#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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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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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

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

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.

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 Petting Zoo
  • 7:45 Breakout Room Intros
  • 7:50 Finish Petting zoo and General discussion

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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/.

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

If you have ideas for future events drop me a note here.

Mark Mosher
RockyMountainSynth.com
ModulateThis.com
MarkMosherMusic.com

#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.

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

  • 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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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/.

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/

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

  • 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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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 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