In the studio with Bon Harris from Nitzer Ebb.

The always busy James Bernard from Propellerhead Software went to LA to interview Bon Harris one of the founding members of Nitzer Ebb. It doesn’t surprise me to hear he’s using Reason to create the music for the upcoming all new NE album. Reason seems to be a center piece in a lot of EBM bands today. It was a happy surprise to hear the bassline Mr. Harris let us have a sneak peak of because it had an old school Nitzer Ebb feel to it. If Douglas McCarthy can get angry enough to put proper vocals on this remains to be seen. I for one really hope the magic returns.

Keep up with NE here: www.nitzer-ebb.de and  myspace.com/nitzerebbmusic

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm, filed under interviews, music, Propellerhead Reason, song writing, video and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Imagine being asked to produce this audio spot.

Imagine getting a call from your local television station. Imagine they tell you a hip hop artist is coming in and they need you to work the board. Now feast your eyes above on what could have been that job. As much as I laughed my ass off watching this I can only imagine the audio producer (and television crew’s) reaction as this happened live. “Hey honey how was work today?” “Oh man…”.

via dlisted

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 8, 2008 at 6:39 am, filed under music, Uncategorized, video and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Subliminal Kid’s Macbeth M5 in a delightful video.


The Subliminal Kid in the studio from Ruben Broman on Vimeo.

Look at this gorgeous studio video of Stockholm, Sweden’s “The Subliminal Kid” (aka Peder Mannerfelt) in action. He has some class gear including the amazing Macbeth M5N, Roland System 100 sequencer, Roland RE-301, Boss DC1 and a Roland TR-909.

Shot with Panasonic HVX200, Sgpro 35 adapter and Zuiko 55mm f1.2@1.2 – Ruben Broman

The Subliminal Kid at: MySpace or visit him at SoundCloud

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 3, 2008 at 1:38 am, filed under hardware, video and tagged , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Have you seen Rubber Johnny?

I seemed to have missed this video when it came out. All I can say is at 4:27 my voice screamed hell yeah without my brain knowing it. Are there more Aphex Twin meets Chris Cunningham videos (other than Come to Daddy) that I am missing?

I don’t know if I want to vomit or go on a killing spree.

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 23, 2008 at 2:06 pm, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Get out to your local user group and meet people.

The above video is from the recent Ableton Live Users Group in LA. I used to go to Club Cubase run by Fadi Hayek in NYC quite often. Before I moved to Berlin I was able to go to one of the Ableton User Group meetings in NY. There’s something nice about meeting in person.

Owen Vallis is a producer/composer whose interests have involved him in everything from producing indie bands such as LA’s Rumspringa, building multi-touch interfaces with collaborator Jordan Hochenbaum, and performing live electronic music with artist Jeff Lufkin as the group Speakers. Born in Canada, Owen moved first to San Fransisco where he DJ’d and began composing music, and then later to Nashville where he began to produce. In 2005, Owen moved to Los Angeles to attend Cal-Art’s music tech program for his BFA. – www.learnabletonlive.com

For more info on LA meetings: myspace.com/abletonlosangeles

Part two and three of the above video are after the jump…

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm, filed under Ableton Live, video and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 16, 2008 at 3:13 am, filed under video and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Just make a few folds and create a paper CD case.


Paper CD Case – video powered by Metacafe

I love this video. I gave up on plastic CD cases a long time ago. In the rare moment I need to give someone an actual CD I use the paper envelopes you can buy. Well low and behold I can just fold my own pretty easily!

The creators of the above video also have a bookmarklet you can use that will generate and print artwork on the paper if you so choose (I don’t). More info: liquidmongoose.com

“Liquid Mongoose is proud to announce its first project for general release: Paper Case. The Paper Case project allows you to print a fold-able piece of paper into a CD or DVD case, using the content of the internet as your album art or movie cover. Currently, it supports music album printing on music.aol.com and movie cover printing on Netflix. Support for Picasa Web Albums is coming soon for your picture CDs and DVDs.” – liquidmongoose.com

via webware

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 12, 2008 at 8:39 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Come on America do the right thing!

I wholehearted believe politics should stay the hell off tech blogs. Tech is nice because it gives us a break from the real world of doom and gloom. In tech everything is heading brightly to the future. As far as this blog Wire to the Ear is concerned we are all about music tech but it’s been hard for me to keep my mouth shut when it comes to this next U.S. election. Imagine writing a post everyday and not even saying anything?

I figure since the above video is in musical form it will be acceptable content here. To go along with the video I will break my usual silence when it comes to politics and tell you how I feel. It’s really simple: The thought of McCain/Palin in the White House makes me vomit in my mouth. I know I certainly can’t change anyone’s vote but if your an American (as I am) hear my plea: Do the right thing this time! Please!

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 9, 2008 at 8:23 am, filed under political, video and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



This synthpatch explains how I feel today.


“Snore” patch from Peter Speer on Vimeo.

I am definitely still feeling last weekend and it’s Tuesday night! This synth patch in the uber cute Doepfer Mini Case explains what I should be doing right now: zzzz.

“I was trying to make a breathe-in/breathe-out snoring sound with the Mini Case… Moog Rogue (audio only), Doepfer A-119, A-140 and A-132-3, Plan B ELF LFO, Frostave Resonator and Blue Ringer, DIY multiple.” – Peter Speer

If you have not been to the Doepfer site your crazy: click here

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 7, 2008 at 9:14 am, filed under hardware, sounds, synthesizer, video and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Put your music video everywhere with Tubemogul.

We all know that having a few music videos per album is great promotion. With inexpensive tools like iMovie and a Flip video camera there is no excuse for not producing them. Once your video is all finished you uploaded it to YouTube and MySpace and your done. But wait what about that gorgeous video site Vimeo? Or that site let lets viewers comment along the playback timeline… Viddler? You know having your video in Blip.tv is also cool because they offer an embeddable show player. Hmm it’s going to be a long day uploading the same video to all these sites. But alas there is a better way: Tubemogul.

Tubemogul is an incredible free service to which you upload your video to one time and they distribute it to over 20 sites. That distribution service alone is truly a gift from the time saving gods however they give you more goodies. Once your video or videos are uploaded and delivered around the web universe and a few days go by log back into your Tubemogul account and viola you can see Analytics. Analytics is the fancy word for “Who is watching, how many are watching and where are they watching.”. The data is presented to you with nice interactive charts and graphs.

You may end up surprised that YouTube is not getting you the most views. Remember your video on YouTube is lost in a huge ocean of content. Earlier this year I discovered videos from a music blogger named Vergel Evans in his studio via Viddler. I got to his video because I searched “drum machine” and because Viddler is low on content like music tech his LX7.ca videos show popped up.

Don’t worry if you already have your videos on a few sites already because you can still upload them to Tubemogul and deselect “distribute” to those you already have covered.

Be sure to check out Tubemogul’s video channel on YouTube which is full of usefull tutorial videos: click here

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 1, 2008 at 2:11 am, filed under promotion, video and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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