Remco Sound FX Machine 1979
Panzer Party-Erwin Rommel Wants Your Quarters
The Remco Electronic Sound FX machine was based on the Texas Instruments SN76477 analog sound effects chip. This little late-1970s integrated circuit generated square and noise waves that could be modulated to create all manner of bleeps, bloops, buzzes and auditory insanity. It’s perhaps most famous as the sound chip used in the arcade version of Space Invaders.
Several toy makers seized on its simple design and $3 price tag, but Remco went a step further by using it to create a bizarre battery-powered sound effects machine capable of generating an enormous range of parent-repellent sounds. The booklet includes pages of strange patch settings.
LinPlug – well known for outstanding software synthesizers like Albino, MorpOx and Octopus – have released their 1st FX plug in: relectro
If you’re looking for a new kind of beat/sound mangler you really should check out the manual or the description on their site. It sounds completely different than one would imagine. If you like hardcore, noise, glitch, power electronics, idm… this is a neat tool too kick the crap outa your ol’ drum loops!
There’s a demo (Mac and Windows): http://www.linplug.com/Instruments/relectro/relectro.htm
Experimental noise/drone/fx generator
Purchase it for 10€ here >>
4 sine oscillators +
tone cut filter + soft clipper saturation +
grainer unit (granular processing) +
fx unit with 17 different effects +
automizable X-Y controller for fx +
AfroDJMac here, bringing you another Free Ableton Live Rack. This one is an entire Live Set that I use to play virtual synthesizers live. In the video, I explain how I have set up 7 different synths (all included in download) as well as my OP-1 by Teenage Engineering for live performances. The synths are routed through a multi effects rack, which I control with an Akai MPK49 and Keith McMillen SoftStep. Everything is explained and can be customized to your own personal set up. Designed to be extremely versatile and change quickly from an extremely wide array of sounds. Enjoy!
Last fall, I got a call from my friend Chris P Cauley asking if I could fill in on the bass guitar for his band, The Chris P Cauley Collective, at a gig at the Patchogue Theatre here on Long Island. We managed to squeeze in a rehearsal and the show went well. Later that night he asked me if I wanted to set up my computer and play some synthesizers in his band. It definitely took me by surprise because I’ve never played synths in a band, and to this day, don’t play the keyboard well enough to ethically call myself a keyboard player! But, I excepted the challenge and have been doing it since. My set up has evolved like crazy, equipment has been changed and added, settings have been tweaked for weeks to only be thrown out in favor of some other crazy idea. Even as recent as last night things have been changing. But right now I have figured something out that works well for me and the role I am trying to fill in Chris’ music…
For this weeks Free Ableton Live Rack, I am sharing my CPC set and going through the details of how I use it. I am always amazed at how many different ways people use Live, but I haven’t really seen too much information online about how to use Ableton simply as a synth workstation (trust me I looked!). So, I guess this one is most appropriately handled in a video walkthrough and your own experimentation. In the video I discuss routing inside Live, “Dummy” tracks, setting up midi controllers, building effect racks, sending multiple synths through the same effects, morphing synths, using external synths (my beloved Teenage Engineerings OP-1)… So, download the Live Set and use it to play live, load your own sounds, or the effects rack that is inside.
Hologram Room – vol.1 by usoproject
Hologram Room is the first bundle of the abstract Sound Design Collection produced by sound designers and composers Matteo Milani and Federico Placidi (aka U.S.O. Project).
The two gigabytes of “ready to use” original sound elements are designed to help sweetening and enhancing a sound production. The whole library is organized in eight main folders: Active Drones, Alarms, Blips, Buttons, Communications, Ignitions, Telemetries, Transitions. It provides a selection of out of this world drones and ambiences, futuristic sound effects and electronic tools.
The sound designers have been spending hours composing, editing, mixing these categories in Symbolic Sound Corporation Kyma and Avid Pro Tools. All of the audio files have been embedded with metadata for detailed and accurate searches in a asset management software.
A note about the mastering: the library has not been peak normalized, but loudness normalized, based on the recommendation by the European Broadcast Union. What does it mean? During the audition of the samples, they will have the same loudness level when played through monitors.
This work has been made possible by the aid of LevelOne, a program developed by Grimm Audio.EBU TECHNICAL provides all kinds of information about the EBU R128 loudness recommendation. The official R128 documents and guidelines can be found online, as well as introduction papers and videos.
Here is what is included in Hologram Room – vol.1:Folders:Active Drones (81 items)Alarms (26 items)Blips (52 items)Buttons (62 items)Communications (18 items)Ignitions (34 items)Telemetries (35 items)Transitions (123 items)Tab-delimited file (.txt)Excel spreadsheet (.xls)License Agreement (.pdf)Artwork (.jpg)
Audio Format: Broadcast Wave Files (.wav) Sample Rate: 48 kHz Bit Depth: 24-bit Size: 1.87 GB Download size is 1.66 GB (compressed .zip archive)
Price: $ 25
Bugaboo is in the process of building a massive synth and here’s a status update. 5 days into building my mega synth with little sleep and lots of coffee. Just tested the FX section which is working well after a few rounds of debugging. The large wooden case in the background is what it will all be housed in. Lots more work to do!
Alive Machine has released Knife Kit and Tunnel Kit two free sound fx sample kits.
Two new sample kits are available for download at AliveMachine.com. Each kit is based on a series of field recordings which were transformed into a range of synthetic SFX.
Knife Kit features
- 25 individual sounds in 16-bit, 44.1k wav format.
- Wide range of metallic percussive, electrical, and drone timbres.
- Includes both original field recordings and processed sounds.
Tunnel Kit features
- 58 individual sounds in 16-bit, 44.1k wav format.
- Unique tunnel percussion kit including 26 sounds.
- Two impulse responses for recreating the tunnel reverb.
Both kits are available as a free download from Alive Machine.
More information: Alive Machine
In Search of the Unsound, Part I
The Pleasure of Fear: Horror at Unsound
Horror is an essential element in modern music that aspires to break sonic boundaries and generate new spaces for expression and emotions. The Polish Unsound festival, celebrated every autumn in the cold climate of Kraków, knows that all to well, and that’s why the 2010 edition had the concept of horror as its central theme, with artists such as Ben Frost and Demdike Stare. The PlayTV cameras were there and didn’t only record the performances at Unsound. We went with the intention of exploring horror’s place in music, led by journalist Philip Sherburne, our guide from place to place, across artist to artist, and who led our reflections through the labyrinth of emotions that is Unsound. What you will see below is the first episode –with pivotal artists Demdike Stare– of a long documentary in several parts about fear, the pleasure it produces, and the great festival that is Unsound.
Torley takes you on a tour through every preset/snapshot in Razor so you know what it sounds like before buying! Yes, it’s really that simple. Torley is using Razor in his upcoming Musical Dream Journal entries @ http://torley.com
“Discover the new cutting edge of synthesis with RAZOR — a refreshing, truly new instrument based on additive synthesis. Created by maverick Berlin producer Errorsmith in partnership with NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, RAZOR has a characteristically dynamic and precise sound suited to tense basses, bristling leads and shifting, sci-fi soundscapes.
RAZOR’s approach to additive synthesis is pragmatic and musical, providing detailed control without sacrificing usability. So shake off the virtual analog dust — go additive and carve a new path with RAZOR.
RAZOR runs in the free REAKTOR 5 PLAYER and REAKTOR 5.5.”
CK_Modules has released Multi-Band Processor-FX, a multi-fx plug-in for Windows.
Multi-Band Processor-FX was developed primarily as an Effect, not a mastering tool.
CK_Multi-Band Processor-FX features
- 5 Separate Bands: Low Pass, 3x BandPass, High Pass.
- Each band has independent Level, Freq and Freq Modulation, Compressor, Distortion/Limiter, Degrader (3 modes), Gate, Delay and Delay Modulation, Pan and Pan Modulation.
- 3 Band Pre-EQ section, 3 Band Post-EQ section.
- SOLO each band in isolation.
- DRY allows A/B comparison.
- Chorus section (4 voice + echo).
- Midi Learn on controls.
- Mono & Stereo input versions.
CK_Multi-Band Processor-FX for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for £5.95 GBP.
More information: CK_Modules