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NEW Ray & Clovis Short!

Blender 3D News - 19 hours 56 min ago
David Andrade writes: Hi friends! It's time for another Ray & Clovis short! This time it features Clovis vlogging about what he likes, his favorite food, and... his favorite movies. Hope you enjoy it!
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Nuclear Loops release "Variety Snares" and "House Room 1.0" Free Sample Packs

Audio Freeware - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:54
Nuclear Loops has released two free sample packs: Variety Snares is a minipack of snares (30 WAV files / 32-bit / 44100 kHz). House Room 1.0 is a house pack with drums, one shot synths, basses, [Read More]

Chain Physics in Blender

Blender 3D News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:05
Jonathan Lampel writes: This tutorial is a quick follow up to my last video on rope physics, and in it I explain how to use rigid bodies to easily make dynamic chains.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Grand Valley Telecommunications TV Spot

Blender 3D News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:42
Low poly animation! I like it :) Cory DeVore writes: This is a spot I recently did. It was done completely in Blender. All the rendering is internal, with just an added ambient occlusion pass. No lights. I only had a little over one week to do the spot, but I'm really happy with the [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blenderart Mag Issue #46 now available

Blender 3D News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:40
Sandra gilbert writes: Welcome to Issue #46, “FANtastic FANart" In this issue we pay tribute to the creative geniuses that inspire us to attempt creative masterpieces of our own. The “FANtastic Fanart” gathered within is sure to inspire you to practice your skills. So settle in with your favorite beverage and check out all the [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Cloud: Open Statistics

Blender 3D News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:17
Are you curious how the Blender Cloud is doing? Entirely in the spirit of Open Content, the Blender Cloud is now also an Open Business (if that's a term): check out the daily income, number of subscribers and more. What an awesome intiative.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

WhoBlend: Blender new hair is coming soon

Blender 3D News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:02
Thanks, WhoBlend! :)
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Artist Drop: Cid Rim

Propellerheads News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:09

The world of Cid Rim circles around the boundless magic and mythical formulas of funk. When speaking of his influences and musical socialisation, the 28 year old viennese producer and drummer of JSBL inevitably ends in the 70's of the past century. While starting as an enthusiastic sample digger, his current works has a playful and interlaced sound, shifted with deep chords. A hybrid of programmed beats and analogue drum patterns meets razor sharp grooves and monumental power-steps. We had a chance to ask him some questions about his music making and feature an exclusive track dropped to Propellerhead. Check it out below!


How do you use Reason in your music making?

Reason is my main production software. It was the first proper program i got, when i was 14 or so and it still is.

What are the three most used devices in your Reason rack?

NN19, Redrum, Subtractor... still!

You just released your new record Charge / Kano and we've been playing it loud in the office. Could you tell us a bit about the creation of these two tracks?

I had a loop of the beat in the beginning of "Charge" lying around. Then I came up with the main chord progression on the piano and when I started to put those two together on the computer i had something in mind, like a huge wall of big band brass for the chords. I tried out how close I could come to that feeling with synth sounds. As soon as i had the main part, the rest of the track went quite easily. 

Then when I had it finished, I already knew I wanted to put it on the A side of a record with two club tracks only so I needed another one that fits. Inspired by the drum rolls of the A side I thought I could maybe go even more into to a higher, faster, ridiculous show-off fusion vibe with the second one. It's named after the Mortal Kombat Character "Kano" that can perform a horizontal and upwards roll to hit the opponent. The fast hook of the track reminded me of that move. 

What motivates your creative ideas and creative activity?

Just music making itself. I'm enjoying lots of other activities that could seem to influence my music but ultimately I think my main inspiration comes from making music. It's not like the fantastic dish you ate yesterday will get you an idea for the track you're making today. It's rather the amazing beat you just programmed or the bassline you just played that inspires you to go further and maybe make an entire track out of it. 

Being a drummer, how does that influence your song writing and producing? The track Saturated Phat Boy you dropped to Propellerhead has quite a complex rhythm.

It helps, but not as much as you'd think. I believe that you can learn how to compose beats on a drum set as well as on a drum computer. In fact the mixture of both is probably a very healthy one, but its not essential. I know producers composing the sickest chord progressions without ever having touched a piano before, so...

Is there something that you do to put yourself into a creative state of mind?

I think the important point is not how to get inspired, but to keep on trying if you're not!

If you have experienced creative blocks, how have you overcome them?

Even more trying. It can help if you start doing things differently. If you got a certain pattern of working, try to lose it, mix it up, go from the back to the front. Or just work with sounds you've never used before. Flip things up and surprise yourself. Just don't stop trying and playing around, I think that's the most important thing.

What advice would you give to other people who are motivated to become more creative in their music making?

It takes time to achieve something. Creativity comes from playing so take your time for playing around. Perfection comes with practice and time, so again, take your time and be patient. If you like making music and you're good at it you just need to do it every day!


Cid Rim also dropped an original piece of music to Propellerhead called "Saturated Phat Boy". Take a listen below! Want to add vocals, an instrument or remix the song? Just open it in Take or Reason to add your own part and join the music making.

Categories: Audio Production

Propellermix: Here's to you

Propellerheads News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:58

It's a new week and you know what means, right? You guessed it! A new Propellermix feature! This week we're highlighting a remix made by our own Leo.



We asked Leo about his remix and how he approached it:

"I found “Here’s to you” by yourlittlegem through an email notification, as it was based a beat I had made previously. I instantly realized I had to remix it. To get rid of the original beat I had made, I opened both the original piece and yourlittlegem’s version in Reason, phase inverted one channel and got the difference—just the vocals (and quite a bit of background noise, but that just adds to the vibe). Then I built it from the ground up as a new song in Reason. Hope you’ll like it!"


Want to add vocals, an instrument or re-arrange the Propellermix? Just open it in Take or Reason to add your own part. And if you want to try your hand at remixing the original yourself—simply open it in Take or Reason and start making music. We'd love to hear what you come up with so make sure you send us a tweet @PropellerheadSW or share your music on our Facebook page.


Categories: Audio Production

99Sounds Releases Free "Simply Space" Sample Library for Kontakt 5

Audio Freeware - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 15:39
99Sounds has released Simply Space, a free collection of melodic pad hits and background sonic textures crafted by Nigel Good. The sound library was designed to blend with all typical chords [Read More]

Modern Bathroom

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:50
By AlecKom Hi everyone! For my first participation on this forum, I want to show you my last work.  I have done a speed presentation of me: my name is Alexis, I'm 16 years old and i'm French. I use Blender since 5 years. So, for my work: It's a modern bathroom who I have [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Call for Content Blenderart Magazine #47

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:40
The theme for this issue is “What's your Passion?” - can you contribute? Sandra Gilbert writes: We are ready to start gathering up tutorials, making of articles and images for Issue # 47 of Blenderart Magazine. Everyone has an area or topic that motivates them to try harder, work longer and push beyond their comfort [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Voxengo releases Spatifier Mono-To-Stereo Spatial Enhancer Plugin (+updates freeware Sound Delay and Tube Amp plugins)

Audio Freeware - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:36
Voxengo has announced the release of Spatifier - a "mono to stereo" spatial enhancer plugin for Windows and Mac OS X in AU and VST2 / VST3 plugin formats. This plugin can be effectively used [Read More]

Sinevibes releases free "Zap" AU Plugin for Mac OS X and launches sale

Audio Freeware - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:19
Sinevibes has released Zap, a mini-synth Audio Unit plugin for Mac OS X controlled by incoming audio. Zap starts with an envelope follower that tracks the peak energy of the sound and then applies [Read More]

Ample Sound Releases Free Virtual Guitar “Ample Guitar M Lite II” for Mac & Win

Audio Freeware - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:05
Ample Sound has released Ample Guitar M Lite II, a Free "lite" version of AGM II. AGML II has been greatly improved compared with previous version. It has full range notes now (E1 - C5), which [Read More]

Light wrap in Blender video tutorial

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:30
Micah Pendleton writes: In this video tutorial, I show you how you can wrap light around objects in the Blender's compositor. It is really simple, and really makes your scene look a lot better. Enjoy! :-)
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Reel: Thinking Rabbit

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00
Cool work, and a nice+fast edit. Thinking Rabbit Studio writes: Mexican animation studio "Thinking Rabbit" presents his new Demo Reel // All 3d work made with Blender
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

AMD Patches Cycles for OpenCL

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 14:04
Here's big news: AMD has contributed patches to Cycles to make it work properly on their videocards! This patch contains work to split the OpenCL mega-kernel into separate kernels to obtain better GPU utilization and therefore performance. A description of the optimizations included in this patch is located here. After many months of work, @AMD [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Orange Free Sounds releases "rain sounds" free sound pack

Audio Freeware - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:36
Orange Free Sounds has released rain sounds, a collection of free sounds in WAV format. Soothing sounds of rain are designed to be very relaxing and help a user to calm down when nervous or [Read More]

Review: Metalworks Shader Pack

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:15
BlenderNation Reviewer RegusMartin reviews the Metalworks Shader Pack from the Blender Market. Metalworks is a shader pack for the Cycles renderer designed for fast shading of almost any metal surface. It includes 17 shaders and 3 “Pass-through” shaders that add on to existing shaders. The included shaders are as listed in the image: Value For [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation