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Guitar Pedal Demo Resource

Pro Guitar Shop Youtube
Here is something I’ve been searching for and think is a valuable resource when it comes to pedals. Without too much backstory, a few years ago I worked at a music shop in Maryland called Atomic Music. They employed mostly guitar buffs and I watched them talk their alien language while helping people with keyboards and recording. Since then I have been obsessive about delays and various high end/interesting pedals. I found a youtube account that has demos an array of interesting pedals that are worth checking out. As of this posting they have 150 videos ready to rock your bank account.
Props to whoever knows what pedal on the left is.

Surachai Modular Loops

And because all that ass kissing makes me sick, I’ve made some samples to share with you. Paris + catacombs closed for repairs = alone time with the modular. Repairing catacombs. Is it me or does that sound like a paradox? Anywho. these files are raw, no normalization, no compression, no sweetning. Mono, 16 bit, 44.1 Khz. Enjoy! You can download them here.

From the zip file:
Because I’m in Paris and my audio interface is in Chicago, I decided to use the line in on the Macbook. While I never done this before, It seems to work pretty well.

Use these samples however you want. Though I’d love to hear how you’re using them. You can send products, questions and comments to:

The current modular tour setup is:
Livewire Dalek
Cwejman VM-1
Doepfer A-188-2 BBD
Doepfer A-142-3 Quad LFO
Doepfer A-155 Sequencer
Harvestman Malgorithm
Harvestman Polivoks VCF
Plan B Mixer

audio_Output: Richard Devine – The Electronic Music Manuscript

Just released by Sony is the The Electronic Music Manuscript sound library, which happens to be a brilliantly thought out collection of sounds plus an ‘above and beyond’ style presentation that you don’t often see as part of commercially released sound libraries. The two CD set comes bundled with a large number of photographs which highlight some of Richard’s methods of mayhem, two videos showcasing the creative processes, a huge interview with Richard giving a more in depth look at his work and history, NI Battery kits and finally the 24bit WAV files…

I caught up with Richard this week for a quick interview about the release…

JM: It’s great to see a library full of sounds that you can’t exactly tie to a specific genre that come from a more experimental direction, what was your inspiration for the overall collection?

I wanted to make a library that would be useful for many different people. I was aiming for sound designers, composers working in Film/TV, radio, video games, and electronic music. I tried to create some really unique material that could be used in a loop format with ACID and Apple Loops, but also include single shot and Battery kits for those who want to program and manipulate the sounds on a more detailed level.

More ahead.

JM: People generally know your work from the electronic side of things, but I know you also use a lot of weird acoustic instruments and different types of microphones/pickups. Did any of that make it into the library?

I have recently been going out and doing tons of field recordings. I had Josh Kay who is a close friend of mine work with me on a lot of these recordings and sounds. We both used the Beyer Dynamic 930C stereo pair microphones for a lot of the outside ambiences and Foley objects. We also used the Rode NT4, AKG C-1000’s, DPA-4017’s Shotgun Microphones, Sony ECM-MS 5 and the Blue Dragon Fly microphone for the instruments here at the studio. We used the Sound Devices Mic Pre’s for all the outside location recording material. We recorded lots of strange instruments like the Water phones, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Talking Drums, Space Phones, Thunder Drums and Wooden Log Drums. We also recorded a small collection of Indian Pan Flutes, Bamboo Flutes, Ocarina’s and several Didgeridoo’s that I got in Australia. Some of favorite recordings came from the African Finger Pianos. We did a whole bunch of sessions doing prepared Finger Pianos. I have about 12 different ones that we recorded doing all sorts of strange stuff to. We would take a very John Cage approach to experimenting and getting new sounds out of these instruments. Sometime Hammering nails into the wood and using Magnets, Rubber Bands, Paper clips, wires, and small mechanical motors to play onto the metal tongs. You would be amazed at some of the variety of sounds we got. We did a 4-day recording session of my old Kurtzman grand piano, which was amazing. We placed the Water phone on top of the Piano Strings and played the water phone with a Violin bow, and let the metal bowel resonate into the chamber of the piano. It was a super creepy sound. All of these recordings made it into the final library. I was really happy with how this all turned out.

JM: While working with a company as large as Sony did they apply any limits to what you were able to create or did they let you design the library in the way that you wanted it?

The first person to contact me about doing the library was Richard Thomas who is one of the head directors of Audio at Sony Creative Software. We met at the 2007 NAMM show, and started talking about doing a library. Richard had mention to me that they had been interested in doing a library with me for a while. I was worried that it might be limited to a specific format or genre, but to my surprise they where completely open to what ever I was going to give to them. They had already done their homework and were keeping an eye on me for quite some time. They were familiar with my music, and the sound design work I have done for other companies. So it was a blessing that I was able to release this project with them without any limitations. They gave me total freedom over everything which is really amazing.

JM: The library actually comes with notes, photographs and even two videos. This is something I have never seen as part of a sound library, can you tell us a little more about this?

Yes, we wanted give more details about the project and how we recorded it. I almost felt like this was like releasing another record in a way. I love getting something that feels like you can get a glimpse of that artist life within a specific time period. I wanted extra linear notes, pictures, and videos so people could get an idea of how it all came together. To have some visual references that could be associated with the project. I think it is much more memorable then just having a bunch of folders with sounds on a DVD.

JM: Was there any specific or unusual sound design techniques that you used for any of the content in the library?

We used a lot of different techniques for this. We did lots of layering and combining of acoustic sounds with synthetic sounds. Like taking the sound of a train passing by and layering that with pitched down animal breathing sound, or layering the sound of a car driving over a bridge and layering that with the VCO of a Buchla 200e. Then sending them through a Eventide H-8000FW. We also used the Kyma System for lots of sound morphing and spectral FFT processing of sounds. I would run tons of field recordings through Kyma and get some really odd FM based modulated sound scapes, and beautiful granular bits. We used the Nord Modular G2 and Roland V-Synth GT for lots of Format and Elastic type sounds. A large portion of sounds where created using the Cwejman S1 and Doepfer Modular systems that we have here. We even used a handful of circuit bent
machines like the Highly Liquid bent 707, and TR-808.

JM: As far as I know this is your first commercially released sound design library, are there plans for more in the future?

Yes, I have lots of cool things planned the future. I am hoping to get into making my own custom hardware sometime. I have lots of interesting concepts that I have been trying to realize into hardware. I have been talking to Mike Brown (Livewire Synthesizers) and working with many software companies developing new interesting sounds for other virtual plug-in packages. We are also trying to launch our own small boutique sound design company DevineSound. I want to launch some really crazy new libraries in the near future for users who have Kontakt and Battery.

‘The Electronic Manuscript: A Richard Devine Collection’ can be purchased and previewed here.

Kammerl Audio Plugs

Greetings from Barcelona! Everything on this tour has been insane and the responses have been great! So thanks if you happened to come out. For the next few weeks I have some downtime and decided to go around the beaches asking if people want massages. Or more. Anyways, onto the reason I’m making a post….
Julius Kammerl just sent an e-mail informing me that he has just released his plug-ins to the public for the outrageous price of free. They have previously only been available for select artists including members of Funkstorung. I’ve been waiting (pestering him) for months for these to finally be released and even though I have tinkered around with them for about a day, I can say that they’ll make it in the heavy rotation of plugs I’ll use.
First and foremost I must compliment Klaus Kaske on his artwork for all the plugs. Anything that promotes some sort of bizarre bestiality is fair game in my book. There are five plugs and the names are extremely vague: The Slicer, The Scratcher, The Pitcher, The Looper, The Warm Distortion. Should you have questions about the functions of the plugs, there is a nifty readme that explains it in very basic and useful terms.
These plugs seem to be an intelligent, high quality and more functional reiteration of some of Live’s already existing plugs. Strangely I’m drawn to The Warm distortion and The Pitcher because of it’s subtle but extremely high attention to detail. The Pitcher exactly what it’s supposed to do but opposed to some other pitch benders, this one sounds great! The Looper is an endless stream of inspiration and fun. Hearing the loops slowly circulate through the file can suck you in for hours. I can keep doing these one liners but just download the thing and make your own mind up.

“Michael Fakesch is going to release a dvd with music videos on K7. These plugins are also part of this dvd as a little extra feature. “

Click on the logo below to get to the goods….

The Great Mundane : reMIXproject

A really excellent electronica/hip hop (with a touch of Jazz) artist by the name of The Great Mundane has an open submission remix project running right now. There are three tracks available for remixing and you can download zip files with all of the content directly from his site. The remixes are due no later then 11:59PM (Central Time) Sunday May 25th and the best of will appear on an upcoming album.

International Dance Party

Very rarely I will find a new product that immediately impresses me. But the day has arrived and we now have this amazing machine called the “International Dance Party.” Over the last 20 years in an underground secret lab, this device was invented. It’s first intention was to ’cause’ dance parties to happen at any location. It was later downgraded to a machine that could merely ‘detect’ parties currently in action and then add to them. Anyway, check out the video in the full post….

More info here:

Bomb the Bass : Butterfingers Video

While Surachai is in Europe eating cheese, I will take this opportunity to post things that he would normally not allow. Starting with this amazing video I just found via MatrixSynth that was created by Perish Factory for the track called Butterfingers by Bomb The Bass. Click the image to view…


A+ student Richard Devine just told me that Mike Brown of Livewire Synthesizers just released the AFG for Pre-order!! I imagine these will sell out quickly because they’re limited editions that look SICK! At NAMM, I managed to pin point every single one of its features and produce every sound capable of this oscillator in the 3 minutes I played with it. No forreal, I probably didn’t grasp 2% of what it is capable of but apparently it has sick FM capabilities and a tremendous amount of options (number of knobs and patch points: science!).
If you don’t know how you’re going to stimulate the economy, I suggest getting one of these guys. I’m picking one up immediately after I get back from tour. Click on the picture for the site and audio examples! More later….

A Day in the Life of Surachai

After a beautiful night of dinner, movies and in-depth conversation, we were parting ways until I sealed my fate….

Me: “Hey, do you want to come in and play with my modular?”
Her: “I have no idea what that is but ok ?

We haven’t talked since……

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