubes, although the instrument we sampled has 12. The longest bamboo is about a metre long for the lowest pitch. With five notes per octave, the range is just over 2 octaves. The tubes are suspended using string over a brightly coloured wooden frame. The player sits on the ground and strikes the bamboo tubes with rubber-tipped mallets.

Because the Tingklik only has 12 notes, it is possible to sample it in great detail without it becoming too large in terms of sampler memory. Each note was sampled at 12 different velocity levels, with 6 alternate samples for each level, ensuring a very natural, living sound. The Kontakt and Ableton Live versions include tools for doubling the Tingklik to simulate the authentic paired playing found in Bali. Both the original tuning and a full chromatic western tuning are included in all formats.

Pricing and Availability:
Tingklik is available now as a Download, priced EUR 29 / USD 39

More information:

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