visual_Output: Totally Wired

I found a message in my e-mail saying that I might be interested and yes I am! There are too many worthwhile things to list from the video that if I’d be describing every single frame. So instead of that, press play…

You might be interested in the trailer for my forthcoming documentary called ‘Totally Wired’, which is about Andreas Schneider and his infamous analogue store in Berlin, Germany, called ‘Schneider’s Buero’. The doc explores the relationship between the boutique builders and gear- lusty musicians who make Schneider’s Buero an interface in its own right. Doc features some heavy inventors like Wowa Cwejmann, Dieter Doepfer and Ken Maccbeth as well as musicians like Ricardo Villalobos, Daniel Miller and Junior Boys.

Niamh Ahern
Director, ‘Totally Wired’

Trailer for ‘Totally Wired’ from Niamh Ahern on Vimeo.

Workspace and Environment: Justin Pearson of The Locust

For a good portion of the year The Locust are on on the road and when they’re not melting faces, the members are spread out across seven hundred twenty six bands and forty eight record labels. Justin Pearson, the bassist, graciously gave some time out of his lax schedule to do a quick interview and share some pictures. Enjoy!

Justin Pearson of The Locust

i was born in chicago and currently reside in san diego. i started “officially” making music/ sound about 17 years ago. i suppose what got me motivated was the obvious interest in music, bands, and the culture that was attached to certain genres of music and art. i use my legal name, justin pearson. ive been or are still part of the following bands: the locust, some girls, holy molar, head wound city, swing kids, crimson curse, ground unicorn horn, swing kids, struggle.

What is your current favorite piece of hardware?
im not sure what you mean by hardware. usually that word when in musical context is attached to a drum kit’s hardware. i do play drums but im not that stoked on my set to where id have a favorite piece. so ill take this and apply it to my bass set up. and easily say that its my ampeg dan armstrong prototype bass. its a fav for the obvious. its what i use to create music. sure effects, amps and so on all help in creating sounds but its the bass that i use my hands with, and it has to fit in so many ways. its like a snipers favorite gun, a race car drivers favorite car, a dogs favorite ball.

What is your current favorite software or plugin?
i dont personally use software.

How does your physical space and surroundings influence your workflow?
i have worked in some of the most impractical rehearsal studios. either due to little physical space, or filthy slum lord style, or a bedroom. i do feel that i can write in any place as long as there is a good connection with whom im playing with. but the nicer and more practical the rehearsal space, im sure the easier it is to write. i guess i just have low standards.

Are you involved in any sound work like films or sound design?
no. i wish i was though.

What was the first piece of hardware you remember obtaining? The last?
first was when my moms cousin loaned me a gibson les paul when i was twelve. that was what actually planted the seed of creating music in my mind. last, is something by trogotronic. dont know the name of it as it was a one of a kind pedal.

What is on your current ‘wish list’?
honestly, im pretty into what i have. but again, im intrigued by the stuff that nelson from trogotronic makes. the stuff he uses in bastard noise and geronimo is amazing. so if i had the money and time, id submerge myself into his realm of sound.

Do you have a setup for live performances?
all the gear i use is used for live performances. this would include 2 ampeg dan armstrong bass guitars, two ampeg svt bass heads, a 2 x 15″ speaker cab, and a slew of effects pedals.

How many physical locations have you had your studio?
im not quite sure. for some of the projects i was involved in i was just doing vocals so i had little to nothing with me. but as far as my bass set up, its traveled to many places over the years. i suppose they became a bit better over the years. or maybe not better but more specific to what i was doing and what i needed a studio for.

You can find some of Justin Pearson’s projects here:

Access Virus TI – Software Public Beta 2.7

Just released today by Access, the version 2.7 Public Beta of the Virus TI Software which now includes:

– The Atomizer (Glitch/Beat chop effect, controllable via keyboard)

– Extra USB output, bringing the total USB outputs to three. (Using this removes the ability to use the TI as an audio interface)

– Support for multiple Virus TIs on one system!

Coming to future Beta/Release versions: USB Audio Input and Virus Control Center software which will let you overwrite ROM banks, make backups, and install OS versions.

Image via Flikr/Matrixsynth, original here.

On a side note, I have been a long time Virus user starting with the Virus A then the B (Indigo 1) and I’ve just picked up the Virus TI Polar. I can defiantly say that the integrated/plugin aspect of the TI system has really increased my productivity and my work flow. It really does work just like any normal plugin with the added benefit of having the full hardware right in front of you and total patch recall on song load. On previous versions of the Virus, I was mainly using it in single voice mode and recording each part into the computer. Now I take full advantage of using the multitimbral capabilities as well as the various output configurations. My typical setup has the main analog outputs of the Virus normalled to a DBX386 tube preamp while having the two (now three!) USB outputs running parallel to this in coming from the plugin in Logic.

Also, I’ve got two tracks made primarily with the virus TI streaming here: if anyone is interested in hearing the sound of the TI.


I’ll be playing a one off show tomorrow tonight in Paris, France opening up for Rotator and Krumble. Usually these promoters have insane artwork for their flyers. Last year they came up with some real brutality and accurately visualizes how that night sounded: peep. This year they made the flyers before I confirmed and got them printed sans my name, so after taking some cue’s from Donnie Hoyle I made my own modest version. Come out and say ‘bonsoir’ and I’ll hand you a little satanic sticker. Details Here.
You can find what you’re getting yourself into: Rotator, Krumble, Surachai.

Oh and on a totally related note, I ran into Mike Brown of Liverwire Synthesizers’ blog and found a remnant of NAMM. Mike took this picture when Richard, Justin and I tried to pry ourselves from conversation to get food. The second one is a full on shot of what he brought out. Those AFG’s should be reaching people relatively soon. And DAMN, I need that Chaos Computer. Oh the things I would do to you……


I’m playing a secret ambient show in Chicago tonight with minimal gear, Virus TI + Waterphone.

Workspace and Environment: Michael Fakesch

Holy F! This interview has been collecting dust for more than six months and only last night did I realize that this has been in draft form since October. Don’t worry, it’s been worth the wait! I mean, you waited for this right?

I was born in Rosenheim and I still live there mainly for my wife and kid. I started doing music in 1992, 1995 my first records came out, since 1998 I am a professional musician. I work under the name Michael Fakesch (which is my civil name). My former band was Funkstörung which I did for 10 years together with Chris De Luca (we split up in 2006). I used to have a studio (actually just a 808, 707, 303, a effect and a mixer) together with Chris at his home, then after selling all hardware and buying a computer we worked in the basement at his parent’s house. 5 years ago we rented a nice space in the heart of Rosenheim, still only using a computer and no hardware. Almost 3 years ago, Chris moved to Berlin and I stayed in the Rosenheim studio, buying more and more equipment…now it looks like a studio once again!

What is your current favorite piece of hardware?
My favourite toy is a brandnew Acidlab Bassline. It’s a on-the-fly-programmable 303 clone, which was build by a old schoolfriend of mine ( it sounds like the original, looks cool, is cheap and the super intuitive programming is much better than on the original.

What is your current favorite software?
My favourite software is Cubase4 and Ableton Live….not suprising, isn’t it? ;-) the audio editing in Cubase is just super great…love it! ableton has fantastic effects (like the warp-timestretcher and the beatrepeat) and it’s just the best tool for jamming and playing live

How does your physical space and surroundings influence your workflow? I am living and working in a small Bavarian town near Munich called Rosenheim. It’s boring, but has beautiful surroundings like the alps, forests and nice lakes. I got a kid and wife and I really enjoy my family life there…this keeps my feet on the ground and my concentration focused on my own music. the room itself doesnt effect the way I work…when i talk about my studio I mainly mean my computer…I am like being in a virtual space. every new software, every new hardware effects my sound,…at least for one song. I like trying out new tools, playing around with them… they are always inspiring.

Are you involved in any music/sound work outside of your own projects?
Since about 2 years I am doing loads of sound design and music for TV-Ads (like Toyota, BMW, Napster, Verizon, MTV, Tesco Mobile, Disney Channel). I also started doing soundtracks for films.

What was the first piece of hardware you remember obtaining?
A Roland TR 808! There were times where we couldn’t live without switching on the 808 every day ;-)…but then we sold it, cause we needed the money for a computer and were kinda fed up with the 808 sound (we got infected by the digital world ;-)). At the moment I am really thinking of buying a 808 again…it’s just beautiful and the sound never gets outta fashion.

What is on your current wish list?
A new Mac Pro with cinema displays…just waiting for the new model-line!

Do you have a mobile studio setup?
I got a macbook with cubase4 installed…don’t need more!

Do you have a setup for live performances?
My kinda basic livesetup contains: a macbook, 3 Faderfox controllers, a M-Audio soundcard, an Acidlab Bassline, a Behringer mixer, 2 Kaosspads, an Electribe mx, a MPC1000 and a Yamaha DX200.

You can find Michael Fakesch here:

Rob Acid: Mastering Tips!

Via matrixsynth.

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.

Workspace and Environment: Contriva

If anyone knows how to get into the Paris Catacombs from an alternative entrance, please drop an e-mail to They are officially closed so I am looking for an unofficial way in.Uh, with that out of the way, here is Max Ehwald of Contriva!

Max Ehwald of Contriva
How long have you been involved with making music/sound?
I’m in my first band Contriva for more than 10 years now.

What is the name you work under and where can we find your work?
So far I have no solo project. I play in Contriva, jersey, saroos and, as a live musician, in the Notwist. If I’m working on my own, it’s mainly about composing (almost always using a guitar) or editing and arranging some band recordings. I have never really produced a piece of music all alone.

What is your current favorite piece of hardware?
It may sound silly but it’s the Ibanez DE-7. I use this obviously crappy pedal since they threw it on the market, but, due to its bad mechanical quality, had to buy a new on several times. I just love the sound of the “echo mode” and the simple handling.

What is your current favorite software or plugin?
I don’t use plugins so extensively right now. One that I used more often is the Arturia Arp 2600 V. It must be really well emulated, couse it sounds very lively as I think.
I normally use software as a recording tool. There’s no really “favourite” sequencing/recording software for me, I use emagic Logic like many others, only because of compatibility with other musicians. I’ll have to use pro tools now, for the same reason…

How does your physical space and surroundings influence your workflow?
I always try to go to a place that is not usual or not so familiar to me when recording new ideas or composing, if I or the band has the time and capacity. so I very much like the idea of a mobile studio. Also, I tend to think it’s good for an artist or a band that has already developed “an own style”, to work with different people from album to album. but that’s again no strict rule to me. I also like editing and arranging when on a train journey, especially in a dining car ;-)

Are you involved in any post production?
I have done two movie soundtracks so far: one together with Rike Schuberty of Contriva, for a short movie (“Die Babysitterin” by Christine Lang), the second for a documentation (“Generation Model” by Anne-Krisin Jahn) together with Florian Zimmer (jersey, saroos). I find working on music for film harder than just making music, but I hope I’ll get more skilled in the future…

What was the first piece of hardware you remember obtaining?
A guitar (Framus Atlantic, a german model from the 60s)

What is on your current ‘wish list’ for new hardware or software?
I’d like to have a delay pedal where you can set the delay time digitally and reproducible and that still has an interesting sound…If you have an idea, please send me a mail…

Do you have a setup for live performances?
Different setups for different bands, but more or less usual guitar/bass player setups. nothing special…

Where were you born and how did you end up in the location you currently reside?
I was born and still live in Berlin, Germany.

How many physical locations have you had your studio setup?
As I don’t own a studio setup myself, none ;-). the studio where we (contriva) recorded our last and other records (villa qrella) is also our practice room and the home base of masha qrella’s solo work, and it always has been at the same place

Find them here:

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

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