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Free +1500 Commodore C64 Samples (270 mb)

Do you like computer games music ? I do, especially the "classic" one - from the 1980s. Why ? Well, most probably because of nostalgia but also because such music is hmmm specific, intriguing and original :)
Odo (the guy who for example developed nice Unknown 64 Pro lofi soft synth) made this very nice freebie which may help you to recreate that 80s chiptune music flavour - more than 1500 samples (about 270mb) coming from Commodore C64.
There is one downside - you need to be patient because the link is quite overloaded (but there should be a mirror soon).

If you do not know how does Commodore C64 sound then this video is a perfect example:

Ok, since C64 is on the table, it's also worth mentioning that some important person died just few days ago - Jack Tramiel. Do you know who he was ?
Jack Tramiel, who died this week, had as deep an impact on computer music for the everyday musician as just about any computing industry pioneer. While Jobs, Woz, Moore, Grove, and Gates get a lot of the attention, Tramiel’s legacy was in making computing affordable and accessible. As such, he was indispensable to the computing revolution, and his computers were early forebears of the digital music-making Renaissance. In an extraordinary microcosm of the 20th Century, Polish-born Tramiel escaped Auschwitz, served in the US army, and built the roots of the most successful desktop computer of all time in a typewriter repair business in the Bronx. And today, when you make music with a computer, you’re connected to that extraordinary story.

Take the Commodore 64. Its ground-breaking SID chip remains sought-after today. It's easy to forget, but rival computers – including, notably, Apple – were fairly tone-deaf when it came to sound capabilities. Commodore, via a design by Bob Yannes, was the first major computing hit to include high-quality sound. The C64 single-handedly transformed the sound of game music, spawning new genres of game scores, and later becoming a major part of the demoscene and chip music movement.

Or, consider Tramiel’s second leadership role, at Atari. The Atari ST’s standard inclusion of MIDI set a benchmark that still influences machines like today’s iPad. In fact, if you’ve got an iPad handy, remember that Apple’s pro music focus is led by one Gerhard Lengeling, founder of Emagic and C-Lab, whose first products were all for Tramiel’s computers: the Commodore 64, and then the Atari ST. Maybe it should come as no surprise, then, that suitably infused with Emagic DNA, Apple would make software MIDI support standard on the iPad. The Atari ST set the stage for a host of music software, including being the primary platform on which the “tracker” evolved (see today’s Renoise), many of today’s sequencer features (see Logic, Cubase), and, albeit to a lesser extent, graphical music notation. [via Create Digital Music]

So ? Well, if we can say that Steve Jobs changed the computer world by implementing TrueType fonts then we can also say that Jack Tramiel revolutionized the computer world by implementing ... quality sound. And such invention was accessible to casual people - during the C64's lifetime, sales totalled between 12.5 and 17 million units, making it the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. Even I had Commodore C64. It was both weird and funny because there was communism regime in my country so quite often there was a problem with buying anything or there were 10 hours-long queues for some ridiculous things (ie. hoover) which at the end never arrived to the store ;p Luckily family connections matter (thank you my older cousin living in Sweden :d ) and one day my father brought shiny C64 to me and then the whole fun started :) I still remember production date - 1983 ;)

Anyway, Create Digital Music published a very nice article about Jack Tramiel, Commodore C64, Atari ST - feel free to read it. It's like I said - everyone knows Steve Jobs, Bill Gates but not everyone knows Jack Tramiel.

Download: Free +1500 Commodore C64 Samples (270 mb) by Odo (KvR Audio Forum)

Tyrell N6 2.0

Normally I don't write about software updates but this one is pretty important :) About 2 weeks ago, Amazona.de and U-He have released an updated version of great freebie - Tyrell N6 2.0.
So, what's new ? Well, the most important thing is analog chorus effect introduced and some very subtle sonic changes. There's also a GUI changed which to be honest I don't like but there is always a solution ;) You can download custom Tyrell N6 2.0 skin from http://www.omnitaur.se/ website so it'll look just like on screenshot - clean and very 80s-like :)

The other features are pretty much the same as original - great sound quality, a lot of presets (around 500), and both Mac OSX + PC version available. If you didn't have possibility to hear Tyrell, check these community made audio demos (created with Tyrell N6 1.0 version)

Audio Demos - all Tyrell made

Download: Tyrell N6 2.0 | Tyrell N6 2.0 Skin

Korg M1 Drum Kit Freebie

Another interesting freebie released by Hardballs Records. This time it's a drum kit coming from legendary, produced between 1988-1994, best-selling digital synthesizer of all time - Korg M1. Each sample was edited by hand and packed in two popular virtual sampler formats: NI Kontakt / Logic EXS24. WAV files are also available.

Download: Hardballs Records - Korg M1 Drum Kit

Remix Competition - Kris Allen - The Vision of Love Remix

When it comes to vocal processing my skills are pretty weak. Mainly because I don't have good voice (or maybe good microphone ;) ) so quite often I just dont have proper base material to work with. One possibility to get good vocal is to ... find good remix competition. For example, if you would like to have some nice male vocal stems, there is nice remix competition on Indaba Music. Remix Kris Allen's (winner of American Idol season 8) newest single "The Vision Of Love" and you'll get free stems (free Indaba Music account allows you to enter three remix competitions for free) + you may win shiny $ 2000 :) Well, I took part in about 3-4 remix competitions. Never won anything but actually I learnt a lot. I always had a problem with finishing my tracks. Strict deadline (which is 19th April in this remix competition) really helps to stop "improving" the track forever (so at the end it never gets completed ;) ).

More info: Kris Allen - The Vision of Love

Sub Focus - Rock It, main lead recreation

Like I said a week or two ago, I have plenty of NI Massive sound design videos (from YouTube) selected and as a result I post them here from time to time. Who knows, maybe finally I'll start doing my own stuff using NI Massive ... :)

This time it's a main lead sound recreation (very accurate) from great track: Sub Focus - Rock It.

Skrillex Cinema Bass in 60 seconds using NI Massive

Well, another (but this time very quick) video tutorial about making the Dubstep Bass similar to bass used in Skrillex - Cinema track.

ps. People often email me about video tutorials, asking some questions. Please note that I'm not the author of these videos. I just post them because I find them better than tons of other uploaded on YouTube / Vimeo :)

5 Crucial Settings in Traktor Pro 2

Very interesting (for those who have Traktor Pro 2 ;p ) and actually pretty funny video introducing 5 crucial settings for Traktor users.

Easter promotions

Just a few interesting Easter promotions. Cakewalk (Z3TA+2 synth, Dimension Pro etc.) launched Marathon sale - till 30th April everything at Cakewalk Store is 26.2 % (yep, marathon) off. All you need to do is during checkout write promo code: MARATHON. Synapse Audio announced special offer (ends on 9th April!) - their flagship synth Dune is 30 % off. discoDSP products such as Discovery Pro, Corona, Vertigo (and others) are offered with up to 50 % (usually around 40 %) discount. Valid until April 10th. Xenos Soundworks offers plenty of soundsets "deeply" discounted. You can also get 30% off all Audiorealism plug-ins (for example ABL2 - the best Roland TB-303 emulation) and bundles by entering this code: audiorealism-easter-2012. CubicAudio announced 50 % off all products discount - there are potentially two soft synths interesting (but I didnt test them): Dancida and Cubits Evolution which is some kind of a subtractive/rompler synth. IK Multimedia's Total Workstation 2 Instruments Bundle (contains SampleTank 2 XL, Sonik Synth 2, SampleMoog, SampleTron, Miroslav Philharmonik - over 14000 sounds and 28 GB) is available at 50 % off discount which means 150 EUR. I guess it's pretty good deal because I remember that months ago I bought two IK Multimedia plugins (SampleMoog + Sonik Synth 2) for about 100 EUR (or maybe $ ? ). Wusik announced their Wusik Bundle Special Promo (WusikStation V7 + V6 "romplers" with 15 GB sounds library + Wusik EVE) for 50 $ - offer ends when 50 purchases reached.

Epic Film Soundtrack Performance

What can I say - amazing and deserves spreading :)

Free Soundcloud Pro Account for Ableton Live users

Great gift from Ableton guys - if you use Live 8 or Live Suite 8 you can claim free 5 month SoundCloud Pro account. At the end of this period, all of your uploaded audio will be saved and you will not be obligated to any renewals or further subscriptions. Offer expires on June 30, 2012. The Advantages of SoundCloud Pro ? SoundCloud Pro includes 36 upload hours, unlimited downloads, advanced sharing options and ultra-detailed statistics to keep track of who's listening.

More info: Ableton Live + Soundcloud Pro