LushOne 202 – Using the Voltage Controlled Amplifier – VCA

November 13, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Introduction to the LushOne Contour module. Demo of the VCA for controlling note dynamics and as a control voltage multiplier. For more details see http://lushprojects.com/lushone/contour/

Go to 06:40 for sound samples with VCA connected to ADSR to control dynamics.

Go to 13:44 for sound samples with VCA as a control voltage multiplier.

Additional details:

The LushOne Contour kit is the perfect second module to add to a LushOne system. The LushOne Contour provides a range of features that allow the LushOne to create richer, more exciting, more natural and more extreme sounds.

The LushOne Contour kit continues the design principles of the LushOne base. A single board design is used to keep costs low. All effects in the LushOne are generated using analogue electronics to capture the real experience of old-school synthesizers.

The LushOne Contour provides:

  • Full Attack/Decay/Sustain/Release (ADSR) envelope generator
    • Generates a control voltage that changes according to the ADSR parameters as a note plays
    • Use to control the dynamic of a note creating more natural sounds
    • Use to control other circuits such as the filter on the LushOne base for more wild electronic sounds.
  • Voltage Controlled Amplifier (VCA)
    • Modify the volume of a sound based on a control voltage. Provides tremolo and note contour effects.
    • The VCA is DC coupled and can also be used as a control voltage multiplier. By multiplying control voltages together all kinds of complex electronic sounds can be generated. Try combining two LFO control voltages in this mode!
  • Ring Modulator (RM)
    • The ring modulator provides a rich, complex sound that evokes famous analogue synthesizers of the past. Ring Modulation is most famously used to provide the voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen in the television series Doctor Who.
  • Utility Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO) with square and triangle outputs
    • Ideal as a control voltage input to the VCA or ring modulator to provide periodic effects
    • Can also be used as a control voltage feed to any other LushOne CV input
  • Signal breakin/breakout
    • Connect the LushOne 2mm patch leads to phono/RCA sockets to allow easy interconnect to external systems
  • Single board design including all controls and connectors (except power-in) providing straightforward construction and neat presentation. A laser cut case is available that contains the LushOne base and the Contour or it can easily be housed in a project box.
  • Open-source access to schematics

For even richer effects one LushOne Base can be used with two Contour modules. One Contour will provide dynamic control of the note and the other will provide additional control voltage features like ADSR and multiplication.

The LushOne Contour is straightforward to build but it does have quite a high component count. It is recommended that you have some experience in building electronics before starting on this kit.

Echo Pad for iPad/iPhone (Universal app) – Coming soon!

November 4, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Echo Pad for iPad/iPhone (universal) coming soon!

http://www.holdernessmedia.com/home/ios-applications/music/echo-pad

Echo Pad is a realtime Echo effect processor featuring a unique delay + sound on sound looper controlled by a multi-touch XY interface on your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch device.

Use the built in mic on your headphones, plug in a guitar, microphone, synth, drum machine, iOS device, or whatever you want using an audio interface such as the Apogee Jam or MIC, or one of the many other compatible iOS and USB audio interfaces. (Verified up to date list of compatible audio interfaces below.)

Echo Pad was born out of love for tape echoes, sound on sound loopers and noisy, dirty analog delay pedals. Echo Pad excels at hands on warping delay tones and controlled feedback, and is not afraid to get loud.

Great for both live performance and sound design, Echo Pad was designed to have fun with the ability to sculpt a wide range of delay tones from subtle rhythms to heavy, dubbed out ambient swirls, to aggressive feedback explosions.

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Get That Sound

October 23, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The title track from 1983’s Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) album has one of the most instantly recognisable synth riffs around. There have been many different theories about the synths used on it, but the consensus seems to be that either an Oberheim OB-X was used for both the left and right riffs, or perhaps a Juno-6 and Roland SH-09 for the left and right channel riffs, probably sequenced using a Roland CSQ-100.

I guess asking Eurythmics themselves wasn’t an option :-D

Magic Flute workshop – use your iPad as Sound Module

September 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background information on this tutorial below:

The iRig MIDI interface ( $ 60,00) connects the Magic Flute to an iPad to control not only the included SampleTank FREE but also a world of MIDI-compatible apps such as GarageBand.
In this clip reuben shows how it is been done
Both SampleTank, GarageBand and Thumbjam together will supply you with many great sounds. GarageBand has a limited set of sounds and even more limited on types of sounds, but what it does have are quite good. For just $5 it has a great sound bank.
Neither of these are very in-depth in the amount of sound editing capabilities but it is very user friendly!!
It is possible to assign breathcontoll in Sample tank but it is very limited and you need to use 2 extra apps to get the job done: MidiBridge and freewi. Maybe we get better control in the future , time will tell. So far I only could control the modulation wheel, any better results? let us know.
www.mybreathmymusic.com

Native Instruments – Luciano in Ibiza with Traktor Kontrol F1

August 17, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Luciano has been whipping audiences into a frenzy for years, but he’s found a new level of excitement with Traktor Kontrol F1. In this video, the Cadenza boss talks about how he uses the F1 to layer percussion, samples, and acapellas at his Ushuaia and Pacha residencies in Ibiza, creating customized edits on the fly and reinforcing his unique sonic signature.

More info:
http://www.native-instruments.com/f1
http://www.cadenzamusic.net/
http://www.pacha.com/

Filmed and edited by Terry Church: http://terrychurchpr.com/

MicroTrack dB – Tutorial on basic drum programming

August 2, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A new tutorial video demonstrating basic drum programming in MicroTrack dB iOS.

MicroTrack dB is a music making app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Inspired by the classic instruments that defined electronic music and popular culture, this app puts music making in the palm of your hand. This portable, virtual studio offers high-quality audio output, intuitive sequencing, flexible drum programming and powerful synthesis, plus a range of effects and performance features. A user-friendly interface and online help enables beginners to start making music, while more advanced musicians will find a host of features to get their teeth in to. Get your creative juices flowing and produce tracks instantly. Realise your ideas, define your sound and create the music that you want to hear.

Available now on the app store. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microtrack-db/id545192575?mt=8

Cubase – New book covers tracking audio, MIDI, and virtual instruments

July 31, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Hal Leonard Books has published ThePower in Cubase by Matthew Loel T. Hepworth. They say that it’s a comprehensive, thoughtful, and engaging guide, written to help the new user master the ins and outs of Cubase. Here’s what they have to say:

Consider this: Cubase is a program that will turn your computer into a complete recording studio. That is, Cubase can create virtually every button, knob, switch, and fader found in a “real” studio, including a few components that don’t exist in the hardware realm. Imagine the challenge of sitting at a large mixing desk and being expected to use all that technology to produce professional recordings. Well, by installing Cubase on your computer, that’s exactly what you’ve expected of yourself. Knowing how daunting that task sounds, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, if not disillusioned.

The Power in Cubase: Tracking Audio, MIDI, and Virtual Instruments will help you get started so that you can use Cubase to your full benefit. It is specifically written to allow a new user to quickly get started with Cubase while avoiding a myriad of pitfalls. First, you’ll learn the process of installation and proper studio configuration. Next, you’ll learn the foundations of rudimentary Cubase operations. You’ll also learn how to avoid common mistakes that can ruin a recording. Finally, you’ll learn how to properly record MIDI, instrument, and audio tracks. Whether they’re your own tracks or those of a client, you’ll achieve recordings in your own home or project studio that were recently considered unobtainable without a big studio. And you’ll discover Cubase is easier to learn than you may have expected.

QuickPro Guides
If you want to quickly start implementing professional techniques into your audio recordings and productions, the Hal Leonard Books Quick Pro Guides are designed for you. These straightforward, task-driven, and easy-to-understand books cover music industry topics in a way that gets to the point and helps maximize your creative and technical accomplishments. The Quick Pro Guides are efficient and accessible, and the included DVD-ROM provides audio and video demonstrations of key QuickPro topics.

About the Author:
Matthew Loel T. Hepworth has been teaching music technology since 1984. He authors how-to videos on Cubase and Waveloab for macProVideo.com. He has also written Wavelab7 Power! for Course Technology PTR. He records, mixes, and masters audio projects for clients including Air Supply, FranklinCovery, Jonni Lightfoot, and many more. Hepworth also consults with several pro audio manufacturers like Steinberg North America, Yamaha Corporation of America, Lexicon, and Tascam. He is a video producer and photographer, and in his spare time, he plays bass guitar and Theremin in his band, ZenTherStick. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Pricing and Availability:
$16.99

More information:

MicroTrack dB – new music making app for iOS

July 30, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

MicroTrack dB is a music making app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Available now on the app store. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microtrack-db/id545192575?mt=8

Make music anywhere

Inspired by the classic instruments that defined electronic music and popular culture, this app puts music making in the palm of your hand. This portable, virtual studio offers high-quality audio output, intuitive sequencing, flexible drum programming and powerful synthesis, plus a range of effects and performance features. A user-friendly interface and online help enables beginners to start making music, while more advanced musicians will find a host of features to get their teeth in to. Get your creative juices flowing and produce tracks instantly. Realise your ideas, define your sound and create the music that you want to hear.

Technical Specifications

General

* Instruments — 1x drum machine, 2x bass synthesisers.
* Sequencing — on board pattern sequencers and performance sequencer.
* Component modelling — analogue filters and envelopes.
* Effects — delay, overdrive.
* 44.1kHz 32-bit signal path (output is 16-bit).

Synthesisers

* Square and saw tooth oscillator waveforms.
* Wave shaping features.
* 24dB low pass resonant filter.
* Multistage filter envelope.
* Note accent features.

Drum Machine

* 8 drum voices.
* 2 selectable samples for each drum voice.
* 8 voice polyphony.
* Adjust volume, start time, attack, decay, accent and FX send.
* Note accent features.

Sequencer

* Pattern sequencer designed for performance.
* 9 banks of 4 patterns per instrument.
* Song and edit modes.
* Cut/copy/paste/clear patterns.

Mixer

* Delay and overdrive effects.
* Mix track volume and output volume.
* Tempo controls.
* Volume maximiser.

Additional features

* Load and save tracks.
* Online help.

Music iPhone App demos: Yamaha TNR-i and aubit

July 22, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Music Iphone Ipad app demo of Yamaha TNR-i. Playing with it on the Iphone is difficult and I recommend using it on the Ipad. Based on the TENORI-ON instrument, it offers grid based performance for time and pitch, 16 layers to stack up sounds and 6 types of performance. Follow the link below to get app. it will cost you $9.99.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tnr-i-us/id441340244?mt=8

Music Iphone Ipad App demo of aubit. There is not much to this music app, although it’s quite neat. You place your finger on the screen which generates a circle that moves around the screen. The longer you hold down the bigger the circle becomes. Once you have more than one circle they will collide with each other making tones until they fade away. The app is free and you can download it at the link below.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aubit/id534925271?mt=8

Little Boxes – an experimental music box concept for iPad

July 19, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Little Boxes is a music box concept for iPad. It consists of a tangible part composed of three separate music boxes that interact with an iPad and an application. When placing one of the boxes on the iPad, it recognizes it and activates. The idea is that each box contains its own universe revealed by the action of the crank with an animation and melody proper to each. The aim is to give a new dimension to the music box, and transcribe visual sensations that don’t exist in a standard music box. This work reflects my desire to play with the physical and digital elements by making them interact. It allowed me to embrace different areas, and confront myself with creative and technical challenges. The result is the creation of a world through the music box, where everyone can enter and interact with it.

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