Check out Roland’s new SPD-SX Sampling Pad

September 15, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Roland has introduced the SPD-SX Sampling Pad, a multi-pad percussion instrument with 2 GB of onboard sampling memory and three powerful effects engines.

The SPD-SX replaces the popular SPD-S, the industry-leading sampling pad, which has been the overwhelming choice of professional drummers and percussionists. The SPD-SX leads the way with the latest pad-sensing technology, enhanced sampling performance, an assignable click output, and a host of other features.

SPD-SX features

  • Unique sampling-pad concept — the only instrument of its kind in the world.
  • 2 GB internal memory, enabling approximately 360 minutes of sampling (mono) without requiring external memory.
  • Nine velocity-sensitive rubber pads, two external dual-trigger inputs.
  • Easy capturing and assignment of audio data through Multi-Pad Sampling.
  • Three units of multi-effects onboard, with two real-time control knobs and four dedicated effect buttons.
  • Individual Pad Dynamics indicators show pad status and audio-level activity during performance.
  • Expanded USB functionality (USB Mass Storage, USB MIDI/AUDIO, USB Memory).
  • Wave Manager software included for easily importing, assigning, and organizing samples.
  • Large backlit LCD.

The SPD-SX will be available in October with an MSRP of $1199.00 USD.

More info here >>

Analog Vinyl Sampling

September 5, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Experimental analog sampling with modified vinyls.

Sectors from a vinyl record are cut and replaced by pieces with exact shape from other records. When played in a vinyl player the needle follows the grooves from both sectors creating sampled tunes or loops.

Music sampling has been done for years using different techniques. Currently samplers (either as a piece of hardware or as software) is the most extended tool for playing samples that can come from digital formatted music, live recording, vinyls or tapes. One of the most old techniques for sampling was cut&paste the audio tape. I love this video from Delia Derbyshire using reel-to-reel recording, creating loops by cut&pasting the audio tape, and sync the samples to create music. More information here: blog.ishback.com/​?p=918

In this video:

Supertramp – Crisis? What Crisis?
Paul Anka – My Way
Chicago – Chicago X
Lil Jon – Kings of Crunk

Sampling with the Fairlight App

August 17, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Sampling is now part of the Fairlight app for iPhone and iPad. In this video Peter Vogel, who pioneered sampling technology in the late seventies, demonstrates sampling with the app with the assistance of some kitchen utensils.

Crossfade Loop Synth Demo

August 16, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A demo of Expert Sleepers plug-in “Crossfade Loop Synth”, a sample playback synth and live resampling effect.

From version 3, Crossfade Loop Synth is actually two plug-ins: Crossfade Loop Synth and Crossfade Loop Synth Effect. The effect version takes the power of Crossfade Loop Synth and turns it into a live sampler, a looper and a very unusual and powerful delay effect. Version 3 is a major upgrade from version 2, adding many powerful means of shaping your sound, whilst maintaining the simplicity and CPU efficiency that made version 2 so popular.

Crossfade Loop Synth

Crossfade Loop Synth is at heart a simple sample playback synth plug-in. It plays samples in the classic sampler manner – by simply altering the playback speed according to the desired note. No fancy timestretching or pitchshifting is applied. You can control how the sample is looped as it is played. An adjustable amount of crossfade can be applied to the loop endpoints to smooth the transitions. This makes it extremely easy to produce glitch-free pad sounds. The loops can also be played backwards and alternately forwards and backwards (pendulum-style).

Further sound processing can be applied in the form of overdrive/saturation, filtering, envelopes (for amplitude and filter), pulse-width modulation, oscillator sync and LFOs (one each for filter, pitch, PWM and sync). The synth is 32 note polyphonic, and all parameters can be controlled by MIDI controllers.

Crossfade Loop Synth Effect

Crossfade Loop Synth Effect is the same as Crossfade Loop Synth except you can record live audio to use as the sample, rather than just loading it from disk. You can record continuously, even while playing back. This allows you to use the plugin as an extremely unusual and creative delay effect. For example you can have the delays played back at double the pitch/speed you played them. Or at double the pitch and backwards. Or as a chord. Or repeat the first beat of every bar… the possibilities are legion. You can save the recorded sample to disk as an AIFF/WAV file for later use.

http://www.expert-sleepers.co.uk/xfadelooper.html

Introducing the SampleRobot 4 Sampling Suite

August 16, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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.

Description:

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.

Features:

  • 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.

The second Fairlight preview – CMI-30A sampling

July 15, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

In this second video preview of the new Fairlight CMI-30A, Peter Vogel demonstrates the sampling page. This video includes what is probably the most expensive method of generatng a sawtooth wave known to mankind.

A bit of trivia: the sounds sampled in the making of this demo are used in the sting at the start and end of the video. Listen on big speakers.

The new CMI is unique in that it produces the classic “Fairlight sound” that defined music of the eighties as well as the modern Fairlight sound — that of uncompromising signal purity.

Both these extremes are made possible by the extraordinary processing power of the Crystal Core engine which lies at the heart of the system.

The Crystal Core media processor(CC-1) was developed by Fairlight.AU as the engine for its range of top-end digital audio workstations. The CC-1 uses FPGA (field-programmable gate array) to achieve performance far in excess of what can be achieved using even the fastest digital signal processor of conventional design.

Sample Everything and Anything in Propellerhead Reason

May 30, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Learn how you can use Reason to sample everyday noises, objects and machines around the house, circuit bent toys, and synths to create your own unique sonic fingerprint.

Sampling Inside the Reason Rack

May 20, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Sampling isn’t always about sticking a mic in front of your dog to turn his bark into your next bass lead. Sometimes the best stuff you can sample is inside the Reason rack. Why would you want to do this if it’s already in Reason? There’s plenty of reasons and Mattias Häggström Gerdt will show you the why’s and how’s.

Get the grips with how to manage sampling in NI’s Maschine

May 12, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Native’s Maschine: Create tight rhythms, harmonies and melodies in moments with MASCHINE – the highly enjoyable instrument that combines a pattern-based sequencer, professional sampler, multi-effect unit and VST/AU plug-in host. Everything is intuitively controllable via the fully integrated hardware – once you touch the tactile controller the fun and intuitive workflow takes over, allowing you to stay focused on what matters – the music.

MASCHINE is constantly evolving; the latest 1.6 free update makes it possible to plug any VST® or Audio Unit™ plug in into MASCHINE, with parameters auto-mapped to the controller so you can immediately start tweaking your sounds. MASCHINE integrates easily into your computer-based studio set-up. Use the hardware controller to find, load and play sounds, automate parameters and arrange patterns on the fly. Combine this with the ability to control and sequence all of your external hardware instruments, or switch to MIDI mode to control other software. After quickly and intuitively developing your ideas, drag and drop your patterns as MIDI or audio files directly into your DAW to finalize and mix your production. You’ll soon realize MASCHINE is a powerhouse capable of revolutionizing the way you make music.

In this video:

Producer and artist Justin Myracks, aka F Major, demonstrates the sampling capabilities of Maschine, and its compatibility with MPC programs.

Poise is the BEST mpc style drum sampling software available

April 8, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Well if that is true remains to be seen;

http://soundsandgear.com/poise-is-the-best-mpc-style-drum-sampling-software-a… checkout this simple and easy drum sampling software that let’s you layer and manipulate sounds like you would on an mpc, mv 8800, or asr

the sound gets a lil distorted in my video a few spots, but that was because I had the volume up too loud on some of the samples I played, it’s all good.

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