Category Archives: music

Pre Namm 2015 rumours and facts

Well, this is one of the most exiting times of the years for all of us gear geeks! Namm is around the corner and rumours and new products are all over the internet! Let’s check out some of them…

One of the most exiting news for this year is the reissue of the ARP Odyssey by Korg. They put up the site arpsynth.com and there’s a live stream that will take place the 21st of January.

But in the last days of December, Behringer started some rumours of their own version of the Odyssey for about U$500 on their Facebook page.

Some days ago, a few images of a new Roland Synth were leaked on Facebook, and deleted a few days after, but, according to MusicRadar, the synth exists and it would be an analog/digital hybrid, and the guys at create digital music say that it might have some polyphonic capabilities, very much in the original Junos fashion.

Clavia has also posted a teaser for a new synth in their Youtube channel. We don’t have a clue of what this might be!

Akai has launched three new controllers with lots of control, specially for plugin instruments with seamless integration.

Dave smith has launched a new Eurorack modular, the DSM002 character module. According to Dave Smith himself, this is the character section from the Prophet 12 and the Pro 2, with all the digital effects like grith and air, hack, decimate and drive.

Legendary italian company Generalmusic (GEM, LEM, Elka) apparently has been bought by a finish company which will be manufacturing new products

Casio has announced the XW-PD1 and XW-DJ1. The first one is a groovebox and the latter a DJ controller.

Also, Arturia, has been talking about a new interface that promises to be revolutionary…

Any thoughts? Leave them on the comments section!

Happy Bday to us!!

September is our Bday month, so, this year, we went absolutely mad and we are offering a 40% Off in all our products by using the code PiggyBirthday!! So, let everyone know we went mad and share the love!!!

Bday Sale

Code: PiggyBirthday

The Brats & Toy Thief (Mozambique 2013)

This great animation short for which we had the honour and pleasure to score and do all sound design is finally available on YouTube!!

Enjoy it!

Also, the good guys at FXlda are planning to make this a Full Movie. That’s why they’ve created a found rising campaign. You can collaborate with this project at their Indiegogo page So, what are you waiting? If you loved the short, help the guys make this project happen!!

Why does my product need music?

One question we’ve been asked a lot is that: why does it need music?
I mean, it’s really hard to picture a movie without music, or a video game without music, or it’s even uncomfortable for us to watch a tv commercial without music; however, the question remains: why?

In my opinion, I think it’s just the same answer to why we spend so many hours of hour day listening to music if it seems not to be that important to our life.
Well… that’s the key: it seems. It affects so much our lives, much more than we think. It’s a way to express, to communicate that uses some rules that are even older than language. It’s not something that we are aware of, but our brain is hardwire in such a way that we know what to feel when we listen to something.

We are somehow, slaves to music: music makes us dance, smile, makes us cry, think, it makes us have feeling of longing, it makes us happy. We don’t even know why. But, our brain is hardwired to respond in a certain way when we listen to certain things. Think about it whenever we hear a baby crying, we stay alert because we know, something is probably wrong. The same happens when we hear screaming asking for help. Both things have something in common, they are in the same frequencies range. When we ask for help, our voice gets automatically higher pitched than normal, and we know someone needs help, no matter if uses the word “help” or just the vowel sound “ah”. See? we don’t even need a word for that, It’s much important how we say things that the words we use. Music, shares this same code with spoken language, only that music, takes mucho shorter paths to get to our emotions than language. So, be it a song, a jingle or just a piece of instrumental music, the music that goes along with some product must be in concordance with what we want to say about our product. There must be prosody. This is vital, and we must always remember that music takes shortcuts to awake feelings and emotions. So, for example, lets say that my product is a bank, so, the music we’re gonna use, must make the listener to feel confidence, security, seriousness. It can’t generate any doubts. The same happens when we face a political jingle in the middle of a campaign: everything must be confident, nothing can sound like a question. It can not generate doubts. It’s not the same to say “vote for me” than to say “well… yeah… vote for me…” In the first one, weather we believe or not in the candidate, we know for sure that the candidate believes in what he/she is saying. In the second example, we know the candidate is not very convinced of what he/she is saying. And we don’t even have to think about it. We don’t know why, but the second candidate doesn’t inspire so much confidence as the first one does.
On the other hand, maybe, our product wants the listener to have a feeling of longing, and there, we don’t need a piece of music that is so confident. Maybe we need something less stable, some doubt, even some sadness.

We invite you to listen to the next stock musics and try to rationalise which of them communicates better what your product is trying to say. We also invite you to take a tour and listen to all our stock music libraries, and maybe you’ll find something that suits the needs of your product, and if you don’t find anything that says what your product has to say, please, contact us and we’ll create a piece of music, a jingle or a song that is in exact prosody with your product and what you wanna say about it.

Pre NAMM 2014 Rumours

With NAMM 2014 around the corner, since last week we’ve been hearing and reading and watching rumours, teasers, leaks, of new products… This are the ones that got our attention:

Moog Sub37 – Seems to be a polyphonic, paraphonic analog sinthesizer. Pretty much the structure of the SubPhatty: 2 VCOs, 1 Sub OSC, Noise, 6, 12, 18 or 24 VCF with multidrive, 2 EGs, etc.
The cool thing about this, is the 37 note keyboards, and the fact that it can play more than one note at a time, I suppose that for it’s structure, it can handle duophony. 2 notes at a time sharing same VFC and VCA.

Nord Lead A1 – Well… not a rumour, but a fact. The swedish company has a new Virtual Analog synth. They say it’s the best analog modelling they’ve made so far; 24bits DAC should make this statement true. 24 voices of polyphony, 4 parts multitimbral with 4 independent line outs, a new oscillator design, multimode filter with emulations of the Moog Ladder filter and the TB-303, and a new effects section should make this synth very appealing for live usage as well as for the studio users.

Elektron Analog Rytm: They’ve just announce this on their Facebook page. It’s an analog drum machine with sample support. Analog filter and overdrive per voice, 12 velocity and pressure pads, reverb and delay (as sends), step sequencer, analog master compresor and distortion… Seems to be something you should definitely want to have in your studio.

Blue Microphones Hampton: Blue says it’s a small diaphragm condenser mic, and they say it will be exceptional for miking instruments like guitar, percussion, toms, strings, etc. And as a Blue mic’s user, I’ve got to tell you, if they say so, trust them.

Roland Aira: See? this is where I truly get lost. Roland has been teasing and leaking it’s new line of products named Aira. They seem to be four products in the line: something based on the TR 808, something based on the TR 909, VT-3 vocal modifier, and everyone out there is assuming that the fourth product will be something based on the TB 303.
There’s no much information, only speculations and some leaked images, and a couple of videos that doesn’t show that much. Some people are saying that Roland will be joining Korg at the analog revival, some others are saying that this machines will be digital recreations of the originals, and others say this will be digital products that will have nothing to do with the original… something like the Jupiter 80…
It’s Roland, so I’m a bit sceptical about this, but, in the bottom of my heart, I’ve got the hope that this will be a new analog line of products from the company… guess we will have to wait…

Any Bets?

Merry Xmas and a Funky new year!!!

New Stock Music Library is out!

Our newest addition!
Epic, sober, cool, relaxed, classy, circus, fun, happy, and even latin stuff is included!

Check it out!!!

Latest jobs

You can check our latest jobs in here
Enjoy!

Tv commercials August

A couple of TV commercials produced by us and our good friends at Urcomedia

TV BABY SIX from urcomedia on Vimeo.

TV SEXY SIX from urcomedia on Vimeo.

Tv Geant Travel from urcomedia on Vimeo.

Happy Birthday to us!!

It’s September, and it is also our 1st anniversary!!! We are really happy about everything we went through this last year… we were involved in the music/sound design of three films, many radio and tv commercials, a theatre play, some institutional videos, a couple of custom presets design, and the best of all: lots of new friends around the globe!!

So, this month we’ll be launching some new products and some announcements. Also, we are giving a 10% discount code for any of our products in twitter, so, follow us @piggysounds and just RT any of our tweets, use the hastag #piggysounds or just mention us @piggysounds in any of your tweets and you’ll get a code, valid for any of our products!!

We love you guys!
The Piggysounds’ team