Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DesignDesk, The Project Design Platform for Everyone

We see a myriad of release news for effects and instruments everyday but none of this nature. This is quite different than your regular plugins. DesignDesk is a new concept that will help you turn your ideas and concepts into working organized projects. Sounds exciting? Well, imagine working on a project in which you have to open multiple applications, navigate to too many files. Doesn't it give you a headache just thinking about how to organize such a large project? On top of that, imagine if you have to revisit that project after a few months or years and find that some files are missing. Yes, I know you have back ups but is it there or missing? There are too many questions. Personally I find it a big waste of time looking for the missing files / objects of a large project when we could have organized everything in a proper way to begin with. Well, this is where DesignDesk comes into picture and is going to provide some "Peace of mind". It's a combination of project repository, design toolkit and collaborative platform. It will help you gather all your project files in one repository, allow you to work on them with a bunch of included design tools and then package everything into one neatly organized package. It cannot be any simpler than that :-)

DesignDesk concept is simple – choose your tools, gather your files and allow all of your tools to access those files. Finished with the project? No problem, just click a button and your files then get packaged for you. Working collaboratively? Awesome, just package up your project and push it to one of many different cloud services. How exciting.

Here is a screen shot of DesignDesk dashboard:

I would recommend a visit to the product page (link below) to see the features, examples, downloads and FAQs:


DNR is also giving away a free copy of "Organic Compound" to everyone who shares their enthusiasm on all social network sites. You can also take part of in the "DesignDesk Pledge" which ends on 16-May.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Peace: KVR Cafe Contest Entry, Apr 2013

The theme for April 2013 KVR Cafe Contest was:
Flash Forward/Future Sound

This month you are asked to submit an entry from fifty years in the future. You may (but are not required to) build a time machine or you may use your imagination to reproduce and/or invent the future sound of KVR.
I had two different ideas to start with; 1. Peace and 2. Automated music machine. I started working on both the tracks. Unfortunately, the second one didn't go anywhere beyond the intro. So ended up submitting Peace.The vision that I have for 2063 is, no war or terrorism. No religion, no caste, no discrimination. Everyone will live peacefully. Air will be fresh, water will be pure and music will be simple.

Host: Reaper 4
Instruments: Sonic Synth 2, Wusikstation 6  and free Loops / samples downloaded from Music Radar website
Effects: ReaComp, ReaEQ, ReaGate, ReaVerb, Voxengo MSED, P&M EchoFlex, ToneBooster's Barricade
Mastered in Ozone 5.

Feedback and comments by fellow contestants:

el-bo (formerly ebow)
very evocative of the title, and one polished mo'fo of a piece…..really enjoyed it, not much more to say…it just works

folderol Probably the only optimistic entry in the set. Nicely done.

VicDiesel A vision of the future that I'll be happy to see. Lovely.

Cu Sith
So glad people will still be makin' love in 2063. Very polished. Great selection of sounds. Excellent composition. All around really liked it.

forw not my cup of tea but sounds/mixing etc. is just very convincing

Refreshing utopian concept and a really good song. Lots of tasty production elements. The drums and bass groove were well done, but their sharp attacks distracted me from the concept. Would have preferred if the track remained with the beautiful peaceful mood of the first fifty seconds.

Irion Da Ronin
Wow, precious beginning. Well mastered and good composition. A sensual jazzy touch with the brass section.

Update: Ended up at #9.

April 2013 Submission Thread
April 2013 Voting Thread
April 2013 Gossip Thread
April 2013 Results

Saturday, March 23, 2013

What the Funk: KVR Cafe Contest Entry, Mar 2013.

The theme for March 2013 KVR Cafe Contest was:
This month you are asked to submit an entry in the genre of funk (as you understand it).
This was my entry for March 2013 KVR Cafe Contest. The challenge was to create a track in Funk genre and this is my interpretation of the theme with a little bit of Jazz thrown in. This is my first entry in 2013. I missed the Jan and Feb contest.

Host: Reaper 4
Instruments: Sonik Synth 2, Dimension Pro, Wusik Eve and some loops from the Magix/eJay loop CDs that I bought 12 years back :-)
- Magnus Ambience Reverb (Best freeware reverb, IMO of course)
- Minimal Sound Delay Studio
- FabFilter Timeless 2
- VoS DensityMkIII
- jsCompShaper
- jB Ferox
- Melda MXXX
- PM Clarisonix
- ReaComp, ReaEQ, ReaGate
- Voxengo StereoTouch

Mastered in Ozone 5.

Feedback and comments by fellow contestants:

SatYatunes - What the Funk
Nice intro. Even nicer wah guitar! This has an almost Mexican flavour with the brass stabs and general rhythm. Very tasty.
Punchy sounds, a nice jazzy vibe, phantastic saxophone towards the beginning. This is really grooving - apart from the string and brass riffs in my opinion which are strangely stiff sounding. I was waiting for that virtuoso jazz solo but it didn't happen. I love the bubbling wah effect in the very ending.
one of the leads I like, the other one definitely not
Nice wah guitar. Sax and strings not quite convincing though
Overall nice track, good punchy mix. Great opening section, didn't like a couple of the synth lead sounds, but then other sounds were suitably funky and worked well, I liked the brass
Great bass line and horn hits. Soul strings are very cool and good sax! Like the solo synth patch.
That bassline is amazing, and fits perfect with the incoming wahwahs, also the brassy lead. Another track controlling my head. The strings could be a bit better though. Nice track in any case.
el-bo (formerly ebow)
A nice idea, but just way too rigid in execution for this style...ended up squeezing all the funk out of it….the sax and wah chords seem to be the only things that have any kinda lilt and sway….really loving the lead sound at 1:37 , really brings to mind 'trouble man' soundtrack by marvin gaye…would have loved more of it…think there's also a bit too much different elements in it…would love to see it stripped back and given more feel to the groove 
The funkiest drums+bass+guitars combination.Some others choices of sounds a bit dubious though (the strings!!!). 
Ended up at #6:

March contest submission thread
March contest voting thread
March contest gossip thread on KVR
March 2013 Results 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

SuperCore 2 Demo

Wrote this demo track for SuperCore2. An upcoming synth by Mike Felker aka Karmacomposer. Mike wanted a cinematic track, I hope I did justice. Created most of the sounds from scratch for this track. Drums were created from a few loops outside of SC2. All the presets were submitted to Mike. Hopefully these will be part of the factory presets. Enjoy!

SuperCore v2 is a multi-timbral, multi-layered rompler with 6.8 GB of core library. It includes an excellent selection of sounds in eight distinct categories: Basses, Bells, FX, Keys, Leads, Pads, Percussive and Synths and comes with vast array of onboard effects like Reverbs, Tempo-synced Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Distortion, etc.


Technical Details:
Host: Reaper 4
Plugins: SuperCore2 and some drum loops
Effects: Onboard effects, ReaEQ, Magnus Ambience and Reaper effects
Mastering: Ozone 5