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Its 2017 and we still have USB conflicts in music technology!

Bloody soundcards what are they like? Or rather USB conflicts… I’m setting up my rig for upcoming performance with a borrowed soundcard, a MOTU ultralite MK3 hybrid. I’ve used this device before and it has worked well with my synths, … Continue reading

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Using your sampler as a synth

In this blog Im going to show how a sampler can easily be used a synthesizer with some interesting effects using granular sampling techniques. This can be done with any sampler software or hardware, in fact many hardware samplers used … 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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Experimenting with algorithms and Novation Launchpad #4

In this next experiment I added the Korg MS20 being driven by the SQ-1 Sequencer as loop material but also made 2 process changes   Drum machine and SQ1 synchronized by Ableton master clock Quantise being used on the recording … Continue reading

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Experimenting with algorithms and Novation Launchpad #2

Following on from previous experiment, with this one I had streamlined the process and limited the input voices to one synthesizer the Korg MS20 (with effects) Also I streamlined the looping system in Ableton to only turn on a resampling … Continue reading

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Experimenting with algorithms and Novation Launchpad #1

As a result of recently working with Steve Gisby on his “Four iterative pieces” album and really following on from my minimalist TGV album (see previous blog) I had an idea to develop a series of algorithmic experiments using Ableton … Continue reading

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Improvising with SQ-1 #6- More gated reverb drum machines and sequences

The next two pieces are developments of previous hardware set ups; the first one Sunday interlude uses the SQ-1’s duty cycle on Maximum, with slides between the notes, which are then fed into  very long reverb and delay. Harmony is … Continue reading

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The dark enigma of USB hubs and Ableton Live 9

So I bought a new synth (Waldorf Blofeld, which Im very pleased with, see later blog review) but of course, now run out of USB ports to drive it. On top of that the old port is not powered and … Continue reading

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Writing and recording the soundtrack to ” Port Appin Sunset” in one day with one laptop and two monophonic analogue synths

Coming back from holiday in Scotland, Chrissie had filmed and edited a wonderful time lapse video of the view from the veranda overlooking Loch Linhe where we stayed, you can read her blog about doing the video here. Having edited … Continue reading

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New album: Horologium

Horologium was produced as part of this years RPMchallenge and as part of that challenge was written between 1-22nd February 2014. The title refers to the study of clocks and time Horology coming from the latin horologium which in turn is the translation for … Continue reading

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