Learning the MicroFreak Synth: Cheat Sheets and Recommended Videos

I recently bought the Arturia MicroFreak Hybrid Synrhesizer - yay!. I really like the design and it’s an amazing value for only $299. In this post I’ll share some resources I've been using to learn it so you too can wrap your head around this featured packed and mobile synth. I'll include some cheat sheets... Continue Reading →

New Microsoft Surface Announcements Including Surface Laptop, Pro, Neo, and Duo + My Journey with Surface for Music Production and Performance So Far

My Journey So Far with Surface I'm a big fan of design of Microsoft Surface computers and have a Surface Laptop and Surface Pro 4 that I use for every day computing and for music applications like Ableton Live and virtual synthesizers. I literally have trouble using computers that don't support touch displays and pen... Continue Reading →

Modulate This! Turns 14

Modulate This! turned 14 on October 1st 2019. Yes that’s right, I started blogging on synth tech & technique way back in 2005. Around 2010 I started an artist blog where I did posts on upcoming shows, releases, photos and videos of past shows, and talked about the live performance scene in Boulder, Denver, and... Continue Reading →

New Live YouTube Series on Percussa SSP Euorack Module by Matthew Hodson (MATTHS) – Sundays at 6pm UK time (11am MST)

A new live video series by Matthew Hodson (MATTHS) on the Percussa SSP Eurorack Module began on June 16th, 2019. the live stream/video is broadcasted on YouTube Live on Sunday's at 6pm UK time (11am MST). Visit http://www.youtube.com/matthsmatthsmatths to join and watch the stream. Jump in the chat room as Matthew will be joined by... Continue Reading →

Multimodal – A New Synth Album by Chris Frain #Apptronica #Electro #Retro #Space Disco

My good friend and frequent Chris Frain has a new release called Multimodal now available on Bandcamp https://chrisfrainmusic.bandcamp.com/album/multimodal. BTW - Chris was a frequent presenter and performer at the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup before he moved down to Albuquerque. So far for, my favorite track is Swanky Adjacent which starts off with some great electronic... Continue Reading →

Spreading the Word: Ableton “Learning Synths” Site – and Yes I Mind Mapped the Course Outline :^)

Earlier today my go to synth news site Synthtopia published a post about the new Ableton Learning Synths site... " Today, Ableton quietly launched Learning Synths, a new website that teaches the fundamentals of synthesis in an interactive way." It's an interactive media site called Learning Synths. You can use the site right from within... Continue Reading →

What’s New in Ableton Live 10.0.6 and 10.1 Beta

Live 10.0.6 Now Available Ableton Live 10.0.6 is now available. For me the biggest news here is they "updated the bundled Max application to Max 8.0.2." This means some advanced Max for Live devices ( ex. Isotonik Studios Signal) no longer require you to download Max 8.0.2 and point to that version in Preferences. More... Continue Reading →

Bert Schiettecatte, founder of Percussa and Designer and Developer of AudioCubes & SSP Modular Speaking at NAMM 2019 Panels

I won't be at NAMM but I'm spreading the word. Bert Schiettecatte, founder of Percussa and designer and developer of AudioCubes (see my recent post on AudioCubes) and SSP Modular will be speaking at two panels NAMM 2019 on innovations in modular synthesis and sensor technology on Thursday and Saturday. Thursday, January 24, 2019 —... Continue Reading →

New Experimental Improv Release “Miracle Eater” by LSD

One of my improv mentors Dino J.A. Deane played an experimental improvized set with as part of the trio LSD at the Muse Performance Space in Lafayette, CO last Friday. The lineup was: Sound Design- Dino J.A. Deane Sax- Bret Sexton Electric Guitar and Electronics- Farrell Lowe They just released a recording of the performance... Continue Reading →

Journey with Elektron Analog Four Continues + $100 Rebate on Analog Four MKII or Analog Rytm MKII Through September 30th

I just spent an intense month going deeper with the Analog Four MKI to get ready for a recent Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup presentation and performance I did with Brian Horsfeld (a.k.a. The Aefonic). He owns A MKII so I got to spend time checking it out as well. The larger size, OLED screen, more... Continue Reading →

NEEMFest (NorthEastern Electro-Music Festival) September 7-9, 2018 in Homer, NY + Live Streaming Link

NEEMFest (NorthEastern Electro-Music Festival) is happening September 7-9, 2018 in Homer, NY. Where: Center for the Arts of Homer, in Homer, NY 
(near Rt. 81 Exit 12): http://www.center4art.org When: Friday, September 7, 12:00PM-12:00AM Saturday, September 8, 12:00PM-12:00AM Sunday, September 9, 12:00PM-12:00AM Tickets: $10 for a Three-Day Pass! More Info at neemfest.org If you can’t attend... Continue Reading →

Good Read “Electroacoustic Music is Not About Sound” by Eric Chasalow @NewMusicUSA @NewMusicBox

I recently discovered New Music USA which has a lot of great resources. I'm particularly enjoying the publication NewMusicBox. NewMusicBox, a multimedia publication from New Music USA, presents artists in their own words and explores the ideas behind a wide scope of adventurous music produced in the United States: concert works, jazz, experimental, contemporary opera,... Continue Reading →

Max 8 and VIZZIE 2 Coming in September 2018 + Dipping My Toe in the VIZZIE pool

Cycling '74 Max 8 is coming in September of 2018. Here is a summary of some of what's coming plus some videos of some of my early VIZZIE work. Patching Improvements Groups: The ability to group objects together so they can be easily selected and adjusted as needed. Pan and Zoom: This lets you move... Continue Reading →

Good Read: Ableton Interview “Jon Hassell: Possible Musics”

Ableton just released a fantastic interview with New York trumpeter and composer Jon Hassell. The interview covers among other things his studies with Stockhausen, his coining of the term "Fourth World",  his early work with Fairlight CMI, work with Bob Moog on a sound sculpture, with lots of inspiring information on his practice and art.... Continue Reading →

Isotonik Studios Releases ADM DRUMS by AfroDJMac + A Video Walkthrough of this Epic Collection

Isotonik Studios and my friend and amazing sound designer AfroDJMac just came together to release ADM Drums by AfroDJMac. The collection contains drum samples and presets made over the years by the prolific AfroDJMac which were then curated and organized by Isotonik Studios' resident Ableton Live Pack expert Animus Inviduous (aka PerforModule). An amalgamated collection of... Continue Reading →

Waldorf Largo is Back in My Rig (No Dongle Required Now) + Video of Original Krell Patch for Largo

https://vimeo.com/281108811 It's baaaaaack. Yes Waldorf Largo is back in play in my Ableton Live rig. To celebrate this, I've just published a short video of a Krell patch I made called "Cold Space" using Largo with a little inspiration from the Krell channeling themselves through Dr. Morbius. Look Ma - No Dongle! A big thanks... Continue Reading →

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