“Generative Music” is a term coined by Brian Eno to describe music that is always different and changing, generated by a system but led by creative guidelines, rather than typical music which follows a set of predetermined notes intended to … Continue reading Create Brian Eno style generative music: 20 ideas and tools for Ableton, Eurorack, DAWless and VCV
If you’ve seen my Eurorack videos, Plaits from Mutable Instruments is in many of them. It’s a very flexible module with 16 different sound engines and three control knobs for each. In MicroFreak, Arturia have taken 7 of the 16 … Continue reading Arturia MicroFreak Review and Massive Tutorial, including all 12 sound engines
Buzzzy is a Kickstarter Synth that has quite a few interesting traits in a tiny little package: it’s a 4 part multi timbral, stereo, digital MIDI module with up to 16 voice polyphony. This review is of a prototype, but … Continue reading Loopop Review: What is BUZZZY?
Morphagene from Make Noise may seem like a simple module, but there’s a lot going on beneath the surface. This video walks through 20 tips and ideas for using Morphagene, including using it as a mono and “poly” granular synth, … Continue reading Make Noise Morphagene Tutorial: 20 ways to use it (includes firmware v155)
NLDR (pronounced “Noodler”) from Conductive Labs is quite a sequencer, if it can be called that at all. If I had to summarize what makes it different, whereas with a typical sequencer, you enter notes to express your ideas – … Continue reading Loopop Review: What is NDLR?
This video looks at two cool uses for Eurorack samplers as custom and rhythmic CV modulators rather than just for audio playback. Typically, LFOs and multi stage envelopes are what you’d use for modulation. This video discusses two other ways of creating … Continue reading Eurorack trick: 2 ways to use a sampler as a CV mod source
I keep seeing a lot of confusion online about what it takes to connect a USB based MIDI controller to synths or grooveboxes, with some people recommending the wrong gear or just giving bad advice. A lot of this centers … Continue reading USB & MIDI: Everything you need to know to get it right (USB MIDI Host vs Interface explained)
This video explains a neat little sampler trick that lets you create music by *ignoring* a sampler’s sequencer: In the early 60’s groundbreaking composer Steve Reich pioneered the technique of using different length tape loops, and later on musical patterns, … Continue reading Sampler trick: how to create multi length phasing “tape loops” (shown on Digitakt and Model:Samples)
Intro Hyve Touch Synth is very is very different from other synths – it’s polyphonic with 60 analog oscillators, but it doesn’t have any filters or VCA envelopes – rather – the way your fingers touch its surface determines which … Continue reading Review: Hyve Synth – 60 oscillators and as many VCAs as you have fingers
Here it is! A full, detailed review of Elektron’s new Model:Samples, and a feature by feature comparison to Digitakt, which is the question I believe most people interested have on their mind: what are the tradeoffs, and what can one … Continue reading Model Samples vs. Digitakt + 10 performance tips/hacks