Roland brings back Groovebox with MC-707 and MC-101

Roland MC 101 and MC 707 Grooveboxes

Roland has announced the MC-707 and MC-101 Grooveboxes, two self-contained production tools designed for today’s electronic music creators. These powerful products reintroduce Roland’s iconic Groovebox concept to a new generation of musicians, updated with the very latest sounds and a wide range of customization options. With the versatile MC-707 and MC-101, users can create complete, […]

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Hate Loop Tape Destruction

Publishing anything on the Internet means learning to deal with a never-ending firehouse of online hate. German synthesist Hainbach created Hate Loops as a creative response.… Read More Hate Loop Tape Destruction

RØDECaster Pro Updated With 25+ New Features

RØDE Microphones has released RØDECaster Pro firmware version 2.0, an update that introduces over 25 new features.… Read More RØDECaster Pro Updated With 25+ New Features

Gory sounds from vegetables and fruits: Mortal Kombat sound design

VICE News did a great video piece on the sound design of the latest Mortal Kombat video game. And it could inspire you to try some experiments with a mic yourself.

“You punched my brain out of my face.” Okay, that needs some gooey, awful sounds indeed.

VICE headed to the recording facilities at Netherrealm Studios in Chicago, who worked on the game’s foley track, and spoke with Senior Sound Designer Stephen Schappler. Now, you may or may not get the chance to make your own violent game soundtrack, but the thoughts here are some added sonic inspiration to try new experiments with a mic.

The secret sauce is pretty simple: actual blunt objects and weapons, meet … juicy fruits and veg. Get those organic sounds, then repitch, process, distort, and so on. (It occurs to me that may shift the approach a bit from the more real-for-real technique of someone like Ben Burtt, whose sounds for the likes of Star Wars seemed to involve more layering and unexpected recordings, lacking some of this software. But both directions likely now hold some appeal for us today.)

Nutcracker and nuts – that’s easy. Squishing a green pepper or grapefruit – fantastic. I won’t give all the rest away.

In the box, there are still more tricks – let’s trainspot a bit here.

The DAW is Reaper, which looks like Stephen has really mastered in keyboard shortcuts. (Note also the track folders for asset management.)

You’ll also see he keeps a second display for maintaining a giant list of sound files. And there are some convenient controllers handy (a MIDI Fighter Twister, PreSonus FaderPort – actually, the Classic.)

The big trick here is mangling the samples with Twisted Tools’ S-LAYER for Reaktor 5 and later.

Fun times.

You know you’re a sound geek, though, when this makes you want to open Reaktor rather than a PlayStation.

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RØDE announces firmware version 2.0 for RØDECaster Pro podcast production studio

Rodecaster Pro update

RØDE has announced the next major firmware update for the RØDECaster Pro, introducing over 25 powerful features to the podcast production tool. Version 2.0 follows on from updates earlier in the year, which introduced multitrack recording to the RØDECaster Pro amongst other handy features. Consolidating months of user feedback and testing, the new firmware will […]

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ESI’s U22 XT cosMik Set all-in-one recording solution now available

ESI U22 XT cosMik Set feat

ESI has announced availability of its previously introduced U22 XT cosMik Set, an all-in-one solution for home recording. With this set, even beginners can create professional sound recordings. It works quick and easy, following the motto “bring your IDEAS to life”. This bundle is designed for a lot of different purposes, like podcasting, vocal recording, […]

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New Plugin Brings The Sound Of Abbey Road Studio 3 To Your DAW

Waves Audio and Abbey Road Studios have introduced the Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin, designed to bring a virtual version of the legendary Abbey Road Studio 3 Control Room to your DAW.… Read More New Plugin Brings The Sound Of Abbey Road Studio 3 To Your DAW

Igor Vasiliev launches sale on Scaper series & Audio Mastering series apps for iOS

Scaper series sale

Igor Vasiliev has announced the launch of a sale on all of his iOS apps, offering discounts of up to 80% off regular for a limited time. SynthScaper SynthScaper is a synthesizer specially designed for creating and experiments with ambient soundscapes in wide range from noises to melodic instruments and everything in between. SynthScaper $9.99 […]

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iZotope Neutron 3 Offers Streamlined Mixing Workflow, AI Tools

iZotope has introduced Neutron 3, an update that they say is “designed to bring mix workflows into the 21st century”.… Read More iZotope Neutron 3 Offers Streamlined Mixing Workflow, AI Tools

Accusonus Audio Repair 101 – Clipping and Leveling in Audio & Video Recordings

Accusonus Audio Repair 101 Clippling & Leveling

Accusonus has announced a new comprehensive guide on Clipping and Leveling in Audio & Video Recordings with advice on setting audio levels during audio recordings and how to use the ERA De-Clipper and ERA Voice Leveler to improve your recordings. In the good old days of analog audio, you could push the volume of your […]

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