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(Mark Mosher Music News) Podcast Sonic Encounters

Buckle Up! Sonic Encounters Season 04 is Underway.

Hi everyone. Season 04 of the Sonic Encounters Podcast is underway.

In this season I will be incorporating some explorations into the use of classical tonalities like piano and cello phrases and motifs improvised on a Push 2 using it’s isomorphic grid note layout. I’ll also be incorporating MPE performances on a Sensel Morph later in the series.

Informed by my on-going read of the 600+ page tome “Treatise on Musical Objects: An Essay across Disciplines” by Pierre Schaeffer – I will then do additional improvisational passes using these clips as “musical objects”.

Buckle up as these these pieces will offer a mix of on-grid and off-grid note timings, grid timing manipulations, polyrhythms, alternative tunings, and more.

The first episode “S04-E01: A Brave Attempt to Plod Along Unnoticed” is now available on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts and your fav podcatcher with this Feed.

If you enjoy the song leave a comment on SoundCloud or comment on this post.

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Lastly, remember that high-rez versions of past seasons of the podcast are available on Bandcamp.

If you are enjoying my podcast and want to show financial support buy me a coffee.

Cheers and have a great weekend!

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(Modulate This) MPE Sensel Morph

Video Series On MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE)

A friend loaned me a Sensel Morph last week. Just as I was settling in to sorting out MPE from the Morph my friends over at Synthtopia blogged about the a KVR video offering an intro to MPE. Perfect timing Synthtopia!

It ends up this is a video series on MPE so I’ve embedded the playlist below which starts with the “00 An Introduction to MIDI Polyphonic Expression”.

KVR Expert, Peter Nyboer de-mystifies MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE)

Peter works for Sensel and if you’d like to here more about that check out his interview with my friend Brian Funk on Episode 71 of the Music Production Podcast.

More on the Morph

I’ve really enjoyed working with the Morph and will soon have one of my own. I especially like the Buchla template. I also appreciate you can be expressive with only light touch and light pressure. Here is more info on the Morph https://sensel.com/pages/the-sensel-morph..

Stay Tuned for More on Morph and MPE

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(Mark Mosher Music News) (Modulate This) Ableton Live Ableton Push Sampling

Using Ableton Push 2 to Live Sample and Slice Vinyl and Audio

Lately I’ve been getting back into live vinyl sampling & slicing sessions using Ableton Push 2. The Push 2 workflow lets you slice by beat division, region, transient, and has a rapid flow for manually slicing.

I know quite a few people who own the Push but in past conversations I learned some of them were not familiar with this workflow so I thought I do a post on this to help get people up to speed.

Plus the Push is 5 years old and there are a sea of videos out there so I thought I’d save you some time curating a few task-specific specific videos to save you time. I also include some historical videos on the creation of Push 2 in regards to live sampling and slicing vinyl.

Recent Session

First up, here is a short clip from a recent session with an old lute album :^) All the melodic elements were sliced. Drums were from a factory pack.

Once you get the hang of things, live sampling and slicing is an organic and fun way to build unique new tracks, instruments, and drum racks. I love this quote from Push 2 Product owner Jesse Terry in this regard.

Why is sampling important to me? For me its about the search and rescue of forgotten moments of beauty.

Jessy Terry – Product Owner for Push – https://youtu.be/mlSfIxtkU5I?t=395

Live Sampling and Slicing a Primary Use Case

While Push 2 is a purpose-built hardware interface for Ableton Live it’s clear from one of the original launch videos from years back that live sampling and slicing was a primary use case. This video is not instructive bit gives you the vibe of the workflow.

Sampling Vinyl How-To Videos

First up is a video on recording audio by live sampling audio into a clip then converting to a simpler using just the Push 2 hardware.

This next video conceptually picks up where the last one left off with a sample loaded into a Simpler. The video illustrates slicing to transients and converting to a drum rack.

0m0s – Slicing a Simpler using Transients
1m22s – Slicing a Simpler using Beat Mode
2m42s – Slicing by a Number of Regions
3m35s – Manual Slicing Mode

Behind-the-Scenes Video with Vinyl Sampling Use Case for Push 2 from Ableton Loop 2015

Now that you know how to live sample and slice check out this cool behind-the-scenes video from the Push 2 launch session at Ableton Loop 2015 with Push 2 Product owner and designer Jesse Terry. His talk starts at around 03m40s but I recommend you just start at the beginning to hear Ableton CEO Gerhard Behles tee up the session.

Jesse Terry is the Product Owner for Push, working previously as a product specialist, Artist Relations manager, and on projects including the Bridge and the APC40.

It’s clear from Jesse’s presentation that his love for vinyl sampling heavily informed the design of Push 2.

If you carry on the video to 21m07s you’ll see the introduction of Ableton’s program to donate Push 1’s from trade-in programs and Live to schools and educational initiatives. At 27m35s Dylan Wood talks about the Sound Team’s work and the addition of analog modeled filters to Sampler, Operator and AutoFilter. Note these have since been added to other instruments in the lineup like Wavetable. At 41m00s we hear from Michaela Burgle who talks about flow state and introduces Ableton Link.

More on Sampling with Push 2

For more videos on Push 2 check out Ableton’s dedicated this page on their website with notes and videos on working with samples https://www.ableton.com/en/push/sampling/.

Go Forth and Slice

I hope this article helped saved some time for those getting sarted with Push 2 or reinvigorated you long-time Push 2 users to go forth and slice up some vinyl. If so take a moment to subscribe or leave me a tip to buy me a beer or coffee :^)


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Austin Kleon on Artificial Intelligence in the Arts

While drinking my morning coffee I bumped into a blog post on Artificial Intelligence in the arts by writer Austin Kleon. I thought I would it was thought provoking so I I’m passing it along. Enjoy.

Artificial Intelligence Blog Post by Austin Kleon

A robot drawn by Austin Kleon’s son for him to color, 2017

This note made me laugh. 

“We chose instead to pick the best parts of each… We cut lines and paragraphs, and rearranged the order of them in some places.”

Honey, that means a human wrote this piece.

Writing is editing. It is about making choices.

So you fed a robot a prompt, got eight different “essays,” and stitched together the best parts to make a piece of writing? Congratulations, human! You’ve just outsourced the easiest parts of writing and kept the hardest parts. 

When Nick Cave was asked if AI could create a great song, he emphasized that when we listen to music, we aren’t just listening to the music, we’re listening to the story of the musicians, too:

We are listening to Beethoven compose the Ninth Symphony while almost totally deaf. We are listening to Prince, that tiny cluster of purple atoms, singing in the pouring rain at the Super Bowl and blowing everyone’s minds. We are listening to Nina Simone stuff all her rage and disappointment into the most tender of love songs. We are listening to Paganini continue to play his Stradivarius as the strings snapped. We are listening to Jimi Hendrix kneel and set fire to his own instrument.

What we are actually listening to is human limitation and the audacity to transcend it. Artificial Intelligence, for all its unlimited potential, simply doesn’t have this capacity. How could it? And this is the essence of transcendence. If we have limitless potential then what is there to transcend? And therefore what is the purpose of the imagination at all. Music has the ability to touch the celestial sphere with the tips of its fingers and the awe and wonder we feel is in the desperate temerity of the reach, not just the outcome. Where is the transcendent splendour in unlimited potential? So to answer your question, Peter, AI would have the capacity to write a good song, but not a great one. It lacks the nerve.

https://austinkleon.com/2020/09/10/artificial-intelligence/
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(Mark Mosher Music News) Albums Announcements New Releases

New Album Release: Sonic Encounters Volume 03

Heads up. My new album Sonic Encounters Volume 03 is out. Check it out and pass it on…

https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-encounters-volume-03

Note today is “Bandcamp Friday” where Bandcamp waives it’s revenue share on all sales to give musicians more money from each purchase. So it’s a great day to buy indy albums on Bandcamp to support your fav artists.

The Sonic Encounters began as a podcast in 2015. After each season of the podcast completes it is released in album form. Volume 03 contains the 7 songs from Season 03 of the podcast.

These songs are a combination of electronic tonalities derived from synthesis and musique concrète using original sounds, field recordings, patterns and notes played via keys, pads, trigs, and buttons. Additional expression on these musical objects is improvised via key/pad pressure, touch strips, knobs, sliders, crossfaders and live sound design to create real-time automations.

The following review of the original podcast that does a nice job summarizing the concept of Sonic Encounters Soundscapes…

“Goosebumps and Deep Breaths… these rich soundscape “stories” sincerely do thrill my senses.

The concept for Sonic Encounters (so far, and in my interpretation) is this. You read a short text (sometimes the title is enough) on the premise of the “story” before listening. Then you listen to a purely sonic piece of field recording morphed with music, electronic manipulation, and performance, and you’re immediately transported via your own imagination’s 3D projection of his premise.

Mark’s become a consummate sound artist. He creates powerful imagery and elicits surprisingly keen emotional response from the listener without being heavy-handed. His economy and value in precision is proof of his skill. ” – BlindFlyTheater.com

Enjoy and have a musical weekend!

Mark Mosher

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(Mark Mosher Music News) Artist News Sonic Encounters

Sonic Encounters Update: New Look + New Episodes

The Sonic Encounters Podcast Has a New Look

I’m super excited to announce a new cover and logo for my Sonic Encounters Podcast. Once again I collaborated with friend, music collaborator, Thereminist, and co-founder of Cuttlefish ArtsVictoria Lundy to refresh the cover and align the look with my other projects.

I highly recommend Cuttlefish Arts if you never need any brand or graphic work for covers, web sites and more

Catching Up on New Episodes

I’ve released 3 new songs over the last month or so:

I’ve also embedded the SoundCloud playlist below.

How to Subscribe

More Info

I refreshed the landing page for Sonic Encounters here https://SonicEncounters.com/Podcast.

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(Mark Mosher Music News) Concert Concerts Live Streaming Concerts Online Streaming Multimedia Concert

Replay of My Set + Full Concert for 8th B-Day Concert for Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet

The 8th B-Day party concert was really fun and loaded with great performances. Special thanks to Christoph for being our virtual stage manager.

My Performance

This is recording of my 10 minute set from the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet 8th birthday party concert. Music and visuals are performed in real-time.

I start by playing a song called “Light Runner” performed on an Elektron Digitone playing notes via MIDI from a Novation Launchpad Pro MK3. I then improvise and mangle a sample from the 50’s using an Elektron Octatrack. This is followed by followed by an improv jam with core patterns on Digitone with lead synth and arpeggios from an Elektron Analog Four MKII being played via MIDI from a Novation Luaunchkey Mini MK3.

Entire Performance

Here is the full concert performance (including the video above) with all 7 artists.

  1. 00:00 Welcome Message by host Mark Mosher
  2. 00:14 Dino J.A. Deane: Real-Time on the MPC-Live – One for the Beat Cypher – http://jadeane.com
  3. 04:38 Mike Bryant: Twisting knobs for quarantine therapy – https://www.twitch.tv/rebele93
  4. 12:14 Huston Singletary: Lo-fi ambient groove with Moog & Roland – https://hustonmusic.com
  5. 16:47 J.L. Kane: Hip Hop instrumentals – https://soundcloud.com/j-l-kane
  6. 28:25 Announcements of other upcoming events by stage manager Christoph https://www.instagram.com/monoscenes/
  7. 30:01 Mark Mosher: Grooves, Sample Mangling, & Interactive Visuals – https://MarkMosherMusic.com
  8. 40:17 Méchant Métrique: Ominous vibes with Elektron boxes – https://www.instagram.com/mechantmetr…
  9. 49:53 Victoria Lundy: Mood pieces and melodic Theremin – http://VictoriaLundyMusic.com
  10. 1:00:25 Sign off
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(Mark Mosher Music News) Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup

Hosting and Performing in an Online Concert Tonight

Heads up. I’m hosting and performing the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet’s 8th Birthday Online Concert.

Artists will be performing 10 minute sets on YouTube starting at 8:10 PM MDT.

Use this link to set a reminder and watch live https://youtube.com/markmosher/live.

[update July 9th – a replay of this concert is now available here.

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(Mark Mosher Music News) Multimedia Short Film

New Short Film: ENVIRONS 001 – Searching for Creatures That Fly

I’ve just published a new short film called “ENVIRONS 001 – Searching for Creatures That Fly“.

I composed the music first. It was an improvisation recorded in one pass. Then I shot the footage over a series of a few days. Then a half-day tranquil video editing session letting music inspire the edits and visual effects in 5 or 6 editing passes. A narrative and vibe emerged.

If you enjoyed this piece and have a moment please leave a comment :^)

Mark

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(Modulate This) Digitakt Elektron Elektron Digitone Elektron Overbridge

Elektron Releases Major OS Updates for Digitakt (1.20) and Digitone and Digitgone Keys (1.30)

Elektron has just released MAJOR updates to the Digitakt and Digitone. Of course they are free 😃.

Get yourselves ready for some serious OS upgrade fun for the Digitakt, Digitone, and Digitone Keys. Time to get elbow deep in a host of cracking features that will make each device even more powerful and your music-making experience even sweeter.

https://www.elektronauts.com/news/522?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=other-video_native&utm_campaign=global-digi_os_up_06_20-

Class Compliant USB Audio

Class Compliant USB Audio has come to the Digi machines. Connect your Digitakt or Digitone to a compatible phone, tablet, or computer, and easily capture the audio recording from your unit on the fly. And this is just scratching the surface of what is possible. Hook up to all kinds of apps to add extra control in any number of ways: more effects, more LFOs, more freedom.

Step Recording mode

A new sequencing mode is available on the Digitakt and Digitones – Step Recording. This feature lets you input chords and notes into the sequencer step by step. Or use jump mode to skip to the next predetermined spot in the sequence via the Length parameter, making it even easier to control your melodies and build them a step at a time.

Trig Probability

Adjust Trig Probability on the Digitakt and Digitones to introduce a little controlled randomness to proceedings. Chance really is a fine thing.

Trig Preview

Stay a step ahead of the pattern with Trig Preview on the Digitakt and the Digitones. You can now preview individual trigs whenever you want, without having to wait for the track to catch up.

New Play Modes for Digitone

The Digitone Keys and Digitone now have four different Play Modes to choose from: Switch between Poly, Poly with mono LFOs, Mono, and Mono Legato and gain deeper control of envelopes and LFOs, and increased playability.

Increased sample skills for Digitakt

You can now use Parameter Randomization on the Digitakt to shuffle sample slots. And keep your sample list or sound pool better organized across all Digi machines with easier removal of unused sounds. Purging power, leveled up.

Lots more improvements & fixes

For a full list of improvements and bug fixes, check the release notes.

Note: When installing an OS please set your device to USB-MIDI mode.

Download the Updates

Pro Tip: Read the release notes within the downloads as there is a WHOLE lot more changes in the updates that aren’t listed in the summary above.

Overbridge

To use the upgraded Digi OS with Overbridge, please update to Overbridge 2.0.39, also released today to support the new firmware.

Digitakt

To download Digitakt 1.20 head here.

Here are the release notes and updated manual for Digitakt.

Digitone & Digitone Keys

To download Digitone 1.30 head here for the Digitone and here for the Digitone Keys.

Here are the release notes and the updated manual for Digitone / Digitone Keys.


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(Mark Mosher Music News) (Modulate This) Elektron Elektron Digitone Novaton

Video: Working on New Patterns with Digitone New Jump Step Sequencer Mode

Here is a 1 minute video of my Sunday coffee in bed session with Elektron Digitone new 1.30 OS.

I started off this session thinking I was going to learn all the 20+ new features that Elektron added in the recent 1.30 update (see my earlier blog post).

I printed out the release notes and started going through the features. Then I ended up spending the entire session on a new STEP RECORDING mode called Jump which is documented on p. 33 of the updated Manual.

Jump mode allows you to the use the LEN parameter to automatically advance the sequencer when notes are received. This includes entering single notes or chords from an external MIDI controller. In this session I was using a Novation Launchkey MINI MK3 which has become my go to portable keyboard. You can also use the arrow keys to move through steps which allows you to skip steps which are now rests.

More on Jump Mode

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Thanks Elektron!

I have to say Jump is super useful and fun feature. It’s also a bit nostalgic for me as it’s similar to the step sequencer in my first synth the Poly-800 – woo hoo! Nice work Elektron! And thanks for always bringing new value to our machines.

I guess it’s going to take quite a few more sessions to get through the new features which I’m sure will inspire many new patterns and songs.

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(Mark Mosher Music News) Octatrack Performance Videos Synth: Octatrak Video

Psychedelic Octatrack Soundscape – “I’m Going to Mary’s Party Tomorrow Aren’t You?”

Take a trip through a wormhole where captured signals from a 50’s PSA come streaming through your space helmet. You try to tune to some techno, but it doesn’t work.

Watch embedded YouTube video

Sample mangling with Elektron Octatrack MKII making heavy use of scenes and Designer LFO’s. Some manually tuning of the Comb Filter with slider as well.

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Video Replay of My May 22nd Live Stream Multimedia Concert with BTS Notes on Using Elektron Machines , Novation Controllers, and Resolume

If you missed my live stream a few weeks back here is an unedited YouTube live replay of my solo multimedia concert. The performance is a combination of live arrangement and live playing that features original electronic music with real-time visuals.

More live streams are coming, so subscribe to my YouTube channel and click the bell icon to get notified of upcoming videos and streams.

Set List

The video is 23 minutes long but if you just want to jump to a particular song you can use the links below. Let me know in the comments which was your fav 😃.

  • 0:00 Stand By (Recording of soundscape “Slipping Into Stasis Entering Jump Gate 42” from album Sonic Encounters Volume 02
  • 0:35Gonna Rise Up live performance of song from the album Fear Cannot Save Us
  • 4:27 “Replicant’s Dream” live performance of a song from a forthcoming album
  • 7:42 “Techno Planet 01” live performance of a song from a forthcoming album
  • 11:49Disconnecteda Bandcamp single performed live
  • 16:50 “Light Runner” live performance of song from a forthcoming album
  • 22:34 End Program with audio excerpt from the song “They Walk Among Us” from album Reboot

As you can see some of these tracks will be released in the future. Follow or subscribe on my Bandcamp site to get notified of an album or single release.

Performance Notes

All the music and sound is from Elektron Analog Four MKI, Octatrack MKII, and Digitone. The machines are not synced. I mostly play directly from the machines, but also play notes on the Analog Four via the Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 keyboard and on the Digitone via the Launchpad Pro MK3 grid. I also use the Launchkey Mini MK3 along with a Logidy UM3 pedal to control Resolume Arena 7 in real-time. Visual sources are from live camera input and other various sources.


Mentions

The performance got some nice mentions by synth publications.

Synthtopia

The video was featured as a Synth Sunday Jam. Thanks Synthtopia – woot!

Synth and Software Magazine

I got an amazingly kind mention on the Synth and Software Facebook page.

Synth & Software is an online publication and social media community for electronic music enthusiasts—anyone who enjoys listening or who plays, programs, or aspires to make music with synthesizers, samplers, DAWs, audio processors, and other instruments and software…

https://synthandsoftware.com

Performance “Instrument” Notes

I view this entire rig as a multimedia “instrument”. One goal in designing this “instrument” was to accommodate the following use cases while being air locked in a performance cockpit where my performance flow would not change whether I’m performing:

  1. Music sets in-person
  2. Music + visuals sets in person
  3. Music + visual sets via live stream
  4. Music + visuals sets in person simulcast via live stream

Performance Cockpit

When I’m performing in person I don’t normally use headphones and don’t look at the monitor on my laptop. Instead listen I to the P.A. or monitors. I look at the screen or wall/screen/scrim where the visuals are being projected. This incorporates the performance space as part of the vibe of the performance.

My streaming equivalent of this is to us a big screen right in front of me and perform with reference monitors at near concert volumes. Performing this way is much closer to performing on stage in front of an audience which puts more positive energy into the performance.

Conceptual Overview of 2020 Rig

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  1. Performance Cockpit – The region outlined with aqua highlighter is my performance cockpit where I play, perform, control live arrangements, and visuals.
  2. Music Machines – All sound and music is produced via the following Elektron machines:
    1. Analog Four – Analog synth with 4 synths and effects
    2. Octatrack – Performance sampler, mixer, looper, effects processor, live arrangement of playback when needed
    3. Digitone – Digital FM synth with 4 synth and effects
  3. Live Camera for Visual Synthesis – I compose the camera shots in real-time by moving a Logitech HD Webcam which is a source for my visual software Resolume
  4. MIDI Controllers
    1. Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 – Keys are used to play the Analog Four through hardware MIDI. RGB pads use custom MIDI modes to control Resolume through USB MIDI.
    2. Novation Launchpad Pro MK3 – Velocity and pressure sensitive pads are used to play the Digitone through hardware MIDI. I have custom control modes that I can also use to control Resolume via USB MIDI.
  5. Audio & Visual Monitoring – Screen + reference monitors.
  6. Audio to the house / Audio interface with Loopback for Streaming – Yamaha AG06
  7. Laptop for Visuals and Streaming – Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, Windows 10
  8. Visual Software – Resolume Arena 7 software
  9. Streaming Software – OBS Studio software for streaming
  10. Streaming Endpoint – YouTube…

Using Midi Controllers to Decouple Visual Arrangements from Song Arrangement

In past incarnations of my multimedia show I controlled the arrangement and automation of visual effects for Resolume with Ableton Live “dummy clips” and automation envelopes. This meant the arrangement for visuals were implicitly locked with musical arrangement. For this new rig I wanted to decouple the visuals from the audio arrangement. This would allow me to perform the arrangement of the visuals manually making the experience more variable and unique with repeat performances.

I now control arrangement with the RBG pads on the Novation Launchkey MINI MK3.

Alternatively I can use the Logidy foot pedal for hands-free arrangement.

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While I’m pretty busy playing and doing live arrangement, I can also use the Launchpad Pro MK3 with it’s custom MIDI modes and velocity sensitive fader grid feature to control parameters on Resolume.

FYI I’ve written past posts on these controllers in these categories:

Juggling Machines with No MIDI Sync

My set list is made up of songs spread across each machine and I often perform an entire song using only one machine. In a few cases I will work across machines. For example, I perform the majority of my song “Disconnected” on the Octatrack and the leads from the Analog Four.

The machines are not synced and are not connected via MIDI. This allows for complete freedom to do live arrangement, change my set list on-the-fly. I might have corresponding patterns with matching tempos across machines but I select them and trigger them on-the-fly so I can play around with the pocket, tap tempo to shift or even change tempos or free-form play to add more tension.

Having no cross-machine dependency also means if a machine where to go down during a performance or have to be rebooted (which has never happened), the song and show can go on.

Fits in One Case and a Backpack

Another design goal for the rig was it had to fit into a Pelican 1510 case and backpack. This allows me to fly with the rig as well as load in to local shows with only one trip from the car.

I flew with an earlier version of this rig to Asheville, NC to perform at Mountain Skies in 2019 and manage to jam all this into a Pelican 1510.

With the addition of the new controllers I’m sure I could fit it all in the pelican with some overflow into my backpack.


In Closing

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Live Multimedia Performance – B.E.A.T. Creative Technology Performances and Demos Event Friday May 22nd, 5PM MDT

I’ve schedule a YouTube Live event. Swing by now and click “Set Reminder”.

Watch Live / Watch the Replay

I’ve embedded the video in this post so if you happen to be here during the event you can watch live. If you are here after the event you can watch the replay.

For my portion of the event I’ll be streaming from my YouTube channel here.

Program

I was asked to perform 20-25 minutes. Below is my planned set list. Of course, things tend to be fluid when doing online streaming so this may shift.

  1. Stand By Loop – Music is a recording of “Slipping Into Stasis Entering Jump Gate 42” from the album Sonic Encounters Volume 02
  2. Gonna Rise Up – Live version of a song from the album Fear Cannot Save Us
  3. Replicant’s Dreams – Live version of a song from a forthcoming release
  4. Techno Planet 02 – Live version of a song from a forthcoming release
  5. Disconnected – Live version of single “Disconnected
  6. Light Runner – Live version of a song from a forthcoming release
  7. End Program – Audio excerpt from “They Walk Among Us” from the album Reboot

Artist Notes

Music

All music and sound will performed live and with live arrangement using the Elektron Analog Four MKI, Octatrack MKII, and Digitone. I will be performing on the machines directly and with the Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 and Launchpad Pro MK3.

Visuals

All visuals are generated in real-time with Resolume Arena 7, with live camera input from a Logitech C922X and other various sources. I control Resolume in real-time with Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 and Launchpad Pro MK3.

Streaming

I’m streaming with OBS Studio with audio routed into a Yamaha AG06 audio interface with loopback. My talkback mic is a RØDE PodMic.

Show Credits

  • Mark Mosher: Music & Real-Time Visuals, Show Design, Show Producer
  • Chris Barr – Associate Producer, Testing, Chat Wrangler
  • Lizzy Mosher – Social Media
  • Victoria Lundy – Photoshop assist to trim the groovy speaker array image

Artistic Support

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Presenting Tonight (5/18/20) on Launchpad Pro MK3 + Trip Down Memory Lane with Launchpad

Presenting on Launchpad Pro MK3

I’ll be doing an online talk tonight (5/18/20) at 7:30 PM MDT on the Launchpad Pro MK3.

Subs Up & BAUG present: Using the Launchpad Pro MK3 w/ Ableton Live and Hardware at https://www.meetup.com/SubsUp/events/270647931/

Meet the Launchpad Pro MK3

The Launhpad Pro MK3 is an incredible deep and useful controller that goes way beyond being an Ableton Live controller. It can be used as a stand-alone MIDI Controller to send notes and chords. It also has a 4 track stand-alone sequencer with advanced features such as probability and mutation. You can have 8 custom modes where you basically make 8 different custom MIDI Controllers.

Live integration also much improved with new dedicated buttons. You can also combine stand-alone with Live using features like “Print to Clip”. Additionally you can send MIDI out 2 hardware output and USB simultaneously. The pads are full RGB, velocity and pressure sensitive. They feel great. Plus this thing is light and small.

What I’ll Be Talking About

I’m still refining my talk but here is a mind map outline of what I’m planning to cover.

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Launchpad Pro MK3 In Action

I just love this thing and I’m finding all sorts of uses for it. The video below is an example of using it stand-alone. I used the stand-alone sequencer to make this pattern and recorded into the Digitone. I then use the notes and chord mode to play the Digitone live.

While the video below is the sibling Launchpad X it illustrates the use of the velocity sensitive faders in a custom mode to control an effects processor.

I’m also using custom modes to control my visual software Resolume. More on this in a future post.

10 Years with Launchpad

In a related note this year marks my 10th year using Novation Launchpads. Here are a few pics

Through the years I think I’ve owned 4 different versions (all the ones in green below). When I bought the Launchpad Pro MK3 some accused me of needing some sort of intervention (Dino and Jeff) 😂.

A Few Videos of the LP PRO MK3 in Use

Here are some videos from my archives using previous generation Launchpads. First a video from 2010.

Here is a video from 2013 where I’m using a launchpad to move patch cables on a virtual synth.

Closing Thoughts

In closing I’ll say that the Launchpad series have been transformative and fun and I look forward to working more with the Launchpad Pro MK3.


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In Use – The RØDE PodMic and PSA1 Professional Studio Boom Arm for Online Meetings, Podcasts, Online Streaming Concerts, & Voiceovers

In this post I’ll offer some info on my journey to finding a good, budget-friendly, broadcast-style mic and boom solution to up my game for online meetings, online streaming concerts, podcast interviews, and voiceovers.

Note: I’m not an affiliate. Just passing on a solution that works well for me 😀

My Use Cases

I needed a broadcast-style mic and boom solution to satisfy the use cases below.

1 – Zoom and Online Meetings

Of course, we’ve all been on a zillion zoom meetings by now, and I wasn’t really happy with using what I had on-hand (more on this below).

In particular, I’ve been hosting a lot of meetings for the Rocky Mountain Synth Meet and coming up this week, I’m a guest presenter on anther online event – Subs Up & BAUG present: Using the Launchpad Pro MK3 w/ Ableton Live and Hardware on Monday the 18th.

2 – Talkback mic for Online Streaming Concerts

I’ve started to get booked for online streaming multimedia concerts such as Boulder Experiments in Art & Technology meetup – Creative technology Performances and Demos meetup on Friday the 22nd.

I have my sit / stand IKEA desk on the right and my live streaming Elektron rig with Resolume on the left, so that with a boom I can use one mic for multiple applications.

BTW – here is a 3 minute teaser of my online multimedia set, which continues to evolve.

3 – Podcast Interviews

I’ve had the pleasure of being interviewed for podcasts such as Darwin Grosse’s Art + Music + Technology Podcast #23 and #139, and Brian Funk’s Music Production Podcast #99. I have a few pending invites, so I thought I’d up my game.

4 – Voiceovers

It’s been a number of years since I’ve done video tutorials and I’ve been thinking about doing them again from time-to-time. For this use case I wanted to have some sort of standing boom, broadcast-style mic setup that wouldn’t pick up much room noise.

On a related note – here is a classic from 10 years back that is still relevant today.

My Recent Journey on Zoom Meetings for the Rocky Mountain Synth Meet

Prior to the pandemic, I was already working on plans to take the Rocky Mountain Synth Meet online. Since March 12th, I’ve hosted 9 online events. My first step was to use what I hand on hand.

Sure SM-58

In the first few weeks of being constantly online, I started with a Sure SM-57 with a foam windscreen on a mic stand that has a boom arm. The natural thing to do is have the mic pointing up at you so as to not block the screen.

This didn’t work because, of course, that then makes it hard to see what you are doing on your computer keyboard. I tried putting this set up off to the side to speak across the mic but it just didn’t sound great due to the mic’s pickup pattern.

RØDE NT1-A

Next, I tried using a RØDE NT1-A on a mic stand with a boom in a spider shock mount with a foam windscreen (I don’t like having the big pop filter for the meeting use case.) The spider mount allowed me to have the mic hanging from above, out of the way, and it sounded great.

Two problems arose for me at this point. First, the mic pickup pattern is broad so it was picking up sounds like my heater coming on. Also, at this point I was really over the mic stand with the boom option because I kept bumping into it or stepping on the legs which send a loud “bang” noise through the meetings.

RØDE PodMic and PSA1 Professional Studio Boom Arm FTW!

I started down the path of sifting through piles of reviews, YouTube videos, product pages, and specs of mics and boom stands. Talk about overwhelming 😯.

At some point, I said to hell with it and decided to take a chance on RØDE since I was already a fan of the NT1-A and they had a fairly affordable pairing of mic and boom arm.

I went with the RØDE PodMic and PSA1 Professional Studio Boom Arm.

RØDE PodMic – $99

I love this mic! It has a built-in pop-filter, and the mic pattern works well when you talk across the mic, yet it doesn’t pick up all sorts of background noise. If you get up on the mic you get a proximity effect giving you a nice broadcaster’s tone. Coming in at 2lbs, it’s beefy.

Here are some specs:

  • Broadcast-quality dynamic capsule
  • Optimized for speech applications
  • Internal pop filter to minimize plosives
  • Robust, all metal construction
  • Designed for use with RØDECaster™ Pro Podcast Production

On a related note, now that I have this mic, I noticed it’s the same mic that Nick Batt uses for the Sonic Talk Podcast 😀.

PSA1 Professional Studio Boom Arm – $99

I assume this stand is designed for use with this mic as the balance is perfect, even though the PodMic is beefy.

Here are some specs:

  • An ideal studio boom arm for radio, broadcast, and home use
  • Supports most broadcast-style microphones weighing between 1.5 lbs. and 2.4 lbs. such as the RODE Procaster or Podcaster
  • Full 360-degree rotation makes positioning your microphone easy
  • Maximum horizontal reach of up to 32″ and maximum vertical reach of up to 33″ provide ample desk coverage
  • Supplied hook-and-loop wraps keep your mic cables tucked neatly out of the way
  • Desk clamp attachment provides mounting to desks as thick as 2.16″
  • Insert attachment provided for use with standard desk inserts up to 2.75″ thick

In-Use

Attaching the mount to the desk is just a few turns of the clamp screw. Then, you just pop the boom into the desk mount and mount the mic. Installing the boom and mic took all of 5 minutes.

So far, I’ve tested this setup in online meetings and for test streams with talkback mic. These use cases are similar enough to the others I mentioned that I feel confident this solution is going to work really well for all my use cases.

Transitioning from other use cases to the Talkback mic for Online Streaming Concerts use case is great. As I mentioned, my studio is setup so that my sit / stand IKEA desk is on the right, and my live streaming synth rig with Resolume is on the left. If I swing the boom to the left, I have a talk-back mic for live performance. If I swing it to the right, I use it for online meetings, video tutorials, and podcast interviews. When not in use, I move the boom and mic up and over the monitor and it sits out of the way.

For $200 bucks it ticks all the boxes for what I was looking for. From my perspective, the solution offers great quality and value for the money.

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