Thursday, December 30

Billy Taylor R.I.P.

Jazz pianist, educator, broadcaster and composer Billy Taylor passed away on December 28th, 2010 at the age of 89 from heart failure. Born in Greenville, North Carolina, Taylor was the house pianist at Birdland, early on in his career, where he performed with the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. More recently Taylor was the artistic director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C and the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University. Below is a video of Billy performing one of his most famous songs "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free" penned in 1954, the song gained notoriety with Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. R.I.P.

Photo courtesy of Tom Marcello
Video courtesy of JazzVideoGuy
Info from Wikipedia and

Introducing the Minimoog Voyager XL

Incorporating virtually all of the sound resources and functions of the original
Minimoog Model D and Voyager, The Minimoog Voyager XL features extensive
front-panel patchability that harkens back to the original ground-breaking
Moog modular synthesizers. A host of features previously found only on massive
modular synthesizers combined with state-of-the-art analog technology make
it a sound design and control dream machine.

Highlights include:

Unmistakable Moog Sound and Quality
100% Analog Audio Path - Moog Ladder Filter
61-Note Velocity Sensitive Keyboard with After-Pressure
Extensive Control Voltage Connectivity
Modular-Style Patching
Ribbon Controller with Pitch and Gate CV Outputs
Touch Surface Controller with X, Y, A and Gate Outputs
Additional LFO Source with Multiple MIDI-Syncable Waveforms
External Audio Input & Effects Loop Insert

Visit for more information

Zapping through some Reaktor presets

I was very surprised when I found out that Native Instruments had reanimated
the well known Electronic Instruments XT bundles (1 + 2). Those instruments -
based on the Reaktor engine - run as a standalone app and a VSTi as well.
A couple of yeras ago NI discontinued the developement and sale and since then
these bundles were hardly missed. Now they're part of Reaktor 5.5! THX a lot
for that, NI!

What I still miss in Reaktor is the DSQ32 drumsynth/sequencer. It was part of
Reaktor4 and in my opinion it is still one of the best sequenced drum synths
ever! It is missed since Reaktor 5.0 and it never came back. Well, I still got the
DSQ32.ens and fortunately it runs pretty well on Reaktor 5.5. So I made this
lil' vid.

The DSQ32 is running in realtime together w/ the sequenced synthesizer Viering
(Reaktor 4) and the new Lazerbass (Reaktor 5.5). Lazerbass is triggered by the
Monoliner step sequencer (Reaktor 4).

Screenrecorded w/ Microsoft Expression Encoder. It's free, it's damned cool but
it has a 10 minutes limitation. But dang, it's the only screenrecorder that works
properly on my Win7 64bit system.


Wednesday, December 29

Phosphor Test Tracks

Phosphor Test Tracks by Chris Randall

Here are all the quick Phosphor demos I've done so far, all in one handy set. Interestingly, I neglected to do any pad-like stuff, a situation I'll remedy shortly. But this should give you a pretty good idea of where its wheelhouse is. It is capable of some seriously loopy shit, as well, which I'll also be adding in the near future.

As far as progress goes, only one major feature left, which we should have nailed today or tomorrow, then presets, manual, porting. So it won't be long.

What it is: a two-oscillator 16-voice polysynth loosely based upon the topology of the alphaSyntauri additive synthesis add-on for the Apple ][+ and //e. We've added some modern features like the delays and mod routing, mono modes, and a "clean" setting for the sine waves and noise, in order to extend the capabilities of the synth past its original limits. But this plug is mainly designed for recreating the alphaSyntauri, and at that, it excels.

Tuesday, December 28

Tone2 ElectraX review

checking out the new synth plugin from Tone2 called ElectraX

Monday, December 27

my first experience with a Buchla Music Easel

For me the Buchla Music Easel has always been my holy grail of synthesizers.
Alessandro Cortini posted this video of his experience playing one for the
first time on vimeo, check it:

I was lucky enough to have been offered to spend a few hours with a lovely
208 +221 combination. Here's what i came up with

Sunday, December 26

Trifonic: Layering Your Way to Awesome Bass Lines

Great sounds in electronic music often do not stem from one killer source.
Rather, they result from blending many small elements into what becomes a
singular sound.

In this video, Brian demonstrates how Trifonic applies a "call and response"
layering technique to create bass lines using multiple bass tracks.

P.S. The music you hear in the video is from Trifonic's remix of Hecq's forth-
coming track "With Angels."

Native Instruments "The Mouth" Test

I just bought the Native Instruments Reaktor effect/instrument called "The
Mouth" By Tim Exile. It's AWWESOME!!! I test it on a simple drumloop.


Friday, December 24

Numerology 3 Demo: Glitch Dub

A video of a demo track from Charles Stanyan that features several new
goodies in Numerology 3, including the stack library, built-in FX, updated
synth engines and more.

Gorillaz - Phoner to Arizona

Phoner To Arizona the first track from 'The Fall'
Head over to from the 25th to hear all 15 tracks!
Happy Crimbo! x

Thursday, December 23

Ned Rush = Kaoss Pad Rack for Ableton Live. Coming 2011!!!

New Project. Kaoss Rack and Kaoss FX packs for Ableton Live.
Tweaked up XY jams designed for the very reasonably priced
Korg Nano Pad and Ableton. Coming 2011!!!!! :D


Tuesday, December 21

Twisted Tools Presents | Richard Devines Analogue Microcosm

TWISTED TOOLS have released a brand new sample pack entitled Analogue
Microcosm, by legendary sound designer Richard Devine. The sound pack
features an intricate arsenal of unique analogue sounds, coupled with sampler
presets for most major sample formats. To top it off, the package comes with
a new Twisted Tools sampler, MP16, for all versions of Native Instruments
Reaktor 5.

Richard Devine's Analog Microcosm Features:
• 570 handcrafted analogue sounds from Richard Devine's fantastic hardware collection
• 40 kits in Kontakt, Battery, EXS24MKII, Ableton, NNXT, Reaktor and Maschine formats
• Intuitive sample mapping
• A brand new Twisted Tools utility sampler, MP16

Twisted Tools MP16 Sampler Features:
• 16 Voice Polyphonic Sampler
• Pad style layout
• Unique parameter and modulation settings for per voice
• Grain delay effect per voice
• Note repeat effect
• Two LFOs per voice
• Kore and Maschine Template

Price: $39.00

Availability: December 21st, 2010

Note: All sounds are completely analogue in this demo (only sources are from the sound library), no plug-ins or processing were used.

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Monday, December 20

Richard Devine's Analogue Microcosm!

Analogue Microcosm was designed by Richard Devine in conjunction with Twisted Tools. This is Twisted Tools’ first commercial sample pack and will include a custom Reaktor sampler along with kits for Battery, EXS24MKII and more. Look for the release during Christmas week, 2010 at

Richard Devine says: I wanted to design a set of sounds that were completely designed from analogue modular synthesis. All the sounds in this collection where patched and created from scratch. My goal was to design a set of sounds that had a unique character to them. I was inspired by my recent work using my Doepfer Euro Rack modular system. I have spent the last 5 years building up this rather large system of specific modules. I had carefully planned and organized over 6 cases of modules that would become the system I have today. I had acquired many new interesting modules over the last two years that really made the system come alive. I spend hours and hours patching different configurations, and nested environments. It is almost like working with a live organism that constantly changes and mutates, never repeating the same sounds or sequences. I had become really inspired by this idea of organic regeneration and creation of sound through electricity. This collection is a result of those experiments and recordings. I tried to make these sounds very fluid and expressive. Alien and and organic come to mind. I wanted to design these sounds without the use of computer software or plug-ins.

For more information go to

nativeKONTROL LPC-Live Update 12/2010

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Custom patch for Ensoniq Fizmo.
1 Sounds, 2 Oscillators.
Visit for more.

Sunday, December 19

Live Hip-Hop Glitch (Launchpad + NanoKontrol)

Inspired by the performance style of Edison
Lock and Key by Mason Proper
Seven Nation Army by White Stripes


Saturday, December 18

Record 1.5 Sampling Redefined (tutorial) Reason 5

Thank you Tage for the tips.
In this video I show you how to chop up your large samples into smaller ones
for use in any of your favorite Reason 5/Record 1.4 samplers.

The intro song is by my band Break the Fall.
You can listen to the full song at

download the song:

My Band:

edited in screen flow, iMovie, and Adobe Premiere Elements 9
video © Brandon Peoples 2010

micronaut - metatrak (live pa rehearsal)

micronaut - metatrak

From the micronaut live pa set; doing a run-through of the set and I recorded
this song, just for fun. Gear: Snyderphonics Manta controller, Dave Smith
Instruments TETR4, Eventide TimeFactor, Ableton Live, a whole slew of Audio
Damage plug-ins.

The song is from the micronaut EP "Resistor," which is available at Bandcamp.

Sam Prekop - The Silhouettes

Directed by Jordan Kim
Animators: Cris Shapan, Michael Wingate, Patrick Armitage, Jordan Kim

"The Silhouettes" from Sam Prekop - Old Punch Card​artists/​index.html?id=10040

Old Punch Card with exclusive bonus tracks on iTunes​us/​album/​old-punch-card/​id388474993

See more of Jordan's work at

Friday, December 17

Octatrack - A Machine That Makes Music?

The Octatrack DPS-1 is an 8 track dynamic performance sampler. The Octatrack
is ideal for radical audio processing and performance oriented sampling. Every
track features real-time pitch scaling & time stretch and the next generation
Elektron step sequencer has been designed with maximum usability and
efficiency in mind.

Sampling Just Became A True Artform

All music in the film is made with an Octatrack.

Find out more about Octatrack at

Sequential Circuits Pro-One Synthesizer Demo

Plattenbaucrew Synth Demo

all Sounds made with the Sequential Circuits Pro-One and external FX, Cubase
8x Multitrack recording

This Synth is used by Depeche Mode, The Prodigy and Vince Clarke from Erasure
- check out his Film about the Pro-One:


DJ Spooky Cape Farewell Interview 2010

DJ Spooky visited the remote Northern Arctic Circle in the Autumn of 2010
with Cape Farewell aboard the Noderlicht, a 100+ years of sailing schooner,
to work on the follow up to his Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica project.
This is an interview about some of the issues driving the Arctic Rhythms
project he is developed from the voyage.
See more at: &

Thursday, December 16

Machinedrum Live 3

Viral Christmas

Nucleus SoundLab is offering a special 40% discount on Viral Outbreak for the holidays, in either the Reason Refill or PC VSTi version, the latter of which includes a free add on soundbank for the first 50 customers. Now Viral Outbreak is one of my favorite Reason refills and not just because of the stellar sound design work by the likes of Stompp, Adam Fielding, Nick Hutton and Shaun Wallace; you see VO also comes with 2.5 GB of sample material skillfully recorded from an Access Virus TI synthesizer by NSL kingpin Jeremy Janzen! For more information and demos go to

Wednesday, December 15

3 generations of Buddha Machine

on a winter's afternoon. And the sounds from the road!
Video via richardfuckingmorgan

Tuesday, December 14

leeSA - VIVA LA VIDA (Cover)

leeSA's Cover 'VIVA LA VIDA' by coldplay. with Propellerhead Record 1.5

Magazine 18: Teenage Engineering

Saw this on Synthtopia:

Peter Bjorn and John's John Eriksson creates a musical composition using
Teenage Engineering's cutting-edge keyboard.

We Love - Don't Cross

"Don't Cross is a videoclip made by We Love. This short but very
elaborate piece of work with a sophisticated and elegant concept,
proposes a refined and melancholic poetry through visual tricks
that imply a coloured and rarefied microcosm, heavily influenced
by the imagery and the tradition of animation of Svakmajer and by
Japanese childish icons. Subtle references to Norman McLaren and
the Quay Brothers will be recognised by the more attentive viewer,
but the attention to detail and the unique personalities of the
characters, the delicate and fascinating plot together with the
rhythmical movement of the shapes make this video absolutely
irresistible." - ROSSELLA CATANESE

Artist: We Love
Title: Don't Cross
Label: BPitch Control

Quad Frohmage routing tips for additional bigger slopes

Learn how to configure Ohm Force's Quad Frohmage filter plug-in in order to
get a filter with an up to 144dB slope! More info on

Macbeth M5 Filter Demo

This is a demo of the Macbeth M5 analog synthesizers filter "modules".
It covers the Lowpass and Multi-mode filters.
Video by killingthursby1

Stomp Box Refill for Reason and Record overview HD

Stomp Box is gonna be a great addition to your already filled library..
They are all carefully programmed to give you the richness and warmth in tone.
Its distinctive presence will add reality to your sound that lead you to the very
convincing mix.... Say good bye to your weak, thin sounding patches!

Friday, December 10

Virus TI Ben Crosland Signature Set 2010 Mini Teaser

This is a sneak preview of a future soundset by UK based sound designer
Ben Crosland. The patch collection focuses on contemporary electro,
minimal and electronica sounds.

iPad/launchpad Gameboy.

some original gameboy sounds
Abel Flaubert

XBox 360 OSC Controller

I have wanted to do something creative with a game controller ever since I
first discovered the [human interface] object in Max. And as soon as the new
Nodes object was released I thought a great implementation would be to use
it with some sort of joystick.

I’m using MaxMSP to receive all the control data from an XBox 360 controller
and converting it to OSC messages to be used with any program that accepts
OSC, in this case Reaktor. I’ve made each message range scalable as well, for
fine tuning control possibilities.

I added 9 nodes for each joystick which gave me 11 control parameters
(including XY) for each joystick! It was a little unpredictable to know what
kinds of results that would achieve but that was the fun part :)
I pretty much randomly assigned all the controls to this ring modulating synth
and buffer effect Buffeater. Fun times.

Dr Octo Rex Guitar Collection

A Christmas treat from Propellerhead Software, this collection of electric and
acoustic guitar loops for the Dr Octo Rex loop player in Reason 5. Each patch
comes with eight loops arranged by song key, making this a very handy tool
when adding a guitar track to you song.

Want to get your hands on it? Join us on
and check the 'Fans only' page for more info.

Thursday, December 9

∞ Flying Lotus presents INFINITY

∞ Flying Lotus presents INFINITY "Infinitum" Gilles Peterson BBC Sessions

Flying Lotus
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Ravi Coltrane
Rebekah Raff
Andres Renteria
Gerry Gibbs
Andreya Triana

Filmed by Theo Jemison

Editing by Strangeloop

BBC Maida Vale Studio London August 19th, 2010

52 Reason / Record Tips - Week 41: Mid-Side Processing for Great Masters

When it comes to mastering, one of the hottest things right now is a technique
known as "mid-side processing." As a basic description, mid-side processing
uses phase cancellation tricks to isolate the mono information in a mix (bass,
vocal, kick drum) from the stereo items (guitars, keys, effects) and then lets you
master them separately and recombine them for a very nice sounding master.

This week I brought in two special guests to help me design a mid-side mastering
patch for you as well as to help describe the technical intricacies of how this is
done. Be sure to visit the links in this video, download the patches, and visit the
websites I mention.

Big thanks to Kurt Kurasaki, Giles Reaves, and Southern.

Wednesday, December 8

FabFilter Timeless 2 - Tips & Tricks part 1

Dan Worral explains some cool tricks that will help you to get more out of
Timeless 2 than ever before. For example, he describes how the XLFO in
combination with the delay lines, can be used to slice up drum loops.

Tuesday, December 7

Thor Oscillator Mod Fun from Reason 101

Part 1:

Part 2:

Here's a few fun ways to play around with Thor's Oscillators and
use the Malstrom's Modulator Wave shapes to cycle through the
different Carrier, Modulator, Phase Waves, and Wavetables. You
can get really nuts and get some glitchy results, or tame things
a little by keeping the rates slower. Either way, this might give
you some new creative ways to play with your Thor Oscillators.

Reason 101

Alopex - Kamoni Improvises on DrumKat & Ableton Live

Kamoni plays a DrumKat controlling Ableton Live.

Funny thing, I just found this vid on my laptop. I have no recollection
of recording it but it must be from summer '09. Looks like there's a
one shot rhythmic melody going on and I'm changing keys with the
top right middle pad. Then the left foot pedal changes some of the
kit sounds and controls efx.

SoundWorks Collection: The Sound of TRON LEGACY

Explore the world of TRON: LEGACY, a high-tech adventure set in a digital
world that's unlike anything ever seen or heard.

In this exclusive sound for film profile we talk with Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Gary Rizzo, Supervising Sound Editor Gwen Yates Whittle, and Sound Designer
Steve Boeddeker.

For more exclusive videos check out
Join the SoundWorks Collection Vimeo Channel.

Monday, December 6

Flying Lotus - Zodiac Sh*t

Adult Swim and Flying Lotus have been BFFs for a long time.
We've always loved the track "Zodiac Sh*t" from his album
"Cosmogramma," so one day we decided to throw some
money at our friend Lilfuchs and see what he could come
up with for this song. Clearly, he decided he could do a lot.
We hope you enjoy it.

What is Dub? Scientist, Badawi, Ticklah, DJ Rupture @ Dubspot NYC

Renowned dub pioneer and innovator Hopeton Brown, better known
as Scientist talks about the origins of dub and the role dub engineer
as a conductor, who essentially takes existing music and rearranges
them. At last year's Dub Summit, in a panel which also featured an
array of electronic music producers, musicians, and professionals
including DJ /rupture, Raz Mesinai, Ticklah, and Barry Cole. Scientist
discusses early sound system culture and the recording industry in
Jamaica, and the process of remixing riddims for top producers.

Ohm64 Demo Video

Ohm64 Demo video with Joseph Pailo using Ableton Live and Max for Live.
Thanks to Mike Abb and Pailo for rocking this out.

Abbey Road Modern Drums by Native Instruments

This video was shot during the recording session of Abbey Road Modern Drums,
a new Kontakt-based instrument that features highest quality contemporary
drum sounds for modern pop and rock productions.

More infos on the NI website:

Sunday, December 5

Buchla triggered via ReBirth for iPad

more tweaking around - merging new and old tech

Quincy Jones on the Tavis Smiley Show!

The 27-time Grammy Award-winning music producer talks about the import-
ance of music education in the U.S.
To see full length versions of the Tavis Smiley show, go to:

Saturday, December 4

KORG M01 - Palmtop music workstation

「KORG M1」をモチーフにしたニンテンドーDS用音楽ソフト「KORG M01」
ン と銘打った本格シーケンサーを届いたそばから試用したファーストインプ
レッションです 。なかなか使いやすいぞ!


Accent Programming with the Kong 808 Refill

Programming / Sequencing Accent patterns like a TR-808, using the velocity
switching patches from the peff 036 - Kong 808 Refill for Reason 5/R5 + R1.5 duo.

For more information and to download the Kong 808 Refill go to

Friday, December 3

rude_NHS = Control Surface

bit sloppy but hey, i'm still trying things out. plus i'd only just got
out of bed. a bad workman always blames his bed.


FXpansion Geist

Sample, slice, sequence, mix, arrange, effect, resample. Geist is FXpansion's
next-generation sampling drum machine, designed to create evolved, custom
beats and grooves, freeing you from the limits of pre-packaged loops and
over-complicated DAWs.

Geist fuses creative sample-sculpting tools with fast pattern step-sequencing
and arrangement. Browse through sounds with lightning speed, slice and assign
loops to pads with a single click; sample, resample and build beats in a slick
unified environment. Geist makes fiddly tasks with multiple apps a thing of the past.

Geist runs as a plugin and as a standalone application, perfect for laptop beat-
making. Export creations as audio clips or load sessions back into the plugin to
resample, reslice, remix, rearrange and transform your beats even further.
Geist is a complete, integrated rhythm production sandbox for the studio,
the tourbus or the stage!

Availability & Pricing

Geist is a download-only product and is available now from the FXpansion web shop!
Pricing is GBP £157.00, Euro €189.00, USD $249.00 plus VAT where applicable.
Crossgrade offer for registered FXpansion GURU customers: GBP £79.00, Euro €95.00,
USD $125.00 plus VAT where applicable

Reason Stage

In the studio, the legendary stability of Reason and Record means you can work
freely without getting interrupted or set back by untimely crashes. On stage
however, stability isn't just a convenience or luxury... it's an absolute necessity.
Reason's unshakable and rock-solid performance make it the first choice for
some of the biggest touring acts in music from Rihanna's Kevin Hastings, Gwen
Stefani's Kristopher Pooley, and many others.


Soundcells Christmas

This month Soundcells has a special discount nearly everyday on one of their fine Reason Refills. For example - today and tomorrow Boost 309 is on sale for 22.90 € (which is just under 25% off for those of you keeping track.) For more information and to check out the Christmas deals go to and click the dates on the advent calender.

Thursday, December 2

52 Reason / Record Tips - Week 40: EQ Tips for the Best Mixes

The biggest irony for mix engineers is that mixing songs is not really about
"mixing" at all. In fact, it's often more about creating separation and unique
space between tracks than it is about mixing things into one homogenous mush
of sound. If done correctly, a properly EQ'd mix sounds clear and polished.
The bass drum has punch and isn't fighting with the bass guitar. The synths
on the top end sparkle without detracting from the distorted guitar sound.
If done incorrectly, a poorly EQ'd mix sounds like a jumble of instruments all
fighting for the same sonic space (with none of them winning). This week
we'll cover how to approach EQ'ing tracks in your mix for the best results.


Into the Mist

A road trip through the foggy roads from Wollongong to Sydney Australia
Filmed on an Apple iPhone 4

Wednesday, December 1

Robyn Live in London!

Robyn recently played a secret show in London for Myspace,
who filmed the entire set, check it out:

Myspace Secret Show with Robyn

Myspace Secret Shows UK | Myspace Video

Haplome + Press Cafe + Reason 5

Nothing fancy here, just wanted to tell the world about how awesome Haplome
is. It allows you to run Max Runtime apps designed for a monome WIRELESSLY
on your iOS device.​design/​haplome/​

In this example I used my old iPhone 3G connected to an ad hoc network set
up on my computer. I'm running Max5 Runtime using Press Cafe. I routed the
MIDI into Reason 5 and set it up with some of my favorite patches and a simple
8 bar beat and synth line

Steven Page