Audio News January 2011
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January Audio News 2011

Hi there !

Here are the January audio news, carefully selected just for you !

It is listed in the following categories :
- Music composition
- Music Production / Audio Post
- Sound Design
- Live stage application / Ipad / Iphone etc...
- Free stuff
- Nice videos of the month

Once again, a big thanks to all the nice readers for their feedback and encouragements.

I wish all of you a very happy new year. I hope we will find our way of personnal achievement, the love & peace we all deserve. I wish you the excellent, the best & the rest of the soul.

May the " music composition & sound design " force be with you !



Music Composition

Liberis @ Tonehammer

A complete children's choir virtual instrument ? Why not after all. I've never thought about it in fact... maybe because I've never needed one. Anyway Tonehammer has officially announced their pre-order for Liberis. For what I've heard, it sounds great as usual, it's intense and inspiring... from the Tonehammer website : "LIBERIS is our next-generation choir library featuring a professional 45-piece multi-award winning Piedmont Children's Choir lead by famous choir conductor, Bob Geary from VOLTI. The library represents the most detailed sampling ever done of a high-end symphonic children's choir and the most ambitious release in the history of Tonehammer. LIBERIS allows you to create realistic sounding choir by using a variety of next-generation features, including true ensemble legato with speed control and legato for our poly-sustained chants. In addition the contains sustains from piano to forte, staccato with repetitions, marcato with sustains, BPM (host-synced) latin chants recorded at different speeds and velocity layers and a uncompromising effects section with +1000 effects ranging from basic consonant/vowels, clusters, sweeps, whispers, shouts, chirps, childrens songs, claps, snaps etc. In addition the library is recorded in 24 bit / 44.1khz with 3 (5.1) microphone positions, three different solo singers with poly-sustains and a gorgeous ambient section by Steve Tavaglione."


Duo Mbira @ Nine Volt Audio

Mbira is similar to a Kalimba a first sight but in fact it has a richer and deeper sound due to different weight and width metal keys. I've never heard a library of that instrument before. It sounds pretty good. What I find interesting is the mode that emulates two people playing at the same time (Duo is the name after all..) requires Kontakt 3.5 or above.


Dr. Bob's Modular @ Droomusic

For Kontakt 3.1 and above (50 $ / 50% of all proceeds go to the Bob Moog Foundation)
Dr. Bob's Modular Sample Library is a collection of sounds that combine classic vintage synthesizer technology with the latest cutting-edge sampling programs. A System 15 modular controlled by an Encore Electronics Expressionist was programmed and sampled using Redmatica's suite of sample-capture and processing tools. A Moog CP-251 was used to expand the palette of the original synthesizer and allow for greater control options. Those raw sounds were then processed and mapped using Native Instruments Kontakt's powerful synthesis capabilities.


Tubes! @ Sidsonic

Making music using a virtual instrument made with tubes ? I bet you haven't tried, me neither... don't know what to think about it yet, sound interesting & I like the idea.. so why not ?


FunkyGuitar @ Pettin House

As usual with Pettin House, this library is very efficient and sounding, I really recommend it... "FunkyGuitar is an innovative Stratocaster guitar sample library for Kontakt 3 and 4 (no Kontakt player ) available for download.
It is made of 3 patches: Strum, Muted and Fingered Guitar and it has a built-in Amp simulator with Wah, Distortion, EQ, Reverb, Delay and Phaser.
You can also play it DRY with your favorite amp simulator."


Music Production / Audio post

Auto Tune 7 @ Antares Tech

The world's most known plugin for "tune / pitch" correction is out now in version 7. A new integrated time manipulation and correction tool. EVO processing has been enhanced. Midi capabilities. New Enhanced Amplitude Envelope Display. In brief ,better than before...


Sound Design

AudioStage @ Longcat

AudioStage is one of the first (reliable) 3D audio plugin. If you've tested the SPAT from Ircam you know what can be done in 3D audio. And it seems that this plugin approaches the need of sound designers. You can easily create a 3D scene and mix into it... I really want it immediately ! from the developper's website : " AudioStage is the first 3D audio authoring and mixing solution compatible with all major audio software: ProTools, Pyramix, Nuendo, Logic...

Available for Windows and MacOS, with VST, RTAS or AU connectors, AudioStage allows to simultaneously mix for a large number of audio formats."

You can even download the free LITE version ! here.


Live stage & Ipad applications

Portastudio @ Tascam

Based on the PORTA ONE recorder that revolutionized recording in 1984, the Portastudio app records up to four tracks with a vintage vibe.


Keypad @ DiscoDSP

KeyPad is a Global purpose OSC iPad controller template for TouchOSC and OSCulator.


eyoControl @ eyosido

eyoControl lets you control your Mac or Windows based Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software from your iPad in various ways, such as a control surface or a virtual instrument. eyoControl communicates with your DAW through the native iPad MIDI functionalities (CoreMIDI) or, optionally, the dedicated eyoControl Server application (Mac only) for advanced connectivity options. eyoControl supports most DAW software such as Logic, Cubase (partially) with Protools, Live, Reaper etc… Check the supported DAW here


AmpliTube 2 for iPad @ IK Multimedia

from the press release... " A complete guitar multi-effects processor, recording and production studio for your iPad.

Turn your iPad into the ultimate mobile guitar and bass multi-effect processor and recording studio! Use the AmpliTube iRig interface adapter to connect your guitar or bass to your iPad and you are ready to rock!

Play, practice and record anytime, anywhere with world-class guitar and bass tones and a full portable studio. AmpliTube 2 for iPad gives you incredibly realistic tones and effects, plus full recording and processing capabilities in a powerful mobile app, all from the leaders in analog gear modeling software for professional recording studios."

Voicejam @ TC Helicon

from the TC Helicon website... " VoiceJam was created by TC-Helicon, the world’s #1 professional audio company dedicated 100% to the needs of singers. At the heart of VoiceJam is a powerful audio looper. An audio looper works by recording sounds you make while playing them back in a repeating loop. The cool thing is that as the loop repeats, you can keep layering new sound on top of it. You can harmonize yourself, add rhythms with your voice, record the sounds of random objects in your life – the possibilities are endless.

But that’s just the beginning. VoiceJam was designed from the ground up to be a live performance tool. You’ll be able to perform and record an entire masterpiece from scratch, using only the sounds you can create with your voice or with the objects in your world.For the best possible experience, grab a pair of headphones and let your creativity run wild."


Midipadz Lite @ Crossfire Designs

Welcome to MidiPadz, the simple MIDI drumpad controller for Network MIDI and USB MIDI. It offers 16 drum pads on four pages, an X/Y-pad and a gravity controller, which makes the whole iPad's rotation a controller.
MidiPadz is one of the first iOS programs that don't require any 3rd party software or proprietary hardware for MIDI connection! With Network MIDI, you can take your iPad on stage and trigger your music wirelessly!

And it's FREE.


Free stuff of the month

Free Christmas samples @ Loopmasters

185 MB of unreleased samples in different genres

Mikro Prism @ Native Instruments

MIKRO PRISM is a new free instrument, based on the successful synthesizer REAKTOR PRISM. Using the same sound engine as its bigger brother and REAKTOR 5.5’s new dynamic ''Modal Bank'' technology, this fully-playable instrument shines with a stunning range of brilliant sounds.


Free Mini sax library @ Bolder sounds

A nice idea for that free Kontakt library... "The sound of the mini sax has somewhat of a cross between the clarinet and the sax."

Free Pleyel Grand Piano @ Pianoteq

All registered users can download a free Pleyel Grand Piano. Here's what the website says : " This is a physically modelled virtual copy of grand piano Pleyel, model F (1926). Chopin preferred to compose and perform on Pleyel pianos and it was also used by other major composers, such as Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. The Pleyel sound can be described as round, warm and sensual."


Udu Free @ Acousticsamples

A rare instrument, UDU Free is a Nigerian side hole pot drum virtual instrument.
The library is about 130 Mo of samples recorded at 24 bits, 88.2khz downsampled to 24bits/44.1khz, carefully recorded with all of the possible strokes, bass, bass muted, side, fingertips... You also have a sensitivity button to adjust the response.
This virtual instrument is available for ASPlayer, KONTAKT 2,3 or 4 and Mach5.
UDU free is (a tiny) part of the Percussiv' library.


Swatches @ Applied Acoustic Systems

Swatches is a virtual synth played via AAS Player (included in Swatches) it contains 40 fresh sounding patches. Suscribe to the newsletter and you're ready to go.


Free Bugbrand DIY Synth Sample Pack @ Team DNR

TeamDNR have released Mono Destroyers, a free sample pack containing a variety of samples taken from a Bugbrand DIY synthesizer with a few custom modification. Here is more info about the samples from the developper's website : " DNR Collaborative has created this small synth sample pack to introduce more variety in our free collections of sounds. This package was created with a Bugbrand DIY synthesizer with a few custom modification. We’ve soldered small posts onto the synth board specifically so that we could bend the sound just a wee bit more. The sounds in this package were created by abusing this custom synth and making it plead for mercy. The starvation control is specially unique and helps create a very wide array of sounds."

Nice video of the month

SoundWorks Collection: The Sound of TRON LEGACY

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