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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Well this is going to be the last post on this blog for 2008. So in the tradition of this site, here is a piccy of some scantily clad young ladies. It is been a really good year. Amanda is expecting our first child and we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. At work I got a good promotion, and musically I have done loads of releases and started building a little sound design business. Lets hope 2009 is just a feature packed.

Have a good new year. I hope the hangovers clear quickly. See you next year ;-)


Christmas 2008

The past few weeks have been quite hectic. The other week We visited my parents in London. Then I was in work up til Christmas Eve. Would have been nice to book some extra time off before hand but I had run out of holidays.

Me and Amanda spent Christmas day at home together. We had a really relaxed day. We got up fairly late for us :-) Opened pressies and I made a huge dinner. This year we treated ourselves to a Nintendo Wii and Wii fit. We spent most of the day playing on this. It was great fun.

On boxing day we drove up to Amanda's Mums house for dinner. In the evening we played the traditional Christmas bingo. This was good fun. Everyone contributes bingo prizes up the cost of a pound and they go into a big bag with numbers on. The winner of each bingo game picks a number out of a hat and they get a present.

The next day we didn't do much except relax, play more games, and watch TV. The next day we drove back home. Feeling like we had had too much fun we decided to do some menial jobs like clear out the loft. This took a good 3 hours and yesterday we filled up the car and took all the rubbish to the dump. We really know how to have fun ;-) But the house does look a lot tidier though. I am going to be doing some decorating in Feb for the babies bedroom so we wanted to start getting rid of any junk. The spare bed is being thrown out at the end of Jan ready for a cot bed to go in its place.

Now we are just getting ready for the new year. Amanda has had to work today, so I have just kept myself to myself for most of the day. Went to the shops and done some work on my website.

Tonight we are going to have a few drinks (non alcoholic for Amanda) and get stuck into several rounds of Tiger Woods PGA golf on the Wii. Which by the way is an excellent game once you have got used to the controls.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Electronic Critters : Drum Hits Collection Now Available

The Electronic Critters Bite Size : Drum Hits Collection is now available as a digital download from Sounds/To/Sample. The collection costs £9.99 and contains the following:

  • 80 x Kicks
  • 102 x Snares
  • 109 x Hats
  • 95 x Toms
  • 54 x Crashes and Cymbals
  • 16 x Cow Bells
  • 16 x Claps
  • 23 x Shaker and Claves
  • 12 x Vintage Fruit Machine Sounds
  • 250 x Circuit Bent One Shots
  • 76 x Bleeps Bloops and Glitches
  • 32 x Pre-Assembled Kits

As well as categories of drum hits, there are 32 pre selected drum kits for you to use straight away.


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Electronic Critters Multi Buy Special Offer

Over on the Sounds/To/Sample site we have a great multi pack discount on both Electronic Critters sample libraries. Instead of paying £39.98 we have reduced the price by 25% to £29.99.

Here is the sales info from Sounds/To/Sample:

Credit-crunch busting multisaver pack featuring the esteemed Electronic Critters and its new sequel Critters 2: Airwaves, boasting 1,500+ sounds and 3.5+GB worth of fx, glitches, radio slutmospherics, manipulations, bit-crushed reductions and ghostly spectral frequencies - all for just £30!

Picking up a 9/10 Computer Music review and gushing REMIX magazine accolades, these circuit-bent titles, offer dark soundscapes, atomic crackles, space-gongs, alien choirs and ethereal voxmospherics.

Sounds come courtesy of re-wired 1980s classic toys, including the legendary Speak&Spell, Major Morgan, Talk'n'Lights, Musical Insects and My Little Talking Computer, with all sounds on EC2: Airwaves coming from sampled radiophonic ambiences.

Ideal for all electronic genres, especially where there is a need to add ambience, fx or just inspiring source material to make into new loops, the Electronic Critters products also make an ideal collection for foley edits in TV and film.


Sunday, December 07, 2008

That time of year again!!

Well it's that time of year again. Christmas is in only a few weeks away. Where has this year gone!! Today we went out and got our tree. We got a real tree this year as we are spending Christmas at home. Getting the tree in the car was interesting and the hoover worked overtime picking up needles, but Amanda has finally got it decorated :-) Just a few more weeks of work until a little time off. Huray!


Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Electronic Critters : Bite Size

For a while now I have been putting together a new sample collection under the electronic critters brand. The brand has been extended to be called 'Electronic Critters Bite Size'. These collections are designed to be high value, low cost sample collections that will be available as a digital only collection via Sounds/To/Sample.

The first sample library in the bite size line is called the 'Drum Hits Collection'. This disc features over a 1000 samples of electronic drum kit sounds and noises split into lots of groups like, Kicks, Toms, Crashes, Hats, Bells, Bleeps and Bloops, and Circuit Bent one shots.

The drum samples were created using the following machines, Korg Electribe ER, Elektron Machine Drum, Kawai R-50, TR-808 and 909, Yamaha DD10 and more. This will be an excellent value collection available for £9.99. I am nearly finished creating the library and it should be available very soon :-)