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 device […]

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, and […]