Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Arturia SparkLE Remote Codec+Map

Hey all :)

I've been asked last week to share my Arturia SparkLE Codec so here it is :)



Actually, this has been sitting on my Remote projects folder for 2 years now (and far from being alone in there, eh), waiting for me to complete the rest of the Remote Map, because my initial need for it was really just to control Kong, Dr.OctoRex and ReDrum, that's why those are really the ones that got some partial love on the included map.

Early this year, due to the improvements added to the ReDrum remoteables, I ended up making some editing to support the new ReDrum remoteables :)

I'm hoping that anyone wanting to extend it or complete it has enough examples already in the partial map I'm providing to customize it for their own purposes.

There are a few simple tricks both on the Codec and Map side that may help some users wanting to get into feedback-aware MIDI controllers to get up to speed without going too deep in Lua programming.


Probably I'll be sharing a few more simple but useful Codecs+Maps namely a generic one that allows MIDI Channel selection for those that have a multi-channel MIDI source of notes and need to route (lock and/or record) them independently in Reason, like... the new Arturia BeatStep Pro (which I'll end up doing a specific Codec for it, obviously, when/if I find the time to do it properly)... but until then, that generic one is working fine.

Along these "utility" simple Remote Codec+Maps, I also have one for the Arturia MiniBrute with an optional "Local Off" mode, easily decoupling its keyboard from the synth section, allowing it to work as a generic MIDI keyboard while Reason uses it as a keyboardless synth module through EMI.
If anyone's interested on that one, drop me a comment and I'll share that too :)

Friday, February 13, 2015

BV512 Vocoder: The fix that "borked" a cool use case

BV512 Digital Vocoder

Reason's BV512 Digital Vocoder rack device always had a very useful behavior regarding its use as a MIDI-to-CV utility device.


Before the Kong Drum Designer rack device, which is typically the easiest and preferred device to convert a MIDI Note (i.e. Pad hit) into a CV Gate output (each pad has a CV out gate at the back) the BV512 Vocoder was the only rack device offering a similar behavior.



How?
(RTFM ;)


The BV512 MIDI Implementation made it respond to a range of MIDI keyboard note input to control each of its 32 Vocoder Bands. This allows various cools tricks related with directly controlling specific and multiple bands while in Vocoder mode.


The 1st 16 of those Vocoder bands, when activated (either by audio modulation or MIDI note input) will have their respective value output as CV at the back of the device.


So, as you can see, prior to Kong, this was the perfect way to get at least 16 MIDI Note-to-CV Gate/Velocity output. ReDrum could be used but it only had 10 outs and only allowed Trigger CV out instead of Gate CV out (which is the only way to respect the Note duration).

BV512 did its CV tricks tirelessly, no matter if there was an audio cable connected to the modulator audio input or not. It even worked perfectly while the "Enabled" switch was Bypass or Off.

Well... guess what? Apparently, allowing Vocoder Band control through MIDI input when there's no cable connected to the modulator audio input was... "a bug" (kinda).

This "bug" was fixed in Reason 7 ...so, yeah, you guessed it: Any Song or Combinator patch relying on the good'ol BV512 original behavior changed from a state of "coolness" to "borkedness".

Yeah... there are some patches that worked fine up until Reason 6.5.3 that now stopped working in Reason 7.1.1, Reason 8.0 and Reason 8.1 (and so on...)


Is there a solution?

Sure!

Either replace the BV512 acting as the "MIDI Input" device with a Kong, having then to deal with all the CV rewiring needed and Combinator modulation matrix (re)configuration or... simply connect a dummy cable to the modulator input


 ...and you're done! :D


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Administrivia: "The Blue Chapter" aka "let's try AdSense"

Not sure if anyone noticed, but my red'ish/orange themed blog changed to blue... which, coincidentally matched the color change on PH's Shop :]

This was the 1st of a few more changes to this blog.

I'm going to slowly "clean" it up of all the extra link sections, now temporarily pushed to the bottom.

Already added a "Spare Music Products on eBay" section because I finally went through my license collection and found a few unused spares that should really go to someone that will use them. I have more licenses waiting to be added to that list, but there are some limits to how many/much one can have on sale, so... there's actually a queue behind that section.

Next, will be experimenting with AdSense (configure your own Ad experience here**). Not sure how that works but that's something that I never bothered to try and I guess it's time to, so I'm waiting for the approval thingy. After that, don't be surprised to see some ads somewhere around here.

and... that's about it :)

Sorry for this "null content" administrivia post but I wanted to give some kind of heads-up about the future use of AdSense ads before actually adding them to the blog.

Well, guess all I need to do next is to (re)start posting something interesting and hopefully useful again soon, uh? ;)

Edit: **I'm slowly finding stuff about this Ad stuff.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library: Free musical sample/stems sharing done right!

 Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library

WOW!

I'm extremely impressed with this initiative from Converse (yes, that sneakers company, no less!!!) through their Converse Rubber Tracks community-based professional recording studio in Brooklyn, NY.

The design of the site, the user experience and interface, the filtering and searching capabilities, proper metadata details (who did what, where and when, tempo(s), key(s), etc) and obviously the amount and the quality of content are totally amazing.

One-Shots, Loops, Stems on lots of genres, playing styles and instrument types.

I'll say it again: WOW!
...and my respect, admiration and inevitable thanks to...

footwear company for doing it right :)

Twitter results for #RubberTracks
Rubber Tracks @rubbertracksnyc



...and why am I posting this here?
NN19, NN-XT, ReDrum, Kong, Audio tracks, Dr.OctoRex, ReCycle... ring a bell? :)