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.
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.
I’ve decided to take January off from producing events o watch for an invite to the next event later this month.
#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.”
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.
Our Thursday meetup Celebrating Horror & Sci-Fi Soundtracks with Synths was super fun! Thanks to all who came out and a huge thanks to members Victoria Lundy and Chris Frain for jumping in to present.
Prior to the event we created a rather large interactive mind map from which we could present and play media. We only covered a subset of films on the map. Of course even though the map is large it only captures a fraction of the movies that feature synths.
Still, the map is a fun way to explore films and composers so I’ve published it publicly. You don’t need any sort of account to browse the map.
If after your brows the map you have some suggestions for additions leave a comment on this blog post.
Mind Mapping Solutions
Someone on the meetup asked me which mind mapping solution I’m using. Mind mapping is a great way to plan creative projects such as album releases, studio reorgs and more.
My recommendation for web and mobile is Mindmeister. Tey have a free account that gives you 3 free maps. You can get a free account here https://www.mindmeister.com.
Full disclosure I’m an affiliate but I would recommend Mindmeister even if I was not. If you want to help me out a little you can sign up for a free account with the my affiliate link here https://www.mindmeister.com/?r=507
If you are looking for a desktop Mind Mapping solution I recommend Xmind.net.
I’ve used both solutions for over a decade.
Save the Date for November Meetups
I’m switching to 2nd and 4th Tuesdays for November events. Events are still in the works but save the dates for the Nov 10th and Nov 24th.
Halloween Music by Members
I wanted to mention that both Victoria and I have Halloween themed albums. I’ll provide links below. If you have an album that’s Halloween-ready, leave a comment on this blog post with links.
I’ve started creating Spotify playlists with music from RMSM members. It’s a great way to discover and enjoy some great tracks by members, feature RMSM and member’s work to a broader audience, as well as give a little boost to members who have their music on Spotify.
In the future I’ll look for more ways to feature member’s work on other platforms. For now I’ve updated
Link to Playlist
I built the first list with people who I already knew were on Spotify. For those who aren’t familiar with artist names:
Sorry, sending this again with some new info as I forgot to mention the Colorado Modular Synth Society Listening Party. See below…
Save the date for the following events in September
Wed Sep 9, 7PM MDT: Space Palette Pro – an instrument for visual music by Tim Thompson
Wed Sep 23, 7PM MDT: MPC Live / MPC One Breakout Session
I’ll send invites out the Sunday before each event.
It’s Bandcamp Friday
Bandcamp has announced that for the rest of the year the first Friday of each month is “Bandcamp Friday”. On these days Bandcamp waives it’s revenue share on all sales to give musicians more money from each purchase. So it’s a great day to buy indy albums on Bandcamp to support Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet members who are on Bandcamp as well as your other fav artists.
Hey Kids – Let’s Build a Member Bandcamp Directory
I figured a quick and organic way to get started on a directory is to put up the page and have you leave a comment with your Bandcamp listing. I can formalize it from there.
Note: First time commenters are held for moderation
Everyone swing by this link later today before midnight Pacific time if you want to help out with a “Bandcamp Friday” buy :^)
Bandcamp Listening Party for Modular Synth Artists
I love the that we have so much membership crossover between the Rocky Mountain Synth Meet and the our most groovy friends the Colorado Modular Synth Society!!! #ColoradoStrong So heads up, there is a listening party tonight!!! See you out on the YouTubes.
We are excited to announce our 2020 Trifecta Raffle featuring a Moog Rogue, a Moog Prodigy, and a Moog Source. The synthesizers being offered have been fully restored and are in excellent technical and physical condition. Together their collective worth is nearly $7,000.We are excited to announce our 2020 Trifecta Raffle featuring a Moog Rogue, a Moog Prodigy, and a Moog Source. The synthesizers being offered have been fully restored and are in excellent technical and physical condition. Together their collective worth is nearly $7,000.
The raffle begins at 12:01am (ET) on August 31, 2020 and ends on
September 28, 2020 at 11:59pm (ET) or when all tickets are sold.
Tickets are $25 each, 5 for $100, 12 for $200, and 35 for $500.
I was planning a breakout event for this week but for various reasons it didn’t work out. So that, combined with the fact that I’m tad worn out from all the crazy epic July of synth concerts, I’m going to skip the event this week.
Next event should be 2nd Wednesday in August on the 12th.
Till then I hope you stay cool in your synth bunkers and make lots of cool art.
Here is a brief news update on upcoming Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet events.
Event Types and Cadence
To return to a predictable pattern for events at a more sustainable pace I’m going to go with the following event types and cadence.
2nd Wednesdays – Main Event: An online event with general appeal with rotating topics and speakers. This is a structured format with announcements, presentation, Q & A, breakout intros, and round-table check-ins.
4th Wednesdays – Breakout Session: An online interactive session with focused appeal where members will have an unstructured moderated discussion sharing tips and tricks on a focused topic. (Past examples… Digitone / Digitakt Breakout on 3/12, OBS Studio Breakout on 4/1)
Special Event: From time-to-time I’ll host additional events on top of the other two events in a month. Examples of this type of an event might be a concert or panel discussions.
Upcoming Events – Save the Dates
Wednesday June 24th, 7PM MDT: Online Breakout Session on Elektron Machines to discuss recent flurry of OS updates and more. Invite coming soon.
I have some other fun and interesting events in the works. I need a little more time to pull them together so I‘ll be skipping this week. Next event is Wednesday May 13th. Watch for an invite later this week. If you haven’t done so subscribe so you can get an email notification.
Looking Back at March and April
We had 8 online events in March and April 😮🎆. A huge thanks to all who presented and joined in. Special thanks to Victoria and Eddie for helping me test early on while developing the online format. And additional thanks to Victoria and her company Cuttlefish Arts for doing tweaking our logo for online events and for our minor name change to Rocky Mountain Synth Meet.
Thanks for the Kind Donations
A big big big thanks to those who donated to the meetup! Your generous donations has me back in the black after paying web hosting fees.
Transition from Meetup.com Complete
We completed our transition from meetup.com to RockyMountainSynth.com and doing a slight name change to Rocky Mountain Synth Meet. As I mentioned in previous events I did manage to archive a screen shot of every event plus the 1,200+ pictures from the older platform. A future project is to restore the archive. So thanks for opting in and making the transition a smooth one.
Notes & Comments from Past Events
Starting with event #82 I started using the comments feature of the web site to place event notes.
You can comment here as well if you had a good time or want to share a related note. Your first time commenting will be moderated. Comments are also surfaced on the home page if you scroll down a bit.
Notes from Event #86 – Intro to Overbrdige 2.0 by Mark Mosher
Notesfrom Event #85 – The Appropriate Premaster with Steve Turnidge
Notes from event #84 Sound Design with Ableton Live with Huston Singletary
Notes from event #83 Intro to The ZOIA modular pedal with Mitch Lantz
Notes from event #82 Breakout Session OBS Studio for Live Streaming
Till Next Time
If you have ideas for future events drop me a note here.