2010年1月27日星期三

Bleep!Synth Review


(Click the pic for its website)

One day I need to play some chords with arp and S/H modulations in my band. I've got the ipod that day and instantly bought Bleep!Synth. Programmed a few sounds and used in the rehearsal and I'd say that I am impressed.

The synth engine is pretty standard and allaround. Not as fat as a moog and not as extreme as a deMOON, but really nice and useable. Character is towards digital, which is great, because a dabbler analog simulation won't make any sense.

The real highlight is the ability to customize the matrix "keyboard", this is way better than fake piano keys. And the "motion" feature - it is sort of an automation function - you tap any synth parameter and you have a 16 steps seq for it. This reminds me a lot of Elektron stuff. This design is useful, easy and fun.

I want to suggest a few features, which could be very useful:
1) organize patches in folders;
2) up/down keys on the "play" page to scroll through patches in the current folder;

So I can take all the patches needed in one folder and scroll through them during live.

An overall great synth, totally worth 8$.

I've got an ipod touch.

Haven't post for a few days. One reason is busyness, the other is lazyness - it seems that if there's more to say, the harder I will start to say it.

Altho NAMM happend during that period of time, but nothing caught my eyes, because recently the little iphone/ipod touch really got my attention.

There are lots of music apps, and most of them are really really cheap. But I don't want to overwheim myself with too many apps. Plus I don't need to replace anything within my current setup. Instead, I'll add some features or sounds that's lacked in my setup. So the software selection would be a critical thing. My choice will based on:

1) Function/Sound - app that provides new functions or sounds that my current setup doesn't have;
2) Interface - app that suits the multitouch/accelerometer interface;
3) Speciality - app that does one thing but does it very well.

I will be posting some reviews of some apps I've bought/downloaded and played.

2010年1月11日星期一

How to make hoover with analog synth (Chinese)

A electronic music artist liman asked me how to make a hoover sound with analog synth so I made this video. Hopefully it will help more people.

This video is in Chinese so it is not useful for you if you don't speak Chinese.

Failed to embed. So here you are.

2010年1月7日星期四

Harmony Table Keyboard for Novation Launchpad

This really worth some promotion. In my 1st ever blog post I wrote about buying one Harmony Table Keyboard when I have the money. But that didn't happen, so I bought a novation launchpad and a whole lot of stuff for the money.

Altho I haven't got my launchpad which should arrive little later than 20th, but this is one of the things I will def try and use in my production.

Click the pic for introduction:


Click here for download link

Since this program will use the launchpad midi in port and midi ports are exclusive, I guess I won't be able to use the basic launchpad features while using this program. But I guess it will be acceptable to drop those basic features in song writing process.

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And there are also other programs in his software pack, like 3 kinds of sequencers (with tempo set by ms ;<) and a xy midi controller. Which seem all be fun to play with.

Summary : Big ups to the author!

Regards,
/M.Q.

Drone With deMOON

My 2nd tutorial for Gotharman deMOON.



Your other drone machines will have a very hard time trying to sound colder and more digital than this one!

2010年1月1日星期五

Happy new year!

my late greetings:

Wish you a great, fruitful year;
Keep going, keep fulfilled;
Be peaceful and calm;
Keep love in your heart, enjoy your life;
And good luck.