Free Tangerine Dream Sound Library for Korg Modwave

Synthesist and sound designer Ian Dixon – In his latest video, demonstrates his new free Tangerine Dream sound library for the Korg modwave.

What Dixon say about the sound library:

Immerse yourself in the legendary sounds of Tangerine Dream with this free sound pack for the Korg Modwave. Inspired by the pioneering electronic music group founded by Edgar Froese in 1967, this collection brings iconic sounds from albums like “Phaedra,” “Poland,” and “Tangram,” as well as tracks like “White Eagle” and “Dolphin Dance.”

This pack includes:

  • 80+ performances and programs
  • Atmospheric pads
  • Sequences
  • Lead sounds
  • Sound effects

The sound library is available now as a free download.

How close do you think the Korg modwave sounds to Tangerine Dream’s original synths? Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments!


Free Sample Instrument Captures The Sound of Korg Acoustic Synthesis Phase 8

Last week at Superbooth, Korg Berlin showed off a new prototype of its Acoustic Synthesis instrument, a “part melodic synth, part drum machine” that generates sound by electromagnetically stimulating tuned resonating tines.

While Acoustic Synthesis phase_8 is yet to be given a commercial release date, you can now recreate its ethereal, Kalimba-like sound in your DAW thanks to YouTuber David Hilowitz, who recorded the instrument and created a sample library that is available to download for free.

In the video embedded above, Hilowitz describes how he recorded the sound of one of Korg’s five prototypes, each of which is different in design, sampling the instrument’s eight notes and using pitch-shifting to turn this into a chromatic sampler instrument that’s playable using a conventional keyboard.

Hilowitz sampled both of the instrument’s playing modes, Hammer and Pad, and added some extra features and effects not available on the original prototype, such as beat repeat, delay and reverb. The library runs in the free Decent Sampler plugin.

Download David Hilowitz’s Acoustic Synthesis phase_8 sample library.



AudioStrip Receives UK Government Funding in Music AI

AudioStrip – UK firm – receives share of £1 million in government funding to ‘elevate music source separation technology beyond industry benchmarks’.

The company plans to develop advanced machine learning algorithms that can automatically detect musical instruments.

While some would argue that the UK government should be trying to limit the role of AI in the music industry, its Creative Catalyst scheme actively seeks to advance it.

This comes via Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, and has resulted in the awarding of £1 million in funding to projects that ‘advance the development of Artificial Intelligence products and services within the global music supply chain which benefit and strengthen the UK Music Sector.’

It has now been confirmed that one of the six ‘lead organisations’ to benefit from some of this fund is AudioStrip, which is focused on ‘fine-grained music source separation with deep learning models’.

Assessors advised that “this is well planned, resourced and researched innovation that can impact the business, market and wider industry in the field of AI and music separation” and that “the rewards could be significant”.

One of the stipulations of the funding is that those who receive it should “collaborate with industry stakeholders to unlock the full potential of AI applications across the value chain, supporting and uplifting the music industry, and driving long term creative and commercial success”. Going forward, AudioStrip will be working with C4DM Queen Mary University of London to create “state-of-the-art” AI music source separation.

Of course, there are several platforms out there that do this already, but AudioStrip says that it plans to go beyond those that can only separate vocals, bass and drums and create something that can identify and isolate more instruments at usable quality. In order to achieve this, it says it will develop advanced machine learning algorithms that can automatically detect musical instruments for high-quality audio source separation.

“This technology is sweeping the music industry,” says AudioStrip co-founder and CEO, Basil Woods. “AudioStrip will offer more advanced tools for precise separation of individual elements in audio files.

“By partnering with Queen Mary, we aim to elevate music source separation technology beyond industry benchmarks, making it an indispensable tool for DJs, independent artists, producers, and licensors.

“Our goal is to automatically identify musical elements from any given song – including vocal, instrumental, drums, bass, piano, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and synthesizer – and extract them into independent tracks without losing quality.”

We’re anticipating that this is all for the future, but AudioStrip is already up and running and you can try it for free.