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RMSM #107: Soft Synth Petting Zoo – Wed June 9th, 7PM MDT

For this event we’ll be celebrating all our fav Mac & PC based soft synths. The event will begin with a few formal presentations to break the ice and then we’ll switch to a petting zoo format where anyone on the call can share their thoughts on their favorite soft synths.

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  • Welcome & RMSM Announcements
  • Member Announcements
  • 10 Minute Presentations to Kick Things Off:
    • Huston Singletary – A look DCO-106 Polyphonic Synth from Cherry Audio
    • Mark Mosher – Ableton Wavetable + Quick tips on Instrument Racks
    • Brian Horsfield – Omnisphere in 10 minutes (good luck with that)
  • Soft Synth Petting Zoo
  • Socialize
  • Wrap-up

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RMSM #106 Synthstrom Deluge Breakout – Wed May 12th 7PM MDT

In this event we’ll be taking a closer look at the Synthstrom Deluge. This will be more of an open “breakout” format with open discussion and Q & A. So this is not a course on the Deluge but more of an event where you can see how people are using it.

For those interested in Deluge but don’t have one… I’ll kick things off with a brief overview of what the Deluge can do. As part of this I’ll illustrate how to connect MIDI controllers and also discuss MIDI and CV sequencing implementations.

If you have a Deluge and would like to perform a short 2 minute song followed by a 3 minute song deconstruction, show up at the meeting 30 minutes early at 6:30 to do a brief A / V check.

Even if you are not in the market for a Deluge you might find some of the concepts in the workflow interesting and inspiring. It’s an amazing box.

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Agenda

  • Welcome & RMSM Announcements
  • Member Announcements
  • Brief Tour of Deluge
  • Deluge Breakout Discussions
  • Breakout Intros
  • Socialize
  • Wrap-up

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RMSM #105 MIDI Mapping: Adding Expressive Control to Your Rig – Wed April 21st 7PM MDT

[Update… Ooops, I meant April 21st]

In this event we’ll be focusing on how to use MIDI mapping to add expressive control to your studio and live rigs.

There are a huge number of MIDI controllers on the market so we’ll get the conversation started three member demos showing off some real-world examples of mapping MIDI CC’s to offer expressive control of hardware, software, or hybrid rigs. This will give you insights into a few specific controllers and also illustrate concepts that can be applied with any controller or MIDI mappable device.

I’ll then MC a group discussion where attendees can ask questions and / or share tips on their controllers and workflow.

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Agenda

  • Welcome & RMSM Announcements
  • Member Announcements
  • MIDI Mapping
    • Launch Control XL – Eddie Corcoran
    • Launchpad Pro MK3 Custom Modes – Mark Mosher
    • Faderfox  EC4 – Brian Horsfield
    • Attendee discussion
  • Breakout intros
  • Socialize
  • Wrap-up

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RMSM News for April 2021

Hello synth friends,

Here is a brief note to let you know about upcoming events and changes.

I’m going to drop down to 1 event per month as I’m expecting people to be enjoying the great outdoors and other activities with the arrival of Spring and the vaccines. I may slip in some special events here and there.

In April I have some project deadlines in the next week or so so I need to push the next event to Wednesday April 21st at 7pm Mountain – so save the date.

I’ll plan on 2nd Wednesday’s from there on out as a general cadence.

Mark

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RMSM #104 MicroFreak Breakout Session – Wed March 31st 7PM MDT

This event will be an online interactive roundtable discussion focusing on the Arturia MicroFreak. So if you have a MicroFreak have it handy and of course feel free to talk about tips and ideas for the synth.

If you don’t have a MicroFreak and are curious about how much value is packed in this amazing synth stop on by as I will kick off the night with a brief overview of the MicroFreak and some of the new features introduced in the last few firmware updates including how to use the Vocoder.

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MicroFreak In Action

In a related note, I produced 1-minute multimedia performance featuring the MictoFreak. All the synth sounds except the drums and FX are from the MicroFreak. Blog post on all this here.

Note The Revised Date for this Event

Note this was originally planned for March 24th but I’m postponing till the 31st so people can attend the Denver Ableton User Group event with Slynk (who posted my fav Live 11 feature overview video) which was schedule for the 24th.

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#103 Online Petting Zoo Wed March 10th – 7PM MST

This email has info on upcoming events in March and April so you can save the date, registration info on our next event, plus a reminder about Bandcamp Friday and CMSM listening party.

Upcoming Events in March and April

Here is a heads up what I’m planning for March and April so you can save the date.

  • Wednesday March 10th, 7PM MST – Petting Zoo Meet
  • Wednesday March 24th, 7PM MST – MicroFreak Breakout Session
  • Wednesday April 14th, 7PM MST – Short Circuit Presentations Meet
  • Wednesday April 28th, 7PM MST – Deluge Breakout Session

Wednesday March 10th 7PM MST – Petting Zoo

This event will be an online version of our popular Petting Zoo theme. Petting Zoo’s are a great way to show off your fav instrument, discover new gear, and connect with others who share a passion for a piece of gear or technology. 

During the meeting I’ll go around the virtual room spotlighting attendees so they can say a few words about their favorite instruments including hardware synths, drum machines, modules, virtual synths, Eurorack, or even historical instruments. If you have the instrument in your studio you can point a camera at it.

Alternatively, you can pop a link in the chat when it’s your turn and I’ll present info in a web browser as you talk.

You don’t have to be a presnter to participate. As we go along use the chat to talk with instrument owners on the main chat thread or 1-1.

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March 5th is Bandcamp Friday

Bandamp waives is waiving there fees on Friday March 5th so it’s a great time to pick up music from synth friends and your fav artists.

Also our friends at the Colorado Modular Synth Society are having their bandcamp listening party on Friday at 9pm. Use this link to set a reminder and watch the show from YouTube so you can participate in chat.


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#102 – Short Circuit Presentations – Wed Feb 10th, 7pm MST

For February’s event we’re introducing a new theme called “Short Circuit Presentations“. The goal is a variation on our long form talks theme but offering a snappier multi-segment set of shorter talks with multiple presenters. This new theme and some format tweaks are based some great feedback from attendees at the December event along with some brainstorming with Eddie Corcoran,  Michael O’Bannon, and Victoria Lundy. Thanks to Eddie for the theme name.

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SCHEDULE

Part 1: Main Event

  • Welcome, Name tags, Donations, RMSM Announcements, welcome new members
  • Member Announcements on Upcoming Shows, Projects, and Releases
  • Short Circuit Presentations (Up to 10 Minutes Each)
    1. Mark MosherZoom LiveTrak L-8 8-channel Digital Mixer / Recorder you didn’t know you needed
    2. Eddie Corcoran – 10th Anniversary of Octatrack and the 1.40A update
    3. Mike Metlay – A look at the amazing HYDRASYNTH Keyboard ribbon controller
    4. Christoph Scholtes – Ambient explorations and droning techniques with the Digitone
    5. Huston Singletary – 411 on the Expressive e Touché controller

Part 2: After Meet Social Hour

  • Breakout Intros
  • Call for future Short Circuit Presenters
  • MC’d group discussion on topics such as:
    • New music gear introduced at NAMM Believe in Music virtual trade show
    • Buy, sell, trade
    • I need help with?
    • I’m looking to collaborate on?
    • Tips and tricks on something you just figured out
    • Misc
  • Wrap up and sign off

Miscellaneous Heads Up…

Member Dino J.A. Deane part of a livestream 1/28 at 6:30…

J A Deane “Dino” (Colorado) Pioneer of live sampling systems in improvised music.  Alum of Butch Morris and Jon Hassel. 

Here is Dino’s set in replay.

If you are in the market for a Deluge, now might be the time…

Back in December 2019 member Matthew Yost gave a great talk and performance on the Synthstrom Audible Deluge which piqued my interest. I just bought mine because the price is about to go up and they are about to add new features coming are a new wavetable synth; MPE support; and Euclidean sequencing, individual row lengths, moving kit steps horizontally and new playback directions – reverse and ping-pong.

So heads up, just saw this in their newsletter.

Those who may have been sitting on the fence about grabbing a Deluge that in less than a week’s time we’ll be adding $100 USD to the sale price, respecting how it’s now a completely different product to when we first put on sale, increased production costs and reflecting our commitment to continuing to update our baby.
You can read about the price increase here: https://synthstrom.com/why/
You have until Jan 31st 11:59pm (US ET) to order at the current $899 USD price.

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RMSM January 2021 News: Save Date for February Meet + Freshening Things Up + Virtual NAMM

Hi everybody and happy new year!

Save the date for our February event

Our next event will be on Wednesday February 10 from 7 to 8 PM. Save the date. I’ll send an invite out about a week before the event.

Freshening Things Up

I got some great feedback from attendees at our year-end December event on ways to improve and freshen up the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer meet. In the break this month I’ve been brainstorming with Eddie Corcoran,  Michael O’Bannon, and Victoria Lundy to come up with some new theme and segment ideas. More on this in the upcoming invite.

We’ll also be dropping back down to one event per month on second Wednesday’s – barring special events that come up. We will still meet via Zoom.

Virtual NAMM

Heads up. NAMM has introduced a free all-virtual event this week. I’ve already popped in and there are product announcements, virtual booths, presentations and more.

Swing by NAMM – Believe in Music Week to register and learn more.

Korg has already announced 3 new synths Synthesizers / Keyboards | KORG (USA)!

If you see anything cool out there drop a comment on this blog post.

Till next time…


Mark Mosher
RockyMountainSynth.com
MarkMosherMusic.com

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January 2020 News & No Events in January

Happy new year!

No Events in January

I’ve decided to take January off from producing events o watch for an invite to the next event later this month.

#Jamuary

#Jamuary has begun…

Via @truecuckoo … “The idea with Jamuary is to get going with what you have, and to help get comfortable sharing and performing little jams, and to get to know each other and appreciate what everyone is doing in the electronic music independent scene. Post a little music snippet every day of jamuary, or for as many of the days that you have the energy to. Browse the hashtag and get inspired. Get to know musicians you had never heard about, and perhaps even make some friends along the way.”

I’ll be giving it a pass this year but if you want to get the gist of it here is all my #Jamuary posts from last year All My #Jamuary Videos Along with Detailed Rig & Producer Notes – Mark Mosher (markmoshermusic.com).

If you were going to be participating in #Jamuary feel free to leave a comment on this post on the web site with a link to where you’ll be publishing songs or videos so we can all follow along.

Cheers…

Cheers and here is to a creative January,

Mark

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#101 Holiday Happy Hour – Tuesday Dec 22nd 7pm MST + Replay of Live 11 Livestream

Our last event of 2020 will be a holiday happy hour 🎉🥂🍺🎹. Join in with your fav holiday treat or cocktail.

We’ll have a discussion about projects we finished in 2020 and what we’ll be working on next. Then we can just hangout and talk synths.

Ugly sweaters and/or Santa hats suggested but optional 🎅.

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Replay of Live 11 Livestream

Our livestream celebrating our 100th event and the announcement of Live 11 was super fun. Thanks Serafin who presented with me and to all who attended.

If you missed it or want to watch the replay watch from YouTube using the link below.

We covered a lot of ground in this presentation so to turn this video into a resource for learning Live 11 I spent a a few hours putting chapter markers in the video description on YouTube to make it easier to zero in on topics.

Watch this on YouTube and hit “SHOW MORE” link to reveal chapter marker hyperlinks

https://youtu.be/YyVuLD1dSvQ

Getting to Know Live 11

I also put a few hours into curating a blog post which should save you quite a bit of time if you want to learn more about Live 11. It’s pinned to the top of Modulate This! – A Synth Tech Technique Blog by Synthesist, Multimedia Artist & Sound Designer Mark Mosher

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