The Vocoder intro to the 1983 song “Mr Roboto” by Styx originally was created with a Roland VP-330 Vocoder
“One of the coolest instruments out there. The vocoder shapes its envelope and filters by any sound source fed into it, your voice or even a drum loop can be used which is then applied to another sound source, typically a synth pad. This creates a very unique and famous robot-like sound.
Aside from the 10-band vocoder, the VP-330 added a string synth section, choir and a human-voice sound, both of which are quite excellent themselves. Its 3 sound sections offer a few different presets that can be slightly edited with de-tuning and vibrato. The VP-330 is one of the best Vocoder synths ever and although there are many other types of Vocoders, none sound as good as this!”
robot arm programming: Motoi Ishibashi
software programming: Daito Manabe
using Ableton Live and Native Instruments Maschine to
Stereoklang talks to Welle:Erdball on gear, radio stations and the release of their new album “Der Kalte Krieg”
“Der Kalte Krieg” is the name of Welle:Erdball new album featuring covers of songs during the Cold War era. We wanted to know more of what has happened with the band since the DVD Zeitsturm was released and really understand what this Homo Futura project is all about. Honey and Freuline Plastique took some time to chat with us and transmit the latest buzz from the Funkhausstudio.
Why did you start Homo Futura and what is it that you can do there that you cannot do in Welle:Erdball?
In the begining it was “Das Präparat” that started as an official Welle:Erdball side project. However, when we split up there were still some shows to do, so we did them anyway with a different set up (F.Nstein & Plastique). This worked out really fine and was a lot of fun. So we decided to keep going and it was really fun to create a new band, new image, new stage show etc.
Official video of “homo~futura – Links-Rechts”
The Zeitmaschine played an important role in the DVD you released last year. Do you see yourself as time travellers when it comes to your music and the band image?
We’re traveling through time constantly – just take a look at your watch! Apart from that, music is definately a good way to travel through time with your mind.
You once said (some 10 years ago) that Welle:Erdball had a long way to go before reaching the goal of Welle:Erdball – The goal was to sound like Welle:Erdball. Have you reached that goal now and how is it shown in your music and visuals?
I think we are really close with the new album “Der Kalte Krieg”. But we haven’t really reached our goal yet. It might sound hard to believe, but since the start of Welle: Erdball, all the concepts and partly the names of the broadcasts and songs were already set. And we still have to accomplish a couple of things on this list.
So it won’t be over for a long time.
Could we expect a radio show by Welle:Erdball including only Gainsbourg song? We feel that the work of Serge matches the Welle concept very well. We’re sure he would approve of you bringing his work to a younger generation.
Probably not. We’re not a “cover band” although we appreciate Gainsbourg’s work a lot.
But actually the upcoming release “Der Kalte Krieg” will contain only cover versions of favorite songs from different artists about the cold war and others.
Serge Gainsbourg was a French singer-songwriter, actor and director. Gainsbourg’s extremely varied musical style and individuality make him difficult to categorize. His legacy has been firmly established, and he is often regarded as one of the world’s most influential popular musicians.
You have a lot of political and social ambitions with your songs, ranging from the criticism of gaming consoles to the man-machine integration. What areas are your main concerns today and why, and would you agree on the theories of a technological Singularity that has been put forward by e.g Kurzweil?
It is hard to comment on this. Since the opinion of Welle: Erdball not always is the personal opinion. I find it important that you first have an opinion at all and that there is a message in the music and in the lyrics. Not: “Come on, let’s have a party tonight!” :). And we see it as our duty to have a social commitment but we are no judges, who tell the audience what to think.It is only important that you form your own opinion or that there is a chance to do so.”
What is it that you like about the 50′s sound?
Well we’re using 50s asthetics since the beginning and we’re all big fans of this aera. The sound of the 50s and the subculture behind it was one of the first “punk” movements in music history.
Probably the most charming way of going against the mainstream.
You describe yourself as hard working, keeping you self busy 28 hours a day. Is that just the German spirit and work morale showing or do you have an artistic fire burning inside?
I don’t know if it is the German mentality, maybe a little…But under any circumstances is it the Welle: Erdball-mentality.
Skylife has announced SampleRobot 4 Sampling Suite, a collection of applications designed to automate sampling tasks.
SampleRobot 4 Sampling Suite contains the following products:
- SampleRobot 4
- WaveRobot 4
- Camel Audio Alchemy Player 1.2
- Awave Studio 10.4, and
- more than 1 GB of premium samples in Soundfont 2 file format.
With the Sampling Suite you can easily do automatic sampling of acoustic and electronic instruments. Remote control your MIDI gear and sample all sounds automatically. Integrated WaveRobot software lets you find loop points for whole multi-samples with different velocity layers during recording.
Import older sampler formats like Ensoniq, Kurzweil, Roland and Yamaha or even use original AKAI S1000 series CDs with Awave Studio and export them with SampleRobot to various software sampler formats. Or send new multi-samples back to your old hardware. You can convert about 290 audio file formats.
Alchemy Player is a powerful sampling synthesizer that offers a broad range of high end effects and sample playback features. With the newly created Alchemy Export Bridge you can export samples from SampleRobot directly to Alchemy and Alchemy Player. Play and shape instruments and samples instantly within your favorite DAW both on Mac and PC.
SampleRobot 4 Sampling Suite comes with new export options like “Export all Projects at once” and “Export to Waldorf Blofeld”. SampleRobot and WaveRobot are optimized for Windows 7 and offer better Win7 performance than previous versions.
- Turn acoustic and electronic instruments, voices and noises into virtual instruments fast
- Fully automated sampling
- Intuitive project assistant
- Sophisticated auto-loop processing and editing
- Alchemy Export Bridge
- Sampling of virtual instruments
- Direct sample playback on Mac and PC, edit effects, modulation and envelopes
- Convert about 290 audio and multi-sample formats
- Import formats like AKAI S1000, MPC, Kurzweil K2xxx, Roland S, Ensoniq and MIDI Sample Dump
- Extract samples from sampling CDs
- Audio batch processing, auto-loop for all, resampling, normalizing, gaining, fading
- Export samples directly to Steinberg HALion 4, Logic Pro EXS24, NI Kontakt 4, Reason NN-XT, Waldorf Blofeld, Soundfont2 and many others
- Import and export for Yamaha Tyros 2+3, Motif XS+XF
- Full MIDI remote control, incl. program and bank changes, multi-velocity layering
- Release-Sample editing
- Optimum loop handling incl. forward-backward loop with 2 independent crossfades and auto-gain functionality
- Sample and export whole synthesizer sound bank in one go (equipment copier)
- Premium multi-samples from classic synthesizers included
SampleRobot 4 Sampling Suite is expected to be available in August 2011, priced at US $399.
Electrocado has been building this robot over the past few years, quite impressive
More info about the band and their work here >>
Info about the project below:
Intially I was working on my own version of Mad World and I did complete it however the Robot Cello didn’t work out because the sound of the solenoinds and stepper motor was drowning out the song. So I scrapped the project altogether. One night I was working on the Cello and the stepper motor started to jitter almost ripping the Cello sting and Bow apart. As I was jumping over to the power switch I noticed that the jittery sound reminded me of a song. That song turned out to be The Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson. I programmed a small part for the Cello and it sounded great. Who would have ever though to use a Cello in that song? 2 months later…. my video was complete. So Enjoy. I may follow up with a another video showing what circuits, parts and tools that were used to make these robots.
I would also like to thank jtodd900 for his YouTube video “The Beautiful People guitar cover WITH TABS”. It was very helpful with respect to programming my Robot Guitar. Muting the strings was a bitch but if you look at the solenoids on Fret 4 and 8 you will see that I covered the pads with foam and velvet. It is soft enough to stop the strings from vibrating.
Creepy I know
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This robot is doing a pretty good job
My fellow lab mate, Tatsuhiko Itohara, created a program for HRP-2 to follow his hand while playing the guitar. By watching and listening to the beat, HRP-2 can sync to the sound of an acoustic guitar! What a great job he’s done!
Bluezone has released Robotic Division, a collection of sci-fi sound effects.
Robotic Division: Sci-Fi Sound Effects’ has been designed to offer you the ultimate robotic sound library, with extremely great precision for sounds, either in dynamic or stereo width.
Including mechanical robotic modern sounds, futuristic communications, textured outer space ambiences, heavy impacts and tension raising, this sample pack take your creativity to the next level.
‘Robotic Division: Sci-Fi Sound Effects’ is an overdose of 243 powerful samples including ascending and descending frequencies, robot malfunctions, transformations and more.
Robotic Division is available to purchase for €16.95 EUR.
Goldbaby Productions has released When Alien Drum Robots Attack II, a new sample library featuring drum and fx sounds for electronic music.
WHO IS THIS FOR? People who make: Hip Hop, Drum & Bass, Dub Step, Techno, House, Dub, Break Beat… any genre that needs solid punchy drums with lots of character and plenty of variety.
WHAT WAS USED TO MAKE IT? Everything in Goldbaby’s studio! Using a studio full of vintage and new drum machines, samplers, synths, rack effects, vinyl, tape, real drums and perc, field recordings… this product will give you a huge palette of super solid drums and sweet FX.
When Alien Drum Robots Attack II features
- 2112 samples (24 bit).
- 129 Rex loops.
- 81 Battery 3 Kits.
- 40 Presets and 67 kits for Geist.
- 40 Bundles for Guru.
- 81 EXS24 Patches for Logic.
- 40 Kong Patches and 41 x NNXT Patches for Reason 5.
When Alien Drum Robots Attack II is available to purchase for $39 USD.