Music from a Little Stapler.

How many times have you though about making a complete musical piece out of one sound or with one instrument? I know it’s crossed my mind a hundred times over the years. One of my favorite blogs RetroThing has a video and audio clip from sound designer Diego Stocco (famous for recording a burning piano). The video shows a little stapler and the few sounds it can make. The audio is a complete composition Diego created using just those stapler sounds. Check it out: click here

photo credit: InsideGift

Hard drive crashing sounds.

What is a sound that every computer owner hates? Come on the answer is easy right? It’s the sound of a hard disc crashing! Data Recovery Services from Canada has full page of hard disc crashing audio samples. Hear the last breaths of Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor, Samsung, Hitachi, Toshiba, Fujitsu and Quantum drives.

“These are some typical sounds we hear in our data recovery lab. If your drive makes noises like these please fill out our simple evaluation form to get a fast quote on data recovery services.” – datacent.com

Needless to say this is a strong reminder to back-up. Imagine loosing the only copy of a song you created? I use Time Machine and also SuperDuper.

To hear the sound of your data dying: click here

photo credit: wonderferret

More Cowbell please. Explore the space.

What if there was a website where you could upload a song and then add more cowbell to it? Wouldn’t that be amazing? What if you could listen to tons of other songs people uploaded that they added more cowbell to? Well you can! Head over to morecowbell.dj for all the goodness.

“More cowbell” is an American pop culture catch phrase originally derived from an April 8, 2000 Saturday Night Live comedy sketch about the recording of the song “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Öyster Cult. The sketch featured guest host Christopher Walken as music producer Bruce Dickinson and Will Ferrell as fictional cowbell player Gene Frenkle. In the television special Saturday Night Live: 101 Most Unforgettable Moments, this sketch is moment number five. – www.morecowbell.dj

Here’s the original skit on Saturday Night Live. At first I thought this was going to be stupid but I admit this had me cracking up: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhSkRHXTKlw

photo credit: Daniel Y. Go

Free Roland TR-727 samples from Kent Williams.

Over at the Ableton forums Kent Williams has posted a link to a nice set of Roland TR-727 samples he recorded using four different methods. I own a TR-707 and love it’s sound and design. It’s quite a lot of fun flicking the little mixer’s channels up and down.

The TR-727 is, of course, the ‘Latin’ version of the TR-707 — same hardware, but Latin percussion samples instead of a trap set.

Many sample sets have been made of the TR-727, starting with the ‘Music Machines’ set at Hyperreal.org, which is nearly 10 years old, and 16-bit only. see http://machines.hyperreal.org/manufacturers/Roland/TR-727/

I was inspired to do this set by the guys at Goldbaby — http://www.goldbaby.co.nz — who have done some obsessively loving sampling jobs on many old drum boxes, through a wide variety of gear.

I don’t have as snazzy a studio as GoldBaby but I think I’ve done pretty well with what I’ve got. – Kent Williams

His recording method is included in the readme.txt file that accompaniments the sample pack. To download click here: 727_Samples.zip

Free audio recordings from the Berlin S-Bahn.

Yesterday I took a trip to Ikea in Berlin. To get from Prenzlauer Berg to Spandau takes about thirty minutes on the S-Bahn. I had my camera with me which also takes decent video. However, it wasn’t visual imagery I was after. I hit record but left the camera’s lens cap on. I was only after audio recordings.

There are a myriad of hot flash recorders on the market but I used what I had with me and I think the recordings sound great. Another advantage of recording this way is people aren’t really aware of what your doing. If I had a Sony PCM-D1 in my hand people may not speak naturally. I’m planning on using some of these recordings on my next album but your free to use them too. Remember it’s not the sounds, it’s how you use them!

The audio player will play each sample in succession:

You can download the 24bit Wavs by clicking here:
Berlin_S-Bahn-24bit_Wav.zip

Berlin_S-Bahn by Oliver Chesler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at www.wiretotheear.com.

photo credit: leralle

174 Circuitbent Glitch’d bass mid-loops. Free grab!

Maria Ovenbröd & Der Einmeier of mimu.eu sent me an email letting me know about a free set of Circuitbent Glitch’d bass mid-loops they have put online:

01) my broken roland tb303 (23 .wav-loops, 122bpm)
02) lofi loops (09 .wav-loops, 122bpm)
03) smack by glitch up (21 .wav-loops, 122bpm)
04) circuit bent noize machine (36 .wav-loops, 122bpm)
05) raw & dirtey (24 .wav-loops, 122bpm)
06) lo- to mid- to high-frequenced digital/analog sqs (33 .wav-loops, 122bpm)
07) mini-minimal (28. wav-loops, 122bpm)

Head over mimu now to preview and/or download the free set: click here

photo credit: jamie_hladky

Matthew Davidson’s free Total Harmonic Distortion

The artist known as Stretta aka Matthew Davidson has released a free 3GB sound library. He works with Wendy Carlos and is a regular music contributor to NPR (public radio). He also make a living as a graphic designer.

The sound library was created using his modular synth, a Dave Smith Evolver, Waldorf Microwave and Roland R8 drum machine. The sounds are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. This means your free to use them in your work as long as you state where the samples came from.

Fragments of the Total Harmonic Distortion sample library have popped up in various places, like the recent OLPC Sample Library Set… This stuff isn’t doing anyone any good sitting on my hard drive. I’d like to make it available to the public. – stretta.blogspot.com

You can download the library from legaltorrents.com. The direct link is:
http://beta.legaltorrents.com/torrents/71

via synthtopia

Grab free loops and sounds from Beatmatch.info

I received an email today from a guy named Waldek. He asked me to check out his site Beatmatch.info and post some news about it here. I’m open to requests and as long as the site is cool and music tech orientated I don’t mind sharing it with everyone here. Well since you see this post that means Beatmatch.info has some worth to us!

MNML Soundpack

They have four packs of AIFF/Wav downloads available. You can use the sounds in non-commercial work using a Creative Commons licence. For more about Creative Commons read my post titled “Put a Creative Commons License to your music.“. If you do decide you want to use the samples in something commercial you can contact them and work out a deal.

Beatmatch.info is a new project aiming to provide fresh and original electro loops and dj tools for producers looking for fresh and cool sounds. Beatmatch.info soundlibraries and loop packs are great tools for modern music producers who want to explore new grounds or simply add a new flavor to their unique music style. Beatmatch.info just released 2 new loop packs – “Mnml data” and “GTL. – www.beatmatch.info

One cool idea they have going is a podcast featuring work created using the sample packs. You can send them your finished songs and “if they like it” they will play it.

Head over and check them out for yourself: http://www.beatmatch.info/

Good luck Waldek and crew and keep the site fresh with new downloads often!

The strange and cool Time Freezer Effect.

Time Freezer - screenshot

I like weird effects and instruments and Time Freezer from Mark Lingk fits the bill. Both the insert plug-in and instrument allow you to freeze any audio in real time. Once you have a frozen piece of sound playing you can shape it using a bandpass filter, pitch control Time Freezer - insert screenshotand de-noiser. There are mono and stereo versions. Intelligently there is a internal clipless maximizer. There is nothing as crappy sounding as plug-ins clipping in the digital realm.

The instrument version lets you morph to the next “hold”. Basically it’s applying crossfades between times you hit the “Freeze” pad. Take a listen to Time Freezer in action:

For those of you with Ableton Live you can get a similar effect using Live’s built in Reverb. Crank up the decay time, scream something and hit the Freeze button! Reverb’s aren’t the only effects that sometimes have this function. For example, Propellorhead’s Reason BV512 Vocoder has a Hold button which also freezes audio in time. If you own Reason you should really try it out as it sounds uber wicked.

Ableton Live 7 - Reverb Freeze

Remember that you can automate the Freeze and Hold buttons!