Monday, September 23, 2019

CONSULTING AND TRAINING: Soundbridge Introduction. Demo/ 20 Minute Video Manual.


A short 20-odd minute video introduction to Soundbridge Digital Audio Workstation. 
Here, I go through putting together a piece of music on Soundbridge and share some thoughts on it's many features and capabilities. 



Links:



Disclaimer:

This video is presented on an informal basis to help inform and instruct users and potential users. I accept no responsibility for any circumstances arising out of the information here, or any errors within it. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

SOUNDWARE: Folkus. Acoustic Guitar for CWITEC TX16Wx



Folkus. Acoustic Guitar Samples and Patches for TX16Wx 


The first instrument in the Sound Lounge's acoustic guitar collection. 
Built for the amazing free CWITEC TX16Wx so anyone can use it. 
If you haven't already got TX16Wx we suggest you download it and consider purchasing the full version.  


Great sounding acoustic guitar patches. 
Part of the Production Club's October soundware download package.  


SOUNDWARE: Folkus. Acoustic Guitar Collection for Reason NN-XT





Folkus acoustic guitar collection is completed for Reason NN-XT and is part of the  Production Club soundware collection for October 2019. 
4 excellent sounding patches.
Great sounding demo video coming soon!

Samples: 52
Patches: 4
Size: 68gb





Sunday, September 8, 2019

CONSULTING and TRAINING: Building Your Soundbridge. A Guide to Soundbridge Digital Audio Workstation. Part One






Soundbridge is a fully featured DAW (digital audio workstation) with powerful sequencing, audio recording, mixing and effects processing all in a single program with full VST plug-in instrument support. Here you can program and record entire songs or musical pieces from a combination of internal instrument plugins and external audio instruments and vocals. 

It's interesting to note that many 'entry level' or free DAWs either have zero or very limited VST instrument support, so you can use either zero VST instruments or a limited number, typically two or three instruments. ProTools Basic is one such example. This software comes packaged with many popular audio interfaces but is really limited to Pro Tools own instrument protocol. Similarly, at present, Steinberg's Cubase 'Elements' only supports up to two VST instruments. Both these packages are widely used in music production so these entry level versions are great for training and learning important pieces of software, but other than that, Soundbridge beats those 'entry level' packages hands down. 

I've spent several months now creating, recording and generally messing about with Soundbridge and it really is a serious piece of software, offering a professional looking interface with a solid set of features that will probably be all that ninety percent of users will ever need. Don't be fooled by the fact that it's (currently) freeware/donateware. 



Soundbridge Full Screen



Soundbridge Consulting


I'm now happy to consult on any Soundbridge based computer music projects, so if you're looking to setup/build a PC music system built around Soundbridge I can help. I now have a supply line in place with a top UK based PC hardware company, so I can build from scratch, and/or I can assist with installation, training, interface/accessory choices, etc on an existing computer, or computer of your choice. You'll also get a monthly supply of great Sound-Lounge soundware projects to feed your machine and keep you inspired. 

Whilst Soundbridge does come with a powerful suite of effects processors including delay, reverb, modulation effects such as chorus and phasing, dynamics processors, and EQ, it does not come with any plug-in instruments. However, Soundbridge does support VST2 and VST3 instrument plugins, so you can use just about all of the VST instrument plugins found within the The Sound-Lounge's blog pages alongside hundreds (if not thousands) of others. 


This is perhaps an area that clients new to computer music and setting up an starter system may find slightly confusing and frustrating. Soundbridge, or indeed any DAW, is only really as good as the instruments, audio plugins, and associated soundware that you use in it. It's tempting to dive straight into computer music via a DAW but you need other items. The instrument offerings provided with most entry level music packages are quite slim. 

This is why I've put together some Soundbridge 'starter kits' or 'recipes' based loosely on music genre and client type that provides a suite of free instrument plugins and soundware so that you have a ready made selection of resources that make your introduction to computer music generally, and Soundbridge in particular, easier and more rewarding. 

Soundbridge is also designed as a collaborative DAW and can be used within a cloud based system. you can share projects and audio section with other selected users. More on these features a little later. 

For now we'll focus on using Soundbridge as a 'traditional' stand-alone DAW program.

So, in order to put the horse 'before the cart' as it were, we are going to find a selection of freeware instruments ready to form a 'suite' of instruments we can use with Soundbridge, and we'll do this in part two. 

My Soundbridge introdutory video is now available to view here via my Youtube channel.  


Disclaimer:


The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 

  

Friday, September 6, 2019

SOUNDWARE: Street Mechanics. 200 'Urban' Hip/Hop, RnB Drum Samples.



200 big sounding drum samples and resamples designed for hiphop and rnb. 

Part of the Production Club October Soundware download. 


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

SOUNDWARE: Ghost Machine September 2019 - Kawai R50E Drum Machine Sample Library.





Ghost Machine. September 2019. Kawai R50E. 

Another of my favourite vintage machines, the R50e landed around 1988 I think. Similar to R50 but with a different and (I think) expanded sounded chip. The 'e' we guessed at the time standing for 'electronic'.

Pick of the sounds here are some great ambient/gated snares. Great for 80s revivalists. 

You can download your free sample collection and kits using the following link. Just right click 'Kawai R50e Redrum Kits and Samples' file and then select 'download' all to download the complete folder. Please read the disclaimer below before downloading. 

Kawai R50e Samples and Redrum Kits. 

Disclaimer:

The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 



Sunday, September 1, 2019

SOUNDWARE: MPC500 Sample Library. Resamples. REDRUM and Sitala Kits.


FREE Akai MPC500 Sample Collection with Additional Resamples and Kits.

Samples: 661
Resamples: 36
REDRUM Kits: 8
Sitala Kits: 6
Size: 81MB

All the sounds from Akai's MPC500 production drum machine. 

Available from the link below:

FREE MPC500 Samples.

Right click the file DM MPC500 to download the entire folder with all the samples, resamples, and kits. 


Disclaimer:


The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 



Friday, August 30, 2019

SOFTWARE: CWITEC TX16Wx VST Sampler




CWITEC TX16Wx Sampler and Sample Instrument Editor. 




Here at the Sound-Lounge, we're now using TX16Wx as our sampler of choice and our sample instrument and acoustic drum libraries will now be available for it. So we thought we'd give you a rundown on this wonderfully powerful free VST instrument. 

Within each VST instrument product category, there is usually one freeware product that is downloaded more than any other. One product that stands way ahead of any other similar device. 

In the freeware VST sampler world,  the TX16wx is such a product. 

In the following pages, we'll take an in depth look at this powerful freeware sampler, sample editor and sample playback device.  


Introduction. 



For those who don't know, the original TX16w was a Yamaha hardware sampler from the late 1980s/early 90s, and this software emulation uses the same heirarchical structure as it's hardware predecessor.

Having been involved in sales around the time of the TX16w launch, the one thing I remember about the it was the extremely slow loading times from the on-board 3.5" drive. You could prepare not only a cup of tea, but probably a complete three course meal whilst this thing was loading samples. Thankfully, no such issues with it's 21st century software successor. 

So what you get is a sample recording, editing and playback musical instrument with editing at wave level (start, end, loop, etc.), sound level (filtering, ADSR, panning, level, etc), multisampling and mapping (assigning samples to areas of the keyboard with velocity fading/switching, etc), and performance level (reproducting several instruments simultaneously with their own Midi channel assignment, level, etc.) 12 individual outputs allow for independent EQ, processing, and effects assignments of individual samples. 





  
Basic 'waves' can be mapped into keyboard 'regions' which can then be layered into 'groups' to form a 'program' which can then be combined to form 'performances' which are complete multi-instrument setups with separate individual midi channels. This can then all be stored in what is known as a 'bank' which is the complete 'instrument state'. 

Whilst offering powerful performance and complex/layered possibilities, for me this structure is a little over-complicated since it ignores the fact that if you wanted several TX16wx instruments in your track you can just open multiple 'instances' of TX16wx, offering greater flexibility with EQing and effects routing, etc. So whilst TX16wx is undoubtedly the most powerful free* VST sampler there is, I think it's fair to say that this level of sophistication does come with a bit of a learning curve. 


* a very reasonably priced 'professional' version of TX16wx is also available and I'll run through the additional features and capabilities of this product later in the chapter, and, as ever, I would encourage users to take a close look and consider purchasing the 'full' version. 






Wave Editing


The most basic 'level' within TX16wx's heirarchy is the wave panel. Here you can load and edit basic waves. You can load .wav, .aiff, .aifc (compressed .aiff files), .ogg (whatever they are), and .flac files. 

The record button is used to sample new sounds from your audio interfaces inputs or, if you're using TX16Wx in a DAW, from other instruments within the program.  

A visual waveform graph of each wave is shown to allow easy editing which includes trimming, slicing, normalizing, duplicating as well as powerful loop modes including forward, backward and bidirectional loops. Crossfade looping can also be applied and zero crossing points can be searched to find good loop points. These two features are great for complex 'difficult to loop' instrument waveforms.  

One of TX16wx's most powerful features is the ability to modulate waves. Loop start/end, direction, and wave start can all be modified by a number of sources including envelopes, LFO's, pitch bend, etc. 

Wave editing also includes a powerful 'beat slicer' that slices waveforms into parts based on rhythmic content which can then be used as single 'hits'. A great feature fo artists working with beats and loops. 


TX16Wx Waveform Editor



Below the wave editing panel is the wave list. This shows all your loaded waves names and allows you to edit root note, fine tuning, as well as loop start and end points. This list is also used to 'drag' your samples into keyboard 'regions' (the next editing level up) to form complete instruments or drum maps, etc. 

Time stretching (altering the playback speed of a wave without modifying it's pitch) is not available in the free version of TX16Wx. This is part of TX16Wx Pro' s Transposition Engine. You will have to buy the Pro version fo rtime stretching.  



TX16Wx Wave Editor and Waveform List




Region Editor 


The 'region editor' is where your collection of samples from your wave list get mapped across the keyboard to form a complete instrument or drum kit. This can be as complex or as simple as you like with a single wave mapped across the entire keyboard with or without pitch assinment, or several waves can be mapped to each key with different velocity switching assignments. 

A visual editor makes this easier by allowing you to drop samples and physically define their keyboard areas and velocity assignments. 


TX16Wx Group Editor


Region cross-fading is available with TX16Wx Professional. 

The 'region' level is also where synthesizer style sound parameters can be applied. Six stage envelope generators, powerful multi-mode filters, and two LFOs are available, and this is also where volume, pan, and global velocity parameters can be set. 


TX16Wx Sound Editor


A modulation tables allows powerful and complex modulation routings. 


Group Editing.


'Group' level combines regions and allows setting of parameters such as mono/poly, mono priority, choke groups (for setting monophonic triggering of samples, for hihats, etc.), legato mode triggering, tuning, play mode, output bus, etc.

It's all very comprehensive, and it's difficult to think of any annoying omissions or flaws here. 



Programs and Performances. 


A program is a collection of groups of samples and here you can name the program, assign midi channels, output, and volume parameters. A number of programs can then be combined into a performance to form a complete multi-timbral setup with several instruments with their own level, panning and midi channel assignments ready for sequencing into complete songs.  

As mentioned earlier, this additional level of complexity is slightly baffling for a software instrument as within a DAW you can open several 'instances' of a VST instrument. Perhaps if you were using TX16Wx as a standalone instrument for live performances, this might be useful.  


File Browser


Permanently displayed on the left of the GUI window is the file browser which allows you to load waves or previously stored programs and performances from anywhere within your computer. 

A really useful feature of the file browser is a wave preview player which alllows you to preview a wave before loading it and you can also select 'auto-play' which plays a wave automatically when it is selected.


TX16Wx File Browser



TX16Wx Pro Features.


Some additional features of the TX16Wx have been mentioned above but others include a suite of six effects busses with reverb, delay and modulation type effects for each. An on-board arpeggiator is available in the Pro version, and the aforementioned 'transposition engine' which allows  time-stretch type editing for loop and beat type wave editing. 


TX16Wx PRO Arpeggiator


There is only one active version of TX16Wx, you can enable the additional features to evaluate them. You can then activate these additional features once you've purchased a license. 

I've used TX16Wx for some time now, alongside Reason's own NN-XT, for my own songs and production work. 

It does look a little daunting at first but once you understand the different heirarchy and slot editors it's quite quick and intuitive to work with. 

I use it as a VST instrument within Reason and it's always proved stable and reliable. 

For editing and playing samples and sample based instruments within a Freeware computer music package it takes some beating. The basic package covers most of what any computer musician would require from a software VST sampler without any major flaws or omissions. There are a few additional useful options available as part of the upgraded pro package, the most important of which would be the time stretching 'transposition engine.' The effects and arpeggiator functions can be quite easily recreated with alternative programs.  

CWITEC themselves describe the TX16Wx as a creative instrument rather than just a playback engine for sample libraries. Anyone who remembers the early days of sampling, with Peter Gabriel blowing over milk bottles and banging on metal pipes to create otherworldly sounds, and Depeche Mode rolling ball bearings across hotel balconies to create their' industrial percussion' will appreciate a feature set aimed at and capable of that kind of creative approach. 


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

SOUNDWARE: 12 Tabla Samples.



Twelve FREE Tabla Samples. 

12 tabla samples. 
.wav files for most software samplers/players. 

Download:

Us the following link to download the samples. Just right click '12 Tablas' and then select download to get the complete folder. Please read the disclaimer below before downloading any files.  

Twelve Tabla Samples

Disclaimer:


The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 



Monday, August 19, 2019

SOUNDWARE: West Coast Percussion. 35 Production Quality Samples



A collection of 35 clean/crisp percussion samples.
Bongos, congas, vibraslaps, cabasa, etc. 

35 .wav files. 


Download:


West_Coast_Percussion

Just right click the folder at the top of the page and select 'download' to download the entire folder. Please read the disclaimer below. 



Disclaimer:


The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

SOUNDWARE: Rayz Roadz for CWITEC TX16Wx



Rayz Roadz. Free Electric Piano for TX16Wx. 

I'm still finding my way around the TX16Wx but it looks like it's going to work quite well as a platform that I can use for all the Sound-Lounge sounds and samples. 
This way, anyone can access the sounds. 

I've managed to assemble the Rayz Roadz samples onto the TX16wx and they're sounding pretty good.
It sound's pretty much identical to the NN-XT version. 

The samples are quite 'raw' so I would encourage playing with any effects you may have available. Chorus/phasing, distortion, and of course, reverb and delay.  

TX16wx is a really powerful multi-sample instrument platform, and the basic version is available free, and you can download it here:


Both versions share the same download link, so just download the folder with the 26 samples and there are two NN-XT files (.sxt suffix) and a single TX16wx file (.txperf) suffix, for the program files.   



Disclaimer:



The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 

SOUNDWARE: 'China Grove'. 16 Production Quality Chinese Percussion Samples



'China Grove' FREE Chinese Percussion Samples. 

Just a small, but great sounding collection of chinese style percussion. 
Gongs, taiko drums, etc. 

16 one hit .wav samples. No kits or anything like that, etc. 


Download:



Just right click the folder at the top of the page and select 'download' to download the complete folder. Please read the disclaimer below before executing any downloads. 


Disclaimer:


The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 


SOUNDWARE: Rayz Roadz Electric Piano for Reason NN-XT




Free Electric Piano Samples and Patch for Reason NN-XT

I love the Rayz Roadz patch on my old Alesis QS6. 
Whilst I'm guessing it's named after Ray Manzarek of 'The Doors' fame, to me it's kind of a hybrid between an electric piano and a digital/fm type of sound. 
It really sits in a mix nicely. 
This group of 26 samples is really divided into two groups of thirteen. Thirteen 'soft' samples played at velocity 88, and another thirteen 'hard' samples played at 127 for the 'harder' kind of sound. 
The two banks are then velocity switched at 88/89 with a little bit of velocity fading. 
So it's quite expressive.
The two programs are just the 'standard' version plus a slightly 'darker' program with just the filter cut-off brought down. 
I'll try and get a short demo track put together for this soon. 
When sampling instruments, it's usually best to do it without any effects, so these samples are quite raw and 'stripped back'. So I would encourage lots of experimenting with effects. Historically, musicians have always added various effects to Rhodes and electric piano sounds. Chorusing, phasing, and often overdrive and distortion. Putting them through guitar amps and leslie speakers is also not unheard of. So play around with any effects you can lay your hands on.  

Free Electric Piano Download:

To download your Rayz Roadz electric piano for NN-XT go to the link below. The 26 samples and two NN-XT programs are all in the same folder so the NN-XT should 'see' and load up the samples when you load one of the programs. Just right click the 'Rayz Roadz NN-XT' file at the top of the page then select 'download' to download the whole folder. Please read the disclaimer below before downloading. 


CWITEC TX16wx Version.

I'm currently assessing CWITEC's free TX16wx software sampler to see if it's suitable for this sort of soundware. It's looking promising. This would give everybody access to the Sound-Lounge's instrument samples rather than just NN-XT users. I'll keep you posted. You can follow me at my Facebook Page for the latest news on this. 


Disclaimer:


The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

ORIGINAL MUSIC: Doctrine of Wisdom


It's been a while since I posted an original piece of music, so here's a kind of light hip-hop/pop/edm style track I've written. 'De La Soul', 'Arrested Development' kind of vibe. Maybe even a Lily Allen kind of thing. I don't know.  
Anyway, lyrics are virtually completed, should finish them off in the next song writing session over the next few days.
For now, here's the non-vocal demo with an instrumental 'top line' to give you an idea of the vocal/melody line. 


 
copyright. Simon Thompson. 2018.


Happy to hear from vocalists and artists who might be interested in original songs to develop solo careers, collaborations, licensing, cover versions, etc. 

Please contact me at info@thenoizeworks.co.uk or via my Facebook Page



Monday, August 12, 2019

BACKING TRACKS: August's FREE Backing Track. Slave To The Rhythm.




'Work all day, as men who know,
Wheels must turn to keep, to keep the flow.......'


August's FREE backing track is here. 
A meaty, modern take on Grace Jones' dark, mystical 1985 classic Slave To The Rhythm.

As usual, a cover version rather than an attempt at a carbon copy, so you'll be adding an original element to your set list rather than just another inaccurate, boring karaoke version. 

Quite a complex track with many elements, this was the first time I could have used more than my available 16 tracks on a backing track. So there were a few elements that I just didn't have the available track space for. Still, less is more, I guess. 

The tabla loops in the second verse, final chorus and outro give this version a dash of the mystical East and the polysynth splashes from the second verse on give the track some added power and 'bite'. I think!

I think it could really have done with some funky guitar. Something along the lines of the original. So if you happen to know a funky guitar player perhaps you could persuade them to do some overdubs.  

Not really any kind of extended version this time, this one pretty much follows the structure and length of the original. Think we're in the key of C# for this one. 

The pure backing track version is available below at my hearthis.at account. The download link is:

https://hearthis.at/simon-thompson/slave-to-the-rhythm-backing-track-only-mastered/download/?secret=EeMnl





As usual, I've also included a link to a version with an instrumental top line so you can follow the vocal line and know where each verse/chorus/bridge section is, etc.






Edits:

The free download is a basic MP3 (196kbps) file. I can remaster it in MP3 (320kbps), or WAV for enhanced quality. 

I can also perform edits so if you want sections repeated/removed, key changed, etc, let me know. 

I try and do one free backing track per month alongside my other work so why not follow/like my Facebook Page for updates and news.


Custom Backing Tracks: 

I do custom backing track and programming work, and I also have original songs for artists looking for original material for demos, career development, and repertoire, etc. Please contact me via info@thenoizeworks.co.uk for collaborative suggestions or licensing, etc. 

You'll find more of my backing track examples at https://hearthis.at/simon-thompson/ and original songs, etc at https://soundcloud.com/stomo

Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoy your new backing track. 

Look out for another one for September!
   

Sunday, August 11, 2019

SOUNDWARE: Ghost Machine. Akai XR10 Samples, Resamples and Kits.


Free Drum Samples. Akai XR10. 

Ghost Machine: Akai XR10 Specs:

Original Samples: 46
Resamples: 20
Kits: 8 REDRUM, 3 Sitala
Size: 5mb

Like most instruments of the era, the XR10 was not blessed with huge amounts of memory and so it didn't have that many sounds, but it does have some good ones, especially when you start playing around with them and editing them for pitch, envelope, dynamics, and tone. So be sure to check out the resamples.

Roger Linn worked with Akai on their MPC series of drum/sequencer/production products, and whilst this product doesn't bear his signature, the sounds here are much more 'Linndrum' than, say, Roland 808/909. More Prince/Scritti powerpop than Sexual Healing.

As with all our 'Ghost Machine' downloads, you don't just get the basic samples. Oh no. In addition to the 64 basic XR 10 samples I've also put together 8 REDRUM kits for Reason and 3 Sitala* kits alongside 20 resamples which are XR10 samples edited for pitch, envelope, dynamics, and tone and really breath new life into these vintage drum machine samples. 

*Sitala is a FREE 64 bit VST drum machine sample playback rompler from decomposer.de Download it here. 

https://decomposer.de/sitala.html

So now everyone can access Sound-Lounge's Ghost Machine kits. 

XR10 Free Drum Samples and Resamples Download:


Use the following download link to download your XR10 sample/kit pack. 
Right click 'Akai XR-10' at the top of the page and then select 'download' to download the whole folder. Both REDRUM and Sitala kits are contained within the same folder. 

Akai XR-10 Sample/Resample/Kit Pack


Disclaimer:



The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

SOUNDWARE: DUNE/ CM Sounds. 'Motorik City' Electronic Music ARP Patches.

'Motorik City' FREE Electronic Music Patch Collection for DUNE / CM*



*DUNE CM is a version of DUNE available with every copy of Computer Music Magazine. More details below.

Demo tracks:




All the sounds in the demos except the drum sounds are available in the collection.

This collection features European/Motorik type synthesizer patches, sometimes referred to (controversially and perhaps politically incorrectly) as 'Krautrock'.
Although rooted in the European electronic scene of the 70s and 80s, 'Motorik' type sounds and rhythms are undergoing a revival and feature in the music of many current electronic and indie artists such as 'Hookworms' and 'Josephin Ohrn and the Liberation' amongst countless others.
Most of the patches here utilise DUNE's powerful arpeggiator which creates really tight synth lines and layers that can be synched to your DAW's tempo clock to match up with the other instruments and tracks within your song. They are designed as creative 'starting points' for your own pieces and sounds. You can simply hit the 'ARP' key on DUNE and the sound becomes a regular bass, lead, or polysyth synthesizer patch.
In addition there are also some 'static' great sounding synth bass, lead and polysynth sounds. 


Downloads: 

Motorik City Manual/Brochure.pdf

The patch collection can be downloaded via the following link. Please read the disclaimer at the bottom of the page before carrying out any Sound-Lounge downloads. Just right click the 'DM_Motorik_City' file at the top of the page and then select 'download' to download all the patches in a single go. 

DM_Motorik_City_DUNECM


DUNE CM is a version of DUNE polyphonic wavetable synthesizer available with every copy of Computer Music magazine. It's part of a collection of VST instruments and effects supplied on the cover disk of every issue. It's identical to the full version except there is no the built in effects suite and only 16 modulation slots instead of 32.
So you can get this synth and many others for around £6 (the price of a copy of the magazine).
It's a really powerful synth which we've really got to know well over the past months and years. If you don't already have it, we suggest you get yourself down to your local newsagent, get yourself a copy of Computer Music, and install it!



Disclaimer:



The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

SOUNDWARE: Drum Mechanics. Two New 'Superkits'. Plus New Demo



I've finalised two new drum kits for Drum Mechanics acoustic drum sample project. The kits are for Reason's NN-XT sampler. 
These are the Tight Studio Pop Superkit and the Big Rock Superkit. 
I've called these superkits because they contain a larger number of components and samples including flam samples for all the toms. 

Check out the Big Rock Superkit YouTube demo below:




To check out the main Drum Mechanics page hit the link below.

https://thesound-lounge.blogspot.com/2019/06/soundware-drum-mechanics-reason-nn-xt.html


The Drum Mechanics samples are regular .wav files, so they can be uploaded to almost any sampler platform, but the kits are created for NN-XT and these are an integral and important part of the project, and to create your own kits using the raw .wav files would be rather time consuming, although they are all helpfully labelled so it can be done. I'm currently trying out a free VST sampler platform that would give all DAW users access to Drum Mechanics. I'll keep you posted. 

Here's my first YouTube demo for the Tight Pop Kit






Drum Mechanics was quite a 'slab' of work. It's one of the few Sound-Lounge projects that does have a price tag. £10 gets you the latest version. You can buy via Ebay:

or I can send you a Paypal Invoice. 

But, Drum Mechanics is an ongoing and ever expanding project, so I'll add you to the mailing list and send you all the updated download links as they happen. Usually every couple of months. Got some great new samples which will be available alongside some more new kits for late September/Early Oct 2019. 

Follow/like my Facebook Page for updates.