Wednesday, October 31

BFD Core ReFill Walk Through

Nucleus Soundlab CEO Jeremy Janzen showcases a few of the great kits in the BFD Core ReFill available now for an introductory price of $69 (ends December 5.) Check it:

Flying Lotus Layer 3

Flying Lotus never ceases to amaze:

Antonio Blanca Dron-e!

Antonio Blanca has released Dron-e for Reaktor, and it kills:

"Dron-e is a Reaktor Instrument specialised in creating ambient, generative, abstract and cinematic soundscapes and drones. Dron-e contains flexible parameters and controls for creating everything from delicate atmospheres to complex walls of sound. Included is a custom created sound bank of acoustic and synthetic instrument and field recordings designed specially for Dron-e , but you can load your own and venture into unknown sonic territories. In addition to the pre-established modulators and controls. it's possible to use your own modulators built in Reaktor such as sequencers or break-point envelopes using the EXT option,as well as MIDI/OSC signals to further shape your sounds."

Tuesday, October 30

Synapse Antidote First Use

<a href="">Marcel Phosph<a/> tries out the new Synapse Antidote Rack Extension for the first time:



Halloween: Ghosts of the REAKTOR User Library

Brent Kallmer of Bluewater VST gets you in the mood for Halloween with his latest youtube video featuring Reaktor:

Monday, October 29

KRTS "The Dread Of An Unknown Evil" Album Trailer

KRTS "The Dread Of An Unknown Evil" out December 7th on Project: Mooncircle!

"With the end of 2012 comes The Dread Of An Unknown Evil, KRTS’s first LP (limited, colored, double vinyl / uv-varnish print cover) for Project: Mooncircle. With bass-culture styles reflecting the darker side of everyday reality, the album explores themes such as fear, apprehension, doubt, angst, and sorrow, with the prevailing dread of an unknown and uncertain future—always there, peering around corners, waiting and watching."



Saturday, October 27

Sinapsya Konkreet Performer vs Reaktor Videos

Sinapsya has posted some great videos featuring Reaktor and Konkreet Performer in the last couple days. The latest uses his "Mega Patch now with Loupe Atmosfere - ParamDrum & Vectory Rhythm - Scape glitch - Umox noise":

"Industrial with konkreet performer AND my personal combo in Reaktor: Paramdrum - Vectory - Scape - Elefoh - Umox":


Thursday, October 25

Oooh, baby, baby

It's official! Ableton Live 9 will be here in 2013 with:

But the real exciting announcement is Push:


Wednesday, October 24

FXpansion BusComp RE and ChanComp RE Tutorial

Checkout this brand new tutorial on FXpanion's BusComp RE and the coming ChanComp RE:

"FXpansion DCAM BusComp is a Rack Extension that delivers high-end studio-quality bus compression directly in your Reason environment.

Designed for drum and master bus duties, it adds punch, depth and cohesion to your mixes while keeping it sounding smooth and natural."

EditEd4TV 88mph Volume 2 ReFill for Reason

Reason legend Edited4TV has released 88mph Vol.2:

Tuesday, October 23

The Easy Way to Route Native Instruments MASCHINE Sounds to Ableton Live

Brent Kallmer from Bluewater VST produces some of my favorite tutorials on Reaktor, below is a video on routing Native Instruments Maschine sounds into Ableton Live:

Monday, October 22

Maschine MK2 Video Tutorial - Using Transient Master for Mixing w/ Dubspot's Matt Cellitti

dubspot instructor Matt Cellitti takes a look at the new Transient Master effect in Machine update 1.8:

The Diego Stocco Custom Built Orchestra

Diego Stocco is at it again with another amazing video:

"I always been fascinated by the raw musical power that an orchestra can express, so, after creating a series of videos where I'm performing a multi-track piece with an instrument I designed, I decided to take the concept a step farther and create my own orchestra made of unusually unique instruments.

The project started by handcrafting a diverse selection of instruments, then I wrote a composition where I could fit them all in and finally performed each part. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it!"

BFD Core ReFill Demos

Check out these awesome tracks using the new BFD Core ReFill:


The Polysix ReFill


Soundcells has released one of the first Rack Extension based ReFills with the new PolysixRE ReFill! You'll of course need the killer Korg PolySix Rack Extension to use these patches that feature from retro to modern synth sounds:

PolysixRE ReFill - Retro Meets Modern!

"The original Polysix, introduced in 1981, was a big success because of its warm sound character (as well as other features, of course) - and the same applies to the Polysix Rack Extension. Despite this synth`s quite simple architecture, the Polysix is capable of producing wonderful warm sounding pads, very responsive keys, but also super-dry and fat basses. This Polysix-based ReFill is a proof of this, and it is pure fun to use the 70+ combinators. These combinators, based on 40+ new Polysix patches (and a handful others for Reason´s own synths) are sitting extremly well in any mix. Using all the modularity Reason has to offer, this ReFill will please you with really nice retro but also many modern sounds. No matter your preference - the patches will always do a great job in your tracks.

Further the modwheel & the combinator buttons and knobs are carefully assigned to allow dramatic and effective changes to the default sounds you´ll be hearing initially."

PolysixRE ReFill Contents:

• 72 combinator patches - from retro to modern.

• 45 new Polysix patches containing the basic patches which were used to build combinators.

• Carefully assigned modwheel & combinator button and knobs.

• CPU-friendly and fast loading patches.

Pick up the PolysixRE Refill today for 7.90€ from Soundcells!

Saturday, October 20

Wednesday, October 17

BFD Core ReFill from Nucleus SoundLab!


The last few months I've been working on a special secret project for Nucleus SoundLab that ports the amazing BFD Eco software drum instrument to Reason! This refill, called BFD Core, has 3.6 GB of drum samples with 16 velocity layers and alternate sample playback (articulations) for some of the most realistic sounding drums ever committed to software. The drum samples, professionally recorded by FXpansion with multiple mics for both room and overhead ambience, include 57 individually recorded kit pieces - from manufacturers like Pearl, Tama, OCDP, Paiste, Zildjian, and Rogers. The Snare and Kick Drums in BFD Core were recorded with multiple mics (top and bottom, inside and out, respectively) for further sonic depth!

To get your tracks going and grooving Nucleus SoundLab has included over 2200 midi loops that work seamlessly with the NNXT and Combinators included in the refill. And speaking of Combinators, BFD Core comes with 75 specially designed combis that use all the transient shapers, EQs, compressors, distortion, reverb and delay devices that Reason 6 has to offer to the fullest - designed by NSL CEO Jeremy Janzen, Adam Fielding, Lewis Osborne (myself), Queen's Road and Tom "Stompp" Pritchard! These combis come in two categories, a more straightforward category for realistic drums and a "Heavy FX" category for the more adventurous. A "Lite" version of each Combinator is included as well, for use on computers with less RAM.

The BFD Core ReFill is available today on the brand new Nucleus SoundLab website for a special introductory price! Check out the amazing demo video featuring a track composed with BFD Core from Adam Fielding below:

Borderlands Granular!

Available today in the App Store:

Borderlands Tutorial (iPad version) from Christopher Carlson on Vimeo.


Tuesday, October 16

Minitaur Revolution 2

Moog Minitaur version 2, a downloadable firmware update with a slew of new features, like the ability to convert CV to MIDI, as well as:

• Store 100 presets to Minitaur's internal memory.

• A new Decay/Release mode allows for independent control of Decay and Release times from Minitaur's front panel.

•Pitch, Volume and Gate Controller inputs can be re-mapped to other control parameters.

Soul School 2

Damn, looks like a home run:

Monday, October 15

Glitch Breaks & Drum-Screens by Zviij

Zviij getting loose with the Glitch Breaks iOS app, Korg Kaoss Quad Pad and 2 KP3s! Dig it:

Sunday, October 14

Machinefabriek - Secret Photographs

Secret Photographs, the latest from Machinefabriek, out now on Important Records:

"Alvin Karpis (born Albin Francis Karpowicz; August 10, 1907) was one of the most notorious bank robbers of the twentieth century. He was named public enemy number one and arrested by J. Edgar Hoover in 1936. He was sent to the recently formed Alcatraz penitentiary, where he became its longest serving prisoner.

Karpis was released on parole in 1969, and wrote a best-selling memoir. He moved to Spain in 1973, where he died six years later. In the last years of his life, he became an obsessive photographer, but never showed his work to anyone.

Filmmaker Mike Hoolboom discovered a batch of Karpis’ photos for auction on eBay. He was the lucky winning bidder, and with his newly found treasure, Hoolboom began working on a film, consisting of still images, slowly dissolving one into another.

Intensifying the slow, hypnotic pace and transitions, the musical score follows the three parts of the film (black and white, colour, black and white) with dream-like, barely moving sonic structures.

In the film (which is still in the making, working title 'Secret Photographs'), the music will be accompanied by a voice-over and additional field recordings. On this album though, the original score is presented in it’s pure, unhurried form."



Friday, October 12

Novation // In the studio with Carmen Rizzo

Novation tours Grammy nominated producer and composer Carmen Rizzo's studio in Los Angeles:

Matthew Dear in the Moog Sound Lab

Doesn't get much cooler than this:

Sweetwater minute - Apogee Quartet

Sweetwater's Mitch Gallagher takes a look at the new Apogee Quartet:

Thursday, October 11

Advanced Polar Techniques - Reason Tips

"The Polar Dual Pitch Shifter is more than meets the eye and who better to explain it than our product specialist Mattias! Learn how you can experiment with locking the buffer and do glittering delay effects with the feedback part of the pitch shifter."

Korg All Access: Adam Deitch and WAVEDRUM Mini

Adam Deitch rips it up on the Korg Wavedrum Mini:

Action Strings!

Action Strings is a brand new Kontakt library from Native Instruments, featuring epic orchestral string sounds perfect for film scoring:

BIOMORPH by Glitchmachines

BIOMORPH is a brand new sound library from Glitchmachines with 2.3 GB of cutting-edge .wav files with a serious alien sci-fi aesthetic. Designed with sampler kits for Kontakt and Ableton Live in two main categories, Organics and Synthetics. Of course, you can easily drop the .wav files into any sampler or track of your choosing. Check out the promo video:

Twin Shadow performing "Golden Light" live on KCRW

Twin Shadow on Morning Becomes Eclectic:

Wednesday, October 10

Introducing the Volt CB-1 Rack Extension for Reason

Zvork Volt CB-1 is a new Rack Extension that enables the Reason user to combine two CV signals, with additional controls for multiplying/dividing each as well as their combined total and of course, mix controls! This is something the Reason rack has always needed, IMO, and at $9 it's a bargain. Check out the tutorial video:


Tuesday, October 9

The other side of FM Synthesis in Thor

Another great video from worange sequencek, this time on using Thor's mod envelope and mod bus section to program some unique FM Synthesis sounds! Download the patch at worange's YouTube page at the above link. Check it:

Different Skies 2012 Gear Video

PUF guru and Late Show alumnus Selig posted this video of the performers at this years Different Skies Electronic Music Festival's rigs. Dig it:

Different Skies

Giles Reaves

Monday, October 8

Malstrom Synthesizer as Waldorf PPG Wave Synthesizer

Pretty cool Malstrom tutorial from worange sequencek on using envelopes to control the graintable oscillators in Malstrom, in a similar fashion to the Waldorf PPG Wave Synth:

Sonic LAB - Quneo 3D MIDI Controller

Sonic State takes a look at Keith McMillen's QuNeo MIDI Controller:

Friday, October 5

Flatpack 10th Anniversary!

One of the very first sound libraries I bought for Reason was Flatpack 3.  It has a great mix of grooveboxes, evolving soundscapes and analog synth samples.  What's not to love?  To celebrate their 10 year anniversary, Flatpack are giving away they're very first product to registered users - Flatpack 1! In addition to the Flatpack 1 freebie, all Flatpack products are 10% off until October 10th. Jump on it! 

UPDATE:  Flatpack 1 freebie download extended until October 14th.  

Thursday, October 4

Nord Factory Tour!

Like a 3 minute version of "How it's Made" set to a funky beat:

Remixing with Stems - Reason Tips

James Bernard shows how he remixes with stems in Reason:

Wednesday, October 3

Noise Toys' Scapes Videos

A pair of great videos from Noise Toys featuring Twisted Tools Scapes Reaktor ensemble run on an Asus eeePC sub-notebook! The first one features a Wiimote controller, which I've always meant to try with Reaktor. Dig them:


Monday, October 1

Long Arm Vs. Ruslan Gadzhimuradov

Long Arm's "The Branches", released by Project Mooncircle, is one of my favorite albums from the last couple of years. Here's Long Arm performing "When Children Sleep", "Key Door" and "The Ashes" with drummer Ruslan Gadzhimuradov:

FXpansion DCAM EnvShaper

This new Rack Extension from FXpansion looks fantastic: