The astronaut Chris Hadfield had a massive YouTube hit this week with his version of the song Space Oddity by David Bowie. The video was made in the ISS space station. He also appears to have a large amount of sounds which he recorded in space. He has posted these sounds on SoundCloud.
The quality of these space sounds is very good. They can be downloaded for use in your own tracks. Ideal for the production of ambient music or to spice up your tracks with some cool noises. Unfortunately I have no clue whether they can be used for free.
One of the most interesting features of Reason 7 is that you can control MIDI hardware now. This is demonstrated by Propellerhead Software in the video below. A nice detail in this demonstration is the appearance of the Dave Smith Instruments Mopho synthesizer. The creator of this monophonic analog synthesizer, Dave Smith, introduced the MIDI system in the early 80′s. With the invention of MIDI he has made one of the most important contributions to today’s electronic music.
XilS Lab has announced the XilS V+ synthesizer. The French software maker doesn’t mention it, possibly to avoid problems with Roland, but this VST plug-in is inspired by the Roland VP-330 synthesizer / vocoder from 1979. According to Vintage Synth Explorer this synth is used by Underworld and Vangelis.
I am very curious about this new VST by XilS Lab. This company is one of the best soft synth makers. Also check out my reviews of Oxium and Synthix. The release date is set for May 25th, the price is €149. An iLok dongle or USB-eLicenser is required.
The original synthesizer can be listened to on YouTube. Tip: set the video quality as high as possible, the audio will benefit from this.
From a great 8 bar loop to a complete track can be a huge step for some of us. In the video below Music Production Tutorials’s Danny Lewis shows the method of subtractive arrangement to create a complete track with an 8 bar loop. By copying the loop over the entire length of the track, and by taking snippets of clips away you can create the basic structure of a new track.
Toontrack has the Songwriters Month right now. In this video the American songwriter Monty Powell talks about how he made it into the music industry and how to cure writer’s block. He has written for artists like Lee Ann Womack, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum. Toontrack’s software is prominent on his computer screen of course .