I remember the first time I saw a video of The Reactable synth/audio engine. A guy was moving real objects across a touch screen connecting objects that were making sound. He was able to insert effects and by twisting real hardware cubes LFOs would speed up or slow down, etc… it was a wow to watch. Smartly Reactable Systems have ported the engine into the iOS world and instead of hardware blocks and such everything is in the glass. You get 20 virtual objects and there is Accelerometer and mic input. Most importantly you can import your own samples. It’s $9.99 available in the App Store: click here
“Reactable mobile brings the power of the award winning Reactable synthesizer to your mobile device. Based on the Reactable Live! software, the Reactable mobile is a versatile synthesizer that allows you to play and process your own sound samples and audio input. A complete and flexible live performance instrument with professional audio quality.” – reactable.com
I had a smashing time in Germany this weekend. There have been a few times in my life I got to hear music in a different way. You know when something clicks in your mind and you “get it”. The moments when you hear music you’ve heard many times and thought, “ehhh not my thing” and then later you think, “wow this is great”. It’s vital as a musician to stay open minded and push yourself into experiencing real life to it’s fullest. Remember that artists reflect the world around them.
“”The border between music and noise is always culturally defined—which implies that, even within a single society, this border does not always pass through the same place; in short, there is rarely a consensus … By all accounts there is no single and intercultural universal concept defining what music might be.” – Jean-Jacques Nattiez (via Wikipedia)
The photo above by Leah Lockhart is titled, “You are what you hear.”. If that’s true then ask yourself what kind of music do you listen to. What does that make you?
I’m on the road again this weekend for a few days. This time I am playing in a Germany city called Delitzsch. It’s about an hour and a half south of Berlin. In fact I will be staying in a hotel in the capital city which has me quite pleased. I have some good friends to catch up with. Some of the other artists and DJs performing include: D.I.M, Daniel Stefanik, Vicarious Bliss, Dan Drastic, Küche 80, Fengari, Psycho Devila, Schweinedizkobanger, Hodgepodge, Kratzer vs Perry live, Das Zirkuskind, Autonoma and Die Ruhestörer. It’s a nice size event so there’s about 30 more acts that I didn’t list here. Overall it’s a good mix of electrohouse, techno and minimal. I got myself a exit row on British Airways and as long as the weather lets up in NYC the journey should be ok. It’s raining and windy as hell here this morning. I am parking in the long term lot so if it’s a downpour later I risk sitting 8 hours with wet pant legs. I have my iPad loaded with more books, games and movies you could ever watch. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of Tattoos and Tequila the bestseller from the ex-frontman of Mötley Crüe front man Vince Neil. I’m in no way a Mötley fan but the stories and antics would make any musician laugh. Anyway it’s a very easy read. I’m seriously considering giving the iPad a cameo appearance during the show. If I do it will be using the Morphwiz app and a preset called Opethian. It’s good dark stuff. If you come to the show say hello. I suspect posts here will be light to none until I return.
The Slate Digital Virtual Console is a set of plug-ins that model the character of both mixer channels and an analog summing engine. There has been a huge discussion of this plug-in set on various forums including Gearslutz. I’m not 100% convinced using the VC will get you the same sound as outboard gear however I do believe it will give you a new color. I often use microphone impulse responses on a few channels so they sound like they have been recorded through say a Neuman and 15″ away. I know that definitely adds something unique and interesting to my mixes so plug-ins like the Slate have my interest. The Beta is available now for $199. iLok required.
“What it aims to do is precisely emulate the sound of mixing through a legendary analog desk. We’ve worked very hard on the algorithms and we’re happy to say that in our testing, it was extremely difficult to pick out the real desk verse the emulation in an blind A/B test. Fabrice Gabriel implemented modeling techniques that capture the entire dynamic response of the desk, meaning that the sound of the desk, (depending on the emulation), can change as you drive it harder.” – Steven Slate