Spitfire Audio has shared a percussion virtual instrument, Labs Percussion, as a free download.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
“This incredibly versatile selection of percussion instruments will provide the backbone to your next track, for media composition and electronic production alike. From essential drum hits to shakers, timbales, cowbells and congas, these instruments have been expertly recorded by producers and multi-instrumentalists Edward Scull and Sebastian Truman at Rosewood Studios, UK — a studio purpose-built for pristine percussion recordings.”
Pricing and Availability
It’s available now as a plugin for macOS or Windows. Registration is required.
Symplesound has released a free sound library, Honoring Florian, as a tribute to the late Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk.
“Kraftwerk was one of my primary influences as a young artist getting into electronic music,” notes SympleSound sound designer Francis Prève. “Florian Schneider helped create the template for much of the electronic music we listen to today, so I wanted to honor his legacy with this free pack for the fans.”
Honoring Florian includes:
An Ableton Drum Rack (inside a Live Intro compatible project file);
Roland TR-8S kit and pattern (with installation instructions); and
A collection of 18 .wav loops, derived from the Ableton and TR-8S patterns, for use in other DAWs.
“What’s most striking about Kraftwerk’s music is that from Autobahn (1974) to Tour De France (1983), nearly all of their drum sounds were created using analog synths and sequencers, not drum machines,” adds Prève. “So the drums in these packs were also synthesized in my studio, then sampled and used to create the libraries.”
Ableton Live Preview:
Roland TR-8S Preview:
In addition, Prève let us know that he’s posting regular updates to his Watch+Learn video series, which features mini-tutorials for Phase Plant, Serum, and Ableton Live. The series is aimed at the beginner and intermediate crowd, with one minute tutorials for iconic sounds like 808 basses, supersaw plucks, and 303 acid sounds.
You can view these on Youtube or via the embed below:
Prève also let us know that he’s permanently lowered the prices for his commercial Symplesound products. See the Symplesound site for details.
Wavparty has released Busted Fake Oh 8, a sample library that captures what happens “when you take a perfectly good drum machine and run it through a gauntlet of Eurorack filters, effects, wavefolders and compressors”.
The library features 369 sounds, including:
138 kick drums (87 tuned to C) 58 snares 36 open high hats 26 claps 24 closed high hats 23 toms (tuned) 16 cymbals 13 claves 13 cowbells 12 maracas 10 rimshots
The samples are available as 44.1kHz 16 bit mono WAV files.
The US Library of Congress has introduced Citizen DJ, a project currently under development that promises to let you make sample-based music using the Library’s public audio and moving image collections.
The website will include three ways of accessing the sounds identified :
An interface for quickly exploring a particular collection by sound and metadata
A simple music-creation app that let’s you remix collections with beats
“Sample packs” that you can download which contain thousands of audio clips from a particular collection that can be used in most music production software
Developer Brian Foo says that the project is driven by the ‘golden age of hip hop’:
“Since its beginnings in the 1970s, hip hop has become today’s dominant worldwide music genre and cultural movement. At the center of this movement is the DJ, whose role is to excavate, transform, and collage disparate and obscure sounds from current and past cultures to create wholly new, relevant, and infectious music.
The golden age of hip hop was said to be in the late 80s to early 90s when DJs had unconstrained creative freedom to collage from found sounds. This small window of time produced landmark albums such as Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet and De La Soul’s 3 Feet High & Rising, both considered to be culturally significant and selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. These albums were dense and intricate sonic collages composed of hundreds of found sounds.
However, the increasing popularity of hip hop in the following decade gave rise to high profile lawsuits resulting in excessive restrictions on how audio could be sampled. Today, collage-based hip hop as it existed in the golden age is largely a lost (or at best, a prohibitively expensive) artform.
I believe if there was a simple way to discover, access, and use public domain audio and video material for music making, a new generation of hip hop artists and producers can maximize their creativity, invent new sounds, and connect listeners to materials, cultures, and sonic history that might otherwise be hidden from public ears.”
Available collections include: The Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies; Variety Stage Sound Recordings and Motion Pictures; The Free Music Archive; and The National Screening Room Government Film collection.
Citizen DJ is available to preview now and is expected to be available in Summer 2020.
Johannesburg-based producer Emile Hoogenhout (a.k.a Behr) has shared a free sound library, featuring four African instruments, developed into unique Ableton Live Racks.
The Live Racks are based on samples made over five days in Nairobi. The Racks are set up so that you can morph from pure, multi-sampled recordings to heavily treated, filtered and arpeggiated forms.
“I wanted to approach this project with the utmost respect to the culture and history behind the instruments and musicians, but with the ability to push the sonic boundaries with the use of Ableton Live. I sat down with all the artists and asked them about the history of all the instruments – everyone was very happy this vision of cross-pollinating the traditional with music technology.”
The behr – Santuri Safari – Instruments Pack is available now as a free download.