Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Microkorg XL Patches

The Microkorg XL is a true workhorse synth. It might be small, but of all the hardware synths I own it's the one I always go back to. I often use it with batteries as a portable MIDI controller for Reason or Mainstage, but I don't forget the powerful synthesizer engine that it has. Each timbre has two oscillators, two filters, two LFOs, three envelope generators, six modulation routes, an Equaliser and a noise shaper. There are two timbres, an arpeggiator, two effects units and a 16 band vocoder. Not bad for something that size.

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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hello everyone

Just a quick message from me to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I'm winding down posts until the new year, but before I go I've got one little surprise project to unveil.

Jingle Bells, Synthpop style!

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I've used LinnDrum samples and my new Simmons tom combinator patch for the drum beat, the "Blue Monday" bass recreation and the pluck and the pad based on those in Visage's "Fade to Grey".

Enjoy the music, enjoy your christmas, and enjoy 2012

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

A wee bit of techno

It's assignment season again, so aside from the the Investigative Study updates I've not got much to post. I do have other uni-related music to share though, including this piece I put together for my synthesis assignment.
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Friday, 16 December 2011

Simmons SDSV

This may be a keyboard blog, but right now I'm working on some synth drums. After all, the 1980s was full of them. I've been working on creating an emulation of the Simmons SDSV electronic drum kit in Reason, using the combinator as a virtual front panel for each individual drum module.

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Sunday, 4 December 2011

From little blogs big projects grow

I've been making plans for expansion on the site, and I've laid the groundwork for two pages that I hope to develop over time.

First of all, I've had a few emails asking for download links to music that I've written. I've not put a great deal up, but on the music downloads page there are some pieces I had to hand. I've put my early recordings up because while they're not particularly well played or recorded I'm somewhat fond of them. I've also got a section dedicated to pieces I've written for university, either as past of assignments or based on an idea explored in class. So far there's only one piece up, but I have a couple more in the works. All downloads are free, but if you like them, feel free to make a small donation using the PayPal button in the sidebar.

I've also created a page for sound design. This is separate from the Reason patches page, because I want to explore other means of generating interesting sounds, possibly incorporating Reason as an editing/sampling tool. I don't plan on doing much with the page yet, but I have one sound up at the moment that I'm rather pleased with.

I've got big plans for the site, possibly the biggest overhaul of the site yet. I've been running the site for nearly 2 and a half years, and I'm happy with how far it has progressed, and I have a clear idea of what I want the site to become.

For now, enjoy the music.
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What would you like to see?

Hello Readers

I've been doing a lot on Reason recently, namely patch programming for my independent project. I have a few more reason-related ideas that I'd like to explore, but I'd like to know what you the readers would like to see. Do you want more reason-related videos? Should I get one of my vintage synths out and do a video about it? Do you want some piano-related content? I could even dust off my music theory knowledge and give some basic theory tips. I shall leave it up to you to decide, leave a comment down below if there is anything you specifically want me to cover, or if you have any questions for me.

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