Doepfer A-196 Phase Locked Loop Module.


First night with the PLL from Peter Speer on Vimeo.

Peter Speer of Colonial Recordings USA shows us his first night with a Doepfer A-196 Phase Locked Loop Module. I enjoyed following the signal path around in this video. I also think these are some of the types of sounds have that slight edge you don’t get with plug-ins.

–Voice of Saturn Sequencer CV Out to Freq CV on Plan B ELF LFO

–ELF LFO Square Out to Trig In on Doepfer A-160 Clock Divider.
–ELF LFO Triangle Out to In 2 on PLL

–/64 Out on A-160 is triggering the first channel on the A-143-1 Complex Envelope Generator (all channels set to AD mode)
–Mix Out on A-143-1 to Gate In on A-140 ADSR
–/32 Out on A-160 is retriggering the A-140

–Output from A-140 sent to CV In on A-132-3

–Comparator Out on A-196 to Input on 132-3

–Output from A-132-3 to computer

For more info on the Doepfer A-196: click here

Related post: The Voice of Saturn Synthesizer & Sequencer

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 7, 2009 at 11:40 am, filed under synthesizer and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



RouteNote is a no money up front way to iTunes.

RouteNote - content

There are now many ways to get your music on to the iTunes and Amazon MP3 shops. If you’re signed to a label they do the dirty work for you. As an independent artist you can sign your catalog to one of many aggregator services such The Orchard for example. They take a cut and put your tunes in many places for sale including ring-tone sites. Tunecore has been a popular DIY option and it’s the one I have been using for my own albums here in the USA (I have a separate record deal in Europe with Out of Line Music, outofline.de). Because I sell a decent amount on iTunes I easily make back the upfront fees Tunecore charges to get my tunes online.

Routenote - IO

However, I have a older few releases on my record label that I’m not sure would generate much income. So up until now I haven’t posted them using services that had upfront or maintenance fee’s attached to them in fear I wouldn’t make the cash back. I do sell the old releases on my own website using the Easybe store and I also have them online with my Beatport and Junodownload deals. I’ve been on the look out for a fair service to get the rest of the old catalog onto iTunes. I was pleased to recently discover Routenote. Routenote’s service is dead simple to understand. You upload your music to them and they take 10% of any music you sell after you sell it. They offer online stats and payments come via PayPal. Routenote is non-exclusive.

So is Routenote the best route for you to take? It’s not always a clear cut answer. For some further insight look at this chart and article on the Routenote blog: Digital Music Distributors Compared

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 5, 2009 at 7:17 am, filed under business and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Bandcamp adds Download Codes to Moo cards.


Bandcamp Download Codes Screencast from Ethan Diamond on Vimeo.

Bandcamp added a great new feature to its service this week called Download Codes. It’s a great way for artists selling music on Bandcamp to offer freebies. To take the concept over the “Web 2.0″ top they integrated Moo cards into the fold. I love Moo cards and Ethan from Bandcamp says this is one of the first integrations of the new Moo API. I like the idea of taking a Moo card with a Bandcamp promo code on it and then attaching it as a label on a T-Shirt your band could sell at a show.

Have any of you guys been using Bandcamp?

Related post: Bandcamp and SoundCloud screencasts.

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 4, 2009 at 7:50 am, filed under business, promotion and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Tom from New Zealand gives and got back.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNM-3QFq9fA

Tom Cosm always gave his music away for free. When his life went online he gave his music away and also started giving away free sounds and tutorials. When Tom’s computer died many of the people who enjoyed all the free gifts from Tom helped him out. I really liked the video above. I’m sitting in the center of Manahatan as a write this so seeing a nice New Zealand landscape is going down well with my coffee. Also quite cool is to see a few N.Z. techno parties. It’s a nice feel good story and it’s well needed in the music “business”. Tom printed all his contributors names in a tag cloud on the cover of his new Macbook.

“In the last 24 hours, Well over 1000 USD was raised to help get me a new Macbook. I am both amazed and overwhelmed with gratitude. Thankyou thankyou thankyou to those who chipped in to make this possible. I’ve had to stop accepting money for the Mac… I now have enough to not only purchase it, but upgrade it to it’s highest specs! (and probably get a nice carry bag) How exciting.” – www.cosm.co.nz


Tom Cosm – Making a bassline sit well with a Kick from Tom Cosm on Vimeo.

If your looking for a few tips, tricks, sounds or tunes why not stop off at Tom Cosm’s place: www.cosm.co.nz

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 3, 2009 at 3:07 pm, filed under promotion, sounds, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Mark Ephraim’s studio and Waves GTR Ground.

Mark Ephraim - Recording Studio

As promised I took the Waves GTR Ground unit that was sent to me over to an actual guitarist’s studio. Mark Ephraim is one of the best musician/producers I know. His music has “that sound” you want from rock and roll. He has a wide range going from retro all the way to commercial pop. Take a look and listen and some of Mark’s projects: markephraim.com

Mark Ephraim looks at Waves GTR Ground. from wiretotheear on Vimeo.

I took a nice set of photos of some of Mark’s amazing gear including stuff from API, ARP, Ibanez, Adam, Akai, Roland, MXR, etc… He rides the good balance of outboard gear and Pro-Tools ITB goodies. Check out the full set on flickr: click here

Mark Ephraim - Recording Studio

Related post: Waves GTR Solo on drums, synths and vocals.

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 2, 2009 at 4:24 pm, filed under business, hardware, plug-ins, synthesizer and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Dave Spoon shows us his Reason in action.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8OowJ6pEqI

Dave Spoon says, “The best records sometimes are just very simple and easier said than done.”. I can’t agree with that more. Usually if you’re tweaking for hours with a mountain of sound layers your probably working on a turd. Here’s a quick look at his Reason file for his big UK hit “At Night” (iTunes).

More about Dave: myspace.com/davespoon

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 1, 2009 at 7:11 pm, filed under Propellerhead Reason and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Sunday Sounds: Not the new Depeche Mode song.

Liam Lynch - Fake Songs

So I’ve really been enjoying the new Depeche Mode song “Wrong“. As a superfan each new album floods my brain with memories of years gone by. One way I knew Depeche Mode were special was the fact that no other band could really sound like them. A few came close with a song here or there such as Camouflage’s The Great Commandment but in general the clones never arrived. Usually when you have a super strong band it’s creates a genre on it’s own… Nirvana as an example. It’s true you could attribute synthpop to DM but let’s face facts, most of that music is terrible.

I find it pretty amusing that one of the best Depeche Mode style songs comes to us as a joke. Take a listen below to Liam Lynch’s Fake Depeche Mode Song. If Liam ever wanted to be big in the German goth scene it would be pretty easy for him.

“Lynch also made the album Fake Songs, released in 2003, produced by his own company, 111 Productions. This album featured the song “United States of Whatever”, which charted in the Top 10 in the United Kingdom and Australia. It is one of the shortest songs to get to the Top 10 in both countries. The song did get Lynch a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for shortest UK song to go top ten. Liam Lynch is also known for directing music videos. He’s worked with Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Spinnerette, and No Doubt. In 2003 he directed the UK music video for the Foo Fighters single “Times Like These”, although it was rarely played in the United States.” – Wikipedia.org

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Clearly the best lyric here is, “You can’t see me because I’m wearing black.”.

Buy this song: iTunes

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on at 9:49 am, filed under music and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.




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