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Welcome to HammerSound, a website focusing on computer music and the creation of sounds. On this site you'll find SoundFonts, articles, a user forum, information for software developers and more.

HammerSound moved to another server
Posted by Thomas on 01/28/2007.

Someone has managed to hijack our server, and deleted the databases of soundfonts, discussion board, guestbook, etc. And changed the administrator password in the process.

I have been unable to get any response from the company that hosts HammerSound - 4every1.net - which means that I'm unable to access the server myself. This is of course unacceptable, and the HammerSound server is currently being moved to another hosting company, servage.net. I'm hoping that they turn out to be more professional.

I'm currently working to get every part of the HammerSound website up and running. There might be some hickups the following days, but I hope to have everything up and running by the end of next week.

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HammerSound has a new mirror (and new soundfonts)
Posted by Thomas on 07/21/2004.
Norman Spaulding, a classical and new age enthusiast from California, has kindly offered to host a HammerSound mirror on his US-based server. Since we recently lost one of our mirrors, this comes at a very good time. Thanks Norman!

I've recently started to plow through the (long) submission quqeue for the SoundFont Library. I won't promise anything regarding update frequency, but at least there are some (12) new soundfonts available now.

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Megafont tips
Posted by Thomas on 11/14/2002.
Maestro Ney writes:
I discovered the solution for the 2 MEGAFONT DRAMAS that's frustrating everybody that try megafont. It's in my site. I hope you post a link in your home page, in a visible place. Well, I just did ;-). I hope Megafont users find it useful.

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Analoguesque.com Launches
Posted by Thomas on 02/09/2002.
Ian Wilson (author of the Vintage Dreams Waves SoundFont) writes:
If you're looking for amazing analog and vintage Soundfonts then head over to Analoguesque Sound Designs at www.analoguesque.com. We have some serious analog emulation Soundfonts available, with hundreds of phatt thumping basses, huge earsplitting leads, super rez sweeps, pulsating blips and bleeps, and giant evolving pads!

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ASIO drivers for the SBLive in Cubase
Posted by Thomas on 08/04/2000.
It turns out that Steinberg's latest release of the Cubase sequencer (version 5.0) includes new ASIO drivers that work very well with the SBLive. This means lower latency for audio in Cubase, including VST instruments! I first heard of this from the HYBRID crew's posting on the SoundFont newsgroup a couple of days ago, reporting latency as low as 27ms! It turns out you can use the new drivers with older versions of Cubase too.
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Megalithic Records soundfonts for free
Posted by Thomas on 07/14/2000.
Astral Pedestrian (of Megalithic Records) writes:
Megalithic Records no longer sell soundfonts or sample CD's. The company is now concentrating on the music it releases, and therefore over time all of the sample\soundfont products will be become available through http://www.mp3.com/subsonic. Presently the full version 1 of Callanish Drumkits (the demo of which has been on Hammersound for some time) is available for free download at the website. We only ask that you listen to at least one Subsonic HeadDub track (not obligatory), and leave a message on the message board if you like the drumkits. .

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Vienna Tutorials on-line
Posted by Thomas on 07/04/2000.
I've come across two good tutorials for the Vienna SoundFont Editor. The first can be found here and is written by Ethan Winer. The second can be found at the SoundFont Academy. Both articles give a good introduction to the art of soundfont making.
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MIDI Albums at The Sound Site
Posted by Thomas on 04/29/2000.
Just before Easter, I got an email from John a.k.a. TheMusicMan, webmaster at The Sound Site. Seems like he has come up with something new. From the press release: "The Sound Site has taken MIDI Music to a New Level of Excellence with "The Sound Site Best Of" MIDI Albums and SoundFont.
(cut) The Sound Site Best Of Albums are created in TRUE Surround Sound.
(cut) The Sound Site has created "The Sound Site Album Bank (63,338k)" a SoundFont made just for these albums (and all future albums)."

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HammerSound needs more mirrors! If you have space to spare on your server, please consider helping this site to live on. Mail me for details.
Sounds The SoundFont Library has lots of SoundFonts available for download. If you have a SoundFont you would like to share with the world, check the 'Sounds' page for instructions.
SoundDesign The SoundDesign section has articles that'll help you design your own sounds. Several of the HammerSound users have contributed articles. Ian Wilson, author of 'Vintage Dreams Waves', the most popular SoundFont on HammerSound, has written an article describing how he created the SoundFont. Recommended reading for anyone interested in creating SoundFonts.
Software Free software for computer musicians. At the moment, this page contains the sf2load program, a small utility that can remember the current set of SoundFonts in memory and is able to reload the SoundFonts later. Watch this page throughout this autumn for updates. If you are a programmer interested in creating sound related software, I'd like to get in touch with you. Mail me.
OSC (Code) This is the home of the OSC (Open Sound Code)  Library, a toolkit for programmers creating sound related software. All software developers are very welcome to take a look as well as to join the user forum.
Info / FAQ The HammerSound FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) has answers to common questions. If you have a question, please read this before posting at the MessageBoard. Your question might already be answered in the FAQ.
User Forum At the HammerSound SoundFont Newsgroup and the HammerSound MessageBoard, the HammerSound users can post questions and ideas, discuss sound design, programming, computer music and other subjects related to the HammerSound site. If you have problems of any kind, use the Newsgroup or the MessageBoard instead of mailing your questions to me, chances are someone else knows the solution if I don't.
Links The Links section has links to all the SoundFonts on the net. Take a look if you are looking for SoundFonts you cannot find in the SoundFont Library. This section also has links to some of the HammerSound users.
Feedback Here's your chance to give feedback on this site. There is a guestbook for HammerSound users, and contact information for the site manager, Thomas Hammer.
About This section contains some information about the HammerSound site; history, long-term and short-term goals, as well as some statistics.


I'm really interested in tips & ideas on how to improve this site. I'd also like to get in touch with people with ideas, knowledge, sounds and spare time (or spare ftp-space!) who would like to help make this site great. Email me.

I also have a guestbook where people can put down their name and a comment on this site, on computer music making, or on life in general. Take a look at the feedback page.

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