Below is a video of Panda Bear performing the song "Boys Latin" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. If you look close in the beginning of the video you can see he’s rocking two Elektron Octatracks. This song is from his new album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper.
New Short Film "Headlights" An Original Psychedelic Short Film with Synthesized Score + Vimeo Channels
New Short Film
To start the new year off with a bang I've released a brand new film "Headlights" - An Original Psychedelic Short Film with Synthesized Score.
If you would like to geek out and see how I used a single slot and single original preset on the Nord Lead 4 to record the score in a single pass check out the "making of" the soundtrack film watch this.
More Vimeo Channels
If you dig these videos, you might want to swing by my other channels on Vimeo. If you want to keep up with these channels, use the "Follow me" button on pages on Vimeo.
Members from the Electro-Music.com community from all over the world be be performing live streaming concerts on January 31st.
Tune in here http://radio.electro-music.com/index.php/.
Times on poster are GMT, but if you visit this page you’ll see the times translated to your local time http://electro-music.com/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Radio.NextSpecialEvent
Live chat room is here http://electro-music.com/forum/chat.php.
On December 23rd, 2014, Nord released an OS update for the Lead 4 Synthesizer bringing it to version 1.30.
Download the update from here http://www.nordkeyboards.com/downloads/products/nord-lead-4.
I applied the update to my Nord Lead 4 yesterday and got some hands-on time using the new OS. In this article I'll offer some first impressions followed by the comprehensive list from Nord on what's new with annotated notes.
Synthesist, Boulder, CO
A WORD ON INNOVATION IN THE COMMERCIAL WORLD AND WHY I PICKED THE LEAD 4
Before I talk about the update, I do want to mention that I was really hoping the Lead 4 would inherit some features from its newer little sibling the Nord Lead A1.
I just started experimenting with iZotope’s Iris 2. Wow! Iris 2 wins the award for most improved virtual instrument for me in 2014!
While Iris 1 focused on interesting ways to manipulate samples using photoshop-like editing to do spectral filtering along the timeline, it was lacking on the automation and sound shaping side for me. Things have certainly changed for the better in Iris 2!
In this article I’ll offer a hands-on review of the new features, offer some tips, show you some early sound design experiment videos as well as offer first impressions on Iris2.
There are plenty of Iris 1 reviews and videos out there so I’m not going to cover that ground. I also won’t cover the Spectogram editor either. I do offer some links to video tutorials at this bottom or the article if you want to see these features in action.
Synthesist, Boulder, CO
WHAT IS IRIS
In a nutshell, Iris is a sample-based synthesizer with four audio pool layers that can contain your own samples or samples from the factory library. The spectrogram display allows you to manipulate edit the audio spectrum across the timeline. Iris 1 was released in April of 2012. Version 2 was released in November of 2014.
You can play tune and play samples back like a classic sampler in various modes that allow you to play samples forward, revers, looped, and triggering one-shots. Radius-RT mode allows for real-time pitch shifting. In other words, in Radius-RT mode, playing the sample higher up the keyboard changes the samples pitch but not the speed as it would in the other modes.
Modulation and Automation with Visual Feedback
Iris 2 now has 5 LFOs, 5 ADSRs, 8 Macro knob mappings, MIDI mappings (mod wheel, aftertouch …). There are over 100 Modulatable parameters now!
The new modulation system is killer with simple drag-n-drop style mapping (you can also use right-click). Once you drop you can scale the level of modulation on the target circle. A ring will also appear on the target allowing you to further manipulate depth. You get visual feedback in real-time as parameters are modulated.
In the illustration above I mapped LFO2 and Macro Knob 1 to modulate LFO1s rate. You can also modulate the shape of an LFO.
Tip: Envelope 5 is mapped to master gain by default making it the AMP ADSR. You can of course repurpose it, but go to ENV to make tweaks on factory presets.
MODULATABLE AUTOMATABLE INSERT EFFECTS
In addition to 4 master effects that were in Iris 1, there are now 4 insert effects per sample pool. All of the parameters can be modulate and automated. iZotope did a great job implementing this so there are little or no artifacts.
Must Read for Waldorf Blofeld Synthesizer Owners: New 1.23 Firmware for Blofeld + New Spectre App + Secret Sauce for Getting Spectre Sample Transfer to Work After Upgrading
Blofeld users rejoice! Waldorf has released a free firmware update for the Waldorf Blofeld synthesizer. It's kind of a life changing update in that it allows you to transfer only new samples from a new Program in a Program List rather than transferring all samples in a program list - hooray!
Most seasoned Blofeld users seem to be having trouble getting the new features working - boooo!
I'm a long time Blofeld/Spectre user but I not things to work first try. I did figure it out after about 3 hours of research and trial and error and wanted to pass along my findings to save you time. Yaaay!
Details and secret sauce of how to get new features working is below.
Synthesist, Boulder CO
There are no release notes, but Waldorf posted the following on Facebook:
Dear Blofeld Friends,
There is a new Blofeld Firmware Update, V 1.23.
Ωδή στη Χαρά | Ode to Joy, 2013-14
Βίντεο, ήχος | Video, sound, 4’ 40”
The artwork was produced in the framework of the 4th Young Artists’ Workshop "Mediterranean Temperament? Regional Stereotypes and other Myths" (14 - 25.10.2013), of the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, with the collaboration of the Municipality of Kalamaria and Action Field Kodra.
The 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (18.09.2013 - 31.010.2014) which is organized by the State Μuseum of Contemporary Art, is the second of a three part program which started in 2011 and is funded under the Operational Program Macedonia - Thrace 2007 - 2013, co-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and Greece.thessalonikibiennale.gr
Special thanks to Labros Katsis, Antonis Prodromou, Giorgos Gerontides.
Synthesist, Boulder, CO