All posts by Justin Valles

Floppy Disk Orchestra Plays The Star Wars Theme

Floppy Disk Orchestra Plays The Star Wars Theme   Just when we thought floppy disks were becoming a thing of the technological past, this genius of a man decided to build an old- school electronic orchestra which could play classic tunes such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “Hawaii 5-0 Theme”, and my personal favorites, “Star Wars Theme”, and “Imperial Death March”. The Floppotron, created by Pawel Zadrożniak, is a serious work of art. He explains a bit in his blog how he came to coding this throwback masterpiece: “Host application was written in Python 2.7. I wrote it mostly on some boring lectures when I was still studying at the university, so it’s a one big mess, but… at least it does the job. It parses the simple language used for writing note sequences arranged in tracks tied to a specific controller / channel and merges those parallel tracks into one command list which is …

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Basslet – The World’s Most Portable Subwoofer

Basslet – The World’s Most Portable Subwoofer   We’re currently living in an age where possibilities are endless. Since the creation of the laptop we’ve been able to create amazing pieces of music and art unrestricted to a studio space.  One possibility that’s soon coming to life is a subwoofer that you can wear around your wrist. This breakthrough technology is called the Basslet.     The Basslet is created by the startup company Lofeit, and its founders come from leading music tech companies Ableton and Native Instruments. The device has been in production for nearly two years. It can be connected to any device: Laptop, smartphone, gaming console, virtual reality headset, DJ mixer.. you name it! This technology expands our audio experience to a new level. As we all know lower frequencies beneath the 100-125 Fhz range are better “felt” than heard. This makes it a must-have for producers who …

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Sound Samples By The Philharmonia Orchestra (Free Download)

Sound Samples By The Philharmonia Orchestra The world famous Philharmonia Orchestra has free downloadable sound samples available on their website. All sound samples have been specially recorded by Philharmonia Orchestra players. The library contains thousands of samples from every orchestral instrument which are available in every pitch, length, dynamic, and articulation. The best thing about it is that there’s a download-all sample option for each instrument if you’re not trying to be picky. Philharmonia proudly states all samples can be suited for creating any style of music- so if you’re looking to add a little classic spice to your repertoire this is the place to get them. The samples do have some restrictions of use however via its license- License: You are free to use these samples as you wish, including releasing them as part of a commercial work. The only restriction is they must not be sold or made …

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Beat Lab Workshop – Gladiator Talks Sampling, Rhythm and Workflow

  Beat Lab Workshop – Gladiator   This past weekend Beat Lab Academy presented a free workshop presented by Daniel Goodman of the hit producer Dj duo, Gladiator.     Gladiator has been a force to be reckoned with in the electronic music scene and have made a name for themselves in the Trap/Big Room genre. Both LA natives, Daniel and his partner Ian have played at shows all across the nation including Hardfest and Electric Daisy Carnival. In his workshop Daniel covered topics which included his method of sample organization and workflow. His streamlining of samples allows him to quickly find and pick out sounds of choice from his huge extensive library. This helps him to produce tracks at the most professional speed. Daniel demonstrated how he makes a beat and explained his philosophy behind his music. He showed the use of putting vocal samples through Ableton’s vocoder with …

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Sweetcase- Vintage Electric Piano VST/AU Plug-In (Free Download)

Sweetcase- FREE Vintage Electric Piano VST/AU Plug-In NoiseAsh Audio Tools has released a Vintage Electronic Piano Plug-In most notably named Sweetcase available for both OSX and Windows in VST/AU format. Its interface is simple, the sound quality is decent, but most importantly, it’s FREE! Who doesn’t like free stuff?? With the high costs of some Electronic Piano plug-ins nowadays this is a bargain not to pass up. Sweetcase’s easy-to-use setup has all the modulation controls required to get that vintage sound you’re going for. Most of the sound produced can bring forth that old school jingle jazz vibe. The plug-in isn’t much of a CPU eater so additional processing won’t be much of an issue if you’re trying to be creative and punch its sound even louder. I especially like messing around with the Intensity and Speed modulated with the Pan, Expression and Pitch types to create a weird atmospheric type …

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