Rock You Like A Hurricane

So I live in NYC and if the news is to be believed we are about to be annihilated by hurricane Sandy. Everything is closed, evacuated, curfews set and the military has ships in the water near the Statue of Liberty. So you want to hear a song about a storm? There really is no choice here! The Scorpions have this one locked down for eternity.

“The Scorpions are a rock band from Hannover, Germany formed in 1965 by guitarist Rudolf Schenker, who is the band’s only constant member (although Klaus Meine has been lead singer for all their studio albums). They are known for their 1980s rock anthem “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and many singles, such as “No One Like You”, “Send Me an Angel”, “Still Loving You”, and “Wind of Change”.” – Wikipedia

For more info: nytimes.com/hurricane-sandy…

Monorocket S3104

As per a request on the Muffwiggler forums here are some photos of my new Monorocket S3104 Eurorack modular case. It was $350 and I grabbed it at Control in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It has a 500mA power supply and is built very nicely! The sliding nut system makes it so there are no gaps between modules but it is a little more fiddly than I would hope. It’s not an issue unless you take your modules in and out of the case often. This is going right below my iMac monitor on an angle in front of my computer keyboard. I may as well mention the Synth Tech E355 is terrific. It’s a dual LFO with a wavetable of morphing shapes. It just sounds pretty as hell with my Echophon. The Metasonix R54 in Oscillator mode is so vintage sounding. It can be very fuzzy distorionistic in a warm way unlike plug-ins. I will post some videos soon. For more photos: click here.

“We’ve rev’d some of the models for the second half of 2012. S series: “Thin”. S3104 $350: 3U / 104HP / 500ma psu +12 and -12v w 5v onboard / makenoise power supply w/ ribbon cable distribution.”

For more info: monorocket.com

Ableton Live 9

Ableton today announced Live 9 and there new integrated hardware controller Push. There are many new features. The only piece of software I look at more is an internet browser. I’ve loved Live since version 4 and these new features have me pleased. 9 has Record Automation into Clips, a new Browser, Glue Compressor, Convolution Reverb, Melody and Drums to Midi Feature (oh yes!!), Automation Curves and more. Push also looks great. Designed with Akai. I hope they release it soon. The new Ableton website and logo is very nice too.

“Introducing Live 9 and Push” – Ableton

For more info: ableton.com

Eowave Magma

When a synth manufacturer uses Nitzer Ebb, Vince Clark and 80s in their description obviously I’m going to take a close look. After hearing some of the new Eowave Magma and reading about it’s sequencer I may have burned a 535 Euro hole in my pocket. It’s a true analog synth with a somewhat 303ish sequencer in that you can have swing and shuffle per note. You can transpose the sequenced line via MIDI. Besides pitch the sequencer allows for 3 other “rows” of parameters to be changing. There’s glide, noise, 2 envelopes, super fast attack times, 2 interesting LFOs with 8 waveforms that can modulate the VCF or VCO, tap tempo, external in, and 250 preset locations for the sequencer and synth storable via USB on a computer. Yeah I want this.

“The MAGMA is an analogue bassline synthesizer inspired by classical synths from the 1980s. It offers the possibility to mix 4 different waveforms (saw, square, sub, noise). The 24 dB low-pass filter is also inspired from classical filters from the 80s. To this particular sound of the 80s, we added a touch of modernity with modern controls and parameters saving features. The 16 steps sequencer has 4 rows: 1 for the notes and 3 freely assignable to a parameter of your choice that enables to create living sequences with sonorities like Vince Clark or Yann Hammer.” – eowave.com

For more info: eowave.com

Synthpop Granulated

Take a look at the last post I did (link). See that video? Now check out the video above. I took the same sounds and put them into the Borderlands granular synthesis app. From a retro melody using analog hardware futuristic noise. I think it starts to get good around the 2:15 mark.

“Granular synthesis is a basic sound synthesis method that operates on the microsound time scale. It is based on the same principle as sampling. However, the samples are not played back conventionally, but are instead split into small pieces of around 1 to 50ms. These small pieces are called grains. Multiple grains may be layered on top of each other, and may play at different speeds, phases, volume, and frequency.” – Wikipedia

For more info: thehorrorist.com

Synthpop Sunday

Hanging in my studio today with my Eurorack and Ableton. Tiptop Audio 808 modules, Moog Slim Phatty, Wiard Oscillator into Toppobrillo Multifilter, Ensoniq ESQ-1 choir sound (off camera). Ableton Live Session View switching from Verse to Chorus. Make Noise Echophon at the end.

“Synthpop (also known as electropop, or technopop) is a genre of popular music that first became prominent in the 1980s, in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument.” – Wikipedia

For more info: thehorrorist.com

LuSH-101 Oliver Chesler Presets

I was asked to make some official presets for D16′s LuSH-101 software synthesizer. It’s a very easy synth to program. You get 8 full synth layers, effects and arpeggiation (with shuffle) per layer and master effects. You can do some really great things with that. Take a listen to some of my presets. These of course swing towards weird and techno such as that’s what I do. I think I had as much fun naming the presets as I did making them. There is a free demo of LuSH-101 so try it out for yourself!

“LuSH-101 is a synthesizer created from modules that can be found in many modern virtual synthesizers, all combined into a single compact and logically intuitive design. However, this basic simplicity combined with its multilayer architecture turns it into an easy-to-use but extremely powerful instrument that can be programmed and tweaked quickly, almost effortlessly leveraging its maximum potential.” – d16.pl

For more info: d16.pl/lush-101