Like many other electronic musicians lately I have been obsessed with my Eurorack modular. A few modules I own really stand out. Three of my favorites are from a company called Synthesis Technology. Synth-tech as people call them is Paul T. Schreiber. If you look at his resume you will see he is an experienced audio engineer. You can hear his expertise in his modules. Enjoy a one hour Wire to the Ear interview with Paul as we discuss Chris Randall, MOTM, an $18,000 home stereo, the end of Blackberry, Tandy Radio Shack, the power of digital, patents and stealing designs, Eurorack power issues, the upcoming E370 Quad Morphing VCO/E371, E102 Digital CV Processor/Quad Temporal Shifter and what would Paul eat as his death row meal.
“So a lot of people grew up drooling in music stores. I drooled in the stereo store and I wanted to have this stereo system that cost $18,000. So I told my wife…” – Paul T Schreiber
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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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
My European tour was so much fun I decided to give the blog an unplanned break. But I have returned to NYC and am properly rested. Later today I will start posting again. There’s been some nice new toys released such as the new V2 Make Noise Maths. I also have a mountain of photos, videos and stories from my shows I can’t wait to share with you.
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An interesting look at having in-ears created. Living in NYC I want anything that shuts out the outside world.
“Jude from Head-Fi and Mike from Ultimate Ears have stepped in to outfit her with a pair of custom earbuds! Of course, there’s a whole process involved with having these made… starting with custom ear molds.” – Tekzilla
The Medic Modules are from Tom Carpenter who also does the Analogue Solutions hardware. I’ve become friends with Tom and also own his Telemark. I’ve only been playing with the Medic Module Defibrillator for a few days but it’s really nice. It’s a dual VCF and VCA based on the Korg MS-20. As you can hear in the video above the VCA adds some sick power to my Wiard Oscillator. The Q or resonance is really sweet and musical sounding. Besides the sound source (the Wiard) sometimes I send an LFO in the CV to create the pulses and use a Pressure Points as a little keyboard. Consider this just a part one video. I am looking for suggestions on some possible crazy patches. There’s definetly going to be some nice stereo stuff to discover. Tom is an artists and like most of his stuff this is a very pretty module. The sliders with LEDs are oh so nice and well just look at the back of the unit! You can also order a version of the module covered in blood.
“LED sliders. Sliders have dust covers. Forensic UV Ink. Total analogue audio and modulation circuits (discrete). High quality solid construction. Unique art on front and rear of each module. Each module signed by Tom Carpenter. Super durable front panel print. Wipe clean medical surface!” – medicmodules.com
I can give myself the chills or goose bumps on command by listening to some of my favorite music. It usually happens when there is a complex amazing sounding part I just love but can’t fathom how the artist did it. Other times it’s just such a strong music piece it blows my mind. Two very songs that give me chills are Double FM “Illusion” (link) and the intro to Depeche Mode “Black Celebration”.
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Imagine a room which is totally silent. Imagine you hear your own organs. Imagine it drives you insane. Apparently such a room exists at the SAE Institute Adelaide. Living in noisy as hell NYC I wouldn’t mind some silent room therapy.
“Scientists at Minneapolis’ Orfield Labs created their own soundless room, an anechoic chamber. Their studies have found that when putting subjects within the chamber, they begin to hallucinate within 30 minutes. With an average quiet room having a sound level of 30 decibels, the anechoic chamber’s sound level is -9 decibels. The ceiling, floor, and walls of the chamber absorb sound rather than have it bounce off as normal objects do. The chamber is so quiet that the subjects can even hear their own organs functioning. Although extremely interesting, the experience is rather unpleasant. Not one subject has spent more than 45 minutes in the chamber alone. Leaving a person to only their thoughts, the chamber could drive them insane.” – abovetopsecret.com
Here’s an interesting comparison to see which does a better job at Audio to MIDI. Ableton Live or Melodyne? Whatever you think of the results as much as I love Melodyne and use it it’s not a feature built into Live therefor one step away from instant. I also don’t think you can Audio to Drums like you can in Live. The real killer feature for Audio to Midi is my own whistling or humming to create parts and ideas. Then again if I were deconstructing a full track to redo and remix its part Melodyne woud be essential.
“Some tests to see how Live 9 and Melodyne do when converting various audio clips to MIDI. Conversion of drums was not tested since Melodyne does not support that feature (they have their “Percussive” algorithm but it doesn’t export as multiple notes like Live does).” – thetrappar
I’ve been working on a few secret projects. This video is the start of one of them. We have a Wiard Oscillator being sequenced by an Intellijel uStep, modified by a Synthesis Technology E355, filtered by a Toppobrillo Multifilter and delay added from a Make Noise Echophon. The drums are Tiptop Audio 808s with a little compression on the kick via Ableton Live and the snare is smashed by a Plague Bearer. The Hihat is also from Tiptop.. its the 909s with the “raw” switch on. I love these drums with a passion.
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