With Knobcon happening on September 10-12 and Superbooth happening September 15-18 it seems a lot of new gear is going to be announced over the next few weeks. This being the case, I thought I’d push our September event out on the other side of these events giving us time to consume the news and videos to fuel our discussion.
So please join me on Wednesday September 22nd at 7PM for some gear talk.
Now that summer is in full swing we’ll be taking August off so you can get out of those synth caves and enjoy some sunshine and nature. We can stay connected on Discord till the next event.
Mobile Music Making Tips
Budget Field Recorder
Don’t forget to take your field recorder with you. If you don’t have one I recommend the Zoom H1n which is like $120 bucks. It’s small and runs on batteries. If you have more $s, I recommend the Zoom H6.
AUM for FTW on iOS!
A great way to untether from your studio and create on batteries is to use iOS with AUM by Kymatica. AUM is an amazingly flexible audio mixer, plugin host, and recorder. It’s probably the best 20 bucks you’ll drop in the app store and in my opinion is essential for both studio work and live performance.
While you are at it, I also recommend AudioShare alsy by Kymatica. It’s “Your file manager for soundfiles and midifiles. Transfer between apps, to/from computer, email, dropbox, upload to soundcloud, and more.“
Below are some helpful videos. So if you are new to making music with iOS these vids will help get your started. Seasoned users will probably pick a few tips.
If you would like to take the red pill and go down the rabbit hole, go to YouTube and see more vids. There is also a list of tutorials on the AUM Product Page link below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.
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.
If you are in a position to donate to help support the meetup visit this page to make a secure donation.
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.
To attend you mustregister first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.
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)
Mark Mosher – Zoom LiveTrak L-8 8-channel Digital Mixer / Recorder you didn’t know you needed
Eddie Corcoran – 10th Anniversary of Octatrack and the 1.40A update
Mike Metlay – A look at the amazing HYDRASYNTH Keyboard ribbon controller
Christoph Scholtes – Ambient explorations and droning techniqueswith the Digitone
Huston Singletary – 411 on the Expressive e Touché controller
Part 2: After Meet Social Hour
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
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.