Borderlands

Borderlands is a granular synthesizer app for the iPad. It’s been highly anticipated since it was announced. It has a beautiful and futuristic interfaces. Watch the tutorial above, grab this app and most importantly load your own samples into it. Available now (iTunes link).

“Explore, touch, and transform sound with this new interface for granular synthesis, a technique that involves the superposition of small fragments of sound, or grains, to create complex, evolving timbres and textures. Borderlands emphasizes gestural interaction over knobs and sliders. Create, drag, and throw pulsing collections of grains over a landscape of audio files, or use the built-in accelerometer to sculpt sound with gravity. Record, save, and share performances via SoundCloud. Borderlands comes ready to play with default sample content included, but you can load your own sounds too.” – borderlands-granular.com

For more info: borderlands-granular.com

Psychology of Music

Libby from the University of Florida sent me a link to the above infographic. Be sure to click it or click here to see the entire thing. Yes it’s an advert for their school but it’s true and music in education is very important.

“I wanted to shoot over an infographic regarding the psychology of music- how it effects the mind. I saw your blog and thought it might be of interest. Check it out!” – Libby Mead

For more info: musiceducation.arts.ufl.edu/psychology_of_music

Main Drag Music

Williamsburg Brooklyn went from zero to now three places that sell Eurorack modules. Control, Meme Antenna and Main Drag. Control should be your first stop for pure Eurorack but the other stores have some goodies too. At Meme they have Teenage Engineering, MFB synths and well fun kitch household items. Main Drag has the least Eurorack but as you can see by the photos some nice vintage used synths, pedals and oh yeah guitars. If you can’t see the slideshow above you can see a few more photos: here.

“Totally Cool Joint – great – knowledgable staff and the most thing is they do not act “above you!” – Dave A (Yelp)

For more info: maindragmusic.com

RichyHo’s Rack Planner

When building a modular synth system it’s good to plan ahead. There are numerous “rack planners’ out there. Up until the point of was using Andrew Parker’s web based modular planner (link). A few weeks ago I noticed there were a few modules that were not in his planner; specifically the Rebel Technology Stoicheia and Logoi. With some research on the Muffwiggler forum I discovered he is no longer working on his planner and suggested people use RichyHo’s Rack Planner. RichyHo’s Rack Planner looks amazing. It will cost a little money but it’s loaded with serious features. Everything you can imagine down to choosing if you want screws in the rack or not. There’s also cables and knob setting overlays so you can save “presets”. There’s an export to web function too that has me happy. Unfortunately it’s not available yet but it’s good to know it’s on the way.

“A description of some of the main features of my still-in-development modular synth planner and patch description system. It’ll eventually be available for Mac and PC.” – Richard Horsman

For more info: horsmanprojects.blogspot.com

Waveform City

Waveform City is an interview podcast that was started in January of this year (2012). Some of the people interviewed so far include Tom Erbe, Make Noise, WMD, Richard Divine, 4MS, Mark Verbos and The Harvestman. If you have a Eurorack addiction you may as well subscribe!

“This podcast will hopefully illuminate the world of synthesizers and the people who use them along with the people who build them and repair them.” – Waveform City

For more info: waveformcity.blogspot.com

Schneidersladen

One of the most friendly people you can meet in this world is Andreas Schneider. If you go to his synth store in Berlin he will enthusiastically show you all his toys and then set you free to play with everything. When I lived in Berlin I bought a few things when the store was at Alexanderplatz. Now they have moved to Kruezberg and lucky us Musotalk has uploaded a video showing us the new place.

“Our showroom in Berlin .. is called Schneidersladen now at the Kottbusser Tor above ‘Kaisers’ with quite limited opening hours: On Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 2pm til 6pm you are very welcome, wednesdays the showroom is closed (!).”

For more info: schneidersbuero.de

Depeche Style Analog Filtering

Last night I was playing with my Eurorack system and recorded the above loop. I love the way the each step in the sequence changes pitch and filter and then as a whole the filter ramps up and down. The filter is a Toppobrillo Multifilter. I have no idea why it’s named so strange but is sure sounds liquidy!

“Wiard Oscillator, Pittsburgh Modular ASDR, Intellijel and uVCA, Toppobrillo Multifilter, Boss DM-100, Doepfer Dark Time, Kenton Pro-2000 to Sync with Ableton Live and TR-707 drums.”

For more info: toppobrillo.com/multifilter.html

Vielklang Instant Harmony V2

On a few occasions I was going to pick up the original Vielklang. Instant Harmony V2 was just released and it looks really good. Imagine Melodyne with auto-harmony creation. I like how you can drop audio from your DAW directly into Instant Harmony’s plug-in window. Price: $149 USD

“Vielklang Instant Harmony generates harmonies with 2-4 voices. It is packed with musical intelligence and music theory: it detects the best fitting harmonies for each individual input melody, and automatically synthesizes up to four voices with the voices not merely running in parallel but with their voicings selected to sound most natural (voice leading). The advanced pitch editing controls (full version only!) give you fast and easy access to pitch, timing, vibrato control, formant shift, and to many more editing options.” – zplane.de

For more info: zplane.de/products/plugins/vielklang