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Loopmasters launches ClickSound sale – 40% off template packs

Loopmasters has announced a limited time sale on ClickSound template packs. Trick or treat time folks and Halloween is upon us once again. To blow away those cold dark evenings we are offering a super … read more

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Noisefactory releases Ultimate Complextro sample pack

Noisefactory has launched Ultimate Complextro, a bundle of four previously released “Complex Electro Tools” packs and the latest “Complex Electro Tools Extension” into one massive monster library. This heavy weight sample pack is filled up … read more

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ZAQ Audio releases Zaquencer step sequencer firmware for BCR2000

ZAQ Audio has released the Zaquencer, a custom firmware for the BCR2000 total recall USB/MIDI controller by Behringer. The Zaquencer by ZAQ Audio is a custom firmware for the Behringer BCR2000 that will turn it … read more

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Turn a Rock Band Keytar Into a Mellotron, And More Standalone Instruments

Lurking in the bargain bins of game shops is a surprisingly well-built keyboard. The Rock Band “keytar” controller may have been made for games, but the keybed is solid, the thing is light, and it can run on batteries. So why not turn it into a standalone instrument?

That’s what Jamie Robertson has done with his, and he shows you how.

The magic here is something he calls the WAV Trigger. Without naming any names, while there are a lot of cool Arduino shields and the like out there, a lot of them are pretty functionally limited. They’re cool to play with, you can build some fun projects, and they can teach you a lot — but the WAV Trigger is something different.

It’s built to play 14 tracks of uncompressed audio at once, with enough control that it becomes a viable, 14-voice, polyphonic sample playback instrument. MIDI is built in, and trigger latency is low (around 8 msec).

It’s also a bargain – under US$50.

The mod isn’t tough, either. Check out the full instructions from Jamie (“Robertsonics”):
Turn the Rock Band 3 keyboard into a sampling instrument with the WAV Trigger

And more on the WAV Trigger:
The WAV Trigger vs. MP3 players

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Fabulous bargain stuff.

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Reveal Sound releases Stadium EDM Drops for Spire

Reveal Sound has introduced Stadium EDM Drops for Spire, a new soundset by Mainroom Warehouse for the Spire synthesizer instrument. Bringing you the best tools for your next Stadium / Big Room EDM track, you’ll … read more

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Liine updates Lemur controller app to v5.2

Liine has released version 5.2 of Lemur, a multi-touch MIDI & OSC controller app for iOS. Lemur, the professional iOS controller app that doesn’t cut any corners, has evolved. Now easier to use than ever, … read more

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An Entire Building in Stockholm Just Became a Game Board

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Not satisfied with producing hundreds of records and working with a litany of famous names, sound artist / composer / musician Håkan Lidbo several times a year embarks on some novel experiment in sound and interactivity. In the latest, he’s worked with smart lightbulbs from Philips to transform an entire building in Stockholm into your very own personal game board.

They’re calling it the world’s biggest Master Mind game, and who are we to argue?

The idea is, windows become pixels, and you play online to try to guess the color code of your opponent, in a game of wits.

You play on off-hours in Stockholm. (I assume that’s to avoid distracting residents, because by the end of November the sun sets in Stockholm at what seems like about half one in the afternoon.) But 18-06 Stockholm time is a perfect workday distraction in the USA, conveniently.

Play online through end of November:

http://playthehouse.com

And learn more about the project:

http://hakanlidbo.com/archives/3740

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This isn’t the only go-big-or-go-home project from Håkan even so far this year. When I was in Stockholm in May, I witnessed his oversized MIDI controller cubes, sort of the least mobile MIDI controller imaginable. Here they are at Sweden’s wonderful Volt Festival:

3 inflatable cubes, each 2 x 2 x2 meters, with built in gyro that detects the positions in 3 axes. The gyro send data to a music computer that play 6 different loops for each cube. One play drums, one play bass, one play melodies. By tilting a cube 45°, 2 or 3 loops can be crossfaded and at the same time a high pass filter makes the mixing more musical. The visual interface is projected on the wall so that the performers know which side is up (not so easy to see if you’re less tall than 2 meters).

The design of Big Cubes comes from the Yellofier app where the colors represent different sounds and the patterns different effects. The editing in the app is similar; moving and twisting the graphic elements controls the music. Big cubes takes these small graphic elements and blow them up into gigantic proportions. If you’re used to work with the Yellofier app, playing with Big Cubes makes you feel like you’re 0,5 cm tall, playing inside the phone.

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More from Maestro Lidbo:

http://hakanlidbo.com/

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Producer Loops releases Ibiza Chillout Vol 1 by Anthology

Producer Loops has launched Ibiza Chillout Vol 1, a new Anthology series sample pack featuring a collection of blissed out and emotive construction kits. Ibiza Chillout Vol 1 features stunning acoustic guitar performances, ethereal vocal … read more

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Loopmasters releases Melbourne Bounce sample pack

Loopmasters has released Melbourne Bounce, a sample pack featuring a collection of royalty free EDM loops and sounds inspired by the infectious Melbourne sound that has been rocking the biggest clubs around the world. Expect … read more

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Toontrack launches Rock Drums MIDI 6 Pack incl. new Basic Rock 2

Toontrack has announced the release of the Rock Drums MIDI 6 Pack, a MIDI pack bundle including the new Basic Rock 2 library. Most rock songwriters would agree that there is one essential thing one … read more

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