Overview and Time-Lapse Video of My Ableton Live Laptop Music Rig + Controllers

Over the years I’ve played hundreds of shows as a keyboardist using my trusty Apex column with various hardware synths.  In late 2009 I had a vision to create a new Ableton Live laptop-centric rig using only virtual synths running in Live. While I wanted to play some keys, I was really excited to add... Continue Reading →

My Studio Setup: 1 Laptop/3 Configurations + Akai APC40 Eye Candy

Revised 7-3-2009, changes are in red.For over two years I've been completely laptop based and loving it. Here are some notes on the three configurations I run with my latpop.First, I'm running an HP DV6500T running Vista, Ableton Live 8 Suite, and various vsts (Alchemy,Sylenth1,NI Massive/Absynth 4,Gladiator 2,Dimension Pro, Morphine...) I run in one of... Continue Reading →

Modulate This! – Best Products of 2008 for Electronic Musicians

Hope you all are having a restful holiday season. I continuously strive for the leanest rig that will give me the best results. In this post I’ll offer a list products that make up the core of my rig. Consider this my “If I was stranded on a desert island” list for 2008.  Note that... Continue Reading →

Step 1 – Create Hit Song, Step 2 – Backup Your Data!

Last week I accidentally clobbered three banks of purchased presets for my Vanguard virtual synthesizer. Luckily, I had backups and was able to get the presets back. Are you doing backups? If not you REALLY, REALLY need to start.To help you get started I'll pass along a list of tools and methods I've come to... Continue Reading →

EditorsKeys – computer Keyboard Sticker Sets for Audio, Graphic, and Video Editing

  Here is a simple idea that might save you some time - application specific keyboard sticker sets. I've listed the supported applications below. Alas, no stickers for FL Studio or Ableton Live. Perhaps we should email the good folks at EditorsKeys and make requests. See http://www.editorskeys.com for more info. Audio Editing Reason (pictured) Cubase... Continue Reading →

ArKaos VJ – Use MIDI and ReWire to Create Video for Live Shows or Rock Videos

If you are looking for a way to use VJ software sync video elements to music for a live show or a rock video check out ArKaos VJ. The software not only responds to MIDI, but also supports ReWire so that you sequence video elements from inside your primary music application ( ex. Ableton Live,... Continue Reading →

Buy.com Has a Hot Deal on Iomega Silver Series 320GB Hi Speed USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

Need more storage for you music production files for your workstation or laptop? Buy.com has the Iomega Silver Series 320GB Hi Speed USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for only $79 bucks (normally 129.95)!

Crucial Memory Tools Takes the Pain Out of Find the Right Memory

Music production software is memory hungry to be sure. Also, most low end Vista systems are sold with less than the obligatory 2 Gig of memory. I've had good luck with Crucial.com. They have good prices on memory for desktops and laptops running PC and MAC. They also have memory for devices (mp3, cameras). More... Continue Reading →

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