Since it can take not only brain cells and time but actual hard currency to complete a major undertaking and retain control of content, market and ethos, iRompler has been in hiatus to provide the means to finish this groundbreaking freeware project. Aaaaaand we’re back. In the meantime it’s been good to see the recognition of iRompler’s free .sfz SoundFont mapping capabilities from the lovely and very talented team at Camel Audio.
It seems that many people are unaware of the multi faceted awesomeness of iRompler. In life, some things are merely one thing but others are several things contained within one thing. Very few of them are free. iRompler is that rare beast, a free thing that does many things. It is currently undergoing a major revamp to include support for REX2 files and scripting for certain functions. The integration of iRompler Player, Mapper and Store will make it easy to create and distribute sampled instruments and loops in a timely fashion.
The GUI or Graphic User Interface for iRompler is in the process of being integrated into one, three tab solution. The iRompler Mapper, Player and Store will soon be all together in one easy to use yet stylish blend.
The iRompler mapper now cleverly both imports and exports Cakewalk’s .sfz format.
The specifications of .sfz formats can be found here:
iRompler.com LLC is looking for sound library developers and sampled instrument makers either with or without previous experience. You can become a developer without any existing sampler software. iRompler is free to download and you can use it to map your sounds into an instrument and upload them to the iRompler Store. If you want to produce your own sampled instruments and sell them or share them contact iRompler.com LLC.
iRompler.com LLC will be mooching around the 2010 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim in California on Thursday 14th January. They will be dropping flyers and talking to anyone who will listen about the project and the life changing properties of tea and Baxter’s minestrone soup.
This will enable you to convert sampled instruments you have made in Giga3/GigaStudio, EXS24, Kontakt, Reason NN-XT, SFZ, SoundFont, SampleCell, Kurzweil, Ensoniq, Akai, Emu, Roland and others into .xsml files to upload to the iRompler Store for distribution either as a commercial or free instrument.
Translator is a cross platform application.
So, after three months of dungeoning, Sainsbury’s panini re-ups and Bombay Aloo, the development team has returned to the home of the brave and land of the free (allegedly). Those of us left in the land of dodgy teeth and tweed jacketed geezers are hastily preparing to upload full versions of videos showing the uninitiated how best to turn their own sounds into sample instruments and share or sell them using a unique portal system that acts as a plug-in, that and do a daft voiceover…
Naming protocols for sampler instruments can be very difficult to design. If you are working on a system by which instrument developers can easily chose from a hierarchical menu a description which exactly fits their instrument or set of samples you need to be inclusive but not overly fussy. Obviously you want to avoid having every other developer having to choose the famously popular ‘Other’ field and then having to categorise that instrument yourself and invent a name for it. If a sound can be recorded then it can be turned into an iRompler instrument which unfortunately means that you need a system that reflects that.
If you can record ambient sounds of someone playing an Iranian flute instrument next door through a wall while you make tea and toast then you can map it in iRompler and distribute it (I would probably be inclined to distribute it as a free download, personally…). I suppose this would be an ‘Other’.