NAMM 2010

The 2010 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) starts today at the very large Anaheim Convention Center. It’s one of the largest shows of it’s kind only rivaled by Musikmesse. Noise nerd and gear junkies are going to hear about a lot of new tasty music equipment over the next few days.

“Despite severe regulations on the permissible noise level, sound level meters carried by NAMM personnel routinely exceed the 85 dBA maximum throughout most of the main exhibit hall, simply from the constant background noise.” – Wikipedia

Here’s some links to help you keep up with everything that’s going on:

The official NAMM homepage and Twitter feed:
http://www.namm.org/
http://twitter.com/namm

Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAMM

Coverage…

CreateDigitalMusic:
http://namm.noisepages.com/

SonicState:
http://www.sonicstate.com/news/shows.cfm?show=wnamm10

Harmony-Central:
http://namm.harmony-central.com/WNAMM10

When the smoke clears I will post my 2010 Wire to the Ear NAMM picks! Enjoy the show and let me know what you think is hot.

photo credit: annethelibrarian

Tenori-on with Analog Gear


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGL4hSC7ek4

Novamusik hooks some Tenori’s up to a Vermona DRM-MKIII and a Doepfer A100 Mini System. I don’t love the song they create but this is the way to use Tenori-On’s! Click to 1:06 in the video to see the great action. Thanks Chuck!

“The guys of Nova Musik playing with some new toys that just came in… First thing we thought of? Can we hook these things up to the modular? The answer is yes, and much much more.” – novamusik.com

Do you want a set up like this too?

Homunculus


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hyvdKpufUI

This is how I feel today. Eat or be eaten!

“Humble is proud to present, Homunculus, the first of an annual series of experimental films by our in-house directing collaborative, Hydra. Conceived of and directed by Sam Stephens, Homunculus is a dark and twisted fable of spontaneous generation and untrammeled id. Taking its title from the Latin word for “Little Human”, the piece is an associative mashup between the two concepts behind the word: The first being middle-age alchemical beliefs that “little men” could be spontaneous generated from dead or decaying matter. The second being Carl Jung’s usage as a personification of pure id. These ideas, combined with our love of Dutch still life’s “beautiful decay,” sowed the seeds for this unique little monster of a film.” – HUMBLETV

For more info: humble.tv

via Laughing Squid

Jomox M.Brain 1_1

Pure analog electronic snares, snaps and crashes are what the new Jomox M.Brain 1_1 is all about. If your like me and have spent countless hours searching for the snap sound in Soft Cell’s Tainted Love (iTunes link) then this seems like this box is for you. I know I’m going to grab one to sit next to my MBase. If you haven’t already seen it be sure to check out my visit to Jomox and interview with Jürgen Michaelis: click here

Audio demo: MBrane11Demo-01Master.mp3

“Analog Membrane Modeling. Two analog T-bridge oscillators become electronic membranes. Why? Because they can be coupled. And because their dampening can be controlled. Then add a little noise, add a little envelope, and the brand new electronic percussion synthesizer of Jomox is ready.” – Jomox.de

For more info: Jomox.de

Voice Band for iPhone


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QxN1u7KWDM

So I’ve been playing with Voice Band (iTunes link) for about 30 minutes and I can definitely say it’s fun. Like many iPhone Apps I will surely use this from time to time for a weird intro or background part in a song. All it takes is a simple import of the audio into Ableton Live. This does a similar trick as the now unfortunately discontinued Antares Kantos plug-in. Anyone remember Kantos? Read the Sound on Sound review of Kantos: click here

“A new iPhone app that turns your voice into an instrument in real time. You sing into the iPhone, and it turns it into a guitar or a bass, synth, etc.” – WaveMachine Labs, Inc.

For more info: wavemachinelabs.com

iDiscover Keyboard

I’m glad to see an iPhone piano keyboard controller. The big question is will it work with any music App. My guess is no but if I am wrong let me know. The next question is if it’s a NO then is there an API App developers can use to let these keys working with say NNN MONO, IStylophone, NESynth, etc… If you look at Engadget’s photos of the iDiscover Keyboard one of them is showing an App from Akai called SynthStudio: click here.

“The iDiscover keyboard, along with the companion iDiscover Keyboard app, has 25 keys and effectively turns your iPhone into a music studio complete with synth-action keys, and pitch and modulation wheels. Better yet, it doubles as a controller for MIDI software on either Mac or PC.” – Engadget

For more info: www.ionaudio.com/idiscoverkeyboard

TOPLAPapp and GRID

TOPLAPapp and GRID from Oliver Chesler on Vimeo.

Here’s a video I make of two terrific iPhone Apps that make random digital sounds. TOPLAPapp (iTunes link) and Grid (iTunes link) are must haves for any noise nerds out there.

“TOPLAPapp is a sonic puzzle based around a virtual machine for sound synthesis. This machine only accepts a few valid instructions, and you control it by placing each command letter within a grid, along with setting some associated parameter sliders. The machine runs through the grid, following the instructions to create the output sounds, which are usually of a somewhat noisy character, hopefully interestingly so. The historical antecedents include instruction synthesis as pionneered at the Institute of Sonology in the 1970s, and the live coding movement, of modifying a running program as it acts.” – Nick Collins

For more info: Nick Collins and Kin

Garmin Voice Studio

I’ve been using the TomTom app for iPhone as my GPS. It really does the job and it makes me feel safe especially when I am traveling for my day job. At CES Garmin added a feature to GPS units that I haven’t seen before that allows you to record your own voice for the Nav system. I know you can get celebrity voices on some GPS units already but being a DIY guy when it comes to audio the “Voice Studio” feature looks cool. It’s a novelty I know and I can already imagine being picked up at the airport by a promoter and on the way to an event every time he needs to make a left turn the intro to Nitzer Ebb’s Violent Playground plays (the song starts with Douglas McCarthy screaming “To the Left!”. Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJS847sh9RU. One can dream.

“Basically, it’s a PC-based app that lets you record your own nav instructions (which we’re guessing is going to result in some extraordinarily NC17-rated Nuvis). The company is saying it’ll take about 20 minutes to complete a set of commands.” – engadget.com

For more info: garmin.com

Argon Synthesizer for iPhone


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ13uNxdKjk

With the Apple Tablet all but imminent Apps like the Argon Synthesizer just make me drool with anticipation. The Argon is $2 and has some nice reviews going for it in the App store. iTunes link: click here

“ARGON consists of three Oscillator, one filter, one amplifier, one saturator and one Delay. High-quality 32bit floating point Synth-engine. Delay Effect. 16 Step Sequencer. 512 user preset. 64 factory preset.” – iphone.icegear.net/argon/

For more info: icegear.net