Arturia Oberheim SEM V

French company Arturia will release a software recreation of the Oberheim SEM on October 25th. The original SEM’s trick was a 2-pole multimode filter which along with low-pass had high-pass, band-pass and band-reject settings. This gave the unit some wicked sharp sounds. For a while the SEM sound could only be had if you hit eBay. Then Tom Oberheim followed in Bob Moog and Dave Smith’s footsteps and got things going again. I have to mention my favorite SEM sounding synth the Analogue Solutions Telemark which I had a chance to play with recently. It adds a few tricks to the mix including in my opinion a very important feature: noise. It’s good to see Arturia back in the game emulating classic synths because I think it’s what they do best. It’s going to be tough for them to get the sharp filters right on the SEM. That said, the plug-ins are a good stepping stone to get people into hardware or for when you need SEM on an airplane, beach, hotel room, etc… They sure look very pretty too!

“After years without any addition to their Synthesizer Anthology series, Arturia has announced that it will soon bring back to life in software format one of the world’s most sough-after synthesizers. The Oberheim SEM V accurately emulates the famous sound and interface of the original Synthesizer Expander Module introduced by Oberheim Electronics in 1974. Faithfully reproducing the tone, waveshapes, multi-mode 12dB/octave filter and other detailed characteristics, the Oberheim SEM V also brings the benefits of polyphony, MIDI control, arpeggiation and some innovative functionalities such as the 8-voice programmer, or the advanced keyboard follow.” -kvraudio.com

For more info: arturia.com, tomoberheim.com and analoguesolutions.org.uk/v2

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 9, 2011 at 6:52 am, filed under plug-ins, synthesizer and tagged , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Analog Vinyl Sampling

Analog Vinyl Sampling from Ishac Bertran on Vimeo.

Amazing effort and interesting outcome. It reminds me a little of Australian band Severed Head’s early experimental music.

“Experimental analog sampling with modified vinyls. Sectors from a vinyl record are cut and replaced by pieces with exact shape from other records. When played in a vinyl player the needle follows the grooves from both sectors creating sampled tunes or loops.” – blog.ishback.com

For more info: blog.ishback.com

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 8, 2011 at 11:56 am, filed under DJ, hardware and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Gieskes HSS3i

HSS3i by thingstocome

A few weeks ago I purchased a Hard Soft Synth 3i or HSS3i from Bleep Labs. It’s a creation of a Dutch man know as Gieskes. The unit creates analog video and audio. As you can hear in the recording I made above it’s quite interesting. You will know instantly if your the type of person who will like this thing. It’s very THX1138. For some more photos of what you get: click here. Expect to see some of the video output from the HSS3i in my live shows.

“The Hard Soft Synth 3i is an indescribable audio / video generator by noisemaker extraordinaire, Gieskes.” – Bleep Labs

For more info: gieskes.nl

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Pop Vocals with Melodyne

Celemony has posted a bunch of well produced Melodyne tutorials. I do use Melodyne on a track here and there. I didn’t know I should split off consanants to help avoid artifacts. That alone was worth the view.

“In this video you will learn how to get the most out of your vocal tracks with a few editing tips and tricks in Melodyne.”

View more tutorials: youtube.com/user/celemonysoftware

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm, filed under plug-ins, 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.



Joyless Pleasure Remixes

Joyless Pleasure – The Remixes (Sampler) – The Horrorist by thingstocome

My last full length album was released in May (The Horrorist, Joyless Pleasure). Before this year is up I will release a remixed version. All the remixes are in and I hope to finalize the artwork this weekend and get it off to download stores and the CD duplicator. I put together a quick sampler of some of the mixes above. Everyone did a great job including some readers of this blog.

1. I Stand with You – Haujobb remix
2. Modern – Steinkind remix
3. Love Sick – Tomas Tulpe remix
4. We Will Get Wicked – Miss Duckin’ remix
5. I Stand with You – Raytrace remix
6. Hostage – Miro Pajic remix
7. I Stand with You – Millimetric Remix

There’s more… more remixes on the download album/CD when it is released later this year!

“joyless pleasure is like a jewelry piece but in electronic music.” – morganistik.com

photo credit: Daniel Fogg

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Steve Jobs

I thought he was awesome. Bravo!!!

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.” – Apple.com

For more info: apple.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 5, 2011 at 8:18 pm, filed under apple. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Siri

The new iPhone is upon is. You shouldn’t care if the number five is part of it’s name because it’s a nifty upgrade. The thing that has me the most interested is Siri. If it works accurately and quickly it could be as big as a step as multi-touch was. Talking and touching think about it. The future is creeping up around us. Will we be saying, “Load sequencer. 4 bar loop…” soon?

“Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.” – Apple.com

For more info: apple.com/iphone/features/siri.html

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm, filed under apple, iPhone and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Color Blind

Fourteen days ago the ESCO (Energy Services Company) which I am a partner of received some news. We were told we had to produce twice as much kWh Savings as the previous month in half the time. Thirteen of the fourteen days are over and I am pleased to report we pulled it off. These have been long days. Out of the house by 7:00AM. Home around 8:00PM and then a lot of computer work before sleep. The door to my studio has been closed for two weeks. I always crave making music. After a while not producing it feels like I’ve stopped seeing colors. I need to push a key and turn a button. I want to hear a deep Moog bass layered with bright Eventide reverb. I know most of my music making friends feel the same way. Tomorrow I have my meeting and we can show our worked hard for results. This coming weekend the sound and colors will be screaming!

“Color blindness or color vision deficiency is the inability or decreased ability to see color, or perceive color differences, under lighting conditions when color vision is not normally impaired. “Color blind” is a term of art; there is no actual blindness but there is a fault in the development of either or both sets of retinal cones that perceive color in light and transmit that information to the optic nerve.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wiretotheear.com/i-have-synesthesia

photo credit: Ms. Phoenix

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Vostok Attack

Vostok ::: MIDI to CV + Patches from arthur joly on Vimeo.

Yeah a nice track from Arthur Joly on an Analogue Solutions Vostok suitcase synth. Follow the man who created this machine on Facebook: Tom J Carpenter. Read a review of the Vostok at Sound on Sound: click here.

“Creating some music.” – arthur joly

For more info: recohead.com.br and Analogue Solutions

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm, 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.



Hearing for the very first time

What a wonderful video this is. It shows the incredible power of modern science. It shows the deep value of sound. Take care of your ears and listen to amazing things.

“I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first time :) Edit: For those of you who have asked the implant I received was Esteem offered by Envoy Medical.” – sloanchurman

For more info: envoymedical.com

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