At some point in your life of a computer musician, you’ll be tempted to experiment with making your own tools. Whether that means using MIDI mapping to create a performance template or coding a plugin in C, the options for getting into tool making are quite expansive. For me, this meant repurposing controllers with Max… Read more »
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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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
In the last article, I discussed the beginnings of granular synthesis, the basic theory, and some of the applications of this synthesis technique. In this post, we will walk through a basic implementation of granular synthesis that focuses on independent pitch shifting and time stretching of an audio file. You won’t need more than a… Read more »
Blackbyrd McKnight is a celebrated funk jazz guitarist who has played with everyone from The Headhunters to Red Hot Chili Peppers to George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. We caught up with Blackbyrd for a list of 10 albums that really blew his mind, and he hit us back with even more! Check out his picks below!
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: “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 »
In this installment of Simple Synthesis we’ll be looking at a technique that can achieve a wide variety of sonic results, while also having less computational overhead than a lot of more traditional synthesis approaches. Say hello to Wavetable Synthesis!
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 »
We caught up with synth shop owner Jason Sole to talk about his work with analog synthesizers, the resurgence of their popularity, and the appeal of opening up a physical brick-and-mortar location.
George Mattson is a pioneer of synthesizer design, the inventor of the Syntar (the first ‘keytar’) and the guy behind Mattson Modular Systems. We caught up with George to talk about his views on the history of synthesis from analog to digital and back, the invention of the Syntar, and the process and inspiration of… Read more »