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studio setup 2013

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Nov 20 2013

a short overview on my setup for making electronic music

In my actual setup, everything that makes sounds comes out of ableton. so the video is more about controlling, than sounds or audio…

I use 2 Lemur parallel (iPad and Jazzmutant hardware), and get midifeedback on both. That means, changing values in any interface, will be reflected on all devices.

Isn´t so special? true, in days of networks it should have been standard…and I know there are some nice plug and play devices that are ultra coupled with software and for sure give feedback,… but between devices it is sometimes tricky.

I use at least 10 midiports to achive this on PC*:
*(it differs on mac, based on IAC and Lemurports)

active INs in ableton [track/remote]:

  • maple midi 1 = Jazzmutant Lemur, Midi target 0 out
  • loop midi 1 = Liine iPad Lemur, Miditarget 0 out
  • loop midi 3 = Liine iPad Lemur, Miditarget 1 out
  • loopbee = max/msp, Sequencomat [+sync in case of master]
  • Akai MPK 61
  • Arturia Analog factory
  • Tascam = as external gear: Doepfer Pocket Control DIRECT
  • active OUTs in ableton [remote]:

  • maple midi 2 = Jazzmutant Lemur, Midi target 0 in
  • loop midi 2 = Liine iPad Lemur, Miditarget 0 in
  • loop midi 4 = Liine iPad Lemur, Miditarget 1 in
  • This way, I got feedback on my Lemur. (While feedback on hardware controllers is not possible, misses motor encoders) ;)

    tonvibration studio setup 2013

    g*mat

    Pattern 00 – collection

    1 Comment | This entry was posted on May 17 2011

    Patterns:

    snippets of sound by Sequencomat.

    pattern_00 by tonvibration

    Price drop on Sequencomat V3.3

    0 Comments | This entry was posted on May 07 2011

    New price for Sequencomat v3.3 = 99 Euro,-

    see details in the manial of that midi stepsequencer I made in max/msp for the Jazzmutant Lemur

    http://www.tonvibration.de/SequencomatV3.html

    For the first year I kept a price of 180,- Euro, and I still think is worth it.

    But time changes…. Lemur is discontinued and I got a new job – so less future development.

    Good time to lower the price and see…

    Love to all my users who just got the free update to V3.3.

    best*mat

    Sequencomat V3.3

    2 Comments | This entry was posted on Mar 26 2011

    Hey, I made a new substantial update: Sequencomat V3.3

    I got no video yet, but updated the manual with all screenshots:
    http://www.tonvibration.de/SequencomatV3.html

    Here is an overview about the new functions:

    SCALES:
    - till V3.2 the notes followed a static chromatic scale. Now you can define your scale on the maxpatch. You enter a keynote and the halftone steps based on that. There are shortcuts for chromatic, major and minor scale, but you can enter any halftone row you prefer! Even halftone steps above 12 (across one octave) will work.
    - Octaves are now defined the same way
    - The grid on the Lemurs MultiSliders will follow the number of notes/octaves you have defined. The script is triggered by the trackchoice button, so rechoice once before you get any changes.
    - notes and octaves are labled depending on your scales/octaves
    - The scales/octaves are splitted between track 1-4 and 5-8, so you can define them independent (usefull if combining a drumrack (chromatic) and melodic parts (e.g. minor))
    - The transpose-slider on the roll container follows track 1-4
    - scales and octaves are saved within a set

    TRUE TRANSPOSE:
    - till V3.2 transposing of notes and octaves was done on the Lemur, graphic based.
    - now transposing is done in max (but still using the same pads on the same position)
    - transposing follows your scales
    - transposing works across octaves
    - you can now transpose more than one track at once (multiple editing) and all will follow their notes (but you will get no visual feedback as always in multiple editing mode)

    RANDOM-STEP-VALUE-SWITCHES:
    - note and octave now got also that random switches you know from other functions in V3.2
    - tip: while defining a special halftonestep more than one time in your scale, you can control the propability of that note in random mode
    - delay now also got random switches. That means you can humanize your groove (or even parts of it)

    NEW TEMPI:
    - 2 new slow tempi are available: 1 and 1/2 step per bar (meaning 1 or 2 bars each step)
    - they are nice for ambient settings, but more interesting for slow changes in MidiCC or in triggering other events (like effect on/off) by midinotes)

    POSITION WHEEL:
    - you can the songposition with a rotary encoder in the transport section
    - this works during playback (will catch next quater note) or if stopped
    - in rewire mode your daw will follow that position
    - in midi master / slave mode only the position of Sequencomat will change
    - this function is usefull on polyrhythmic patterns

    AUTOSAVE:
    - with “autosave” on all changes are saved automatically to the current pattern before jumping to a new pattern
    - this will delay the patternjump a few milliseconds
    - in combination with “autopatternchain” you can live edit up to 160steps long patterns!

    NEW EXCLUDE FUNCTIONS:
    - beneath single track also range functions for velocity, length, cc, delay and propability can now be excluded from loading
    - this becomes handy, if you want to make a fade in of e.g. velocity on one or more tracks while a pattern-chain is running. Without that the range will always jump with the pattern to its saved values…

    COMMON:
    - unfortunately, sets of V3.2 and 3.3 are not compatible – paste V3.3 into a new folder!
    - maxpatch now about 5.5 MB…. (wuff, again a big update!)
    - pattern contains now 2000 values (250 each track, btw: limit of max “coll” object is 256)
    - Lemurtamplate now only 41% because I managed to cut some functions and bring them into max instead (before the Lemurtemplate was 47%, and on V3.2 42%)
    - still combineable with MU or other nice tools on your Lemur.
    - still very accurate timing as shown in a new screenshot in the manual

    Finally, V3.3 puts it to a max. It brings the idea of V3.2 with random step switches to all functions, adds free defineable scales and octaves and some other usefull stuff. At the moment I am not planning to do any further updates.

    All users will get that free update soon (I just send a mail)

    Sequencomat on CDM

    0 Comments | This entry was posted on Feb 08 2011

    Sequencomat got mentioned on the famous “create digital music” blog (CDM) – the cheerleader in electronic music.

    I had an email discussion with Peter Kirn about Sequencers, especially on the Ipad, and their restrictions in communication and function. I mentioned that sequencomat will have them all for dinner ;) And Peter posted most of the parts of my email and also linked my videos.

    Read it here:

    http://createdigitalmusic.com/2011/02/does-sequencomat-for-the-now-defunct-lemur-trump-ipad-touch-sequencers-watch-it-do-ableton-analog/

    In the comments you will see, that I got also some kind of trolls which do not believe in stability and time accuracy of my Sequencomat. Well, I can not confince him…but as he owns no Lemur at all it is useless anyway ;) However: I garanty good timing and that timing of the (free) demo version and the (paid) full version ist the same. Just test!

    demo video v3.2 (random, propability)

    2 Comments | This entry was posted on Nov 26 2010

    I made a demo video of  the new functions in my Sequencomat_V3.2. I recorded a spontanious jam so the music is a little …weird (?)….boring (?) (cause simple 4 on the floor)… strange (?) …whatever.

    I start with simple a 8th baseline and the comments demonstrate the functions quite well:

    • random on length
    • CCs (purple)
    • setting CCs
    • use range
    • step propability
    • copy/paste track
    • change note/octave
    • using different instruments (via midichannel)
    • random on CC
    • (forgot to show) random on velocity
    • switching samples through octave on drumrack
    • create grooves / swing on HH (via delay)
    • adding 1 more instrument
    • save / load / jump pattern
    • XYpad triggering
    • step mute / demute

    …well…a lot of functions I go through…hope you enjoy the video. All the best, mat.

    See the complete manual of Sequencomat_v3.2 here.

    end of lemur :/

    2 Comments | This entry was posted on Nov 22 2010

    Unfortunately, Jazzmutant close its gate….

    Due to JMs offical press release, they will sell no further Lemurs by the end of this year.

    LEMUR via wikipedia:

    Lemurs (pronounced /ˈliːmər/ us dict: lē′·mər) are a clade of strepsirrhine primates endemic to the island of Madagascar. They are named after the lemures (ghosts or spirits) of Roman mythology due to the ghostly vocalizations, reflective eyes, and the nocturnal habits of some species. Although lemurs often are confused with ancestral primates, the anthropoid primates (monkeys, apes, and humans) did not evolve from them; instead, lemurs merely share morphological and behavioral traits with basal primates.

    the namesake of the product desribes the situation quite good ;)

    • they are endemic – so only rare, and never ment to rule the planet
    • have nocturnal habits…which matches some personal preferences

    …. “Isolated on Madagascar with only a limited number of mammalian competitors, the lemurs did not have to compete with other evolving arboreal mammalian groups, such as squirrels. They were also spared from having to compete with monkeys, which evolved later. The intelligence, aggression, and deceptiveness of monkeys gave them an advantage over other primates in exploiting the environment.“… Read more »

    more music

    0 Comments | This entry was posted on Oct 05 2010

    Here are some jams I recorded during the last weeks with the sequencomat…

    Pattern02 by tonvibration

    Pattern03 by tonvibration

    Pattern04 by tonvibration

    Pattern05 by tonvibration

    Sequencomat V3.2

    0 Comments | This entry was posted on Sep 15 2010

    Hey, I´ve updated the sequencomatV3.

    V3.2 is a big update. I completely reworked the maxpatch and added some new major functions:

    step propability

    For each step on each track a propability can be set, if a step is played or not. More concrete it is a “unlikeliness” function, because, the higher the bars are, the more unlikely it is that a tone is played (of course only if it is activated in the stepmatrix) That way you can bring in some nice variation in the pattern. However, it might be disturbing if you have set a tone in the matrix and it is not played. Therefore I made an indicatorLED on the tracks mainmatrix showing if a tone is played or not.

    8 CC attached to track

    Now a CC is attached to each of the 8 tracks. Channel and Controllernumber can be set in a popup container (as shown above) and are saved within the pattern.

    random step value for velocity, length, CC.

    Small buttons below the MultiSlider set the corresponding step value to random, each time it is triggered it generates an new value and feedback on the slider. All stepvalues work within the range (left), so random is a bit more controlled than a pure 0-127.

    The new functions are really fun. Unfortunately I have no video yet….but soon, I guess ;)

    The size of the patch jumped from 2.0MB to 3.7MB and I am still fixing some minor bugs. But after all, it seems to stay stable….

    Sequencomat V1 versus V3

    0 Comments | This entry was posted on Aug 08 2010

    I compare different versions of the Midi stepsequencers I have made in MaxMSP for the Jazzmutant Lemur.
    V1 is a free module you can download from the JM user area: http://www.jazzmutant.com/lemuruser_m…
    V3 is a paid module. You can get more information here: http://www.tonvibration.de/Sequencoma…
    I cutted V2 in this comparison, which is also a paid module and lay somewhere in between, you can get more info here: http://www.tonvibration.de/extra/Sequ…
    I do not cover all functions of the sequencers…. e.g. I do not mention the rollpad and random function (on both) or the CCmodule and groove tab (V3only). You can see more videos on my channel or have a look at my site: http://music-interface.com
    I did a lot of work for free and shared with the Lemur community, it is just the more complex stepsequencer, where I charge money for. (btw: you pay for the maxpatch and support, you can get the naked Lemur template for free ;) )

    eLFOnator2 – free VST synth

    1 Comment | This entry was posted on Jul 06 2010

    The “eLFOnator2″ is a free VST synth I made with synth edit. It got 2 Oscillators with a filter and a LFO each. All amplifier, filter and LFO got a ADSR (attack-decay-sustain-release). The LFO section got a speed range up to selfoscillating and a fine tune, added to this. Furthermore you can route the LFO1 variation to LFO2 or vice versa. The LFO section make this synth a little unique… enjoy.

    You can download the synth here. Just copy it into your VSTfolder and rescan. It comes with a little soundbank.