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IC Gross Beat Bank 4

IC GrossBeat Bank 4 – Fresh sonic chaos.

IC Gross Beat Bank 4 - It's Clipping (itsclipping)
IC Gross Beat Bank 4 in action.

Gross Beat: itsclipping is at it again, with a fresh batch of chaos for Image-Line’s brilliant Gross Beat Time and Volume manipulation plugin. 70 new envelopes are provided as usual. 72 in total, both the time and volume sections have one default (blank) envelope and 35 other new envelopes for your twisted sound mangling pleasure.

Free to download under the following license:

Creative Commons License
IC Gross Beat Bank4 by It’s Clipping is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at


As with the other IC Gross Beat Banks, these are not really your normal DJ style presets. They’re more like extreme sound design and audio warping tools/envelopes.

Great for use on drums and percussion, crazy bass chops and warps in dubstep and neuro styles, glitchy and psychedelic experimental music, and anything your imagination can come up with.

Happy experimentation with it, enjoy your sound mangling and destruction! Maybe next visit to the site or after you’ve been using it, you could leave any thoughts on it in the comments below. :)

Music – What makes it good?

“Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is.”
Miles Davis

An interesting and wonderful statement. But let’s think about it a little further. What is it that makes any piece of music good? Music is often called a universal language. So, is there any universal things that could be said make musical creations good? Is there any single connecting themes or ideas that all good music has, or even all things that can be considered music?

By contrast, or from another perspective, what makes music bad?

Golden Record Cover, on Voyager Spacecraft. [Image from NASA]
Golden Record Cover, on Voyager Spacecraft.

In 1977 Two spacecraft began a truly epic voyage into the galactic wilderness on scientific expeditions. The Voyager Golden Records are gramophone records which were included aboard both of the Voyager spacecraft.

‘They contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them.’

The record contains the following list of musical pieces:

  • Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement, Munich Bach Orchestra, Karl Richter, conductor. 4:40
  • Java, court gamelan, “Kinds of Flowers,” recorded by Robert Brown. 4:43
  • Senegal, percussion, recorded by Charles Duvelle. 2:08
  • Zaire, Pygmy girls’ initiation song, recorded by Colin Turnbull. 0:56
  • Australia, Aborigine songs, “Morning Star” and “Devil Bird,” recorded by Sandra LeBrun Holmes. 1:26
  • Mexico, “El Cascabel,” performed by Lorenzo Barcelata and the Mariachi México. 3:14
  • “Johnny B. Goode,” written and performed by Chuck Berry. 2:38
  • New Guinea, men’s house song, recorded by Robert MacLennan. 1:20
  • Japan, shakuhachi, “Tsuru No Sugomori” (“Crane’s Nest,”) performed by Goro Yamaguchi. 4:51
  • Bach, “Gavotte en rondeaux” from the Partita No. 3 in E major for Violin, performed by Arthur Grumiaux. 2:55
  • Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria, no. 14. Edda Moser, soprano. Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor. 2:55
  • Georgian S.S.R., chorus, “Tchakrulo,” collected by Radio Moscow. 2:18
  • Peru, panpipes and drum, collected by Casa de la Cultura, Lima. 0:52
  • “Melancholy Blues,” performed by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven. 3:05
  • Azerbaijan S.S.R., bagpipes, recorded by Radio Moscow. 2:30
  • Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, conductor. 4:35
  • Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C, No.1. Glenn Gould, piano. 4:48
  • Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, First Movement, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor. 7:20
  • Bulgaria, “Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin,” sung by Valya Balkanska. 4:59
  • Navajo Indians, Night Chant, recorded by Willard Rhodes. 0:57
  • Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs, “The Fairie Round,” performed by David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London. 1:17
  • Solomon Islands, panpipes, collected by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service. 1:12
  • Peru, wedding song, recorded by John Cohen. 0:38
  • China, ch’in, “Flowing Streams,” performed by Kuan P’ing-hu. 7:37
  • India, raga, “Jaat Kahan Ho,” sung by Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar. 3:30
  • “Dark Was the Night,” written and performed by Blind Willie Johnson. 3:15
  • Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina, performed by Budapest String Quartet. 6:37

[source of list at NASA]

Picture of 'The Sounds Of Earth', Voyager Golden Record.
The Sounds Of Earth.

So if by chance an alien civilization does happen to intercept/obtain the golden record on either of the Voyager spacecrafts, (and are sufficiently advanced enough technologically to realize what it is and how to play it) that’s the first music from Earth which they’ll hear.

Do you agree with that as a good selection? What would you have wanted put on that disc?

What kinds of music make you think? And what kinds make you feel? If you’d like to, you can share your thoughts on these things in the comments below. (please do!)

“To study music, we must learn the rules. To create music, we must forget them.” ~ Nadia Boulanger

J’entends un echo – 50 impulse responses.

J'entends-un-echo - itsclipping the scream picture modified for an impulse response files pack.J’entends Un Echo!?

50 Impulse Responses files for Audio Production

50 New and unique impulse response files for use with convolution reverbs or plugins, released August 2014 by It’s Clipping.

Categories: Ambient, Hall, Misc, Room, Short.

File listing: (Type, Filename, Size in bytes.)

FILE    J’entends un écho.wav    4,900,656

SUBFOLDER:    Ambient
FILE    ICIR_LargeCave001.wav    2,814,432
FILE    ICIR_LargeCave002.wav    2,811,392
FILE    ICIR_LargeCave003.wav    2,797,608
FILE    IC_AmbientIRs_001.wav    5,009,116
FILE    IC_AmbientIRs_002.wav    2,773,554
FILE    IC_AmbientIRs_003.wav    4,527,970
FILE    IC_AmbientIRs_004.wav    7,000,786
FILE    IC_AmbientIRs_005.wav    3,823,234
FILE    IC_AmbientIRs_006.wav    5,693,904
FILE    IC_AmbientIRs_007.wav    2,036,424

FILE    IC_HallIRs_001.wav    1,006,346
FILE    IC_HallIRs_002.wav    3,190,914
FILE    IC_HallIRs_003.wav    1,143,234

FILE    ICIR_Crisp_2.137seconds.wav    754,536
FILE    ICIR_WarmChamber_1.855seconds.wav    654,870
FILE    IC_CONVOLUTION_001_4.196Seconds.wav    1,480,802
FILE    IC_CONVOLUTION_002_3.169Seconds.wav    1,118,570
FILE    IC_CONVOLUTION_003_2.9Seconds.wav    1,023,594
FILE    IC_CONVOLUTION_004_1.503Seconds.wav    530,554
FILE    IC_CONVOLUTION_005_3.71Seconds.wav    1,309,426
FILE    IC_CONVOLUTION_006_4.287Seconds.wav    1,512,978
FILE    IC_CONVOLUTION_007_3.156Seconds.wav    1,113,818
FILE    IC_CONVOLUTION_008_2.587Seconds.wav    913,234
FILE    IC_CONVOLUTION_009_2.492Seconds.wav    879,698
FILE    IC_CONVOLUTION_010_1.473Seconds.wav    520,010

FILE    ICIR_DrumStudio_001_1.133Seconds.wav    200,148
FILE    ICIR_DrumStudio_002_1.619Seconds.wav    285,880
FILE    ICIR_DrumStudio_003_2.986Seconds.wav    527,088
FILE    ICIR_DrumStudio_004_0.600seconds.wav    212,062
FILE    ICIR_DrumStudio_005_0.585seconds.wav    206,712
FILE    ICIR_DrumStudio_006_1.294Seconds.wav    457,156
FILE    ICIR_DrumStudio_007_1.026Seconds.wav    362,516
FILE    ICIR_DrumStudio_008_0.823Seconds.wav    290,804
FILE    IC_RoomIRs_001.wav    1,199,770
FILE    IC_RoomIRs_002.wav    1,340,890
FILE    IC_RoomIRs_003.wav    907,874
FILE    IC_RoomIRs_004.wav    729,594
FILE    IC_RoomIRs_005.wav    737,342
FILE    IC_RoomIRs_006.wav    420,610
FILE    IC_RoomIRs_007.wav    608,350
FILE    IC_RoomIRs_008.wav    792,694
FILE    IC_RoomIRs_009.wav    526,718
FILE    IC_RoomIRs_010.wav    576,174
FILE    IC_RoomIRs_011.wav    368,238

FILE    ICIR_ShortBurst001_0.6Seconds.wav    212,060
FILE    ICIR_ShortBurst002_0.585Seconds.wav    206,710
FILE    ICIR_ShortBurst003_0.473Seconds.wav    167,430
FILE    ICIR_ShortBurst004_0.664Seconds.wav    234,722
FILE    ICIR_ShortBurst005_0.236Seconds.wav    83,562
FILE    ICIR_ShortBurst006_0.612Seconds.wav    216,298

As you can see from some of the lengths (and hear in the lower quality streamed mp3 in the player), there is 50 diverse, high quality reverbs and impulses here ready for all your musical needs. Be that ambient music, acoustic pop, rock or folk, EDM, film music, foley and post production… There is enough quality verbs here to give a wide enough range of sounds and sound design potential for you to really enjoy producing with them and get wide use in your professional production works.