Julian Ray has announced the release of two new Kontakt instrument libraries, featuring sounds of space and enigmatic atmospheres. Starchild offers a collection of rich and beautiful outer-space textures. STARCHILD is a Sample Library for film and video game music composers and everyone, who is creating music in Space, Ambient, Experimental, Electronica, Soundtrack genres. These […]
Sub51 has announced a new sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt and Komplete Kontrol and Logic Pro EXS24. Panic Room features a collection of 101 meticulously crafted, tonally textured samples/instruments. The pack also includes a bonus pack of 45 movement/mechanical samples captured from various environments. The focus of this library was to create a collection […]
Ghosthack is offering a huge 55% discount on all its sound packs for a limited time. The sale includes Vaporwave Essentials, a collection of dreamy jazz and lounge inspired lo-fi nostalgia. This pack features 401 one-shots, loops and MIDI files for Vaporwave music production. Expect lo-fi drum breaks, deep melodic loops, warm sub basses, stem-separated […]
ADSR Sounds has launched a sale on the ModeAudio Ambient Bundle, offering a collection of three sound packs for the Serum synthesizer at a discounted price. The bundle includes Desert Highway, Hinterlands and Strata. Veteran sound designers ModeAudio present their first ever exclusive bundle for Serum. Featuring 3 full packs for just $18, ModeAudio’s Ambient […]
Freaky Loops has announced a new chilled and relaxing collection titled Tranquillity Vol 2, featuring 222 mind-soothing loops and samples. This mesmerizing collection gives you the ability to travel to different realms and dimensions.. From mystical and spiritual atmospheres to blessed-out chords, ethnic world instruments to orchestral plucks, smooth analogue synths to otherworldly textures, grainy […]
Prime Loops has rounded up another collection of Weekly Deals, offering discounts of up to 50% off regular on selected sample packs and bundles. The sale includes: Trapwave delivers 600MB+ of deep and dark Trap Production Tools, featuring synths, atmos, basslines, drums, one-shots, vocals, sfx, Serum presets & more. Future Bass Vol. 1 is a […]
Hainbach continues to make beautiful sounds with esoteric or forgotten gear – this time, the “saddest drone machine,” a used HP 3782A Error Detector telco device.
It’s wonderful sometimes the things esoteric gear makes. In the earlier, more analog age, a lot of telecommunications worked in the audible spectrum with tones you can hear. In this case, this HP device produces a set of patterns that sounds surprisingly musical, if melancholy:
Hainbach doesn’t include the description, but surprisingly a quick search suggests people still repair and use these devices. Oh yeah, and these actually work on digital equipment, but in audible-range patterns:
The HP 3782A Error Detector used with a HP 3781A Pattern Generator forms a flexible, high-performance error measuring system for digital transmission equipment in the CEPT digital hierarchy. They provide 2, 8, and 34 Mb/s interfaces and binary ECL operation up to 50 Mb/s. Automated or remote measurement capability with HP-IB. Measurements can be made on all types of digital transmission systems including cable, digital radio, satellite, and lightwave. The pattern generator provides a wide range of test patterns including PRBS for simulating live traffic and shorter WORD patterns for checking pattern sensitivity in transmission equipment. Binary and code error injection capability is included for stress-testing line terminating equipment. A jitter modulation input is provided to add controlled amounts of jitter to the output test pattern and perform jitter tolerance tests on equipment interfaces.
Sounds like a wholesome good time for the whole family.
VST Buzz is offering a 80% discount on the Genera Studios Bundle, comprising two Kontakt instrument libraries by Genera Studios. “Genera Studios Bundle” – two libraries that offer a completely unique approach to creating Atmospheric Soundscapes, Pads or Ambient Textures. With a wealth of sound shaping and effects possibilities these libraries will provide everything you […]
Electronics are redefining what “sound” means – by remapping other signals into our audible spectrum. The latest is SOMA’s invention Ether, a “microphone” for electromagnetic fields. If that sounds familiar, this one’s a bit different than some EMF devices that came before.
Here’s a look at the new Ether. It’s a new creation from SOMA Laboratory, the same Russian instrument builder who have give us the gorgeous “organismic” LYRA synths. (I covered them in the Russian Synthposium write-up last year.)
First, let’s talk electromagnetic fields. Just like gravity, these fields extend throughout nature. Since we have electricity and electrically-charged stuff pulsing all around us, there’s a lot happening in the electromagnetic field. But we can’t perceive that, because our bodies lack sense organs equipped to do so – well, until now, that is. Now we’ve invented devices that translate to things we can sense. Think of it as expanded sensory perception for the transhumanist, technologically augmented age.
Various artists have built electromagnetic detectors that you can use for music – both by listening directly with headphones, and by letting you plug that signal into a recorder or use in live performance. That includes the superb ElecktroSluch by LOM Label and artist Jonáš Gruska, who both makes these instruments available and has built a body of works around them on his label (both by him and invited artists).
Part of what makes Jonáš special, though, is his interest in delicate sounds and focused sounds – that’s something he applies to his acoustic microphones, as well.
So here’s where the SOMA Ether becomes interesting.
The invention of engineer Vlad Kreimer, the Ether is a portable EMF device. But it’s much more sensitive than other offerings – making it well suited to picking up larger ambiences in recording or live performances. It works on a slightly different technique, and yields different results.
Vlad himself sends along an explanation to make this clearer:
ETHER is not just an inductive sniffer like some projects you can easily find online. A simple low-frequency inductive sniffer will be silent in most places that are full of sounds in the video. Such devices need to be placed close to an emitting source and will not work on a street. All they contain is a coil and a low-frequency amplifier. In comparison, ETHER has a regenerating circuit and a demodulator, making it an actual radio wave receiver, not just an amplifier of low-frequency magnetic fields. However, ETHER can perceive the low-frequency magnetic fields as well. But, honestly, if your goal is to scan objects in close proximity (0-20 centimetres), devices like Elektrosluch will work cleaner and more focused due to its narrow band and lower sensitivity. ETHER was designed to be a part of your walks in the city and may even pick up sounds in a forest or at the seashore (I have such experience). Elektrosluch was designed for using over a table full of gear. Also, ETHER can perceive the electric component of the radiation as well, capturing radiation that is far above the audio range and is much more sensitive. Therefore, it has a significantly different design, functions and implementation than a simple inductive sniffer even if in some cases their functions can overlap.
Devoted EMF fans I can imagine carrying both the Ether and something like an ElectroSluch to capture different sounds, a bit like photographers carry multiple lenses. (Oh yes – this addiction is about to run deep. Or you can think about the difference between a double bass and an oboe.)
As you can hear in the demo, you get these sweeping, overlapping waves of EMF with some really fantastic distortion – punk electromagnetism.
120 EUR, available to order now. (VAT and shipping are additional.)
VST Buzz has launched a sale on the Frostbite audio plugin by Audiothing, offering a 73% discount on the multi-effect plugin featuring Ring Modulator, Feedback, and Freeze modules. “Frostbite” is a simple but very versatile effect that works well with ambient and cinematic music as well as sound design. Frostbite features 3 Separate Effects Modules: […]