The BopPad is a highly flexible MIDI device that can spit out a variety of data to control MIDI capable software and hardware. One thing that users have been wondering about is how to play different sounds based on the location in a particular quadrant. This is usually done with notes, and while the BopPad… Read more »
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I had the opportunity to interview Jeff Kaiser, the trumpet playing experimental electronics wizard, pfMentum label head, and professor of Composition and Music Technology at the University of Central Missouri about his musical practice, the relationships in which he finds inspiration, and the questions that drive his unique and towering musical accomplishments.
K-Mix is a very flexible device covering audio input and output over USB, standalone mixing, and MIDI control. Having control over the audio going in and out of the K-Mix, as well as control over software all from the same box, can be extremely handy. Some software allows for third party integration through their own… Read more »
We met up with Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson from the experimental hip-hop band clipping after their sold out show at Starline Social Club in Oakland, Ca. They were cool enough to tell us about their process and philosophy, interesting media they’ve consumed recently, and a bit about how they get the most out of the routing capabilities… Read more »
At this year’s NAMM show I had the opportunity to try my hand at the CRAFTsynth digital mono synth from the fine folks at Modal Electronics. You’ve probably seen it, it’s the $99 synth kit that can be assembled in under 10 minutes IKEA-style. But until I got my hands on one at the show I hadn’t really… Read more »
One of the more exciting things about K-Mix is its flexibility. When connected to a computer this device can serve as an Audio Interface, Mixer, and Control Surface all at the same time. While using the K-Mix in Mix mode, the diamond pad will send standard Mackie Control Messages. These messages can be used with a… Read more »
We’ve gotten quite a few requests lately about a Control Script that integrates the K-Mix with Ableton Live. Don’t worry, it’s on its way! In the meantime, you can still get some dynamic hands-on control using an often overlooked text document. Using the UserConfiguration.txt file, we can quickly provide a way to play with devices… Read more »
Did you know the K-Mix functions as an audio interface with two µPre microphone preamps, as a standalone programmable digital mixer with onboard DSP and surround panning, and as a MIDI control surface to send control change messages to your DAW? And that it can do all of these functions at the same time? We’ve… Read more »
A single K-Mix already offers a hefty amount of I/O for an audio interface — 8 inputs and 10 outputs (including the stereo headphone output), but you can expand that even further by combining multiple K-Mix into a single aggregate device. Want 16 inputs and 20 outputs? Get two K-Mix. MORE? Get MORE! In this… Read more »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
In the previous two articles, we approached looping in Live in two different ways. Both have their advantages, and each offers a distinct workflow. One thing they both lack, however, is some sort of LED feedback so that we can tell what’s going on in Live by looking at our SoftStep. In this article we will look at… Read more »
Michael Travis plays keyboards, bass and guitar in the improvised live-looping electronic group EOTO and the drummer of the jam band String Cheese Incident. He caught up with Michael to talk about music, paragliding and the evolving coalescence of the jam and electronic festival scenes.