Friday, February 23, 2007

Friday February 23, 2007

Buongiorno! It’s another chilly Friday and I’m tired but inspired. This week the topic turns again to music creation and I’ve lined up some choice PC music tools to share. The programs in question are from the AnalogX site, small, easy to use and, best of all, they’re free (!). There are a number of these bite-sized, stand-alone and plug-in apps available at the site, but my favorites are the vocoder, the speech synthesizer, and the auto-tune. The vocoder can be used to make a human voice sound electronic or robotic. The Cylons (in the old Battlestar Galactica TV show, not the new one), or any number of ELO songs used the distinct sound of a vocoder. A speech synthesizer can take a typed string of words and turn it into roughly recogonizable human speech. The auto tune simply can detect and change the pitch of a WAV format sound file. The downside to these freebies is that they’re mostly monophonic rather than stereo and limited in resolution to 16 bits of output. The good part is that they are free software tools that perform musical functions that used to require a rack full of costly equipment. Give them a try, and send me your own review!

There was some belated news from the blog tag of 2 weeks ago. This week I got a nice note from Disaster Gurl and she’s going to continue the chain and tag 5 others. For my part I was polite, lest it be said I was flirting with Disaster.

This week’s picture was created using Project Dogwaffle
Click on the picture to get a full-sized view.

The loops of the week were created with Orion Pro.
Right click on a loop name to download it

----- Bass 1 ----- Bass 2 ----- Bass 3 -----
----- Drums 1 ----- Drums 2 ----- Drums 3 ----- Drums 4 -----
----- Electric Piano 1 -----Electric Piano 2 -----

The song of the week is Hocus Pocus, originally by Focus and covered by Gary Hoey.

Send your comments and feedback and I’ll read it all and respond to some of it.
Bye for now!

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