Tonight I’ll be trying my hand at something I’ve never done before, which is co-hosting a monthly Industrial/Electro/EBM/Whatever night in Chicago. It’s the 3rd Thursday of every month and tonight is the first one…
EBM like it’s 1989
Thursday January 21st
Professor Kliq (Live PA)
Polyfuse (DJ Set)
Occurring the third Thursday of the month at Silvie’s Flesh is an industrial electro dance throw down off all things dark and slithery with a kicking bassline.
Admission: Free before 11 with RSVP to email@example.com, $5 after
9pm++ at Silvies
1902 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60613
One block west of the Irving Park Brown Line stop.
We had a great time everywhere in Anaheim but NAMM itself this year. You’ll notice that this NAMM video doesn’t have too much NAMM in it because… well, it sucked and we’re separating the useful information from this video. The approximate five booths that kept our attention were the ones that featured a direct line of communication with the manufacturer, engineer or designer themselves. Though, we found a way to infiltrate and see it for ourselves. Most of our time was spent with friends, at our place, on our terms. This resulted in a BBQ that had almost every modular manufacturer show up and having people declare it being the best thing they’ve ever experienced at NAMM, though it could’ve been the booze talking. It was incredible to see all of our friends and meet new ones. We already miss you. Hail and horns!
Gur Milstein from Tip Top Audio spent a moment to explain his new protoype case and the Z8000 Matrix Sequencer at NAMM 2010. Perhaps I’ve edited out some essential parts but I hope these videos clear up some general questions of the functionality.
I’m currently working on our main video and these modular demonstrations are a bit too long to be included so I’ve separated the equipment demonstration/interviews and will present them as fast as I can upload them.
Here is Anthony Rolando of Make Noise showing off two controllers: Pressure Points and René.
First topic, is anyone going to the NAMM show this year? We’ll be there but there’s also a cool event happening this Friday evening with a nice lineup of performers, including: John Tejada, Richard Devine, Deru, Laura Escude, Scott Pagano, CPU, DJ Kero, Acid Circus, Derek Michael, Baseck, Eezir, Trifonic, DJ G Ov, Moldover, Henry Strange, Peter Kirn and very likely more that are not mentioned. You can find Workspace and Environment interviews/photos with three of the artists mentioned by checking out the sidebar on the right. This way —>
Besides that, I just found this awesome interview with Chromeo where they are talking a bit about gear:
- Do you ever buy a keyboard or a synthesizer just because you know it was used by someone you look up to?
- Chromeo: Oh yeah. Like I know, pretty much, you can give me any song and I’ll tell you what keyboard was used.
- [Hall and Oates’ 1981 hit single] “Private Eyes”?
- Chromeo: Private Eyes!? That’s a CR78 drum machine, a CT70 Piano. I actually, when I bought by CT70, I recreated [that] song. Cause I had all those machines. [Laughs]. And most of Hall and Oates is CR78, LM1 drum machine, or CT70 piano. And I also know that ‘cause we’ve done shit with them. [Laughs]
And finally, I just came across a video demonstrating the ‘Rock Band Network’ which will essentially let users upload their own music content but also embed the rock band performance data within, so a user can ‘sequence’ their own patterns to their own songs. I think this will become pretty insane when it launches:
Justin graciously let me borrow his Roland TR-808 and when trying to program some patterns I noticed a few problems. A) I’m clearly too stupid to work this machine – I eventually figured it out but off the bat, both the Pattern knob the Auto Fill In knob were double teaming my brain and left me staring at shifting patterns that mocked me with changing tempos. B) The sequencing buttons themselves have been accumulating grime over the years which makes it difficult to activate a note. I would gladly take this thing apart and clean it but it’s not mine. C) It’s outdated. While the interface is preferred for many people, I’d rather do this on a computer or something more flexible like a Machinedrum. Long story short, I decided to sample it and save people the hassle of finding/buying one. Oh yeah and it’s free.
All the audio came out of the Hi Level Master Output of the TR-808 into a Focusrite Platinum Voicemaster Preamp then hit a RME Fireface UC and was recorded at 24 bit 48 kHz in Logic and saved as AIFF files. I used AudioFinder to create fade in and outs manually on every sample, batch normalize and rename. I tried to keep the signal chain as short as possible as I’ve heard TR-808 sample banks that sound like processed garbage. I have two versions of this sample pack – the first one being a dynamic version that includes one shots of the samples as they hit my interface, with the different parameters on the Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Cymbals, etc. the volume changes dramatically. Additionally there is an alternate version where all the samples are normalized to 0 dB. I see reasons to have both as an option but if you’re in doubt, grab the normalized version. I made this for myself and was going to share it with a few close friends but figured the world might find some use for it.
[co]sen_tasi has been an ongoing collaborative effort between myself and JP Robles for the past few years. We tracked instruments and threw ideas around a few days in his old studio as far back as 2007 and have been sending each other stems back and forth over the years. We released our first EP, Clarity in Japanese, in 2007. Until we start caring about our music in that way, this release is free and hopefully you’ll find something to take away from it.
Shit! When you think someone’s figured it out someone else has another take on the same idea. The problem is: I’m not rich and it’s because of things like this that will keep me in this financial state! Take an idea like the matrix synthesizer and get two great minds to interpret it and manufacture how they see the ideal matrix synthesizer and you get two products thats are related but will get you entirely different results. At this point it’s whatever fits your needs and it’s whatever gets you to your goal easiest. I’m excited to see this thing in action next week at NAMM and with a faceplate so I can actually understand what’s happening
The new sequencer for modular synthesizers, designed by Make Noise and developed with yerpa58. A short bunch of clips I took one afternoon while beta testing. The patch is same for all clips. Doepfer A-110 controlled by RENÉ CV OUT, Square Wave applied to QMMG which is set to BOTH mode and controlled by RENÉ Gate-X and Gate-Y. The RENÉ sequencer is driven by 3 clocks. The master clock generated by the Wogglebug, and then divided by MATHS to create the second and third clocks. Come see the Make Noise RENÉ, MATHS, Wogglebug and QMMG at NAMM 2010, Analogue Haven Boothe.