Sampler Crunch impulse library expanded

The Sampler Crunch impulse response library has been expanded! I’ve added the Akai S1100 and the E-mu E4XT Ultra. The S1100 is the updated version of the S1000, but altogether it’s a completely different machine, redesigned from the ground up. This results in a cleaner sounding sampler with brilliant top-end. This has been captured in the impulse responses. The E-mu E4XT Ultra sampler has very fat lows and mids, great for hip-hop! These two machines complement each other nicely!

The samplers have been captured at different sample rates and input level settings, mono and stereo. Both samplers have built-in effect processors, these effects (reverb and delay) have been captured as IR’s as well. The effect IR’s from the E4XT Ultra are from the optional RFX-32 effects board.

The other sampler IR’s are captured from:

  • Akai S950
  • Akai S1000
  • Ensoniq EPS16+
  • Roland S-550
  • Roland S-750
  • Yamaha TX16W

You can order the Sampler Crunch impulse response library here.


The Akai S1100 16 bit sampler


The E-mu E4XT Ultra 16 bit sampler

Roland GP-8 guitar FX for keys / TB MIDI Stuff real-time controller

Recently I bought a Roland GP-8 guitar processor to use as an FX box for keys and other stuff. It only accepts Hi-Z instrument signal, so you’ll need a Lo-Z to Hi-Z converter (I use a Radial X-amp re-amper). Real-time editing isn’t what it should be when using the alpha dial on the Roland, so I built a real-time controller in the TB MIDI Stuff app. Roland sysex has been hard to program, in my experience, but it was really straightforward in the TB MIDI Stuff app.
The Roland GP-8 (1987) is like having 8 BOSS pedals in one rackspace. 6 Of them are analog (dynamic filter, compressor, overdrive, distortion, phaser and EQ) , the delay and chorus are digital. What strikes me the most when you compare it with guitar oriented plug-ins like NI Guitar Rig, is that the GP-8 has much more punch/attack in it’s tone and has a more dense sound. The great thing is that these boxes are really cheap (I bought mine for €50,-)! They sound absolutely great!! My experience with Roland gear from the 80-ties is that they just keep on working, built quality is very good.
For GP-8 / TB MIDI stuff users out there, here’s the template:

GP-8 controller.tbms

Here’s a short demo:

 

The Roland Juno-60 Sample Pack

Juno-60 cover pic

Last year I spend a lot of time making this sample library of the legendary Roland Juno-60 analog synth. And now it’s ready! Over 2 GB in size, more than 2,500 individual samples, 135 multi-sampled sounds and 583 presets. It’s the largest commercially available library of the Juno-60 there is.

The sounds range from fat, punchy basses, funky clavinets, brass and lead sounds, lush strings and pads and much, much more. Also included are the Basic Waveforms (Saw, Square and PWM’s), with and without the built-in chorus. You can use those as building blocks for your own sounds. As opposed to some digital emulations the high end doesn’t suffer from aliasing when chords are played and the low end has that real analog fullness.

The most used parameters from the EXS24 (filter, envelope) can be real time controlled with the pre-configured Smart Controls (in Logic Pro X).

All sounds are recorded with the same high-end quality gear ( Radial DI, Crane Song Spider mic-pre and A/D conversion, Mogami cables)

For more information and demo’s please click here

New Media Music CD: Drama Strings

Drama Strings Front

This CD contains 10 new pieces played with a string orchestra. Additional instruments are piano, harp, marimba and some percussion and drum parts. The music has a open, minimalistic tone, moods are mostly in the suspense, dramatic and melancholic mood. All tracks have several underscores, for more options when editing. All tracks can be freely downloaded from the Music Library on the home page.

New Media Music CD: Delay

Delay front

As you might have guessed, all tracks on this CD have one thing in common: the heavy use of the Delay effect.
These tracks were made to use as background music for documentaries, news reports, etc. Each track has several underscore versions, for more options at the editing stage.

You can download individual tracks from the Music Library player.

3 new Media Music CD’s!

3CD's

1) Arpeggios: tracks based on arpeggios (broken chords). Instruments used are arpeggiated analog synth’s, but also pizzicato strings, marimba and log drums. Tracks are open sounding, supporting, not distractive, great for documentaries and repp’s.

2) Cinematic Pads: tracks based on pads/drones, ideally suited for dramatic content. Tracks are bigger, fuller sounding than on the Arpeggios, but there are various underscore versions of most tracks, so you can easily switch between intensity/mood.

3) Piano Moods: a lot of solo piano tracks, but also a couple of pop oriented tracks (with underscores) and tracks layered with strings. Moods range from tranquil/serene, sad, to tension/suspence.

All tracks can be downloaded for free from the Music Library.

MKB-1000 customized

There’s a pic of my customized Roland MKB-1000 master keyboard! This huge, superbly playing board deserves more than that boring black look:-) The Juno-60 also got some small cosmetic surgery….