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The Danger Room

“Telecommunications professor Steven Grant of the Missouri University of Science and Technology has built a soundstage in a warehouse that accurately replicates the sound of a battlefield.

Army recruits are often overwhelmed by their first battlefield experiences, simply because of the volume of the explosions, gunfire and jets zooming overhead. The soundstage is designed to give troops some idea of what they’re in for, beforehand.”

Wired.co.uk: How are the sounds generated? Are they recordings from a real battlefield, or artificially generated?

Steven Grant: We have recordings of various sound elements like AK-47s, M-16s, tanks, helicopters, etc. from various sources. These sounds are then synthetically moved around the IAE [immersive audio environment] by our software.

Full Article on Wired

Rowlands Audio Research

There are some people Trash_Audio has no chance of interviewing – This is Tom Rowland of Chemical Brothers. Since there is almost no context or information about his workspace (other than SSL promo) in the article below, this becomes standard gawk-inducing gear porn. Rowlands Audio Research is his private studio where Tom takes on film work and mixes some of the Chemical Brothers material. Fap away!


SSL Interview
Article and pictures found on Muffwiggler

Make Noise: Phonogene Basics

Covering basic functions of the Phonogene.
GENE-SIZE – Dictates the size of the sample.
SLIDE – When the GENE-SIZE is activated, SLIDE allows you to select the start position of the grain/gene.
SPLICE – You can manually (and with CV) insert trigger points.
ORGANIZE – Allows selection of the different trigger points created.
VARISPEED – Controls the overall frequency. Recording at lower frequency ranges allows for greater record time at the expense of fidelity. Recording at higher frequencies allows for higher quality playback but shorter record time
HOLD SPLICE – Clears the memory of trigger points you inserted.
HOLD SPLICE + REC – Clears the memory of the sample

There are a lot of features not covered in this video, such as GENE-SHIFT, SOS (Sound on Sound) CV Input, EOS (End of sample) Trigger, Optimal Recording, etc. but you can read about that in the manual. Again, these are just the basic functions, I’m sure Richard will have a ridiculous video utilizing all functions at the same time.

Phonogene Manual
Analog Haven

Make Noise: Phonogene

the phonogene is a digital re-visioning and elaboration of the tape recorder as musical instrument. care was taken to preserve the primitive and inspiring tool set of the open reel recorder, while expanding upon the functionality in an attempt to bridge the worlds of musique concrète (where speed and direction variation were combined with creative tape splicing to pioneer new sounds) and microsound (where computers allow for sound to be divided into pieces smaller then 1/10 of a second, and manipulated like sub-atomic particles). having voltage control over every parameter, it is most successful as a digital audio buffer for the modular synthesist.

Analog Haven

Dual Phonogene Gear Porn!

Twisted Tools: Elements

ELEMENTS is a collection of massive analogue oneshots, heavily processed foley and designed sounds by legendary circuit bender Ivo Ivanov of Glitchmachines.

Ivo has built custom instruments for some of the biggest names in the business, including Trent Reznor, Derrick Carter, Kero, Otto Von Schirach, Men Without Hats, Richard Devine and Justin Meldal-Johnsen to name a few…

The Elements sample pack comes coupled with sampler presets for most major sample formats as well as 128 royalty free original loops, all of which were made using the oneshot sounds included in the pack. To top it off, the package comes with a new Twisted Tools sampler, MP16b, which works with all versions of *Native Instruments Reaktor 5.

Glitchmachines: Elements

UAD History

While doing research on all of the Universal Audio plug-ins for their cards, I was surprised by the amount of record engineering history I was learning. Their reverse engineering and porting process is amazing to watch and creates tools that are among the best I’ve ever used. Kill a minute….

Studer A800

FATSO Jr. / Sr.

6176 Vintage Channel Strip

Manley Massive Passive EQ

Trident A-Range EQ

Universal Audio Youtube

Make Noise – RENÉ

Leave it to James Cigler to do the most thorough overview of the RENÉ. There are some great tips and tricks so PAY ATTENTION.

Audio Ease – Snapper 2

Seems like I’m the last one to have found out about Audio Ease’s Snapper! While sound designing a client’s project and using Iced Audio’s Audiofinder to navigate through thousands of sounds, Richard says from my kitchen, ‘check out Audio Ease’s Snapper’. The name rang a bell because they made a great plug-in called Speakerphone that emulates various types of speakers and sound sources. Snapper is a sound designers dream and does things that Iced Audio’s Audiofinder does not do and vice versa. Check out some videos and see how easy your audio life can get with Snapper with a 100 day demo!

Watch the 100 second tour!
Speakerphone
Iced Audio Audiofinder

Lexicon 224 For UAD-2 Announced!

From the moment it was unleashed on the audio industry in 1978, the original Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb — with its tactile, slider-based controller and famously lush reverb tail — almost single-handedly defined the sound of an entire era, and remains one of the most popular and influential digital reverb units of all time.

The result of UA’s acclaimed modeling expertise, the Lexicon 224 plug-in for UAD-2 precisely captures all eight reverb programs available in original 224 firmware version 4.4, including every tunable parameter, with unique fader-style controls — inviting easy experimentation and sonic exploration. In UA’s exhaustive modeling tradition, the Lexicon 224 emulation also incorporates the original unit’s input transformers and early AD/DA converters — nailing the entire signal path right down to the last detail.

More via Sonic State

Universal Audio also has a great article on the topic of Reverb that goes into a little more detail of classic reverbs like the 224.

Trash_Audio & Xart Synth Event 9

We did a few things this weekend…