I apologize for my silence the last 8 days or so. Life has been busy and I have a lot of great electronic music related content to post for you soon, but in the meantime take a break and watch this! You'll be glad you did.
One of the projects I was working on while I took a bit of time off last year was audio for an indie game called "Firestorm" developed by Midnight Oil Studios. I wrote music and created sound effects for this. A friend of mine helped out by supplying the guitar in the track. The game has been submitted for the Independant Game Festival this year. I really hope we get chosen as finalists so we can show the game at the Game Developer's Conference in San Fran in 2010. The guys did an excellent job building the game... Keep your fingers crossed :)
Below is a video of the gameplay for level 1. Due to compression beyond my control the audio breaks up a bit in this video. If you want to hear it in a more pristine form I've included a link to the track as well in the soundcloud player :)
Alot of you probably are aware of the synth pop documentary that the BBC did a month or so ago. Us folks in the US weren't able to see it. Its been posted on YouTube... I'm putting links up here...not sure how long it will last.. I have posted all of the segments here in order, so you can watch them one by one without having to search for the next one :)
It's really well done... all the favorites are there: Gary Numan, Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, New Order, Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Caberet Voltaire...
So yesterday Dragon Age released for PC and the consoles. I just finished working on that title, helping out with the work of porting the audio over to the consoles from the PC. I'm happy to see that its doing so well on Game Rankings (91% !). Congratulations to the team and everyone who worked so hard to get that out the door :) A special congrats to my friend Aubrey who sang the theme song. Great work!
If you haven't checked out the game I highly reccomend it. It's a classic RPG type game, but its done really well. The story work is captivating and the gameplay is addictively fun.
Hello.Today’s post is a review of the free Waspy LE VSTi released by Sound-Record.com.I downloaded this synth last week and spent the weekend playing with it. Here’s the low-down.
What is it?
The Waspy LE most likely got its name for sounding similar to the old wasp synth, perhaps even the wave forms were sampled from it.It’s hard to know because the description of the synth on the website is meager.It states there are 60 presets, modern high quality sound and an easy arpeggio model.
The Waspy LE has 2 oscillators (triangle, sawtooth, sine, square & noise waves available) that both run through the same amp envelope.They can be detuned and you can choose between mono and poly mode.There is one filter. You can set the filter type, which is a great feature.You aren’t stuck with just a low and hi-pass. There is also bandpass, notch, peak, as well as a 303 lowpass and 303 highpass.The filter sounds pretty good and the differences between the types are noticeable and done well. The Waspy also has a delay effect which sounds really good.I think the developer’s thought the same thing because almost every preset is drowning in it ;-)The presets are good as well…nice and fat and bright sounding.
What makes it unique?
Where the Waspy really shines is with the programmable arpeggiator/sequencer.The synthesizer has a 32 step piano roll style sequencer that allows you to create your own patterns.
Additionally, you can control the number of steps in the pattern, tempo (half-speed, normal, double-speed) as well as toggle it on and off.
Here are few samples of original patches and arpeggio sequences I put together while noodling around with this synth.
In conclusion I would say that this is a fun, great sounding synthesizer.It isn’t incredibly unique sounding but the arpeggiator makes up for that fact and allows you to create some fun and interesting sounding things.This is worth downloading and using.If you do, let me know what you think.