The mellotron is now a classic, vintage instrument that made its mark on legendary tracks like The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" and David Bowie's "Space Oddity". The instrument had a spacey and haunting vibe that hadn't been heard before in the 1960s. It behaved like a pre-cursor to our modern samplers as well. Sound was created by a section of magnetic tape connected to the keys that would playback when a key or keys were depressed, and playback would then stop when the keys were released. This allowed for a variety of sounds depending what instrument or sound was recorded onto the magnetic tape. The mellotron was designed to replicate the sound of the original instrument, but replaying a tape created minor fluctuations in pitch and amplitude.
So a note sounded slightly different each time it was played. How hard a player hit a key affected the sound as well. Another distinction in the sound of the mellotron was that each "sampled" note was recorded in isolation and so the sound had hints of being natural and unnatural at the same time.
AI Experiments – Sonic Exploration through Machine Learning As computer musicians, we get the best of both worlds: we get to geek out in the mathematic, technical world of synths and plug-ins, as well as enjoying the magical, emotional and mysterious world of music. Some of us are more computer-ey (the more left-brain type) and some of us are more music-ey (the right-brain type). But, as producers, we have to tap into both of these sides to get the work done. Over at AI experiments, they’re doing the same thing: combining the best of both worlds by using artificial intelligence and machine learning to organize how we make sense of the world around us—including language, sound, objects, and music. AI experiments is an open source platform where anyone can toggle with tools and technology to explore how machine learning work. Below are three cool experiments that use some crazy …Read More
Substance by Output: A New Breed of Bass Substance is a heavily produced bass engine that combines processed electric and acoustic basses, full live brass sections, huge polysynths, the dirtiest analog synths, insane sound design and much more into single patches. While realistic emulation is possible, it is not the focus of this engine. Substance gives you the ability to create new, boundary-pushing, high-quality bass sounds by easily blending 3 layers of sound. Output’s powerful engine has an endless list of sound sources that are combined with FX, filters, and modulation. Each preset has its own advanced arpeggiator, flux control, and front page macros. The clean, simple look and functionality of the preset browser allows for more playing and less clicking. Bass is one of the trickiest things to get right in your mix, and it is often the foundation of people “feeling” your track. On top of that, creating …Read More
Hello Samples Moog SUB37 – 2GB of Analog Samples and Presets (Free Download) If you love using the rich sound of classic analog synths, but don’t have $1600 for the Moog SUB 37 then theres good news! Hello Samples just released a free 2GB Moog SUB 37 sample pack. Now you don’t need to own the SUB37 to own the signature analog synth sound. The sample library is a wide variety of audio samples from actual SUB 37 patches, with everything from basses, leads, drums, and effects. The samples are designed to work seamlessly in Ableton’s Sampler or Simpler. There are enough sounds in this pack to cater to pretty much any style of production. In total there are over 3900 audio samples all in WAV format, 91 presets ( including 6 drum kits, 15 basses, 17 leads, 6 plucks,11 FX, and 33 polyphonic sounds), making it an incredible addition to …Read More
Mode Audio – Drum Rack Made of 100% Vinyl Samples (Free Download) Mode Audio is a website that continually releases premium sound packs, from loops to synth presets and much much more. Recently the company released a free sound pack that is made entirely of vinyl samples. Providing 32 samples made of vinyl spins, needle drops, crackling, turntable spins and any other sound you can organically achieve through playing a vinyl. The sound pack is pretty unique, and because of its foundation in vinyl all your sounds; kicks, snares, hi hats etc. have a warm quality to them. We are suckers for sound packs that have an interesting developing story behind them. To check out another unique sample pack, checkout our review on ESTEC samples from space! Below you will find mod audio’s description of their sample pack along with an example of the sounds it is capable of producing. …Read More
Remix or Chop It – Free Acapella Vocals! Using vocal samples in your production can really add a layer of flavor to your creation. If you’re not your own favorite singer, or are just missing the timbre you’re looking for, diving into a third party source can be extremely helpful. We hooked you up with as many free Acappella sample sources we could find, in one page. Dig in and eat up! HipHopMakers.com: 7 different free vocal outlets Freevocals.com: Royalty free vocal variety Looperman.com: Frequently updated vocal acapellas Sampleswap.com: Variety of unique samples from German history lessons to Indian Mantra hymns VocalDownloads.com: Arsenal of free Ad Lib Vocals MusicRadar.com: HUGE library of samples, two links below are specifically vocal samples. Female Vocal Samples Ad Lib Samples WANT TO TAKE YOUR PRODUCTION TO THE NEXT LEVEL? Get the most out of your time inside by signing up for Beat Lab Academy’s online …Read More
Free Space Research Drum Rack Peter Kirn has recently released a free drum pack called estecDRUMS, recorded at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC). The pack is pretty small, but completely unique because of the sounds it contains, be it the the wheels of the rover traversing Mars, the click-clack of nitrogen valves at the ESTEC research center, or the recording of electromagnetic waves of the Rovers mechanics. Going through Kirn’s recordings, you get the sense you are tapping into some uncharted territory. The sounds literally capture the feeling of space, you are finally given a second sense to your perception of space, (first being sight.) Adding samples to your productions can add a serious unworldly feel to them. Below are a couple of samples from the pack. You are able to download here as an Ableton drum kit, a 16 bit file of uncompressed audio, or a group for Native Instruments Mashine. Crazy …Read More
10 Free Drum Kits – Hip Hop Makers When producing electronic music a careful eye must be placed on percussion, from diversifying your drum samples to having samples that fit your production in the first place. Having an arsenal of sounds at your disposal is an effective way to keep your production modern, fresh and interesting. Hiphopmakers.com recently released a page with links to 10 free drum kits, with over a gig worth of samples. Below you will find a link to each page. Enjoy and shoutouts to hiphopmakers.com! Real Drums, Records and Loops Glitch Hop Drums Ultimate 808 Mafia Drum Kit Collection Vintage Drum Kit Free MMG Drum Kit Download NEW Kanye West “One Day Legendary” Drum Kit (Free Download) Vinyl Drums Free Sample Pack (8 Kits) 56 Drum Samples The Ultimate Producer Collection Rick Ross Sample Pack Rock Drum KitRead More