Nothing was better than the underground 80s. Music was way out there lyrically and humans were taming electronic synths and drums in unique ways. I always thought and still feel EBM (Electronic Body Music) was a great genre. The bassline below in these videos are clearly EBM even though they are simply 16th note patterns. It’s the notes and feeling that classifies them.
“This thing can really make some nice EBM basslines!” – sampleandhold
photo credit: free-secret-life
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Multimedia designer Franz Keller has created an iPad app called Radarhead. It’s a rotary sequencer in which you can control the speed, direction and center point. The sounds are represented by colorful 8-bit alien images. It’s fun and well worth the .99 price: click here The video of the band using it below inspires me. This app reminds me of those 80′s puffy stickers mixed with a bit of synthpunk attitude.
“Kinduv a rotary beat sequencer. Looks weird (but cool) at first, but not hard to make interesting stuff if you play around with it for a bit. My fav thing to do is make several constellations of aliens and move the radar guy between them. You can also reverse or speed up the beams by dragging the arrows–don’t just tap on it!” – Milo Cantos (iTunes Review)
What do you think?
For more info: franzkeller.com
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A few years ago when desktop computers became fast enough there was a golden era of audio plug-ins being released. Every week there was a new software synthesizer or effect that was beautiful and had functionality or sound quality not yet previously available in software. We are clearly entering the touch golden era. Apps like SoundPrism just have me smiling ear to ear. Wonderfully futuristic. It’s not quite out yet so follow Audanika on Twitter or Facebook for updates.
“What is SoundPrism? An intuitive and fun way to express yourself. An incredibly easy way to compose great music. A tool to create emotions with. A musical landscape for you to explore. What can I do with it? Impress my crush with some lovely handmade tunes. Relax during a stressful day. Build loops graphically. Dream.” – audanika.com
For more info: audanika.com
Chris Randall and Co. have released there new plug-in Axon. I’m going to buy it this week for sure. Let me know if you get it what do you think. $59 all formats.
“Our goal was to come up with a new style of percussion sequencer/synth that wasn’t linear and x0xy, and we succeeded beyond our wildest expectations… We’ll be the first to admit that Axon is an experimental tool, and isn’t for everybody, but if your interests lie in the abstract realm, and you want to take your rhythm and melody programming to strange new worlds, this might be just the thing.” – audiodamage.com
For more info: audiodamage.com
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That’s the reason Ableton Live is the best production tool: different modes. I can use Live in Arrangement View and work like I did years back in Cubase and Pro-Tools. I can use Live in Session View and have a play/scratch area to let ideas explode or just build the parts Im going to use in Arrangement View. I can use Live when I’m on stage triggering video and controllers. I’ve almost never had Live crash in the studio and never once on stage. Yep this is an advert except I didn’t get paid for it. Just saying thanks for something I use a lot. We tend to worship the tools that make us sound good (and make us money!). To people who aren’t convinced there is a fully functioning free trial of Live (no saving).
“Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live’s nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make it a unique studio tool and a favorite with live performers. If you’d rather be “making music” than just “using music software,” Ableton Live is for you.” – ableton.com
For more info: ableton.com
There have been stabs at server side sequencers for collaborative music creation but none have really been nice enough that I would want to use them. I love the French based Ohm Force plug-ins so maybe the newly announced Ohm Studio will be the one to make this needed concept work. Beyond creation there is a online community aspect. Certainly the video above was done right!
Ohm Studio is a standalone real-time collaborative music making application (DAW/sequencer) in addition to a web based collaboration platform and a music driven online cohmunity. Ohm Studio is a real sequencer. A standalone application for Windows or Mac OS X. Midi editing, envelopes, piano roll, audio effects and virtual instruments: exactly what you’re already used to. But now using all that tools with your friends, online. – ohmstudio.com
No word on pricing. A pure guess is there will be a monthly fee. So do you like? Seem interesting?
For more info: ohmstudio.com
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I’m sure there will be plenty of iPad to Ableton Apps however here’s a way to get going today. Check out more info on Ryan Noise here: ryannoise.com
“How to use APPLE IPAD to control Ableton Live wireless using “OSC, OSCulator, Touchosc and Python script.” – dripatlanta
A natural connection or will you wait for an iPad sequencer up to the task?
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It’s interesting to peak into someone’s left brain meets right brain work flow. You can pick up a few Ableton tips and tricks in this video and see how pushing pixels turns into sound.
“So in this tutorial i have used Ableton’s Simpler, Arpeggiator and utility to create some complex beats out of simple ones. The idea here is you don’t have to program everything by hand if your more into the idea of chance music or your just lazy or want to control things in a different way!” – Bill Day
I never knew that dragging a audio selection onto a MIDI track would automatically create a Simpler with the audio set up. Did you learn anything new?
For more tutorial from Mr. Bill: mrbillstunes.net
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Geeky and cool.
“InkQuencer is a step-sequencer that plays music based on camera input. People can draw patterns on paper and then play back the pattern by holding the drawing in front of the camera. The program receives the images from the camera and draws a saled down, 32 by 30 pixel isometric version. On each beat from the metronome, the scrubber runs through a new column of pixels and plays a sound if the pixel is black.” – Sebastian Thielke
For more info: Sebastian Thielke
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I like these type of online music tech shows so I hope The DSP Project gains many episodes. I use this reverse reverb effect quite often. Sometimes I add a distortion unit after the reverb to really make the effect scream. Definitely check out my post: The Kick Boom, Thunderverb song writing element.
“In this episode I will show you how to create the reverse reverb effect in Ableton live (but technique can be used in any DAW) and put it into context by using it in a real project.” – Rupert Brown
Ever use this technique in your own productions?
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