Sonified translates what your video camera sees into sound in real time

November 14, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s a new app that sounds/looks pretty interesting:

Sonified translates what your video camera sees into sound in real time. Record onto QuickTime movies. The sonifying video camera for the iPhone and iPad.
Hear what your video camera sees

Sonified takes real time visual information from your iPhone/iPad video camera and uses it to mix 16 stereo tracks of CD quality music in real time, translating what your video camera sees into sound. A real time instrument, Sonified uses your iPhone/iPad’s video camera to translate qualities of light and color into music, a process called “sonification”. Using Sonified allows the iPhone and iPad user to connect vision and sound in new ways, creating video and soundtrack at the same time. Record Sonified QuickTime movies with CD quality audio and share with friends and other Sonified users.

Specifications:
Real time mixing of audio based off of brightness and or color values.
16 different ways to combine sounds and visual response.
4 Sonified “instruments”, each with its own unique way of mixing sound based off of visual information: mixing sound based off of brightness, based off of color, based off of both brightness and color simultaneously, or based off of brightness and color proportioned towards color.
A total of 64 stereo tracks of sound in four separate Sonified “scenes” all in 44.1 kHz 16-bit CD quality audio.
Extremely responsive, with close to zero-latency between what your camera sees and what you hear.
Record video and CD quality sound simultaneously onto QuickTime movies and save on your iPhone or iPad.
Intuitive, with an easy to use interface.
Designed for use with headphones.

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CONTACT MIC RECORDING

November 8, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Tim Prebble has uploaded this video featuring the making of a new sound library, recorded entirely with contact mics….

HISS and a ROAR release royalty-free sound effects & sound design libraries created by award winning film sound designer Tim Prebble and while there is nothing new about the idea of selling sound effects online, these libraries take a different philosophical approach by providing comprehensive thematic collections of high resolution source material, with the sole purpose of helping sound designers achieve their most creative work by access to diverse & highly malleable sounds.

HISSandaROAR.com

Rob Papen in the studio – Sound design and more

November 6, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s a short video by synth.nl with Rob Papen in the studio talking synths and more:

A while ago Rob Papen visited my Apollo studio. Together with his crew he was filming some footage for his upcoming book and DVD about sound design on synthesizers. While they were filming in my studio I filmed them with my own camera. So this short movie is sort of a ‘making of’. More info about the DVD will follow on http://www.robpapen.com. I made all the 3D animations in this movie with Cinema 4D.

Make music with your voice, or any sound!

October 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background info: Everyday Looper allows you to record 4 musical phrases – 6 on an iPad – and loop them right away. You can then mix and merge them on the fly. Your Adventures Into Sound begin here – Live Looping on any iOS device! Perhaps the easiest introduction into this DIY music style which is taking the world by storm.

New In Version 1.5

STEREO TRACKS
• Pan your tracks. Compatible devices : iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G, iPad and newer.

MIDI CONTROLLERS
• Record, Play/Pause and Stop can be triggered by a MIDI controller through Core MIDI.

2 INPUT CHANNELS
• Record channel 1 or 2, both simultaneously or as a stereo source. Require an audio device that provides 2 input channels such as the Alesis iO Dock.

“Can ANYONE guess what the Mystery Object is, near the end of the video? “

The Sound of Real Steel

October 9, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 2 Comments 

Who says robot boxing won’t happen in 2020?! “Real Steel” plays out this fantasy as robots have replaced humans in boxing in this Shawn Levy film (“Night at the Museum” franchise and “Date Night”).

Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) loses a chance to become a boxing champion when robots take over, and he becomes a small-time promoter. When he has difficulty making a living, he reluctantly teams up with his son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build a robot that can contend for the championship.

The stunning visual effects behind the robots can only be brought to life by believable sound. The team responsible for this difficult task include Craig Henighan (sound designer, sound re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor), Skip Longfellow (first assistant sound editor), Warren Hendriks (sound designer), Rob Nokes (sound effects field recordist), and Dan O’Connell (foley artist).

Grab your boxing gloves and step into the ring!

TR-909 Bass Drum Recorded Through 13 Distortion Units

October 7, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Gear Fiend Presents: TR-909 Bass Drum Recorded Through 13 Distortion Units

1) Dunlop Fuzz Face
2) Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff with Top Boost
3) Maxon OD-9
4) Boss OS-2
5) Boss DS-1
6) Boss DS-2
7) Pro Co RAT
8) Tech 21 VT Bass
9) MXR Bass D.I. +
10) Electro-Harmonix English Muff’n
11) Moog Moogerfooger Lowpass Filter
12) Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi
13) Elektron SidStation

SAMPLE PACK NOW AVAILABLE HERE:
http://thegearfiend.com/

The sounds of Star Wars

September 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is one of a series of podcasts exploring the ways sound and sound effects can be used to help bring stories to life.

Meet Ben Burtt, Sound Designer for films like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and WALL-E. Learn how he comes up with sounds that complement the amazing things seen on the silver screen – from laser blasts to whirring, buzzing lightsabers. Find out the story behind some of his signature effects and how he first got interested in sound design.

The Sound of “Angry Birds”

September 23, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Finland based composer and sound designer Ari Pulkkinen seems to be one of the most listened to composers in the world right now with over 250 million people who have heard his original Angry Birds theme. Pulkkine’s catchy theme was also recently performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra which was part of a music festival in the city.

Angry Birds has been praised for its successful combination of addictive gameplay, comical style, and low price. Its popularity led to versions of Angry Birds being created for personal computers and gaming consoles, a market for merchandise featuring its characters and even long-term plans for a feature film or television series. With a combined 350 million downloads across all platforms and including both regular and special editions, the game has been called “one of the most mainstream games out right now”, “one of the great runaway hits of 2010″, and “the largest mobile app success the world has seen so far”.

Ari has also worked on other very popular games such as Trine (PS3/PC), Dead Nation (PS3), and Outland (PS3/360). The games have received rave reviews and praise for their soundtracks and sound design.

Ari Pulkkinen
aripulkkinen.com

ANGRY BIRDS
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Steal that sound!

September 22, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Hal Leonard Books has published Steal This Sound by Mitchell Sigman. Presented by Keyboard Magazine, the book is a collection of Sigman’s columns of the same name from Keyboard, detailing the greatest synth sounds from the greatest records, and how they can be achieved with modern gear.

Presented in chronological order as they appeared in the magazine from inception to the present, Steal This Sound includes more than sixty articles describing prominent synth sounds from Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and Nine Inch Nails “Closer” to MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” and Radiohead’s “Everything in It’s Right Place”.

Hal Leonard Books PR officer had this to say, “Steal This Sound is packed with invaluable tips and insights into re-creating these great synth sounds and provides a unique view into how synth technology has evolved over the years. Sigman explains how these sounds were created originally on synths by Moog, ARP, Sequential Circuits, Roland, and Korg, and gives step-by-step instructions to re-create the sounds using widely available modern plug-ins and software instruments from a host of manufacturers. Steal This Sound is a great read for music enthusiasts and an invaluable resource for keyboardists and programmers.”

About the Author:
Mitchell Sigman is a Los-Angeles based keyboardist, guitarist, and producer. His band Celebutante plays the LA area and has numerous TV track placements in shows such as The Jersey Shore, The Bold and the Beautiful, Burn Notice, Monk, and more. Sigman also won a BMI award in 2008 for his work on the Berlin track “Scream”, which is used as the theme song for the Lifetime drama Angela’s Eyes. Sigman has been a writer for Keyboard Magazine since 2004.

 

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$19.99

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Awesome live modular recording

September 22, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A live modular recording. Three CGS01 Harmonic Sequencer modules from Catgirl Synth were used to generate melodies automatically. This generative piece reminded me of the virtually unlimited species of creatures under the sea.
The video content was shot by Nick Hope and crew of bubblevision.com.

More about Catgirl synths here >>

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