Crazy Japanese Earphones

Let’s say your looking for earphones in the shape of sushi, paws, bananas, arrows, mushrooms or bolts. You would be in luck because you can find them at solidalliance.com! Someone needs to start a thread on Gearslutz explaining how by using these you hear a more true sound of your mix.

“Japan’s Solid Alliance decided that the bar for “crazy earphones” just hadn’t been raised high enough and so they’ve released these adorable/idiotic plastic embellishments which make you look like you have various implements coming out of your ears.” – tipb

For more info: solidalliance.com

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My heart to you.

It’s valentine’s day. Sorry if you are lonely. Here’s one highly recommended very romantic song: Depeche Mode – Shake the Disease (iTunes link).

“Here is a plea From my heart to you Nobody knows me As well as you do You know how hard it is for me To shake the disease That takes hold of my tongue In situations like these” – depechemode.com

For more info: depechemode.com

Tutenchamun by HGich.T


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ne3vAsMXJg

Here’s my 5 thoughts about this: 1. This is what it feels like to go on tour in Germany. Imagine this for 12 hours straight and you now know what it’s like to play events over there. 2. German people! 3. This is actually pretty creative and awesome. 4. Even though I lived in Berlin for three years I have no idea what they are talking about. 5. WTF!

“meine name ist garfield, ja! ja
ich war schon immer da, ja! ja
und jetzt bin ich auch da, ja! ja
und du bist auch da, ja! ja
wir sind beide da, ja! ja
zusammen in the universe, ja! ja
zusammen mit der polizei, ja! ja
ich erzähl ihm ihm was von salbei, ja! ja
eukalyptus und menthol, ja! ja
ich bin unschuldig, ja! ja
like manitu, ja! ja
das ist der killa, ja! ja”

via Marc Decourt

Andromeda MK Drum Machines


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

Eric Archer creates a large number of original and hacked audio machines. You can see all his devices: click here. One of his recent creations are these mini analog drum machines. Beyond the fact that they sound good and are inexpensive I dig the last music loop he created in the video above!

“This was designed as an experiment of making the most minimal drum machine possible using analog circuitry. Beyond that goal, the design also includes a new feature, IR Sync, which allows a group of these units to all synchronize together and play at the same tempo automatically. Although the sound of one Andromeda Mk machine alone is simple, a group of them together can play more complex rhythms. The complexity of the patterns is multiplied with each additional unit that is added to the network. A maximum of 12 units can be connected in a chain. The Andromeda Mk-1 analog drum machine has a minimal sequencer with sixteen preset patterns, selectable by the red switch block. The pushbutton restarts the patterns. This feature allows you to shift the timing of the rhythm when synchronized with other Andromeda Space Rockers instruments.” – http://ericarcher.net/

For more info: http://ericarcher.net/

The DSP Project Reverse Reverb

Reverse Reverb from Rupert Brown on Vimeo.

I like these type of online music tech shows so I hope The DSP Project gains many episodes. I use this reverse reverb effect quite often. Sometimes I add a distortion unit after the reverb to really make the effect scream. Definitely check out my post: The Kick Boom, Thunderverb song writing element.

“In this episode I will show you how to create the reverse reverb effect in Ableton live (but technique can be used in any DAW) and put it into context by using it in a real project.” – Rupert Brown

Ever use this technique in your own productions?

Groove Monkee Twisted Beats

I’ll admit to a production secret: sometimes I use MIDI files containing drum patterns. I cut my teeth in the early 90s making beats on countless records using various drum machines and sequencers. However, like an old boxer I always seem to throw the same punches. The only way for me to get some totally new grooves is to rely on Herbie Hancock or others who sold their patterns. Well ok often I use randomizers but that’s the not the point of this blog post. Today Groove Monkee released a new set of prefab drum beat MIDI files. This one’s called Twisted Beats and you get 800 for $29.95. If you order today (Wednesday Feb 10, 2010) you can get $10 off with the code: twitter10

“Twisted Beats is a unique collection of over 800 four measure MIDI loops for contemporary music with Rock, RnB World and Fusion influences. A wide range of old and new school influences are represented here: Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, The Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Meters, Paul Simon, Prince, etc. The grooves were played by a professional studio drummer or expertly programmed in order to get exactly the right feel. We’ve selected only beats with an infectious “feel” or “groove”; this is NOT just a random collection of unusable beats.” – groovemonkee.com

For more info: click here

via gearwire.com

MStretchSynth

MStretchSynth Demo – Kevin Schlei (2010) from Kevin Schlei on Vimeo.

Here’s an interesting synthesizer based on a Macbook Pro’s Trackpad. I like futuristicish things and MStretchSynth surely fits that bill. If this interface gets tied to user generated samples it’s going to be great.

“‘MStretchSynth’ uses multi-point (multi-touch) data streams to create a synthesis instrument driven by the relationships between points. Instead of mapping touch positions (X and Y coordinates) directly to synthesis parameters, relationships such as angle, distance, and velocity compared to other points are used. ‘MStretchSynth’ uses angle, distance and total velocity between points to map to synthesis parameters pitch, amplitude and delay depth.” – Kevin Schlei

For more info: kevinschlei.com

via Synthtopia

Gibberish Audio App


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnxOlar2BEk

Here is an interesting 80s Art of Noise style iPhone App from Jörg Piringer.

Jörg was “born in 1974. currently living in vienna/austria. member of the institute for transacoustic research. member of the vegetable orchestra (das erste wiener gemüseorchester). student at the schule für dichtung in wien (curd duca, sainkho namtchylak, etc). master degree in computer science. sound poet.”

For more info: http://joerg.piringer.net/

Steinberg Museum

If you read this blog you would believe I’m a Ableton Live fanatic. That is true however I once loved another. After my early days with Dr. T’s KCS on Ataris and Amigas I went Mac and Cubase VST. Cubase VST was the biggest revolution in music tech that mattered to me personally. It enabled me to start recording vocals direct to hard drive. It’s the reason in 1996 I start my own record label Things to Come Records. With VST (Virtual Studio Technology) I was able to create what I thought was fairly new and unique at the time: techno electronic mixed with 80s style New Wave and EBM.

Enter the 00s and Cubase became too buggy for me to use. It got to the point I was hitting save after each change I made. I was also rendering “safety” versions of songs in case project files would stop loading. Once Ableton Live came out it was over for my friend from Hamburg. That all said, I have friends that use Cubase today and they tell me it’s more stable. I also give credit where do and Steinberg brought so many innovations to the space it’s really amazing. Most importantly I wrote mountains of music using Cubase.

Steinberg has put up an interesting website called Steinberg Museum where you can see the history of the company. There are some tasty flashbacks in the building. Screenshots, interviews and old adverts are all fun for sequencer geeks like me. Check it out now: http://museum.steinberg.net

“Come in and tour this virtual museum which documents the story of Steinberg from its beginnings in the early 1980s.” – museum.steinberg.net

Are you or were you ever a Cubase user?

I made a mixtape for a girl.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exFWurXtsU4

Something was really lost when the mixtape died. You see once upon a time a boy could make a mixtape for a girl. I personally took part in that exact ritual. The music on the tape represented how cool I was and the lyrics on each song were specific planned out messages. I took pride in knowing I had to coolest music. I walked the streets of NYC going from record store to record to be sure of just that fact. It’s a shame every tune in now just one click away. I wonder what teenage boys are giving girls these days.

““Mixtape”, a wonderful short film by Luke Snellin brings back the memories for those of us who used to spend hours making music mixes on cassette tape.” – Scott Beale

via laughingsquid.com