2005 Mega Sound Link List

*What’s it for?* : I’m chief sound lecturer at the College Of Fine Arts in Sydney, teaching in the Digital Media degree. This is a list of links for students to follow up both ideas and techniques. There may be some stuff you find interesting or useful.

*Disclaimers* : We’re a Mac-based Protools institution (sound here covers installation, sculpture, audio-visual soundtracks as much as it does electronic music). We have Protools, Reaktor, VST-RTAS adapter, Max/MSP and a ton of freeware apps / VSTs / Pluggos / audio units.

*But* PC people please have a look below, a lot of the list is about ideas and not platforms, plus there’s some good experimental PC software links.

This list has a *freeware* focus. I’ve added in some links that people suggested last year.

Also, you’ll note the absence of links to individual plugs/developers – these are always in the instructions on the computers.

A certain proportion of these links always come from interesting discussions on kVr, so a thanks to all of you up front, and i hope you find something here!

SOUNDSCAPE AND SOUND ART tm *Glitch* – some listening! Glitch, turntablism etc. *Resonance* magazine articles. *”The Wire”. *Click ARCHIVE then interviews and essays – Magazine and CDs from “The Wire”. *Sonic Arts network* Over the top *link page* on experimental sound/music. Some dead links. *SoundSite* : online sound journal based in Australia – not updated for some years but good stuff there. *Essays In Sound 2*: Technophonia *”Sound Music and Noise related sites” *- more dead links than you can poke a stick at, but some gold to be found *XEBEC* – Japanese sound art site *The Art Of Noises* – Luigi Russolo

FILM SOUND DESIGN *FILM SOUND theory*, terminology, essays etc – great link site. *Links* to articles *FILM SOUND SITE* – great resource site. Film Sound *cliches ! * Sound effects design for *Robocop* *Game audio articles* – links

RADIO, SCULPTURE AND INTERACTIVE SOUND *AltZero* by Icarus – great interactive pieces, have a play, and download *Compose* (PC only) to make your own. *radio-sound*-art Hearing Voices : *radio* art sound *sculpture * Interactive sound resources and ideas : *”Trends in Gestural Control of Music”. * Duen Hsi Yen’s *Binaural sound link page* *Fractal music* discussion (Yahoo group)

IMAGE & SOUND INTERACTIVITY (software / ideas) image processing for audio *Mary Ellen Bute*: Seeing Sound *Pictures of Sound* : 2 South American artists working on image/sound interactivity. *bitmaps and waves* – converters (PC software). *Hyperupic* is a tool for creating sounds from digital images (OSX) the *Music Animation machine*

SAMPLING / APPROPRIATION / COPYRIGHT Good article on ethical/legal questions about sampling from UK online hip-hop magazine “Low Life”, plus many links to other related sites. UK copyright law U.S. legal perspective on sampling U.S. Copyright law limited-quantity licensing in the USA Why MP3s suck

AFRICA AND SOUND *African rhythm* – methods, culture, history, social context *African music* concepts and historical overview CUL *African Music styles* glossary interesting *musicologies* and *Afrofuturism* – the sci-fi link to cultural production and politics the *Afro-Alien Diaspora* – more on afrofuturism

See also the *RHYTHM* section within the *INSTRUCTIONAL MUSIC STUFF *section of this document.

CULTURAL THEORY and HISTORIES Fun one first. *Orchestral Corporate* – by Robert Fink. Fantastic, entertaining and funny analysis of “production music” CDs (you need sound on for examples) the *Echo* archives – musicology articles from UCLA journal. From Eminem to Mahler. Wide-ranging essays. *Phillip Tagg’s* online essays. Wide-ranging musicology essays. Essay : *Open Letter about ‘Black Music’, ‘Afro-American Music’ and ‘European Music’* by Philip Tagg *Soundscapes* – online journal on the history and social significance of media culture Essay : *the Notation Of Time* by James Ingram. Hard assed questioning of music “theory”. The *Computer Music* journal

ELECTRONIC MUSIC – HISTORIES *Ishkur’s Guide to electronic music* – Interactive. Astonishingly subjective approach to contemporary electronica, but useful and entertaining. *120 years of electronic music* – timeline the *electronica timeline * *Another timeline* *musicPlasma *- interesting online tool of stylistic associations.


Also check the *VST *, *Audio Unit *, *RTAS *and *PLUGGO *sections below. *kVr* – best source of audio software *OSX* – articles and discussion on OSX audio *Hitsquad* – source of audio freeware/shareware/demos for all platforms. *MacMusic*


See also the *VST *, *Audio Unit *, *RTAS *and *PLUGGO *categories in this document. *AacConverter1.0* – converts AAC, M4P and MP3 files to AIFF *Audacity 1.2.3* – Cross-platform audio editor. See COFA instructions for links to online manuals. *Audio In 1.0.3* – Audio recorder *Midikeys 1.6b3 *- Virtual MIDI keyboard, routable. Not working in Protools yet, though accepts a through signal from another keyboard (so can for example, double up an audiounit synth. Works in all Audio Unit apps, e.g. RAX, Synthtest. *MP3 Trimmer 2.3.3* Trims MP3s – this is *shareware* with limited use in demo version. *MP3-to-Aiff 2.5.sit* *MP3-to-Wave 2.5.sit* Audio file converters. *multi vst shell* – OSX version of MultiVSTshell, loads VST instruments / FX. Also Needs Pluggo Runtime installed first (see *Pluggo *section of this document) *MusicMath* – a music calculator *Plogue Bidule* – Cross-platform audio recording/playback / manipulation host. Loads VSTs and AUs. *sfArkXT.1.0.3* – Sound font extractor (for compressed Soundfont files from the web. *SimpleSynth-0.8* – Plays soundfonts and general MIDI instruments *SoundHack *- Experimental sound editor. *Studio Calculators 1.8 *- Delay calculator (page is in Japanese) *SynthTest *- Loads one Audio Unit instrument and one audio unit effect. *TimeToy* – timestretching *tcounterX* – Enables timecode readout in Protools LE. Needs Pluggo Runtime installed first (see *Pluggo *section of this document) VMK – *virtual MIDI keyboard* *virtual MIDI keyboard – PC equivalent * *zerius vocoder 1.1.2* – Vocodes AIFF / WAV files.

REAKTOR *Native Instruments* : Reaktor etc *Reaktor resources* links – ensembles etc – good link page. =16 Other links to *Reaktor* ensembles.

See also the *VST *and* PLUGGO *sections below

HOSTS : free AUDIO EDITORS and SEQUENCERS *Audacity* (PC/Mac/Linux) – multi-platform audio editor and processor *Plogue Bidule *(PC/Mac) – experimental multi-platform audio software *AudioMulch* – (PC) software for real-time sound synthesis, music composition and audio processing *Mitchell Turner’s *VST host / sampler / drum machine apps (OSX) *XO-Wave* (OSX/Linux) *Arvid’s freeware list* *Ardour * 0&f=0&fe=0&linux=1&win=1&free=1&sf=0&receptor=&sort=2&rpp=60

*Free Windows hosts (search) * *50 free sequencer downloads* (mainly PC)


*Freeware Pluggo instruments and FX* can run inside most VST, RTAS and audio unit “hosts” (Logic, Cubase etc). (Mac / PC). Note: PC version only released Feb 2005. Pluggo Free *Runtime installer* “download and install the *Runtime* version, not the full app demo.

Then grab free pluggos from the following developers. Some are OS9, some are OSX, some are OS9 but still run in OSX. The Percolate Collection JK (make a donation if you like his stuff) Matthew Lyon (Pluggos not on site at Feb 2005) The Lone Roger Tobor Experiment (new site under construction at Feb 2005) Wheat’s collection (a few ad pop-ups) Greg Davis (Site down at Feb 2005) Refuse Software (“RTA” meter only) Laut & Leise (OS9 pluggos only)

FREE PLUG-INS : VST *kVr search page* for plug-ins : Mac/PC Forum thread with links to *ALL freeware OSX VSTs * *VST-RTAS adapter* – professional OSX adapter to get VST instruments into Protools.

** VST-capable host programs such as Cubase, Plogue Bidule (and many others) do not require this adapter. *KVR – Audio* : best resource for plug-ins (VST etc) *Patcharena* – patches for VST and other instruments. *VST Central * Cubase site for *VST plug-in search * *Ultimate List *- good listing of freeware MAC/PC VSTs with pix. *Computer Music* – Good tuts for *DS-404, SR-202, CM-505, CM-303 and CM-101 VST instruments* *Smart Electronix* – great experimental VST FX *Betabugs*


*Frohmage *(filter) tations

*North Pole* (filter / delay / distortion)

*Inspector *(meter)

*PSP Vintage Meter *

*Izotope Vinyl *

*Plugsound Free* (“rompler”) (bottom of page)

*Sampletank2 Free* (“rompler”) *jk_irr *- AudioSuite IR reverb *jk_phone* – LoPass/HiPass filter with saturation.

FREE PLUG-INS : AUDIO UNITS Free audio unit list More free audio units not covered in previous link


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*Noisevault* 626860f16


*Prosoniq* (need AIFF to WAV conversion0

*Kaleidoscopy demo* 12MB of IRs available in the demo of this plug

*Lexicon PCM-90*



*IR of the Month* (monthly collections, includes good basic description of Impulse Response technology)

*Fokke van Saane * (includes some great specialist spaces for sound designers)

*Real Reverb* (.exe files, you’ll need a PC to unpack these)

*Altiverb user’s Impulse Response Library*

*Sanitarium demo* (18 MB of IRs in the demo version of this plug)

*Spectral Relativity demo* (11 MB of IRs in the demo version of this plug)


*Cyber Kitchen Sound Design Enterprise – via Voxengo*


*re-201 space echo*

FREE EXPERIMENTAL SOUND SOFTWARE *Pure Data* – free multi-platform software : like MAX/MSP : a real-time graphical programming environment for audio and graphical processing. *PD-VST *: app that turns Pure Data (“PD”) patches into VSTs. *Max/MSP Runtime. *Max/MSP is a graphical environment for music, audio, and multimedia. The free runtime version allows you to use applications built using Max. AND *Cecilia* is a graphic user interface for the sound synthesis and sound processing package *Csound. * *C-Sound* resources *SoundHack* homepage Using *SoundHack* to change the *Sampling Rate. * *Audible Oddities by Twerk. *Various apps, OS9/OSX *AltZero* by Icarus – great interactive pieces, have a play, and download software *Compose* (PC only) to make your own. *IXI *- experimental software (Mac/PC) *Sineqube* – experimental software (Mac OS9, OSX is “in development”) *Enord Flux* – “audio processor and creator of horrible noise and textures”. Requires MAX/MSP Runtime. *Supercollider* – real time audio synthesis programming (OS9/X) *Antiloop 7* – generates percussive audio and midi based on a set of probabilities given by the user. *Thonk* – random granular synthesis (OS9) *Tom Erbe’s* list of programs – mostly OS9, also links to PC sites. * *- more experimental software *Jungulator* – Max/MSP built audio engine that “fuses DJ, sampling & sequencing tools”. (MAC) *OX* (mac) *Frequency 1.0* – Draw into frequency of audio files, good experimental tool. *Lexikon-Sonate* – algorithmic composition


This is a series of links to online books / texts that will help you understand how to use and or build synthesisers and other audio tools. *How to make a noise : *sound design and synthesiser programming. Free downloadable online book. *Handbook for Acoustic Ecology* ed. Barry Truax. Online book, 1999 edition. Deals with soundscape. great *thematic search engine* from that book, good place to start. *”Theory and techniques of electronic music” *- Miller Puckette *”Advanced programming techniques for modular synthesisers” *- James J Clark. (online book). *granular synthesis* – what is it?


This is where synth building gets a little more hardcore. the *VST source code archive* – for the constructivists amongst you. *Music DSP* – build sound software *Theory and techniques of electronic music* – by Miller Puckette. *Writing Audio Units *(Marc Poirier from Destroy FX)

MUSIC COMMUNITIES *kVr forums * *EM411* : Good broad based electronica makers” site “interviews, reviews etc. Login required but no spam. * *- electronic musician’s site *OSX *- good source of info and forums for OSX audio. *Harmony Central * *The Auditorium * *AudioShot* – cost effective web hosting for audio and art *Reggae * **


music “theory” (the european rules!) ** – comprehensive music theory basics. Flash-based, simple. *music Theory for songwriters * *Raven’s Spiral Guide to Music Theory* – 500k downloadable pdf *musical terms dictionary * *Music Theory and History online * *Chordhouse* – chords & scales for guitar and piano *Aquallegro* – music theory teaching software *Ebony&Ivory* – software that provides information about chords *Microtonal music *- the Huygens-Fokker Foundation Free *sheet music * *Notes as frequencies * A practical guide to *music composition* 361618&perpage=20&pagenumber=1

the *composition thread *

rhythm *Breakbeats – the guide* *african drumming* Foundation course *Tubab Muso* – westafrican percussion *Maquam World* – learn *Arabic beats * *Middle Eastern* rhythms *Middle Eastern percussion* resources The *polyrhythm* page *Drum lesson* database the *Drum Beat *- more lessons *more! * *panta rei’s drumming page* – links to drumming pages. the *Hip Rhythm Digest *

playing keyboards *Chordhouse* – virtual piano chord building *learn Jazz piano * Musicplay – Play ze *piano * *Pianonanny* *Virtual Piano chords *

AUDIO PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES *The Studio Handbook* (formerly *Studio Covers*) : Music/sound production article links, frighteningly well organised. *School Of Audio Engineering*’s reference centre on all things sound. *Sound On Sound *- articles on music and audio production. *Computer Music tutorials * * *- online forum full of rude, nasty people *ProsoundWeb *- online forum full of boring engineers Sound *physics * More sound *physics *(top section only, rest a bit dated). the *speed of sound. *If you needed to know 🙂 All about *MICROPHONES * ed11d65d3bf882a9d5be797f2df944

More about *microphones* All about *HEADPHONES * *Dolby* and *surround* info 5.1 *surround *on a CDR Audio and *3D sound *links *Equalisation* tips *Reverberation* – some science

INTER-APPLICATION AUDIO *Jack* – audio application which will let you route audio between applications (except Protools), as well as connect a number of different applications to an audio device. *Jack *OSX *Soundflower *- another audio application which will let you route audio between applications (except Protools).

AUDIO NETWORKING *Wormhole* – network computers (MAC) *FX Teleport* (PC) – VST plugin for networking audio. the *Audiospace* project (a Mac-based project)

OS9 mac software *Protools FREE* download page *(OS9 or Win98 only) * *Protools Free PC compatibility* notes *MultiVSTShell* – freeware OS9 host that feeds VSTs into Protools Free and other Protools OS9 systems. You must collect the *OS9 VSTs *yourself – COFA’s ones are all OSX. Search for them here : *Ugly VSTi Host* – another freeware OS9 host that feeds VST instruments (but not FX) into Protools Free and other Protools OS9 systems. OSX version also available. *VST-MIDI *app – freeware OS9 app : load an audio file into it, apply VST FX, output a file. *SPIG *- FREE OS9 equivalent to *Wiretap* (record any audio on your comp) *Sound App *application. (OS9 file conversions, e.g. MP3 to AIFF etc) *Blade encoder* (OS9 make MP3s from AIFF or WAV files)

** Also check the* PLUGGO *and *VST* sections of this document – you’ll find OS9 equivalents for many plugs.

MIDI FILES *MIDI* for beginners. Find that MIDI file Standard MIDI files on the net Classical and jazz MIDI files . Quite scary. MIDIfarm MIDI explorer (popups)

TRICKS AT&T Natural Voices *Text-to-Speech Engine demo* Sound-Induced *Illusory flashing* Tricks with *audiovisual lipsync * *”Digital Needle – A Virtual Gramophone” *- unusual use of vinyl records The *Indian Drum machine * *9 beet stretch* – 24 hour Beethoven – good source of string samples!

MUSIC INDUSTRY *10,000 record labels* How to get a number 1 hit – KLF’s classic “manual”. Why the music industry sucks


SOUND FX SEARCH SITES * *- good search engine. Try 16 bit 44100 kHz if possible/ *Music Robot *: “Let music robot find your sounds” POPUPS *WAV Central *: “FX” section and “search” section are useful. *AudioFill*

SOUND FX LINK SITES *Stonewashed : Link site* for various SFX sites. POPUPS *Sound Hunter *: Click “Sound Effects Links” for the link page. *The FreeSite : *Links to free WAV sites *”Echovibes Top 50 Sound Sites” *Let the popups begin

SOUND FX SITES *Absolute Sound Effects* archive *Hollywood Edge* : Some free effects – good quality MP3s *Partners In Rhyme *: Has sound effects section. *Sound America* : “Sound effects” section is low quality, but where else are you going to find a vomiting cat ? MAJOR POPUP WARNING *Acoustica *- smaller collection *A1 free sound effects *

SPECIALIST SOUND SOURCE SITES Some *gaming FX * *Classic speeches* from the History Channel *English tube underground* voices – “Mind the gap” *Daily WAV* – TV dialogue etc *George Bush* samples ** – open-source movies, speeches etc. *Prelinger Archives* – educational films etc The *Open Video Project * Sounds of *space*

MUSIC SAMPLES (beats etc.) da2bb520dfa4

*SampleSwap* – both music and FX samples *KillerBeats* *BBC* collection “quite good ! Watch the categories date – *Loopasonic* – well organised site. Login (free) required. *Tout Pour La Musique ! *- Beats labelled with BPM but not style. 6022132&samplepack=

* *- big collection, SEARCHABLE. *Doru Malaia World *- free sounds and useful links lists *Superloops *: check those crazy categories *Mean Beat* – click “Samples” *Breakbeats* – prof site with some freebies. *ZeroMedia* – Short hits & some loops *NS Kit *- acoustic drum kit and other instruments, high quality and mega MB *Uni Of Iowa*- “Classical” instruments *SonicHound *- drums and synths samples *Electronisounds* – prof. Sample CD site with *demo packs. * *Hollow Sun* – vintage keyboard and synth sounds *The Mod Archive* – synthesiser focus. *Loopmasters * *Doru Malaia World* – samples, soundfonts and more *Manytone Music *- some drums and percussion *Proloops *- professional site with some free loops ** *Cymbal samples * ounds.php

Classic *drum machine samples* *Classic beatboxes* (AKAI) *Cellos* *Guitar* samples *R.A.W.* – unusual instruments *DMS free sound samples * *Studio 13 – ecelectic collection * *Pattern Based* drums *Loopmasters * ** *Waveform*

MUSIC SAMPLES – LINK/SEARCH SITES *AudioFill* – search for soundfonts, WAVs etc. ps/ *Google Directory *link page – BIG ! *Dmoz* – really really big list Biggerer and biggerer list on a *Computer Music forum * * *- good link site, also for software *MIDIWORLD *Links list *More! *