AudioFinder Beta: Ultimate Mac Audio Utility, Now Integrated with Finder?

For those with hard drives stuffed full with samples, soundware, audio clips, field recordings, and whatnot, the Mac-only AudioFinder has long been a gem. But Mac users are likely all addicted to the preview pane in Finder. What if an application could fully integrate audio extras with the file system? Audio Ease showed off just such a solution at NAMM in the form of something called Soundabout. That was just a basic demo, though: no one but the developers got their hands on the builds. Now the reigning champion AudioFinder has added Finder integration into a new beta: Beta 2 …

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Dude, Wanna Hear my GarageBand Loops Song?

Thursday rant time: It’s time to get over loops, stop generalizing about music technology, and find the record button. Poor GarageBand. Loops can be a fantastic tool, a way of sketching out ideas, having virtual instrumentalists with which to practice your chops, or remixed into something truly original, and they’re useful to beginners and pros alike in those roles. They don’t replace live musicians, but that’s not the point; they’re useful for what they do well. They’re also the most misunderstood of modern music tech. Unfortunately, non-musician journalists like The New York Times’ Michael Walker keep trying to squeeze some …

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AudioBase: Massive, Indie-Contributed Loop Library Online

Selling CDs? Not in 2006: now it’s about selling loops. AudioBase.com, just acquired and rebranded from the former identity appleLoops.com, already has 1,500 loops for cross-platform use. The whole library costs just US$99 (or $19.50 for a single 200-loop library), and you get instant online access rather than waiting for a shipment. Indie artists, take note: they’re taking submissions. Artists like Steve Stoll (pictured) have found fame, so why not you? There aren’t any particular limitations on genre, and I wonder if the current formats (AIFF/Apple Loops) will be expanded under the site’s newly cross-platform charter. Martin Sitter, the well-respected …

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@AES: Native’s Guitar Rig 2 Strikes Back with Control Stompbox and Loops

Digital guitar software/hardware combos? It’s on. Just days after IK Multimedia shows its new version of AmpliTube with new effects and a new hardware stompbox / audio interface / DI box, rival Native Instruments unveils its own upgraded computer guitar rack with new effects and a new hardware stompbox / audio interface / DI box. Not only that, but both IK and NI are at the AES show, which, as the “Audio Engineering Society” moniker implies, is not usually where you’d expect to find new guitar kit. Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2 So, anything different about NI’s announcement (aside from …

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New Machinedrum Percussion Synth, Autechre

The folks at Elektron have some incredible pattern-based synths/percussion generators (see full product line), if you can afford them (US$1350-1950 list). They’re working on a new Machinedrum, the SPS-1. It’s not a true sampler, but you can load samples onto it via MIDI and soon USB, so as the creators put it “finally you can get those 909 hihats that we always refused to copy! What a shame.” Shame, indeed: the real beauty of this is bringing together new synthesis with oldskool pattern generation. Check out Autechre using a Machinedrum on their latest tour. And since I can’t afford this, …

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Memory (Free): Sample and Loop with P5 Data Glove (Win)

Good news: White Noise Audio Software's free Memory plug-in lets you sample loops of audio in real-time, adjusting both loop length and filter cutoff for some crazy live loop-playing. Did I mention it's free? Insanely great news: You can control this mayhem using a $20-30 P5 Data Glove game controller. I leave it up to your colossal stage presence to make sure you look cyber-awesome and not just like a dork, but either way I'll bet you have a great time.

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Free Friday: Free Apple Loops (Drums, Patterns, more)

Apple Loops are brilliant. Sure, you can use them in generic ways, pasting together music, but if you want them to act as raw materials for remixing or mind-bendiningly experimental music (just add effects), you can do that, too. And Mac sites keep releasing great loops for free: Free tune-up mini features sounds like "Space Bass" and "Rhodes Riff", 100 loops free as part of a promotion with MacJams.com More exciting to me is iCompositions' new Drums on Demand loop library, with 90 drum loops, 19 "single hits", and 9 loop layers, also free. (Sorry, did you say something? I …

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