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RMSM #109: Knobcon + Superbooth Recap – Wednesday Sep 22nd, 7PM MDT

With Knobcon happening on September 10-12 and Superbooth happening September 15-18 it seems a lot of new gear is going to be announced over the next few weeks. This being the case, I thought I’d push our September event out on the other side of these events giving us time to consume the news and videos to fuel our discussion.

So please join me on Wednesday September 22nd at 7PM for some gear talk.

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Agenda

  • Welcome & Announcements
  • Member Announcements on upcoming projects and events
  • Knobcon + Superbooth Recap Discussion
  • Breakout Intros
  • Socializing
  • Wrap

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RMSM #108: Performing with Graphical Scores – Wed July 14th, 7PM MDT

This month we’ll be exploring the use of graphical scores as a tool for solo and collaborative music and multimedia creation.

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Agenda

  1. Welcome & Announcements
  2. Member Announcements on upcoming projects and events
  3. Presentation on Graphical Scores
    1. Intro to graphical Scores
    2. Examples of graphical scores in use
    3. Group discussion on Graphical Scores
  4. Breakout Intros
  5. Socializing
  6. Wrap
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RMSM #107: Soft Synth Petting Zoo – Wed June 9th, 7PM MDT

For this event we’ll be celebrating all our fav Mac & PC based soft synths. The event will begin with a few formal presentations to break the ice and then we’ll switch to a petting zoo format where anyone on the call can share their thoughts on their favorite soft synths.

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  • Welcome & RMSM Announcements
  • Member Announcements
  • 10 Minute Presentations to Kick Things Off:
    • Huston Singletary – A look DCO-106 Polyphonic Synth from Cherry Audio
    • Mark Mosher – Ableton Wavetable + Quick tips on Instrument Racks
    • Brian Horsfield – Omnisphere in 10 minutes (good luck with that)
  • Soft Synth Petting Zoo
  • Socialize
  • Wrap-up

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RMSM #106 Synthstrom Deluge Breakout – Wed May 12th 7PM MDT

In this event we’ll be taking a closer look at the Synthstrom Deluge. This will be more of an open “breakout” format with open discussion and Q & A. So this is not a course on the Deluge but more of an event where you can see how people are using it.

For those interested in Deluge but don’t have one… I’ll kick things off with a brief overview of what the Deluge can do. As part of this I’ll illustrate how to connect MIDI controllers and also discuss MIDI and CV sequencing implementations.

If you have a Deluge and would like to perform a short 2 minute song followed by a 3 minute song deconstruction, show up at the meeting 30 minutes early at 6:30 to do a brief A / V check.

Even if you are not in the market for a Deluge you might find some of the concepts in the workflow interesting and inspiring. It’s an amazing box.

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Agenda

  • Welcome & RMSM Announcements
  • Member Announcements
  • Brief Tour of Deluge
  • Deluge Breakout Discussions
  • Breakout Intros
  • Socialize
  • Wrap-up

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RMSM #105 MIDI Mapping: Adding Expressive Control to Your Rig – Wed April 21st 7PM MDT

[Update… Ooops, I meant April 21st]

In this event we’ll be focusing on how to use MIDI mapping to add expressive control to your studio and live rigs.

There are a huge number of MIDI controllers on the market so we’ll get the conversation started three member demos showing off some real-world examples of mapping MIDI CC’s to offer expressive control of hardware, software, or hybrid rigs. This will give you insights into a few specific controllers and also illustrate concepts that can be applied with any controller or MIDI mappable device.

I’ll then MC a group discussion where attendees can ask questions and / or share tips on their controllers and workflow.

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Agenda

  • Welcome & RMSM Announcements
  • Member Announcements
  • MIDI Mapping
    • Launch Control XL – Eddie Corcoran
    • Launchpad Pro MK3 Custom Modes – Mark Mosher
    • Faderfox  EC4 – Brian Horsfield
    • Attendee discussion
  • Breakout intros
  • Socialize
  • Wrap-up

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RMSM #104 MicroFreak Breakout Session – Wed March 31st 7PM MDT

This event will be an online interactive roundtable discussion focusing on the Arturia MicroFreak. So if you have a MicroFreak have it handy and of course feel free to talk about tips and ideas for the synth.

If you don’t have a MicroFreak and are curious about how much value is packed in this amazing synth stop on by as I will kick off the night with a brief overview of the MicroFreak and some of the new features introduced in the last few firmware updates including how to use the Vocoder.

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MicroFreak In Action

In a related note, I produced 1-minute multimedia performance featuring the MictoFreak. All the synth sounds except the drums and FX are from the MicroFreak. Blog post on all this here.

Note The Revised Date for this Event

Note this was originally planned for March 24th but I’m postponing till the 31st so people can attend the Denver Ableton User Group event with Slynk (who posted my fav Live 11 feature overview video) which was schedule for the 24th.

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#96 Fast prototyping (plugins) with Max for Live – Wed Oct 14 7PM MDT

Max is a power full tool kit for multimedia, but lacks some of the easy to use structures of a DAW. Live is an awesome DAW, that can host and integrate all sorts of cool things built in Max. Lets explore some of the powerful instruments and effects you can build as max for live devices. These devices can be put straight to work in your music productions in Live. They can expand your sonic pallet and even change some of your DAW workflows to make amazing music.

Join this session by member Langdon C. Crawford to see a very quick demonstration making a max for live device from soup to nuts.

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Langdon C. Crawford is a collaborative and creative technologist from the green mountains of Vermont. He has been developing performance / composition systems with electronics since 1999.

Starting with guitars, effects and sequencers, he moved into computer music, eventually incorporating graphics and sensor controlled interaction. He has a masters of music technology from NYU.

He is currently working conferencing technology to facilitate remote collaboration and occasionally teaches electronic music remotely in CO and NYC.

You can find some of his work, like a year long thing-a-day project under the langsound handel on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/langsound.

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#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.

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#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.

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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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#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.

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If you have a song that makes extensive use of live looping drop a comment below this news post on the web site.