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...

[ddg]

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 (http://www.stgsoundlabs.com/); I'm guessing that's the same thing - and if it is, you won't regret it.

Thanks Suit - and great work!

[ddg]

Friday, May 11, 2018

Sadness...


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.

[ddg]

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! https://www.liquidsonics.com/software/reverberate-2/

[ddg]

Friday, May 4, 2018

A New Playground


I've been playing around with a groovy new playground - the V3 Snyderphonics Manta, and the MantaMate. I've just started working with this, and am having a blast. I've always been a fan of the Manta, but the new V3 is beautiful, feels great and is solid as a rock.

But it's the MantaMate that is the shocker. I'm just starting to scratch the surface, but I can lose hours with this thing. I mounted it in the mini-modular that I use for work, and it works really nicely as a front-end for the Pittsburgh Lifeforms SV-1. The built-in sequencer is really fun, and it works great as a hosting interface for my Arturia KeyStep. 

Listen this weekend for a chat with Jeff Snyder about the development of these things! OK - I've got to get back into it.

[ddg]