David Carretta – 2:move 05

David Carretta is one of the best techno meets EBM producers. His new podcast 2:move is out and features one of my tracks (Take this Step) among about 15 other really interesting dancefloor movers.

“Carretta captivates the crowd with some of the best synth lines money can buy. He really seems to lust for syncopation.” – Zombee (via Discogs)

For more info: ejectmanagement.com

Rolf Mulder – The Public Stand

The new mix from Rolf Mulder’s Public Stand features The Horrorist – Take This Step (Brian Burger Remix) among some other hot tracks. This mix already got me through my Sunday morning work out.

“Simplicity Is Beauty – Operators Manual (The Exaltics Remix) (Forthcoming on The Public Stand)
Phase – Binary Opposition (Innigo Kennedy Remix) (Token)
Horn Porn – Old Sketch (Death Proof Recordings)
Toni Alvarez – Offline (Mr. Jones Remix) (Forthcoming on Monkey Recordings)
The Horrorist – Take This Step (Brian Burger Remix) (Things To Come Records)
Roy Davis Jr. ft Bear Who – Automatic Principles (Roy’s Autoelectrik Speaker Killa Mix) (Rock It Science Laboratories)
Romplex & Tanz Organelle – Epicentre (Unreleased)
Joseph Anton – Epic (George Lanham Remix) (Unreleased)
All Tourettes – Mind Over Scatter (Electronic Explorations Compilation
Sunil Sharpe – Saturana (Work The Long Nights)
Mike Humhries – Cassini (Unreleased)
Ryogo Yamamori – Iesukak (Unreleased)”

For more info: thepublicstand.com

Marc Houle’s Synth Pop Mix

Marc Houle’s Synth Pop Mix by Marchoule

Marc Houle is from Canada, lives in Berlin and is on the Minus label. Apparently is also has great taste in music. At least his taste matches with my own. You can decide for yourself if you want to live in a Liquid Sky soundtrack or not. He has this mix set with Downloads enabled so grab it while you can.

1) Rick Hicks – Dee Ex
2) Absolute Body Control – Is There an Exit?
3) AK 47 – Stop! Dance!
4) Nine Circles – Twinkling Stars
5) Aviador Dro – Telepatia
6) Rick Hicks – Beloved
7) Ciaran Harte – Love is Strange
8) Cinema 90 – In Ultra Violet
9) Fall of Saigon – She Leaves Me All Alone
10) Fiction Technology – In the City
11) Martin Lloyd – Equilectric
12) Iron Curtain – Condos
13) Rick Hicks – Rom Hero
14) Oto – Anyway
15) P1/E – 49 Second Romance
16) Polyphonic Size – Logione Polygonale
17) Scatterbrain – Crosses Over Verdun
18) Solid Space – A Darkness in My Soul
19) La Folie – Hew New Dress
20) Transparent Illusion – Demente
21) Cluster – Caramel
22) Twilight Ritual – Webman
23) Autumn – I Say Hello
24) Das Kabinette – The Cabinet
25) Moderne – Switch on Bach
26) Polyphonic Size – Mode
27) Raid Over Moscow – Yellow Finger
28) Oppenheimer Analysis – The Devil’s Dancers
29) Stereo – No More
30) La Folie – Portability

For more info: facebook.com/marchouleminus

Photo credit: Johnson Cameraface

The Bridge is Serato meets Ableton Live


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHSgMl8Zzu0

Take Ableton’s Session View and mirror it inside Serato’s digital turntable interface and you have what the two companies call “The Bridge”. Every month or so I power up Traktor and make a mix for the car/gym. Considering my Ableton Live addiction I think I’m going to have to give this a shot.

“Huston from Ableton and Nick from Serato go through The Bridge – a new technology allowing communication between Ableton Live 8 and Serato Scratch Live” – SeratoHQ

For more info: http://serato.com/thebridge

Five pro-audio video sites with original content.

Gone are the days when were starved to find any video (television) showing a synth or mixing console in action. YouTube and the myriad of other sharing sites such as Vimeo and Blip.tv are flooded with pro and amateur studio clips. By the way, if you were not following this blog last November be sure to read my post, “Make a super YouTube synthesizer channel“. It’s also worth noting that most companies these days have their own video channels on YouTube. Here’s a few: Ableton, Propellerhead Software, Curious Inventor and Moog.

Now did you know that there are a bunch of sites producing their own original content usually not found on YouTube?

Mix. I never bothered subscribing to Mix Magazine but it I flipped though hundreds of issues while drinking coffee at Barnes & Nobles. On their video page they have gear reviews, engineer videos and go backstage at concerts to get behind the scenes with the tech guys. Right now what’s up? Cakewalk SONAR 8, Mix Sound for Film Feature “Iron Man”, Interview: Producer Michael Wagener, Backstage With Mike Fechner. Good stuff no? link

Keyboardmag.tv. Keyboard was the first magazine I ever subscribed to. Suny Purchase in Westchester, NY has every single issue bound in yearly archives at their library. I remember spending hours looking a the original advertisements for Roland TB-303s and ARPs. Their “TV channel” has sections for lessons, artists, events and yep… gear reviews. What’s on this week? Miles Davis Gig, Sampling Tutorial, QNA; Reason 4.0 and Subtle Dynamics. link

EQmag.tv. EQ is the same crew as Keyboard but for the rest of the studio. They have a similar type of online TV “station”. What will you find on it today? Diffusing/Absorbing, Studio Ethics (I have to watch this one!), Fighting Phasing, Processing & Tracking. Are you even still reading Wire to the Ear? Good videos! link

Recordproduction.com. I’m just going to quote them: “Watch 158 leading record producers & recording engineers talking on camera!”. Yes indeed see what people making real hits have to say. Don’t rely on what some 14 year old is staying over at KVR! See producers such as: Simon Humphrey, Ken Scott, Trevor Horn, Andy Gill. It’s getting hard for me to finish this post… must. stop. watching. videos. link

IHR TV. These guys from Canada have heart. They started out as a podcast and now have been adding video slowly into the mix. It’s a bit beginner for me but there is always something new to learn. Earlier this year one of the guys fought cancer and did some podcasts from his hospital bed. Respect. So far they only have four videos up but let’s head over and give them some views. They deserve it. So what’s on tonight? Using Midi Drums, Podcast Audio Production and how to Rewire Pro-Tools and Logic. By they way they are always giving stuff away. link

The honorable mention goes to tv.sonicstate.com. It’s mostly user generated but you may not know about it. Did you?

If you know of some other cool places to get pro-audio vids let me know in the comments.

photo credits: Roo Reynolds and erikadotnet

DJMixes.us is a place you can download techno sets.

No one likes a fat rock star. Because of that fact I hit the gym about five times a week. I do thirty minutes of weight training and thirty cardio. Sometimes I run on the treadmill and sometimes I do the dam elliptical trainer. So I do I keep from going mind numbingly bored? How do I keep myself motivated? I have an endless supply of new DJ sets.

Almost every day you can find a new mix posted at DJmixes.us. The obvious disclaimer here is that more likely than not this is not a legit site. I doubt any proper permission or licensing has been sorted out for these to be available. That said I am always happy when my own live sets show up on filesharing sites. In the end it just gets me more bookings. I personally have bought quite a few tracks on Beatport that I discovered while listening to DJ sets.

http://www.djmixes.us/