Thursday, 30 September 2010

LAConvolver Impulse Response plugin (free!)

While hunting round on the Gearslutz forums, I found a very cool impulse response AU plugin (thanks to "imagineaudio" for his post)....
LAConvolver from Learnvall Audio convolves your input signal with your impulse response:

An impulse, or "spike" is a short transient, that contains all frequencies (similar to a short burst of while noise). The Impulse Response is a recording of the behavior of the room/device when an impulse is played through it (in practice, a true impulse is impossible to create, so a starter pistol shot is used, or a tone sweep, which is then "deconvolved" to calculate the effect an impulse would have had).
The Impulse response and the plugin input signals are passed through FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) algorithms. The resultant spectra are multiplied with each other, and the product run through an IFFT (Inverse Fast Fourier Transform) algorithm, which makes the signal sound as if it had run through the same room/device the impulse response was recorded through.

What does that mean? Well, if you can get hold of impulse response recordings of, for example, a mic'ed up guitar cab, you can make your signal sound as if it also ran through the same setup - in fact, why not click here for some very cool guitar cab impulses! (GuitarHack IRs).

Have fun!

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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Loads more free plugins for you

SoundMagic Spectral is a set of 23 AU plugins, that apparently use real time spectral processing of sound. Not figured out what that means yet, but they're pretty interesting.....

In the bundle you get:
Spectral Averaging • Spectral Bin Shift • Spectral Blurring • Spectral DroneMaker
Spectral Emergence • Spectral Filterbank • Spectral Freezing • Spectral Gate and Hold
Spectral Gliding Filters • Spectral Granulation • Spectral Harmonizer • Spectral Partial Glide
Spectral Pitch Shift • Spectral Pulsing • Spectral Shimmer • Spectral Shuffle
Spectral Stretch • Spectral Tracing
Chorus • Comb Filter Bank • Grain Streamer • Idee Fixer • Mr Filterbank

Head here to download and check out some examples.

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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

New Music Strategies - free ebook

Just been doing some random reading in between work... and found an interesting resource. It's a free e-book about the music industry by A. Dubber.

Download New Music Strategies.

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Thursday, 16 September 2010

Master Tracks - from demo to finished product in a day.....

Just discovered this site this morning. Master Tracks gives a band a day to take a track from demo to finished product in a day.....
Producer Moe Berg (the singer from The Pursuit Of Happiness) and engineer Laurence Currie (who's worked with loads of bands, but to be honest, none I've ever heard of) take the band into Metalworks Studios in Ontario, Canada, and each episode shows you the song go through all the stages to final mix.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

New MBox range officially announced

As we predicted, the new range of MBoxes are out, with a few interesting features....
The MBox Mini doesn't seem like any huge leap,
but the MBox is now offering 96kHz sampling rates, the same soft-clip limiter found in the HD interfaces, a built in guitar tuner, and a "multi' button (we were wondering what that was going to be with the earlier leaked screen shots, but it can be assigned to any Pro Tools control (e.g. tap tempo, play/start etc.) ).

A built-in reverb will make input monitoring easier too.

The MBox Pro supports up to 192kHz sampling rates (though Pro Tools LE only goes up to 96kHz - a sign of things to come? Rumours have already started of more Pro Tools announcements coming in November, and a 004 in January).

Head to Avid's site for a few more details, but to be honest, there's not much more there yet.

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Monday, 13 September 2010

Beavis and Butt-head return!

Yes! Yes! YESSSSSSS! I AM CORNHOLIO!....... heh heh, huh huh huh...
Accordin to the New York Post, Mike Judge has confirmed they're making new episodes. Just as a taster, here's a trailer for his film from last year, staring everybody's favourite frog baseball players.

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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Drum machine or click track?

Was put onto this a couple of days ago. Want to know if a click track or drum machine was used?......
Head to In Search of the Click Track, put in the band and track title, and it'll give you a plot of timing fluctuation...
A score above 90% probably means a click track was used. It's got some pretty obscure stuff in there, and gets a little confused at times, but it's worth a few minutes of your time.

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Friday, 10 September 2010

MBox 3 is on the way!

We'd seen the signs that this was coming, but with a little bit of sleuthing, I've found it!
Read on for pictures....
Very sleek and black, so it'll match the new line of HD systems we saw recently, with instrument inputs on the front, and a huge volume pot.

What's quite interesting is what looks like soft limiting on the inputs.
Price is looking to be around $550, but we'll know more after the release date.

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Thursday, 9 September 2010

Native Instruments Komplete 7 Players - for free!

Native Instruments are giving away Kontakt Player, Guitar Rig 4 Player, Reaktor 5 Player and Kore 2 Player for free.......
Just head here to start your download.
They're obviously all cut down from the full versions (e.g. Guitar Rig 4 Player only has one amp and one cab), but you can't complain at this price!
Their server seems to be having a few difficulties at the moment, so it might take a while to get through, but keep on trying, it'll be worth it.....

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Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Korg M01 Music Workstation sequencer for the DS

Though it's not the first music sequencer for a hand-held gaming console (I remember spending hours playing with Pocket Music for the Game Boy Advance - with real Eminem samples!), but the Korg M01 Music Workstation looks like something special....

Check out the vid to see it in action.
The specs include:
300 original M1 PCM Sounds
8x multi timbral
8 track 16 step sequencer
1 sequence max 64 pattern,
max polyphonic sound 12
master reverb, delay effect
track overview, sound browser, sequence edit, mixer and keyboard.
Simple and functional display
notes/chords,/drum input mode by touch control
data exchange by wireless transmit
drag & drop transpose
sustained notes

No UK release date, (it's an exclusive at the moment), but we can hope!

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