About soft stepseq and my deMOON midi control mapping

I've shared some finds of alternative midi sequencers in my previous blog. But wizardmaster WMCP was the only one I've been playing for the previous a few days!

WMCP is beautiful, free and very smartly designed! Straight forward design, monophonic per instance, but multiple instances is possible, with all independent tempo, length. You can only manually sync them, do poly rhythm and much more... very wizardmaster, very fun.

It's great on any synth that accept using program changes to select patches. And there is a little extra work (compared to some other soft seq) if you want it to play a single patch.


And there is always the lovely... Seq303 by technotoys.


One more software step seq share:
I don't like the interface because it imitates a hardware and it's not designed very well.
Anyway no complains because it is free. Just the above 2 are better IMO.


I've been doing some kind of midi controller mapping for ths whole afternoon for the deMOON. Using the mass available, cheap and very full featured bcr2000. I've tried a few workarounds to make sense the best way. And I feel very satisfied with the progression. Now every parameter is laid out and mapped in a logical way.

By using my mapping for the deMOON I suddenly unlocked the sonic beast lies within this little box. It is totally unique and extreme. Now I love this synth even more.

After I fine tune my mapping, I will share the files, write a tutorial and shot some videos for it.



Interesting Software Sequencers and more

I'd like to share things online. One reason being letting people more people know them, so the development can be pushed futher. Everyone benefits. The other is making little bookmarks for myself, so I can come back and check when I want them in the future.


I've been looking for something interesting to play my synthesizers with. Not I have any trouble in getting new inspirations and writing them down, but I would love something unusual and fun to play, and yet can be productive too!

Here I share some of my finds and a little notes by me. I'll focus on standalone appz, for plugins you can do an easy search on kvr.

>Monophonic, free, small, beautiful, crazy and funny. Wizardmaster is one of my heroes in the software world.

>Polyphonic, free, coding. This one is realtime coding enabled software sequencer.

3)Políssonos By Rui Penha
>Polyphonic, free, interesting interface. This one has got a nice new interface for sequencer software. This one eats more cpu than others. Old computers beware.

>Polyphonic, 25$, interesting interface, powerful. This looks full of fun!

5)Software Klee
>Polyphonic, 40$, famous design.

Note that I haven't tried all these yet so impressions could be wrong.


How great Elektron Machinedrum is? Just look at the sheer number and quality of the accessories that people create for it! minicommand, empty magic and now here comes the [hantera]. Instead of delivering smart control methods. This one works totally in audio domain. As interesting as it is, sadly I can't try it because it is currently mac only. A PC version would be very lovely!




Synth/Controller/Save Plants

Been working on my new tracks in the recent days.

The Moog Voyager sounds creamy smooth and bottom-heavy. I worked to make some complex modulated patches using the modulation possiblities delivered by its OS. I'll use those patches in my new tracks. I love this piece more and more.

The Gotharman deMOON sounds digitally rough, which gives its sound a nice edgy to cut through any mix. And it sounds cold as hell, and some patches are very inspiring! Cool little synth!

For me, if I want analogue, I want it to be totally analogue, if I want it digital, it better be as digital as possible too.


Just ordered a 2nd hand R&W minicommand 2 days ago. Should be getting it in a week. That's a re-programable midi controller, which is a really a nice thing to have. It is now a bit hard to obtain, I feel very satisfied that I can get one finally!

It would be the best friend of my Machinedrum - functionally; and the best friend of my deMOON - cosmetically!

That's also one of the "3 best things announced in 2008" named by myself, I've said that to my wife and she pretty much agreed. ;D Now there are only 2 left on the list. They are : Diablo 3 and Statcraft 2...lol


Now go to support this "forest saving" thing. Some of these "commonweal associations" are pretty crazy, too subjective and sometimes even ignorant. And I didn't invest time to research in this association below.

Anyway, I love plants, do you?



New studio setup and gears

1) New setup, new laptop

There were many external and internal reasons that my music carrer is in a kind of idle in recent years. Not anymore. I've picked up my passion and interests back and this is the right time to build a small studio!

For my new studio and live setup I've bought a laptop. Lenovo Thinkbook R400 A64. This computer is great, very tough, light in weight and fast in processing speed. All unnecessary things are cut off to save money - No webcam, no fingerprint lock, no fancy video card. Just a fuckload of computer power for me to mess around. I simply love it.


2) Free mass file management tool

I've been almost all setting up studio space and copying files between computers this week. For mass file copying, I must recommend this tool for you:


RTFM and this tool is really easy to use.


3) deMOOON

Arrived today, very nice little device. This is a synth with an *exact* sound character that I love. It can sound like glory, nostalgia or destory. Gotharman is nice enough to offer me an endorsement. I will make a detailed review and a dedicated demo song for it. Stay tuned. I will be using it a lot for sure!



4) Walking stick

I've got the walking stick from ribboncontrollers.com. This thing is an art in itself. Feels solid in hands and the touch surface is very silky. You can't set the response of velocity, you can only set the *range* of it. Firstly I found this annoying, but later I get more and more comfortable with its response. This is the same as every acoustic instrument so it's not a bad point at any means. I love this product.



5) Check out 青山ひかる(Hikaru Aoyama) if you are interested in cute girls and jap av. What a cute slut!



1st blog

Welcome to the blog of Meng Qi.

A blog written by a musician/synthesizer freak

This is the 1st blog.

Warning : This blog is totally personal, don't blame me for being subjective, people are subjective. The more objective they think they are, they are more into the oppisite, aren't they?


My family bought me a 46" TV, a water saving closestool. I also have a CV velocity ribbon controller and a Gotharman deMOON currently on road (Thank you Gotharman!). New laptop will be bought tomorrow and also I've new unsensored Azumi Harusaki videos. And a new cat (there will be 3 cats @ my home)

New studio will be set, new workflow will be set, new synth sound will be programmed and I can watch more Azumi on the new 46".

Do you see a hint of "new life" ?
I do.


There is one topic that I'd like to get deeper into. Is the "response of all alternative musical controller builders". I've got in contact with many of them and you can find my comments in line, I didn't included the links to the companies that didn't do well in the process but the case is that you've already know them so there is even less need for me to type their urls.

Walking Stick / www.ribboncontrollers.com
Responding fast and well. I've bought one velocity version, as you've read above.

Sonic Palette / www.sonicpal.com
Conversation was nice and well, but he is not ready yet to release his new SP09 controllers. I've waited for 2 monthes just to get my money refunded. Very sad but he is easy to talk to.

Opal / www.theshapeofmusic.com
Friendly, but they are currently not taking orders for Genko, while the other model costs 2000 UKP a piece.

Eigenlabs / Eigenlabs
Responding fast and well, but later after he began to figure out my order process, response stopped.

AxIS 64 / C-thru music
Not responding well and later stopped responding.

Ztar / Starrlabs
Delays in responses and later stopped responding.

My point is for such a SMALL market, why so many companies' services are SUCH bad? To the point that they seems to hate money. For sure they don't have many competitors but I guess they don't have many buyers too. You usually can't find replacement for their products, but the truth is that you can live without one, pretty much.