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. 



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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.