Cloud Promotion

Be warned the service I am mentioning today may not be legit. Would you pay to have your SoundCloud tracks played more? Cloud Promotion says it will get you a set number of “Plays” for money. It seems the service is based in Europe because their prices are listed in Euros and the English text is well messed up (fancy detective work I know). Some examples: 1000 Plays for 25 Euro or 5000 Plays for 75 Euro. The site looks very much like the SoundCloud site. Is it officially affiliated with them somehow? Does it matter who listens to your songs? I know I would like a target audience not just 1000 random people. Lastly, would 1000 Plays = 25 actual song sales?

I tried to find some mention of Cloud Promotion in the SoundCloud forums but I couldn’t figure out a way to search there. If I am missing an obvious way to search the forums someone please let me know.

“With cloud Promotion You Can Have A couple bunch of Traffic to your mix or track And Make Easy The Audience of Your Dream” – cloud-promotion.com

For more info: cloud-promotion.com

synthmate

synthmate small demo from soh_la on Vimeo.

Synthmate is an interesting synthesizer for the iPad. You can define Scales and while playing slide your fingers vertically to control various paramaters. I’ve been toying around with the app this morning and it’s another inspiration maker. It’s price is $2.99 and in the app store now: click here

“This panel exposes the synth parameters available for editing and assigning to the y-axis. These include a selection of wave types for both the source oscillator and LFO, volume, delay time and feedback, LFO destination (amp or frequency), LFO frequency and LFO amplitude. The user can also assign the y-axis of the control surface to control one of these parameters (except for LFO destination).” – synthmate.com

For more info: synthmate.com

API Channel Strip

I’ve used these API units in Lunchbox form and they are amazing. I once did a A/B test comparing my mic with 5 Powercore plug-ins vs a lone API 512c compressor. No matter how I tweaked things the raw 512c killed it. The new Channel Strip puts the very best API has to offer in a single rackmount unit. Expect a street price around $2700. If you do vocals and your sticking with making music for the next 10+ years it’s worth the price.

“The Channel Strip is made up of a 512c mic pre, our famous 550A EQ, the 527 Compressor and the 325 Line Driver, combining many well-known and highly coveted pieces in one package. Each processing piece can be switched in or bypassed individually and a Flip switch allows the compressor to be placed after the EQ if desired. Additionally, The Channel Strip includes an insert point, sidechain input, multiple metering locations as well as the famous API 2520/transformer combination.” – apiaudio.com

For more info: apiaudio.com

Love’s Secret Domain

This week Peter Christopherson died in his sleep. If the bands Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV and Coil mean anything to you then you know this is a real loss to the music world. He created two songs which I personally have in my top 100 of all time: United (Throbbing Gristle) and Love’s Secret Domain (Coil). You should own both of these songs. They both are sexy and serious pieces of music. To add to his music’s cache if you want to own original’s of these CDs you better have a steep wallet. Just following the links to the songs behind this sentence to see some prices. The vision and the void.

“Oh rose, thou art sick
Seduce.. let loose
The vision and the void
Blood sickle.. honey suck

In little children’s heavy heads
My dreams erupt while in my bed
Innocence is dripping red

In dreams I walk with you
In dreams I talk with you
In dreams
You’re mine
All of the time

Heads on fire and drunken lights
Days devoured by hungry nights
In love’s secret domain
This is mad love
This is mad love
In love’s secret domain”

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Christopherson

photo credit: shiver_shi

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

This week is Thanksgiving in the United States. Usually this means some extra TV or movie time. I have a music documentary recommendation for everyone. Last year a documentary called Anvil! The Story of Anvil was released. It tells the story of a band who didn’t make it. I think every musician on the planet will relate and laugh to at least some parts of this film. It has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Highly recommended.

“At fourteen years old, best friends Lips and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band Anvil, hailed as the demi-gods of Canadian metal, influenced a musical generation including Met allica, Slayer and Anthrax. Though Anvil never made it, they never stopped playing or believing. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now well into their fifties, set off to record their thirteenth album, This is Thirteen, in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dream.”

New York Times Review: click here
Rotten Tomatoes: click here
Official Website: anvilthemovie.com

Halcyon by Zach Gage

Halcyon Trailer from zach gage on Vimeo.

Zach Gage is my favorite iOS developer. He has created Synthpond, Unify and Bit Pilot which I all consider five star apps. His new iPad game Halcyon is part generative musical instrument. As with all his apps style meets gameplay. This is futuristic fun.

“A Generative Musical Instrument – Halcyon features a complete generative soundtrack that becomes an instrument when you play the game. Since its designed to accompany you while you play, you’ll create tranquil sonic landscapes as you travel along. Gameplay is one part spacial action puzzler and one part interactive stringed instrument combined in an experience designed specifically for the iPad. Colored currents travel inexorably toward each other. Strum the strings to match the currents, creating both phonic and visual harmony.” – zach gage

Download the app: click here

CDM, Wire to the Ear Podcast

Music Tech in Review – Episode 1 – Podcast Chat by cdm

I’m obsessed with podcasts. When I moved to Berlin every time I missed english speak or felt alone Leo Laporte and his podcasts were in my ear. After I blogged for a while I knew I had to do a podcast too. I also knew I couldn’t do it alone. Most podcasts with just one host seem really boring to me. After I met Peter Kirn last month at the SAE/Shocklee Panel for IMSTA I knew I had to run the idea past him. Create Digital Music is without doubt an important source for music tech words. I credit that site for killing my subscriptions to Keyboard and Electronic Musician (I still get Sound on Sound). Honestly we don’t know if we have the energy to keep this up but we enjoyed recording the first one. I assume we will keep it going, get a cool name for it, add some audio bumpers and become more comfortable talking. We will get the quality up a bit too. I hope you enjoy our ramblings.

Topics covered: Google Listen, RockBand 3, Korg IMS20, Polychord, iOS Midi, Meeblip, Step Poly Arp, Magic Fiddle, Beat Bop, Pro-Tools 9, Ohm Studio

Links to all the topics covered on one nice Bit.ly bundle: http://bit.ly/musictechtalk1

“This was entirely impromptu, but we do intend to plan ahead and do it right and make it a regular thing. That raises a couple of questions. What would you want in such a program? (High on my list: adding some actual music and music discussion, guests, interactive Q&A…)” – Peter Kirn, CDM

Photo credit: Seattle Municipal Archives

Vintage into New

Last night i picked up an Amplitude iRig from Best Buy (about $40). It wasn’t too long until I had some old gear going through any music Apps that allowed input. The photo above shows a Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-110 into the Moog Filtatron app. iRig works as advertised and I was very impressed with Filtatron. I think that Moog hired some good coders because it sounds right. I also think it was smart of them to release this on touch devices and not as a plug-in that you would have use a mouse with. This thing begs to be played with. The feedback and tape delay effects are great. I tried to plug a Shure SM58 directly into the iRig but I think I need a pre-amp to get my signal much hotter before it will be of any use.

“Simply plug the iRig interface into your mobile device, plug your instrument into the appropriate input jack, plug in your headphones, amp or powered speakers, download ‘AmpliTube FREE’ version for iPhone or for iPad, and start rocking!” – ikmultimedia.com

For more info: ikmultimedia.com/irig

Beat Markers in iMovie 11

Back in May I had a post titled Make music videos with iMovie in 5 minutes. It lead to a Macworld article on Beat Markers in iMovie 10. Gary at MacMost has posted the above video tutorial of the same concept albeit with iMovie 11. Can you see how very it easy it is to make a competent music video? I really love this.

“Beat Markers allow you to set points in an audio track and then drop in video with cuts that match the beats. After timing out the beats in a soundtrack, all you need to do is drag and drop video or photos into iMovie and the video will be cut to match the markers. You can even add transitions that fit along with the beats.” – macmost.com

For more info: apple.com/ilife

Melancholy Hill

On Melancholy Hill – NYC Lights from Chateau Bezerra on Vimeo.

People who know me personally know I’ve been going through one of life’s tragedies lately. My father past away last month. I can’t begin to talk about that but the event has brought me closer to friends. Things and weaknesses I used to tell my dad need a new ear and I was glad to discover I found a few willing to listen. Besides the fact that this video for the Gorillaz song Melancholy Hill features wonderful NYC neon signs it the lyrics remind me of kindness I am receiving these days.

“Up on melancholy hill
There’s a plastic tree
Are you here with me
Just looking out on the day
Of another dream

Well you can’t get what you want
But you can get me
So let’s head out to sea
‘Cause you are my medicine
When you’re close to me
When you’re close to me”

Get the song: click here (iTunes link)