Saturday, April 18, 2015

KORG Volca Sample is iOS only to transfer samples? WTF Korg?

I knew the unit didn’t sample on its own, but I didn’t know it was iOS only. That’s pretty stupid. They should have at least given you a way to just connect usb to a windows machine. I still think it’s a cool device, but I have no plans of ever getting an Apple product.

The KORG volca sample is a fun-looking sample “sequencer” – it can play back, modify, and mangle pre-recorded samples in a step sequencer. But it requires a dedicated iOS app to do the actual sampling.

That makes for a mixed bag, straight out of the gate. As KORG says:

“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!”

– right, but then it leaves out one of the best things about those hardware samplers, namely – sampling.

With that disappointment out of the way, the volca sample otherwise is full of some cool ideas. Let’s have a look at what it can do.

The heart of the beast is the sound parameters, which you can then map to individual steps:

Sample select, start point, length, hi cut

Pitch: speed, envelope, attack, decay

Amplitude: level, pan, attack, decay

And you can motion-sequence each of these.

There’s also per-sample reverse and reverb, plus overall reverb mix and swing.

The “Analog Isolator” gives you bass and treble controls. (UK-style, that’s “Analogue Isolator” on the front panel.)

via KORG’s Latest volca sample Sequences Sounds – But You Need an iOS App to Add Your Own Sounds – Create Digital Music.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Acid is making a comeback and it's being lead by Korg Volcas and YouTubers

I keep seeing more and more posts of people making Acid beats like this one by Honeysmack.

I think all the new inexpensive hardware synths and sequencers are partly responsible for this revival, but it’s cool… whatever the reason is.

There’s definitely a plethora of cool toys out there right now and a lot of people using them in cool ways.

I love acid

Chipmusic > Standalone 8-bit sound generators

Standalone 8-bit sound generators

Standalone softwares to create old-school electronical sounds, noises, effects and 8-bit sounds. For info, the freewares Audacity and MilkyTracker can generate 8-bit sounds easily, too ! Good for retro games !

BlipGen [windows]
Free Download >>> BlipGen.ziphttp://woolyss.com/chipmusic-generators.php?s=BlipGen
BlipGenThis is a Windows application designed to assist tracker musicians in the creation of chip samples and low resolution sine, square, saw and triangle waveforms that loop flawlessly.
Import : DAT, RAW | Export : DAT, RAWAudio demo by Jerry Coox

 

FlexiMusic Generator [windows]
Commercialhttp://woolyss.com/chipmusic-generators.php?s=FlexiMusic+Generator
FlexiMusic GeneratorFlexiMusic Generator is a unique tool to generate musical and non-musical sounds. If you want to create unique pieces of music and exciting new sounds never before heard on this planet, then you’ll love the FlexiMusic Generator.

 

Four Cycle Synth [windows]
Free Download >>> Four_Cycle_Synth.ziphttp://woolyss.com/chipmusic-generators.php?s=Four+Cycle+Synth
Four Cycle SynthFour Cycle Synth generates short chippy, very messy sounding samples, which are more meant to be used as raw sounds, which you filter, and add effects to, than finished synth sounds.
Import : no | Export : WAVAudio demo by Jerry Coox

 

LabChirp [windows]
Free Download >>> LabChirp.ziphttp://woolyss.com/chipmusic-generators.php?s=LabChirp
LabChirpA program for creating sound effects for games, music, videos – whatever you want! A readme and some example sounds are included to get you started.
Import : LCH | Export : LCH, WAVAudio demo by LabChirp

Read more at -> Woolyss – Chipmusic > Standalone 8-bit sound generators.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Akai MPD24 Finger Drumming - Trap, Vaporwave, Trip Hop

akai mpd24 finger drumming

I Finally upgraded from the nanoPAD to an Akai MPD24. I really love this thing.

Geeky Gigs #9 is a bit of a hodgepodge mix up of styles, kinda trap, kinda vaporwave, kinda trip hop, and just kinda weird. I cut up son Janet Jackson, 808, casio rapman, my own real drum samples, some vinyl drum samples and some synth parts and bass lines using the UVI digital sensations and Plastique VST. Everything is live sequenced and triggered in Ableton Live Intro.
The end is a bit of improv. Hope you like it!

Subscribe Geeky Gigs #9

Friday, April 3, 2015

Free Finger Drumming Lessons with the master, Jeremy Ellis

If you’re just getting started playing pads, these videos can be of great help. They helped me quite a bit. Even if you already play, there’s some great techniques shown in Jeremy’s vids. If you’ve never seen Jeremy Ellis play pads, it is truly a sight to behold. He is seriously one of my favorite “drummers” right now.

akai-mpd24-51234

If you’re looking to buy a pad controller, I recommend the Akai MPD26 below. They’re very affordable and very well made. I have the 24 which is very similar but no longer being produced.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Meet Oded Kafri, Drummer, world traveler, and a man with simple life philosophy

Oded Kafri

I really love this man. Not only is he a completely amazing drummer and performer. He has such a level-headed and simple view of life it is truly inspirational. This is what music is all about.

Check out his amazing live drumming to Squarepusher!

Alternative Drummer Profile: (AL)ICE

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