808 lovers! Splice Sounds gives you a sample pack dedicated to the iconic Roland TR-808. All sounds are designed by Sample Magic team.
All 808 is completely free to download through Splice Sounds. The samples were captured with a Prism Orpheus audio interface, processed with a Neve 1073 preamplifier. The samples are in 24-bit WAV format, ensuring complete compatibility with all DAW or samplers.
For all lovers of chiptune sounds, especially those of the Sega Master System; SocaLabs introduces SN76489, a free virtual instrument in VST and AU that emulates the Sega sound chip and other similar video game consoles: the Texas Instruments SN76489. Which is in the Sega Master System and other similar game consoles from 80s and 90s.
The plugin has three monophonic pulse oscillators (three voices in total) and one noise oscillator with adjustable noise type (periodic and white). The user can change the volume of each sound source and also noise speed control oscillator.
It also offers a waveform display in the center of the interface in real time.
SN76489 emulates the sonic feature of the “lo-fi” sound chip delivering authentic raw sound very difficult to find on other synthesizers.
It is available as a VST and Audio Unit plugin for PC and Mac 32-bit and 64-bit.
The drum and bass world scene is in mourning. The Manchester producer Marcus Kaye aka Marcus Intalexhas died last weekend, the news was announced through the Facebook account of Soul:R label.
Various artists related to the Manchester scene expressed their condolences, surprised by their early goodbye. Marcus Intalex, who also developed his alterego Trevino, is considered a pioneer on the scene in Manchester, active since the early 90s, was the founder of Soul:R label, and co-founder of Revolve:R, emporiums dedicated to the most interesting drum and bass side, where genres such as soul, funk, jazz and disco were fused with voices, potent beats and subsonic basses. Kaye was the founder, resident DJ, and promoter of the Soul:ution series of drum and bass parties in Manchester.
Marcus Intalex was definitely one of the great musicians of Manchester thanks to his musical vision and his eagerness for technology, innovating and pushing the limits of creativity, making true timeless works that still captivate dancers and music lovers today.
R.I.P. Marcus Intalex.
Listen “Temperance” from the master Marcus Intalex below.
Today is mourning the world electronic scene with the passing of Italian dream trance star Robert Miles, who has died aged 47 on the Spanish island of Ibiza, on May 9.
The producer was known for imposing a unique character style, hoisted by strings and melodic pianos mixed with a slower punch tempo rhythms, creating nostalgic and beautiful landscapes that captivated everyone in the mid 90s. His “Children” hymn of 1995 sold more than 5 million copies and spent 13 consecutive weeks in the number one of the Euro Top 100.
Miles was also characterized by powerful dj sets that contrasted with his dream style, being techno and ambient his favorite genres that he played arround the world, filling the dance floors around the world. He created eight studio albums, his debut album Dreamland is the best known of his work and the most representative.
According to diverse information in social networks, his death is related to cancer that the dj suffered for a long time.
Now, Miles is immortalized in his music, our memories and hearts.
Ok Computer album from 1997 created by Radiohead, opened the way to the new British alternative rock, a work that was almost unanimously acclaimed by specialized critics, this piece marked a before and after on the world music scene.
Now, the band will release a new edition in vinyl through XL Recordings. The special edition includes the original twelve songs album + three unreleased tracks (‘I Promise’, ‘Lift’ and ‘Man Of War’) and eight B-sides, all remastered from the original analogue tapes.
The package features three 180-gram black vinyl records, a book with unpublished art works and lyrics of all songs. In addition, a notebook with 104 pages of notes scrawled by the same Thom Yorke, a 48-page sketchbook with of Donwood and Tchock and a C90 cassette tape with demo of Ok Computer.
As if that were not enough, 23 tracks will also be released in MP3s of 320k, Wav 16/24 bit and Compact Disc on 23rd June. (Download Cassette inside the box).
The special edition is only available at oknotok.co.uk to be sent next July.
Those who have immersed themselves in cyberpunk’s works and dystopian territories have not indifferent to the aesthetics or music of these worlds. Such is the case of Ghost in the Shell from 1995, directed by Mamoru Oshiil, based on the homonymous work of Masamune Shirow that inspired successful proposals like The Matrix.
Kenji Kawai is responsible for the disturbing music of Ghost in The Shell. One track that was etched in the minds of many is “Making The Cyborg”, a composition where female choirs evoke perfectly the dystopia of Shirow’s world in those scenes where we could appreciate how Major is create, showing us the scope of the technology, a beautiful landscape as disturbing.
For its iconic main theme “Making of Cyborg”, Kawai had a choir chant a wedding song in ancient Japanese following Bulgarian folk harmonies, setting the standard for timeless and unparalleled soundtrack that admirably echoes the film’s musings on the nature of humanity in a Technologically advanced world.”
For all fans of this anime, and taking advantage of the arrival of the film starring by Scarlett Johansson, will be released the original full Ghost In The Shell Soundtrack on vinyl through We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records.
The release is scheduled for next June this year, a special edition and standard LP version. The special edition includes an additional LP + 7 “+ OBI + Silver Foil + Extensive 24-page liner notes.
Price: Regular Edition €25 / Limited Edition €40.
Listen original soundtrack below.
A1 謡I – Making Of Cyborg
A4 Virtual Crime
A5 謡II – Ghost City
B3 Floating Museum
B5 謡III – Reincarnation
Bonus 7” (limited edition only) :
A1 挿入歌 毎天見一見! (See You Everyday)
William Bevan, -better known as Burial– is famous for his great music quality, as well as striving to maintain a low profile in the London music scene. His homonymous LP earned him great recognition by the specialized critics, further consolidating the myth behind the artist.
Now, Burial has a remix of Goldie‘s classic “Inner City Life”, and will be released on the legendary drum and bass label Metalheadz, created by Goldie, Kemistry and Storm in 1994. The original version of “Inner City Life” was released in that same year, reaching first places of the UK charts.
It should be mentioned that Goldie also prepares a new album called The Journey Man to be released next June 16, under Metalheadz‘s label.
It needed be mention that the original album was released on Warp label in 1994, after Selected Ambient Works 85-92, enjoying a reissue in 2012, a material considered as an electronic music milestone, that garnered respect among fans of experimental music, sound compared to Brian Eno and Erik Satie work, inspired by James’s lucid dreams, who has natural synesthesia that helped to create the whole album.
If you’re looking for an excellent TB-303 emulator, Yooz Music designed a free VST instrument to recreate this 303 classic sound. In the history of electronic music, this acclaimed bass synth has earned a place in the hearts of musicians and producers.
In a first time, was a bass emulator designed for guitarists to accompany them in their productions, TB-303 looked so little like a real bass, that their innovative sound ended up finding places totally different from those anticipated by their designers. Roland TB303 soon made a big noise in the emerging acid / techno scene of the late 80s – now, its sound is a classic.
Check demo below.
Yooz BL-303 offers seven well differentiated controls, which you will use to emulate acid and bubbly basslines. A control for pitch, a selector for two waveforms (used in the original), low-pass filter and emphasis for resonance.
The last three knobs are envelope controls, ‘Decay’ and ‘Accent’; next to the filter, these last three parameters will sculpt the character and length’s sound.
If you remember the ‘Accent’ and ‘Glide’ parameters from the original Roland 303, the first one accentuated the chosen note making it more prominent in sequence, while the second was responsible for stretching notes in a certain way through a portamento effect. Its control has been solved here without need for more potentiometers, all thanks to MIDI. To do this, you will depend on the speed of each MIDI note to activate the ‘Accent’ or ‘Glide’ effect, or both.
Yooz BL-303 is simple and easy to use, with immediate and very satisfactory results.
For a Australian TV station to do a documentary on sampling in 1988 is pretty great – but for them to include interviews with Prince Paul, Will and Jazzy Jeff, Tom Petty, Russell Simmons, and more – is incredible. It’s a pretty good primer on how contriversial sampling was at the time, especially for our younger readers! Hard to believe that in most countries around the world, nearly twenty four years later, there are still no sensible laws that encourage and properly accomodate this style of sampling.