Synth Project MC-20

The Synth Project MC-20 is an iPad with the iMS-20 App running built into a custom Korg MS20 controller. This gets me thinking that someone should built and incredible generic iPad synth controller. Something like the Akai SynthStation 49 but you know… more awesome.

“The MC-20 Controller for the iPad has a 3 Octave Full Size Keyboard. So the size of the Case is nearly 1:1 of the original MS-20 Synthesizer. The case has a iPad Slot to let the iPad inside the Case and you don´t need any place beside the case for the iPad The normal parameters are controlled by the USB64 Midi Interface from Doepfer, via Knobs and pots like the real Hardware Synth. To handle the patch cords, i use the iPad. I think, this will be a good way, because the patch sockets of the App and the VST Instrument too, have no Midi CC´s. The Advantage is, that i can use with iPad App, the Sequencer and the Drum Machine of the App too. So i have a little so-called MS-20 Workstation” – synth-project.de

For more info: synth-project.de

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 12, 2011 at 10:34 am, filed under iPad, synthesizer and tagged , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



_www_ audiovisualizer synth app

_www_ audiovisualizer synth app + iPad from iPad Punk on Vimeo.

Kazuyuki Okamoto (OKAHON) is the developer of NNN MONO (which I used in my demo at Tekserve) and Powon. He has a new iOS visual synthesizer app called _www_ which looks great. You can download the operation manual: here. Kazuyuki has also posted 12 tutorial videos on his website: okahon.com/works/www.html. It’s available in the App store now for $1.99: App Store Link

“www is a musical instrument of new type. Lets you create new sounds.” – Kazuyuki Okamoto

For more info: okahon.com/works/www.html

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 10, 2011 at 4:34 am, filed under iPad, iPhone and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Drift Box

Introducing the”Drift Box” from yamadub on Vimeo.

I love this demo video for the Drift Box synth. His accent and bit crusher on certain sections on his voice keep me watching. If you click on the more info link below you can see there is also a Drift Box Modular and something called a Reon Modular. “Hello everyone I am Drift Man.”

“”Drift Box” is a compact monophonic synthesizer. That’s product of REON co.,Ltd in osaka japan.” – yamadub

To buy and more info: umenaka.com/digital/synthesizer.htm

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 9, 2011 at 6:40 am, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Konkreet Performer

KONKREET PERFORMER is here! from Konkreet Labs on Vimeo.

say Hello to KONKREET PERFORMER from Konkreet Labs on Vimeo.

For the most part up until today I really didn’t care too much about making a synced, controlled connection between my iPad and computer. Konkreet Performer has changed that. I’ve always been a fan of having multiple on screen knobs attached to one physical controller. How about all your on screen knobs attached to wild visual touchable animating iPad controls? Please let me know if you have tried this out and what you think of it. The App is available in the iTunes Store now for $25: click here. I’m going to wait until the weekend then it’s on.

“PERFORMER is an OSC music control and performance instrument. It’s a controller that utilises multitouch technology to the full; instead with faders and knobs, an intuitive, remote operation of software instruments on your computer, all made through manipulating an abstract objects on your device! Reconnect to your software instruments, your DAW, your sound. PERFORMER is here to inspire you. In the studio and on the stage!” – For more info: konkreetlabs.com

For more info: konkreetlabs.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 8, 2011 at 4:35 am, filed under iPad and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



No more cassette decks in new cars

Honestly I did not think you could recently have purchased a new car in the USA with a stock cassette deck. Apparently in 2010 the Lexus SC430 still had that option. The NYTimes has a story titled For Car Cassette Decks, Play Time Is Over in it today about the end of the wait to rewind or fast forward era in cars. Of course you can still get after market cassette decks.

“That nostalgic affection for tape holds no sway with automakers, though. For the 2011 model year, no manufacturer selling cars in the United States offers a tape player either as standard equipment or as an option on a new vehicle. The most recent choice for a factory cassette deck was the 2010 Lexus SC 430.” – NYTimes.com

For more info: nytimes.com/2011/02/06/automobiles/06AUDIO

photo credit: Ian Muttoo

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 7, 2011 at 4:35 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Maybe this is an Eventide H8000 Review Video

Yeah so I’m uh. I mean. Well… The Eventide H8000 is a hardware multieffect unit that goes for about $5500. Here’s a video that has something to do with the unit. At around 2:43 in the video a giant Conion boombox appears. I own the same one (the boombox not H8000). Hah!

“Featuring nearly sixteen hundred post-production and music effects preset-algorithms, never before has Eventide unleashed so much power for your creative endeavors.” – eventide.com

For more info: eventide.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm, filed under hardware and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Roy Orbison – In The Real World

Roy Orbison is one of those artists that give you great gems if you look past their hits. No matter what the situation you’re in there is always a song singing your story. Remember that if you search you will find your not the pioneer of pain.

“In dreams we do so many things
We set aside the rules we know
And fly the world so high
In great and shining rings

If only we could always live in dreams
If only we could make of life
What, in dreams, it seems

But in the real world
We must say our goodbyes
No matter if the love will live
It will never die

In the real world
There are things that we can’t change
And endings come to us
In ways that we can’t rearrange

I love you, and you love me
But sometimes we must let it be
In the real world
In the real world

When we were dreaming heart to heart
I wish that we had stayed right there
For when the dreamers do awake
The dreams do disappear

In the real world
There are things that we can’t change
And endings come to us
In ways that we can’t rearrange

I love you, and you love me
But sometimes we must let it be
In the real world
In the real world”

Buy the song: Amazon

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One Night at Tekserve

Last night I had the great pleasure in taking part of Tekserve’s The Future of Music V, The Craft of iPad Music-Making. First off, Tekserve is one of those NYC places. It’s a place that defines the city just like Katz Delicatessen or The Empire State Building. The fix and sell Apple products and have been doing it long before the Apple stores existed. The large store sits in the flat iron district and it’s full of people and goodies. Not only new glass and aluminum stuff but the shop is filled with vintage cameras, awesome recording gear from the 60s, computer posters from the 80s and it’s a classic Mac museum too. You can tell it’s sits on Manhattan real estate because like the city it’s always packed and the pace inside is frenetic. Numbers and being yelled, tutorials are happening and people are spending obscene amounts of money all around you. The real wonder of Tekserve is the amazing team of what I learned were close friends running the place. Paul Rechsteiner who manages the place flies around the store smiling ear to ear doing what at first seems like mingling but on closer inspection he’s micro organizing everyone like a turbo charged Roomba. I met a few of Paul’s co-workers such as Rob in the A/V dept and operating the on stage camera, Ben Casey who was doing sound who took the time to show me his Elektron Oktopad and Steve Chu who helped me figure out a hardware glitch on this very Macbook Pro I am writing to you on today. It’s a smart bunch and when Paul walked me through the huge back and basement of the store to get me coffee even the managers and CEO smiled at me. This place reeked of pure class.

Around 7:00PM the other presenters of the evening arrived. I’ve know Peter Kirn for a few months now and he brought his new Meeblip with him. I’m fascinated with the energy he puts into his blog Create Digital Music and it’s a kick to talk shop with him. During his performance He used the software Pure Data on his iPad and Midi to control his hardware Meeblip. I met Harry Allen who had a seriously long list of credentials but for the life of me the only single fact I can remember about his resume was that he was the guy who said the line, “Don’t Believe the Hype” in the samed named Public Enemy song. Steve Horelick who runs the popular Macprovideo.com tutorial site and is known for creating the theme song for the television show Reading Rainbow played two ambient pieces. Before the event there was a lot of discussion because Steve really wanted to play a longer piece. In my mind I thought oh boy ambient this is going to be lame. Not only were half the people there solely to see Steve both his live pieces were great. I usually hate that kind of music but it was more Stanley Kubrick soundtrack and hippy dippy burnt guy sounds. Joshue Ott created an iPad app called Thicket. It’s an art toy filled with as my wife put’s it “migraine inducing visuals” and sound. His performance was by far the most futuristic. The generated audio bleeping away with the wild grid lines the app puts out were really stunning when projected loud and large.

For my own performance I used TC Electronic’s Voicejam, a great 360 looper on my iPad. I used an IK Multimedia iRig adapter to bring audio from several iPhone apps into the iPad and Voicejam. I first created a beat using Tweakybeat. It’s a little drum machine app with a heavy swing and random option. Anything Tweakybeat creates could be a Berlinesque minimal track. Next I layered in some Moog Filatron. I set the Moogs analog delay simulation all the way up to feedback and then recorded a loop while I played with the delay time. It creates a sound like 500 samplers all pitching up and down. For the third layer I recorded a vocal saying “I Want Your Body” into an App called iVoxel. It’s a nice sounding vocoder app with a neat trick. There is an edit mode where you can scrub your finger across your recorded and vocoded waveform. Into Voicejam that went to but not just a simple one shot. I recorded my finger swiping across the waveform. I added some white noise toms from a synth App called NNN Mono. Just to impress the crowd I then used an app called Scanner911 and recorded some live Chicago Police department ramblings. Once all my loops were recorded I used Voicejam and put on a quick performance. The wonderful thing about this looper is it’s circular and each loops plays in time where you put your finger. So if you click around the circle at different loop locations your glitching or say time traveling between loops.

Tekserve was notified the New York Times, Rolling Stones and some other big press were at the event. There were certainly enough large still and video cameras around to believe it. On my way out Paul handed me a Tekserve bag with a 1TB portable Glyph drive in it… class operation!

It’s 7:30AM so I have to run out of here to my day job calling. Tonight I will update this post with more photos and eventually the entire video from the night will be online. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

UPDATE: I finally had a chance to upload a full photo set: click here

For more info: tekserve.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 4, 2011 at 5:48 am, filed under interviews, live performance and tagged , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Fairlight CMI30A iPad

The original Fairlight CMI is heading to the iPad soon. In the past I’ve mentioned the great sounds which are definitely associated with the 1980s the CMI produces. My first sampler, a Roland S-50 had a very nice set heavily inspired by the CMI. You can read that blog post which also talks about my father buying me the S-50 here: My father and my Roland S-50 sampler. You can also get a faithfully recreated CMI Reason Refill from PowerFX. If you’re unsure of the type of sounds I am talking about the best example is the song Close to the Edit from Art of Noise (video above). Lastly, if you don’t actually want to make some noise but still want some black and green screen nostalgia there are some nice Fairlight CMI iPad cases, T-Shirts, coffee mugs and more on Cafepress: cafepress.com/fairlight. The iPad CMI should be in the App store soon with a price of 50 Australian dollars.

“In early 1983, two of Trevor Horn’s production team, programmer JJ Jeczalik and engineer Gary Langan were working on a scrapped drum riff from a session from Yes’s 90125. They sampled it into a Fairlight CMI, using the then new Page R sequencer. This was the first time an entire drum pattern had been sampled into the machine. They then added non-musical sounds on top of it, before playing the track to producer Trevor Horn… The technological impetus for the Art of Noise was the advent of the Fairlight CMI sampler, an electronic musical instrument invented in Australia that Horn was reportedly among the first to purchase.” – Wikipedia (Art of Noise)

For more info: http://au.fairlight.com.au

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 2, 2011 at 5:31 am, filed under hardware, iPad, synthesizer and tagged , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



We are moving wonderfully fast

I’m not posting this video to make fun of Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel on The Today Show. I’m thrilled to be reminded how fast we are moving technologically. The internet is the greatest invention in my life and probably one of the greatest things man will ever invent. Humans can instantly share everything with everyone. I am guessing in my lifetime an entire wall in my home could be a super realistic high definition 3D display showing any other room in the world who would like me to see them. It will be almost a transporter. Maybe musicians can play live to stadiums from there living rooms or garages? I was online almost a decade before this video above. I would log on at 300 baud to local BBS’s. I remember I used a service in Rockland County called Mnematics Videotext and the original CompuServe.

“hey’re not even saying “What is THE internet?”… they’re just saying “What is internet?” which is even funnier.” – Jessi

via swiss-miss.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 1, 2011 at 5:51 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.




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