Archive for the 'Gear' Category

Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2

Monday, July 14th, 2014

The Pro 2 Synthesizer is part of the new generation of keyboards from Dave Smith Instruments. Partly inspired by the classic Sequential Circuits Pro-One, and using the technology of the DSI Prophet 12, the Pro 2 is a monophonic instrument that can be a center of a synth production studio, but also has the […]

Moog Werkstatt-Ø1

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The Werkstatt was introduced at Moogfest 2014 as part of a special engineering workshop in the Moog factory, and I was quite fortunate to be among the first group to build this synthesizer. We were provided the tools to solder in a few dozen components (approximately 200 solder joints) to a partially populated circuit board. Under the guidance of Werkstatt designer, Steve Dunnington, and the Moog engineering staff, all of us had our new synths up and running by the end of the first day!

Bad Power Cable - Almost Destroys Gear

Friday, April 18th, 2014

This is yet another one of the various nightmares one can encounter when dealing with audio hardware. While patching my Eurorack modular rig into a tube mic pre, I felt the light buzz of an electric current passing through my fingers. Obviously, this is not a good sign, and it means something is terribly wrong. After disconnecting everything except power, I tested for voltages across grounds and discovered a 120V AC difference between the tube amp ground and the Eurorack case. As it turns out, the problem was the IEC power cable… yes, that unassuming three conductor cord that connects to the power main was at fault!

Balance Shootout at Robotspeak

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

By now most avid followers of Propellerhead Reason are probably familiar with the new hardware audio interface, Balance. Balance is an elegant, 2-channel desktop unit that connects to a Mac or PC via USB and features all of the general connections one would expect from a quality device. There are also Reason specific […]

Livid Instruments OHM64

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I recently performed a live set [video] where I was asked to use ReBirth for iPad. To complement the 303s and RB drums, I built an effect and loop system in Reason 5 that would allow me to process the ReBirth audio in real-time. Additionally, I had all of the Reason parameters mapped to […]

TouchOSC / OSCulator iPad Templates

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

The files are the templates and session used in the video I posted a few weeks ago that demonstrates using the iPad and TouchOSC as a pad controller with Propellerhead Record. Naturally you will need an iPad as well as the TouchOSC app. Please note that this is not a small investment considering […]

iPad MPC Style Drum Pads - TouchOSC with Propellerhead Record

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Here’s a YouTube video demonstrating the use of the iPad as an MPC style drum pad device / MIDI control surface. This configuration uses a customized TouchOSC drum pad interface, and the iPad pads triggers a Redrum Drum Machine in Record+Reason. Buttons are also assigned for transport control and effect sends. […]