Friday, July 20, 2018

... and Think Of The Queen ...

I'd gone through and eliminated all of the Adobe from my life - or so I thought. Alas, on the Mac, there is simply nothing as good as Adobe Audition for the kind of dialog editing that is a major part of my life. The cut-crossfades are impeccable, the hard limiter is brutally perfect, and the editing tools work exactly the way my hand wants to work.

On Windows, Sound Forge does this for me. But on the Mac, it's got to be Audition. But I really wish I could just buy it.

Anyway - I'm back to it after playing around with Sound Forge/Mac, WaveEdit, Acoustica and almost anything else I could try out. But here you also get to see my everyday tools for audio work. Do those icons look familiar? Can you name the "Big Nine" that get the most attention from me?


Friday, July 13, 2018

Did I Already Mention This?

Not sure if I mentioned this before, so I'll yap-it-up. I've been diving into waveshaping lately, using the shapers in the Make Noise DPO, and also using this new module: the Origami waveshaper by Delta Sound Labs. Ricky Graham turned me onto this, and apparently it is based off the kind of waveshaping that Easel people would understand.

I've been having a great time CV controlling the single control: the simplicity of the module belies its the complexity of sound. I've been pounding attenuated S&H randoms into the control, and it brings everything alive in a beautiful way (and is especially useful with the Pittsburgh oscillator sitting beside it).

It's reasonably priced at a buck-twenty ($120), and is probably the easiest way to enter the waveshaping game that I can imagine. Cheers!


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Modular at the Cellular Level

This week's AMT podcast is with Guy Ben-Ary, a dude that is working at SymbioticA (at the University of Western Australia) - an art-research lab that is focused on biological art. In Guy's case, this means working with biology to create sonic art pieces, his most recent being the cellF project.

One of the things that I found fascinating during our discussion was that he is using a custom-built modular synth system that is created by Perth-based Andrew Fitch, creator of the Nonlinear Circuits modular devices. His work has always been fascinating to me (and to others - there is a long thread about it on the Lines community board right now), and it seems like he put together some wicked tools for Guy's cellF project.

But the other thing that I took away from my interview was that - against all expectations - this system is not 'computer-managed'. I assumed that a computer would gather cellular data and massage it into some sort of artistic result. Rather, through some basic electrical amplification, the cellular activity is directly influencing the modular synth, without any kind of digital manipulation. As Guy described in the podcast: cell systems work similar to modular synths, so why not directly interface the two?!?

This was a fascinating talk, and I came away with an education. Thanks to Guy for opening such an incredible door for us all!


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Third Time's a Charm?

Those who know me know my rule of three: before something becomes embedded in my rig - or gets tossed away forever - it gets bought and sold three times. My modular is almost completely that way, and I've done that with the MPC. Well, this is Elektron Octatrack #3 (this time in the new Mk II outfit), and it is so-far going well.

What's different? Maybe it's that I'm still using the MPC (daily), so I'm not trying to shoehorn the OT into the MPC territory. Maybe because I don't have a gig staring me in the face, so I can work with it at my leisure. Certainly it's that the highly-illuminated trigger buttons, much-improved labeling and nicer graphics make it easier to approach.

Right now, it's the mixer and effects processor for my modular (in-studio), although this week is "more work on flex machines" week. I'm hoping that I'll be gig-ready by the end of the summer, and that I won't have freaked out on it like I have in the past.



Monday, May 28, 2018

Dino Live Sampling System

My friend Dino J.A. Deane (interviewed here) has been working on a method for live sampling with the Akai MPC Live. People that know me know that - in addition to an obsession with "AllThingsModular", I'm also a huge MPC-head. I also like live sampling, so this is perfect fodder for me.

Check out his walk-through on his blog, and check out the results here:


Friday, May 25, 2018

Even More Happy!

You know what this means? Yup, power supply all fixed up. Huge thanks to Gur (at Tiptop) for getting me the DC1200 needed for the repair, and for Joe Novak (of Midwest Modular) for adding it to an order and getting it to me in a hurry - and not charging for any of the shipping! Also thanks to everyone out there that jumped in to help; it was gratifying to get so much help and support.

Back into it again!


Monday, May 21, 2018

My Turntable is Going To Be So Happy...

Alas, this came in the mail today. It's my support reward for backing the Indiegogo campaign behind Subotnick: Portrait of an Electronic Music Pioneer. I really know what I'm going to be doing this evening...