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Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 | 8 comments

Whoosh Review

GUI3D_02In the last year, we’ve all been happy to see the slow emergence of software tools designed explicitly for sound design. The fine folks over at Tonsturm are the latest to release one such tool under the moniker Melted Sounds. Whoosh is a Reaktor based plug-in for designing, as implied by its name, complex and varied motion elements and pass-bys. The basic idea behind the tool is similar to a post here on Designing Sound by Charles Deenen, which was later built into a Kyma patch by Jean-Edouard Miclot. Whoosh simplifies the process of setting up this kind of processing chain yourself. If you’ve got Reaktor, you simply load the ensemble. The source material included with tool comes from some of the best independent sound effects libraries out there. Seriously, the list is hard to ignore. Sounds have been licensed from: Chuck Russom, Colin Hart, Tim Prebble, Jean-Edouard Miclot, Michael Raphael, Mikkel Nielsen, and Frank Bry…not to mention sounds from Tonsturm itself. It’s safe to assume that it sounds good…even if I weren’t about to tell you exactly that. Ultimately, deciding if it is a worthy addition to your toolbox is something we each have to decide individually. There are a lot of tools out there, and we all have our priorities. So, a review should be about its potential impact on workflow. Does it allow you a depth of control similar to Charles’ process at a comparable (or improved) speed?

Let’s take a look at what Whoosh can do.

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 | 2 comments

Soniccouture launch Geosonics ft. Chris Watson

Geosonics is a colloboration between legendary field recordist Chris Watson and Soniccouture.
Hundreds of hours of recording time, in some of the worlds most extreme and inhospitable environments, combine to form a library of rare sonic artefacts that cannot be found anywhere else.

Intro offer : €20 / $30 Off MSRP
Enter Code :YA6ARGHW
ends Midnight 24th August 2013

6 GB library (with Kontakt NCW compression)
Contains 4.7 GB original Chris Watson recordings
400 sound design presets by Ian Boddy, Biomechanoid, Martin Walker, Andy Wheddon, Soniccouture
140 sound design sample sets
Custom Convolution IRs
FOCUS mapping function
24 bit 48 khz stereo recording / sampling
Compatible with free Kontakt Player 5 – VST AU RTAS Standalone

Chris Watson recording equipment :
Transducers : C-ducer CP 2/8 stereo contact mikes DPA 8011 hydrophones as geophones DolphinEar Pro hydrophones DPA 4060 microphones
Recorders: Sound Devices 744T Nagra ARES Pll

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Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Tkapik from Inear Display


Inear Display have just released Tkapik, an amplitude controlled generative sampler. Add it to a track, then load a sound file and Tkapik will trigger the sample with random settings every time an amplitude peak is detected in the input signal. The sample can either be mixed with the input according to its amplitude envelope or completely replace the signal using the “solo” mode.

Features :

Sampler supporting wav and aiff audio files
Sample triggering based on input signal amplitude
Combine the sample and the input signal using the envelope follower
Replace the input signal using the solo mode
Random start offset, loop points and optionally pitch on every trigger
User defined range for pitch random
Sample reverse
MIDI learn
Vector based resizable user interface (Windows and Os X only)
Lifetime free updates for registered users

Tkapik is available for Windows, Mac Os X and Linux as VST and AU at the introductory price of 10€ until August 03 2013 (regular price : 20€).

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