Reason Laptop Jam

Monday, July 17th, 2006 | 8:20 am and filed in Reason, Music, Reason Users.


Ever since we got together for dinner several months ago, a group of us in the bay area have been discussing the idea of meeting and making some music. This electronic Jam Session concept has been taking shape, and finally things are planned for Saturday, July 29 from 3:00pm to 6 or 7pm. So if you’re free, please come make some music with us! We’re going to attempt to record the session and post up a stream. Ed has even managed to get a friend to shoot some video.

Participation is limited to 8 players simultaneously. So we will probably do a couple of rounds if more than 8 join. Because of liability issues, I can’t make the location public. Anyone interested in attending can sign up by posting to Ed on the Propellerhead User Forum


Last week Ed, Mark, Darin, and I got together to give it a test run. We met up in the city at Darin’s place, and took over his living room for an evening. The core issue has been synchronizing multiple systems, and the plan was to set up a clock source being distributed through a hardware MIDI splitter - old stuff which I have sitting in my basement. I tested this at home, but this evening would be the real test to see if things would work.

Everyone seemed to have a few pieces to bring along as MIDI clock source. I brought an old Yamaha hardware sequencer, Mark brought in an old Boss Drum Machine, and Ed had an old Korg Drum machine. It turned into a bit of an antique technology show.

Surprisingly, everything worked out pretty smoothly. Short of a few driver problems that Mark had, and the fact that I didn’t bring a long a keyboard stand, we got things going and zoned out for a few hours while making music … with others … in real-time! It was a lot of fun.

7 Responses to “Reason Laptop Jam”

  1. Flandersh Says:

    Bad I live in Norway then….. btw, i allso use same soundcard as the one of the first pic. really good sound in it…

  2. beatstreet Says:

    what soundcard is it.

  3. Flandersh Says:

    It is a Presonus Firebox Firewire soundcard…

  4. Kjartan Says:

    You should be able to use the Audio Midi setup program to setup a network node and use for sync between the laptops.

  5. KRichards Says:

    I really wish I could live down there ! Maybe this will encourage folks to get together wherever they are.

  6. Peff Says:

    Can Windows laptops synchronize with the AudioMIDI networking protocol?

  7. Peff Says:

    Yeah, some windows people should see if they could hack into the protocol. That would be interesting to try out, but good old fashioned MIDI worked very well.

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