jdn

… purveyor of funky beats and assorted electric treats …

MiniCommand, Machinedrum, and OS X

So I’ve had a Ruin & Wesen MiniCommand for a little under a year, but haven’t been using it as much as I would like because it didn’t integrate well with my setup — until last night. The standard way to use the MiniCommand is to connect it in a closed MIDI loop with the […]

Alien Autopsy Via Sample-Rate Reduction

Here’s a cool sound-design trick. If you want to get a vocal-sounding ‘formant filter’ effect out of a synth that only has a normal lowpass filter, you can take advantage of a quirk of sample-rate reduction effects to generate multiple “mirrored” filter sweeps through the wonder of aliasing. Here’s a sound clip from my machinedrum […]

Ableton Live, The Machinedrum and The Monomachine: Midi Sync Notes

Recently I’ve been (going crazy) getting the timing tight between Ableton and two outboard sequencers — the Elektron Monomachine and Machinedrum.  On their own, these silver boxes have amazingly tight timing. They can sync to each other to create a great live setup. Add a computer DAW into the loop, and you introduce jitter, latency, […]