If you have my Loupe, Mirage and Frame granular samplers you are probably, like me, a relentless hunter of sample material to transform. Here are a few resources I discovered while browsing the WATMM (We Are The Music Makers) forums.
First off, the OLPC free sound samples page is several months’ worth of downloading, sifting and listening. And all of it, as far as I can tell, is licensed Creative Commons – attribution, allowing commercial use.
Next, the Prelinger archive at archive.org offers an embarrassment of riches for creative sampling – want some voices saying strange out of context things, and oddball scratchy soundtracks? Here’s your source. All public domain. Download the mp2 or mp4 files and open them in, say, Reaper to import and use the audio segments of the files. Reaper is also a fantastic way to cut up and export chunks of large files.
Another trick I like to use is to browse Freesound by license. There’s a lot of stuff licensed public domain or CC-attribution. For example, here is a search for field recordings with Creative Commons 0 licensing (no rights reserved).
Happy exploring, and if you have your own favorite free or CC sample sources, please link us up in the comments!
I found a terrific little dubby echo here courtesy of Boscomac and decided to hotwire it into my Paramdrum ensemble.
I added a router to the beat delay like so:
Whenever one of the beat repeat buttons is engaged, the “compare” module detects that its output is greater than zero – this changes the multiplier from zero to one on the extra outputs where the sound is directed to the Echophonic effect. If you have ParamDrum it’s a quick and easy modification. This way, the dry signal doesn’t normally go through the Echophonic and it becomes a haze that drifts around the stuttering when you engage the beat repeat.
This is one of the many reasons I like Reaktor rather than compiled VSTs – you can do little tweaks like this to existing ensembles as the mood strikes you. Here’s how it sounds:
This uses the samples from an earlier edition of Paramdrum, the TR edition, which has a sample map of simpler, cleaner drum hits – analogue sounding but with a morphing twist. You can download the TR edition samples for free here. Of course, I think they sound best in Paramdrum. 🙂
Like what you’re hearing? Buy Paramdrum here. (You need a full working installation of Reaktor 5 to use this instrument, not just Reaktor player)
(Download Boscomac’s Echophonic effect free here – he has lots of other very cool goodies too)