This week, Ars Technica posted an article celebrating a decade of podcasting, covering its inception in the early 2000s, its growth and link with podcasting functionality in iTunes, and some upcoming legal issues with the medium.
Flux has announced the release of IRCAM SPAT v3 for AAX, AU and VST.
SPAT is a spatialiatsaion effects that combines multiple reverbs into a single effect allowing fine control of not only 3D position but movement within the soundspace.
SPAT v3 adds support for ProTools AAX on both Windows and Mac alongside the AU and VST versions. SPAT v1 remains available for users of RTAS systems as well. SPAT v3 is 7 channel compatible making it ideal for v.1 surround situations of positioning orchestral instruments or samples within a convincing audio soundscape.
SPAT v3 is available to current SPAT users for of charge and currently has a 30% discount promotion (August 2014).
David Zicarelli, founder of Cycling 74, has announced the intended release of Max 7 this coming fall (2014).
Quite a few changes detailed in the new Max 7 release including a new authorisation experience (bye bye serial numbers), new interactive lessons, new Max4Live devices, VST and AU parameter management and integrated pitch shifting and time compression / expansion into most objects that deal with sample playback.
Jitter will include direct render to texture while OpenGL support now includes shadows and post-processing such as depth-of-field and tone-mapping effects.
There will also be improvements to the patcher workflow with the introduction of snippets and the return of the pre Max5 object palette.
Finally Gen editing will be included as standard as it now is with Max 6 (as of Max version 6.1.8).
This interview with Taylor Deupree (of the 12k music label) on headphonecommute.com was shared by someone on the facebook (I, sf, forget who – sorry, and thanks to whoever you were!).
From the interview:
What equipment do you use for field recordings?
I don’t take field recording too seriously, in terms of fidelity. I’m more interested in capturing a mood than pristine reality. My main recorder is the one I always have on me: my iPhone, equipped with a Zoom m/s microphone. It makes a great little recorder. Just like they say about cameras, the best one is the one that you have with you, so you don’t miss a photograph. I also have an older Tascam field recorder, but really, the iPhone is much better so I just use that and it works great for what I need it to do.
A few days ago I (SH) came across Ocenaudio, a cross platform audio editor designed for editing and analysis. Built on top of the Ocen Framework, OcenAudio supports Windows XP, Vista, 7.8 and 8.1 as well as OSX 10.5+ and Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora Linux versions.
Ocenaudio is developed by the University of Santa Catarina and features VST support, a real time spectrogram, multi-selection for editing and real-time previewing of effects.
A great project if you have an Arduino, Adafruit have an article about building OONTZ, a 16-button, 4-dial MIDI controller. The Adafruit article includes a list off all required parts, circuit diagrams and software.
The Recordist has announced the availability of RubberZ PlastiX HD Professional Sound Effects Collection 850 wild and crazy sounds made from rubber and plastic objects. Recorded using a Sennheiser MKH-8040 (mono and stereo) microphone at 24-Bit 96Khz.
Available discounted until Sunday 10th August 2014.