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Thanks everyone. I'll be posting clips soon. Scott, in terms of the cover. Our concept was to do a design that can be read when it's very tiny on your ipad. Then, when you see it bigger there's more going on.


I'm excited to announce that my latest album Sleek Nucleus is just about ready for release. I'm working towards a June 1st digipack release followed closely by itunes and emusic. The cd is done but I'm waiting for the graphic design work to finish up.  I'll update this page when it's available but in the mean time I have posted the track We. Are. Signals as a youtube video on my site along with a form to add your email if your interested in receiving a mailing when the album is available.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mini Synth Recommendation
« on: March 24, 2011, 01:25:10 PM »
Hey Tony, I have my name in for the TE OP1 but they're vague about everything. The soundclips I hear for it aren't actually that interesting and I think it may be more of an industrial design experiment.

Has anyone spent time with this?

? More expensive but looks like you could lay on the couch and play it for hours.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mini Synth Recommendation
« on: March 20, 2011, 12:30:09 PM »
Ya the Leploop is really wild. Maybe I should get a Tempest. It looks pretty small and able to do more synthesque things

Nevermind..that thing's seriously expensive..

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mini Synth Recommendation
« on: March 19, 2011, 10:56:44 PM »

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mini Synth Recommendation
« on: March 19, 2011, 06:21:13 PM »
Hi Tony. Sleek Nucleus is coming in May or June at the latest. I'm pretty much done with it but I'm keeping quite for now.....  :)

The electribes aren't bad ideas but I guess I wanted something that didn't have drums and was just focused on a nice synth with sequencer. Man, I'm difficult.

Scott, have you sync'd your ipad to your studio? Also, have you played with Sunvox? This one looks pretty cool. Your right, the idea would be to strip everything out of it except music apps.  I could be that dedicated.

When I listened to the MFB samples it seams to me like they are trying to mimic the tb303.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mini Synth Recommendation
« on: March 13, 2011, 10:31:21 AM »
Hi Mike, no I was talking about the gameboy cartridge for the Nintendo DS. I have the cartridge but no DS.  Yes, Julio, that's getting very close to what I'm looking for and yes that was the company I was thinking about. This might work actually!


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Mini Synth Recommendation
« on: March 12, 2011, 11:34:46 AM »
Hi Everyone. For a few years now I've been using my Dave Smith Evolver as a way to compose or sketch music outside my studio. I usually take it with me everywhere and find composing via the matrix and sequencer to work perfectly to my style of writing.  When you pull the evolver out at the airport and put on some big headphones you get a lot of stares. People can not figure out what it is.  :)  Problem is that I've had it since it came out and I'm tiring of it a bit and looking for something new.  I can't find a single synth out there that works in relatively the same way. meaning, the ability to disconnect, make music and reconnect. Everything else either is too big, or is either a synth but no sequencer or visa versa or is uninteresting to me sound wise.  I'm sort of interested in the IPAD thinking I could buy one nice synth and use it just for that. However, things like the ipad lack focus for me because they're full of so many "other" things.  Also connecting an ipad to the computer is a pain with itunes. My ipod touch takes 3 hours to update. I am starting to hate it. 

I want a portable synth with a sequencer.  Here's a few things I've been looking at:

OP1 synth seams really nice but they're continuously sold out. Anyone know anyone at Teenage Engineering?

Tetra from Dave Smith. I like this one but it doesn't have the programming ability that the evolver has.

Blofeld - If this had 8 sequencer knobs on it I would buy it today. But, alas, it looks terrible to program outside the studio.

German synths - I can't remember the name but their are these little german synths that look like the evolver but they seem to be more tb303 clone kind of things.

Korg MS20 on a Nintendo.  A few years ago someone gave me an ms20 cartridge for the nintendo. However, I don't have a Nintendo! Plus, no midi means I can't move it over to Ableton.

I know there must be something out there. I was hoping you guys might know of a little dedicated synth that I can fit in my backpack!


I can't delete my account. I've tried. It comes back a week later.

I hear people are dropping their facebook accounts and moving back to Friendster.

Everything and Nothing / Re: vocoder songs
« on: October 08, 2010, 07:51:41 PM »
Don't forget Imogen Heap's Hide and Seek. This song was used to death in tv shows but it's still quite perfect:

This one is more of an autotune and pitch shift type thing but stunningly strange.  It's a band called The Knife.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Beta Test Drum Machine for Ableton Live 8
« on: February 12, 2010, 12:35:45 AM »

Thanks so much for giving me the positive feedback needed to finish this project. This weekend it will go live. The link below is pretty much the final manual with sound samples added. Check them out. This thing is wild.  Figured it needed a virtual hardware representation. Of course it won't sit right but that's why it's virtual. Plus, wood on the lap would be nice.  Brooks and Mike, I'll be sending you a link to your download this weekend. Thanks again for taking a look at this.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Beta Test Drum Machine for Ableton Live 8
« on: February 03, 2010, 11:01:52 PM »
Hi everyone, I've attached the in progress manual for Magenta. I will contact you beta testers with a new version to download tonight. Lots of fixes.

Magenta Manual

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Beta Test Drum Machine for Ableton Live 8
« on: January 31, 2010, 10:24:49 PM »
Well, so far I'm getting really positive responses regarding Magenta. I'd still love to have a MAC user test it out.



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Beta Test Drum Machine for Ableton Live 8
« on: January 25, 2010, 08:49:38 PM »
False Mirror, it's built with Abelton Instruments and Effects so it's only for Ableton.  :(

No, it does not use Max for Live in any way.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Beta Test Drum Machine for Ableton Live 8
« on: January 25, 2010, 08:47:58 PM »
Well Harry, we could try it. I don't see why not. Does it have Operator? Send me your email and I'll send you a link.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Beta Test Drum Machine for Ableton Live 8
« on: January 24, 2010, 11:15:22 AM »
Hi folks, yes it's a Blip Drums based drum machine built around Ableton's Instrument Rack. Here's my in progress write up:

blipdrums is pleased to announce its first Ableton Live Drum Machine - Magenta

Magenta is a powerfuly unique electronic drum machine fusion of Blip Drums' world class electronic drum library and Ableton instruments and effects.

Magenta comes as a simple drag and drop Ableton Live Pack. Each pad contains a library of individual electronic drum sounds that are accessible simply by scrolling through a virtual knob (very similar to scrolling through oscillators on a wave table synthesizer). For Example, the bass drum pad has 127 bass drums that are accessible at any time simply by turning a knob. This allows freedom to explore drum sounds during play back without the hassle of loading external samples or searching through your hard drive. In addition, automation of the scrolling knob allows you to automate sample changes on the fly.Each sound also has its own set of 7 control knobs that radically manipulate and tweak the sample.

Magenta also includes three uniquely designed all synthesized bass, snare, and hat, each able to produce an exceptional range of funky to minimal drum sounds. Each of the 3 synthesized sounds have 8 control knobs that completely sculpt and process the 3 pads.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Beta Test Drum Machine for Ableton Live 8
« on: January 23, 2010, 02:42:52 PM »
Mike, my email to this address is getting kicked back...

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: January 23, 2010, 02:17:54 PM »
This is great. Some of these tracks are fantastic! I still think Downpipe tops what's been posted so far...


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Beta Test Drum Machine for Ableton Live 8
« on: January 22, 2010, 09:55:04 PM »

I'm looking for a few beta testers who would be interesting in spending a half hour checking out a drum machine I've built/designed for Live 8. There's just a few questions I'll have for you and you get to keep the drum machine (which includes almost 1000 drum sounds).  Mike's on the list but I would love to have 5 or 6 people give it a good look.

Please email me through the forum. Total time required is probably 30 - 40 minutes.


Live 8
mac or pc

Now Playing / Downpipe
« on: January 16, 2010, 10:03:58 PM »
My opinion would be that this track is one of the best dance tracks ever written:

Sounds like LA at 3am in a Maserati......


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