Ikea hacker. Build a nice headphone stand.

I was watching this weeks episode of Tekzilla and their “website of the week” is Ikea Hacker. I admit I am a bit of an Ikea junkie and i’ve been to the Ikea Hacker site before. Today I clicked over today to see what crazy things people are creating and I came across Wiretap’s (a user name) headphone stand.

I just built a headphone stand out of miscellaneous Ikea parts.. lol. It’s so solid you could probably kill someone with it. Everything is that stainless steel stuff. It all cost me about $15 to $20 max to build. (some of the stuff I found in the ‘returned items and clearance’ section). – hardforum.com

I use something similar to K&M’s 18957 headphone holder which is basically just a hook. However, the one I have clips onto my mic stand.

Does anyone know if wireless headphones lived up to their expectations? It would be nice to get rid of the headphone wire in particular. Remember that in any place your going to be sitting for eight hours ergonomics is important. A $5 hook can save you from a little pain.

For more photos and info on how to build of Wiretap’s Ikea headphone stand head to Ikea Hacker:
click here

Wiretap’s original post on hardforum.com: click here

The Moog Multimode Filter for UAD-2.

Here’s a pretty new plug-in for the new Universal Audio UAD-2! It seems to have all the right stuff too: self-oscillation, drive control, stereo tonal shifting, good modulation options and yay a wet/dry knob. No need for me to blab too much about what it can do because there is a great video overview here:

If UA were able to conceive a Moog product, what would it be? The answer is revealed in the soon-to-be-released Moog Multimode Filter, which delivers the first truly analog-sounding VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter) digital emulation made for mixing, performing, creating, or destroying. How can we claim this? The devil is in the details …Created in conjunction with the foremost pioneers in synthesis, the Moog Multimode Filter is a virtual tabletop filter set that combines the best of Bob Moog’s classic designs with select features from his final Voyager instrument. It is an amalgam of the best new and classic Moog designs, with a few innovations thrown in! – www.uaudio.com

If you want to stay native I like the Fabfilter Volcano 2 and Timeless combo.

M-audio announces the successor to the 410.

I was one of the first owners of the M-Audio Firewire410. It’s been on the road with me for a few years and never gave me any problems. When a tiny screw fell out of the front of the unit I emailed M-Audio to see if they would send me a new one. Two days later I receive a package of new screws, a hat and a shirt (I know I told this story before). M-Audio you were nice to me so back at you! Here’s some free press for your new toy. I remember when M-Audio was called Midiman. They were a little outfit with ads in the back of Keyboard Magazine. How did you get so big? I’ll tell you one thing, they sure know how to style consumer electronics. I don’t even need this and I want one. Remember this is also an inexpensive way in to Pro-tools.

Designed by the company that revolutionized mobile music production with the industry-standard FireWire 410, the ProFire™ 610 FireWire audio/MIDI interface transforms your Mac or PC into a powerful 6-in/10-out recording studio. Premium digital converters deliver high-definition, 24-bit/192kHz audio throughout the signal path. Two preamps with award-winning Octane™ technology offer clean, transparent sound with low noise and exceptional headroom. Onboard DSP mixing provides a totally flexible recording experience—perfect for creating multiple, independent monitor mixes. The user-assignable master volume knob gives you flexible control over output levels. MIDI I/O allows you to connect keyboards and other outboard MIDI hardware. The half-rack-space unit also doubles as a standalone two-channel microphone preamp and A/D-D/A converter. ProFire 610 is compatible with most major audio software, making it an unbeatable choice for personal, high-definition recording.

More info at the M-audio site: click here

Flickr fun with audio gear Groups and slideshows.

Do you remember my post titled, “Why every musician should have a flickr pro account.“? If not, go read it and get back over here. Today’s post is about two things. First, flickr now has a great new way to embed slideshows like the one you see above. Second, a reminder that flickr groups are a great place to go to get your gearlust on!

You could always embed slideshows from flickr using flickrslidr. But the new embeddable slideshows direct from flickr itself are very nice. You can customize the embed size without going into the code, decide if the titles and descriptions are displayed and videos now play inside slideshows!

One of the main improvements we’ve made is that you can watch videos as they appear in a slideshow. When we come to a video in a slideshow, we’ll play it before we move on to the next item. You can also embed a slideshow on another website in bite-sized form. Just click the “Share” link from any slideshow, then copy and paste the embed code wherever you want. – blog.flickr.net

The above slideshow is from The Audio Recording Studio group. Here are a few other music related groups I like to check out from time to time:

Gear Porn
SYNTHESIZER + SEQUENCER .de + Live Electronix
vintage electronics
Electronic Music

Flickr is a fun place and it’s also a highly usefull promotional tool. Using flickr stats I can see my own photos have been viewed 102,234 times. The most viewed photo? The Horrorist – Studio… easy, free promotion!

Have you spent anytime checking out Groups on flickr? Got any favorites?

Universal Audio announces UAD-2.

With today’s massive computer power you don’t buy a TC Powercore or Universal Audio UAD-1 because you need a boost, you buy them because the plug-ins sound fantastic. One of the early posts on Wire to the Ear was about TC Voice Modeler which is not available in any native format and is a must have in my arsenal.

Universal Audio has posted a video teaser for the upcoming UAD-2 card. Here’s the highlights:

The UAD-1 had a 7 year life.
They will break any limitations enabling any kind of audio processor on UAD-2.
They discuss the SHARC chips.
The card is capable of 2 Gigaflops per second.
Native decoding.
Years of devolopment.
More new partners.

To view the video: click here

Ohm Force uses an iPhone to control a VSTi.

Cid from Ohm Force sent me this video. How can I not try this out during my live show?

I share with you a video we shot this morning, testing the iPhone application iTM Midilab and using it to play/control a VSTi plugin.. – Cid, www.ohmforce.com

Oh wait… what if someone calls?

Inside Digital Media interviews Pandora and more.

Inside Digital Media is a series of interviews by Phil Leigh. I like his content because it’s a view of net media with a heavy business swing. This week he interviews Tim Westergren the founder of Pandora and Chris Wallace of The Super Group.

Sales of recorded music in the United States are nowabout 30% lower than when Shawn Fanning introduced Napster in 1999. Sales in the physical form (e.g. CDs) are down by nearly half. There is little doubt that the Internet has been a “game changer” for the record label business.

In this audio program we explore a couple of ways that the Internet can add revenues. One is already generating more money for the industry and promoting new artists. The second appears to be an idea whose time has come. – insidedigitalmedia.com

To listen to the interviews: click here

photo credit: eszter

The sweet sound of elevator music.

Today is one of “those” days. It’s 7:00 AM, raining. I have a dentist appointment, haircut appointment and then I need to hit the bank. The dentist is across the other side of Berlin and I’m getting a crown so I expect a very long needle. So far the German dentists have been far better than my evil NYC guy. One thing I find strange is they don’t play any music in the dentist office here. I never realized how much I actually want that elevator crap playing! All I will hear today is drill and German.

The haircut salon is a different story. I will be treated to extremely loud gay vocal electrohouse. This is better than nothing and it diverts my attention from the housewives getting their hair dyed burgundy. This is a weird trend of older East German ladies and it’s truly not right. At least I get a long creepy scalp massage.

My Deutsche Bank skips the music and has televisions set to news channels. Today I have to explain that for some reason after two years with the same pin number this past weekend I couldn’t remember it. I tried to use the card to get cash out and after the third incorrect try the machine kept my plastic. I hope they discover a cure for Alzheimer’s sooner than later.

Something tells me making this blog post will be the highlight of August 27, 2008.

photo credit: Kjerstin

Motion recording and kinetics in Doctor Device.

Dr. Device Overview… from Audio Damage on Vimeo.

Ever since I saw André Michelle’s software physics demos I knew the concept would make it’s way into audio applications. Bouncing balls attached by strings colliding with walls, creating sounds all said to me: glitch sequencer. Audio Damage’s Dr. Device has kinetics built into it so you can start flinging filter and delay nodes around. Audio Damage does not offer demos so until today when Chris Randall posted the above video I wasn’t sure how cool this feature was. The good stuff starts at 7:55.

I expect a few years from now we will see sequencers that look like realistic rivers which you can drop objects/sounds into. You would control the flow of the water instead of tempo. The wind, sky, roads or even a heard of buffalo could be other “tracks”. Finally we will have a productive use for super expensive Nvidia graphics cards. And of course we will control all of these elements by reaching out and touching them on our screens. I can’t wait!

Check out André Michelle’s physics demos:

To see more videos from Audio Damage head over to their new video channel on Vimeo:

Can you guess what song I am covering?

Last week I had the pleasure of working with Gabriele Negro in my studio. He’s an Italian piano genius who also produces electronic music for fashion labels (ex. Dolce & Gabbana). Since he was a small child he has been able to play anything he hears instantly. His parents realized he was special when he started playing the television commercials he heard on his toy piano. He was soon shipped off to Berkley and today he’s one of the best in the world.

I’m finishing up my next album and I decided to cover a song I always loved. Gabri jotted down the main melody for me.

Can you guess the song?