Peff's soon to be available TR-606:
"A demo of various drum patterns using the 606 samples in Reason's Kong Drum Designer. This is for a little refill offering which will be available soon."
Ableton just released a new video on Push:
"Push, Ableton's forthcoming instrument, makes it easy to play notes and chords in key, using the same pads for each. Always play the right notes with "In Key" mode, or switch to "Chromatic" mode for a full keyboard with in-key notes highlighted."
UniqueSquared continue touring the Moog Factory:
"The next stop on our exclusive Moog Factory Tour is the Etherwave Theremin. Jim walks us through a brief history of the theremin and explains its importance to Bob Moog and Moog Music Inc."
The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart with Moog Music's Animoog:
"The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, who visited the Moog Factory on April 19, 2012 to test the development of the Grateful Dead Expansion Pack exclaimed, "Holy transmogrifica-tion, Batman... Amazing!" after hearing the Grateful Dead's 44-year-old recordings trans-formed into sound design tools for artists.
The Grateful Dead Expansion Pack comes on the heels of Moog's release of Animoog V2 on December 21, 2012. Animoog V2 is free for existing Animoog users. It includes many user requested features and product enhancements, such as: accelerometer integration which gives Animoog owners the ability to tilt their iPad in any direction as an interactive 3D modulation source; note hold and scale lock, and tools for advanced users like, Load/Save MIDI CC maps, Audiocopy/Audiopaste integration and support for the new Audiobus platform. Also, as a holiday gift, Animoog V2 features a powerful 4 Track Recorder, which gives Animoog users the ability to record audio from within Animoog or import audio tracks directly from their iTunes library. Users can then split, loop, copy, paste, and share individual clips, or mix down entire songs and upload them directly to SoundCloud, all from within the Animoog's universe. This 4 Track Re-corder will be free to existing users until Dec. 31, 2012 at which time it will revert to it's regular price of $4.99 in the Animoog Store."
James Bernard shows you how he uses the BUFFRE Rack Extension for Reason in a live setting:
"James Bernard, master of all things Propellerhead Reason, is BACK! In this video James demonstrates using Buffre Rack Extension for Reason 6.5 as a performance tool to create stutter and pitch fade effects in real time using the Livid Instruments OHM64. 25% Holiday Discount Code: buffreholiday"
The A-Series are new modular synth style Rack Extensions being developed by Ochen K for Reason. Look promising:
"This is an introduction to a Rack Extension series that I'm working on. It is a collection of modular synthesis components that allow you to assemble your own synth in Propellerhead Software's Reason."
Rob Papen has unleashed SubBoomBass on the Reason Rack! When I first heard about Papen releasing Rack Extensions this was the one I was hoping for:
"SubBoomBass RE has been carefully crafted to provide you with the tools to create fresh new bass lines. It includes unique tuned drum percussion samples which are great for Hip Hop and RnB basses but can also be used to add rhythm flavour to your tracks.
Also check out the innovative 'Wave-sequence' feature which will open up brand new sonic possibilities for your music.
Other features included are two effects slots which can be modulated using midi from any of the synthesizer parts."SubBoomBass is available thru 2012 at the introductory price of $79 USD!
Another great Reason Tips video featuring Mattias Häggström Gerdt, dig the "alter notes" idea he uses with Rex files:
"Drums. They're absolutely everywhere and vital to most music. A good drum track can make or break a track. Luckily Mattias has some useful tricks up his sleeve to help you spice up your drum patterns!
Learn about ghost notes, tips for using REX loops to add some groove and how to create complex patterns in simple ways using polymeter."
Ski Oakenfull teaches an Electronic Music Composition Course at Point Blank Online delving into chord progressions, rhythm and arranging! Here's a live EMC event recorded in Amsterdam:
"This is the second of three special episodes of the EMC series recorded live at Amsterdam Dance Event 2012. In this one Ski Oakenfull breaks down the music theory behind SBTRKT's summer smash 'Wildfire' within Ableton Live."
Saw this great video by Kip Kubin on Matrixsynth.com:
"The idea was to create the classic Buchla Bongo patch using my Arp 2600 with no external sequencer or patch cables
NOTE: If you lower the amount of the filter going to the envelope it gets real Raymond Scott real fast."
Woke up to a nice surprise in my inbox - Robb from Reason: Patch a Day has released an update to the fantastic Kick Toolkit ReFill:
"I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for purchasing my Kick Toolkit Refill. I had no idea what kind of response I would get when I first started putting the refill together, but I was both pleased and thankful for every order I received. Thanks!
Words are nice, of course, and it's great to get a pat on the back from someone who appreciates you, but you can't load a thank you into Redrum or NN-XT. That's why, in addition to my thanks, you're also getting an updated Kick Toolkit Refill for the holidays! The updated refill fixes a navigation issue with the NN-19 folder, renaming it to Samplers, which now contains a folder for the NN-19 patches and a separate folder for the simple Combinators. Hopefully this makes a little more sense to use on your end.
Also included in the update are 90 new kick drum samples, putting the total sample count at 400 analog kicks.
Given that I made changes with the folder structure, I'd recommend you keep the old refill, until you're certain that this update doesn't "break" any of your projects.
Thanks again for supporting Reason Patch A Day and for sending a few dollars my way.
Reason Patch A Day"
The new Vladislav Delay album, Kuopio, is available now on Raster Noton!
"With “Kuopio”, Raster-Noton releases the second full length album by Vladislav Delay aka Sasu Ripatti. The record features eight new songs which allow the listener to dive into Delay’s cosmos of deep and likewise organic sounds. Subtle yet complex electronic manipulations are used, resulting in a high degree of variation within every single track and a nearly imperceptible intensification of their density. Progressive and energetic rhythms play an important role as already indicated in his recent release “Espoo” (r-n141), the EP which forms a bridge between his former album “Vantaa” (r-n136) and “Kuopio”, best illustrated by the track “Kulkee”, meaning ‘to move forward’. “Kuopio” clearly represents a further attempt to depict the finnish landscape as well as its isolated charm, which is also obvious from its design and conceptional approach by referring to the city of Kuopio."
Push and Ableton Live 9 look like a winning combination:
"Ableton Push is specially designed for making beats, with step sequencing and pad modes that work side by side. Here, Ableton Product Specialist Dennis DeSantis demonstrates how to make a natural-sounding, nuanced beat using Push."
Wow! Finally a true FM synthesizer inside Reason! Check out the details:
"The PX7 FM Synthesizer is a six operator FM synth for the Reason rack. As a faithful recreation of the popular DX series keyboards, it provides a wealth of new sounds, ranging from classic 80's bass and brass to modern textures, leads and growls.
But PX7 is not only an emulation of a classic keyboard. With an easier interface, macro controls for quick and powerful tweaking of sounds, stereo spread, and full integration with the Reason rack, it takes FM synthesis into the age of Reason.
In FM synthesis, or Frequency Modulation, sounds are generated by layering or modulating the frequency of sine wave oscillators, called operators. The 32 selectable algorithms decide how the operators are connected, and which modulates what.
The envelopes, one for each operator, are more advanced than those you typically see in synths, with a number of different breakpoints for extremely precise control over the modulation.
With the new macro controls you get tons of new tones out of a single patch — even without a full understanding of FM synthesis.
PX7 includes a great set of new patches and Combinators with sounds ranging from modern to futuristic. But perhaps best of all: the PX7 FM Synthesizer is patch-compatible with the classic it's based on—and faithfully reproduces its trademark tone. A ton of patches from the original is included with PX7. Our online patch converter takes Yamaha DX7 patches and converts them to PX7 format, giving you access to tens of thousands of presets for all styles of music."
$99 in the PropShop and worth every penny!
Propellerhead Product Specialist Mattias Häggström Gerdt explores keyboard splits in Reason:
"When you have 88 keys you have a lot of possibilities. Maybe you don't want to be locked in to just that grand piano sound? Maybe you want to do entire performance from your keyboard only? A keyboard split patch could be the answer! Product specialist Mattias shows you how to set it up and lets you in on some useful tips along the way."
Download of 87-track album in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
This colossal compilation has been curated by Headphone Commute to benefit all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, which has devastated portions of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States in late October 2012. 100% of all the proceeds generated from the sale of this album will be donated towards two charitable organizations: Doctors Without Borders and The Humane Society. The artists on the release have been hand-picked to showcase the world's top talent in ambient, modern classical, and experimental music. The unprecedented selection features many unreleased pieces composed exclusively for the cause.
Soundcells has released version 2 of their WaveDrummin ReFill for Reason! New version has sounds from the fantastic iOS app Impaktor, as well as sounds from the Korg WaveDrum:
"WaveDrummin v2 is not just another percussion ReFill.
By finding a whole new continent Columbus redrew the map of our planet. Now it´s your turn to do so. By making use of this ReFill you can combine enchanting and haunting rhythms coming from all continents, maybe even from other planets as well as Wavedrummin opens doors to percussive bliss that have never been opened before. At the studio in Central Europe Soundcells recorded their favorite hits and bits coming from the Wavedrum by Korg and - since version 2 - the incredible Impaktor by BeepStreet. The result has become this ReFill - a work of art, a tool that lets you draw your own restyled map of our precious planet."
WaveDrummin v2 Contents:
• 150 combinator patches stuffed with inspiring new energy (35 new ones since version 2).
• 143 rex loops that range from authentically acoustic to crazy electronic stuff, 20 Kong kits, 20 NNXT patches and 7 Redrum kits.
• 210 single hits to build your own kits from.
• Recorded impact noises coming from Brushes, Rods, Sticks and Fingers to add extra realism to the loops. The combinators carry knobs to control their volumes.
• All single loops and samples are included into this download in Rex and Wave format. By purchasing this pack you are not restricted to Reason only. However there is a lot more magic to be found within the ReFill.
Myke Dodge Weiskopf lives the kind of life that makes me mad jealous. Traveling the world recording shortwave broadcasts and indigenous musicians, sharing the bounty on his website - www.myke.me. His next adventure, planned for March 2013, will take him to the archipelago of Socotra in the Gulf of Aden between Somalia and Yemen.
"Socotra is virtually untouched by tourism or mainland culture, a unique mixture of East African and Middle Eastern influences. I'll be traveling with photographer Kelly Davidson and a Socotri guide around the main island for two weeks in March of 2013. We'll travel through mountain villages, caves, and seaside towns to meet the people of Socotra and preserve their songs, stories, and folk traditions. Along the way, I'll tune in for the next season of ShortWaveMusic, recording regional radio stations from Somalia, Eritrea, Yemen, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Oman, and beyond -- adding to the more than 24 hours' worth of recordings from over 60 countries now available at www.myke.me."
To fund his latest enterprise Myke has set up a Kickstarter.com page with some cool perks for backers including a commemorative QSL card, CDs, framed prints from the trip and even handmade gifts from Socotri artists! He's trying to raise at least $3500 USD, which pays for plane fare, a translator/guide, payment for the Socotri musicians and singers he records, on-line hosting for the project and equipment repair. Talk about a shoe-string budget!
"With a little MORE money, I could pay extra to the musicians, or donate play and sporting goods to Socotri children, or upgrade my equipment to bring back better recordings. But I can't do it all alone. Please consider donating some of your hard-earned holiday money to ShortWaveMusic … for yourself or on behalf of another adventurous and open-minded friend or loved one."
Being the recording and tech geek that I am, I had to ask Myke about his gear set-up:
"My radio set-up is an Eton E1XM and a Sony PCM D-50 recorder.
My field recording setup includes a pair of head worn Church Audio CA-2 stereo omni capsule mics, an Audio Technica AT-8035 shotgun, and an Audio Technica BP4025 stereo field mic.
Until recently I was using an Edirol R-09 recorder, but I donated it to an NGO in Mali while I was there, so I am back to using the D-50 for both purposes.
I have to be quite aware of safety in the places I travel, so I need to keep a low profile in terms of the amount of equipment I carry and also the quickness with which I can set it up and break it down. With my current set up, I can be "on the air" in under a minute, and (in case of danger) packed up and on my way in the same amount of time. One of the principal tenets of traveling in Africa and the Middle East is that you don't want to make yourself a target, and I'd rather not be the foreigner with all the expensive gear out in the open."
Myke Dodge Weiskopf's Kickstarter Project funding period runs until Christmas Day - donate today!
Peter Dines creates some of my favorite commercial Reaktor ensembles, and his latest - the Chroma and Gris Gris Sequenced Monosynth looks killer! The Chroma sequencer section has a clean interface and the ability to both draw in patterns, play parts with a midi controller, add slur (glide) and a unique "Scribble" control to write in data. The Gris Gris synth section is a subtractive style synth with "Flux" controls, which add unpredictable instability to the oscillator mix.
"Chroma is a performance oriented monosequencer and VA carefully tuned for ergonomic ease of use and glitch free operation in standalone and plugin mode. Slur features in Chroma match up with legato and glide features in the Gris-Gris synth to create a slinky sinuous note articulation.
Sequences can be created and controlled via mouse, MIDI, Konkreet Performer, TouchOSC and Lemur. Since there is now full OSC support in the Reaktor plugin version, you can do everything with Chroma in your preferred DAW that you can do stand-alone. A dream come true!"
Nightingale track from the Project: Mooncircle 10th Anniversary Comp! Video shot and edited by Benny Wynn Williams. If you haven't picked up this release yet you should really jump on it - with songs by Robot Koch, fLako, Rumpistol, 40 Winks, Long Arm, Rain Dog and a slew of others!
"Project: Mooncircle, as the name reveals, has been on a journey to the moon since day one, exploring the frontiers of music and art, always looking for new discoveries and giving a different perspective to look at the earth. In it's 10 year history the label has published roughly 100 releases by equally as many artists from all corners of this globe and, therefore, the selection of sounds on this compilation represents the development of the label from the past, present and going into the future."
Brian Trifon of Trifonic with another sound design video tutorial:
"As a producer, one of the challenges of working with virtual instruments and digital recordings is that you often have to add character back to them to make your tracks sound right.
Digital sounds can be so clean that they lack warmth, depth, vibe, soul... whatever you want to call it, the bottom line is your recordings will fall flat without some work to add life into your tracks.
In this video, Brian Trifon of Trifonic demonstrates a couple techniques for overcoming this challenge using delay and vocal transformer plugins."
Possibly from growing up in the late 80s and early 90s I have a nostalgic fondness for the so-called "shoegaze" style of music. The band Swervedriver turned me on to the sound with "Son of Mustang Ford". So when I heard of the new Beautiful Noise documentary now seeking funding on Kickstarter I knew I had to donate:
"The definitive documentary about influential 80’s and 90’s guitar bands who harnessed massively loud sounds using a sea of effects pedals and delivered some of the most BEAUTIFUL NOISE ever recorded.
8 years in the making, with over 50 interviews, band members, music icons and tastemakers.
BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.
Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.
Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray."
Check the promo:
Robots Don't Sleep the newly christened name for Robot Koch's project with John LaMonica (who sang on the last Robot Koch album The Other Side) have a new EP out on Four Music/Sony Music Germany! First track is Little White Lies (NSFW video below), pick up the record at the usual outlets:
New Isan EP, Descette, available now on Secret Furry Hole:
"We have a very special release out next week.
Lovingly assembled by Secret Furry Hole, the Italian kings of exquisite tiny releases and with a press release by Simon Scott that deserves a release all of its own, Descette is a collection of tracks based around and inspired by tape loops - featuring the sounds of cassettes we thought we left behind many years ago.
Seven tracks on a one-sided 12" single, screen-printed covers on recycled paper, 200 copies, one beautiful video collaboration by Christopher Cichoki."
Richard Metzger interviews Flying Lotus for Dazed:
And speaking of Flying Lotus, check out the latest video from Until the Quiet Comes:
Still haven't gotten your Fly Lo fill for November, check out Mr. Ellison's new persona side project Captain Murphy.
I'm giving thanks this weekend for a brand spanking new video from Brent Kallmer and Bluewater VST! This time on using third party sample maps and snapshot banks for Twisted Tools S- Layer Reaktor ensemble:
The Props just posted a great new video on using ReGroove in Reason:
"Want your tracks to really groove? Tired of using the same shuffle setting for everything? ReGroove is there for you and product specialist Mattias will help you understand how to do it! Learn how to change the global shuffle, assign a groove to a track, create your own groove templates and some other tips and tricks in this Reason Tips video."
The kick is the backbone of dance music. Defining both style and genre by it's sound and rhythm, from the straight click of minimal tech to the bouncy thud of hip hop. So needless to say a great kick is vital to any production. Personally, I've been collecting old analog drum and rhythm machines for a number of years and one I've always had my eye on is the Jomox M-Base. The latest incarnation, the M-Base 11, is capable of classic 808/909 kicks and much much more, with a frequency range down to 10hz! Of course the real issue with using this drum synth is the need of a sequencer, and if your like me and prefer making beats in Reason, that's an issue (midi out in Reason 7?). But that's where the new Kick Toolkit ReFill from Robb at Reason Patch a Day comes in! Featuring over 300 samples recorded directly from the M-Base 11, 38 specially designed drum kick effects Combinators, 11 mini-combis with dedicated front panel controls and a boat load of tuned kick synths - all for $5!
After picking up the Kick Toolkit ReFill and spending an afternoon lost in rhythm nirvana I had to ask Robb a few questions about this refill:
You've been working on Reason Patch a Day for over 4 years! First off what made you decide to do a commercial refill now and why the Jomox MBase 11 Analog Bass Drum Module as your sound source?
"It was really a case of the device leading the project. I had been wanting a MBase 11 from the minute I had read about it, and when I finally got my hands on one, I was blown away by the sounds I was able to get out of it. Since I'm constantly "feeding the blog," it made sense to put together some kick samples for Reason Patch A Day, but the more time I spent using the Mbase, the more I thought the samples could stand on their own.
My original plan was just to package them up as a sample library, but given my love for Reason, I decided that I could add some personalized effects and make it a refill. I'm sure I cost myself some potential customers by focusing just on Reason, but I wanted to support the community that has supported my blog for so long."
The Kick Toolkit comes with over 300 samples that cover a lot of sonic terrain - from classic analog sounding kicks to the short click kicks that I love. I've been playing around with the raw samples loaded into Kong for the last few days and was quite pleasantly surprised out how well the kicks fit with Kong's built in snare and hat modules - when creating these kicks did you visualize how they would sound with Reason's built in devices?
"Not really. My goal was just to concentrate on the kicks themselves. The kick drum is the foundation of a lot of electronic music, so I figured that if people had a solid foundation to start with, they'd find ways to add to it with other sounds and drums.
I was a little worried, at first, about having a set of kicks that didn't have kits built around them, but when I did some experiments on my own, I quickly realized what you had discovered. It's surprisingly simple to just add a good snare or hi-hat to the kicks in the refill, and it all just works."
The samples themselves are recorded at 24 bit resolution and sound fantastic! On the Reason Patch a Day site you mention using no outside processing, out of curiosity what's your studio set-up?
"It's pretty minimal. When I first started using Reason, I got my hands on a first generation M-Audio Oxygen and a Quattro, but found that I did most of my work on a laptop, away from home and any dedicated hardware. I've slowly swung back around to having a dedicated studio space, but I still do the majority of my work in Reason with a mouse, as opposed to a keyboard.
I have a pile of old drum machines, some keyboards, a couple of microphones, a Mobile-Pre, and a collection of various sound toys laying around (stuff like the Casio VL-Tone, Stylophone, an original Beep-It, a Bliptronic, a Korg Monotron and the Monotribe, etc.), but usually once I've sampled what I like, those boxes don't get used much.
The device I probably use the most is my Microtrack II. It's a small digital recorder that can accept a signal from a mic or a couple of formats of line-in and I use it for a lot of my sampling, given that I can literally take it anywhere. It sounds great for the price and hasn't failed me yet. I did most of the recordings directly from the Mbase into the Microtrack II and I think the results were great.
I suppose what I really should do is clean up my studio and get everything wired up. Maybe that'll be a good New Year's Eve project. "
Kick Toolkit Specs:
Kick Drum WAVs: Over 300 unique kick drum samples created using the Jomox Mbase 11 Analog Bass Drum Module, a single voice analog synthesizer fine-tuned for producing a variety of bass drum sounds. Each kick was created specifically for this refill and was sampled at 24-bit resolution, with no outside processing, for the cleanest possible signal and sound.
Effects: The Kick Toolkit Refill contains 38 effect patches, using Reason's Scream, RV7000, Pulverizer, and other effect units.
Mini-Combis: One or two device Combinators designed specifically for the purpose of manipulating and sculpting kick drum patches and samples. Each Mini-Combi has been programmed with front panel control ranges designed for its limited task to make final tweaks fast and easy. A number of Mini-Combis have also been included to provide presets for devices that do not normally allow for loading and saving patches (ex. BV512 Vocoder). 11 mini-Combis are included, along with 43 additional presets, providing help with compression, equalization, and other general purposes.
At $5 USD picking up the Kick Toolkit ReFill is a no brainer. Seriously this refill will give you enough low end sample fodder for months to come, not to mention the great Combinators and effects devices. Check out some of the beats I came up with while playing around with Kick Toolkit along with sounds from the Reason Factory Soundbank and Nucleus Soundlab's BFD Core ReFill:
Out today - RP Distort! First off this is one awesome effects device, with cabinet simulation, 4 band EQ, an awesome filter section, compressor, stereo widener and finally a gate. But the real magic begins when using the modulation section complete with 4 multi-wave LFOs with "Shape" and "Hum" controls and 4 mod bus slots where the user can choose both the source and destination. I for one can't wait to run the new Radical Keys RE thru this device. RP Distort is available for the introductory price of $25 USD thru December! Check out some audio:
Elektron have a brand new analog synth available for pre order, complete with the sequencing and parameter lock functions that made the Machinedrum world famous! The Elektron Analog Four starts shipping on December 3rd, sells for $1149, and sounds awesome:
Project: Mooncircle in the last few years has become one of my favorite labels. From Long Arm to Robot Koch, PM is always in heavy rotation on my 1200s. And the new Retrospect Suite from Weedy of 40 Winks looks like another stellar release:
"In a repeatedly rephrased metaphor of vinyl archaeologists digging for samples and re-constructing music from tiny pieces and fractions of long lost sounds, Weedy of 40 Winks is actually a rare example of this image being executed to perfection. His puzzling way of piecing together intricate beats, rich in details, breaks and variations, is rather analogous to surrealist art than to most of his fellow contemporary beat-smiths. On top he adds his own instrumentation to perfect these compositions, being like a conservator creating mosaics of rhythms, grooves and harmonies, giving the listeners imagination ample space to wander about."
Retrospect Suite is coming out on December 14th! In the meantime take a listen to the track "The Blue":