C64 MSSIAH 303 and Keds

C64 with MSSIAH Cartridge from Malte Horstmann on Vimeo.

Old cloning old. A modified Commodore 64 running a Roland TB-303 emulation. To top off the rediculous some TB-303 Pro Ked sneakers.

“I modded this Commodore C64 by putting a MSSIAH Cartridge, 6 pots and 2 switches in it. 4 pots are for the MSSIAH Software, 1 for Volume and 1 for a Feedback Loop I built in it.” – Malte Horstmann

For more info: 8bitventures.com/mssiah and zazzle.com/303keds

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 16, 2011 at 2:56 am, 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.



LoopMash, Mike, SuperAnalog808

Here’s a trio for Tuesday. Three new interesting pro-audio related products. Number one we have Steinberg LoopMash. LoopMash mangles four loops. It’s an iPhone App. I grabbed it and it has a pretty cool faux 3D swipe to different screen effect worth checking out. Years after abandoning Cubase I’m using a Steinberg product again. Number two is Mike. It’s a microphone from Apogee that goes directing into your iOS device. It’s from Apogee so it deserves mention. Convenience and AD/DA conversion wise it should be a winner however I’m all about high end mic pres and Mike can’t use one. Number three we have SuperAnalog808 a Roland TR-808 sample pack from Goldbaby designed for Loopmasters. If you don’t own a real 808 or Acidlab Miami then samples are your friend. Goldbaby does them right and there’s a million suble differences between 808s and ways to record them so another sample set is always welcome.

For more info: LoopMash, Mike, SuperAnalog808

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 15, 2011 at 2:35 am, filed under drum machine, hardware, iPad, iPhone, sounds and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



LinnStrument

Roger Linn Previews New LinnStrument Prototype from Turnstyle Video on Vimeo.

Maybe the LinnStrument is too late in an iPad world. The pressure sensitivity stuff is good but couldn’t it be replicated with an iPad using the gyroscope ala Garageband? Still I love watching the man in his home with his invention… very nice.

“Mr. Linn has a new toy — the LinnStrument. It looks like an iPad with a grid of pressure sensitive note buttons to capture expression, pitch and timbre of each note individually and all at once. The product is not yet ready for mass consumption but take a sneak peek at the LinnStument prototype in action.” – Turnstyle Video

For more info: rogerlinndesign.com/products/linnstrument

via Synthtopia

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm, filed under hardware, iPad and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Oliver Chesler’s 13 Must Have iPad Games

So you finally going to get an iPad today? iPad 2 is out so why not? Ready for some music making apps right? Don’t forget to have some fun too! You could grab all the games below for less than half the price of a PS3 game. These are my favorites. Certainly these are not going to be everyone’s picks. I like quick retro vector future pick up and play games. Some of these are iPhone games but look great blown up on the iPad screen. Enjoy your new toy!


Touchwars HD: link


Vector Runner HD: link


Spheroids: Was this game removed from the App store? I can’t find the link?!


Halcyon: link


Infinity Field: link


Minotron 2112: link


Juggle: link


80s Galaxy: link


VectorRacing: link


Poppi: link


Oh, the Huge Manatee: link


GeoSpark: link


Geometry Wars: link

photo credit: Robert Scoble

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 11, 2011 at 4:43 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.



Eventide Space

Eventide Space – Sneak Peak from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

A few months ago when Eventide announced their new hardware box called Space the music tech crowd was buzzing. I admit I didn’t totally get why. Like many producers I know I’ve returned to using a lot of hardware but reverbs wasn’t a box I needed to go back to. Yesterday I saw the above demo video from Richard Devine on my Facebook feed (thanks Daniel Meyer) and this morning again on Synthtopia. Needless to say I have to have one of these. It’s the sound. I wonder if these will become as common as the Boss-SE50 did? Probably not and that’s a good thing for those who are in the know. The Space is $500.

“Never before has there been a more dazzling collection of reverb algorithms combined with delays, pitch shifting, tremolo, modulation, and spatial effects in such a compact and affordable package.” – eventide.com

For more info: eventide.com/stompBoxes/eventide_space

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 9, 2011 at 4:16 am, 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.



Monotron Hacking

Collin’s Lab: Monotron Hacking from MAKE magazine on Vimeo.

I found Korg Monotron’s to be the perfect priced gift for my music friends. So far I’ve given two of these little guys away.

“The Monotron mini analog synthesizer was made to be hacked – learn how to add your own control-voltage inputs and check out some sample synthing played via strobe light.” – Make Magazine

For more info: korg.com/monotron

photo credit: Nurettin Mert AYDIN

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 8, 2011 at 6:36 am, filed under circuit bending, 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.



Get the Balance Right

It took me a while but I finally struck a balance between my day job and my music career. Three week day nights and weekends I am in front of knobs, dials, touch screen, API and Ableton. Weekdays as Director of Operations at ENVEN Energy Services I stare at Windows 7 via Bootcamp, Excel tracking sheets, Quickbooks or I am in the field auditing commercial lighting systems in Rockland, Orange and Sullivan Counties. Once and a while live performances as The Horrorist steal a Friday away from ENVEN but since I am a partner in the company it’s a perk I am allowed. Mornings before anything starts thirty minutes goes here to Wire to the Ear and these words. I know balance has found it’s equilibrium because my to do list gets cleared and I am not having those “missing class” nightmares. I admit I struggled to make this work and for a while it cost me some music creating time. The key is I pretend I am far more important than I am. I pretend I am a CEO. I wake up early, eat super healthy and spend 45 minutes on the Elliptical trainer each day. I allow myself one or two planned, scheduled fun short late afternoon meet ups with friends and family per week. I know this all sounds pretentious and needlessly stiff. In between all the positivity there is a blackness. I regularly feel like I am missing something somewhere. I have huge doubts and I feel I’ve become a mouse on a wheel. That said, I am doing my life’s plan and I hope in the end people will have noticed.

“There’s more besides joyrides. Little house in the countryside. Understand, learn to demand, Compromise, sometimes lie. You think you’ve got a hold of it all. You haven’t got a hold at all. When you reach the top, get ready to drop. Prepare yourself for the fall, you’re gonna fall. It’s almost predictable.” – Depeche Mode

For more info: Get the Balance Right, Depeche Mode (iTunes link)

photo credit: Colin Harris

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 7, 2011 at 5:08 am, filed under business, political, song writing and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Martin Gore and Vince Clarke Album

Old friends working on music together. I like that idea. I like it even more when it’s New Wave legends doing the music making. Apparently the album coming soon from Martin Gore and Vince Clarke will be dance/technoish. We are also going to see a new Erasure and Depeche Mode album sooner than later. If I can get 3-4 great songs out of all these new releases I’m going to be very happy. I know it’s not 1987 and I won’t get “every song perfect” album’s but even just a few gems and I’m going to be smiles.

“Always makes me happy when you’re taking a chance. This ain’t nodisco and you know how to dance. Move me disco. Baby don’t you ever go. This is Nodisco”

For more info: slicingupeyeballs.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm, filed under music and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



The Fading Sounds of Analog

There is an interesting article in the New York Times titled The Fading Sounds of Analog Technology talking about the end of analog noises produced by now vintage products. Sounds such as dial tones and cassettes rewinding are fading away. Interestingly, we still reference many old analog sounds in our day to day language.

“We’re losing the dial tone, too. Cellphones don’t have dial tones. Only landlines do, and those are rapidly disappearing. And without the dial tone, how will movie producers ever indicate that someone’s hung up on a character? (Even though that was an unrealistic depiction to begin with.) Funny thing is, we’re replacing these sounds mainly with… nothing! What’s the sound of broadband? Of rewinding a CD?” – David Pogue, NYTimes.com

Read the full NYTimes article: click here

photo credit: m kasahara

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on at 2:21 pm, filed under hardware, political and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



SynthX

In January I made a NAMM post showing off Jim Heintz of Way Out Ware’s latest project called SynthX. The iPad App is now available for $9.99. I downloaded it last night and it’s one of the best sounding synth engines for the iPad. It’s also quite fun to use. Check out a detailed review of Synthx over at Gearwire: click here

“Built using Way Out Ware’s award winning virtual analog technology and heavily optimized for the iOS operating system, SynthX delivers a great looking and sounding analog experience to the iPad. A mathematically modeled synthesizer, SynthX contains no samples. As a result, it is very small in size, yet it has an extremely large and professionally design sound library. An effects chain including distortion, flanger, delay and limiter are included. Additionally, a separate identical effects chain is provided to process an external signal connected to the iPad’s audio input. SynthX has been designed from the beginning for the iPad and multi-touch. It has a comprehensive MIDI implementation using CoreMIDI including MIDI Note send and receive and MIDI Beat Clock LFO sync.” – Jim Heintz

App store link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/synthx/id42…

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 3, 2011 at 4:26 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.



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