The Loop Loft has announced the availability of the Master Collection, a bundle of all Loop Loft sound libraries in all formats. Introducing The Master Collection. Every loop. Every format. Instant access to everything The Loop Loft has ever released. Plus, save 60% FOR LIFE on all future releases! The Master Collection includes over 100 [...]
Sound Pack Flyer is offering a 40% discount on the Urban Heat sample library by Xclusive-Audio. This is Xclusive-Audio’s first release, and WOW was it a banger! This sale is a grand-opening special. Only for 2 weeks you can get Urban Heat at a discount! Urban Heat features Over 500 sounds, 24-Bit .WAV Files. Spectacular [...]
Sonic Charge has released version 3.1 of its Microtonic drum and percussion synthesizer combined with a pattern based drum-machine engine. It is a free upgrade (as usual) and to many people the most interesting news is probably 64-bit compatibility. It also features new MIDI controlling possibilities (including pattern edits via MIDI CC) and a beautiful [...]
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LABEL | 4AD
RELEASE | 5.20.13
When we last left The National, they were basking in the glow of High Violet, an album of lofty praise and decent sales (in this day and age) that somehow left me cold. How could an album that sounds so much like its wonderful full-length predecessor, Boxer, be so unsatisfying?
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men, and who knows what pushes the fickle critic’s buttons?
The point is, Trouble Will Find Me is here, and it’s wonderful.
It doesn’t even sound all that different from High Violet, but for some reason it’s infinitely more satisfying.
Everything that The National does well—the layers of guitar, the subtle finger picking, the subdued piano and quiet vocal harmonies along with Matt Berninger’s leads—is here, though drummer Bryan Devendorf’s thunderous drums are quieter than on previous releases. Not to worry: they’re still propulsive.
All the tracks have their charms, but the standout is “Fireproof,” with a well-placed, ominous low chord chiming in each time Berninger sings the phrase, “You’re fireproof,” followed by “Nothing breaks your heart.”
Put on the headphones. Listen to it from start to finish. Let its somber tones wash over you all summer long.
Drumdrops has announced Now That’s What I Call 80′s Drums, a collection of 80′s drum beats. Featuring twenty 80s Pop drum tracks ranging from 71BPM to 179BPM, this is a wide-ranging collection of 1980s beats. It takes influences from a variety of 1980s acts, with nods towards drum grooves synonymous with the styles of George [...]
Zenhiser has announced the release of Kick Masters – Progressive & Main Room House, a collection of 150 kick drum samples. Zenhiser is back with the most infectious kick drums to date, designed for Progressive House & Main Room House these powerful kicks are ready to drag & drop and will deliver instant punch, clarity [...]
The Drum Broker has released Tombongo Funk Drums Vol. 1, a collection of multi-track drum loops. This is the very first full length release from Tombongo & Drummer Richard Preston and features 87 old school funk and soul drum loops released in multi-track format. These are original, royalty free drum breaks. The multi-track packs offer [...]
The Drum Broker has launched Dirty Arse Drum Breaks Vol.1, a collection of breaks by Timmy Rickard. Oh Snap! The Drum Broker is bringing you some Dirty Arse Drum Breaks from Drummer Timmy Rickard & Monosole. If you are looking for original (royalty free) drum breaks, then you need to add Dirty Arse Drum Breaks [...]
The Producers Choice has announced the release of Urban Heat Drum Kit, a collection of 500+ drum samples. ** Several major producers are using ‘Urban Heat’, including Lex Luger, Cardiak & Mike Will ** This is the kit that ALL the biggest producers in the game are using right now. Hitmaker Cardiak calls the Urban [...]
The Loop Loft has announced it is offering a free copy of its Linear Drums MIDI pack with any purchase at the Loop Loft shop. Automatically receive a FREE copy of Linear Drums (a $29 USD value), when you purchase anything at The Loop Loft – This weekend only! The free download will be presented [...]
The Drum Broker has introduced the Protein Drum Kit, a new drum kit by Beat Butcha. Butcha is known for his work with Danny Brown, Mac Miller, G-Unit, Mobb Deep, Prodigy, Sean Price, Lloyd Banks, Curren$y, & Mr. Probz to name a few. But more importantly Butcha is known for having some of the dopest [...]
The Loop Loft has introduced Complete Takes Vol 2 in Logic Pro Session format, a drum loops sample library. With Logic Pro Sessions Vol 2, we produced a collection of multitrack drum designs geared towards folk and acoustic songwriters. From rootsy, syncopated backbeats to mellow, brush-based ballads to tasteful 6/8 pop grooves, Volume 2 provides [...]
BangBox has released EDM Battle Drums, a collection of drum and bass kits. A speaker tearing, rock solid array of warrior audio, perfect for live beat battles and dark edged EDM production. 18 Kits of maraudering drums and bass, processed with warmth and grit while retaining a superior sheen to the sounds. Whatever your battle [...]
The Loop Loft has introduced Funk Drums, a new MIDI Loops series collection of drag and drop MIDI drum loops for any software. It’s time to get funky up inside of your DAW. Introducing Funk Drums MIDI Loops – The funkiest batch of loops to ever touch your sampler. From classic James Brown beats, to [...]
Sample Magic has announced the release of its Tuned Kicks sample pack and Massive Deep House Patches 2, a collection of presets for the Massive software synthesizer by Native Instruments. New SM101 packs Tuned Kicks – 101 key-labeled, thick and punchy, kick drums pumped and primed to pin down the biggest electronic music productions – [...]
The Loop Loft has announced the introduction of three new classes of music-creation content developed directly for and with partners at software developers, Native Instruments and PreSonus: MASCHINE Kits, KONTAKT Slice Machine 002 // Loop Loft Beats and Studio One Sound Sets. Each of The Loop Loft’s new products is instantly available for download from [...]
Toontrack has announced the release of the Indie Folk EZX EZdrummer expansion library, focusing on capturing the organic, warm, intimate and ambient sound characteristic of the indie folk genre. The EZX, aptly titled the Indie Folk EZX, was recorded at the Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle, home to bands such as Fleet Foxes, The Shins [...]
Straight Ahead Samples has announced the release of Brushes & Mallets, a drum sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt. We are very pleased to announce our new Kontakt 5 sample library: Straight Ahead! Brushes & Mallets. Following the success of SASamples flagship Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums, Brushes & Mallets is the logical next step in [...]
Sounds To Sample has introduced Key Labeled Kicks 2, a collection of 101 kick drum samples by Micro Pressure. Hy2rogen whips out another batch of his famous headroom filling kicks ready for any serious progressive, electro or tech house track. The pack features 101 powerful kicks, ready for that drag & drop action and of [...]
Samplephonics has released 909, a multi-sampled drum hits sound library. The Kontakt version of Samplephonics 909 comes with a custom sequencer. Expect to find over 4000 24 Bit Wav samples, meticulously sampled through two inputs, one clean, and one through a Thermionic Culture ‘Culture Vulture’ to provide some real analogue tube warmth and extra beef! [...]
Minneapolis-based artist Patrick Flanagan is no ordinary drummer or electronic musician. His rig does everything the hard way – and the results are fantastic. With robotic drum kit mechanically playing acoustic drums, his fingers command complex feats of rhythm and melody from an oversized, custom grid controller.
There are idiomatic musical possibilities unlocked by software he’s built in Max/MSP and Java. Repeat increments, of the sort found in drum machines, produce complex rhythmic figuration on multiple drums – partly because, unlike the dumber implementation on drum machines, it’s possible to play multiple repeat increments at the same time. (In other words, you can have one drum playing eights while another plays sixteenths.) In melodies, his layout make big octave jumps easier – think Giant Steps.
Patrick writes with more details:
I just uploaded a demo video for my custom grid-based controller, the Meganome. The design is obviously inspired by the monome, but it departs in a couple ways from the monome and its cousins. I wanted larger buttons with light but solid action for triggering drum hits and synth notes–buttons that are hard to miss and give you a nice “clack” sound when struck. The rectangular arrangement with 14 buttons per row lets me display the entire
chromatic scale plus two notes of overlap when the Meganome is in synth control mode. Like the Push controller in its chromatic mode, the notes of the scale I’m in light up, but unlike the Push, the Meganome lays octaves along its columns, which makes for easy traversal of octave space and wide chord voicings. Triads, on the other hand, are tricky.
I did a blog post on difficulties I encountered while building it and posted my Arduino code on my blog:
Finally, you can see the Meganome in action as a robot drum controller in this in-studio performance video [below].
Those of you attempting something similar, you’ve got loads of resources here. LED drivers? Check. Shift registers and encoders? Check. Which parts to use, code downloads, USB MIDI firmware? Roger that. Open source sharing really does accelerate advancements in this space, without question. (Believe me, as we’re using it directly on MeeBlip – both in what we get and what we give away. There are things that wouldn’t have been possible with proprietary tech, especially as you bring together lots of musical and engineering elements.)
He’s also inspired by Christopher Willits’ recent thoughts about the Push controller:
Enjoyed your post on Christopher Willits and Push. I’m going to think about ways I could modify the pitch layout to make performance of tertian harmonies easier. I love octave leaps, but sometimes you want to play a triad. And I believe it’s worth thinking about how these grid layouts does relate or could relate to Riemannian Tonnetz; the similarity is too striking to overlook. It’s interesting to see how these obscure academic theories of harmony get incorporated into mass market products decades or centuries after their appearance.
But whether it’s the geeky or – as he hints in the video, the emotional – that attract you, or a combination of both, you’ll find lots more on his site.
And in the meantime, imagine frenetic marching, dancing robots, and you start to get the feel for this via the music samples below – imagining a revolutionary game universe for this, somehow.
Or maybe it’s a future-punk jam band.
Or maybe it’s Afro-Baroque-Electro-Robot Erik Satie in a Djembe Drum. (His description.)
Want more? Grab the free EP on Bandcamp.
The Loop Loft has introduced Complete Takes Vol 1 – Logic Pro Session, a collection of 3 complete songs (each with 3 different mix options), fully mixed and arranged in Logic Session format. Each session clocks in at 3-4 minutes in length and is pre-arranged in a traditional song structure (intro, verse, chorus etc.). Just [...]
Loops de la Crème has released the Snare Pack Deluxe, a collection of snare drum samples. The SNARE PACK DELUXE features over 1400 samples of real snare drums and complementary sounds, and 23 NI KONTAKT patches. The patches provide instant access to various categories of snares, focusing on playability and versatility. 12 included multi-patches make [...]
Drumdrops has announced the upcoming 1963 Premier Outfits 54, the first release in a series of 8 single shot multi-velocity drum kits. Already one of the world’s leading places to purchase bespoke live drum tracks as multi- tracks, stems and loops, Drumdrops.com are now gearing up to start selling the first of their high-standard, single [...]
Time+Space has announced that Toontrack’s EZdrummer Lite and EZmix 2 Lite are available to download for free for a limited time. This Wednesday sees the return of Toontrack’s annual Songwriter’s Month celebrations and the Swedish developers are kicking things off early by offering you FREE software! From now until 31st May, you can download EZdrummer [...]
The Control Centre has recently released The Resonator, a Drum Rack sound library for Ableton Live 9. The rack features 74 velocity layered multi-samples of a Premier Resonator with Paiste hi-hats and cymbals, two snare drums and a vintage Dream Bliss ride cymbal. The pack includes two versions of the Resonator kit. One is played [...]
Wave Alchemy has launched Synth Drums, an innovative drum library which fuses expertly programmed vintage synthesizers with high-end processing to create a flexible electronic drum sample library for modern music production. Introducing Synth Drums, offering over 5900 cutting edge, totally unique drum samples and percussive hits, each carefully crafted by hand, on a sound-by-sound basis. [...]
Double Impact has released the Ultimate Drum Bundle, a drum sample library for Slate Digital Trigger and WaveMachine Labs Drummagog. The Ultimate Drum Bundle is a high quality sample bundle which contains 17 Kicks, 19 Toms and 18 phenomenal sounding snares recorded with top of the line microphones, preamps and converters. The samples are easy [...]
Producers Choice has announced the release of Ultimate Production Toolbox, a sound lirary featuring 2.3GB of high definition samples, drums & instruments by Pablo Beats. We teamed up with Pablo Beats to give you the most complete collection of production tools on the market. Industry quality drums, leads, basses patches, FX, vocal hits and more. [...]
The Loop Loft has announced the release of Blues Drums Vol 2, a collection of drum beats and grooves for blues music. Introducing Blues Drums Volume 2. Following on the success of our initial blues release, this collection delves into even more stylistic and sonic territory, providing the authentic blues grooves you’ve been searching for. [...]
Abletunes has released Epic Kicks, a sample pack dedicated to the current trend in EDM – Hardstyle inspired kicks that you can hear in the latest tracks by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Sandro Silva, Quintino, Showtek, GTA and many others. This sample pack includes 101 aggressive, strong, punchy and distorted kicks that are primed [...]
Toontrack has released three soundsets for Superior Drummer and the New York Studios SDX libraries. Today Toontrack Music announced the immediate release of three individual collections of presets for the Superior Drummer library and the SDXs in the New York Studios suite. The presets were all specifically designed to showcase the incredible ambience in three [...]
Voxengo has released version 1.3 of its Drumformer multiband drum track processing plug-in for Windows and Mac. Drumformer can operate in broadband, 2-band and 3-band modes, with each band having compressor-expander and saturation modules. The sound of the compressor can be defined as “gluey with a ping”, because it instantly creates a “tight and glued [...]
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I have a theory that if a band puts on an amazing live show it’s probably because the members of the group all like each other. And Color Channel—a band whose live shows are some of the most high-energy, electrified experiences you can have in Boston right now—really, really like each other.
I met up with them at their practice house in Allston the night before they released their first “officially” (their description) recorded EP, March’s Pyramid of Love. They were understandably anxious but contagiously upbeat,
and what was supposed to be a 15-minute interview had me leaving with over an hour of bizarre, ridiculous interview audio and some tearful group hugs (boxed red wine was involved).
But I digress: the six members of Color Channel really like each other.
“One of the original mottos for the band is, ‘Play less for the greater whole of the band,’” said guitarist Mat DelloRusso of how they keep their positive energy. “A lot of discrepancies come down to that, ‘Oh, I’ll just kind of quiet down ’cause it sounds better. Or whatever it is.”
“It’s hard with six people to keep the cohesive vibe,” added bassist Nate Jeffery.
“We actually have a little purple square that we hang up in the room–” synth-player/bassist Andrew Hoffman began, before the rest of the band burst out laughing and he had to wait for them to calm down,
“–that’s supposed to represent, ‘When you come in here, we’re all having fun but we’re all serious, and trying to create stuff. But we’re not trying to squabble so leave the arguments at the door.’”
It’s a little bit hard to describe Color Channel’s sound. They’re poppy but introspective, energetic and still somehow thoughtful. The five tracks on Pyramid of Love (the release of which drummer Dylan Larkin compared to “watching your child go off to college”) have been mixed and recorded over the course of several years, some even before lead vocalist Jessica Simes’s entrance into the band. The songs are synth-heavy and a tad psychedelic, while the harmonies that the other synth-player/bassist/vocalist Jay Thomas creates with Simes are spacey and textured. Even the band thinks their sound is hard to pin down. Their Bandcamp page describes Pyramid as “electronic ghost-wave dance-punk,” which is sort of accurate, although mostly just weird and funny.
“We’re indigenous motorboat rock,” said Hoffman. “It’s a combination of, like, old and new. Like indigenous fishing tribes that have adapted to putting motors on their small boats.”
“Yeah, you’re going to want to fact-check that,” added Simes.
So like I said, the members of Color Channel really like each other. And after spending some time with them, I really like them now. And when you go to their show this week and see their enthusiasm as it translates to a live show,
it’s pretty safe to assume you’ll really like them, too.
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Steinberg has announced the release of Allen Morgan Signature Drums Vol.1, a sound library for the Groove Agent ONE virtual drum instrument. Faithfully recorded and elaborately pre-processed by LA-based producer Allen Morgan, all sounds are laid out as ready-to-use drum kits and include one-shot drum and effect samples. The 30 included drum kits cover acoustic [...]
The Loop Loft has announced a 72 hour Customer Favorite Sale, offering selected sample libraries and bundles at a 30% discount. Save 30% on these popular collections – Hurry, Sale ends April 19th at 12:00am ET! Customer Favorite Sale Blues Drums Volume 1 – $27 USD. Everything But Sticks – $34 USD. Doug Wamble Slide [...]
We cover a lot of experiments that make an interesting proof of concept, or that make performance, frankly, more difficult but in interesting ways. Here’s an idea that might just work. You know, like might actually make an existing technology better.
The idea is this: rather than clumsily using gates to isolate individual drum mics, use lasers (“lazorrrs”) to measure vibration. And if the demo video is to be believed, it works damned well. You can use this to get better recordings, or use it to transform a drum into a better MIDI trigger (without just the mics alone), or both. It’s the work of Sennheiser’s California R&D folks.
Sennheiser, you might just want to start adding this to your drum mic kit. (Now, if somehow this could also make a little laser show appear atop the drums when coupled with a smoke machine, a bit like the silly security systems featured in action movies, we’d really be sold.)
Seriously, it’s a good idea. Cooper Newby of Sennheiser USA explains:
Here is our newest Sennheiser R&D prototype. It is a laser that triggers a drum gate or Midi trigger when the drum is hit without applying any pressure to the drum head. It could turn a live drum kit into a totally new instrument by accurately triggering effects or samples along with each specific drum hit. Here is a video demonstrating its live drum mic-ing applications to prevent microphone bleed though.
Thanks, Cooper. I’d love to see this move beyond R&D – or perhaps it’ll inspire other experiments, too.
XLN Audio has launched Black Velvet, a new ADpak for the Addictive Drummer virtual drum instrument for Windows and Mac. The Black Velvet ADpak is the sound you always wished you could afford! A modern classic dressed in black captured with a large, epic sound. Created with the grunge/post-grunge era in mind, with roots in [...]
Drumasonic has announced the release of Drumasonic Luxury, a high-end drum sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, featuring natural and punchy drum sounds. All kits can be played with sticks, rods or brushes, either with or without snare wires. Up to 10 microphone signals provide unrivaled mixing flexibility and, thanks to the integrated groove player, [...]
The Drum Broker has introduced Bad Friends Breaks, a sample pack featuring a collection of breakbeat drum loops. From the digger that brought you Minty Breaks, comes our next Break Kit installment… Bad Friend Breaks. Bad Friend Breaks features 242 rare & dusty gems for you to chop, process, stack & layer, and incorporate into [...]
Toontrack Music has announced the immediate release of the New York Studios Collection for the award-winning drum production tool and sampler Superior Drummer 2.0. This collection combines the award-winning Superior Drummer software with the complete suite of sound libraries in the New York Studios series. The focus of the series has been to capture the [...]
The Loop Loft has announced the release of three new Maschine Kits, containing hand-selected samples from its most popular collections. New Maschine Kits Blues Drums Vol 1 – From the depths of the Mississippi Delta, to the shuffles of Texas, the Blues Drums Maschine kit is the most authentic set of samples for producing “real” [...]
Uppercussion has announced the release of Bitkits, a free collection of ten 8-bit drum kits in collaboration with Icebreaker Audio. The samples in Bitkits come from a time when 8-bit sounds were the standard for video games and digital synthesizers. The kits give you 8-bit versions of kick, snare and hihat sounds, as well as [...]
Sample Magic has announced two new sound libraries. Live Hi-Hats features gritty, authentic, hi-hat grooves for an endless variety of genres. Choice serving of 101 live hi-hat lines expertly recorded and precision-cut to add irresistible funk and groove to beats – regardless of genre. Struggling to program beats with movement and energy? For many producers [...]
Freaky Loops has released EDM Kicks 2, a collection of kick drum samples for electronic dance music. This pack featuring a huge collection of speaker-smashing kick drums have been designed for a variety of EDM styles from house to electro, minimal to techno and more. From fat and heavy to deep and warm, all the [...]
Boscomac has released Retro Beat Mk2, a free instrument ensemble for Native Instruments Reaktor. As you know, RETRO BEAT met international success, even intergalactic! What, you did not know this? The shame … In short, it was necessary to extend the story and it’s done because RETRO BEAT becomes RETRO BEAT MK2! The principle is [...]
The Loop Loft is offering a free copy of Fistful of Fills Vol 2 (a $29 USD value) with any purchase at the online store. Drum fills. They’re arguably the most exciting part of a song, yet also the hardest to program or record to make it feel “right”. This is why we culled hundreds [...]
Millertone has announced the availability of the SYNDR Volume 1 & CLAP! sound library bundle for Ableton Live. We’re pleased to offer the SYNDR v1 and CLAP! multi-sample Ableton Live Packs together as a heavily discounted bundle for only $59 USD (download) until April 30. That’s a $24 (29%) savings. And yes, you can also [...]
e-Phonic has released a public beta of Drumatic 4, a drum synthesizer for Windows. The Drumatic drum synth plugin by e-Phonic. Drumatic 4 features Drumatic uses a mix of subtractive, FM and wavetable synthesis to get the best results possible. Each sound features 2 stereo noise oscillators with over 30 noise types. Shape your sounds [...]
Roland has announced that the international finals for the Roland V-Drums® World Championship 2, Roland’s annual competition that showcases the talents of electronic percussionists from around the globe, is taking place Thursday, April 11, 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. Hosted by the prestigious Südbahnhof music club and broadcast live on the V-Drums contest website, this year’s [...]