MicroShift – creating wide stereo tracks from mono sources

March 22, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

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Soundtoys has just released Little MicroShift, the latest in their new Boutique plug-in series, and it’s free for a limited time.

The company tells us that Little Microshift is based on a simple, but effective studio trick for creating wide stereo tracks from mono sources. Originally done using hardware pitch shifters, as well as the original SoundToys SoundBlender plug-in, this technique has been used in pro studios as a “secret weapon” on countless vocals, guitars and more for a widening, doubling and interesting spatial effect that adds focus or power to tracks run through it. Soundtoys says that, now, three of the most popular versions of this effect are available at the touch of a button.

The Contest

As in years past with Devil-Loc and Little Radiator, Little MicroShift is available free to anyone who can find a friend with a “sharing code”.  They’re all over FaceBook and forums like GearSlutz and KVR Audio. Once you’ve got Little MicroShift, you can share it with your friends by using your own unique sharing code. The top share-masters win more cool stuff. The grand prize is an autographed original H3000 D/SE Ultra-Harmonizer from our Gear Closet. The promotion ends on March 29th.

Pricing and Availability:
Free

More information here:

Audinate’s Dante Just Works

February 26, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Audinate, the creators of Dante™ media networking solutions, have announced a special promotion for their popular Dante Virtual Soundcard software. The single seat license normally sells for $149.99 is now discounted 80% and can be purchased for $29.99 for a limited time.

The Dante Virtual Soundcard allows a PC/Mac to connect to a Dante audio network by using the Ethernet port on the computer to communicate with a network of other Dante enabled based devices. Popular DAW applications like, Nuendo™, Cubase™ and Logic™, Pro Tools™ can transmit and receive up to 64 bi-directional channels to networked audio equipment, or 32 channels with Pro Tools™ via the Dante Virtual Soundcard without any additional hardware soundcard.

“Whimsical, but compelling animation presentation about the hottest networking solution for AV. Audinate’s Dante AV networking is the most interoperable AV networking solution. Watch this whimsical video animation to see why Dante Just Works.(This video has been recently updated to reflect in increase if Dante OEM’s)”

PixiVisor: Using the Korg Monotron As Video Filter

February 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Using the Korg Monotron (Pocket Synth) As Analog Video Filter.
PixiVisor is a revolutionary tool for audio-visual experiments. It is based on the video signal transmission over audio (you can listen to the sound of your image).
More info: http://warmplace.ru/soft/pixivisor
Music: http://soundcloud.com/nightradio/anal…

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PixiVisor is a revolutionary tool for audio-visual experiments. Simple and fun, cross-platform application with unlimited potential for creativity!
It consists of two parts: Transmitter and Receiver.

* Transmitter converts the video (static 64×64 image or 10FPS animation) to sound, pixel by pixel (progressive scan). This lets you listen to the sound of your image. But the main function of the Transmitter is to transmit the signal to the receiving devices.
* Receiver converts the sound (from microphone or Line-in input) back to video. You can set the color palette for this video, and record it to animated GIF file.

Key features:
* file formats supported by Transmitter: JPEG, PNG, GIF (static and animated);
* real-time video export to animated GIF;
* 64 predefined color palettes;
* iTunes File Sharing;
* Wi-Fi Export/Import (in the File menu of the Transmitter);
* it also available for Android, Windows, Linux and OSX;
* more functions in the next PixiVisor updates…

Examples of use:
* wireless Lo-Fi video transmission over audio;
* video signal transmission through audio cable; you can then modify that signal by some mixers or audio FX processors;
* VJing;
* sound visualization;
* save any sound to animated GIF;
* hide some images and animation in your music;
* searching for hidden messages in the ambient noise; EVP;
* something else; reveal it first!

Official PixiVisor homepage + test broadcasts + more videos:

http://warmplace.ru/soft/pixivisor

Producers around the world – Cubase 7

February 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Producers around the world talk about Cubase 7.
M-Phazes, Peter Frampton, Gabry Ponte, Oleg Chechik, Karim Sebastian Elias, Antoine Clamaran, Nick Blagona, Dong Dongdong, Stefano Ritteri, Buraka Som Sistema, Lotek, Allen Morgan.

Scoring Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome

February 12, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Composer Bear McCreary introduces his score to “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” a continuation of the musical ideas from his scores to “Battlestar Galactica” and “Caprica.” All these tracks will be available March 12, 2013 on the limited edition soundtrack album from La-La Land Records at http://lalalandrecords.com/
For a more detailed breakdown of the “Blood & Chrome” score, check out McCreary’s blog entry:
http://www.bearmccreary.com/#blog/bat…

PixiVisor: Video over audio – an introduction

February 9, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

PixiVisor is a revolutionary tool for audio-visual experiments. Simple, fun, cross-platform.
More info: http://warmplace.ru/soft/pixivisor

Music: http://nightradio.bandcamp.com/track/…

It consists of two parts: Transmitter and Receiver.
Transmitter converts the video (static 64×64 image or 10FPS animation) to the sound, pixel by pixel (progressive scan). So you can listen the sound of your image. But the main function of the Transmitter is to transmit the signal to the receiving devices.
Receiver converts the sound (from microphone or Line-in input) back to the video. You can set the color palette for this video, and record it to animated GIF file.

Key features:

  • file formats supported by Transmitter: JPEG, PNG, GIF (static and animated);
  • real-time video export to animated GIF;
  • 64 predefined color palettes;
  • iOS: iTunes File Sharing;
  • iOS: Wi-Fi Export/Import (in the File menu of the Transmitter);
  • more functions in the next PixiVisor updates…

Examples of use:

  • wireless Lo-Fi video transmission over audio;
  • video signal transmission through audio cable; you can then modify that signal by some mixers or audio FX processors;
  • VJing;
  • sound visualization;
  • save any sound to animated GIF;
  • hide some images and animation in your music;
  • searching for hidden messages in the ambient noise; EVP;
  • something else; reveal it first!

 

Connecting the MS-20 Mini to your Modular systems

January 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Modular synth manufacturer The Harvestman has announced a new module that’s designed to make it easy to connect the new Korg MS-20 Mini to modular synthesizers.

Here’s the official announcement:

I announce with great satisfaction ENGLISH TEAR, the first in a line of small utility modules.

This module features the expected “voltage processor” attenuverter and big offset knobs, but also includes a full set of functions for interfacing to an MS-20. Easy conversion from exponential volt-per-octave to linear hertz-per-volt and back, as well as V-trigger to S-trigger conversion. Jack normalling fixes the voltage processors to these converter circuits, so you may scale the input voltages as desired. The log/expo converter circuits also have many other uses in your modular system beyond the conversion of pitched voltages.

Pricing and availability are to be determined.

Oberheim Matrix 6 Editing

January 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A frightening programming session on the nightmarish data entry of Oberheim Matrix 6. It seems an eternity, but in the Eighties this was the most common way to program the less expensive synthesizers: one parameter at time, first select then entering desired values!!!
God bless potentiometers and encoders (and Editor programs…).

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The Matrix 6 was one of the last few synthesizers from Oberheim to come out during the mid-eighties following the classic OB-series. The Matrix 6 utilized high-tech but less expensive digital and midi features and still retained a totally analog sound. It did this by using DCOs (digitally controlled oscillators) to provide stability, programmability and more. All the Matrix synthesizers featured Matrix Modulation which allows for extremely wild virtual patching for almost unlimited range of sounds and modulation capabilities!

The Matrix 6 is a very popular synthesizer today because it offers access to the legendary sounds and power of the Matrix 12, though not as meaty but at a fraction of the cost. The Matrix 6 is also like the Xpander, but with only 6 voices of polyphony and slimmer programming. Each of its 6 voices has a pair of DCOs, a low pass filter, 2 VCA’s, 3 envelope generators, 2 LFO’s, and 2 ramp gens for a variety of complex analog pads, basses and sounds.

The programmability is vast, but it can be very tedious. As was the growing trend in synthesizers during this time, knobs and sliders were replaced by just a few membrane buttons and a simple data slider. This is accompanied by gobs of programming and patch data written across the face of the unit. Fortunately Midi SysEx is fully supported so you can get patches on-line and transmit them into the Matrix. Access, makers of the Virus, used to make the Matrix Programmer which gives you much more user friendly hands-on controls too. And software editors such as Unisyn make graphic editing possible for much easier programming.

Audio Damage has a new bit shredder out – Bitcom

January 5, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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There are subtle plug-ins you put on the two-buss to give a nice gentle vibe to a track. Bitcom is not one of those. There is no “analog modeling” in this effect. There is no warmth or tube saturation. It is utterly devoid of anything to which the word “vintage” can be applied. Bitcom is a modern bit-shredding digital banshee that beggars description and lives on the edge of instability.

In a nutshell, a step sequencer drives a custom-designed bitcrusher, with a synth sidechain. But that sentence doesn’t begin to describe the abuse that Bitcom is capable of. We pulled out every trick in the book to build a modern electronic music effect that can turn even the most sedate input in to a swinging, screaming pain-monkey, wreaking havoc on lesser sounds.

Bitcom requires OS X Intel 10.6.0 or later, or Windows XP SP 2 or later; the installers include both 32- and 64-bit versions.
Bitcom Features:
Bit Banging: Bitcom’s bit engine is unique; each step has eight switches that (to simplify matters greatly) turn individual bits on and off. So all 8 switches on, and the output is pretty much like the input. Start turning them off and Strange Things Happen.

Synth Signal: Bitcom includes a simple monophonic synth that can either be always on, envelope driven, or controlled via MIDI. This is mixed with the input signal to create strange new sounds. Alternatively, Bitcom can be used without any input at all, as a moderately capable synth.

Sidechain: When using the VST3 version, the sidechain input can replace the synth section. This has the net effect of putting two input signals in to a meat grinder. Strange Things Ensue. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Sequencer: Bitcom’s step sequencer syncs to the host DAW. The sequence can be of arbitrary length from 1 to 16 steps, and the sequencer has internal swing.

Get it here >>

Reaktor – SuperPan: Pan OUT of the speakers!

December 20, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://www.mcrow.net/Reaktor%20Ensembles.htm
SuperPan is part of Musicrow Golden Ensembles 3: Premium ensembles for NI Reaktor

Place your sound out of the speakers, create extreme stereo and 3D effects, explore distorted and unnatural spaces, and choose from many surprising ‘spacey’ presets. Superpan is the perfect panning tool for extremists!

Main Features:
• Pan out of the speakers
• Create super wide stereo mixes
• Extreme 3D effects
• Add unusual motion
• Modulators: Two Sequencers and an LFO
• Many surprising ‘spacey’ presets

SuperPan is available as part of Golden Ensembles 3 that now contains 45 ensembles, synthesizers and effects for NI Reaktor 5. The update is available for free for Golden Ensembles 3 users.
Musicrow also offers Golden Ensembles 3 for a special Xmas price of 99EURO (Instead of 169Euro) until 31 Dec, 2012.

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