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7 Tracks Remixed by Microsoft Songsmith

February 25, 2009

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Microsoft’s Songsmith has become a cult phenomenon, but probably not how the software giant wanted it to be.

If you’ve never heard of it, Songsmith is a program that can give an automatic musical accompaniment to any vocal track you give the computer. The basic aim is give the karaoke singer the chance to live out their dreams and become an all-round musician. It launched in America with an astonishing promotional video (see below).

But as a Microsoft spokesman said recently, Songsmith is being “used in ways we haven’t quite imagined.” People have been taking the vocals from hit songs and then adding Songsmith backing tracks to them. The results are funny, bizarre and sometimes disturbing.

Below, here is our Top 20 tracks remixed by Songsmith. This post comes with a health warning. Listening to them all as I have just done might make you go a bit doolally. Please use the comments section to send in some of your favourites too.

1. Ozzy Osbourne: Crazy Train

If the train in question was filled with old bearded men with banjos. Yes, that crazy

2. The Police: Roxanne

I still maintain that a better move for Sting would have been playing the steel pans rather than the ruddy lute. This video proves that. Sort of.

3. Queen: We Will Rock You

In the vein of the Sex and the City theme music.

4. Notorious B.I.G: Dead Strong

Biggie Smalls does hip-harpsicord.

5. Van Halen: Runnin’ with the Devil

Club Jazz again. Watching Eddie Van Halen going thrusting about to this is particularly enjoyable

6. Survivor: Eye of the Tiger

Yeah, gimme some synth, yeah.

7. Weezer: Buddy Holly

Let us play an inherently catchy tune. But wait, we should scalpel out all the joy and those catchy bits. We’ll do that for a few minutes, and then contemplate suicide.

Update: Watch this promotional video for Songsmith, which is beyond parody. Also note that the the computer in the ad is a Mac. Oh dear, oh dear.

Source: Timesonline

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Drumagog! Play drums on your body!

January 28, 2009

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Drumagog is a plug-in which automatically replaces acoustic drum tracks with your choice of other samples.  Engineers and producers worldwide use Drumagog every day to fix and enhance their drum tracks.  It’s extremely easy to use.  Just insert Drumagog onto a drum track, and pick your favorite sample! For advanced drum replacing, Drumagog is packed with powerful features for
the ultimate in control, and includes a massive 4GB drum sample library.

This allows for all kinds of interesting uses as well as the usual approachs.

Features:
– Automatically replaces drum tracks with a variety of samples
– Compatible with WAV, AIF, and SDII samples and libraries
– MIDI Input and Output Capability
– Advanced Visual Triggering feature
– Sophisticated sample management
– Auto sample-rate conversion
– New triggering engine for the ultimate in accurate triggering
– Works with Pro Tools, Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase, Nuendo and more
– Comes with a massive 4GB drum sample collection including:
Rock Drums Drumagog Edition, Purrrfect Drums, Purrrfect Brushes,
NS Kit Free and Classic Drum Machines.
– Compatible with any VST, RTAS, or AU audio application
– Works directly with BFD (Platinum version only)

“Drumagog is one of the most brilliant programs I’ve come across. It’s saved me literally thousands of hours editing drums while working on the Korn record “Untouchables”. Drumagog made the drum replacement and reinforcement seamless.” – Rob Hill (Engineer – Korn, Queen, Jackson Browne, Pat Green, DJ Muggs / Cyprus Hill)