Category Archives: New tech

KORG Kaoss Pad KP3+, and a broken arm

2nd May bank holiday 2018: Bought a Kaoss Pad KP3+ for use in upcoming gig in a week’s time, for which we were rehearsing. Took a break and went for a walk around local country park, got my left foot … Continue reading

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Going live without a laptop

For the last 12+ years whenever I did a live performance I inevitably based my rig around a laptop of some form, ableton Live, some controllers , a good soundcard and that was it. Gradually over the years as my … Continue reading

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Using the Roland MX-1 in the studio: recording BFX and MFX into Ableton Live

  I own two pieces of Roland Aira gear (system 1 and TB3) and a Roland Boutique JX-03, all three of which I use live in CSMA together with my laptop running Ableton live. I bought the MX-1 to ease … Continue reading

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Improvising with Bastl Kastle

  Bastl instruments are well known for thinking outside the box of conventional synthesis, and the Kastle doesn’t disappoint- its one of the strangest and most intriguing things I’ve come across in a while. Its got to be one of … Continue reading

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Roland Boutique JX-03 and process piece

The Roland Boutiques have been out a while now- and I fancied one since my partner Chrissie bought one – the JU-06 on a whim when they first became available and supposedly limited edition. One year on they’re still making … Continue reading

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Arturia Beatstep Pro Part 2- CV calibration

A common problem with CV voltage control is notes playing in the wrong octave; when I first connected the Arturia microbrute I found the microbrute was playing two octaves higher, no matter what I set the keyboard range to. A … Continue reading

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Arturia Beatstep Pro part 1

I’ve made a lot of use of the original Beatstep for a couple of years now, and although the Beatstep pro has been out a while I hadn’t really got into the idea of having one until now. For some … Continue reading

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