Harvestman, Tiptop and More

wimp whamp from Nick Ciontea on Vimeo.

Nick Ciontea is living in Chicago, IL. Here he happily performs a sequence using some very nice modules. I like how the rack is a little too high for him as he twists dials. That, the beard and the sound make this a good Saturday synth video.

“all modular, beat repeat and reverb in ableton, tip top oscillators, harvestman, tiptop, makenoise filters/lpg, rene and z8000 sequencers” – Nick Ciontea

photo credit: analoguehaven.com

Photos from The Horrorist Live, Stuttgart, NYE

For those Wire to the Ear readers who also follow my music as The Horrorist here is a set of photos from New Year’s Eve. I performed at the Landespavillon in Stuttgart, Germany. As usual I had a fantastic time, played a few new songs and made new friends. I have to admit it’s hard going from events like this to the daytime standard.

For more info: thingstocome.com

The Mac App Store

For some reason I should be more excited about the Mac App Store than I am right? I thought it was strange that it’s not integrated into iTunes. I looked for Mac apps there for 10 minutes before I figured out the new store launched from the Apple menu or dock. In a way I’m happy about that because iTunes is way too clunky already but the new Mac App Store’s home is inconsistant. Ok getting past that… the desktop SoundCloud app is the launch winner as far as music stuff goes. It’s nice, new and makes sense for some although I think I will simply keep using the website. The only music software I download after the big one (Ableton) are plug-ins and those are a no go so… I bought the update to iMovie which is the only thing I wanted out of new iLife. It’s a start.

“You can browse Mac apps by category, such as games, productivity, music, and more. Or do a quick search for something specific. Read developer descriptions and user reviews. Flip through screenshots. When you find an app you like, click to buy it.” – apple.com/mac/app-store/

For more info: apple.com/mac/app-store/


Artwork created from your vocal waveform. $120 – $560 depending on the size. I like the modern rooms in which they feature the prints. However I have to ask myself… Is this stupid or awesome?

“VoicePrints offer a way to visualize our words in a permanent work of art so that it may act as a continuous reminder to us and a display to others of what we deeply value. Our developed technique offers you the ability to capture your specific voice, expressing a word or a set of words that mean most to you or to capture significant audible moments of your life.” – voiceprintsart.com

For more info: voiceprintsart.com

Sonic Charge µTonic 3.0 and Bitspeek

Sonic Charge’s µTonic has had my vote for best non sample based drum synthesizer since it’s initial release. Two things make it stand out. Number one, the kick drums can go from tight, sharp, clicky, snappy all the way to Dutch hardcore distorted. The second thing that makes µTonic king is it’s incredibly wild random mode. WIth a single click you get the right kind of FM, self oscillating glitch sequences your searching for. Some of what the long awaited new version adds includes a Matrix Editor allowing you to see all of your sequence at once (hooray), Drag and drop patterns as MIDI files directly into your sequencer, “Edit All Channels” button enables adjusting parameters for all drum channels simultaneously (Great!) and a morph slider allows you to interpolate all eight drum patches simultaneously between two end-points.

Bitspeek has me on the buy button more than even the new 3.0 µTonic. I’m all about vocals in music. I like a message and the human voice is the most unique instrument there is. Imagine the original Speak N Spell toy had a mic input and would change your voice into it’s robotic sound in real time. That’s a start of what you get with Bitspeak. It goes further though getting you some very nice vocoder and talkbox effects. It’s $29 so if your into this kind of this it’s a no brainer.

“Sonic Charge Bitspeek is a real-time pitch-excited linear prediction codec effect. Right now you are probably thinking, “oh, another one of those”? Or perhaps not. Chances are that you have never heard about “linear prediction”, although most of us use it daily when we talk on our cell phones. Linear prediction coding is a voice compression technology that appeared in commercial products in the seventies and was implemented in some well-known speaking toys of the early eighties.” – soniccharge.com

Audio samples and more info: soniccharge.com