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.
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.
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Day of Show: Use that same link to watch the show on YouTube and participate in the chat.
Serafin will provide a walkthrough of several new workflows found in Live 11.
Note Chance lets you set the probability that a note or drum hit will occur and let Live generate surprising variations to your patterns that change over time.
Velocity Chance define ranges for velocity probability for subtle, humanized variations in the dynamics of your patterns.
Comping organizes multiple passes of an audio or MIDI performance into individual takes. Pick the best moments of each performance and combine them to create your perfect take. Or approach sound design in a new way by splicing together random samples from your library.
Mark will provide a walkthrough of some of the new MPE capabilities and sounds in Live 11.
Using an MPE capable controller to immediately add bends, slides and pressure for each individual note in a chord.
MPE Sounds are included with Live 11. We’ll take a brief tour.
MPE Sound Design primer with Wavetable, Sampler, and other devices.
Poly Pressure with Push
Note Expression View lets you edit the pitch, slide and pressure envelopes of each note to refine the expression of your takes. Or take your sound design further by sequencing polyphonic sound variations.