RSP-1200 update

November 30th, 1998

Hey a quick word before i clear the news here for November. the RSP1200 mod is near completion. The GUI interface is done…Now i’m just obsessive complusively tweeking on the last minor details, and waiting for HD space to upload it to the ftp. In the meantime, take a sneak peak at the near finished GUI:-)

Computer Controlled Website Launched

November 24th, 1998

The Computer Controlled Website is now up! Hami has done a LOT of work to get this sucker going. Please visit there for more in depth info about the different mods available. We try to stay on top of the ones currently available, both official and unofficial.

We’ve added some tech tips sections to the site as well, including some new hacking tips for ReBirth 2.0.1. Unfortunately, i’ve lost all my old pages, but if someone out there happens to have the tech info pages from my old web pages, I would really appreciate it if you could email them to me.

New in mods: I’ve just been taking a bit of a break from the latest collaborative effort with another friend, nicknamed, zou zou, who has put together a really cool sample set of SP1200 drum samples. In an effort to NOT make an OFFICIAL MOD, i am blatantly violating the rules in calling it the R-SP 1200 Mod and making it have the look of the old SP 1200 by E-mu Systems.

I have also had a request for the Alpha Jungle Mod 1.5 to be brought to the 2.0 platform. So i’ve incorporated the Alpha Jungle Samples into a new mod. This one is still being ironed out but is available for download. Check out the Quantum Bass Mod (UVJ.rbm)

Again, please send me any feedback about these mods, i’m always open to suggestions and critiques on how to make them better;-)


Niftywerks: New Host

November 11th, 1998

Niftywerks is now hosting this website. Man, the Xoom servers have been sucking big time lately. So I’ve moved the site to a private server. Hopefully things will be faster and more accessible. The site is hosted on a Supermac S900 with a Powerjolt G3 running MacOS 8 and WebStar 3 ;-) If anyone is interested in setting up a site hosted on a mac server, this is definitely the place to check out.

DO NOT CALL or VISIT The Offices of Niftywerks for Technical support for ReBirth or for assistance for Mod making.

Thanks to Ennis and the rest of the Niftywerks guys for being so generous this past year and a half in hosting the Computer Controlled Hotline/FTP server.

Factory 188 Real Audio Server, is also part of Niftywerks, and this is a shameless plug to help bolster net traffic to their Real Audio Broadcasts. Check it out, since they do play some really cool music 24/7.

ReBirth version 2.0.1 update has been released. Featuring the Vintage 303 synth mode, and I must admit the sound is different and has been somewhat missed. I guess there are going to be a few problems with this version and compatibility with old RBIs files, nothing severe, but just another minor inconvenience. One bug that I have found is with the delay–you cannot get 32 full steps of delay, it stops at step 26 or step 27.

MacOS 8.5 seems to be quite compatible with ReBirth RB-338 V2.0.1. But 8.5 is a RAM hog. My System Memory consumption jumped from 20Megs in 8.1 to 38 Megs in 8.5. Even in a very small installation (basic extensions) 8.5 still consumes about 11mb of Ram. So if you’re considering the upgrade, make sure you have the extra ram to spare. For Example: My old PB “Flaming” 5300c has 48megs of RAM, and I usually set ReBirth’s memory setting to about 24 megs…So I barely have room (not to mention the init extensions) to do anything but ReBirth on it. If you’re running a newer model PowerBook, make sure that you’ve got the RAM before you consider installing 8.5 and using ReBirth.

As far as ReBirthmarks go, based on some of my own rough unscientific tests, there really is no difference in the result based on the OS you are using with rebirth. The scores are pretty much the same, so it seems that upgrading to a newer OS doesn’t actually improve the performance of the application. ReBirthmarks, as far as macs are concerned seem to be wholly based on the hardware performance of your particular machine.

Now the latest in mods:
Due to the tremendous response and interest, thanks to THE STORM, et al., AXIOM_peace.rbm has undergone a total revision. In AXP rev 2, The graphics have been redone, and some of the samples have been changed or edited (the earlier version had some really quiet percussion samples that needed some dynamics increase) This Mod has been submitted to the Propellerheads in Sweden, for Officialization, and should appear on their website in the near future. If you really can’t wait, it is available now from or

Recommended Listening for AXP Rev2:
“Peace for Sideways” - AXP demo.rbs “Electronic Bird of Paradise”

The “digital xt4c” mod is also online featuring some killer vocal samples from an old session I recorded. The mod reuses the UV gui used in the the ReVerb+ mod. It’s definitely house music…and a little more;-) I have to admit i’m pretty pleased with the little 303 riff’s I pulled off on the demo track “Phunxtacy”

PhaseII, believe it or not is still in the works. One of these days, I’ll get around to it. Also the original dejenerate mod, too. Winter’s coming, so there’s more darkness which usually helps in doing these projects…

As usual, I hope you enjoy the stuff, and if you have a gripe, please e-mail me:

XT4C mod

October 27th, 1998

Ah it’s been a while….over a week, and back to pacific standard time as well! standard time is the best… it gets dark early.

Well, i’ve taken the “UltraViolet” GUI concept and combined it with ReVerb, into the ReVerb+ mod. New on the ReVerb+ is also a set of effected 808 samples as well as the 909. They are still all based on the AIFF files included with ReBirth Mod Packer. I changed the two of the 909 kicks to have more of a gated sound. I’ve already revised the 909 snares twice, and i ‘m still not exactly certain about their sound. One nice thing about the ReVerb mods is that converting the track to a standard version is really easy;)

Last Saturday the friggen power went out after a brief rainstorm, So i had some time to ummm. clean up and other stuff like that… the kinds of things you can’t do glued to a computer screen. And i came across some old session DATs with some nice vocal bits on it. I had to borrow some AA batteries, but poped that tape into a DATMan and started marking some nice outtakes to pop in to a mod!

“digital XT4C” will be a house kit. No question about that, since that’s what these vox samples were intended for. House 909 sounds, some funky acoustic drum bits and BIG Girl Vox samples! Don’t bother asking me to email you these;)

I found some other session scraps and bits that seemed interesting to pick up on again, as well, but was rudely interrupted when the power came back on, so i left those other tapes in the old junk drawer…winter is coming, and my power will probably be going out regularly, if we get floods again–So I’m saving that project for that day.

Also, “Bluefish[a]”, and “DR-330[a]” adaptors have been added to niftywerks ftp server.
Other bitz of news: MacOS 8.5 is pretty damn cool, things are faster than 8.1 but for the most part it runs really nicely. ReBirth 2.0 and 1.5 seem to work fine on it. And for GUI freaks, i just installed GoMac, the equivalent of a task bar in Windoze9x. It’s pretty handy not only does it auto hide, but you can import control strip modules into the task bar as well. It even has a “Start” button …hehe.


Adaptor Mods..etc…

October 18th, 1998

I’ve been working on some Photoshop Actions for the knob kit, all you have to do is run it and it will do the resize calculation:) Another knob for the 808 instrument selector is also added, and some other images to help clarify the process of using these templates. The new archive is bigger now. Approximately 8.6 Megabytes - in a stuffit archive. I know these will work on a mac, but they have yet to be tested on a Windoze system yet. I will probably have them available on Hotline by the end of the week.

Added some new 1.5 Mods to the adaptor collection. VoxBox[a], Pitch White Edition[a], and FatBoy[a].

Some other cool things in the works: I have started on a new GUI “Ultra Violet” –no idea what its going to sound like just yet. I may use the UV GUI on the new version of dejenerate or toss it on ReVerb or something, but i’m still not certain. For the first time im acutally taking some preplanned steps and trying to automate a lot of the repetitive tasks of mod making. The only problem that I see the lack of diversity in this process–eh but who knows. Anyone can tell that i usually draw upon ideas from previous mods in creating new ones. Be it the knobs or the transport buttons or typeset, samples etc.

Speaking of which, cIRCLE has borrowed some of my samples for a mod, “Blade Runner”, for a nice dnb type of sound. It’s sample only! for now. But we shall see about that:-) It has also opened me up to the possibility of making the samples available.

Several people have asked me for specific samples from some of the mods–(probably more have already taken some!) But I am open to the idea with a bit of trade in consideration..I’d like to receive an original RB2.0 Mod in return - one that sounds good preferrably with a ReBirth Song demo file:) That will be made publicly available. I don’t really care if it’s sounds only… Or if you have some samples you want packed into a mod, send them my way and i’ll pack it…(probably edit it too,hehe)


P.S. Sorry about lagging connections, the host has been a mirror for the new Mac TV Commercial Advertisement, so at times the bandwidth gets spread thin. But hey…i can’t complain since it’s free space and a fast connection:)

Knob Construction Kit and other stuff

October 9th, 1998

Moving the Website involved more work than i thought. Since I lost the original documents in a Hard Drive Crash, I downloaded the site from the geoshitty server. As it turns out each page was plagued with the geocities Java Script, so i basically had to reformat new pages for all of the HTML documents. What a pain… A problem with doing tedious stuff like that, i have a tendency to get bored and look for ways to make it more interesting, so I’ve been working on changing the pages around a bit.

Out of curiosity, i’m wondering if anyone is seeking knobs. I remember SLiCE or someone had mentioned that they were going to be creating some knob graphics for people to use on their mods. If anyone knows more about this please email me and let me know.

I made some basic knobs for others to use as templates in creating customized ReBirth V2.0 knob graphics. The archive has the 3Dmodels, Quicktime Animations, and the fullsize Photoshop Documents with layers, so that you don’t have to go through all the stuff I did, and you will get some pretty descent knobs with smooth, motion. I will probably include all the relevant files so anyone who is interested in learning about the techniques involved, and try them out for your self:-)

So if anyone is interested in getting ahold of these files, please contact me, and i’ll make them available for download, or email them or something, but please note that it’s a bit of a hefty file. 5 megabytes compressed which expands to 22 megabytes. The Big files are the 4 Photoshop 5.0 documents which have the different parts masked and layered–before they have been reduced. I will post up a small Jpeg only version soon for anyone else to use.


P.S. Get TRANSIT, i’m not getting an edorsement or anything, it’s just the best MacOS FTP Client Application that i’ve ever used–for any Mac Users out there who still use an FTP client to access info-mac hyperarchives or your web site host, (yeah, i know, Hotline is has made life so much easier, but it still doesnt do everything yet). Accessing my new web site is a piece of cake with this sucker, and the file transfer is quite quick too:-)

New Mod Idea

October 7th, 1998

I just had a crazy idea of a something that would probably be really handy. I suppose that i’m not the first person to think of it, but i have yet to see any other mods out there quite like the concept that i have. The New Mod is called “ReVerb”

ReVerb uses the standard components of ReBirth but i’ve added some dsp effects and changed some of the tunings on the percussion sounds. It’s pretty cool to hear some of your old favorite RBS Tracks with drums with a bit of the old reverb on it.

I will probably make the samples themselves available too, so if you want to customize your own RBM file

I’m having some problems with the snare drums, so the version that is available is not final…as usual. And there are no big graphics changes…it’s like the Peffedit.rbm