video_Output – Justin Does Gearwire

Hello everyone, a little note before the post: The Ohmforce Groupbuy has been going so well that they had to add on additional discount levels! This is your chance to add some of the highest quality plug-ins to your system and save a guaranteed 51% in the process. Check out the previous post for current information.

I go to L.A. for a week and what does Justin do when I’m away? He manages to squeeze in three interviews with Gearwire. In the interviews Justin goes over some heavily used instruments in his setup, the x0xbox, TR-808 and a sound design monster: the Waterphone. In the videos you get a glimpse of his workspace and soon enough he will finally post his Workspace and Environment interview.

Roland TR-808 interview: Here!

Waterphone interview: Here!

Trash_Audio: One Year of Mayhem!

Trash_Audio is one year old!

I’d like to steal an entire post and say thank you to every single one of you who has come to our blog in our first year. Justin and I started out Trash_Audio to showcase how our friends work and the sort of environment this work is performed. It has connected many artists which otherwise would never be seen together and connected those within the same field that have yet to meet. We never expected such a response from the world and are thankful for all the positive feedback and criticism (which we mark as spam or send viruses to). In our everyday lives we say, ‘we should make a post about that’ almost every time we hang out. This phrase is usually uttered when we come across something meaningful to us which is has been increasing since the inception of our blog. I’ve learned about the dynamics of inspiration, the importance of aesthetics, the relevance of environment and how they are mandatory while working on any art form. I hope you’ve been able to take away something meaningful opposed to the increasingly common gear porn.

We’ve had over one hundred thousand unique visitors from hundreds of countries and from every single continent… except Antarctica! It has grown beyond our expectations and these numbers become a reality when people start spotting you randomly on the street, inviting you to events, or using the blog as a reference in normal conversation. Either way, Justin and I don’t see a penny from this blog and while we’re trying to work on that – it has no effect on the consistency of Trash_Audio.

As always I suggest writing to our e-mail on the right if you have any questions, want to talk about anything on our blog or simply want to say ‘Hello’. Justin and I answer every single one. Thank you all again and have a killer weekend. I’ll leave you with some iconic shots from past interviews.

Analogue Haven Interviews Bakis

Ultimate gear porn and extremely insightful interview of Bakis of Parallel Worlds. He was the founder of the Yahoo Doepfer user groups which sports over 1100 members and is my source for up-to-the-minute news regarding anything Doepfer. Also it helps that Dieter Doepfer and a couple other employees are active posters on the boards. The interview was conducted by, I’m assuming, Shawn Cleary of Analogue Haven. Here!

L.A. So Far…

Been in L.A. for a few days, met up with a bunch of friends both new and old. Everything will remain anonymous for the time being, so just enjoy the empty gear porn.

Droid 6th Year Anniversary – Venue Change

I just received this e-mail and if you were planning to come to the party in L.A. tonight, the venue has been changed.

due to some unforseen circumstances….we are now located at the emery
loft in east LA. the addy is as follows:

3411 e 15th St, EAST LA 90023

Only staff and DJ’s will be allowed to drive up to venue and enter
through the front door normally…..all other guests will have to be
shuttled in at the nearby drop point @ the corner of S Evergreen Ave &
E Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

they can call the droid info line at 323 743 8419…please spread the word.

For tickets, set times and more information, look down a few posts or follow this LINK. See you all tonight!

Ohm Force Group Buy

The ProtoolerBlog has gotten together with the plug-in geniuses at Ohm Force and are conducting a group buy that will get you up to 50% off. Considering that you’re not a student (whom already receive a 50% discount), this is a great way to grab some of the most beautiful plug-ins (aesthetically and sonically) I’ve ever used and obviously recommend the hell out of them.

*Updated Sunday October 27 – This group buy has been going so well that they had add on more discounts because it’s already reached beyond the peak halfway through! Currently the discount level is at 9 so as you read this, you’re guaranteed a slash of 51%!! Discounts can now go up to 60% I picked up the Ohmboyz Delay and the Quad Frohmage and saved myself over 150 Euros which is about 4,430 American dollars (not really).

Visit This Link and play around with the box to see where the group buy stands and how much it takes off of all the available plugs and bundles. Visit This Link to view all the rules associated with the buy.

These plug ins would make a great accessory to my samples below *wink* *nudge* *taps nose points to bathroom*

audio_ Output: Surachai Modular Kit

*update* – I’d like to thank everyone who has purchased the sample pack so far! Hope you’re enjoying it! Drop me a line if you have questions or comments!

Earlier this year, I was commissioned to produce a pack of samples that would’ve been sold for about $40 a download. I would’ve been compensated with $1250 (that’s about 12 Euros, 2 Pounds or 5 billion Yen) but after many months of spotty communication and general shady activity, I decided to step away and release the pack through Trash_Audio for a quarter of the price.

The samples were recorded at 24 Bit, 44,100 Khz, have a root in A and are sequenced at 120 BPM. I used only my modular synthesizer and analog delays in the production of the sample pack. I’m not proud of many of the melodic folders because of their obvious annoying riffs (which include transposed Slayer solos) though apparently these are what people are drawn to when purchasing a sample kit. Whenever I use a kit I always search for the one shot section but seeing as I was catering to an Acid/Garageband demographic, I had to include many folders I generally delete off the bat. With my preferences indulged, I included one shots, chromatic folders, REX loops and other folders. Originally these samples were to be excluded which I find particularly strange and extremely limiting. Hopefully someone finds a use for some of that melodic mess! The process took a couple weeks of refining from following their vague instructions.

Samples are arranged into the following folders: Arpeggiators, Bass, Drum One Shots, FX, Hi Hats Loops, Kick Loops, Leads, Mixed Beats, Pads, Percussion Elements, Rex Loops, Single Note Synths, Snare Loops, Synth Trails. Honestly, I have never seen sample packs with Snare Loops or Kick Loops. These files are essentially separated multitracks from a 2 bar drum sequence and in my opinion, a really strange inclusion. Then again, I’ve never used Acid or Garageband as a primary DAW, so it probably makes sense to someone.

To sum it up: for 10 bucks you get:
907 files, 592 Mbs of modular synthesizer samples.
Recorded at 24 Bit, 44,100 Khz, AIF Format

Surachai Modular Kit – $10

Download Preview: Here

Have questions or comments? Student or strapped for cash? Discounts available. E-mail me at

Noisesource Builds Miniwave

While riding my bike in Chicago and between dodging cars and cracks in the road, I sometimes have internal monologues. “You know what you need right now at this very precise moment? 256 waveforms. Not 255 or 257 waveforms, THAT wouldn’t make ANY sense. WHOA CAR!” Luckily fellow blogger buddy noisesource has just finished constructing and converting a Blacet Miniwave to a Eurorack format. It’s an incredible resource for those who want to dive into building kits and stay pale. You can read about his experience on his blog over HERE. As for the complexity of the build, try to my imagine my thingmamaKIT experience x666.

Droid 6th Year Anniversary – L.A. Here I Comes

*update: I have just received the set times. Hope to see all you there!

1000-1130 eezir live pa
1130-1200 tleilaxu music machine live pa
1200-1230 eustachian live pa
1230-0100 surachai live pa
0100-0140 derek michael live pa
0140-0240 jimmy edgar live pa
0240-0340 richard devine live pa
0340-close baseck vs general malice vs slyten

I will be heading to L.A. area for the second half of October. Droid Behavior is making the mistake of having a metal act open up their night but it seems like I’ll be among my kind with Eustachian and Richard Devine. The show, for certain, will be massive! More so than the NAMM show earlier this year. As usual, I’ll be bringing one my Doepfer suitcases full of goodies and an assortment of pedals. Come out and say ‘HAIL AND HORNS!’ Get your tickets: Here!
More information: Here!


We’ve got plans……or do we?

Video is by Corey Mixter, sound by Surachai.