#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 .

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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

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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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Notes from This or a Previous Event

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  • 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.

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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.

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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

#87 Online Petting Zoo Wednesday May 13th 7PM MDT

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

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.

Registration Required

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Presenters

If you’d like to present take a moment to fill out the form on this page it would help me structure meeting time.

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Agenda

  • 7:00 Open Meeting
  • 7:05 Announcements
  • 7:15 Petting Zoo
  • 7:45 Breakout Room Intros
  • 7:50 Finish Petting zoo and General discussion

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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 #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

Rocky Mountain Synth Meet News for May

Save the Date – Next Meetup Wednesday May 13

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
  • 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

Till Next Time

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Mark Mosher
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#86 Intro to Elektron Overbridge 2.0 with Mark Mosher Wednesday April 29th, 7PM MDT

Hi Mark Mosher here. I’ve been a hardcore Elektron user since 2013 so I was excited that Elektron finally released Overridge.

Overbridge is a free of charge software suite offering powerful tools and deep control when connecting compatible Elektron instruments to computers.

Elektron

I’ve put some time in with it so in this event I will present an overview of the newly released Elektron Overbridge 2.0. I will also do a performance using Elektron machines.

In his presentation I’ll cover:

  • Using your Elektron machine as an audio interface
  • Using the visual editors
  • Machine organization (presets, kits…)
  • Audio recording from stand-alone app
  • Getting started with DAW intergration including multi-channel audio streaming, using the hardware as an effect for Live devices, and automation
  • And more…

Note that Overbridge Stand Alone is super handy even if you don’t want to more advanced DAW integrations.

Also, Even if you don’t own an Elektron machine I hope you’ll join in to see how Elektron’s approach offer deep integration to your computer. Four years in the making – it’s quite a feat.

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  3. All times in this invite are Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) which is -6GMT.

Agenda

  • 6:50 PM Get the App Join the Waiting Room. For new Zoom Cloud users click the link early and get the app downloaded so you can start on time.
  • 7:00 Open Meeting
  • 7:05 Announcements
  • 7:15 Presentation
  • 7:45 Breakout Room Intros
  • 8:00 Short Performance
  • 8:05 Open Discussion

About Mark Mosher

I am a Louisville-based synthesist and multimedia artist. I’m the founder and organizer of the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup. Since 2005 I’ve been blogging on music tech and synth technique over hat Modulate This! My discography with 12 releases spans back 10 years.

I perform solo, with the Carbon Dioxide Ensemble, and I am the Creative Director of Synth Patrol which is an improvisational multimedia performance troupe.

I’m also known for my interactive visuals and multimedia performances based on live camera input and visual synthesis.

https://MarkMosherMusic.com
https://ModulateThis.com


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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 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

Event #85 – The Appropriate Premaster with Steve Turnidge – Online April 22nd, 7PM MDT

Steve Turnidge (author or Desktop Mastering, and Beyond Mastering) will beam in from Seattle to lead us through some of the fundamentals of sound and perception and clarify what we are really seeing and hearing in audio waveforms. Then, we’ll visit dynamic range and how that relates to digital audio bit depth. This leads to a brief history of music recording technology, and how the rules that used to be appropriate for the tools of the day are now different…

Here is some recommended reading prior to attending the event:

  1. “Appropriate Pre-Master” – https://www.dagogo.com/appropriate-pre-master/
  2. “The Colors of Sound” – https://www.dagogo.com/the-colors-of-sound/

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  3. All times in this invite are Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) which is -6GMT.

Agenda

  • 6:50 PM Get the App Join the Waiting Room. For new Zoom Cloud users click the link early and get the app downloaded so you can start on time.
  • 7:00 Open Meeting
  • 7:05 Announcements
  • 7:15 Presentation
  • 7:45 Breakout Room Intros
  • 8:00 Open Discussion

About Steve Turnidge

Steve Turnidge is a noted mastering engineer at UltraViolet Studios with hundreds of albums and thousands of music tracks to his credit. With over 35 years experience in the Pro Audio electronics industry, he specializes in mixed digital and analog printed circuit board design. 

Steve is a published author having written both Desktop Mastering and Beyond Mastering for Hal Leonard Books, and taught Audio Recording at Shoreline Community College. He currently teaches mastering at local studios. He was a past chair of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Pacific Northwest Section and Governor of the Recording Academy.  

Website: http://www.arsdivina.com


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Notes from This or a Previous Event

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  • 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

Event #84 Sound Design with Ableton Live – Online April 15th, 7PM MDT

[UPDATED See comments below for post-event notes. Feel free to add your own comments. Your first comment on this site will be pending approval, but once I approve, you’ll be able to just post comments from then on.

For this online event Huston Singletary will be beaming in from Atlanta. He’ll be doing a presentation on creating drum racks and simpler devices in Ableton Live from recorded audio (featuring Moog DFAM and assorted synthesizers).

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  2. Headphones 🎧 are highly recommended for all platforms.
  3. All times in this invite are Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) which is -6GMT.

Agenda

  • 6:50 PM Get the App Join the Waiting Room. For new Zoom Cloud users click the link early and get the app downloaded so you can start on time.
  • 7:00 Open Meeting
  • 7:05 Announcements
  • 7:15 Presentation
  • 7:45 Breakout Room Intros
  • 8:00 Open Discussion

About Huston

In this sound design web demo, Huston will be showing various techniques on sampling, slicing and creating assorted drum racks and Simpler instrument devices from recorded audio created on the fly in his studio. He’ll be using Ableton’s Push 2 and a master keyboard controller alogside his usual assortment of synths including the Moog Sub 37, DFAM and Roland’s Fantom and Jupiter X series synthesizers.

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Huston Music Podcast


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Notes from This or a Previous Event

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  • Notes from event #83 Intro to The ZOIA modular pedal with Mitch Lantz
  • Notes from event #82 Breakout Session OBS Studio for Live Streaming

Event #83 Intro to The ZOIA modular pedal with Mitch Lantz- April 8th, 7 PM MDT

[UPDATED See comments below for post-event notes. Feel free to add your own comments. Your first comment on this site will be pending approval, but once I approve, you’ll be able to just post comments from then on.

Photo from this event…

Registration for our April 8th event is now open. Meetup member Mitch Lantz is the sole U.S. employee of Empress Effects. For this event, he will be offering an intro and performance on ZOIA. The ZOIA is basically a modular synthesizer in pedal form. With the ZOIA you can build your own custom effects, synthesizers, midi controllers, and virtual pedal boards.

More here https://empresseffects.com/products/zoia

Registration Required

The event is for Rocky Mountains Synthesizer Meetup Members and is on April 8th at 7 PM MDT

Password for the event will be sent registrants prior to the event.

Agenda

– 6:50 PM Get the App Join the Waiting Room: For new Zoom Cloud users click the link early and get the app downloaded so you can start on time. When you are all set join and you’ll queued up in the waiting room.

– 7:00 PM Welcome to Video Conference: Your host will bring attendees from virtual waiting room to meeting room. We’ll spend a few minutes listening to some music while people join and get settled.

– 7:10 PM Welcome and Announcements

– 7:15 PM Intro to The ZOIA modular pedal and Q & A Mitch Lantz

– 7:45 PM Breakout to separate rooms for intros

– 7:50 PM Performance featuring ZOIA by Mitch Lantz

– 8:00 PM Attendee Roundtable


ABOUT MITCH

Mitch Lantz is an electronic musician and the sole U.S. employee of Empress Effects. (Everyone else is in Canada!). As part of his job he travels across the US educating people on how to use the ZOIA. His primary instruments are a modular synth, the ZOIA and a Digitone or guitar with way too many effects. He based out of Boulder, Colorado.

https://www.instagram.com/mitchelldream

ABOUT EMPRESS EFFECTS

https://empresseffects.com

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Event #82 Breakout Session OBS Studio for Live Streaming – April 1st, 7 PM MDT

[UPDATED See comments below for post-event notes. Feel free to add your own comments. Your first comment on this site will be pending approval, but once I approve, you’ll be able to just post comments from then on.

This event will be an online interactive round table discussion for those who want share tips tricks, and best-practices on streaming with OBS Studio to Facebook Live, YouTube, and Twitch…

Time and Online Meeting Link

The event is for Rocky Mountains Synthesizer Meetup Members and is on April 1st at 7 PM MDT

Password for the event will be sent registrants prior to the event.

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Event #81 "Live Performance in Ableton Live" with Special Guest Brian Funk – March 25th, 7-8:30 PM MDT

This online event features special guest Brian Funk beaming in from New York to give an presentation called “Performance in Ableton Live”. He will do a short performance and hold a Q and A. We’ll kick off the event with meetup announcements, followed by Brian’s presentation and performance and then we’ll finish the meeting out with some interactive intros and discussions.

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Time and Online Meeting Link

The event is for Rocky Mountains Synthesizer Meetup Members (join the meetup) and is on March 25th from 7 PM – 8:30 PM MDT (-6GMT).

Password for the event will be sent registrants prior to the event.

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Description

In this presentation, he will be demonstrating and explaining his live performance Ableton Live Set. His set allows him to improvise, playback prerecorded clips, sing, play various instruments, add effects, and mix on the fly. Brian will go through his setup of MIDI controllers, as well as the Ableton Live Set they all control.

About Brian Funk

Brian Funk is a musician, educator, and podcaster. He’s an Ableton Certified Trainer who teaches for Berklee Online. Brian hosts the Music Production Podcast, featuring informal conversations about all things making music. As a curious sound designer, he produces Ableton Live Instruments and Racks to help producers develop their own unique sound. His new EP, A Journey Inward, is a meditative adventure into one’s own consciousness.

https://BrianFunk.com