Korg is really making products I like these days. There is a new Volca and it’s a sampler. It’s called the Volca Sample. Being an old Akai S950 guy I love that they made the new box white! It has a eleven parameter motion sequencer, reverb per part, analog eq, active step and jump functions, reverse and the very important sync jack in the back. It holds 100 samples but actually doesn’t sample on it’s own. You need iOS to load in new samples. That said since I use iOS devices I am happy but I can see this as an issue for some. Price TBA.
“The volca sample is a sample sequencer that lets you edit and sequence up to 100 sample sounds in real time for powerful live performances. It’s a powerful addition to any existing volca setup, or simply on its own. The new volca lets you recapture the excitement of the first generation of samplers, in which any sound — vocals, spoken words, ambient sound, or glitches — becomes material for your creations!” – korg.com
Here is more madness from Gieskes. You could say the Voicerec1b is sort of a toy Phonogene? Ok well maybe not but someone out there is collecting all of Gieskes work for what will be an interesting live performance I am certain.
“On the start of a recording there is a beep sound.” – gieskes.nl
The MakeNoise Phonogene is hands down one of the coolest most interesting Eurorack modules. It’s a sort of sampler, tape machine, looper and grain slicer with CV control. This week there has been a firmware update and the video above shows some of what has changed.
“The Phonogene rev 372 upgrade includes: Improved Audio Fidelity, Improved Vari-Speed response (shorter scale, greater resolution), End of GENE Pulse (EOS outputs pulses for both Splices and Genes, turn up Gene Size see this in action), Longer Record Time (improved memory management and improved audio fidelity make longer recordings possible), Broken ECHO Mode: all new behavior allows for realtime processing of audio signals.” – Walker Farrell
Here’s another Sampler for iOS with an innovative and interesting interface called SpheroSampler. Working a track? Try sampling a part of it into this and record your mutations back into your arrangement during a break. That’s one idea for SpheroSampler. It’s free.
“Use your fingers to vary speed and rotation of spheres to create and listen sphero-tracks. There are infinite number of ways to play each your sphero-track, because you have not one, but two dimensions for playing! SpheroSampler can write sounds via microphone, and also has built-in synth. Sphero-tracks can be saved (up to 8 tracks for each sphere). Live mixes can be exported into wav-files (up to 120 sec of recording).” – spherosampler.com
I’m addicted to Samplers. I once owned a Roland S-50 and then an Akai S-950. A Make Noise Phonogene is on my must have list. iOS has some great and fun Samplers such as sir Sampleton, SampleWiz, sampletoy, iSample, SingingFingers and I am Sampler. Now you can at Samplr to the list and it looks like the most full featured yet. The iPad’s touch screen really makes sense here with 7 ways to play with the sample. Watch the videos above for the details. $4.99 USD.
“Samplr lets you make music and play with sound in a new and intuitive way by touching the waveform on the screen directly with your fingers.” – samplr.net
Qneo Voice Synth is another good audio app to have in your iOS music making arsenal. I’ve been using it quite a bit adding an extra vocal bit here and there on my tracks. The app is pretty slick and the audio is good. Try having this and Samplewiz’s audio plugged into your DAW. You will get some different results rather than simply resampling ITB.
“Voice Synth is a specialized synthesizer for creative voice sculpting, for endless fun and serious productions. Speak, sing, hum and beatbox in the mic, tweak the controls and turn your voice live into a human from baby to tenor, a popstar on AutoPitch, a robot from Cylon to iDalek, a church or close harmony choir, animals from birds to dogs and lions, musical instruments from organs, guitars and a groovy bass to percussions and rich 70?s vocoders, ambient, lush string/storm soundscapes. All effects applied simultaneously, polyphonic and live in real-time with low-latency. One app, two interfaces: dedicated interface for iPad, and a compact interface for iPhone and iPod that includes all features” – qneomusic.com
Here’s another new iPad music app with a wicked interface. This one is called FEED (iTunes link). It’s a sampler/looper. The waveform is circular. You can loop any parts of it. The circle size controls volume. You can scrub and more. $1.99 USD.
“Feed enables complex, rich manipulation of a “live feed” of sound. Record, playback, loop, pitchshift and modulate the live feed in a variety of ways to spontaneously create compositions from musical sources, spoken word or ambient sound.” – theincidental.com
Peter and Pavol from LinPlug have released a new version of their Cronox sampler/synth plug-in called CrX4. It really is an all new plug-in adding a lot of new features but also dropping a few Cronox items. I love samplers and Linplug’s mod matrix has always been awesome. One feature I like is the Wavetable Generator that can be modulated. There is a demo so try it for yourself. $149 USD.
“CrX4 mixes up your samples in realtime like no other instrument. If you start with a kick sample you may end up with getting a fascinating pad from it, and you should not be astonished to get some punchy drums just from your vocal samples. Its CrX4, samples are only food for its versatile and unique engines, featuring 3 different specialized sample processing generators, an oscillator, a sophisticated noise generator and all the filters and modulations you expect from a fully fledged synthesizer.” – Linplug
I love samplers. I especially love sampling my own voice and putting little 80s’esque panned repeating vowels throughout my own tracks. iOS has a good selection of samplers already such as sirSampleton and SampleWiz. I Am Sampler is new and is also quite good! It has 4 sample banks, LFO, bit crusher, delay and a reverse mode. We live in G-g-g-olden times. $1 USD in the App Store (link).
“i have no knobs,no technical terms but just only cute icons waiting for your tap and flick.” – detune.co.jp