The latest episode of the SoundWorks Collection video series takes a look at the sound of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, details below:
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile we visit Park Road Post Studios in Wellington, New Zealand to talk with the sound team of Director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Featured interviews include Re-recording Mixer Michael Hedges, Re-recording Mixer Chris Boyes, Re-recording Mixer Michael Semanick, Re-recording Mixer Gary Summers, Composer Howard Shore, and Producer & Co-Screenplay Writer Philippa Boyens.
Locate a theater to experience The Hobbit in Dolby Atmos at dolby.com
Ryan McGee has released a new sound design app for iOS, VOSIS, that synthesizes sound based on the greyscale image pixel data from photos or live video input.
OSIS is an interactive image sonification interface that creates complex wavetables by raster scanning greyscale image pixel data.
Using a multi-touch screen to play image regions of unique frequency content rather than a linear scale of frequencies, it becomes a unique performance tool for experimental and visual music. A number of image filters controlled by multi-touch gestures add variation to the sound palette. On a mobile device, parameters controlled by the accelerometer add another layer expressivity to the resulting audio-visual montages.
In summer 2013, at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall, keyboardist and jazz pioneer Herbie Hancock rolled out a concept he has been fascinated with for over 20 years. Using a multichannel surround system from Meyer Sound, Hancock brought the surround sound of movie theatres to a one-of-a-kind live concert experience that cannot be heard elsewhere.
To realize Hancock’s vision, Meyer Sound set up a system with 45 loudspeakers and 28 channels. The heart of the system was the SpaceMap® multichannel surround panning technology, which allowed Hancock to pan sounds around the 800-seat concert hall in real time, controlling movement via a touch-screen tablet.
Watch Hancock and Jason Rauhoff, senior digital audio products specialist for Meyer Sound, discuss the artist’s vision of surround sound in a concert setting and the technology that helped bring it to life.
Learn more about SpaceMap:
Herbie Hancock official website:
An in depth behind the scenes look of Justen Williams using reason 7 to create a track from start to finish. Learn about his approach to track building, get some useful tips & tricks and see Parsec’s vocoder feature in action!
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This is Palette. Palette is a freeform hardware interface. It offers hands-on control of your favorite software. Connect sliders, dials and buttons to create a controller that is made to fit you. Unlike a point and click interface or a glass touchscreen, these physical inputs give you precision and control that you can feel with your fingertips. Simply interact with Palette to adjust any feature within your software ranging from basic games to professional creative suites. Existing interfaces, assume that you work exactly the same as everyone else, but you design Palette to fit your unique workflow.
Setting up is as easy as plugging Palette into your laptop. It recognizes the software you’re running and becomes a controller that will grow with your needs (–which means) matching your unique style no matter what gear you’re using. Building Palette begins with the power module. Connect as many sliders, dials and buttons as you like and easily assign functions to them using the Palette Desktop App. You can load preset profiles or set them individually. This integration of hardware and software makes the platform easy for anyone to use. Palette connects you to your best work, in a way thats personal, and hands-on.
The Parsec Spectral Synthesizer is a sound designers dream. With two independent sound engines, up to 1024 oscillators per voice, a wide range of sound sculpting tools, built-in effects and free modulation routing, Parsec is capable of an incredibly wide range of sounds.
In this tutorial, product specialist Mattias shows you how to create a beautiful bell sound from scratch. If you want to go deeper with Parsec, this video is for you.
James Wiltshire from The Freemasons makes a demonstration of the feature-set and sonic capabilities of the new Clavia Nord Lead 4 synthesizer. Watch the video and discover why James thinks it’s a truly next-generation synthesizer.
Here’s some bonus footage for the Nord Lead 4 demonstration with James Wiltshire from The Freemasons. Watch as he makes some parts for a track using the Nord Lead 4 and displays the synthesizers vast sonic capabilities.
DJ Mag’s YouTube series in association with Point Plank TV telling the stories behind dance music’s seminal tracks continues with Orbital’s ‘Chime’.
In this episode, Andrew and Pete discuss hardware and software for making music. We’ll cover the basics of how electronic music is created and recorded in modern home and pro studios, and then dive in on the stuff we can all use.
Zoom R24: http://www.amazon.com/Zoom-R24-Digita… Retails for $500.
There’s also an R16 that’s $100 cheaper, and an R8 which is $200 cheaper (the R8 also looks like it’s a good bit smaller, so it might be a nice one to use for “found” sounds:
Synthesizers, Workstations, and Controllers
Korg Kaossilator: http://www.amazon.com/Korg-Kaossilato…
Korg Kaossilator 2: http://www.amazon.com/Korg-KO2-KAOSSI…
Korg MS-20 Mini
AKAI MPKmini controller: http://www.amazon.com/Akai-Pro-MPK-Ul…
Moog Sub Phatty
Synthesizers.com Modular Synth
(many other modular manufacturers. If you want to investigate Eurorack, I recommend visiting http://analoghaven.com )
Recording and DAWs
Audacity (free sound recorder/editor)
Ableton Live (desktop DAW PC/Mac)
FL Studio (desktop DAW)
FL Studio Groove (for Windows 8, Surface, etc.)
Microsoft has unveiled the second-generation range of its Surface tablets, most notable amongst these is the Surface Music Kit, a new pressure-sensitive keyboard and software bundle specially designed for remixing and DJing.
Joe Hahn explains why the Surface Music Kit is an easy way to start remixing music the way you want.
Whilst full spec details of the kit are yet to be revealed, according to Microsoft the software allows users to import music, BPM sync tracks, create loops and play around with samples and virtual instruments.
The kit was unveiled at Microsoft’s Surface launch event, at which the company also introduced the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. Both touchscreen units benefit from increased processing power, longer battery life and improved display and camera resolution.
All are set for release 22 October, no word on the Music Making Kit price yet, but Surface 2 configurations will start at £359/$499 and Surface Pro 2 at £719/$899.