Expert Sleepers Interface

This is an important step into the analog digital interface movement. Expert Sleepers have developed an interface that provides DC/AC-Coupling so your audio interface doesn’t have to.

Prototype of the Expert Sleepers ES-1 interfacing module.

This Eurorack format module serves two purposes:

– When connected to a DC-coupled audio interface, provides CV amplification.

– When connected to an AC-coupled audio interface, provides CV decoding for use with the Expert Sleepers AC Encoder plug-in.

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Expert Sleepers Website

Jonathan Snipes + STG

Video Description
Jonathan Snipes of Captain Ahab ( is such a remarkably enthusiastic STG Soundlabs Time Modules user that when he emailed me and said “I hear you’re working on a clock divider module that runs off the STG Sync Bus … please let me know when i can have it” I couldn’t help but just go ahead and mail him my own prototype. (don’t worry, i built another and yes he paid for it)
Jonathan was so happy to be able to extract all sorts of different rhythmic clocks driven by his TR-808 that he made this video showing off the Time Divider driving all sorts of aspects of his modular synthesiser and gave it to me to post up here in my U-Toob account.
We’ve still got a couple of firmware sniggles to deal with, but here is the 97 percent operational Time Divider being used in the composition of a track which Donald Crunk declared “hot as shit” when he heard it, and I’m inclined to agree with him.
I’m not entirely sure what the Time Divider is doing here, but I’m hearing a lot of rhythmic intervals happneing against the TR-808 that simply would not be possible with anything other than the Time Divider or a rack full of extremly hard-to-find Garfield Mini-Docs.
The Time Divider will be available soon from STG Soundlabs ( and not too long after from Analogue Haven (

Thank you very much, Jonathan.

Synth Meet 7 Updates

A number of developments have occurred throughout the past week. Some of the original guests that were supposed to fly in have been kept at home due to work related issues and hopefully they’ll be able to join us in the next synth meet. With that out of the way here’s some of the things I’ll have to show at the Synth Meet on Sunday.

Tip Top Audio is sending two Z3000 MKII Oscillators that feature a new waveshaper.

– I’ll have a Gorilla case that will sport Tip Top Audio power and an insane amount of customizable features including shock-mounted stabilization for the touring musician. Pictures and proper review on it later.

Make Noise is letting me bring the Skiff along with the Pressure Points expander Brains beta to make up for his absence.

And that’s just my share.

Harvestman will be arriving with a Stillson Hammer – which is a hex-output burst generator. Uhh.. I’m assuming that spits out crazy gates.

STG will be bringing the behemoth Archangel Sequencer

We have people coming from all over the country and along with them an insane amount of gear. We’re currently at full capacity and can’t take anymore people. Thanks for all of the interest and get at us earlier for the next synth meet. Sunday can’t come soon enough!

Workspace and Environment: Making the Noise

We still have spots left for the Synth Meet 7 coming this Sunday. It’s sure to be as lively as all of the past events combined! Onto the article:

I found Adam Ribaudo of Making the Noise from Twitter, saying that he just released his first album. I followed a few links, bought his album and knew he used a Monome after hearing it. I wondered what his space looked like and how things fit into it. I asked, he responded. Here’s what he said…

I started making music while I was in high school around 1998. Before that, I was listening to a lot of Underworld and Pet Shop Boys and had been exposed to the MOD scene which made making electronic music seem very accessible. With the spread of pirated software, I was at some point introduced to ACID and Rebirth and also Jeskola Buzz. I now gladly pay for the tools I use. Ableton should turn around and thank a pirate…
It wasn’t until very recently that I started performing out with a set that was heavily inspired by a Daedelus set I saw in NYC in 2009. I wanted to take what he was doing, creating a seamless danceable experience, but use only originally produced material. That’s what I’ve done and that’s what I’m tuning as I go from show to show gauging the crowd’s response to each section.

My initial motivation was just exploring the soundscape that software could make and no other instrument could. I can still remember hearing lowpass filter sweeps and knowing them only as “that effect that makes everything sound like wwwaaaaa”. That and delay and reverb and synthesis just totally transported me to other places and I wanted to figure out how it was done and where else it could take me.
At this point you could say base novelty has worn off now that synthesized music is ever-present in our daily lives but a number of other things keep me motivated. One is watching the electronic music scene evolve. I love when artists bring something new to the table and that’s something I strive to do. I think we all benefit when people take chances and put something honest out there. Another is watching the electronic music tools evolve. We’re in something of a golden age of software creativity tools. Lastly, the opportunity to perform live has been a bigger and bigger motivation as I’ve come into my own skin on stage after a handful of performances. It’s a big and frightening leap for a bedroom producer but it’s paid off.

Favorite Hardware
The monome by far. Besides its sleek minimal design, the draw is that instead of telling you how it should be programmed, it asks you. Out of the box, the monome comes with no pre-programmed instructions, it’s up to you the user (as opposed to the manufacturer), to provide it with instructions. Those instructions can be written in any language that supports the OSC protocol, but you can always look to the rich community of user-created apps if you’re looking for inspiration or functionality that’s already been created.

Favorite Software
At the core of my live set is a piece of software that I wrote for the monomer called 7up. It essentially splits the monomer into pages of functions. One page can give you a step sequencer while another triggers loops, and another sends MIDI ctrl values or notes. All of these actions are recordable and can be running in parallel which makes a great interface for controlling complex arrangements live and without the need to touch the laptop. One great advantage of relying heavily on your own software is that all your bug reports go to the front of the queue.

Workspace and Environment
I live in a small one-bedroom apartment in Cambridge and having your studio 3 feet from your bed is all a producer can ask for. It helps that my setup is super minimal – consisting only of my laptop, monome, and sometimes the Oxygen8 if I’m working on melodies. In theory, it shouldn’t matter where I’m cranking out material but I’ve always found it easiest to work at odd hours during the night while at home as opposed to being out on the road.
I can’t say I’m self-conscious about my finished product but I do get unnerved if anyone is around while I’m arranging. I don’t think most people realize how monotonous producing can be. I’ve sat for hours tweaking the most insignificant parameters of the same 4 bar loop, but it never seems strange to me unless someone else is around.

Ideal Location
I sometimes fantasize about an elaborate studio setup in a remote location with no neighbors and top quality gear, but in the end I don’t think I could work like that all the time. I like that music weaves itself in and out of my life and that I can go weeks without making music, bottle up that creative energy, and unleash it when appropriate. If I locked myself in a cabin with the mission of making my best work now that I have the “perfect” setup, I’d not make anything worthwhile and go nuts to boot.

What is the name you work under and where can we find your work?
Making the Noise
Making the Noise – you can do anything. except for some things Album

Korg Monotron: Baseck + cEvin Key

Baseck is on tour in Japan with cEvin Key right now and that usually means one thing – searching for esoteric gear. I just thought this video was funny and am trying to legitimate reason for posting it. Imagine I wrote a long winded preface about how Japan is the leader in technology and how manufacturers choose to release a lot of products there first.

this is the korg monotron! i been drooling over it ever since i seen a video of it from musikmesse frankfurt. we found them in a shop in tokyo for $50 usd. cevin, djoto, alan, and i all bought one! this thing is ILL! such deep sub bass when it’s hooked up to a system. i can’t wait to rock it on my tour. here we were at the great buddha in kamakura japan. first monotron to ever visit the great buddha! :) what an amazing site it was. Thanks Korg for making another useful low cost pocket sized monster!!!


GrainCube is a four part granular processing instrument with numerous randomizing functions and modulation capabilities that allow for indescribable sonic mischief. The heart of GrainCube is a 400mb sample map of exclusive sample material from Richard Devine & Josh Kay of DevineSound. GrainCube is a collaboration between DevineSound & Rick Scott (Rachmiel), with additional programming and GUI tweaks by Igor Shilov of Twisted Tools. An additional version is also available for the Jazzmutant Lemur, re-imagined by Antonio Blanca.

We offer two versions of the instrument so people who don’t have lemurs can use it as well! And it’s FREE!

Richard Devine & Josh Kay: Concept & Sound Design –

Rick Scott: Concept & Programming –

Download GrainCube

Also, Richard sent me a track he made with his modular and didn’t want to make a post just for it, so here it is: Richard Devine – York Capacitor

Trash_Audio & Xart: Synth Meet 7

This is the official Spring Synth Meet in Chicago presented by Trash_Audio and Xart. We’ve hosted 6 of these events before and they keep getting more attention so much so that we had to start turning people away last time.

We’re having The Harvestman from Washington, Make Noise from North Carolina, STG from Illinois, and other guests that will be announced. There will also be new products making their debut from a few manufacturers including some from the aforementioned.

We’ll have to put a limit on the amount of people this time around because while these events are a great place to network, Xart’s studio is getting too packed! Also, if you’re a modular/pedal/synth manufacturer, I highly suggest you get in touch to have your gear laid out so people can experience it. If you’re interested in coming please e-mail:

Here are some videos of the past events:

Also, here is an advanced notice for another night we’re hosting in June:

Chicago Modular Musickal Extemporization Klinic June 19 2010

The XART Studio + Media Research Center will be hosting more fun for

2010. Charles Cohen + hair_loss (Color Is Luxury) will be in Chicago

to do a modular synthesizer/ electronics based improv workshop/clinic!

– a talk and demo of the architecture of the Buchla Easel – a

Performance + discussing and working up patches suitable for free

improv + small group jams / improv games- try ideas out, collaborate

(and listen!) + plenty of time for give and take all along the way!

Seating/Spots will be limited. This is a RSVP workshop with a modest donation.

If you are interested get on our list: email: please

put Chicago Modular Musickal Extemporization Klinic in the subject! We

will forward information.

Friday, May 7th: Plague Bringer, Abominable Iron Sloth, Sender Receiver, Surachai

May 7th, 2010

Cobra Lounge

235 North Ashland

Plague Bringer

The Abominable Iron Sloth

Sender Receiver


Come out! All nights at Cobra Lounge are free.

I’ll have shirts and stickers available.

Saturday, May 1st: Mayday Mayhem: Professor Kliq, Royb0t, Polyfuse and Millipede Live

Tomorrow night I’ll be playing live with some cool people. I am also going to do this show a little different then I have in the past, which means, no computer. Instead I am bringing out a small selection of acid gear. The setup now is x0xb0x, tr-808, drone commander, grundig shortwave radio, line 6 delay, alesis ineko multi fx, tube overdrive pedal, vintage multiband eq pedal, a soundcraft mixer and last but not least, some fancy lights.

Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 9:30pm, 21+

Silvie’s Lounge

1902 W. Irving Park Road

Chicago, IL


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Professor Kliq




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