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DCAM: Synth Squad Update - Easier on CPU + More Presets

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FXpansion just updated the synths in DCAM: Synth Squad (Strobe, Amber, Cypher, Fusor) to v1.0.3.11.

According to their recent newsletter this update:

  • Lightens the CPU load by 20-30% across-the-boar
  • Adds 480 new presets
  • Fixes minor annoyances

Registered DCAM: Synth Squad users can download v1.0.3.11 from the support area of their web site.

Related Modulate This Posts - http://www.modulatethis.com/dcam-synth-squad/

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
http://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/reboot


Band vs Promoter Video

Guitarist Kevin from my old band HFOZ found this awesome video "Band vs Promoter". It's a video generated by text-to-video system http://www.xtranormal.com/. If you've ever been a gigging musician, this might resonate.

Watch embedded movie.


Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.REBOOTalbum.com


Laura Escudé - New Alubm on the Way + Performances + Ableton Master Class

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Just got a word from Ableton Guru and violinist Laura Escudé that there are some upcoming performances and a master class on Ableton coming up in San Francisco. Click the posters to learn more.

Laura also has released a music video today of her new single "Pororoca" from her upcoming album which will release on June 1st. The video features visuals by Scott Pagano.
Watch embedded video.

She is also offering the song for free in exchange for mailing list signups:
http://lauraescude.com/blog/mailing-list/

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.REBOOTalbum.com


Communikey Festival of Electronic Arts 2010

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The Communikey Festival of Electronic Art in Boulder, CO starts tomorrow. I plan to attend various events throughout the festival over the weekend and will tweet out when I’m there if you want to catch up with me.

More info:

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.REBOOTalbum.com


Quick Picture of Novation Launchpad and Percussa AudioCubes

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After rehearsing tonight I took a shot of some of my Novation Launchpad and 4 Percussa AudioCubes. Click the picture to see a large version. I thought it was a pretty interesting shot so thought I’d share it.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.REBOOTalbum.com


New Waldorf Blofeld Firmware V1.15

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I know, I know, three Blofled posts in two days. Sorry about that. Next post won’t be Blofeld, I promise.

Anyway, Blofeld 1.15 Firmware is now online. Update includes:

  • MIDI Clock reception improvement
  • System Exclusive handling
  • Workaround for USB on Apple computers
  • Sample/Wavetable start as Modulation Destination
  • User Wavetables
  • Changing Multi Programs via Bank MSB (CC#0) value 127
  • Local Off for Blofeld Keyboard
  • Minor bugfixes

I can personally vouch that this update fixes a bug for sending Multi dumps back to the Blofeld. Can't wait to try "Sample/Wavetable start as Modulation Destination ".

  • Visit http://www.waldorfmusic.de/en/news for more info. Download the firmware from here.
  • Mark Mosher
    Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
    www.ModulateThis.com
    www.MarkMosherMusic.com
    www.REBOOTalbum.com


    Top 10 Things I Love about the Waldorf Blofeld

    I’ve been going on about the Waldorf Blofeld a bit. As you know, I’m pertty much 100% laptop based with piles of VSTs and many have been asking me why I’ve added a hardware synth and why I picked the Blofeld.

    To put it simply, there are times when I just don’t want to mess with a computer and I’m looking for instant-on. However, if I was going to go with a hardware synth, I wanted something that would compliment my Ableton Live rig. In a nutshell, a synth that:

    • I could throw in a backpack
    • Had contemporary sound with built-in fx
    • Had a strong interface that would allow quick tweaking with visual feedback without using a computer
    • Supported Mutli-Mode so I could pair with Tenori-On
    • Had a USB and MIDI In so I could use it with either a computer or a generic MIDI controller
    • Had an option for loading and playing back sample-data
    • Was affordable

    While there are a number of instruments in the sub $1,000 range, I found the Blofled to have the richest and widest variety of features at a great price point that met my requirements. After using it for a few months I’m still very happy with my decision.

    What are my favorite features? Checkout my top-10 list below.

    10 Build Quality/Form Factor - A metal enclosure with 7 endless metal knobs. It’s built like a tank. It’s also heavier than you might think so the weight of the cables won’t pull it off your stand or controller. It’s plenty small enough to fit in a backpack.

    9 Quick Editing – The physical parameter matrix with default mappings set to common parameters is fantastic.image

    8 16 Channel Multi-Mode 
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    Like the Tenori-On 16 layer sequencing model find yourself wishing for an a more aggressive pallet? Blofeld 16 channel Multi-Mode is a great answer. You can setup splits and layers making this perfect for gigging.

    6 Computer-Like Display Without a Computer 
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    The display is fantastic. It’s like using a soft synth. You see immediate feedback of envelopes, waveshapes etc… when you manipulate parameters.

    5 Robust Synth Engine
    Subtractive, wavetable, FM, adequate sample playback, built-in FX, arpeggiator… there is plenty under the hood for producing a wide variety of sounds and for those who like to program. Ships with more than 1,000 sounds for those who want to play and not program.

    4 Ability to Load Your Own Samples and Use them as Oscillator Sources
    The keyboard edition, or the desktop edition with the License SL option support 60M of non-volatile sample RAM which can be managed via a software app called – wait for it – Spectre :^)

    3 A Killer Modulate Matrix
    A 16 slots matrix! Includes the ability to assign custom MIDI CC’s to 4 controls W-Z (see my previous post for more on this).

    2 Huge Sonic Palette
    I personally love it. It can be warm, harsh, metalic, and you can radically change the character of a sound via the user interface or through MIDI control. I posted this previously, but if you missed it, check out this sample
    Blofeld LFOs Gone Mad - One Patch Performance Series.

    1 The Name 
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    And my number 1 favorite – why the name of course. I love Waldorf’s tongue-in-cheek naming and Bond branding. Check out the official product page to see what I’m talking about.

    Links:

    By the way, I’m not affiliated with Waldorf – just a fan :^). I also want to thank Jeff at Sweetwater who answered many questions and did some research for me before I bough the Blofleld – and no, I’m not affiliated with Sweetwater either.

    Mark Mosher
    Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
    www.ModulateThis.com
    www.MarkMosherMusic.com
    www.REBOOTalbum.com