2009年12月25日星期五

Info Sharing Of Gear & JAV

Currently very busy with work and band gigs. Still I am going to keep up updated with a few focused industry news and tiny reviews and recommendations.

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1) I will make a video tut of my droning technique on Gotharman deMOON, what a fun synth!

2) PC version of [hantera] by smoking bunny is out. remember it? It's an audio manipulation tool built for Machinedrum. But as long as it process audio, it can be used with anything. Big ups for the author to release his software for both PC and Mac.

3) Here we have some more news for step sequencer fans:

Vacoloco GorF 1.0 - The little midi step sequencer kit got some progressions.

Surfin Kangaroo - For how long already since its news firstly come out? Happy to see news about it. Very interesting. For me, still no budget for that recently.
Oh, what's above the Kangaroo sequencer?

Anyway, I would love to say again that there is always the wonderful covert seq, when I want some step sequencing flavor, it never let me down.

4) I've bought bowed piano and gu qin from soniccouture. For so long I've been wanting a beautifully created Chinese instrument library. And this seems the best time to get one. Aftertouch -> Pitchbend / Modwheel -> Glissando ? Such a wonderful idea. I feel very satisfied with this buy after I played it for a while.

Also the Goldbaby Tape-808 sample pack means much for me. This is even better than having a real thing for me for 2 reasons:
1) The recording process is very expensive and super time consuming;
2) I can do all the tricks that can be done with samples, reverse, trims and cuts...it's so lovely to have that kind of freedom with some sweet sounds.


IL Harmless Additive Synth @ 9$ till 31th. I've grabbed it and this is a real no-brainer. Sweet digital sounding and VERY versatile. Between this and gotharman's deMOON, there is a little digital synth heaven.


btw, I decided to pulled the trigger on 2 foh PB's, will be lovely I guess.

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1) The Shiho Miyazaki (宮咲志帆) release on G-Queen is super, even better than her recent great 1-pondo release and H4610 release. What a wonderful actress.

2) For me, the new CATWALK POISON release of ひなのりく(Riku Hinano) sounds just as amazing as unsonsored Azumi Harusaki releases.

3) The new actress Kanna Harumi in Sky Angel Vol.100 looks much like Miku Tanaka, which is one of my fav actresses. Be sure to check her out.

Regards,
/M.Q.

2009年12月16日星期三

deMOON mkII design / nifflas'sample maker

Been busy with various works, musical or not. Bought 2 books by Stephen Hawking aimed to figure out what my classmates were reading back in high school (maniacal with music so totally NO books back then), but got no time to read.

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Programmed a few more patches yesterday night on the deMOON. It is totally unruled. There is A LOT of quirks in there. The distrotion section and minigran can make it sounds like a "circuit-bend" device! WUNDERBAR!

The only thing I hope from it now is a deMOON mkII, I have my design here:
1) a few more buttons on the interface for navigation around;
2) 4 part multitimbral;
3) 4 tracks step sequencers, one per voice, pattern based. Some parameters can be set per step (ctrl1-ctrl3 for e.g.). And a song sequencer to arrange patterns - similar to the nanoloop sequencer;
4) runs on battery.

This will totally rule. And I guess it also will be very popular as glithnerd/chipheads' portable music device.

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A vsti in the KVR challenge let me know the 4 cycle synth. It is a little sample maker, which has some interesting designs:

It allows users to make samples by choosing 4 different waveforms, one after another, then several tricks like ring mod can be added to them, finally export the result in a small .wav file - simple! but useful.

It already comes to my mind that the Elektron Monomachine mkII users can enjoy it.

The real interesting part for me is here: it's made by nifflas. The author of the games: Within a Deep Forest/Knytt/Knytt stories!

I've played them all and loved them a lot. They've made to be simple, pixel art style, with beautiful background picture and music, challenging game play and interesting level design. There is even one level editor for the Knytt stories.

I am a big fan of his games, and knowing that he made a little "synth" can make me feel happy like a little girl.

Regards,
/M.Q.

2009年12月8日星期二

Short review : the covert seq

I've posted a few suggestions about new Machinedrum step sequencing machine and Minicommand step sequencer firmware. They are some of my dream sequencers and can be very useful for most of their users. But now, they do NOT exist! There aren't much for me to do?

- nope, I've met a great step sequencer in the form of ableton live rack - the covert seq.

This thing has a massive amount of thoughts in there, thus make it very complete and useable. There is a hell lot of functions : different seq length/step length, force to scale, randomization, multiple parameters per step...altogether. This is the tool for live users to use when you want some very step sequencing characters in your music.

The down sides being:
1) it's a big rack, so it needs a bit time to load;
2) it's a software, but a step sequencer needs real knobs to be playable - just like you won't be using your mouse pointer as a pick, and keyboard as guitar fretboard. And a controller simply won't do the same;

Summary : Big ups to the author!

Regards,
/M.Q.

2009年12月7日星期一

xils 3le mini review

Yes, I've grabbed the no-brainer deals offered by audiomidi. I have bought blue tube trackbox and xils 3le va synthesizer. While I am not an audio guru, I can't offer some comparison of trackbox with some hardware channels, I can def say something useful for the xils 3le.

1) xils 3le sounds analog, and I like its character! I don't use many va plugins, so no comparison here, but I do use real analog synthesizers so I can vouch that it does sound analog;

2) it's got some quirks, and some bugs, like a real piece of (old) hardware. Sure the quirks and bugs can give headaches. But I've also had some happy accidents with them. At one time it just deliver full on noise drone when fed with midi notes, which sounds pretty nice, I've recorded the audio (fortunately) and saved the session file (thinking that I can edit the drone later). But the next time I open that session, everything acts normal. It's like ... I've got my VCS3 back from a repair shop.

3) one thing I hate is the matrix panel. It is not as easy to setup or track a singal flow on it as on a virtual wires interface (like most of modular software synth do), and the small size of it make it even harder.

Summary : This $20 is really well spent!

2009年12月6日星期日

My step sequencer design for ruinwesen minicommand

Here is my design of a minicommand sequencer. Simple, straight forward, yet very powerful. Analog seq style interface (one parameter, many steps at once, contrast to one step, many parameters at once, which elektrons use).

I don't know how to do any minicommand coding yet so I am going to share the idea here 1st, also make a little document for me to come back and check when I have the ability to do it.

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multitrack midi step sequencer, with 4 sub-tracks per track : note,velocity and 2 cc's. Each track can have different length and tempo division.

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left up - hold and turning encoders to set:
encoder1 - current track
encoder2 - current editing sub-track (note,velocity,cc1,cc2)
encoder3 - cc1 assignment
encoder4 - cc2 assignment

left down - hold and turning encoders to set:
encoder1 - tempo
encoder2 - tempo division
encoder3 - seq length
encoder4 - midi ch

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right up button - prev page
right down button - next page

4 steps per page
e.g, note 1-4 on page1, 5-8 on page2, 9-12 on page3, 13-16 on page4

↑↑↑↑↑

If someone with the technique that would like to make this happen, that'd be very lovely.

Regards,
/M.Q.

2009年12月3日星期四

New Logo

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designed by my wife WYJ

How To Control Gotharman deMOON With BCR2000

The deMOON synthesizer is a very unique digital polysynth made by Gotharman from denmark. I love its sound very much, the sound engine is also deep.

But as you can see, the 4 knobs are far from enough for a synth like this. IMO it's the biggest barrier between my mind and its sound engine. After I made this template, I am surprised at how much more possibilities I can get from the little box.

Every parameter on this box that can be controlled by midi, is here. Now you can tweak a deMOON like tweaking a moog voyager. *fun*


[tea time synth programming]

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Video:


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Here are the layouts of my template:

1) OSC ENV Page

2) FLT Page

3) LFO Page


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Download Template

Download BCFREdit Software (by Birdie)

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I've searched hard for a nice video formant converter, and find this one very good. Try it if you are not satisfied with your current one.

Regards,
/M.Q.

2009年12月2日星期三

More Shares

Recently, I really come from being a alternative midi controller freak, to the point of becoming a sequencer freak - I don't really need them, I don't really use them in my production (yet) but I still keep looking for them - keep typing "midi step sequencer" or something similar, in the up right corner of my firefox.

Here are my new shares of newly found software sequencers:

1) Glitch Sequencer
>http://www.glitch-sequencer.com
This is one is a unique sequencer, based on cellular automaton. Rich in features. I have some thoughts to improve this sequencer and I am currently in the progress of a friendly discussion with its author. I am currently most interested in this one.

2) Little-Scale Launchpad Sequencers
>http://little-scale.blogspot.com
I have a Launchpad currently in US, my good old classmate will bring it to me in Jan. The 2 wonderful softwares that little-scale had programmed are great things for ppl with launchpad. The liner sequencer can be useful and the ripple sequencer looks extremely fun - joins real time playing and step time sequencing together. And one more advantage is they're designed for a hardware interface.
This↑, this↓
http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com/2009/12/rainstorm-sequencer-on-novation.html
and this↓
http://www.larsby.com/johan/?p=309
and more... generally shows how a affordable interface with openness and affect the homebrew coding community and create a trend. Mass production is a good thing if made open.

3) Motif/Drums and Bass line/
>http://hervenoury.com/
I don't understand how they work. Some changes made on the interface don't affect the sound and there are a number of presets without sound?

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I've got my nanoloop 1.5. Gave it a little playing yesterday. The design is very simple and logical. The sound is freaking great and functions are useful.

It's my TB-303.

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Tonebytes Bend-Box can be useful:
>http://tonebytes.com/bend-box/

I've downloaded it long ago and simply ignored it - there are too many lame synthedit creations so I gradually lose my interests in trying them out. But a test today surprised me - this vsti sounds nice. It can be useful someday.

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And I'd like to share this database for a nice collection of freeware plugins. Categorized and with discriptions of the website author.
http://lesitedeburnie.free.fr/lalistedeburnie1-en.html

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Today I've found a DS app called tonesynth, it is similar to the tonematrix:
http://lab.andre-michelle.com/tonematrix
But this one has more adjustable parameters. Get it here:
http://ndscomposer.blogspot.com/

Regards,
/M.Q.