Archive | March, 2013

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Roland TB-303 with Acidlab Mod – MGD Wishlist

Posted on 19 March 2013 by MasterDelight

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Perhaps one of the most coveted TB-303 mods in the history of the synth. Almost impossible to find on eBay (units have been sold for over a grand) and, to make matters more confusing, there is another Acidlab synth company that has a similar product but is not the same. Also, this picture: Venetian Snares¬†using one of these mods (although he’s got colored knobs ’cause he’s cooler than most of us). So, all that adds up to an MGD wishlist item.

Venetian Snares playing acidlab modded TB-303 on a train

Here are some details about the mod found at Matrixsynth (with more information at Synthfind):

Mod details:

  • The inputs are q- accent- gate- slide- vcf- vcf cut off-vca-cv these are for use with a midi-cv converter, analog synth or tb-303.
  • The outputs are eg- accent- slide- square- saw- vcf these could be patched to an external filter or effects unit or tb-303.

Toggle switches:

  • Accent – up normal, down accents on all notes
  • Slide – up normal, down slide on all notes
  • Waveform modulation – saw, square
  • Resonance – up normal, down rear vcf input.

Potentiometers:

  • Decay – from off to standerd
  • Resonance – adds q level
  • X-mod – modulation level
  • Overdrive – volume control of vco to filter
  • Pots come with 303 type knobs to retain original look.
  • LEDs: three new LED show programming accent, slide, bend.

Acidlab kit comes with faceplate overlay: 4 knobs, 4 pots, 4 switches, 3 LEDs, 8 inputs, 6 outputs, color coded instructions with wires- all resistors, caps, diodes, pot mounts and rear sticker.

Yummy.

Photos by Maxtrixsynth

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DARK ENERGY II by Doepfer

Posted on 18 March 2013 by MasterDelight

The Doepfer Dark Energy II is a redesign of the Dark Energy I (discontinued because of an important component the CEM3394 being no longer available). The Dark Energy II is a monophonic stand-alone synthesizer with USB and Midi interface that allows for plenty of plug, play and tweak fun. Check out the Doepfer Website for full details and the video below for a demonstration of the kind of sounds you can get from the Dark Energy II.

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Drum Perfomance – Tosha Jones – Push and Shove

Posted on 15 March 2013 by MasterDelight

Check out this great inside look at Tosha Jones recording her drum track for No Doubt’s Push and Shove Contest. Watching drummers perfom tracks is a hobby of mine. Being a drummer myself it’s a great way to pick up tricks of the trade.

Enjoy!

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Reason 7

Posted on 14 March 2013 by MasterDelight

I am a Reason addict so when I found out today that a new version of Reason has just been announced I had to share it here on MGD. Reason 7 comes with a new MIDI out rack to connect external gear into Reason. It also has enhanced recording capabilities and new mixing racks. Check out all the cool new tools at Propellerhead and look below for a video overview

Happy Reasoning!

4-1-13 UPDATE: Reason 7 hits the streets April 30th 2013!

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Earslap.com – Otomata – Online Generative Musical Sequencer

Posted on 11 March 2013 by MasterDelight

I was looking around online today and came across a fun little piece of cyberspace dedicated to making some cool sounds. Earslap.com has a couple of fun widgets aimed at graphically creating sound and sequences. Instantaneous fun can be had by using the Otomata (pictured below). For a more graphical approach to sequencing try their Circuli software. Both are available on Apple i products so you can take them on the go for that fast and easy music fix.

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Motherbrain’s Custom Console

Posted on 05 March 2013 by diode

Motherbrain, a recording studio in Brooklyn has just been outfitted with one of the most gorgeous consoles on earth. To be exact, it’s actually (now) an analog console / DAW control center. UM Project did an absolutely amazing job retrofitting and modernizing this late 60′s¬†Wiener Schwachstromwerke board. It’s been lovingly appointed in a custom bent ply and steel chassis. From the small pictures on their site, it is a little bit difficult to see exactly what is going on but it looks as if on the left there are 14 channels of original analog input, 4 aux returns or busses and a master fader. The center section has been fitted with an Avid/Euphonix protools control surface and what looks to be some tonelux 500 series outboard. The whole right section of the board is set aside for two rows of full size 19″ outboard mounted horizontally and containing an LA-2A, Retro Audio and more.

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This desk is just stunning. I’m sure gearheads will make the trek to motherbrain just to feast their eyes on this piece of art.

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Ableton Live 9 and Push

Posted on 04 March 2013 by MasterDelight

Coming March 5th, Ableton’s newest version of Live, 9! It represents a three year gap between the last version of Live so you can bet that it’s going to be amazing. Below is a video of Robert Lippok using Live 9.

Also from Ableton comes Push. Which is essentially a Live controller to beat all Live controllers. Below is a video displaying how it works.

For those of you who love Ableton, it’s time to get excited. This will change your life :-)

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Rewire Reason Into Acid Pro

Posted on 02 March 2013 by MasterDelight

Diode asked me to do a tutorial on how I got my midi drums hooked into Acid all the while hooked into Reason’s great bank of drum sounds. In order to get a handle on this you must first be comfortable with rewiring Reason into Acid Pro. I looked around YouTube for a minute and found Powderspazz’s tutorial on doing just that.

Check out his tutorial to get a sense of this technique. It’s something that can come in handy for any recording environment if you need some quick inspiration or a sound that you just can’t get. Reason is great for getting just about any digital synth sound imaginable and can also act as an excellent drum machine

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