Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Paging all Expert Sleepers...

Icaro Farre has just updated CV Toolkit, and it is a doozy. Version 2.6 has a feature I begged for in my Cycling newsletter review: input handling. Now, your CV inputs (from an ES-8 or ES-6) can be used as modulation sources within CV Toolkit, and you really have round-trip, fully-hybrid computer/modular interaction.

It's amazing to see things that I'd dreamed of decades ago coming together before my eyes. Makes me wanna cry or something. But instead I'm just going to be jammin' with the modular!


Sunday, January 29, 2017

MPC Live - Some Actual Answers...

In my upcoming Cycling '74 newsletter article, I bemoan the fact that Akai wouldn't let me in their booth to check out the MPC Live and MPC X. Bummer. That's the kind of crap that I'd...

Aw, nevermind.

SoundsAndGear.com and JK Swopes have done the best job of cornering Akai (via Andy Mac) and getting some real world questions answered. They did some videos in the noisy Akai booth area; the result is some useful information for those of us that are waiting (patiently) for the hardware release.

Here are the links to the videos in a row - an order that YouTube doesn't want to seem to provide!

#1: https://youtu.be/97PAC09zRvw
#2: https://youtu.be/1s2pM6eDvho
#3: https://youtu.be/AmSrj6qY3U8
#4: https://youtu.be/egAedjI4ZqM
#5: https://youtu.be/m5PiAOB6nkY

Frankly, I'm looking forward to the MPC Live showing up, even though I feel a little yucky supporting the company at the moment...


Monday, January 16, 2017

A Simple MFL-ES8 interface

So, if you read my latest Cycling '74 review, you'll know I'm pretty knocked out by the Expert Sleepers' ES-8 interface. Of course, I had to start coding for it as soon as possible. While I'm doing all sorts of stuff within Max (as described in the article), I'm also using it as my modular interface from Ableton Live.

So, rather than just keep it to myself, I quickly slapped together a Max for Live device that uses the same technique as in the article, but also provides a 'mono mode' to properly handle note allocation within a monophonic modular context. The result is the simplest direct CV way to interface a modular to Live (i.e., no MIDI-to-CV devices, no scaling or calibration hassles).

You can get this device from my github repo:

I did three tracks with this over the weekend, including part of the theme music for the weekend's podcast (with Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv). Completely solid, man!


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Spilling my ES-8 Beans

Man, I've wanted to talk about this here!

I got an Expert Sleepers' ES-8, and just wrote up a long-ish review on it for the Cycling '74 newsletter. tl;dr is 'I love it, and you can't wrest it out of my hands!'

You can read the review here: https://cycling74.com/2017/01/03/review-expert-sleepers-es-8-interface

I also got a chance to do a bit of a review on SpektroAudio's CV Toolkit, which is a pretty perfect pairing with this device. Loving the hell out of it, and am anxious for future versions where audio input will also be included (meaning that I can pull 'CV' back into the package for even more mayhem).

So, right now, I'm lovin' life!