Get 80% OFF Wave Alchemy’s Complete Drum 2 collection with 34,000+ samples

Wave Alchemy Complete Drums 2 sale 80 OFF

Plugin Boutique has announced an exclusive sale on the Complete Drums 2 sample library by Wave Alchemy. The pack includes a huge collection of royalty free drum and percussive hits, including tape and vinyl processed drum samples. Vastly updated for 2019, Complete Drums gives you every drum sample pack we’ve ever created. You’ll get access […]

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Initial Audio’s Analog Pro plugin simulates tape machines, valves & vinyl turntables

Initial Audio Analog Pro

Initial Audio has launched its new Analog Pro plugin, an effect that simulates the way analog hardware such as tape machines, valves and vinyl turntables warm up and saturate your audio. We recreated the imperfections of playing back audio from a Tape or a turntable via the Wow and Flutter controls. Analog Pro has a […]

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Waves Audio’s Abbey Road Tape J37 & Vinyl are on sale for $29 USD each

Waves Abbey Road J37 Tape sale

Waves Audio has launched a sale on two of its popular effect plugins. The Abbey Road J37 Tape saturation plugin is a precision model of the very machine used to record many of the greatest masterpieces in modern music. With a variety of user-adjustable controls including Tape Speed, Bias, Noise, Saturation, Wow and Flutter, the […]

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Klevgränd Easter Sale: 40% off Kleverb and DAW LP plugins

Klevgrand Easter Sale 2019

Klevgränd has launched an Easter Sale, offering a 40% discount on its algorithmic reverb and DAW LP vinyl player simulation for the next few days. Kleverb is a high quality algorithmic reverb effect. An intuitive UI combined with a carefully calibrated network of filters and delays makes this a powerful effect useful in any context; […]

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Plugin Boutique Top Five Friday: Plugins that are cheaper than they should be

PIB Top 5 Friday Cheap Plugins

In Plugin Boutique’s latest Top Five Friday round-up, Tim Cant takes a look at some low priced plugins that offer good value for money. Tim’s top 5 includes: Goliath channel strip by Tone Empire (currently 50% off). Vinyl Strip modular multi-effect channel strip by AudioThing (currently 30% off). Scaler creative chord composer by Plugin Boutique. […]

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Save 60% on the Complete Drums 2 sample pack by Wave Alchemy

Wave Alchemy Complete Drums 2

Plugin Boutique has launched a sale on the Complete Drums 2 bundle, offering a 60% discount on the complete collection of every drum sample pack Wave Alchemy has ever created. A labour love spanning 10 years (and tens of thousands of hours of sound design), Complete Drums is the culmination of Wave Alchemy’s life-long achievement […]

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Get up to $20 USD off at Waves + $29 USD plugin deals on API 550, Abbey Road Reverb Plates & more

Waves Audio

Waves Audio has announced a flash sale, offering up to $20 USD off on a purchase for the next two days. Until February 28th you can get $10 USD off any order of $50 USD or get $20 USD off a purchase of $100 USD or more. Use coupon codes codes 10-OFF and 20-OFF at […]

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Save 50% on XLN Audio’s Addictive Drums & Keys, RC-20 Retro Color & more

XLN Audio 50 OFF Sale

Plugin Boutique has announced a flash sale on XLN Audio, offering a 50% discount on its plugins and bundles for a few days only. The sale includes the Addictive Drums and Addictive Keys product lines, as well as he popular RC-20 Retro Color creative effect plugin for adding life and texture to any recording. RC-20’s […]

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Wave Alchemy launches Tuned Tape Drums & Ethereal Electronica

Wave Alchemy Tuned Tape Drums

Wave Alchemy has released its new sample pack Ethereal Electronica, a collection of loops, one-shots, MIDI files and more. A playground of musical inspiration for any forward-thinking music producer, Ethereal Electronica creatively blends organic acoustic instruments with seductive electronic elements; delivering an emotive collection of blissed out Chillwave beats, undulating analogue bass, cinematic pianos, textural […]

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The words most used to describe releases at Hard Wax

“Now that’s one fine and classy, atmospheric, big room tool, son.” Here’s the data when you crawl Berlin electronic music shop Hard Wax for descriptive keywords.

Friend of the site (and one-time CDM Web developer) musician-and-hacker Olle Holmberg has crawled Hard Wax’s website. That’ll be the legendary record purveyor opened by Mark Ernestus back in 1989 in Kreuzberg, Berlin, and still a leading destination for vinyl lovers today.

hardwax.com has accordingly accumulated a lot of words about music on their Internet portal, since each time a release like this Drexciya side project comes out, you get a whole bunch of language, too.

Olle collected the most important words, and he’s shared his data set.

I wrote some Processing code to visualize all of this as a word cloud, and here’s what you get (details on how to do this yourself below):

Since the data is available as a CSV, you could probably refine it more. For instance, one flaw is that singular and plural versions of words aren’t combined, so the rankings are slightly off. “Banger” and “bangers” he’s manually combined so that one gets a solid ranking.

The top 25, with number of appearances in a description:

1. tool (1848)
2. atmospheric (974)
3. fine (941)
4. big room (928)
5. classy (904)
6. deep (872)
7. effective (858)
8. killer (858)
9. heavy (851)
10. leftfield (798)
11. minimalist (744)
12. original (734)
13. excellent (720)
14. crafty (647)
15. trips (598)
16. recommended (594)
17. raw (590)
18. spaced (585)
19. rooted (574)
20. hard (567)
21. dark (526)
22. banger/bangers (520)
23. excursions (516)
24. tripping (508)
25. leaning (506)

“It’s atmospheric, yet also a banging big room tool.”

Next challenges: build a random keyword generator, train some machine learning on this, or … try to make music that fits the most popular words?

Oh, and if you’re interested in the code, I’ve got that, too. I worked with free and open source, multiplatform artist-friendly coding tool Processing. (Other Web-based tools exist, too, but then you miss out on the fun and flexibility of coding things yourself.)

Ah, word clouds – remember when we thought those were the bee’s knees? (To misquote Douglas Adams, it harkens to a headier, more innocent time when we were “so amazingly primitive that we still thought word clouds were a pretty neat data visualization.”

Dan Bernier’s free library gives you some tools for free:
http://wordcram.org/

Here’s a simple code template to get you started, loosely inspired by Dan Shiffman and Dan Bernier examples:


import wordcram.*;
import wordcram.text.*;

Table table;
Word[] wordArray;
WordCram wordcram;

void setup () {
size(1280, 1020);
background(255);
table = loadTable("data.csv", "header");
int numRows = table.getRowCount();
wordArray = new Word[numRows];
int rowCount = 0;
for (TableRow row : table.rows()) {
float weight = row.getFloat("count");
String mWord = row.getString("phrase");
wordArray[rowCount] = new Word(mWord, weight);
rowCount++;
}
wordcram = new WordCram(this)
.fromWords(wordArray);
}

void draw() {
wordcram.drawAll();
}

It’s quite slow to run by comparison, but here’s the code that makes the record-shaped visualization:

// image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Disque_Vinyl.svg
// author: Muel, CC-BY-SA
// https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

import wordcram.*;
import wordcram.text.*;
import java.awt.*;

Table table;
Word[] wordArray;
WordCram wordcram;

PFont georgia;

void setup () {
size(1000, 1000);
background(255);
PImage image = loadImage("vinylicon.png");
image.resize(width, height);

Shape imageShape = new ImageShaper().shape(image, #000000);
ShapeBasedPlacer placer = new ShapeBasedPlacer(imageShape);

table = loadTable("data.csv", "header");
georgia = createFont("Georgia", 1);
int numRows = table.getRowCount();
wordArray = new Word[numRows];
int rowCount = 0;
for (TableRow row : table.rows()) {
float weight = row.getFloat("count");
String mWord = row.getString("phrase");
wordArray[rowCount] = new Word(mWord, weight);
rowCount++;
}
wordcram = new WordCram(this)
.fromWords(wordArray)
.withFont(georgia)
.withPlacer(placer)
.withNudger(placer)
.angledAt(0)
.sizedByWeight(10, 90)
;
}

void draw() {
wordcram.drawAll();
save("wordcloud.png");
println("Finished.");
stop();
}

With both code examples, you’ll need to slightly modify the csv file. Open the file in a text editor and add this line to the top:

sep=;

And remember to add the data file, and the image file (if you use the shape variation), to your Processing sketch (Sketch > Add File).

If you want to check out Berlin’s record shops and you happen to make it to town, here’s a good guide. It’s impressively only a little bit dated in terms of locations – Berlin is a weird haven where record shops mostly survive. Hard Wax is a must. Space Hall has become a huge music venue. And digger heaven The Record Loft has recently reopened next to the Sonnenalle S-Bahn stop.

The definitive guide to Berlin’s best record shops [The Vinyl Factory]

If Olle’s name is familiar, it’s because he also crawled Berghain’s site, though we were later informed both by resident DJs and the booking office that the data crawled there wasn’t really representative. (Still, it was a fun project – and we did wind up learning more about Berghain booking data in the end. Science!)

Berghain, by the numbers: data on the relentless Berlin techno club

If you have any time left after tinkering with Processing, of course, go buy up some records!

https://hardwax.com/

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