8knobs project

I’ve been working on a project called 8knobs, it is a live act, using synthesizers, midi controllers and computer. I’ve done some showcases in Barcelona, and a gig will come very soon.

Initially, my first idea was to play without computer, but the sound dissatisfies me (percussions), now I’m using daw as sequencer, sampler, and routing interface of midi data. I hope in the future, gather all the equipment that will liberate myself from the computer, glitches and weird stuff that annoys me on this live setup.

You can taste a little here:

demo

also I’ve recorded some rehearsals:

and this without computer:

8knobs live rehearse 20140516 by Piscue on Mixcloud

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androids in space

Last week, I received a new gear for my music production: Arturia Beatstep, this is a midi controller with pads and knobs, and also a sequencer for usb, midi and cv/gate. This expands a new ways to sync all your stuff in a very affordable way.

I found a way to sync 4 music elements in a compact space: prophet 08 (midi in: beatstep, midi thru: to ipad/dm1). ipad: (midi in: from p08, midi thru: monotribe), beatstep (usb “in”: from computer, midi out: p08), monotribe (midi in: from ipad).

p08+dm1+beatstep+monotribe

This allow to any computer set the tempo of all together, well dm1 don’t responds quite well to midi start,  It requires more time to master this setup, but jamming in a very reduced space is also pleasant and avoid to run to other side of the room.

This also will work without the computer. The Beatstep can be plugged into ipad directly, without any external power.

I found this setup very confortable, all having the drum machine very near to my right hand. Here you have a little impro

androids in space

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mysterious space jam

These days had been productive, I did more songs starting on a daw and later sequencing on external instruments, very fun and creative when limiting tools.

setup monotribe delay

Today I did some testings with monotribe, and experimenting routing out audio to microkorg to use it as delay effect. I really like the results, very psychedelic.

misterious-monotribe-spacie-jam_01

 

monotribe on dark

also for Barcelona Laptop Orchestra, I’m experiment my player part using monotribe. Here you have some test did this evening too

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mercè 2013 sounds

To continue generating sound and tracks, I did some of this improvisations last tuesday.

I’ve used dm1 on ipad for percs, microkorg for bass lines, and prophet 08 to create the rest. No sync between devices, only setting same tempo on some cases. All of them are created inside a full hour, I want to apply productivity, also in music production…

Take a cup of your desired drink, and listen this 5 tracks:

merce1-v4

merce2-v4

merce3-v4

merce4-v4

merce5-v4

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spaceships and teletransportation

I’ve been researching about looping music easily, and for not spending money on a hardware looper, I decided to test mobius 2 , seems to be a robust option in a software looping world. Customizable ui, sync options, scripting, tracks, a full suite of looping interface.

 

mobius screenshot

 

For playing easy, I bought a 3 footswitch usb, that acts as a keyboard, and mobius can handle shorcuts to trigger their actions. Really works great and and seems the cheapest option over 1 footswitch

usb foot switch

usb foot switch

Messing around, I created a new drone track entirely at once, not a looping, but mobius can save any existing loop as wav file. Check it out:

spaceships and transportation

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prophet, jams with gear

Hey,

Here we are again. Recently I bought a second hand DSI prophet ’08. I was looking for some kind of synth that let me inspire by a real instrument or maybe help me on the workflow of creating music easy. I’ve been in trouble with computer, trying to sync everything and loosing valuable time not rehearsing or creating. I found a good deal of first revision prophet ’08, I’ve been tested it, and finally bought. My first intention was go first for an elektron octatrack, and later to prophet… but second hand market can change this decision easily. Octatracks are not popular on second hand, and have no price loose. prophet was a better choice for a second hand deal.

prophet '08

 

few days later, I’ve upgraded to PE (potentiometer) version, that solve all encoders problems with dust and time, and gives a new feel for patching. Now It really looks as an analogue subtractive synth

prophet '08 upgraded to PE

After spending some days testing and patching the prophet, Tonight, I’ve decided to jam together with ipad and microkor XL. The setup was composed by:

- ipad running DM1 drum machine with some roland vintage drum emulation, imic sound interface and spreading midi tempo by usb and midi din.

- microkorg XL making some background latched.

- prophet ’08 one track with arpeggio and other as lead.

all routed by a behringer mixer and using a bit of delay at frist record. no computer involved, just a live recording to Zoom H1, please don’t criticize my lack of harmony…

Finally monotribe was out. At first was synced properly by usb (moded with usbtribe), but later it won’t sync anymore.

Listen, and tell me what you think:

Record #1

Record #2

(update: moved to mp3, ogg player don’t work on mobile devices… why?)

 

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