“I love this powerful little synthesizer and have had more time to play with it since making this video footage last week. I hope you enjoy the sounds, and at $800 for a 4 voice true analog synth, you can’t go wrong. Want more knobs? Use the editor and one of your multiple MIDI controllers.” – djthomaswhite
Some days when I get home from working in Manhattan I am completely exhausted. I love keeping up with the world using Google Reader. Sometimes I don’t even have the energy to sit upright and hit the keyboard shortcut “J” in Reader to go to the next story. I started thinking that if there was an iPhone app that let me have a remote Mac keyboard I could increase the font size on my screen, sit back and remotely hit “J”. To my delight I found such an application and it’s called Keymote (iTunes link). I set it up and now can half sleep half browse from a far in a comfy chair. You can see my set up for Google Reader in the screenshot above left.
I woke up this morning and the very first thought out of my head was: Whoa I can control anything with Keymote. Ableton Live! Yes it works just fine. Keymote doesn’t have nifty things like sliders but it’s certainly useful. There are Ableton specific iPhone controllers too. Check out TouchOSC: click here
“Tired of keyboard shortcuts? Is Command+Shift+Option+J really more efficient than tapping a single button? With Keymote, you’ll never have to remember another shortcut again! Keymote creates single buttons out of complicated shortcuts and groups them by application, speeding up your productivity and boosting your workflow. Keymote acts as a universal remote for your Mac. Easily control Front Row from across the room, refresh your Twitter stream wirelessly, or play a song from iTunes without even touching your computer, the possibilities are endless.” – icedcocoa.com
I really like the Berlin based audio software developer Sugar-Bytes. Effectrix is one of my all time favorite plug-ins. I’m glad their new plug-in Eloquence works on Midi parts (not audio). We’ve seen a nice resurgence of hardware like the new Dave Smith Instrument’s Tetra so this would make a nice companion.
Les Paul, the inventor of the electric guitar and 8-track died this week.
“Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009) was a musician and innovator, famous for being a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which “made the sound of rock and roll possible.” He is credited with many recording innovations, including overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording.” – Wikipedia.org
Here’s an interesting way to show off the portability of a product. Have you ever heard of “Parkour” or the people who do it often called “traceur’s”? Stephane Vigroux make it look easier than it seems. Wikipedia: “Parkour (sometimes also abbreviated to PK) or l’art du déplacement (English: the art of movement) is a discipline that appeared first in France, more similar to a martial art than to a sport, focused on moving from one point to another as smoothly, efficiently and quickly as possible using the abilities of the human body.”.
I used to run all over the mountain near my house growing up. Would that count? In the end it all leads us to the small Native Instruments audio interface for DJ’s the Audio 2 DJ. It seems to fit the bill nicely if your mixing solely off a laptop.
“Renowned traceur Stephane Vigroux demonstrates the portability of the new Audio 2 DJ interface by free-running through London. A film by Julie Angel” – www.native-instruments.com
We’ve all stolen a sample from a Hollywood DVD right? You know the obligatory Scarface sample or something stupid. We thought if the song gets big enough to be noticed then we could afford the legal fees. Eventually we woke up to the fact that those kind of samples are almost always dumb anyway. In the late 90s we bought and trolled sample CDs full of drum loops, ambient sounds, etc…
The other day I downloaded an App for the iPhone called Ambiance (iTunes link). My wife has been driving me crazy blasting music while she works her fashion business in the other room. I wanted something nice in my headphones to calm me down a bit. What I discovered was for $0.99 I had access to 500 longish (or nicely looped) real world recordings. I know what you thinking. Who want’s wind chimes or dolphin sounds in their music? But guess what? This App is chock full of war/battlefield loops, machines, dogs fighting, etc…
Now two things come to mind. First, chances are these sounds are not license free to use in your own songs. They could be but I couldn’t find anything on the urbanapps.com website that says so. Second, this is how I want my future “sample CDs”. Why on the iPhone? Well because I actually listen to the sounds. Who ever bought a sample CD with 10,000 sounds ever heard more than 100 sounds from it? The iPhone is in my hand and in my ears ready for any bored moment I have. Perfect time to find a nice background war sound for a new EBM track! So much for finding some peace and quiet.
“Block out distractions at work or at home. Choose sounds that enhance productivity such as White Noise and Binaural beats. It really works!” – ambiance.urbanapps.com
Ireland based Sonic Academy has posted a few new Ableton tips on their site including the one above which quickly shows you how to extract a groove from and audio file and apply it to a different Midi or audio clip. At 3:36 he shows you the power of the Warp Marker by fixing a glitch. Good job. Time to extract some grooves off some OLD records…
“In this weeks tech tip we should you how to extract a groove from an audio file and apply it to a MIDI clip and a drum loop, all in Ableton Live 8″ – www.sonicacademy.com
For more info visit the Groove Engine page at Ableton: click here
James Gramling is the technician behind the name Diabolical Devices who circuit bends drum machines and other noise making boxes. I’ve always loved the Roland TR-707. It’s the super tight kick in so many late 80s EBM and New Beat records. The Roland 727 is the 707’s latin cousin and her sounds are all over mountains of Freestyle tunes that still grace NYC radio. I think it’s really interesting that Big City Music, a traditional music retailer is selling James’s bent machines.
Diabolical’s custom modified TR-707/727 drum machines are capable of producing a whole range of new sounds. We add a bending patch-bay and hard-wired toggle switches which activate different ring modulated, filtered, distorted, and delay/doubling type effects. What “makes” these machines is the added multi-stage pitch oscillators…” – circuit-bent.com
If you don’t want to burn yourself silly with solder check out these drum machines at Big City Music: click here
I wish most of my friends had as much talent as this 5 year old. Here’s an interesting tidbit: Rick James, Suge Knight, Timothy Leary, Charles Manson, Erik Menendez and Duane “Dog” Chapman all spent time in Folsom!
“Folsom Prison Blues” performed by Wesley, 5 years old, at the 2009 Spring Coffee Shop Jam, at The Columbia City Theater in Seattle, WA. The Jam’s a chance for Heartwood Guitar Instruction students to showcase their talents.” – srmaximo
In case you don’t already own the original Johnny Cash version of this song go get it: click here (iTunes link)