A bare-bones UI belies a powerful engine - and a tool that could finally jump-start sound designers embracing an open format. Proprietary lock-in, no more.

Software Instruments, Freed From Sampler Formats: SFZ, Free Sounds, Free Sample Player

“Free As In Free Me From Proprietary Formats.” If you’re ready to explore sounds – as a novice sampler user or as an advanced sound developer – SFZ brings tidings of great joy. When they move from defining mere sounds or samples to describing whole instruments, sound designers need file formats. The problem has been that those formats tend to be particular to one sampler or another – just Kontakt, or just Logic’s EXS24, or just Gigastudio. Yes, there are converters, but because these samplers have different capabilities, converters cause problems. Being able to create instruments for these samplers is …


ProRes Support, Now in Open Source ffmpeg Video Library and Converter

ProRes encoding. Photo (CC-BY-SA) Satoshi Tomiyama. Big news for codec nerds – the major free video tool is adding support for Apple’s ProRes format. Spotted on the ffmpeg news feed: FFmpeg now has a ProRes decoder in master git. We want to support more raw or 10bit or broadcast codecs. We need samples of the following codecs. If you have some, please upload them to our trac. Codec name / isom or fourcc Avid DS Uncompressed SUDS Avid 1:1 10-bit RGB Packer AVrp Avid AVC-Intra AVin Pinnacle TARGA2000 dvr1 Pinnacle TARGA CinĂ© YUV Y216 BlackMagic Design Vr21 Digital Voodoo DV10 …


For Lovers of Aalto, Semi-Modular Soft Synth, a Place to Share Patches

Producer Sam Greene was so in love with Aalto, the semi-modular, Mac and Windows soft synth whose developer we profiled last month, that he made his own place to share patches for it. Patches are free to download and use in your music, and you can upload your own; the only restriction is that the site asks that no one re-sell the patches themselves. Find the results: patchdump.com You can thank the synth for making it easy. While discussion of sharing features often turns to sophisticated cloud and social features, here’s one solution: just make exchanging files dead-simple. As the …