2010年3月28日星期日

SunVox is FREE now!


(Click to its website)

Today when I browse my google reader, I've found that on palm-sounds blog there is a news saying SunVox is free now. That really makes me happy. I thought about buying a windows copy in the past but gradually forgot that thing. There are already so many stuff that I can play with so I won't go deep into this software, but it is very good:

I love the simplicity of both its interface and function set, yet the function set is enough for realizing many, many musical ideas. The sound of it is totally digital, crystal clear, clean, crisp with a bit of nostalgic feel.

You can check out the album that its author produced.
This is a really nice album with interesting and beautiful visual effects.

Big ups to the author for releasing SunVox for free!

2010年3月26日星期五

Octatrack from Elektron / OP-1 from Teenageengineering

This time Elektron had unviled its new octatrack in Musikmesse. It's been already around 6-7 years after they release monomachine. So everyone had been waiting for their new toy for a l---o---n---g time.

In short, Octatrack is an 8-track loop sampler with an Elektron twist (the thing that makes people love this company). This machine fits exactly in a part of the current trend of the development of electronic music - live looping - think something like the performance of Tim Exile. Octatrack has 4 analog inputs and an Elektron design (which almost means it will be great for live use) so it should start a new wave of "people beatboxing/playing instrument/singing, layering and tweaking them up" kind of thing. Which should be quite fun to watch and listen.

I still prefer OP-1 to Octatrack because it fits my workflow better. The design that have these things all included, is just simply amazing:
1) tactical control (not touch screen);
2) synthesis;
3) sampling;
4) built-in mic;
5) sequencing;
6) refined design;
7) nice building quality;
8) built-in rechargeable battery;

This thing seems very useful and lovely. For me this could mean the shortest distance between musical ideas to musical result ever - no booting up time, no wire connections and audio/midi routing. Just tweak sound when I need synthesis, sing when I want vocal, play when I need instrument, all can be recorded witin a few button presses - it is very simple. We are normally overwhelmed with zillions of functions and possibilities, but forget that a simple function can be used in many ways.

In the old days, people use limited functions wisely to slove problems and create things, these days people just google a solution online, and there can never be enough "solutions" if we go into details on each matter in our life.

These Swedes are really taking there own place in electric music gear world. I want to go there someday.

2010年3月15日星期一

Drum n'Bass gig on 18th.


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I will play @ lantern on 18th, this thursday. This is a free party so feel free to come if you have time!

I've exported a lot of materials from my massive collection of unfinished tracks so you can hear many new stuff from me.

Working with midi controllers

I've been working with my midi controllers and computer to get my live setup running. They were Launchpad and reMOTE 25SL compact. It was somewhat a painful process, it is because of one of softwares' strong point - the openness, one of the bad points - same shapes of physical controls for all parameters (it helps a lot to have one lcd on the 25SL). These together with my perfectionism had brought me many headaches. I need to remind myself from time to time, that I need to stop improving the interface, but actually practicing on it.

Back in the old days, there weren't many ways to make music. Now there are already too many ways, just like there are too much infomation everyday. The beauty of new technologies is tht people can find exact ways that fit their tastes and habits. But one must learn to renounce and keep a sober mind when seeing and trying new things.

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I've ordered a tonguedrum from tonguedrum.com yesterday. And I am looking forward to it very much.

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In the JAV side, the FH-26 release from Oriential Dream fits my taste nicely. The Airi Kagura release from G-Queen is great too. And the best thing could be some quality uncensored release of Rio Hamasaki.

Regards,
/M.Q.