Official Arturia MicroBrute Movie

Quick update on the Arturia Microbrute. If you go to the teaser site and click the Arturia Logo at the bottom of the site, you will be shown a full length intro movie about the synth, which is also already up on Youtube:

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Really makes you wonder what the count down is for?

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The Elektronauts Community

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Elektron (the Swedish company behind the A4, the Machinedrum and many other great instruments) has officially announced the imminent availability of the Elektronauts Community.

Currently the Elektron user community is being served by a user-managed community at http://elektron-users.com, but with the launch of Elektron’s own community the site will be retired according to posts here.

The Elektronaut community has been eagerly anticipated by Elektron users for over 16 months, but other projects (i.e. the A4) taking priority has led to delays in the actual release.

The new community is rumored to open it’s doors on September 9.

Update: As expected the community is now (as of 9/9) open.

A new XYZ control scheme for modular synths

Here’s a thing I’ve wanted to try for a while:

I’d like to put a goldfish in a large bowl, point 2-3 cameras at it and write a small script that tracks it’s movements in 3 dimensions. The movements would then be translated into CV to be passed via an X-out, Y-out, Z-out on a custom built eurorack module.

Behold the ‘Goldie module’! It would become the centerpiece of my stage performance…

Thoughts?

Update on the Ableton Live 9 / Push Release Date

I originally reported on the Live 9 and Push being available for preorder at major retailers back in December. Now it looks like Guitar Center and Musicians Friend has updated their expected availability / shipping date for the Ableton Push controller and Ableton Live 9.

Guitar Center is now at

Push : March 18
Live 9: February 11

and Musicians Friend is at

Push: March 25
Live 9: February 18

I guess the rumors and speculations continue. Makes me wonder if they are simply guessing dates to lure people to pre-order? At this rate Bitwig might just make it out before 9 after all…

Day 13 in Japan

After the positive responses to the ‘Snow’ track I released yesterday I’m excited to start work on the next song. I’ve gathered some inspiration already and will probably start tracking and sequencing tonight.

I’ve had this persistent cough for the past month that just won’t go away. In fact I coughed so heavily that about a week ago I broke the cartilage of my lower right rib… The pain is finally starting to subside but in order to fight the cough I went to a hospital to examine my lungs. The diagnosis: Acute Bronchitis…

In other news, I can’t stop thinking about the possibility of venturing into the world of modular synthesizers. I have read through all the Doepfer base system module manuals online to the point where I now feel like I fully understand the purpose, operations and capabilities of each module. The one thing I still haven’t completely decided is whether the modular approach will offer me enough value and sound sculpting possibilities that I could not achieve through software or other means…

Investing in a modular system is a significant commitment both in terms of money, time and creative direction. To me the great appeal is actually trifold. First it’s the ability to build a completely custom rig, tailored to the musical style and sounds that I want to work with. The second is the hands on, physical interface with all the intuitive and creative possibilities it offers. The last is the learning experience of building my own signal paths and patching my own sounds.

There is also the added benefit of cost. That might sound like a contradiction, but after the initial investment, additional modules are actually pretty reasonably priced, and it allows you to invest in the parts of the system you need the most without having to buy an entire new instrument.

The Doepfer system in particular has very reasonable prices, but if you want to expand into more esoteric / boutique modules of a higher quality you can mix and match modules from many different manufactures (as long as they adhere to the Eurorack standard) in your synth. With the right converters you could even go so far as to patch the signal of one synth into another if you want to create really unique sounds.

I’ll make up my mind before I return to the US… Will keep you posted.