Manipulating MIDI with Pure Data

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Working in technical support for KMI, I am often confronted with requests for functionality from some of our devices that we didn’t include for one reason or another. There’s a variety of tools that you can use for this task, such as Max, Bome’s MIDI translator or Pure Data. All of these software environments can… Read more »

NAMM 2016 Recap

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So we’re back from NAMM 2016 and wanted to give everybody a quick recap of the event. We met with many enthusiastic and inquisitive customers, buyers, artists and media, and shared in all of the great ideas flying around the convention center for those four crazy days.

Ableton Loop 2015 – Final Day

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This post wraps up my overview of my time at Ableton’s 2015 Loop Conference. The first two days were filled with great talks, inspiring workshops, and genre bending music. The last day promised much of the same, but with a bit more focus on Cycling 74’s multimedia programming environment Max 7 (and Max for Live… Read more »

Ableton Loop 2015 – Debriefing Day 2

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Continuing the round up from Loop 2015 in Berlin, we will discuss a Saturday that was an absolute goldmine of thoughts and philosophies, with topics covering artistry, technology, and the role of code in our musical practices.

Ableton Loop 2015 – Debriefing Day 1

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As some of you may know, the weekend of Oct. 30th this year saw the first (maybe annual) Loop conference sponsored by Ableton. It was billed as a ‘Summit for Music Makers’, and throughout the weekend it definitely lived up to that. I was a little concerned that this weekend would be a little too… Read more »

Making Music in the Browser: Web Audio/MIDI – Amplitude Modulation

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Amplitude Modulation is a simple concept that can yield harmonically rich and bizarre timbres not easily achieved via other methods. In this article we’ll expand on the topics introduced in Simple Synthesis – Amplitude Modulation and play around with the concepts behind AM Synthesis. Modulation sources do not need to be low-frequency oscillators or envelope… Read more »

Granular Synthesis: An Introduction

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In Emmett’s discussions on simple synthesis, he provided you with a lot of great building blocks for exploring analog synthesis. As my expertise lies more in the digital realm, I thought it might be worthwhile to discuss some synthesis techniques that are more traditionally done digitally. One of the more interesting techniques is called Granular Synthesis…. Read more »

Matthew Dear Picks 10 Albums

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Matthew Dear: “When tasked to list their 10 favorite albums one asks themselves, ‘Where do I even begin?’ These are the albums I find myself returning to most. Whether I’m at home, on a plane, in a hotel room late at night, or sharing some music with a friend, these are the ones that have… Read more »

Got a Girl at Great American Music Hall San Francisco

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Got a Girl is the musical duo of singer (and actress) Mary Elizabeth Winstead and super producer Dan the Automator. Their debut studio album, I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now, was released last year. The album draws heavily from 60s French pop and marries it deftly with Dan’s signature Handsome Boy… Read more »