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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.

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#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

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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.

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#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

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  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
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#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.

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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

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#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

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