I am very happy today because Wire to the Ear has turned 6 years old! Over 1,145,010 unique visitors have come by and have had a read over the years. These days that’s about 40,000 per month. If you look back through the archives you can watch music technology shift hype from VST/AU plug-ins to iOS and now to Eurorack modular. I’ve used the blog to share music with you and from time to time told you personal stories. Most of the comments now take place on social networks but that’s fine by me (follow me other places with the links below). A lot of you send me music or links to your products to post here. If I didn’t do so just know it either didn’t fit with the blog or I was just too busy to get to everything (I apologize). Last week I went to a WordPress user group in NYC to find some people to hire to help speed the blog up and get it refreshed. The archive is quite huge so backing up, upgrading WP and changing the theme takes some effort. Thank you very much to everyone who stops by and reads whatever I happen to find interesting!
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For more info: facebook.com/oliverchesler, instagram.com/thingstocome, twitter.com/thingstocome, flickr.com/photos/thingstocomerecords, youtube.com/user/ThingsToComeRecords and thehorrorist.com
I keep Reason Rewired into Ableton. Any reader of this blog knows I’m well into analog sequencers so the new AS-16 Analog Sequencer for Reason has me happy. It’s a lot cheaper than a Doepfer Dark time at $29 USD.
“AS-16 is a fully featured CV based analog sequencer. It implements the following features: 16 CV channels with separate CV outputs. Skip, Jump and Pad features for each channel Unipolar, Bipolar and Note output modes. Common musical scales, with selectable root note via UI or MIDI Octave and range controls when in Note mode Normal, One Shot and Random modes. Selectable slide Pattern reverse and bounce modes. Synchronise with sequencer, external clock or free run. Swing control. Audio envelope and chopping facility. CV add and multiply and Chaining of devices for unlimited channels.” – dldtechnology.com
For more info: dldtechnology.com
As strange as it may seem I do most of my music discovery these days on YouTube. There’s no easier way or better place to find 80s synthpop demo cassettes. Google’s recommended videos on the right side of the page and people’s Playlists are very smart, accurate and change often. I also believe if you do not put your own music on Youtube someone else will. I would rather have the image I want as the still, control the links under the song and maybe allow monetization so I decided to start posting my full songs there. I came across a very useful website to help me do this called TunesToTube. It’s a very simple helper site that you upload a still image and an MP3 and then it combines them and posts them to Youtube in HD. It does this very quickly. It will store your still image making it easy to upload an album’s worth of tracks. If you donate a few dollars it will remove the tunestotube.com watermark. Last night I uploaded my latest album Fire Funmania effortlessly.
“What does TunesToTube do? It lets you upload an MP3 to YouTube. You upload an MP3 and an image to the TunesToTube server, it will combine them and create an HD video. Once the video is created, the YouTube API is used to upload it to your YouTube channel – this all takes around 20 seconds! Who is the site for? This site should be ideal for producers or musicians looking to promote their new music, or recording studios who need to upload samples of their artists’ new material to YouTube.” – tunestotube.com
For more info: tunestotube.com
This Saturday there is a free event any musician in the NY area will enjoy. At IMSTA Festa you will see booths and rooms where music tech companies set up. This year Ableton, NI, D16, Alesis, Arturia, M-Audio, Propellerhead, SSL, Steinberg, Celemony and many more will be there. In addition there are panel discussions through out the day. I’ve been on a panel in the past but this year I will just be watch and playing with the new toys on display. Registration is free!
“On September 28th, the International Music Software Trade Association and SAE Institute New York will partner to host IMSTA FESTA, a celebration of music technology. IMSTA FESTA brings a collection of top music technology companies together in an environment where they can interact with music makers face-to-face. IMSTA FESTA is known for bringing heavyweight music industry professionals under one roof for this limited engagement. Our panels bring together an array of industry experts to discuss the state of the music business, technology and much more. IMSTA FESTA is a FREE event open to anyone interested in the art of music making; professional and semi-professional musicians, songwriters, music producers, and audio engineers, as well as music students and educators.” – imsta.org
For more info: imsta.org/imsta_festa_2013NY
Introducing RØDE Rec 2.8 from RØDE Microphones on Vimeo.
I ordered an iPhone 5s. Since I have so many Apps installed on my 4s I decided that when the new phone arrives to start fresh and only install Apps I really use often. My go to recording App has always been FiRe by Audiofile Engineering. I was thinking that I never notice FiRe being updated so I decided to do a little research and I discovered that FiRe was in the hands of RØDE. The new App RØDE Rec adds a bunch of new features and a new iPad version. One of the best things about FiRe/RØDE Rec is the large real time audio waveforms. I have had a lot of trouble recording my live shows. Even with a Limiter and concert settings on using various portable mics I always get distortion. I’m going to try using RØDE Rec on my iPad next time because I will clearly be able to “see” if I’m distorting in advance. The iXY mic they sell looks good but I will wait until they have a version with a Lighting connector. RØDE Rec is $5.99
“RØDE Microphones is excited to announce the next iteration of its ?eld recording app for Apple’s iOS devices, RØDE Rec. This update, released to the app store today as a free upgrade, has a number of enhancements including a dedicated iPad interface, MP3 publishing and support for ten different languages. RØDE Rec has been incredibly well received since its launch in January of this year, where it was the only app on the market to allow for recording at 24-bit/96kHz (using RØDE’s iXY stereo microphone). This is the ?rst update since RØDE acquired the FiRe app from creator Audio?le Engineering, and signals RØDE’s intention to provide not only the best ?eld recording app for mobile devices, but a platform that rivals dedicated audio ?eld recorders.” – promusicapps.com
For more info: rodemic.com/software/roderec
I am extremely pleased to announce that a Limited Edition of my newest album Fire Funmania is available. Made in Germany and limited to 100 copies you get the album on 12″ Vinyl, CD with 2 exclusive Bonus Tracks and an Armband. The set is only 20 Euros so they will disappear quickly. Thanks to Steffen Kuschel and Maurice Roy for making this happen.
“just received it from sbmonline.de . Great package!” – JF.Gore
Buy now: sbmonline.de/2013/e/temartic.php?nr=TTC23
My main vocal chain is an API 512c Micpre, Shure SM58, Wavearts Track5 into Izotope Nectar. By using a great Micpre and mic I have a great sounding base but Nectar gives me a lot of styles to work from. Nectar 2 will be available soon and it adds to an already good plug-in a Harmonizer, Pitch Editor, Plate Reverb and creative effects like a Repeater and others. I have no deal with Izotope and highly recommend this one.
“With the new Nectar 2, flawless vocal production is just a click away. Bring your vocal tracks to life with a new modeled plate Reverb, a new Harmonizer, an overhauled Pitch Editor, an out-of-this-world new FX module, and a fully-redesigned user interface. From quick corrections to limitless creativity, Nectar 2 treats your voice to sweet results.” – Izotope
For more info: izotope.com/products/audio/nectar2
Future Music films Dave Clarke in his studio. Dave is one of my favorite DJs. I adore his long running show White Noise. Most of the time I am on my elliptical trainer I am listening to Dave’s high energy mixes. He plays a lot of techno EBM stuff which of course has my heart. I like how he says he labels the drums always in black. He doesn’t sidechain and never wanted too and he likes digital EQ better than analog. I’ve never met Dave in person but would love to have a drink with him.
“Educated at Brighton College, Clarke ran away from home at the age of 16 after his parents split up. After sleeping rough for a while, a friend offered him temporary accommodation. All that kept him going was his love for music, initially hip hop and post-punk (The Damned are a favourite of his to this day) and the money from his job in a shoe shop. He soon undertook a DJ set at the Brighton nightclub, Toppers. The night became successful and even worried a rival, at which John Digweed held residency” – Wikipedia
For more info: daveclarke.com
Audio Damage has jumped into the hardware game with 3 Eurorack modules. DubJr, Grainshift and Errorbox are 8HP, $179 each and available now. I love and use AD plug-ins all the time so I am very interested in trying these out.
“during the week of Audio Damage’s tenth anniversary, we have succeeded in releasing a hardware platform for our DSP effects, and are ludicrously proud to unveil the first three Audio Damage hardware products: DubJr, Grainshift, and Errorbox.” – Chris Randall
For more info: audiodamage.com/hardware
Here are some stills and the official music video for my (The Horrorist) upcoming EP with Radical G. The EP is called Here Comes the Storm and we have remixes from The Hacker, David Carretta and Al Ferox. Special thanks to UnleashedVisuals for creating this.
“You are the storm. Cyclone of death. Master of Doom. Born to Slaughter! You are the storm. Cyclone of death. You love to kill. All in your path! Here comes the terror! Here comes the storm! Here comes the terror! Here comes the storm! There’s no mercy in the storm path!!”
For more info: facebook.com/pages/UnleashedVisuals