Casiotone For The Painfully Cloned: A Free VL-1 For Your PC DAW

The VSTi Emulation We’ve All Been Waiting For! The Casio Tone VL-1 Emulator is a Free PC VSTi that accurately recreates the sound, feeling, and most importantly the cheese of the venerable Casio VL-1. You remember that Volkswagen commercial with that “da da da” song? Have you ever heard someone sing a cheesy ballad at an open mic with something that resembles a keyboard calculator? If so, you’re already familiar with the VL-1 sound. Digital, harsh, synthetic, but with lots of character. Casio Tone VL-1 Emulator [Windows VST] The VST version is scarily good. It doesn’t just playback the VL-1 …

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Balloons as Speakers and Microphones

Here in the blogosphere, we only care about up-to-the-minute technology, right? On the contrary. We still find these talking balloons pretty damn cool. (via a huge post on the MIT Media Lab from Make:blog — go ahead, waste the rest of the afternoon) State-of-the-art 1995 technology, so get cracking: a piezo sensor mounted to the front face of the balloon lets the ballon's aluminized mylar body act as both microphone and speaker. In layman's terms: the balloons can talk to each other. (Don't say "I invented talking baloons" and expect to get far in academia, though. The proper term, as …

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