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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 🎅.

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.

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

Donate to Support the RMSM

While events are free the Rocky Mountain Synth Meet is made possible by volunteers and member donations. Your donation will help offset fees for our paid Zoom account, our paid streaming services, and our web hosting fees. Use this link, button or QR code above to make a secure donation.

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#100 YouTube Link to December 8th Special Event on Live 11

Our special YouTube livestream event is next Tuesday December 8th at 7pm MST.

For this event I’m collaborating with member Serafin Sanchez (who is also an Ableton Brand Manager) to bring you a special event focusing on Live 11.

Here are your next steps.

  • Now: Swing by the YouTube video and Set a Reminder. https://youtu.be/YyVuLD1dSvQ.
  • Day of Show: Use that same link to watch the show on YouTube and participate in the chat.

Presentation Overview

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.
  • What’s new in Racks
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#99 Breakout Session: Home Studio Talk – Tuesday Nov 24th 7pm MST

This event will be an online interactive roundtable discussion around  home studio topics such as: 

  • Mixers
  • Patchbays
  • Audio interfaces
  • Desks
  • Monitors
  • Recording devices
  • Mics & Mic stands
  • Ergonomics
  • Headphones
  • Cable management
  • Stands
  • Lighting
  • Webcams

Come and share tips, ask questions, and learn what others in the meet are using.

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.


Heads up – Synth Patrol Livestream Concert on Saturday Nov 28th at 11am MST

Synth Patrol is baaaack and I’m producing a new livestream concert series called SynthPatrol: FRIENDS ELECTRIC. It’s free will stream on YouTube.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to swing by https://synthpatrol.com/livestream/, check out who is playing, then click the video so you can “Set a Reminder” on YouTube :^) Pass it on.


Donate

If you are in a position to donate to help support the meetup visit this page to make a secure donation https://rockymountainsynth.com/donate/.

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November Events + Register Now for a Special Ableton Live 11 Event in December!

November Events

  • Tonight Nov 10th 7PM MST #98 Petting Zoo – Register on Zoom
  • Tuesday Nov 24th 7PM MST – #99 Topic and Zoom Link TBA

December Events

Big news!!! Ableton has announced Live 11 – woo hoo!!! And in other big news our Dec 8th meet will be our 100th event!!!

To celebrate I’m collaborating with member Serafin Sanchez (who is also an Ableton Brand Manager) to bring you a special event focusing on Live 11.

Instead of using Zoom, we’ll be streaming this event publicly to YouTube.

Registration for this free event will be via Eventbrite so we can communicate links and details as we get closer.

Please register here

Till then, click here to see what’s new in Live 11.

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#98 Online Petting Zoo Tuesday Nov 10th 7PM MDT

This event will be an online version of our popular Petting Zoo theme. 

Heads up – we’re moving to 2nd and 4th Tuesday‘s for November and December.

Format

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, 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 present to participate. As we go along use the chat to talk with instrument owners on the main chat thread or 1-1.

Also we’re getting close to Black Friday so you could also mention gear you have for sale to help build funds for that next synth buy.

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.


Donate

If you are in a position to donate to help support the meetup visit this page to make a secure donation https://rockymountainsynth.com/donate/.

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#97 Halloween Party & A Celebration of Synths in Horror & Sc-Fi Films and TV – Thursday October 29th, 7-9 PM MDT

Join us for a Halloween Party on Zoom. Costumes are encouraged but not required. BYOB of course 😉.

  • 7:00-7:15 – Welcome and Announcements
  • 7:15-8:00 – A Celebration of Synths in Horror & Sci-Fi Films and TV.  Victoria Lundy, Chris Frain and I will be taking you on a tour through synth-heavy musical themes from some classic horror & sci-fi films and tv shows. Along the way we’ll offer some “fun facts” about these scores to facilitate a group discussion.
  • 8:00-8:10 – Breakout Intros
  • 8:10-8:30 – Hang out on Zoom
  • 8:30-9:00 – After-meetup for those who still want to hang out

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.

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#96 Fast prototyping (plugins) with Max for Live – Wed Oct 14 7PM MDT

Max is a power full tool kit for multimedia, but lacks some of the easy to use structures of a DAW. Live is an awesome DAW, that can host and integrate all sorts of cool things built in Max. Lets explore some of the powerful instruments and effects you can build as max for live devices. These devices can be put straight to work in your music productions in Live. They can expand your sonic pallet and even change some of your DAW workflows to make amazing music.

Join this session by member Langdon C. Crawford to see a very quick demonstration making a max for live device from soup to nuts.

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.


Langdon C. Crawford is a collaborative and creative technologist from the green mountains of Vermont. He has been developing performance / composition systems with electronics since 1999.

Starting with guitars, effects and sequencers, he moved into computer music, eventually incorporating graphics and sensor controlled interaction. He has a masters of music technology from NYU.

He is currently working conferencing technology to facilitate remote collaboration and occasionally teaches electronic music remotely in CO and NYC.

You can find some of his work, like a year long thing-a-day project under the langsound handel on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/langsound.

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#95 Breakout Session on MPC Series Workstations – Wed Sep 23 7PM MDT

This event will be an online interactive round table discussion focusing primarily on the the Akai MPC workstations that run the current 2.8 Firmware such as MPC Live, MPC Live II, MPC One, MPC X. We will also discuss topics such as MPC past and present.

Eddie will kick off the night with a 10 minute overview of MPC features. Long-time users Justin and Dino will be on hand as well to share insights.

So whether you own an MPC; are interested perhaps getting into MPC; or you are just curious about the MPC hardware, workflow and history I hope you’ll join us for this breakout session.

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.

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#94 Space Palette Pro – An instrument for visual music – Wed. Sep 9 7PM MDT

Tim Thompson will offer a look into the creation of his amazing Space Palette Pro which has been used at festivals like Burning Man as well as installation at museums. Here is Tim’s description for this upcoming talk. Make sure you check out the pics and videos below.

When computer-based graphics became fast, cheap, and ubiquitous in the early 2000’s, it was inevitable that my algorithmic music exploration would expand to include interactive real-time graphics. The first efforts were camera-based (LoopyCam), Kinect-based (Space Palette), and LinnStrument-based (UniLooper).

This talk will describe the implementation and workflow details of my latest – the Space Palette Pro – a four-track gestural looper on which you finger-paint music and graphics simultaneously using four Sensel Morphs. A short performance will be included.

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.

Agenda

  • 7:00 Open Meeting
  • 7:05 Announcements
  • 7:15 Presentation
  • 7:45 Breakout Room Intros
  • 8:00 Open discussion

Space Palette Pro Video and Pics

Bio

Tim Thompson is a software engineer, musician, and interactive installation artist. His wide-ranging artistic work includes a programming language for MIDI, interactive installations at Burning Man and other festivals, musical performances with Playstation dance pads and QWERTY keyboards, and realtime video looping and processing with a handheld security camera.  Recently, Tim has focused on the expressive potential of three-dimensional input in visual music instruments, using devices such as the Microsoft Kinect (in the original Space Palette) and the Sensel Morph (in the newer Space Palette Pro). His website is https://timthompson.com


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#93 Breakout Session on Live Looping – Wed. Aug 26onth 7PM MDT

This event will be an online interactive round table discussion about live looping. Come join in the conversation to learn and share tips and workflow on live looping with software, iPad apps, dedicated loopers, pedals, and Eurorack.

I’ll kick off the conversation with laptop looping with Ableton Looper.

I’ll mind map the discussion as we go so we’ll have some takeaway notes on some favorite loopers and techniques.

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.

If you have a song that makes extensive use of live looping drop a comment below this news post on the web site.