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.


Rotterdam: Worm Studio

The venue in Rotterdam, Belgium Netherlands last night had a recording studio as well as a video studio. Obviously I was more interested in one than the other. Jonathan Snipes from Captain Ahab was already there when I arrived and was navigating his way through the Arp 2500. I’m not sure how I feel about the wireless patching because it takes an extra second to trace back patches. Then again, its simple and quick after some practice. We geeked out on the Arp and some Serge Modules for many hours while the others were catching up on sleep and working on their sets for the night. I could give you a quick review of what I thought of it but will pass for now as I’m trying to catch up on sleep myself. Touring is murder on your brain and body!

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: internationaldanceparty.com

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…

Workspace and Environment: Miles Tilmann

I remember meeting Miles at a local club in Chicago and ending up talking to him at length about mutual friends, living abroad and most importantly: food. We shared from our experiences of the differences between urban European food and rural. A couple people stopped by, heard what we were talking about and promptly left. So, to share the details of the conversation would probably make you leave as well. Miles lived in France for an extended amount of time and that is where I am heading later today! While there are a few more Workspace and Environment articles left, I’ll most likely be busy for the next few months eating. Don’t worry, Justin will take care of you.

I was born in Michigan, I live in Chicago now because I wanted to see snow
again after living in Florida for 20 years.
I’ve been making music since 1995, so about 13 years now. I got motivated to make music because I always heard it in my head and figured it would be a good
idea to get some of it out. The same reason applies today.

What is your current favorite piece of hardware?
Faderfox midi control. It’s tiny and has a joystick. Also record
players and cassette 4 tracks.

What is your current favorite software or plugin?
Logic ES2 synth…. it’s extremely versatile.

How does your physical space and surroundings influence your workflow?
I like the color orange because it helps me think clearly.

Extra Curricular
I have some collaborations with Steve Hess, Kate Simko, Mark DeNardo
and Rich Grillotti. Some of these collaborations will be in an
upcoming film.

What was the first piece of hardware you remember obtaining?
Korg MS 2000… still one of my favorites.

What is on your current ‘wish list’?
I dont have anything I dont need. I inherited a MPC that I haven’t
touched yet.

Do you have a setup for live performances?
Laptop, Faderfox, Korg MS2000

How many physical locations have you had your studio?
This is my first real studio.

You can find Miles at Webhole and myspace.com/milestilmann. He has an LP coming out with Steven Hess. It’ll be released june 3rd, 2008 on the label ‘other electricities’

Workspace and Environment: The Volt per Octaves

I’m not sure how I stumbled upon these guys but when I looked at pictures of the Husband/Wife group, I realized Anna was the woman we bugged at NAMM in the Moog booth (ie, stalking). Either way to see die hard Moog enthusiasts actually making music is refreshing.

Nick Montoya of The Volts per Octaves
I was born in Burbank, Ca. Grew up in Pasadena, Ca. Moved to Santa Barbara when I was 13 with my parents, before moving all around northern California during my high school years. I lived in Susanville, Redway, Garberville, Shelter Cove, among a few other tiny towns. Now I reside in beautiful Santa Barbara, Ca. This is the place that feels most like home. It’s summer all the time too.
I started playing cello in third grade. Shortly after that I got in to guitar and other rock instruments like bass, drums. Started my first band at age 12 called “Putrid Existence”. I was Nick Putrid, the mastermind of the band, yet the youngest. Kinda like the tough little boss in old cartoons, that orders all the big henchmen around ;) … In high school I got into electronic music when my music teacher let me borrow a virtual analog midi module. That was it… I started buying up keyboards like mad starting with my old MS 2000 (now very dead, like most of em are) and my trusty Moog Prodigy, which I ended up selling when I got my Little Phatty. Then I just went nuts and thats where I’m at right now.

What is the name you work under and where can we find your work?
My wife and I are “The Volt per Octaves”, and we both play Moogs, keys and theremin in our live, non sequenced electronic compositions.\
People say we’re “electronica”, but for some reason I hate that term. I perfer just electronic music or MOOG music. That “a” at the end just kills it for me.\
You can check us out on our myspace ( www.myspace.com/thevoltperoctaves ). Our CDs can be ordered almost anywhere and can be found digitally at iTunes among many other online retailers.

What is your current favorite piece of hardware?
My favorite piece of hardware of all time is my Minimoog Model D, but right now it’s in the shop for a general tune up. So, I’ve been having lotsa fun with my friend Ross Harris’s Baldwin Synthasound! It’s a super rare old analog monosynth that Baldwin made for a short time at the height of Minimoog and Arp 2600 popularity (1971).
Sounds like Dick Hyman in a box and I love it. It has one of the craziest glide times ever, like 20 seconds… But it actually says “Slide”…

What is your current favorite software or plugin?
We only use software to track/record our analog synths and drum machines. We tried a bunch of software and ended up liking Cubase the most.. Why? Not sure, ease of use I guess…

How does your physical space and surroundings influence your workflow?
When we get ready to record we like to have everything ready to go. But unfortunately we have to swap out keyboards here and there ‘cuz we don’t have much room in our bedroom/home studio. It’s nice to have everything patched to the board and ready to go. That way when we get an idea we can just run with it.

What was the first piece of hardware you remember obtaining? The last?
The first piece of gear that really inspired me was my Moog Prodigy. Although it doesn’t hold a candle to my Mini, it does some cool shit the Model D can’t do. Especially the amazing Oscillator Sync. Best of probably any stock Moog, and the Little Phatty is right up there with it. A very similar sound.
The last piece was actually a dump load of keyboards all at once. My brother’s best friend just unloaded 5 decks on me. A Korg M1, Korg Polysix, Crumar T1 organ, Yamaha CP10 and a Roland Juno 6… All in different working conditions. But the Juno is very clean and worked great right away… The Korg Polysix makes very authentic “dead” polysix sounds. I think the on board-battery leaked all over the damn place ;)

What is on your current ‘wish list’ for new hardware or software?
I’d really love to get a small Pro Tools rig.. It’s seeming more and more essential all the time. But as long as we can record our stuff okay in Cubase, we’re happy.

Do you have a mobile studio setup? What does it include?
Our main setup is pretty mobile. A Mac Book, running Cubase. Our interface is great. It’s an Alesis Multimix 16 Firewire mixer. It can also double as an analog mixing board… When I got it it seemed like a no brainer. Either a 2 channel Pro Tools system for about 500.00 or a 16 channel Alesis/Cubase set up for 450.00… It’s great to be able to record everything to it’s own track in a live studio setting…

Do you have a setup for live performances?
It is very much the same as our studio setup. There is very little we leave at home. Our most common setup for a gig would be:

Anna: Concertmate MG1, Moog Little Phatty Tribute Edition, Korg Microkorg.
Me : Moog Minimoog Model D, Moog Voyager, Korg Electribe ES1, Moog Etherwave Theremin.\
Eva: (when she plays with us) : Hohner Student 32 Melodica\
0Sound: 500W Crown Power Amp, Fender PA Speakers, and the Alesis Multimix 16 Ch. board.

How many physical locations have you had your studio?
Too many to count. I’d like to think that each time the setup has become bigger, bettter more stable and all around more sonic with each piece of gear added, or taken away for that matter… My first setup in the “Putrid” days was a Malaysian Kareoke machine… Dopest punk rock garage recording rig EVER !!! ;) Sure, it’s come along way from there, but it is still very basic…\

Have you ever heard your music being played at a random/public place?
Actually yes. We were flipping through the TV one night and our music was being played in background for a friends computer generated graphic art video project for television. It was this strange little bubbley, busseling city and our song “Super Milk” accompanied the animation.


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….

Workspace and Environment: Electrocute

Electrocute was also one of the first groups we asked to participate in the Workspace and Environment series and due to us both having lives, we finally got to it now. This has been a successful week in posting articles that have been sitting around! If you have any suggestions on which artists you would like to see here, drop us a line! Have a killer weekend!

Nicole Morier of Electrocute

How long have you been involved with making music?
Since we were 2 and could bang on pots and shout.

Favorite Hardware
Mac Powerbook, Echoplex

Favorite Software
Mostly using analogue these days, but we record in Logic Pro and the Bitcrusher plugin is pretty cool, also like the ES1 synth and Absynth.

Workspace and Environment
Well the helicopters that fly over Echo Park add a certain ambiance to our sound. And the Mexican radio that creeps through our amps sometimes through crossed radio waves can be annoying.

Extra Curriculars
Nicole: I’m writing pop songs. Have a song called “Heaven on Earth” on the new Britney Spears album.

First Gear
Legs: A stolen computer with Soundforge that broke in a month (karma)
Nicole: My dad’s guitar

Logic Pro 8, Reason, Minimoog, OB8, we want a lot.

Mobile Setup
Mac Powerbook, M-audio interface, SM-58 mic, Logic 7

Live Setup
Sometimes a live band with Drums, Sampler, Minimoog, Fender Organ, bass, guitar and sometimes just programmed tracks off laptop with Roland Dr. Sampler and guitar and bass.

How many physical locations has your studio been through?
Ohmigod, too many to list. We are road warriors and have always made music anyway possible by any means necessary.

Nicole: These are pics from my little home set up which is in transition now as I am in the middle of searching for a new apartment. but the IMac and the Yamaha speakers, midi keyboard and Rode mic travel easily with me and is basically what I use to demo and write tracks on using Logic Pro 7.

Electrocute is Nicole Morier and Legs Le Brock. They can be found:
myspace.com/electrocute, youtube, amazon, itunes, usual suspects.

Workspace and Environment: Eliot Lipp

Eliot Lipp was one of the first people we asked and agreed to participate in our blog. Due to our issues(slacking hardcore) here we are 4 months later with his interview. We’re glad to finally be able to share his studio and a quick interview.

How long have you been involved with making music?
About 8 years

What is your current favorite piece of hardware?
My Korg MS-20. This synth is my signature sound. The first analog synth I ever bought.

What is your favorite piece of software?
I would have to say Ableton Live because I use it everyday for shows, producing, sampling, sequencing… but I love Sound Forge & Vegas too.

How does your physical space and surrounding influence your workflow?
I used to work at home but I feel more productive now that I have a studio. It’s like going to the office for me. the downside is that it’s in a basement and there are no windows so it gets a little creepy down there.

What was the first piece of hardware you remember obtaining?
Yamaha psr-510

What is on your current wish list?
The Macbeth M5 Synthesizer
Yamaha CS-50
and all the Plan B modules

Do you have a mobile studio setup?
When I’m on the road I always have my Korg MS-20, my MFB Synth2 and my Powerbook.

Do you have a setup for live performances?
MS-20, MFB Synth2, Powerbook, Mackie mixer, delay pedal, Midi controller.
sometimes a Roland TR-606 or Jomox X-base09

Have you ever heard your music being played in apublic place?
I was at a random bar in Texas an once and the dj played my hit “raptight” but I think he saw me and threw it on to be funny.

How many times has your setup changed?
Too many to count. I started with a keyboard & a four track and I just kept buying & selling gear. my studio is always changing, I rarely find a piece of gear that I feel I should keep for life.

You can find Eliot Lipp on Hefty Records, Eastern Developments, Metatronix, Money Studies