Electra Prime

I would like to share an album I released back in 2006. It’s an album called “Electra Prime”. I eventually plan on releasing this and much more on this website, but felt the need to begin here. This album is much more than music, it’s the story of a journey through space, time, and destiny. I’m hoping it resonates with some of you. Included within the image link below are 9 MP3’s, 1 hand crafted album cover, and a PDF which contains the literature for each song in sequence. I hope you all enjoy …More to come ūüėÄ

“Following the release of The Gates of Infinity, This release will guide you, the listener, from your home world of Earth toward Electra Prime, a distant planet in the Pleiades star cluster, into life as a Pleiadian, and beyond.”

Click here to download Electra Prime as a “Zipped” archive :)

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Retro 90’s “Piano Pad”

After much anticipation patiently awaiting UVI’s servers to deliver a 10 Gigabyte package beyond a download speed of 24K, I finally had the chance to play with UVI’s “Digital Synsations”, an emulation of 4 Vintage Digital Classic Synthesizers, including the highly acclaimed Roland D-50, Yamaha SY77, Korg M1, and Ensoniq VFX, (always wanted to own the entire lot, but they seemed to be out of financial reach back in the day).

I have always wanted to use these old classics to create an awesome “New Age” Piano Pad. I loaded up the D590’s, DSX, and DS1, tweaked a few settings to my taste, then added an ambient/concert Piano and I believe I found that classic “end of the 80’s/beginning of the 90’s” Piano Pad sound.

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UVI’s “Digital Synsations”

I was astonished just how well UVI has emulated these awesome digital classics, which includes all of the editing capabilities needed, minus the original oscillators, (I think that would have been a copyright issue at any-rate). I hope everyone interested in Digital Synsations took advantage of the free UVI promotion. After week of download time because of this promotion, it was still totally worth the wait!

 

Heliocentricity: an Additive Journey

This is “Take 3” on my learning curve journey to understand just how to “Mix” sounds within a composition using the harmonic frequencies of Additive Synthesis, by no means an easy feat. The harmonic structures that make up the sounds themselves are made up of 6 separate additive oscillators containing 12 “hand-shaped” additive wave-forms I created spanning multiple frequency shifting modulation routes.

Yes, even the majority of so called “Subtractive Filter Sweep” sounds are NOT traditionally subtractive at all, their Frequency Modulation shifts that ascend, peak, then descend thereafter combined with emulated resonance through spectral analysis. Only 2 sounds within this soundtrack aren’t Additive; the Arpeggio and Vocals. The Arp was created using Sam Spacey’s EPICA, and the awesome vocal was the Free “Clara’s Vocal Library Version 1.03” (Version 2.0 is now available for $40.00 and available here: http://stefanomaccarelli.com/factory/ ).

So far it sounds like I’m getting one step closer to Mixing Additive Frequencies as an audible medium without blowing my speakers up …Might sound crappy on a “Low-End” system though, and by no means completely mastered as I trudge along the path of Adding Additive to a mix ūüėČ

Definition: Additive Synthesis (AKA Fourier Analysis): A method of synthesizing complex tones by adding together an appropriate number of simple sine waves at harmonically related frequencies. The timbre of musical instruments can be considered in the light of Fourier theory to consist of multiple harmonic or inharmonic partials or overtones. Each partial is a sine wave of different frequency and amplitude that swells and decays over time. Additive synthesis most directly generates sound by adding the output of multiple sine wave generators. Alternative implementations may use pre-computed wavetables or the inverse Fast Fourier transform.

River in the Sky

This experimental cinematic soundtrack was created with a Pad I designed using Phutura as the initial track. It’s a free Virtual Studio Instrument inspired by the Roland Alpha Juno. The Indian Bass Bansuri was played by Prithoo.

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Phutura’s main panel

A Farewell to my Bass

As I ¬†say goodbye to my beloved Bass, I reminisce about it’s wonderful sound…

Song: Tender Hearts Р Album: AriAliA

  • Bass: Ibanez Sound Gear 1 Octave P/J 3-Band EQ
  • Synth: E-Mu Ultraproteus with the MELproductions sound set

Sound in Astrophysics

Being inspired by Astrophysics, I pondered on the possibility of incorporating genuine NASA recordings into sample based instruments, as I have never had the honor of encountering such. The biggest problem I have had thus far is the difficulty in bringing these space recordings into a Chromatic tuning playable within the instrumental limitations themselves.

Well, I would say I am getting closer! Here is a quick sample Soundtrack comprised of Synthesizers an Orchestral Instrument, and recordings NASA has made available for everyone from within our Galaxy. Here’s the track list rundown:

  • The Orion Nebula (NASA Rec. Pad #1)
  • Central Black Hole of our Galaxy (NASA Rec. Pad #2)
  • Moog Voyager (Arppegiation)
  • Timpani (Orchestral Percussion)

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Sound Design: Prodyon Closes – Shortnoise Free!

I have been so busy with real life these last few months, that I had just learned our¬†very talented Kontakt Sound Design Company Prodyon, has shut it’s doors due to a new worldwide merchant¬†law which took effect at the beginning of 2015. Prodyon’s Announcement:

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Dear visitors,

as some of you may already know, there is a new official VAT regulation coming from the European Union.¬†In short it means: “Pay your VAT (Taxes) in the country your customer ordered your product from!”.¬†And this is no joke – unfortunately. This new regulation is valid from on the 1st of January 2015.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/25/eus-new-vatmoss-rules-could-create-a-vatmess-for-startups/

What does this mean for Prodyon?¬†Prodyon is a one-man company founded and operated by me, a small businessman. ¬†I simply can¬īt be bothered to register in 26 (!) countries for VAT, nor am i a qualified “data processor” like bigger multinational companies.¬†I don’t have the manpower, time and technical possibilities to validate customer¬īs location and all other required things upon checkout.¬†Besides this the effort is simply too giant for me, and i wouldn¬īt have time for anything else then.

Until all these issues have been sorted (hopefully) i have to shut down Prodyon AGAIN in terms of selling products. ¬†The site will be left online and i will continue to give support, answer e-mails and so on.¬†But you won¬īt be able to buy anything from me starting on the 1st of January 2015.


This is very sad news! I want to sincerely thank¬†Dennis Lenz, the CEO and creator of Prodyon, for providing quality Kontakt¬†content , and hope that he has the chance to open Prodyon once again in the foreseeable future. I have also just learned that one of Prodyon’s Masterpiece Sample Library is absolutely free!

Shortnoise – 6GB of Stunning Electronic Sounds

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Shortnoise is a unique and inspiring electronic sample library with a huge 6GB of content and over 300 Kontakt instruments to choose from. Jam packed full of Electronic Grooves, Arpeggiated Sequences, Manipulated Synths, Cinematic FX, Unique and Expressive Performance Patches, this beauty has a whole world of surprises waiting to be unleashed! Perfect for electronic music, film scores and experimental sound design.

If you‚Äôve ever found yourself in need of big, inspiring and easily editable electronic sounds, then Shortnoise is for you! From screaming leads, to fat basses, lush arps to sweeping pads, there is a huge amount of sounds to choose from. Anyone who writes electronic music in any style, will find this an incredibly useful sample library that will provide hours of inspiration. All sounds are 100% royalty free (can be used for sound design, music etc.) and even better…NORMALLY $199 – NOW FREE!

Click here to add Shortnoise to your Kontakt Sample Library before this offer ends, and don’t forget to offer a donation for this wonderful gift here.

Sagittarium – 6EQUJ5

Not only is it an honor to share my latest Soundtrack, I must also say that the sounds used within this soundtrack are beyond what I have ever designed, from an unlikely source. I created a Rhythm last night. It was reminiscent of two tracks I had created so many years ago, both available on the Oracles in Motion album: Y-Nexial Triangulum, and Zeta Reticuli. Both soundtracks were thematically otherworldly alien/extraterrestrial based, and used original sounds I had designed with various Synthesizers.

A lot has changed since that time. My sound design skills, combined with modern technology has made it possible to bring actual extraterrestrial sounds into my extraterrestrial thematically based soundtracks! What you are hearing throughout this soundtrack is the actual translated 6EQUJ5 signal.

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6EQUJ5, also known as “the Wow!” signal, was a strong narrow-band radio signal detected by Jerry R. Ehman on August 15, 1977, while he was working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope. The signal bore the expected hallmarks of non-terrestrial and non-Solar System origin. It lasted for the full 72-second window that Big Ear was able to observe it, but has not been detected again.

Tau Sagittarii is the closest visible star in the night sky near the origin of the 1977 Wow signal, the only radio signal that has been received that may be a sign of extraterrestrial intelligence in our history thus far. I used the actual translated 6EQUJ5 signal as a playable dynamically resonant instrument using Subtractive Synthesis, and advanced Sampling Techniques throughout
this sound track …Enjoy!

Natural Inspiration

I wanted to share a beautiful Fall Sunset with you tonight. Inspirational moments that propel me to translate such events into¬†Ambient ¬†Waves of Sound. I live for such moments, and am grateful to experience¬†and share these beautiful Visions and Sounds of Earth…

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Throwback Thursday #1

One thing I’ve been avoiding is the latest “Throw Back Thursday” trend. But after sifting through some old photographs, I can’t help myself at this point. These were moments during my Musical Evolution that have defined my Sound Engineering skills¬†…Never to be forgotten (Click pic to enlarge):

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One of my early Recording Studio’s Circa 1990. Found and combined 2 pictures ¬†…Ensoniq Mirage, Yamaha DX-100, Casio CZ-100, CT-670 and HT-700 instruments, all tied together with a MIDI Xpander to Commodore 64 running the Syntech Studio 1 MIDI Sequencer, and a Yamaha MT-120 Portastudio. In this picture, I was editing Sampled Waveforms during the creation of an Ensoniq Mirage Sample Library using the Sonus Sonic Editor.¬†

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Speaking of which,¬†I pulled the E-MU Ultraproteus out of the closet yesterday to try out the new plethora of sounds I just acquired …All 6 official E-MU ROM cards! After going through all 1524 new sounds, I was seriously disappointed. The original programmers didn’t use the Z-Plane Filters and Function Generators to their fullest. This made me realize I need to keep the Ultraproteus out, and continue to sample, adding new sounds to the Ultrapro Sample Library for everyone.

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The Ultrapro is a sample library based from the the E-MU ULTRAPROTEUS sampled exclusively by Myself, and currently on Version 2.3 featuring 11 Multi Presets, 7 Single Presets, and 6 X-tra Muti Combos. Future incremental updates are currently planned, and will include addition Samples and Presets. Although not uploaded at this time, you will find the UltraPro available shortly within the “Sound Design” section of this website.

Ambient Sound Design & Soundtrack Composition