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New category - gigging

Apes I gigged from 1989-2003 with "Head Full of Zombies" in Colorado Springs. I played keys, programmed synths, and sang lead and backups. I've added a new category called "Gigging". In this category I'm going to offer tips that will save you time, reduce stress, keep your gear safe, reduce crashes, recover from crashes, and make you look more professional to both your band mates and the audience. Stay tuned for posts on gigging...

Till then, enjoy this poster (click it to see a larger version). It's a poster that was used to promote one of our shows and is a parody of the movie poster. That's me superimposed into the first "ape" :^).

MTV is a acquiring the makers of Guitar Hero

Guitar Hero (PlayStation2)

I know some musicians out there are addicted to the Playstation 2 game Guitar Hero. Here is some news for you (I saw this on digg.)

"MTV, the cable TV channel some critics have accused of straying too far from its musical roots, is to acquire Harmonix Music Systems, a maker of music-oriented video games, for $175 million in cash."

read the full story here 

M-Audio Axiom Lessons for Live

Axiom_lessonsArticle Update: Check out this comprehensive tutorial I've written on using the Axiom with Ableton Live and the Impulse Drum Sampler.

Ableton now has released lessons to teach you how to configure and use your Axiom series keyboard with Live 5.2.2.

The lessons contain patches for the axiom, information on how to configure, as well as usage information.

Grab the lessons here

Ableton Releases Free Update - Live 5.2.2

Livefreeupdates Cool yet surprising news from Ableton - Ableton 5.2.2 releases. I was a bit shocked by this with Live 6 just around the corner.

Registered users can download the update for free here:

So what's new in Ableton Live 5.2.2?

M-Audio Axiom 25 25-Key USB MIDI Controller Live 5.2.2 provides Axiom (check em out here). users with instant and automatic control of many of Live's features via built-in control mapping. When users select an Axiom keyboard as a remote control surface in Live's preferences, the Axiom automatically locks in to provide full control of Live's Session and Arrangement Views, effects and devices. Once locked in, the Axiom follows the musician's focus, providing fast, sure control wherever they're working in the Live interface. To download a Live Pack lesson on using Live with Axiom controllers please go to:  To download a Live Pack lesson on using Live with Axiom controllers please go to:

Frontier TranzPort Wireless DAW Remote 5.22 Also supports dedicated support in Live 5.2.2 for Frontier's popular TranzPort wireless DAW controller ($199). To learn more and to see a movie about Live and TranzPort, please go

I'd love to hear comments about how people are using these controllers in their rigs.

M-Audio MidAir 25 Wireless USB MIDI Controller - Normaly $249 - On Sale $199


M-Audio has released the M-Audio MidAir 25 Wireless USB MIDI Controller. Musicians friend has it on sale for only $199.00.

This wireless controller sports all the features of the  Oxygen8.  It runs on a 9V power supply or standard batteries (also included).

M-Audio MidAir 25 Wireless USB MIDI Controller Features:

  • Wireless USB MIDI controller
  • 25-key velocity-sensitive synth action with full-size keys
  • 8 MIDI-assignable knobs
  • program change buttons
  • preset/octave up/down buttons
  • assignable sustain button
  • assignable data slider
  • pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • 3-digit LED display
  • MIDI Out jack on controller
  • 10 non-volatile memory locations
  • controllers fully programmable to MIDI controller number and channel
  • USB 1.1 and MIDI In/Out ports on MidAir receiver
  • powered via 9V DC power adapter or batteries
  • on/off switch
  • class-compliant with Windows XP and Mac OS X
  • includes Ableton Live Lite 5 music production software so you can make music right away

I don't have a need for wireless, but if you pick one of these up, post a comment to let Modulate This! readers know what you think.

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