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Modulate This Blog Turns 5 - Thank You Readers, Artists, Fellow bloggers and Wil Wheaton!


Modulate this just turned 5. Woot! In thinking about it, that’s a long time in “internet years” and it’s causing me to become a bit introspective.

Thank You!
Before I say anything else, I wanted to thank the loyal and growing number of readers and subscribers who take the time to read and comment. A special thanks to other artists and technologists who’ve agreed to be interviewed and or shared insights and/or supported the blog by allowing me to use your pictures in posts. Last but not least, all the other bloggers and Twitter folks out there who also believe this is not a zero-sum game and who embrace cooperating, sharing, reblogging, and RTing.

Thanks Wil Wheaton SNAGHTMLa9c046a

I wanted to thank the writer and actor Wil Wheaton. What does Wil Wheaton have to do with this blog you ask? If it wasn’t for Wil there may not have been a Modulate This! Here is the story.

I don’t know Wil Wheaton personally. Never met him. But back in the early 2000s I was working for a large PC Manufacturer and was leading research on using the internet to solve some business problems. I became fascinated with the internet as a publishing medium for the masses and started to think about how I might contribute. As blogging emerged, it didn’t take me long to find Wil Wheaton’s blog as he was an early pioneer. At the time his blog was called Wil Wheaton dot NET  and now it’s called WWdN: In Exile.

I knew Wil’s work from Star Trek and was drawn into his candid posts about growing up as a child actor, being a geek, being a video game fanatic, the creative process, his transition from actor to writer, and now his “insider” view of getting back into acting. I was inspired by how he jumped into the deep end of the blogging pool and helped grow and influence blogging. In case you're not familiar with Wil's blog, this excerpt from his about page explains it nicely.

While most celebrities are happy to let publicists design and maintain their websites, Wil took a decidedly different turn when he started blogging in 2001. He designed, coded, and maintained WWdN entirely on his own, until he "blew up" his sites' database in 2005 and moved his blog to the TypePad service. In 2003, readers voted WWdN the “Best Celebrity Weblog.” Wil's blog was chosen by C|Net for inclusion in their 100 most influential blogs, and is an "A" lister, according to In the 2002 weblog awards (the bloggies) Wil won every category in which he was nominated, including “Weblog of the year.” In 2007, Wil was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Bloggie, alongside Internet powerhouses Slashdot and Fark. In the 2008 weblog awards, Wil was voted the "Best Celebrity Blogger," and in 2009 Forbes named him the 14th most influential web celebrity. This is all amusing to Wil, who doesn't think of himself as a celebrity, but is instead, "just this guy, you know?"

So, in 2005 when I was considering ways to use the internet to give back to the electronic music community and as a way to connect with other artists, Wil’s blog inspired me to take the plunge into blogging. I was also influenced by his technology choices. I went with Typepad, and feedburner very early on – and I still use them today.

In general I feel he blazed a path for all of us bloggers and continues to show us how to use this communications form well to connect, engage, and grow communities around ideas. I also learned a lot by watching him blend technologies on his blog to create a unified solution.

Through Modulate This I’ve been able to create and share ideas.  Modulate This has also let me meet and connect with other artists and those passionate about electronic music technology who I would have never met otherwise. And now my art is better for it and my life is richer.

For me, this year was special in that I’ve started getting emails from others who tell me I’ve inspired them to start their own blogs or to get out there and share their ideas on twitter, or to finish their album, or to post a track, or go to a meetup and connect with others  – so it’s come full circle and that is very gratifying.

All that being said, I just wanted personally thank you Wil Wheaton for inspiring me to start Modulate This! If I ever meet you in person, I owe you big time – and we can start with me buying you a beer. If this happens, I will of course blog about it :^).

Mark Mosher, Blogger, Electronic Musician, Boulder ,CO

Holiday Gift from ModulateThis! FREE Presets for Harmless Synthesizer

Rather than send a greeting card to you all with a yearly letter ;^) - I spent some time yesterday and today making some presets for you with the fabulous new Harmless virtual synth. FYI - I updated my previous post on Image-Line's Harmless to include a mini-review.

As I mentioned in my previous post, you can get Harmless "name your price" ($9 minimum) until 12/31 or you could also just grab the free trial to experiment with these presets.

Visit the Download page for a link to the presets.

Also, check out this video tour I created where I walk throught the presets. My personal favorite is "The Krell" at 3:48.

Happy holidays!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer

Download/Buy my album REBOOT on Bandcamp
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Modulate This! Pages - Pages Dedicated to Topics


I've started creating dedicated Blog “Pages” - These are dedicated index pages for topics. They don’t appear in the normal blog post flow and have short URL’s you can bookmark.  The first dedicate page is for u-he’s ACE Swing on by and join the conversation. Note you can subscribe to comments on these pages.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer
Download/Buy my album REBOOT on Bandcamp
Buy on iTunes

Mark Mosher Electronica Album REBOOT - Production Notes and Insights Into DIY Distribution with Bandcamp


REBOOT Announcement
I’m happy to announce the release of my new album electronica REBOOT. I’ve been working on this project on and off for over 2 years. In this and future posts, I’ll share some behind-the-scenes information on the project and DIY music publishing that I hope will save you some time.

Get Reboot Now
I decided to currently offer REBOOT using a “pay what you will” model. Although the suggested pricing is $6 for the 7 song album + digital booklet and $1 for singles, you can name your own price including specifying $0 for free downloads.  You can download/buy from my Bandcamp page -

About Reboot
First let me say that I think you fellow electronic music artists are going to enjoy the album. It’s loaded with complex layers and lots of synth “ear candy”. The album was composed, performed, produced, and mastered using Ableton Live and a Windows Laptop. With the exception of vocals, ALL instruments are virtual – in other words the album is 99.9% digital. Most songs are made up of around 30 tracks.

Production Notes

Virtual Instruments: Ableton Sampler, Operator, Simpler, Impulse; Lennar Digital Sylenth1; reFX Vanguard, Slayer 2; Tone2 Gladiator 2; Camel Audio Alchemy; Native Instrument Absynth 4, Massive; Cakewalk Dimension Pro, Image-Line Morphine, Toxic Biohazard III; Future Audio Workshop Circle; SonicCharge Synplant, FXPansion DCAM Synth Squad. I think I go them all ;^).
Controllers: Novaton Remote SL, Korg nanoKey/Kontrol, M-Audio Trigger Finger, Akai APC40, QWERTY Keyboard, Wacom Bamboo Tablet
Digital Effects: All effects were produced using Ableton Live’s built-in effects or with effects within virtual instruments with the exception of Image-Line Gross Beat and Multiband Compressor
Finalizing & Tagging: Sony SoundForge 9, Mp3tag

Phased Plan for Digital Distribution
I decided to distribute digital only for now and do a phased release and slowly build up distribution channels. This will allow me to stay focused on music and not get completely bogged down in managing distribution. In addition to launching a landing page on a publishing site I wanted to integrate links into so I could build equity on my own site and centralize distribution.

Bandcamp Publishing Solution
After much experimentation with various social media music distribution sites, I settled on Bandcamp for phase 1. I really like Bandcamp. It focuses more on distribution than trying to compete with social media sites. Instead it offers many sharing options that allow visitors to spread the word. It simply makes publishing a breeze. It’s very simple and clean. Integrating with PayPal is a snap. It also has some nice widgets that allowed me to use Bandamp for heavy lifting on the music page on my site.


Pay What You Will
Bandcamp also supports the top high-rez audio formats and offers a flexible system that allows for many options for payment. Pay what you will, minimum payments, free but force an email address and more.

More on Self-Publishing…
If you’ve never self-published, there are a tone of little details behind the scenes – tagging, ISRC codes... I’ll post more on this in the future.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer

One of my songs is climbing the soundclick charts

My second single "Midnight" from my album REBOOT is climbing the Electronica charts over at Soundclick. If you'd like to help me out click this link to listen to the song.

Thanks for your support,

Mark Mosher

========= Update - Oct 23th. =========

On Oct. 20th, the song made it to #1 on both the primary Electronica chart which incorporates all sub-genres (Industrial, IDM, Techno...), as well as the sub-genre Elecronica:Electronica.


As of today, the song is # 9 on the primary chart and still #1 on the sub-genre chart. Thanks again for continued support as it's keeping the song in the top of the charts :^). 

Modulate This turns 2!

Birthday_02_3Modulate This turns 2 this month!  Every month since I launched, the number of page views has gone up as has the number of subscribers.  A big thanks to all you for reading, donating, subscribing, and using my sponsor links.

If you have any suggestions on articles, tutorials, or videos you'd like to see feel free to drop me and email.

Here's is to another year. 

Mark Mosher

Announcement: Modulate This! Producing Free Video Tutorials on Digital Music Production


I'm releasing video tutorials on digital music production via YouTube and this blog.  You'll be able watch the videos from my YouTube channel, or by reading posts on this blog. Videos appear under the category Video Tutorials.

To start with, I'm re-editing three existing tutorials I have on FL Studio and reformatting them to fit within screen YouTube dimensions.

  • Using the Vocoder in Fl Studio (Advanced)
  • Creating A Pattern with the Step Sequencer (Beginner)
  • Creating A Pattern with the Keyboard Editor (Beginner)

I'll be adding new videos from time to time on using Ableton Live and other tools so subscribe to this blog to get notified when new videos become available.