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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Escape (the Pina Colada Song) (feat. SAM)

"All 8-bit/chiptune style version of the entire 'Awesome Mix Vol. 1' soundtrack from the film Guardians of the Galaxy. Using Commodore 64, Game Boy and NES samples. Featuring the talented SAM on vocals."

via Gizmodo: "Remember Microsoft's Sam? He was the text-to-speech converter that came bundled into Windows XP. And now he's decided to have a go at the The Piña Colada Song. You should listen to this, it's great."

Music Thing Modular Radio Music Prototype

Music Thing Modular Radio Music Prototype from Tom Whitwell on Vimeo.

Flame 4 Vox Tube

Published on Nov 27, 2014 Ebotronix

Flame 4 Vox, Beta Test 24 (V 0.97) alt mix
Buchla System #1
Moog Prodigy Bass, B Murf, CP251,MP 201,VX351
Kenton Pro 2000,Pro Solo mk 2
Rane SM 26
Rocktron Rack Interface
Soldano SP77 Tube Preamp
Yamaha KX 25, MCS 2
Art OPL Preamp
Mackie "the mixer"
Hameg Dual Trace Oscilloscope HM 312-8
FX: Akai MCF 42, Boss VF-1, Lexicon MPX 100, PCM80/90
Ultrabeat drum
vid # 1188

New Kilpatrick Audio PHENOL - Patchable Desktop Analog Synthesizer

"Phenol is a new type of musical instrument from Kilpatrick Audio. Inspired by modular synthesizers, Phenol offers the creative potential, sound and hands-on experience of a modular synth, in a sleek, compact and affordable package. And best of all, Phenol is 100% compatible with modular systems because it uses the same voltages and banana connectors as the Kilpatrick Format modular system and other banana format modulars as well.

Shown above is the first prototype of Phenol. This is the first time Kilpatrick Audio has shown a prototype or announced a product prior to availability. But Phenol is not just another module. It's an entirely new instrument with expensive development challenges. In early December 2014 we will be launching a crowd-funding campaign where you can pre-order your own Phenol at a hefty discount. Please check back soon and help us make Phenol a reality!

Whether you already love modular synthesizers and want a smaller instrument for portability, or whether you've heard about modular synths and want to get your feet wet, Phenol offers an incredible experience at a great price!

Sneak Peak at some Specs (more to come)

Two analog VCOs
Two analog filters (low pass and high pass)
Two analog VCAs
Two envelope generator / LFO combos with many features
An LFO with sine and random output
Internal MIDI to CV converter with DIN and USB MIDI interfaces
Compact mixer with digital delay
Digital pulse divider
Buffered mixer / mult / inverter
Designed and made in Canada using high quality parts.
Warranty: 1 year"

via Kilpatrick Audio where you'll find a couple of demos.

Meet Goom - New Open Source Desktop Synthesizer

"Goom is a digital music synthesiser based on an ultra-low-cost microcontroller. It broadly emulates the architecture of traditional analogue synthesisers, offers 16-voice polyphony and is fully multitimbral, and is controlled over a MIDI interface. The total cost of the basic components to make a fully-working synthesiser is just a couple of pounds; the (optional) ‘knobs and switches’ analogue front panel interface increases the total component cost by an order of magnitude or so, mostly accounted for by the potentiometers themselves.


Sixteen-voice polyphonic
Fully multitimbral (different patch on each MIDI channel)
Analogue front panel patch set-up for MIDI channel 1
Patch set-up using MIDI control change messages for channels 2 to 16
Two oscillators per voice: sine, sawtooth, square, pulse and intermediate waveforms
Oscillators can be mixed or combined using frequency modulation or frequency modulation plus feedback
Three envelope generators per voice (one ADSR and one AD for amplitude, one ADSR for filter)
Low-pass filter for each voice with resonance control
Velocity scaling on amplitude and filter cutoff
Stereo output with pan and volume control for each patch
24-bit digital-to-analogue converter
Voice architecture

The tone generation structure for each voice is shown in the diagram below. It broadly follows the conventional layout of an analogue synthesiser, but adds frequency modulation modes to increase the range of tone colours available.

One point of interest is that each oscillator waveform is controlled by a pair of continuous parameters rather than, for example, a multi-position switch. The waveform is divided into four parts: a rising slope, a flat period, a falling slope, and a final flat period. Each slope takes the shape of half a cosine wave: the first from cos –π to cos 0 and the second from cos 0 to cos π.

The first control determines the ‘duty cycle’, the ratio between the time taken for the first slope plus the first flat period to that taken for the second slope plus second flat period. The second control determines the proportion of the total cycle occupied by the flat periods.

Together these two controls allow the generation of sine, square and pulse waveforms, and an approximation to a sawtooth waveform. Furthermore, a wide range of intermediate waveforms is also available. Very roughly speaking, the first control determines the presence of even harmonics (varying on a line from string to flute, if you will), while the second control determines the overall harmonic richness.

An upper limit is enforced on the slope of the waveform such that as the frequency increases the waveform approaches a sine wave. Since the waveform and its first derivative are continuous the result is in a worthwhile reduction in aliasing without having to resort to more computationally intensive techniques such as those that involve summing individual band-limited waveform fragments. A particular advantage is that much precomputation can be done at the control update rate to reduce the work that needs to be done at the output sample rate."

Full details at http://www.quinapalus.com/goom.html

PIN Electronics & RAMCUR The Hornet OSC 1 sinus FM action 1

Published on Nov 27, 2014 Pin Electronics & Ramcur

"Recorded via RME Fireface into Pro Tools with short rev.


fseq-flash - A Formant Sequencer in Flash for the Yamaha FS1R

This one spotted by Tom Hz, via the Zach Archer Blog where you'll find a link to the editor which includes a list of the FS1R preset fseqs.

"I started an open source project: fseq-flash is a formant sequence editor. Current features include:

Import AIFF files
Audition and edit formant sequences in real time
Vowel- and function-drawing tools
Export .syx files for the Yamaha FS1R"

Roland D-50 "Visit LA"

"(c) vintage synthesizer demo track by RetroSound
all sounds: Roland D-50 LA Synthesizer (1987)
drums: LinnDrum (1982)
recording: multi-track without Midi
fx: reverb and delay"

New Moog Merch & 10% Off Select Items

via Moog Music

"New Moog Soft Wear

Seven new styles to show your analog pride.

All Moog products*, including new merch, are 10% off through Dec. 7th on the Moog Music website and at participating US dealers.

Enter Discount Code: TURKEYMOOG at checkout on Moogmusic.com for 10% off your purchase. Or find a participating US Dealer HERE.

10% off sale excludes Software, Theremini, & Sub 37.
10% off sale valid for USA residents only.

DETAILS: *Discount not valid on Moog software, Sub 37, or Theremini. Discount valid for US residents only. Offer valid on purchases made at moogmusic.com or at participating US dealers from 12:01am EST 11/24/14 through 11:59pm EST 12/7/14. Cannot be applied to previous purchases and cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with any other promotion. To redeem at moogmusic.com, enter the code TURKEYMOOG in the discount box at checkout. Terms of offer are subject to change."

MeeBlip anode Updated to Version 2.0 & Black Friday Sale

via MeeBlip

"We've launched a Black Friday sale on MeeBlip anode. North American customers can now get anode for US$119.95 instead of the usual $139.95, including a power adapter.


And we have anode available now in more dealers worldwide.

anode now ships with 2.0 firmware, which includes a special wavetable mode. With 16 new wavetables, tap into rough-and-raw 16-bit single-cycle waveforms like blended sawtooth, granular, and FM, plus glitchy bit-reduced and distorted sounds for a whole new variety of sounds. And as we are open source, that firmware is now up on our GitHub site.

Happy Thanksgiving, USA!"