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Posts from October 2013

Tune-In to SciFi Electronica Show #2 Sunday Oct.13th at 3pm MDT (21:00 GMT)

I’ll be live streaming Sunday Oct 13th at 3PM MDT (21:00 GMT). Tune in and chat at

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Update: If you missed the show listen to the replay here, or here

I'll be doing a segment focusing on some of my remix work and will be joined by guest Heather Valey from the Austin-based band Fluorescent Echo. I'll be talking with Heather about the production of the album Glow and will play some tracks from the album. We'll also discuss my remix of the song "Now is Now".

I will do a live improvisation during the broadcast on Ableton Push.

I will continue with my behind-the-scenes segment on songs from my album REBOOT picking up where I left off in Episode 1 which you can listen to here.

How to Use ElectraX Synth with Ableton Push Pad Pressure and Use Ribbon Controller Like a Mod Wheel

push electrax

I finally got my hands on a Push. I’m going through songs in my existing live show and tweaking synths to be even more expressive with Push’s aftertouch and ribbon controller. In this post I’ll be focusing on the wonderful ElectraX synth by Tone2 Audiosoftware but the same concepts apply to any synthesizer that allows for CC mapping in their Mod Matrix - including all the other Tone2 synths.

The image below (click to enlarge) illustrates how to map Push’s pad pressure (aftertouch) and ribbon controller in the mod matrix.


Ribbon Controller

If you are using Ableton instruments, the ribbon controller on Push is hard wired to pitch wheel. One advantage to using third party synths is synths like ElectraX, Absynth, and others allow you to map MIDI controller information right into their mod matrix. In other words you can map the ribbon to anything you like

In ElectraX if you want to disable mod wheel so it doesn’t change pitch got to Settings and set “Pitchwheel” to off. Now go into the Mod Matrix and map Pitchwheel. In the example above, I’m using the ribbon to crossfade oscillator 1 and oscillator 2 volumes.


To map pad pressure, which is really exposed as aftertouch, go to the Mod Matrix and map “Afterto.” to parameters. In the example above I’m using pressure to close the filter and increase filter resonance.

Keep Up with Push Posts

I’ll be doing many more posts on Push in the future so keep an eye on this category You can subscribe to the RSS feed for this category here The ElextraX category is here |

Mark Mosher

Ableton Announces Four New Premium Max for Live Devices Including Video FX

New premium Max for Live devices

Ableton just announced new premium Max for Live devices. Note, I think this is the first time Ableton has released “premium” devices and prices range between $24 and $39.

The embedded video below offers an overview.


Here is a description of the effects from the Ableton site.

Spectrum Effects by Amazing Noises
Spectrum Effects includes two radical spectral (Grip, Spectrum Runner) processing devices capable of a range of effects. Warp and mangle your audio into mayhem, or add subtle harmonic touches - you decide which. In the studio and at the gig, Spectrum Effects adds an instant dynamic catalyst to your Live set.
Learn more about Spectrum Effects – $39

RokVid by Adam Rokhsar
RokVid is a powerful video solution for live music performers. Designed with simplicity in mind, RokVid makes easy work of generating captivating video that dynamically reacts to your sound.
Learn more about RokVid – $24

AutoBeat by K-Devices
Set the rules in AutoBeat and discover endless rhythmic rearrangement possibilities. AutoBeat integrates seamlessly with Drum Racks, and can also function as a flexible phrase creator for melodic instruments.
Learn more about AutoBeat – $39


Photo: Late Night AudioCube Jam with Tone 2 Rayblaster Syntheiszer


I’m up late doing some prep work before I start production on Album #3 in my alien invasion series. Tonight I’ve started reviewing some original patches I’ve created in various synths over the last year with the goal selecting a small number of synths for the album in the spirit of “limiting my toolset”.

I thought I'd share a photo of my experiments where I'm an AudioCube to modulate parameters Tone 2’s Rayblaster. Rayblaster allows you to assign CCs 16-19 right into the mod matrix saving you a MIDI mapping step. This makes it very easy to assign corresponding MIDI CCs in MIDI Bridge.

How to Run Your Elektron Octatrack (and Other Elektron Gear or Gear that Runs on DC) on Battery Power with the Tekkeon myPower ALL Plus MP3450i


Almost immediately after buying my Octatrack I wanted to go mobile with it. I saw a post on the old Elektron-User forum where a user BIRDSINBRANCHES mentioned the Tekkeon myPower ALL Plus MP3450i Battery. I picked one up at B&H fro $139.


The unit ships with a little bag of 5 tips (you can order more online) and a cable that allows you to set polarity for the tip. There are also dip switches so you can change the voltage allowing you to use this solution on the entire Elektron link including Analog Four (caution analog four runs at a different voltage than other Elektron gear so double-check the settings before you plug-in).


In Use with Octatrack

I’ve been using it for a few months and can report it works great. I pair this with a Zoom H2 running on battery turning Octatrack into a complete mobile solution.

It takes around 3 hours to charge the battery with an included AC adapter. I’d say I get around 5 hours of battery life when powering the Octatrack. An audible alarm sounds from the battery when your about to run out of power giving you a heads up so you can save your work. There is also a button on the top with a blue LED that shines when the unit is powered on so you don’t accidently leave it on. If you press the button a series LEDs light up to show you how much charge is left in the battery.

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In Use with Other Mobile Devices

The manufacturer’s site has a table with estimated battery use times for various devices and the unit has a USB port. I’ve used it to run and charge my iPhone and iPad which has come in super handy. The battery will run an iPhone 50-100hrs and an iPad 23-46 hours! It seems that this battery is also popular with photographers so it might be useful if you want to power a camera to video your set, or act as a backup battery for your laptop.

Solar Power

Another cool feature for you Burning Man fans or those who do remote field recordings is an option to charge from solar panels:

The bottom row of the 6-Pin Input Port is designed to allow charging by smaller solar panels (lower than 25W), and requires an optional Smart 3-Pin Adapter (Sunbooster) available from Tekkeon.

Bottom Line – I give it a 10/10

This was a super useful addition to my rig and has come in super handy for travel in general. I no longer have to hover around electrical outlets at airports when my iPhone is low and I can now bring my Octatrack anywhere. Even if you don’t want to take your Octatrack out of your house it can reduce cable clutter.

Video: Gary Numan Full Performance from Recent Appearance on KEXP

I'm really looking forward to Gary Numan's next studio Album "Spinter" which is due out Oct 14th. Here is a video which includes some of the new songs to give you a taste of what's to come - "Gary Numan - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)". Thanks to friend and electronic musician Scott Patire for a great find.

Anthony Distefano Celebrates Steve Reich's Birthday with NI Absynth Video "Pulses from Music for 18 Musicians"

My friend and Absynth guru Anthony Distefano shared a video in celebration of Steve Reich’s birthday.

My Absynth version of Steve Reich's Pulses from Music for 18 Musicians.This was all done using Absynth's envelopes.


Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer
Boulder, CO