June 22, 2007

A Team Project...

by Chris Randall

Okay, I've decided that this would be both interesting and useful, from the discussion in the Pet Sounds thread. I'd like to make a publicly available library of loops of useful background noise. I have a fairly lively library of this sort of thing myself, but I'd like to add to it.

So here's what I'd like to do: if you have an odd piece of gear that produces a nice hum, hiss, crackle, or whatever that is handy as sub-conscious spectrum filler, and want to add it to the collective, drop me a line via the contact link above. I would like 44.1 16-bit source, either WAV or AIFF, at least 4 seconds of it (at least enough to find zero crossings and make a loop that doesn't sound loopish; you'll have to be the judge as it will be source-dependent.) If you can just send me a link to a file via YouSendIt or something so I can download at my leisure, that would make me happy. Otherwise, go ahead and just email me the file itself.

Also, please provide me with information about what the source material is, and how you'd like to be credited. I'll cull out the crap, make nice loopables of the remainder, and put it all together in a ZIP and host it here.



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Jun.22.2007 @ 5:48 PM
Are you only interested in hardware noises? I tend to crank these sounds out using either my trusty Arp 2600 emulation, Reaktor, or occasionally good ol' ES-1.

Jun.22.2007 @ 6:20 PM
Hmmm, good question. I also use a lot of glitch from my circuit bend casio's, not all of it is all that subliminal, unless you make it so, of course. I'll see what I can dig up. I usually tend to do this stuff as I work on a song, though, so I don't have much of a library to draw from.

Jun.22.2007 @ 6:29 PM
Chris Randall
That sort of stuff is well and good, but not really what I'm looking for. If one can make it with an on-board synth, it is probably best left to that.

I don't mean for the package to be strictly analog, of course, but that's really the idea. Non-DSP-based sources would be the best in this situation, I think.



Jun.22.2007 @ 6:38 PM
Hmm, I just went through what I have, and looks like I'm out of luck. I did have some hiss and crackle, but very little in the end and didn't seem worth posting as it's what anyone could do. It seems most of the stuff that's truly unusual or analog (as in, not doable with synths) seems to be rather in your face kind of stuff. Not very subliminal kind of guy, I guess.

Jun.22.2007 @ 7:00 PM
Relatedly some good ideas re BG noise library have gone into audioease speakerphone:
link [www.audioease.co...]">link [www.audioease.co...]

Can i ask why the request for short loops?
its obviously not about RAM or drive space...

i'll happily sample my two space echos - 201 & 555
i love the shishing sound of the tape running through their mechanisms - its very soothing, like gentle rain on a tin roof

i also love the 'noise' in the heavy dub tunes of Rhythm & Sound
some tunes pump like the analog hiss is being compressed to hell...


Jun.22.2007 @ 7:03 PM
You may have just given me a reason to go buy the beat up CS-5 this guy around here has been trying to sell forever. The buzz you can't get it to stop making might be of use here.

Jun.22.2007 @ 8:41 PM
you ought to load it as a sample pack on freesound. this sounds perfect for the project, and it would save you some bandwidth.

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Jun.22.2007 @ 8:54 PM
Chris Randall
I'm all for the concept of Freesound. However, in practice I find the site to be exceptionally stupid. There are some things that require a firm hand guiding, and I'm of the opinion that the tools of one's trade should best be left to, if not professionals, then at the very least gifted amateurs recognized as such. The vast majority of Freesound's offerings fall in to the same realm of usefulness as Canadian hand farts. I'd just as soon have nothing to do with it.

So, no, I ought not. If you're a long-time reader on this site you'll be spared the discovery that I am, in fact, a terrible snob about such things.

EDIT: In pondering that statement, it's also worth noting that, between the two, I have _FAR_ more bandwidth at my disposal than the Freesound folks, if their normal server speeds are any indication.



Jun.22.2007 @ 9:29 PM
"The vast majority of Freesound's offerings fall in to the same realm of usefulness as Canadian hand farts. I'd just as soon have nothing to do with it."

hahahaha, this blog only gets cooler with time. As a Canadian, im curious as to what a "canadian hand fart" is?


Jun.23.2007 @ 4:26 PM
looking fwd to the hiss.

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