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herodotus
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5223 posts since 8 Dec, 2004, from The Twin Cities

Postby herodotus; Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:28 pm Real Music Media free samples now total 2.3 GB and counting

We are making our old samples available once more. Only they are now being released into the public domain, and in 24/48 wav and rex2 files.

Here.

Edit: The Real Snare Drum is now up.

Here:

http://sordidbusiness.com/wp/sample-this-2/

Edit: Endangered Rhythms is now up.

Here:

http://sordidbusiness.com/wp/sample-this-part-3/

For those who are curious who 'we' are, I am referring to myself, John Gump, and my long time friend and co-worker Charles Schlee. We owned a small sample company called Real Music Media. We made loops that sold pretty well, a couple of multisampled instruments in the sfz format that were often praised but rarely purchased, and we made a whole bunch of samples for Music Tech magazine.

Eventually we decided that it was eating up more of our time and trouble than it was worth. It just became another source of stress. So we stopped production, and made our catalog available for free in a downsampled and limited format. We also provided the samples and hosting for the Open Source Drum Kit and its forum.

Of course no good deed goes unpunished. Our website's domains were seized in a trademark dispute. Apparently some company owns the rights to the words 'real music'. This company concluded that their crappy search engine rankings were due to others (i.e. us) ripping them off through nefarious techniques like offering free content that people actually want.

It made little sense for us to fight a company with a legal staff on retainer, especially for a site that was already losing money, so Real Music Media went away for good.

But neither I nor Charles wanted to take our samples offline. And to make up for lost time, the samples being offered now are not the downsampled versions that were first offered for free back in 2009, but the full quality 24 bit wav and rex files that were originally offered for sale. Most of these have never before been released for free. To make things even more interesting, they are all being released into the public domain.

It is but a poor sacrifice that we offer to the Gods of Freeware. Here at KVR, their Olympus.

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woggle
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Postby woggle; Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:23 pm

very kind (I think I bought something from you ages ago) - on the upside, you now have the best domain name ever :)
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Nielzie
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Postby Nielzie; Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:56 pm

Very kind of you, thanks! :tu:
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1247 posts since 10 Jul, 2006, from Tampa

Postby planetearth; Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:41 pm

This is very kind, thoughtful and generous, and it's a shame you had to go through that. What's awesome is that you're not taking your frustration out on other music lovers and producers.

But I bet if there was a way to donate to you via PayPal, many here would do it. Seems a shame you have to lose so much just from doing something you love.

Thanks again, though!

Steve
Listen to some of my stuff here: https://soundcloud.com/shadowsoflife.
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herodotus
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Postby herodotus; Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:41 pm

Thanks for the support, everyone.

I am just glad that I didn't lose a domain name that I really cared about. I certainly would have put up a fight if they had gone after sordidbusiness.com, but how can two individuals prevail against a team of IP lawyers trying to pad their billable hours?

Please note that this is just a first installment, so you might want to subscribe to our RSS feed if you want to be updated about other releases.

I have been going through all of our samples to find and remove any corrupted or misnamed files, and I will put them up as I finish. This will take a while as my wife and I are buying a house, which is pretty much a full time job on its own.

Finally, I will be setting up a new forum for the Open Source Drum Kit in the next few weeks as well. It will even have its own domain name and everything.

Thanks again, and if you are feeling generous enough to spare us a second or two, we appreciate any tweeting or liking or soundcloud commenting that we can get.
eDrummist
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1191 posts since 4 Dec, 2002, from Earth

Postby eDrummist; Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:31 pm

Beyond saying thanks for being so generous, I wanted to say that I really enjoyed your original songs, especially the first track on your album, "A Digital Letter." Nice work!
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ferez21
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Postby ferez21; Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:31 am

Thanks you very much for your kindness, and +1 on putting a donation link on the page!
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herodotus
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Postby herodotus; Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:50 pm

eDrummist wrote:Beyond saying thanks for being so generous, I wanted to say that I really enjoyed your original songs, especially the first track on your album, "A Digital Letter." Nice work!


Well thanks!

To be honest, a bit of why I am doing this is just to bring some traffic to the site; to increase the chances of acquiring listeners for our music, and to establish the domain as uniquely our own. No one else has anything like it, and we have a DBA that allows us to do business under the name Sordid Business, so I think we are in the clear as far as the trademark trolls are concerned.

At the same time, I have always been grateful to the people who make freeware. If I can give back to the community, even in a small way, it makes me feel less like a freeloader.

Again, thanks.

ferez21 wrote:Thanks you very much for your kindness,


No problem, it's my pleasure.

and +1 on putting a donation link on the page!


Linking to our page, listening to our music, 'friending' or tweeting our soundcloud files or blog posts, these are all the donation I would ask of people. We would be grateful for any of these acts, though none are demanded or expected in any way.

Thanks for the thought, though.

:)
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Dean Aka Nekro
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Postby Dean Aka Nekro; Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:15 pm

Thank you John and done yesterday on all the sharing/likes I can do. Really appreciate it and looking forwards to listening on soundcloud, I don't know what to expect which is something to look forwards to tomorrow man

Its very generous of you and once again thank you

Dean
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Postby herodotus; Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:59 pm

Dean Aka Nekro wrote:Thank you John and done yesterday on all the sharing/likes I can do. Really appreciate it and looking forwards to listening on soundcloud, I don't know what to expect which is something to look forwards to tomorrow man

Its very generous of you and once again thank you

Dean


No, thank you sir.

By the way, the Real Snare Drum is up, both sfz and Battery versions:

http://sordidbusiness.com/wp/sample-this-2/
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5223 posts since 8 Dec, 2004, from The Twin Cities

Postby herodotus; Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:08 pm

Endangered Rhythms is now up. This is the first time the rex2 files have been made available for free.


http://sordidbusiness.com/wp/sample-this-part-3/
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Baard
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358 posts since 27 Nov, 2009, from Norway

Postby Baard; Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:10 pm

Great to see that you are offering these again!

If you wish to include the last mappings I did for OSDrumkit, you can find them here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/965 ... rdW-v3.zip

They are optimized for Cakewalk Session Drummer 2, but works well with other sfz samplers. I never found the time to compile the whole kit into a single sfz, so they are grouped according to SD2's slots. The best free option to get the entire kit in one player is to load all the drums into linuxsampler and mix them to taste there. You could also use multiple instances of Plogues Sforzando.

If anyone need it, I can make a .lscp of the whole kit for linuxsampler.

We also discovered that the floor tom had some issues with the naming of the samples ("top" didnt correlate with "bottom"). However, gvnz helped me sort them out and I've uploaded the samples with correct naming here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/965 ... enamed.zip
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herodotus
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5223 posts since 8 Dec, 2004, from The Twin Cities

Postby herodotus; Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:37 pm

Hey Baard.

I will be setting up a forum for OSKit in the next month, with its own domain and everything. PM me if you are interested in taking part.
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Postby DaveElson; Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:32 pm

Listening to album three right now. Nice.
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Postby herodotus; Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:36 pm

DaveElson wrote:Listening to album three right now. Nice.


Thank you very much sir.

:)
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