|Mali Draper & Dan Waine
April 24 - May 7
is a directory of apps, resources and references designed to assist
anyone who is starting out in producing audio work, collected by
artists Mali Draper & Dan Waine for OUTPUT. At the bottom of the
page are a selection of original sounds for you to get started.
DAW = Digital Audio Workstation, e.g. Adobe Audition, Audacity, Ableton...
Hardware = Physical parts of a computer or external controller
Software = Programmes that can be run on a computer
Plug ins = An add on or extension that can be used with a software programme/DAW. E.g. specific instruments or audio effects
lot of the artists/creators who develop free resources often have a
patreon/buy me a coffee or some other way of voluntarily supporting. If
you’re in the position to, you can support their work in this way.
ECHOES - GPS triggered audio app for iOS and Android, free or monthly membership options
is the app that we used to create our sound walk in
Princes Park, Liverpool for OUTPUT gallery. It is a platform where you
can map audio, video, pictures, text and publish it for the public to
experience. “Create and explore immersive, interactive and geolocated
sound experiences based on GPS-triggered audio.”
(iPad only) - “Borderlands is a new musical instrument for the iPad.
Explore, touch, and transform sound with this unique interface for
granular synthesis, a technique that involves the superposition of
small fragments of sound, or grains, to create complex, evolving
timbres and textures.”
SPLICE - Membership starts at £6/month for 100 credits, 1 credit = 1 sound sample
FREESOUND - Free, but there is the option for donations, or you could upload your own sounds
Tip !!** Depending
what you create sound for, check if the sounds you are using are
royalty free/or if they need to be for copyright purposes. E.g. when
using , filter using the ‘creative commons 0’ option. (It’s on the
right hand side of the page)
PI - Free live coding software instrument - includes tutorials. “Sonic
Pi is a code-based music creation and performance tool.”
AUDIO - Free software instrument plugins for any DAW. They make
“inspiring sounds and scoring tools for film, in collaboration with the
world’s best composers, musicians and engineers.”
VALHALLA - Some free effects plugins, amongst paid-for.
- Free and cheap plugins, amongst paid-for. “Puremagnetik was founded
by sound artist Micah Frank in 2006. Its mission is
to develop novel sound production tools and recordings
that explore new directions in electronic and instrumental
Free - https://feltinstruments.com/Free-samples
Paid - https://feltinstruments.com/
- Free. “Pianobook is a peer-to-peer community of composers, producers
and sound smiths sharing their sounds for all to use for free.”
SPLICE FREE PLUGIN LIBRARY - https://splice.com/plugins/free_plugins
you want to invest in a sound editing programme, here’s some
suggestions for a few different options. Some are quite £££, but there
are also some free, or cheaper versions. I’ll throw a few tips/hacks in
Compare audio editing software - https://www.g2.com/categories/audio-editing
AUDACITY - Free, open source, cross-platform audio software.
GARAGEBAND - Free music creation tool and preinstalled on Apple products
REAPER - They offer both a discounted and commercial license so you pay depending on how you intend to use it.
If you want to invest:
- There are three different price bands: “Live comes in three editions:
Intro, Standard and Suite. They share common features, but Standard and
Suite have additional features, instruments, Packs, and effects.” They
also have a 3 month free trial.
Tip !!** You can also get Ableton Lite which is a free version that
sometimes comes with apps and hardware products like keyboards/beat
pads. It’s more limited but still gets the job done. For example, if
you with the Koala sampler iOS app you get a free copy of Ableton Live
Lite included, and it’s only £4.
a few other resources and interesting suggestions that might point you
in the right direction from Andrew Huang, (links to downloads in the
Video 1 / Video 2
To download, right-click and select 'save link as...'
Bird Demons (mp3, 187KB)
Bouncing Loop (mp3, 78KB)
Eerie (mp3, 52KB)
Fuzz Pan (mp3, 292KB)
Granular Water (mp3, 332KB)
Happy Accident (mp3, 146B)
Jars in Water (mp3, 92KB)
Laminator (mp3, 252KB)
Piano Sample (Backwards) (mp3, 78KB)
Piano Sample (Backwards Glitch) (mp3, 212KB)
Piano Sample (Backwards Shatter) (mp3, 137KB)
Pixels (mp3, 106KB)
Portholey (mp3, 121KB)
Rhodes Glitch (mp3, 708KB)
U Bike Lock Resonance (Stereo) (mp3, 353KB)
Wobble Board Heart Beat (mp3, 51KB)