Colorado Modular Synth Fest is Today + Giving Talk with Victoria and Tom Lundy on “Theremin, Musique concrète, and Live Sampling, Oh My!”

The Colorado Modular Synth Festival (CMSF) will have live music and interactive hands-on activities for kids and adults interested in synthesizers and electronic music.The event will take place at Belmar Plaza (464 S Teller St, Lakewood, CO 80226) from 2-8pm and then 8-10PM at Crazy Mountain Brewery at Belmar. We have over 18 performers and... Continue Reading →

Performing an Analog Four Set with Live Sampling at Beat Cypher at madelife Boulder Thursday February 28th 7:30 pm

I'll be performing an improv experimental set at the Beat Cypher event at madelife in Boulder using my trusty Elektron Analog Four with some outboard FX from iPad with hands-on control with Launch Control XL. I'll also be live sampling all that into iOS Samplr but all source sounds will be from Analog Four. madelife... Continue Reading →

Notes on Octatrack’s Role in Carbon Dioxide Ensemble’s Upcoming Set for Denver Noise Fest 2016

I'll be performing with the Carbon Dioxide Ensemble (Co2E) at Denver Noise Fest. The fest starts today on Dec 21st and our set is on the second night on the 22nd. See my recent article Spread the Word – Denver Noise Fest VII 2016 is On!!! December 21-22 Globe Hall. The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble is a collaboration... Continue Reading →

A Video Roundup of Sampling Past and Present

I’ve been sampling since the 80’s when I got an Ensoniq Mirage. I’ve since moved on to software and now use Ableton Sampler, and Camel Audio Alchemy for sample-based work these days. I still find sample-based sound design fascinating and recently found some cool videos which illustrate how far we’ve come over the last few... Continue Reading →

Two New Ableton Inc. Videos – DJ Jazzy Jeff & Life as an Ableton Developer

If you are into Ableton Live I think you’ll enjoy the following videos. DJ Jazzy Jeff on Ableton Live I saw reference to this on Synthtopia. It’s a an Ableton Inc video featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff on how he uses Ableton Live. At 2:30 he discusses his use of Ableton Sampler to slice segments of... Continue Reading →

Ableton’s Summer of Sampler offer: Buy Live 8 and Get Sampler Free + New Sampler Move + Free Samplification Audio Pack for Sampler

I Love Sampler! I’m a huge fan of of Sampler, Ableton’s advance sampling instrument.  I was recently corresponding with an artist who was considering Live and I wrote this about it: “Ableton Sampler breaks with the classic sampler metaphor and supports a more immediate and "organic" workflow than other hardware or software samplers. This workflow... Continue Reading →

KONTAKT 3 Now Available

Native Instruments has released KONTAKT 3. It now comes with over 33GB of sounds and 1,000 individual instruments. These instruments include orchestral, band, world, urban beats, vintage synths and more. KONTAKT 3 has a new "Performance View" that allows you to quickly tweak sounds. This video offers a nice tour of the new library and... Continue Reading →

SampleRobot – A Fast Way to Clone Your Old Hardware Synthesizers

Looking for a way to sample your hardware-based keyboards into your software sampler? Take a look at Sample Robot. It's a software utility that lets you clone musical instruments by automating the process of sampling external instruments so you can build software versions. The software uses MIDI to programmatically send note-on messages in various keyboard... Continue Reading →

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