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...


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sign up, now...

So, if you haven't been auto-signed to Suit's newsletter, you are really missing out. I got auto-signed by having bought modules from him in the past; I would normally take issue, but these things are pure gold. The most recent talks about innovative uses of the Novation Circuit, a deal on some modular gear, a shout-out to Chicago artist Wesley Groves and a look back on a live show from 2012.

It was exactly what I needed to see on a overly-hot Portland day. You might be able to sign up at the bottom of his page (; I'm guessing that's the same thing - and if it is, you won't regret it.

Thanks Suit - and great work!


Friday, May 11, 2018


There is no worse feeling than looking at your power bus and seeing the 12V line down on the Station 252's power backplane. Now I have $4K of modules sitting in a box, phone calls to everyone I know that might be able to help, and a sinking feeling that I'm going to be spending some money.

That'll teach me to be hacking around with my performance modular. Dammit.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Getting IRritated...

Dafna Naphtali just posted a question about an affordable IR reverb that would be less pricey than Altiverb. I agree with many of the posters that stated that Altiverb is worth every penny - it's an amazing piece of software. But I've needed to do the budget IR thing in the past, and also sometimes want a lighter-weight plug-in that still gives me decent flexibility.

For that, I turn to Liquidsonics' Reverberate2 (shown above). This is a sweet little IR reverb with tons of controls, but is relatively light-weight on my MacBook, integrates with all of my software equally well, and is very accepting of even my weirdest IR files (thanks, Spirit Canyon - wherever you are!). This actually has a nice place in a few of my Max-based performance rigs, and is a great alternative to overuse of the Valhalla reverb - something I could easily be accused of doing.

Give it a try!