Spectralis Combi

March 24th, 2005
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I’ve been messing around with some Combinator patch ideas lately. These have been more of a distraction from writing than anything else. I forgot how much I enjoyed skinning and messing around with interface ideas–it just like the good old days of ReBirth. I’ve posted a few of them up in a new Combinator section on my Reason page. Two are just examples of modulation styles, while another two are attempts at emulating the 303 using the P003 Square Bass Refill and the lapjockey Flatpack 1. I’ve got a couple more being prepped to go.

I’ve been experimenting with a little gui trick. Adding a color area behind the knob at just the right size will pass through the notch of the knob and appear as if the knob has a colored pointer.

Also check out the new ReFill which contains only two samples packed especially for the combinator patch included in the fill.

Reason Clinic

March 13th, 2005

Saturday afternoon, i headed over to Robotspeak in San Francisco where GW Childs and I presented a Reason 3.0 Clinic. Unfortunately, Robotspeak did not receive copies of Reason 3.0, so in order to give the presentation I had to install a beta test copy. GW and I were pleasantly surprised to see the place fill up. Rebecca, a videographer, filmed the event and some of the footage will be put online at the Robotspeak website. Thanks to everyone that came out. Sorry that things didn’t go so smoothly, it was one of those last minute unscripted deals.

SF Bay Area Reason Users Group

March 13th, 2005
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Friday night, a group of Reason users from the SF Bay Area got together to meet up for the first time. The evening was organized by Ed (EditED4TV), and a group of 10 of us met up for dinner in downtown Walnut Creek. It was pretty cool to hang out and talk Reason and finally put faces to the names of people on the Props messageboard. Ed did a great job and even had name tags made for everyone. This might even become a regular thing. Anyone else interested in participating in the next one should contact Ed through the props board.

Reason 3.0

March 11th, 2005
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Reason 3.0 is officially released! After several months since the announcement, it’s finally available. Yes, go order it now! If you already have R3.0, I’ve started adding a few small files for R3 on my reason page.

Definitely check out the Combi patches. A lot of us put a lot of time in on these and there are some really nice ones.

Pat Metheny

March 6th, 2005

My Cousin, Sharon, invited me to go see the Pat Metheny Group last week in Oakland at the Paramount Theater. It was pretty cool since she managed to get tickets in the second row center of the theater - practically right in front of Pat and Lyle Mays. I’m not exactly sure how to categorize PMG music especially since it often flows through lifts or from smooth jazz stations, but seeing Matheny perform live is really quite amazing. He has such amazing guitar skills and as an added gear freak bonus, he uses (still) an old Roland GR-300 (or 100?) guitar synthesizer. Actually, he used quite a few odd stringed instruments throghout the show as did every member of the ensemble. It seemed like each person had to play 2 or 3 different instruments through the course of each song. Pat’s Drummer, Antonio Sanchez was really phenomenal. The last time Sharon took me to see PMG, Lyle Mays had a complete Synclavier rig on the tour, but this time i was a little disappointed to see that he was using a couple of Tritons and a Powerbook and a rack sampler with his MIDI Steinway. There was even a track that had an interesting Techno Filtered synth riff patterns that broke out into some Punk Rock sections for the ultimate in fusion. Lyle even picked up a guitar on this track. Still the highlight is watching Pat play the old GR stuff.

PA:: Next Saturday, March 12 I’ll be up in San Francisco giving a little informal Reason 3.0 Demo and Combinator Clinic. The guys at Robotspeak cornered me into it by plying me with barley wine. Anyhoo, it starts at 1:00pm, and hopefully they will have copies of the Reason 3.0 upgrade and full versions. Hopefully GW will join up and share some of his Reason programming knowledge as well.

R3:: If you’re in the UK (actually close to some of the metropolitan areas of the UK), you should go check out James Bernard’s Reason 3.0 Live PA and demonstrations next week. There’s more information on the Propellerhead’s Website. Follow the UK Reason 3.0 Tour Link under the Calendar section.

Melodyne SE

March 1st, 2005
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Celemony has really dropped the price of Melodyne SE, so much so that I had to finally pick up a copy. All the things people have said about it are true. It really is a revolutionary piece of technology.

I was hoping for a little better rewire implementation, but it’s quite simply a straight synchronization with Reason channels added to the Melodyne Mixer, but Melodyne Bridge with Pro Tools is really outstanding! In no time I was tweaking PT tracks with some standard pitch editing to some crazy formant shifting.

The Business of ReBirth

February 23rd, 2005

Some old time Propellerhead Software users might recall a survey conducted on the props site a many months ago. Researchers from the Copenhagen Business School were gathering data on the interaction between users and a company, namely the Propellerheads and the rest of us. They sent me a final draft of the research paper that revealed some interesting information about the type of people who use Reason, ReBirth and ReCycle along with the Internet.

Lars Frederiksen and Lars Bo Jeppesen had interviewed me via telephone and email correspondence in the course of their research, and recently they contacted me for a follow-up. Lars Frederiksen is concentrating on the Music Industry, and his PhD dissertation uses the Props as a model of his research. As chance has it, Lars Bo Jeppesen was in California to present a lecture at Stanford Business School, and I met with him earlier this week.

Basically they are trying to figure out why people made ReBirth Mods and gave them away for free, and why some people dedicate so much time to helping fellow Reason users figure out problems. I met with Lars for lunch up in Palo Alto, and we had a really nice discussion about this new style of business relationship where corporations genuinely dedicate their time and interact with their users. There are several different models including some research that involves Lego users who create templates and blueprints to share with other users — and I though some of us Mod makers were crazy! I’m sure Lars disclosed some information thats priveledged, and I shouldn’t divulge some of the names of these financial institutions and game companies. Needless to say, I was quite enlightened about the field of economic sociology.