Free Roland TR-606 Sample Pack

Wave Alchemy has released a free sample pack of the vintage analog Roland TR-606 drum machine. Four free kits are included titled: Driven Kit, Dry Kit, Stereo FX Kit and Warm Kit. To grab the samples: click here

“606 Drums by Wave Alchemy serves up 290 drum samples from Roland’s sought-after TR-606 drum machine. The samples included have been lovingly recorded through an API pre-amp with many sounds boasting multiple round robin variations, accent and velocity layers! 606 Drums contains four pre-mapped drum kit patches for use with Kontakt 2, 3, & 4 and Battery 3. Each kit makes extensive use of multiple velocity layers, round robin sample playback and choke groups to create truly expressive sample instruments.” – Wave Alchemy

Disclaimer: Wave Alchemy is an advertiser on Wire to the Ear.

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 8, 2010 at 4:29 am, filed under drum machine, sounds and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Music Toys found in The Bronx

A few weeks ago The New York Times had an article on The Bronx neighborhood Kingsbridge. Sometimes I ride my bike through Kingsbridge on my way to Inwood Park. Recently I stopped in the thrift store the article mentioned and played with some old music toys. If you can’t see the flash slideshow above: click here

“3 P.M. Dive in at Unique Thrift Store, 218 West 234th Street, (718) 548-1190. Forget the secondhand shops in Manhattan and Brooklyn, where hipsters and bargain hunters have already snapped up the good stuff. Here you can take your time combing through the Hawaiian shirts, vintage blouses and snow parkas. Recently spotted gems include a corduroy suit for $9.99, a giant feather-bedecked floppy hat, and a book about high-stakes gambling called “The Man With the $100,000 Breasts.” – The New York Times

For more info: New Life, but Still a Small-Town Feel

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 7, 2010 at 2:59 am, filed under circuit bending, drum machine, hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Yamaha RX11

Yamaha RX11 and Ekdahl Moisterizer by thingstocome

Here’s some samples and photos from my latest eBay splurge. There’s something special about a vintage drum machine. I can’t place what it is but the sound and groove is just “it”. The recorded waveforms have more valleys and peaks than ITB synthesized drums. Panning seems wider. This Yamaha RX11 from the early 80s is really large, heavy and built like a tank. Pure joy for $50.

“The RX11 was one of Yamaha’s early drum machines (maybe even their first?) and as you can see from the panel cosmetics, it comes from the same era as their DX synths. At the time, it was a marvel – a (relatively) low-cost programmable drum machine with 29 ‘real’ drum samples and no less than 12 individual audio outputs.” – hollowsun.com/vintage/rx11/

For more info: harmony-central.com/reviews/RX-11/

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 18, 2010 at 5:40 am, filed under drum machine, hardware and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Sonic Charge µTonic Patternarium

Sonic Charge’s MicroTonic is one of the best software drum machines. Now you can browse patterns and drum sets on their website in the Patternarium. You can thumbs up or down patterns, save patterns and if you have MicroTonic running simply copy the pattern with a few clicks. I think it’s a pretty interesting web meets sequencer diddy!

“What you are experiencing above are computer generated patterns for µTonic created through principles of evolution. All the sounds and rhythms you are hearing are produced by algorithms running on our servers (even the names are made up by random). Think of Patternarium as a giant collaborative patch randomizer. Our servers are regularly spawning new generations of a thousand unique patterns, each one being the cross product of two other patterns picked at random. The higher votes a certain pattern receives, the more likely it is to get picked and bear offspring into the next generation. This means that you may participate and influence the outcome of Patternarium simply by voting.” – soniccharge.com/patternarium

Check out the Patternarium: soniccharge.com/patternarium

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 7, 2010 at 3:54 am, filed under plug-ins and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Roland SH3 and Korg KR-55

Roland SH3 and Korg KR55 by thingstocome

Today just a sample of a few channels of pure Roland SH3 and Korg KR-55 drum machine. Both are vintage analog and wonderful.

“The SH-3A is a monophonic analog synthesizer that was manufactured by Roland from 1974 to 1981. It is unique in that it is capable of both subtractive synthesis and additive synthesis. Two LFOs and a unique sample-and-hold section provided capabilities not found in competing self-contained synthesizers of the time. The SH-3A was Roland’s first non-preset based synth. It was unique for its time in that it offered mixable waveforms at different footages. The predecessor, the Roland SH-1000 could also do this but didn’t offer as much control as on the SH-3A. The rhythmic pulsing in the Blondie song “Heart of Glass” is an example of its sound. The initial version “SH-3″ infringed radder-filter patent of Robert Moog, and Roland revised their copy circuit after warned by Moog Music. NOTABLE SH-3A USERS: The Human League, Vangelis, Blondie, Chris Carter” – WIkipedia.org

For more info: thingstocome.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm, filed under hardware and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Jomox Mbrane 11 Demo

I can’t wait to get one of these. Total boutique unique loud snappy analog sound. Novamusik has them for $350. A kick from an MBase and snare from this box and trust me people will know your in the room.

For more info: jomox.de

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 7, 2010 at 3:07 am, filed under hardware and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Jomox M.Brane 11 Now Shipping

NovaMusik is now shipping the Jomox M.Brane 11 in the U.S. for $399. For and audio demo check out my previous post on the M.Brane here: wiretotheear.com/2010/01/11/jomox-mbrane/

“Analog Membrane Modeling. Two analog T-bridge oscillators become electronic membranes. Why? Because they can be coupled. And because their dampening can be controlled. Then add a little noise, add a little envelope, and the brand new electronic percussion synthesizer of Jomox is ready.” – novamusik.com

I definitely want one of these. There is some real vintage analog snappiness to this box. What do you think?

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 10, 2010 at 4:46 am, filed under hardware and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Korg iElectribe review

I hope the guys over at D16 imported iPad’s for themselves. iElectribe (iTunes link) is $9.99.

“This software version is so similar to the Electribe hardware, I already know how to use it on the first day!” – VJFranzK

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:42 am, filed under iPad and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Korg iElectribe for iPad

KORG iELECTRIBE for iPad : Preview from KORG iELECTRIBE on Vimeo.

Well that didn’t take long! Here’s the first hot music App for the iPad: Korg iElectribe (iTunes link). A fully featured Electribe-R drum machine for $9.99. I’ve found that recording audio from my iPhone into Ableton has a different “out of the box” feel to the sounds when compared to VSTs. This is going to be fun!

“Korg’s ELECTRIBE·R has been coveted by dance musicians for ten years running. Today, this indispensable instrument has been reborn as a dedicated iPad app – the KORG iELECTRIBE virtual analog beatbox! Simply choose a part (or sound) and touch the 16-step sequencer to quickly build a groove. This easy-to-use interface combines forces with the iPad’s 9.7” multi touch display to offer an intuitive “hardware” feel, sure to inspire and captivate the imagination of any user. The iELECTRIBE faithfully recreates the historic ELECTRIBE·R’s entire sound engine and sequencer capabilities. In addition, it provides advanced Motion Sequencing, eight supercharged effect types, plus 64 new preset patterns that instantly allow the user to create music in a wide variety of dance and electronic music styles.” – Korg.com

Follow Korg iElectribe on Twitter: http://twitter.com/iELECTRIBE

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:35 am, filed under iPad and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Vengeance Metrum Kick Drum Plug-in


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCYhtB-H_Vc


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdTJP7eDb1A

Here’s a plug-in from German developer Vengeance called Metrum. It’s for Mac/PC, costs $200 and gives you a computer generated sub-oscillator, mixes it with a few sample layers and has a mod-matrix and randomizer solely for creating kick drums. For those all ITB (in the box) it could be good however I think your money is better spent on a Jomox MBase 11.

“Kick Synthesizer VSTi / over 330 Kick Drum Presets / over 1800 Attack Sample Presets / over 150 Sine Oscillator Presets / ability to integrate own WAV samples / realtime & smooth graphic envelopes / flexible pitch & velocity routings / play tonal kicks! / huge mod matrix with every parameter / every presets comes with assigned modwheel and 3 GUI controls / GUI control knobs freely re-nameable / 6 high quality effects built in / 2 filters for every layer / 3 drive distortion models / 2 band parametric EQ / randomizer function / all parameters automatable / output limiter (you can turn it off if wanted) / 100% timing accurate and click free.” – vengeance-sound.de/eng/VPSMetrum.html

For more info: vengeance-sound.de/eng/VPSMetrum.html

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 27, 2010 at 4:15 am, filed under plug-ins and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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