Audio Effects bring brand new control to Audiobridge’s collaborative music making app

Audiobridge have upped the capabilities on their mobile-only music recording app with 4 new effects available now.

Audiobridge is a mobile app that is designed to make collaboration easy from afar. With shared projects users can record and edit recordings together to create a collaborative track simply and quickly.

They’re making the potential even greater for musicians and creators with the brand new addition of Audio Effects. Packaged into the Experimental Settings suite, four new effects will give users far more options as to how they edit and record their songs.

They surveyed musicians and audio engineers from around the world to select the four favourite effects to add to their app. They chose Reverb, Delay, EQ, and Compression; the staples of music production.

Their app uses artificial intelligence to help its users add details to their tracks. Audiobridge founder and CEO, Matt Miller said: “We have built a tool that guides musicians through music creation. It will be like having an audio engineer in your pocket.”

They hope that their app provides a simple and intuitive way for people to record music that sounds good without the high costs of recording studios and expensive equipment. Miller adds: “We are breaking down the barriers of entry, making the process more accessible for all. We want to replace the 1,200 page Pro Tools user manual with a red record button.”

You can download audiobridge and make use of their new effects in your audio recordings on iOS now.

Behringer can now create controllable analogue synth in a single tiny chip

Using the power of their good friends Coolaudio, Behringer have access to an incredible new music-making chip.

Coolaudio, an analogue and mixed-signal design company working under Behringer, have created an impressive new little piece of tech. Their V3397 chip is a revolutionary piece of miniscule technology that is capable of producing multiple waveforms for an analogue synth.

Its super-compact design means a boatload of new potential for Behringer synths. With the chip creating high-performance and quality sound in the size of a single chip they’ll be able to make instruments of diverse sizes including the potential for new compact, super-portable instruments.

Behringer say:

Wow – imagine a complete “Analog Synth On-a-Chip”.


Our sister company Coolaudio who designs highly sophisticated semiconductors, has just released a complete voice (2 multi-waveform Oscillators, a VCF plus 4 VCAs) on a single chip. The chip is an improved version of the Curtis CM3396 and will allow us to create high-performance analog poly synths in a very compact manner.

Stay tuned…

See their full post with the description of the chip’s capabilities here:

The top 5 places to get FREE music samples

Explore hundreds of thousands of samples you can do whatever you like with and it won’t cost you a thing with these 5 great sample sources.

Chopping and sampling is like it’s own instrument in creating music nowadays. There’s infinite possibilities available when you’re sampling sounds and music, but if you want to release anything containing samples you have to make sure you have the rights to do it.

Sampling big label music or finding quality one-shots and cool sounds to use can cost a pretty penny and if you want to create without having to dig deep then thankfully there are loads of royalty-free and free to download samples out there.

The Library of Congress – Citizen DJ

Library of Congress hip hop sampling tool

This only came out this year in beta and already we’re in love with it. The website features thousands of copyright-free sounds from the US Library of Congress including orchestral recordings, old sound effects, and notable speeches.

There are so many collections to explore and so many unique sounds to inspire you to get creating with – but there’s another secret weapon from the Library of Congress!

Their website features a built-in beatmaker so you can snap up samples and preview them in a hip-hop mix straightaway. It works so incredibly efficiently and really helps inspire you in how you might use this vast library of samples in a creative way.

It’s set to launch fully later this Summer.

SampleRadar

SampleRadar loops multi loops samples free download royalty free music production

We’ve shared SampleRadar quite a few times before and that’s because they’re bloody brilliant! They have such a wealth of really good, high quality samples covering just about every sound or loop you could think of wanting to produce with.

There are packs full of drum loops and hits, guitar samples that cover Western to heavy metal, house music samples, keys loops, fx shots, vocal recordings, and so much more!

It’s really worth exploring what they have available and if you have a certain sound in mind then they probably have something that will fit the bill that you can download and mix with – completely free.

Hip Hop Makers

For all the hip-hop producers out there, Hip Hop Makers bring together thousands of wicked samples of all sorts. They don’t release them themselves but collect some of the finest free sample packs from around the web so you don’t have to go searching for each one.

You’ve got more drum breaks and hits than you could fit in a Lil B album including packs from some of the genre’s biggest producers. Beyond that there’s loads of vocal samples to flip, instrument loops and more.

Looperman

Looperman has a ridiculous range of loops, samples and sounds that you can preview and download easier than ever. The range of content on here is so varied that just looking at the first page you’ll find an inspiring sound to enliven some creative spirit in you.

Unlike the others, you can search Looperman for keywords to find exactly the sound you’re looking for if you have something in mind. They also have a huge category and genre list you can explore to browse by type.

Gameboy sounds, ‘type beat’ snippets, instrument melodies, ringtones, and more. All sorts of interesting sounds are to be found here and it’s just a fun website to explore.

Shutterstock

Hold on, isn’t this a photo website? If that’s what you’re thinking then I was right there with you but lo-and-behold they have a great selection of free music samples that are completely copyright clear to use however you like.

There’s drum and bass samples to pick from, tropical guitars to get juicy with, gorgeous flutes to fit into your mix, and a lot more. It’s a treasure trove of high quality music samples that you can explore and use to your hearts content.

If you’re feeling generous, they take submissions if you’d like to add your own high quality recordings to be made available for free on their page! It’s a music source built on the generosity of others, how lovely.

Tune in to a free webinar on the brand new MIDI 2.0 next week

Join the MIDI Manufacturers Association and others explore the potential of the first update in 35 years to the world-famous music production tool.

2020 is the year that MIDI 2.0 updates the potential in digital music for the first time in nearly four decades. We’ve talked a lot about its upcoming implementation in new music equipment and is the potential new industry standard grows there’s a free webinar with the official MIDI association, MMA, next week.

On July 8th, 2020 at 12:00PM ET, you can tune in to join the MMA, Art+Logic, and Rock Paper Scissors discussing the development of the new standard and what it means for music production.

Speakers include Craig Anderton of the MMA, Athan Billias from Yamaha and the MMA, and Brett G. Porter from Art+Logic.

The original MIDI protocol led to a massive evolution in music: finally instruments and computers could talk to each other. It’s behind everything from the home recording boom to flying drones that light up the sky with synchronized LEDs.

MIDI was so ahead of its time, it has remained at the heart of music tech innovation for 40 years without a major update. What evolution will the new standard spark?

This webinar features many of the industry players who helped develop MIDI 2.0 with the cooperation of many of tech’s biggest companies (Google, Apple) and music tech companies (Yamaha, Roland). Find out why and how MIDI 2.0 was developed, what its new capabilities are, and what its future promises.

You can tune in for free by sending your RSVP here and gain access to the Zoom meeting (you will need a free or otherwise Zoom account to join).

AmpliTube Metal, digital distortion worth $100 free until July 15th

Download IK Multimedia’s incredible distortion from their digital AmpliTube series for free but act quickly!

IK Multimedia have a real treat for you; whether you’re recording instruments straight into your DAW or want to add some grit to your digital sounds this is not to be missed.

Simply sign up to IK Multimedia’s newsletter to gain free access to this powerful distortion processor packed with 48 quality and face-melting amps, cabinets, stompboxes and pristine effects modules.

If you’re a guitarist then this is unmissable as you can shred to your hearts content with models of some of the best equipment in the world. Even the slightest bit of gain can transform the sound of both virtual and real instruments in the final mix.

AmpliTube Metal features extremely rare and collectible models of metal stompboxes, amp heads and cabinets, from the legendary, hard-to-find Japanese originals to classic British and American essentials, including models based on the ProCo RAT, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi, Digitech Whammy, several vintage BOSS effects, Randall Warhead, Peavey 5150™, Mesa/Boogie Triple Rectifier, and other great models of metal gear.

Follow these steps below to get AmpliTube Metal for free here:

  1. Sign up for the IK Multimedia newsletter here
  2. Go to your User Area to download your free AmpliTube 4 CS
  3. Go to the My Products section of your User Area to find your AmpliTube Metal serial number
  4. Install and authorize it by inserting its serial in the Authorization Manager
  5. Or if AmpliTube 4 is already installed and authorized, open the Custom Shop inside the AmpliTube section and do a Restore My Gear
  6. AmpliTube Metal gear will be unlocked and ready to be played inside of AmpliTube 4!  Enjoy.

Free gear will be available in the My Products section of your User Area to new and existing IK users logging in or creating an account for the first time after registration and joining our newsletter.  Promotion through July 15th, 2020.  Mac/PC only.  No substitutions or duplication if you already have the gear in this promotion.

Teenage Engineering and Rick & Morty team up for a ridiculous beatmaker

Who doesn’t want a bunch of Rick and Morty samples all digitised and fuzzed up for making weird little beats, huh?

If you’re not aware of Teenage Engineering they’re some of the coolest creators of weird and wonderful music-making packages in a very portable form. Their OP-1 is still one of the coolest pieces of kit I’ve seen come out in recent years.

They’ve recruited Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland to provide samples for their latest Pocket Operator, a series of stripped down all-in-one beatmakers. It uses an onboard 16-step sequencer with a collection of different sounds on top of the R&M samples to play with and mix.

You can manipulate samples by changing their pitch and speed and adding different effects to get a range of different sounds in your sequence. It seems like a whole lot of fun, though some of the digitised samples are more of a funny novelty than any actual use in creating with.

But that’s okay, you can use a built-in microphone (or plug in your own) to record your own samples over the top of the vocal cuts from the animated series. Because of this you can essentially re-write the entire sample bank and it basically becomes their standard PO-35 Speak but with cool animations.

You can find the PO-137 Rick and Morty for as cheap as £79 if you look around online or around $120 in the US. Here’s Andrew Huang having fun with it so you can see how it works and get a hankering for some candy at the same time.

Get the vintage sound of an electric piano recorded on cassette tape with this free, sweet VST plugin!

Cassette Roads offers a beautifully unique sound to play around with and record for completely free.

Listen to the demo below and you’ll see why this is an exciting plugin to add to your collection. A beautiful addition to lo-fi mixes or to add some texture to your melodies with a powerful level of customisation so you can get precisely the tone you want with it.

Cassette Roads is available as a free download from SampleScience with the option to donate a small amount if you really like it.

Here’s what you get:

  • 65.8 MB of samples (16-bit, 44.1kHz stereo Wav files)
  • Multi-LFO
  • Room reverb
  • Highpass/Lowpass filter
  • Amplitude range controls
  • 3 voice modes: polyphonic, monophonic, and legato
  • Available as a VST/VST3/AU plugin for Windows and macOS (High Sierra and Mojave, macOS Catalina via the Maize Sample Player)

Download the Cassette Roads plugin here now.

Kygo’s top-end afforable ANC headphones – A11/800 review

Kygo’s A11/800 active noise cancelling over-ear headphones provide a good all-round package at an affordable price, without going over-the-top on branding.

Kygo Life A11/800 are a nice set of headphones with great Scandinavian design and subtle branding suitable for Kygo fans and non-fans alike. This is not the producer’s first tech venture, with headphones, earphones, speakers and even a smartwatch for sale on the X by Kygo site. The A11/800 are the brand’s high-end headphones and come in at an afforable price on Amazon. The headline features are:

  • Hybrid ANC Technology
  • Touch Panel for controlling tracks, volume and calls
  • HD-voice for better sound quality during calls
  • Great fit and memory foam ear cushions for comfort during long flights
  • Proximity sensor for automatic Play and Pause
  • Up to 40 hours in playback
  • Cancel surrounding sounds or enhance voices with Ambient and Awareness Modes
  • Voice Command for calls, music and more
  • Adjust the sound image and ANC settings in the Kygo Sound App
  • Easy NFC pairing & Travel case included
Kygo Headphones White

Proximity sensors on the headphones will detect when the headphones have been taken off and automatically pause the music. Put the headphones back on and you’ll resume where you left off. This is a great feature, much like that seen on the AirPods, but does not pause music when hanging the headphones around the neck. The headphones will auto-power down after 15 minutes of inactivity to save battery. The built-in microphone makes them ideal for phone calls. The right ear cup houses physical buttons for power, ANC and ambient sound mode, as well as touch sensitive music controls. As usual, the touch controls are a bit fiddly and slow.

Audio quality is good, but does not compete with top end ANC headphones such as the Sony’s or Bose. The 40mm drivers give out an enjoyable sound with plenty of volume and bass. Complex music can lack in detail, but generally they provide a well rounded sound. Turning ANC on will reduce the sound quality. Again, ANC is good at blocking out the outside world, but don’t quite stack up against the greats in this category.

Build and design is good, with a plastic exterior, faux leather over the memory foam ear cushions and soft padded headband. The headphones fold down to a compact package to fit in the provided case. There is an occasionally creaking when flexing the headphones. The minimalist design is very nice and branding is subtle enough to appeal to non-Kygo fans. The tight hold over the head and heavy weight can get uncomfortable after long listening sessions and aren’t great for the gym.

Kygo Case

The headphones can pair quickly using NFC and connect wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0 with support for aptX, aptX LL (low latency, great for gaming) and AAC codecs. Connection remains solid around a room. The Kygo Sound app is available for iOS and Android, allowing you to control ANC, switch between Awareness (tunes out 50% of ambient noise and enhances voices) and Ambient modes, tweak EQ settings, and update firmware. The app’s EQ settings are unlike what you might expect, showing four cities New York, Ibiza, Los Angeles, and Bergen each with different sound characteristics, letting you drag the dot between the cities to enhance the sound. It seems mostly gimmicky and you’ll probably not use it after the first time. Battery life is solid at 40-hours without ANC and 19-hours with ANC. USB-C will fully charge the headphones in two hours. The 3.5mm headphone jack will continue playback when out of battery.

Kygo Sounds App

The headphones are currently on sale on Amazon, with the black varient at just $129.01 and in white for $165.58. At this price they are around the best value headphones on the market.

If your budget can stretch further, here are some other pairs to consider:

The 5 best FREE guitar and bass VST plugins 2020

Not all of us have a sweet guitar we can plug in to record with or a premium amp to play through, thankfully these plugins solve your instrument and amp qualms – and they’re free!

Thanks to digital music software and the internet there is a wealth of possibility at your fingertips. Even adding a guitar or a real bass track into your mix is possible without spending an extra penny.

We’ve rounded up some our favourite and most authentic guitar and bass plugins so that regardless of your setup you can write and record your very own instrument tracks – for FREE!

Some of these are sampled instrument plugins so you can create guitar and bass sounds from scratch, others are amps/effects that can enhance your guitar recording – whether from a real guitar, free plugin, or sample – to go from plain to stadium sound!

We’ve provided a sample of each of the plugins below so you can hear them in action.

Ample Guitar M Lite II

This incredible plugin from Ample Sound uses a massive library of real guitar samples for an unbeatably authentic sound. This is a ‘lite’ version of their fully fleshed out and paid instrument sampling plugins but the sound you get from this free version is incredible.

It is the ideal solution for creating an amazing sounded guitar piece with your track. There is the option to use it as a MIDI instrument, you can program in chords with it, and you can even use tablature to give it an entire piece of music to play full with sliding notes and hammer-ons to play.

Ample Bass P Lite II

Ample Sound again? You’re damn right! For a free guitar and bass plugin it really won’t get much more authentic and wicked sounding than this.

It’s the same deal as Ample’s guitar plugin: genuine samples with impressive control over your sound. You can even twist a knob to effect how much of a slap there is to your tone. It’s tasty.

AmpliTube Custom Shop

Better open a window, because this plugin is smokey. It’s a fully premium amp and effect modelling plugin that sounds better than half the real amps I’ve heard people chugging through!

Perfect for if you’re a guitarist recording clean straight into your software of if a recording needs some spicing up. Put it onto any VST instruments or recordings to give them some warmth, boost, delay and much more.

As a free user you’ll have access to an impressive number of effects, rigs, presets and control over the amps, stompboxes and controls of these elements. There is a whole lot more if you pay but I assure you that you will be shocked at the quality and quantity of what you get using AmpliTube for free.

You need to register for a free account to use it first but considering the power you get here it’s more than worth it. I’ve used the sample from Ample Guitar above to show off a few off the sounds in Amplitube – there’s a whole lot more possibility than shown off in the audio clip including distortion pedals and funky sounds.

BJAM

Blue Jeans & Moonbeams… This isn’t a sampled instrument like the others so it doesn’t sound quite as authentic. But don’t let that deter you if you’re looking for a cool electric guitar plugin to play with because this little baby is full of surprises.

Whilst the sound isn’t sampled there is a massive range of what you can do with the sounds you get. You can play in harmonics, you can play with a pop, you can even imitate the sounds of string scratches and pops. You choose between an electric guitar imitation or an acoustic.

Once you get used to it and maybe add some amp modelling or effects on top you won’t be disappointed with what this sweet and, most importantly, free plugin can do.

Guitar Rig Player

This hefty package comes free with Native Instrument’s KOMPLETE START package. Something truly worth adding to any producer or music makers library when it’s FREE!

It’s a free processor giving you a free amp to play through and 3 effects with 50 presets included for a huge range of sounds whether you’re recording guitars, drums, vocals, or anything else.

Of course you can upgrade and get so much more but you’re already provided with enough to make your real life pedal-board blush from the off.

To show you how good it sounds I’ve used the BJAM VST so you can see how even with a completely artificial sound it beefs it up and enhances it.


Got your own favourite which we didn’t include? Let us know in the comments below and share the love.

Djay update brings Neural Mix to instantly isolate vocals, beats and instruments

No more pre-editing audio tracks, Neural Mix from the Djay app, allows you to isolate vocals, drums and harmonics in real-time without leaving the mix.

Algoriddim have recently updated their Djay app on iPhone and iPad to support Neural Mix. Neural Mix uses AI technology to automatically separate musical elements. This will deconstruct any track into three parts: vocals, beats and instruments, allowing you to view the individual waveforms and solo/mute any part with a single tap. No more filter, EQ, looping sections or third-party software to help isolation.

Djay Neural Mix

The demo given below proves impressive. The video shows how it’s possible to quickly slide or push a button between two elements: acapella-to-instrumental or drum-to-harmonic, or three way control of drum, harmonic and vocal parts.

This feature works with streamed or local files and is available today on iOS via an update to the app. Download Djay for free on the App Store.

Unfortunately, Spotify is dropping support for third-party DJ apps such as Djay, on the 1st July.