#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.

PSA: Don’t Upgrade to iOS 14 Yet on Music Making Devices!

iOS 14 came out yesterday. Dino and Metlay who are heavy into iOS music production always caution people to never upgrade major iOS updates on music making devices till you verify down the road that what you use actually works. It’s good advice, especially with 14.

I took an iPad to 14 to test and after 5 minutes of testing had issues with some audio effects in AUM loading “red” and when I try to reload them it crashes AUM.

I recommend you hang back on your music making devices till things shake out!

If you do decide to try it, read articles on how to backup and restore to 13 (which isn’t really that straight forward).

#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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September News + It’s Bandcamp Friday So Let Us Know your Bandcamp Page + CMSS Listening Party + Moog Foundation Trifecta Raffle

Sorry, sending this again with some new info as I forgot to mention the Colorado Modular Synth Society Listening Party. See below…

Upcoming Events

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.

If you have a Bandcamp page leave a comment to this post https://rockymountainsynth.com/bandcamp-directory#comments

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.

Set a reminder and watch / listen here

Moog Foundation Trifecta Raffle

Heads up!

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.

The raffle is open internationally.

All proceeds benefit the Foundation’s projects: Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, the Bob Moog Foundation Archives, and the Moogseum. Only 4,500 tickets will be sold.

In a related note, I have a Moog Source and put together a little video showing it unleashed 😉. Yeah man!

Details here…

https://moogfoundation.org/announcing-2020-moog-trifecta-raffle-source-prodigy-and-rogue/

#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.

#92 Waldorf Nave – Beyond the Presets – Wed. Aug 12th 7PM MDT


In this event I’ll pass along information to help you customize factory presets to be more expressive and unique for your projects. I’ll also give you a sound design jumpstart so you can get even more out of this amazing synth. I’ll be presenting on Nave on iOS but the information will generally apply to the VST version and has relevance for and Iridium and Quantum users. Some topics I’ll be covering will include:

  • Anatomy of the synth
  • Expressive performance with blades and X/Y touch
  • Deconstruction of a preset
  • Sound design walk-through
  • User wavetables
  • Demo of 4-Track Tape System

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.

Video Demo

Here is a 1 minute video to give you a quick taste of Nave. I’m developing a library of custom presets for use in upcoming episodes of my Sonic Encounters Podcast. This preset is called “MM Critters Who Keep the Clocks”.

  • X-Touch of blades controls Wave 1 pitch
  • Y-Touch of blades controls W1 Travel
  • X-Pad controls W2 Spectrum
  • Y-Pad controls LFO2 Speed
  • LFO2 is mapped to Pitch

About Nave

Waldorf Nave is a amazing multi-platform synth with 500 presets. It has 86 built-in wavetables and the ability to create user wavetables from speech synthesis and also from your own .wav files. On the iPad, the blades are incredibly expressive offering multiple dimensions of control.


The $19.99 iPad version is an incredible value when you consider that 69 of the 86 wavetablels contain all the factory wavetables from Microwave, Wave and Blofeld ($519); you can share presets with the computer-based Plugin version ($179) ; and Nave is clearly the core (only slightly less advanced) version of Iridium ($2,499) and Quantum ($4,399) and Wavetable engine.

My Journey with Waldorf and Wavetable Synthesis


I was a HUGE Waldorf Blofeld fan and owned both dekstop and a keyboard. I developed a large number of presets and wrote quite a few blog posts about it throughout the years. I sold both and now use Largo (see my blog post on Largo vs Blofeld).

I first started using Nave in 2013 when it first released. Like many of you who make music on iOS, I’ve perused, used, and tweaked some of the 500 presets to make music.

Gear lust for Iridium inspired me to dig deeper into Nave to learn how to make my own expressive presets and learn what’s possible with Nave. Now I’m using it almost daily. I will probably still end up with an Iridium 😲😅.

In a related note, also work heavily with Ableton Wavetable.

Heads Up – Arturia Pigments 2 1/2 Off Sale

While we’re talking about affordable wavetable synths, I wanted to mention that Arturia is having a 1/2 off sale on all their individual soft synths till April 12th. Pigments 2 is only $99 right now and offers Wavetable synthesis with user wavetables and V2 added sample and gruanular synthesis.

Nave Links

July Update

Hi everyone,

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.

Mark

Replay Video from 8th B-Day Concert + Links to Other Live Streaming Events This Weekend

Last night’s concert was amazing! Huge thanks to all the performers and Christoph for being our virtual stage manager. Also thanks to all who came out.

Concert Replay

If you missed last nights concert or want to watch a replay here is a 1 hour video of the show.

  1. 00:00 Welcome Message by host Mark Mosher
  2. 00:14 Dino J.A. Deane: Real-Time on the MPC-Live – One for the Beat Cypher – http://jadeane.com
  3. 04:38 Mike Bryant: Twisting knobs for quarantine therapy – https://www.twitch.tv/rebele93
  4. 12:14 Huston Singletary: Lo-fi ambient groove with Moog & Roland – https://hustonmusic.com
  5. 16:47 J.L. Kane: Hip Hop instrumentals – https://soundcloud.com/j-l-kane
  6. 28:25 Announcements of other upcoming events by stage manager Christoph https://www.instagram.com/monoscenes/
  7. 30:01 Mark Mosher: Grooves, Sample Mangling, & Interactive Visuals – https://MarkMosherMusic.com
  8. 40:17 Méchant Métrique: Ominous vibes with Elektron boxes – https://www.instagram.com/mechantmetr…
  9. 49:53 Victoria Lundy: Mood pieces and melodic Theremin – http://VictoriaLundyMusic.com
  10. 1:00:25 Sign off

More Streaming Concerts This Weekend

Colorado Modular Synth Fest

Our friends at the Colorado Modular Synth Society are streaming this year’s Colorado Modular Synth Fest Online. Of course there is great crossover with our communities and it’s great to see so many Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet members in the lineup. Visit youtube.com/ColoradoModularSynthSociety to set reminders or day of show to watch the events.

Freq Boutique

Freq Boutique is on Monday July 13th at 8PM over on WMD’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/WMDevices.

Freq Boutique is a monthly event catered around modular synthesizers and synthesists. You can think of it kind of like like an open mic night for synth heads. Performances will start at 8 pm.

#91 – 8th Birthday Party + Online Concert – Wednesday July 8th 7-9:30 PM MDT

The Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet is now 8 years old and we have had over 90 free events 😲🎉🎈. I’ve cooked up a two-part event to celebrate.

Part 1 is a members-only Zoom meeting, where we’ll be looking back at some past events. I’ll also be hosting an online synth trivia game with prizes provided by SOUNDTRACK LOOPS. All you need is your phone or web browser to participate.

Part 2 is a public online streaming YouTube concert featuring some of our members. Special thanks to Chistoph, who will be our online stream stage director.


Schedule for Wednesday July 8th

Part 1 (7-8PM): Zoom Meeting

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.

  1. Welcome
  2. Online trivia contest with prizes courtesy of SOUNDTRACK LOOPS
  3. Breakout Intros
  4. Slideshow with some fav pics from past events
  5. Round-Table
  6. Hop over to YouTube to watch Part 2 Concert

Part 2 (8:10-9:30): Public Online Streaming Concert

We’ll be streaming 10 minute sets on YouTube as a public event. Click here to set a reminder and bookmark the page.

[Update July 9th – you can now watch a replay of this concert here.]

Lineup

  1. Dino J.A. Deane: Real-Time on the MPC-Live
    Artist info >>> http://jadeane.com
  2. Huston Singletary: Lo-fi ambient groove with Moog & Roland
    Artist info >>> https://hustonmusic.com
  3. Mike Bryant: Twisting knobs for quarantine therapy
    Artist info >>> https://www.twitch.tv/rebele93|
  4. J.L. Kane: Hip Hop instrumentals
    Artist info >>> https://soundcloud.com/j-l-kane
  5. Mark Mosher: Groovebox techno with psychedelic visuals
    Artist info >>> https://MarkMosherMusic.com
  6. Méchant Métrique: Ominous vibes with Elektron boxes
    Artist info >>> https://www.instagram.com/mechantmetrique
  7. Victoria Lundy: Mood pieces and melodic Theremin
    Artist info >>> http://VictoriaLundyMusic.com

#90 Breakout Session on Elektron Machines

This event will be an online interactive roundtable discussion for Elektron machine owners (or those curious about Elektron machines) to discuss tips, tricks, techniques, features, and new OS updates.

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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Notes from This or a Previous Event

I’m starting to add comments to the bottom of these even with post event notes.

  • Notes from #89 KeyKit – A Scripting Language and GUI Interface for MIDI by Tim Thompson
  • Notes from #88 Practical Harmony for Grid Controllers with Neil “Nail” Alexander
  • Notes from #87 Online Petting Zoo
  • Notes from #86 Intro to Elektron Overbridge 2.0 with Mark Mosher
  • Notes from 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