Reminder – Event Tonight on Waldorf Nave and Wavetable Synthesis

Just a reminder next meetup is tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm. Even if you aren’t interested in Nave or iPad music you might still find this event of interest if you are curious about Wavetable synthesis in general.

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.

More detailed info on this event at the original invite https://rockymountainsynth.com/2020/08/06/92-waldorf-nave-beyond-the-presets/.

#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

News for June

Hi Everyone, 

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  • Wednesday July 8th, 7PM MDT: Online Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet 8th Birthday Party. 🎈🎂🍷🍸🍻🎉 Details TBA.
  • Wednesday July 22nd, 7PM MDT: Online Breakout Session. Details TBA.

See you at an upcoming event,

Mark Mosher
MarkMosherMusic.com

Video Recording of Presentation from Event #89: Tim Thompson on KeyKit – A Scripting Language and GUI Interface for MIDI

Video Replay

If you missed the Tim Thompson’s presentation on KeyKit on June 3rd, you are in luck. Tim asked that I record the presentation which I’ve placed on YouTube.

Here is the the 25 minute video.

Learn more about Tim at https://TimThompson.com and get slides for this and other talks at https://TimThompson.com/talks.

Talk Description

When MIDI was introduced in the mid 1980’s, I immediately knew I would be using it extensively for algorithmic and realtime experimentation.  So, I started developing a programming language and environment to make interactive development of MIDI things convenient and fun.  Originally named Keynote and now named KeyKit, the system evolved over a decade and was essentially complete (as a platform) by 1994.  Since then, I have actively used it for algorithmic and realtime MIDI experimentation for personal enjoyment, occasional performances, and Burning Man installations.  This talk will be a nerdy feature tour and demo of KeyKit, whose source code can be found at https://github.com/nosuchtim/keykit.

Tim Thompson 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.

Thanks

Thanks to all who attended the event and special thanks to Méchant Métrique  (https://www.instagram.com/mechantmetrique/) for co-hosting the event

Credits

Background music in intro and exit is “Of Snow and Light” by Mark Mosher from the album Sonic Encounters Vol. 02 https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-encounters-volume-02.

Next Event

Next event is still in the works and will be a week or two out. Stay tuned.

#89 KeyKit – A Scripting Language and GUI Interface for MIDI by Tim Thompson Wednesday June 3rd 7PM MDT

Overview

When MIDI was introduced in the mid 1980’s, I immediately knew I would be using it extensively for algorithmic and realtime experimentation.  So, I started developing a programming language and environment to make interactive development of MIDI things convenient and fun.  Originally named Keynote and now named KeyKit, the system evolved over a decade and was essentially complete (as a platform) by 1994.  Since then, I have actively used it for algorithmic and realtime MIDI experimentation for personal enjoyment, occasional performances, and Burning Man installations.  This talk will be a nerdy feature tour and demo of KeyKit, whose source code can be found at https://github.com/nosuchtim/keykit .

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.

KeyKit Screenshots

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Agenda

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

Bio

keykit_timthompson profile

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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Donate

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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 #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

#88 Practical Harmony for Grid Controllers with Neil “Nail” Alexander Wednesday May 20th 7PM MDT

This event features special guest Neil “Nail” Alexander beaming in from New York.

Overview

Using a standard grid controller as a musical instrument presents its own set of particular – and peculiar – challenges. We’ll talk about some strategies for setting up, manipulating and playing grid controllers geared towards getting musical results, including responsiveness setup, keyed & chromatic playing, playing in different styles and instrument emulation.

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.

Pro Tips

  1. If you’ve never been on a Zoom Cloud meeting read this FAQ for joining online events
  2. Headphones 🎧 are highly recommended for all platforms.
  3. All times in this invite are Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) which is -6GMT.

Agenda

  • 7:00 Open Meeting
  • 7:05 Announcements
  • 7:15 Presentation
  • 7:45 Breakout Room Intros
  • 7:50 Performance by Neil
  • 8:00 Open discussion

Bio

In a career spanning more than 4 decades pianist, synthesist and composer Neil “Nail” Alexander has made his mark on the international music scene, touring the US, Europe, Mexico and Canada. He has performed with successful acts such as The Machine, The Mahavishnu Project, Marty Balin, Corey Glover (among others) and performed with a who’s who of Hudson Valley artists such as Tim Moore, Pee Wee Ellis, Judi Silvano, Peter Furlan,Ted Orr, Jesse Gress, Blue Food, Jeff Siege Segal and many others, including local hip hop phenom Decora for whom he was musical director for 4 years.

Neil’s additional projects include the “X Ensemble“ (a contemporary Classical chamber music ensemble), the Woodstock based funk group “Cloudburst”, and “Mr. Gone”, a tribute to Weather Report. He prefers the name “Nail Jung” when performing solo electronic music, and is also active in Music Production, Theater, Modern Dance and Film. He runs the Ableton Hudson Valley User Group and teaches master classes in electronic music production. In 2015 Neil was awarded Individual Artist Of The Year  by the Orange County Arts Council and is currently endorsed by Moog Music.

Next Streaming Event: Thursday Night Live May 21st on Twitch, Youtube, Facebook and Periscope. Check feeds for updated info. Links below.

NAIL Online: Lots of links!

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Donate

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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 #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