Wire to the Ear birthday 4 years

Happy Birthday – 4 Years – Wire to the Ear by thingstocome

It’s hard for me to believe that I have been writing to you for 4 years. In that time there were 1,235 posts, 622,235 Unique Visitors and a whole lot of conversation. The two most popular posts so far haven been “Is learning at the SAE Institute Worthwhile?” (link) and “Keep your channel faders low and the master at 0db!” (link). What’s a birthday without gifts? So I bought myself a Jomox Mbrane from Novamusik. Prepare for snare! I also loaded up the Songify app and did a disservice to the world with the diddy above. Thank you for reading and commenting. Stay on the rhythm!

“Happy Birthday to You”, also known more simply as “Happy Birthday”, is a song that is traditionally sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person’s birth. According to the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records, “Happy Birthday to You” is the most recognized song in the English language, followed by “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” The song’s base lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages.” – Wikipedia

photo credit: Edg2s

We Dress in Black

Another video example of a world I once lived in. What has been exploited and homogenized by Hot Topic’s in Malls across America once was underground and newsworthy. I think I need to raid my mothers closet again soon!

“Go inside this secret place tonight where black is in and the music is industrial strength and it’s always Halloween. On this Friday night we are going to take you to a nightclub you probably never knew existed. It’s a place where they dress in black and dance to Industrial Disco.” – Channel 9, Orlando

Motu MIDI Express XT

There has definitely been a resurgence of hardware in recording studios. I’ve personally been building an arsenal of kit from the past such as an Ensoniq ESQ-1 and new pieces such as a Jomox Mbrane and Doepfer Dark Time. Possible proof of this hardware comeback is the fact that Motu has rereleased a new version of a very classic Midi interface the MIDI Express XT. It has lots of I/O, routing, special timing tricks and more.

“Built with MOTU’s award-winning MIDI interface technology, the MIDI Express XT is a professional MIDI interface and SMPTE synchronizer that provides plug-and-play connectivity to any USB-equipped Mac or Windows computer. The Express XT provides 8 MIDI IN, 9 MIDI OUT, 128 MIDI channels and compatibility with all Mac and Windows software. Sixteen convenient, one-touch presets (8 factory and 8 user programmable) give you instant front-panel access to multiple operational configurations. The included ClockWorks™ console software for Mac OS X and Windows provides comprehensive MIDI routing, merging and muting.” – motu.com

For more info: motu.com/products/midi/xpressxt_usb


There are a growing number of sample/sample loop players on the iPad. RGBSOUND Pro is another albeit a pretty one which could find it’s place on stage or in an art show. I also found it interesting how by stoping/starting clips the loops launch at different times creating some nice Minimal style “get in your head” sequences. There is a free version for a limited time. I like it.

“By tapping the colors you play sounds and you launch infinite electronic loops, by shaking the device you change your music pattern.” – rgbsound.com

For more info: rgbsound.com

IMSTA 2011 Photos

Avid Console from Oliver Chesler on Vimeo.

I had a great time at IMSTA 2011 and speaking on one of the panels. I saw old friends such as James Bernard of Propellerheads and made plenty of new ones. I was able to really talk in length with representatives from Native Instruments, Waves, SSL and meet indie iOS developers such as Samplelab. One thing was for certain: Everyone who was there loves music, technology and the process of getting into listeners ears.

“IMSTA FESTA, a celebration of music technology, features exhibits from the major music technology companies on the market today as well as the highly educating Shocklee Innertainment Panel series about music, creativity and business.” – imsta.org

For more info: imsta.org/imsta_festa


One of the nice features of the new Traktor Pro 2 (and S4) is that when you create a Loop it automatically saves it in a folder for use to use in your DAW or anywhere else. It also labels the Loop so you know what track it came from so you can give credit where do if you so choose. I’ve been building a nice collection of tidbits and started throwing them into the new meta.dj app with some interesting results.

“Are you half producer and half DJ? Has your style outgrown the abilities of 2 virtual decks, digital wax and a mixer?” – soundtrends.com

For more info: soundtrends.com/apps/metadj-1

Under the Sea

Under Sea from David R Ryle on Vimeo.

I went scuba diving a few times in my life. The last time I went was in the Florida Keys. I happened to have a high fever but still decided to take the trip. We went out to sea much further than I expected and under the water our group went. The water was deep and then I came upon a ridge. The ridge was really an underwater cliff. I never saw anything so deep or frightening. I’m not sure if it was the fever or not but I’ll never forget that scene.

“A live modular recording. Three CGS01 Harmonic Sequencer modules from Catgirl Synth were used to generate melodies automatically. This generative piece reminded me of the virtually unlimited species of creatures under the sea.” – David R Ryle

For more info: bubblevision.com

Vermona PerFourMer MKII Review

Thomas (pulsn) sent me a message letting me know he reviewed the new Vermona PerFourMer MKIIover at Amazona. I do love the Vermona stuff and the PerFourMer looks/sounds great. The review is in German but Google can help you there plus there’s some nice photos and audio. Read the review: click here

“Keine silbernen Laborgeräte Knöpfe mehr, sondern klare schlichte Formen, elegante Farbwahl und Klasse beschreiben das neue im zeitlosen “Lancet” Pultdesign gehaltene Instrument. Vermutlich trifft das neue Erscheinungsbild nicht jedermanns Geschmack, aber auffällig und anders wirkt es auf jeden Fall.” – amazona.de

For more info: blog.vermona.com/the-perfourmer-mkii

Chrome Synthesizers

I’m not a low rider rims kinda guy but I love chrome. Chrome plus synthesizers is just plain cool. I like the way it sounds, “Chrome synthesizers.”. Aren’t these pretty?

“Restoration, Renovation and Custom Fitting of Modern and Vintage Instruments.” – customsynth.co.uk

For more info: customsynth.co.uk

via Matrixsynth