Archive for the Technology Category

Native Instruments Maschine Pad Madness

Posted in Artists I Like, Hardware, Music, On My Radar, Software, Technology on February 21, 2012 by dublab

Recently I’ve been pretty interested in NI’s Maschine products… these Youtube videos aren’t helping. Not like I could ever do some of the things these guys are doing…

Here’s Justin Aswell from Mr Invisible:

And here’s David “Fingers” Haynes – a local from Stone Mountain, GA:


Check Out This Pitch-Shifting Crossfader Prototype!

Posted in Hardware, Music, Technology, Videos on February 21, 2012 by dublab

Fascinating Rotary Speaker Technology Whitepaper From Strymon

Posted in Music, Technology on January 21, 2011 by dublab

If you know anything about the state of the art of guitar effects, you may have heard about Strymon in this past year. A reswizzled, rebranded son of Damage Control (who brought you the Timeline and Glass Nexus tube-equipped pedals), Strymon has spent most of 2010 releasing new an unbelieveable number of new and exciting digital modeling effects for guitarists: the Brigadier analog delay emulator, the El Capistan tape delay emulator, the Orbit Flanger, the Blue Sky Reverb… and each sounds better than the last.

For all those who thought the output would slow, Strymon has kicked off 2011 with some new offerings, including a rebranded and updated revision of the Timeline delay with MIDI control (which I MUST have), and the Lex rotary speaker emulator.  At some point, I remember trying to draw out the physics of a rotating speaker cabinet on paper, but these guys have done a much better job by putting out a whole white paper on the matter – it’s definitely worth a read for musicians and geeks alike.

Check it out!

Bobby Talks About BitTorrent, and Back Again

Posted in Filesharing, Industry, Music, Software, Technology on January 19, 2011 by dublab

So life has been pretty hectic and crazy recently. It doesn’t look like it’s about to change, however I have recently been thinking about the need to revive my little blog. I am still playing with the band, however I am also starting graduate-level studies, so hopefully my classes will bring some new perspectives to my writing.

In the meantime I wanted to leave you with a link to a cool little article I found about BitTorrent. It’s a write-up from Bobby Owsinski’s Music 3.0 blog about another article on the state of BitTorrent and what it means to music today. I found it interesting because the author of the original article clearly does not thoroughly understand the technology that they wrote about, making for some interesting conclusions… I believe the main reason for this confusion is a failure to distinguish between BitTorrent the company or the software client, and BitTorrent, the protocol. Also it’s interesting that BitTorrent stats are invariably interpreted from a sort of pessimist perspective – if music downloads are up, people say it’s bad because the industry isn’t cashing in on them (which is actually NOT necessarily true and reflects confusion about what BitTorrent is and how it works), and if music downloads are down, it’s bad for the industry because “music isn’t worth pirating anymore.” Isn’t it also possible that lower music download numbers through BT could mean that the industry has figured more and better ways to monetize their content?

By the way, if you’re looking for a good BT client, look no further than uTorrent, preferred by geeks everywhere.

Thanks for reading. I’m glad to have you back.

Erik Aadahl on Doing Sound Design for “Transformers”

Posted in Artists I Like, Music, On My Radar, Technology on March 25, 2010 by dublab

Here’s a great interview with sound designer Erik Aadahl on his sound design work for the Transformers movies.  I would kill for this job…

It’s here.

Super Simple Tab Editor FTW

Posted in Music, Technology on March 19, 2010 by dublab

Even better than the last Guitar-Fu link I posted – here’s the Super Simple Tab Editor.  You tell it what to play and it tabs it out… it’s even got an “experimental” ASCII tab output.  I’m definitely looking forward to whenever that works.


New Toys, May They Grow Up To Be Stompboxes

Posted in Music, Technology on March 16, 2010 by dublab

I recently “finished” my first attempt at wiring up my inaugural electronic creation, a true bypass loop box with an adjustable feedback control. I used a schematic I found on the Beavis Audio Research site (thanks Dano!), slightly modded to add one additional LED in series and using a DPDT for the feedback switch instead of SPDT (I had planned on wiring one of the LEDs to it so was going to use the second pole, but then I realized it’ll look a lot cooler if both eyes are red instead of just one).

I’m calling it the Red Eye because of the art on the box and my clever LED configuration. Of course since this was my first project, it doesn’t work.  The red LED’s light up and it works in bypass but nothing else, so I guess I’ve got some troubleshooting ahead of me.

Once I finally get it working, my hope is to use it to run my Boss DD-6 through it semi-permanently.  You see, the DD-6 is a great unit with a lot of possibilities and potential, but one fatal flaw – it’s tap tempo control is activated by holding down the footswitch for 2 seconds.  While you hold down the switch the effect is already engaged (at the currently set rate). Once you’re in tap and you set your rate, then you have to hold down the switch for another 2 seconds, which disengages the tap but leaves the effect on, and once tap is disengaged you can stomp the switch again to turn the effect off.  So tapping with the effect disengaged is impossible, which means if you don’t want a mess of ill-timed repeats while you set the effect you pretty much have to stop playing for 10-15 seconds.

Adding the Red Eye will let me leave the effect in tap mode semi-permanently (or at least for most of a gig) and turn the effect on and off independently, so I can then tap out the new tempos with the effect turned off.  Then the additional switchable variable feedback loop would let me conjure up infinite repeats (and hopefully induce DD-6 self-oscillation) on command.  That is if I can get it all working (hopefully that happens before the next 3052 gig)…

In other news, I’ve just received my Tube Screamer clone kit from JD Sleep’s General Guitar Gadgets site, and I’ll be trying to tackle that soon.  Hopefully I won’t screw it up.