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Lefsetz Weighs In on Electronic Music


First let me say if you are pursuing music as a recording or performing artist and you don’t already read or subscribe to The Lefsetz Letter it’s time to start :^).  While his posts are about the music industry in general, a recent post specifically discusses electronic music and I wanted to pass it on to you -


Mark Mosher
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Links for Winter NAMM 2010 Coverage


The Winter NAMM show is on! It’s in Anaheim California and runs from January 14-17, 2010. I’m not at the show and will only post a few links related to new products here and there.

For in-depth coverage I recommend you visit:

If your at the show check out Wham Bam Thank You Mam & Ableton expert Laura Escudé will be performing Friday at 10pm in the theater at the Downtown Independent with visualist Scott Pagano.

Mark Mosher
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Microsoft Campaign "PC Hookup" Shot At University of Colorado in Boulder With FL Studio and Toxic Bio Hazard Cameos

Even though these days I mostly use Ableton Live, I still keep up with free FL Studio updates and do use it from time to time. Like Ableton, FL’s workflow sometimes yields very interesting results for me.

FL Studio fans might find this YouTube video of interest as there are cameo appearances of FL Studio and Image Line’s virtual Synthesizer Toxic Biohazard. It’s a Microsoft YouTube promotion called PC Hook-up. Watch on YouTube.

I also find the video interesting because it was shot in my back yard on campus at  the University of Colorado in Boulder.


Mark Mosher

Ableton Proudly Presents – Live 8


The wait is over – visit has been refreshed with info on Ableton Live 8!!!

Excerpt From the Press Release Below:


Ableton Live 8 and Ableton Suite 8 should be available in the second
quarter of 2009, following extensive testing and bugfixing. A public
beta version of these products will be available soon.

Prices for Ableton Suite 8 start at EUR 549/USD 699 (download version). Prices for Ableton Live 8 start at EUR 349/USD 449 (download version).

Upgrades to Live 8/Suite 8 vary in price, depending on the Ableton
products you already own. More details at:


Customers who buy Live 7 now get big savings on upgrades to Live 8
and also get two Ableton instruments (Operator and Drum Machines,
worth EUR 198/USD 238 in total) for free.

Customers who buy Ableton Suite now will get a free upgrade to
Ableton Suite 8.

This offer is valid until March 31st 2009. More details at:

Winter NAMM 2009 News and Announcement Sources


Since I’m not at NAMM I’m not going to cover it in real-time. I'll post some articles once the dust settles. Until then enjoy these up-to-the-minute sources for NAMM news including links to fellow bloggers coverage – after all we’re one big happy tribe of electronic music fanatics anyway right :^).

If I missed you and you are covering NAMM comment to this post please.

Mark Mosher
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Link for 10% off Image Line's New Toxic Biohazard VST Synth


Image Line, the makers of Fl Studio have released Toxic Biohazard, the 4th generation of their Toxic line of software synths. The synth runs on Windows XP/Vista as a VST or on Mac OSX 10.4 (Tiger) or OSX 10.5 (Leopard) as a VST or AU.

For new users, this synth will set you back $99 (use this link to save 10%). Existing users can upgrade for free.

What's new?

  • Improved sound quality
  • "Physical Envelopes" that allow you to model how sounds in real world decay & resonate etc...
  • Integrated effects such as tube-like distortion, to warm stereo delay, reverb, flanger, and phaser.
  • A hybrid synth engine combining FM and subtractive synthesis
  • A complete rebuilt FM engine adding warmth
  • Alias-free oscillators with low CPU consumptom
  • An integrated simple sequencer (64 steps, which can be divided into two independent, 32 step modules to allow double-polyphonic patterns. Using our own "Smart Sequencer" technology, when a chord is played, the module defines that chord, and tunes the pattern accordingly.)

Visit to learn more, download a free demo, and listen to samples songs created with Toxic Biohazard. Image Line has also published a nice set of video tutorials on Toxic Biohazard here.

Kanye West plays 'Stronger' at the Grammys with Surprise Appearance by Daft Punk Playing JazzMutant Lemurs

(Daft Punk's official post-Grammy press photo from

I just finished watching the 50th Annual Grammy awards. One of the highlights for me was Kanye West's performance of 'Stronger' with special guest appearance by Daft Punk. According to First for Music News, "This was the French duo's first-ever television appearance in their 14-year history."

What were those fantastic touch-screen controllers they were using? Well they were JazzMutant Lemur's and they were being used to trigger samples and synths. If you want to learn more about how Daft Punk uses Ableton Live to maniluplate samples and produce music checkout this interview with Thomas Bangalter.


Learn more about the Lemur at, but be prepared for sticker shock as the Lemur goes for about $3,300 US.

Mark Mosher