Singomakers has launched Cubase Mastering Templates, the first title in a new series of mastering, mixing and track templates. The first one of this series is Mastering Templates for Steinberg Cubase! 16 Mastering templates for 4 genres, EDM, Trap, Deep House and Drum & Bass, 16 separate projects with mastering plugins of Waves (4 templates […]
Audio Ease has released version 2.1 of Speakerphone for Mac, an audio plug-in that provides authentic speakers of any size together with their natural environments. The long awaited 64 bits AAX update of Speakerphone has been released. It adds 64 bits, AAX for ProTools 10.3.8 and up, host based presets, modern speakers form tablets flatscreens […]
Intermorphic has released version 2.5.22 of the Noatikl generative music lab for Windows, Mac & iOS. Love generative music? Explore & design your own fascinating soundscapes with Noatikl, the evolution of SSEYO Koan – now with SoundFont (SF2) support!* Noatikl’s got the power, features and breadth of control that you need. Changes in Noatikl v2.5.22 […]
Loopmasters has released The Big Dreamer, a new Raw Cutz series sample pack by iLL Spark. The Big Dreamer from iLL Spark is a punchy, warm and crafty collection of full, sweet samples – which includes tons of sax and flute, dreamy fx, swooshes, hits, drops and atmospheric chords and tones. Soulful, dreamy hip hop […]
Sample Magic has announced a Summer Sale, offering a 20% discount on its products for a limited time. With summer in full swing we’ve decided to take the heat off your wallet, taking 20% off all samples, MIDI, synth patches and Ableton racks until August 1st. Simply use code SUMMERTIME at checkout to save. More […]
8DIO has announced the launch of its new 8DM company, releasing 18 new EDM libraries for Maschine, Kontakt and Wav Packs. 8DM is the leading curator of EDM samples – matching the most current top-charts. 8DM is created by the Academy, T.E.C & GANG Award Winning designers of 8Dio – in collaboration with some of […]
New Atlantis Audio has launched Bug, a sample library featuring 30 royalty-free stereo wavs ranging from short sfx to long playing seamlessly looping soundscapes. Crispy, crunchy and little bit creepy — Bug is inspired by error messages, malfunctioning machines and dirty digital mishaps. The crackly blips, bleeps and sfx make for great interface elements and […]
IK Multimedia is now shipping SampleTank 3, the sound and groove workstation for Windows and Mac. SampleTank 3 features a 33 GB sound library (containing over 4,000 instruments), 64-bit compatibility, completely redesigned user interface, 55 high-quality effects, new loop and groove management and an enhanced sample engine. SampleTank 3 gives musicians a wider selection than […]
I always think of the Autoharp when pondering the iPad. The classic folk instrument proves that a simple, ready-to-play interface can be expressive. Many beautiful instruments are hard to learn; this is a genuine folk instrument in that it can make lovely sounds right away. And that leaves space for letting your heart out singing.
Our friend Jekka, producer and soloist (aka Jenny Nedosekina, of Moscow), was recently invited to recreate her electronically-produced music in an acoustic rendition. She answered with something of a hybrid: it’s unprocessed voice and autoharp, but with the addition of the wonderful iPad app Samplr. That portable interface becomes a perfect one-person-band accompanist, transforming the spare sound of the autoharp into a lush bed beneath her voice.
The song “Break my Heart” is fitting, as this is to me achingly, heart-breakingly beautiful – a reminder of how personal and intimate performances can be, even with a tablet alongside. Computers and tablets are rapidly becoming folk instruments of their own.
The song is part of a project called Fairline (link below, though all in Russian), which invites artists to film acoustic performances in unusual locations. Perennial science fan and fellow nerd Jekka opted for the courtyard of the Russian Science Academy.
“Because of the range of chords on my autoharp,” Jekka tells CDM, “the only song I could play was break my heart – heh. But it’s quite cool, to make such different versions of songs. And it’s not so common for people to play the autoharp in such a way.”
She also tells us that, like the rest of us, she’s become a huge fan of Samplr as an app. The tool is about the best looper around, full of options for playing those loops with your fingers.
And any excuse to mention Jekka’s music is a nice one; hoping for more on her productions soon (partly because I can’t wait to see what she does next with this incredible light-up interactive bubble dress she and her team have devised).
Sounds To Sample has released Mad Zach’s Lab: Deep House, a Mad Lab Audio sample pack featuring thoughtfully crafted sounds, instruments, and creative deep house musical ideas, expertly tuned by the ears of a master. Every element of the deep house style is covered – of course with a Mad Zach twist – from 909 […]