I keep coming across forum posts or facebook questions from people worrying about the quality of the converters in the Octatrack. What usually follows tends to be quite heated discussions about whether the Octatrack affects the sound at all. I finally decided to do a bit of A/B testing so that I could have an... Continue Reading →
Octachainer is a small, free Windows and Mac application for creating sample chains for the Octatrack and other samplers. This long overdue update fixes some bugs and implements some minor new features suggested by users to improve the workflow.
Ever since I got the Seaboard Block a while back I wanted a companion "synth block" for it. Since one didn't exist, I decided to make my own with an Axoloti board. I wanted it to serve both as a host for the Roli blocks and as an MPE synth. The video below should give... Continue Reading →
OctaChainer is a Windows and OS X tool for creating sample chains and slice data for the Elektron Octatrack and Analog Rytm.
I've been interested in the Roli Blocks for a while. I liked the concept of a small, portable MPE controller, but was sceptical of their apparent dependence on a computer or iOS device. When I tried finding info on whether they would make sense in a more hardware oriented setup my searches only revealed other... Continue Reading →
The Analog Four is a four-voice analog synth. Its biggest asset is Elektron's renowned step sequencer. Contrary to many people's expectations, you cannot use it to sequence other gear via midi. However, the A4 have four very flexible control voltage (CV) outputs that makes it a very nice buddy for a modular or other CV... Continue Reading →
I recently bought a battery pack to be able to use some of my music gear outside or when travelling. A couple of days ago we had a lovely autumn day here in Lyon, and as we didn’t have anything important planned we decided to spend it in a nearby park. A perfect opportunity for... Continue Reading →
A while back I was writing about whether or not to introduce a computer to our setup. Now that I’ve had my MacBook Air for close to two months I wanted to write a follow-up on my experience so far. So, was it a good idea? I’m still not sure, actually. I have some frustrating... Continue Reading →
I've been using computers for music most of my life. My teenage years were spent in front of ProTracker on the Amiga. Good times. As I now remember the experience, things just worked. I hit the power switch on the Amiga, and a couple of weird floppy drive noises later ProTracker was there. Composing tunes... Continue Reading →
I was a backer of Axoloti, a crowdfunded micro-controller board with inputs and outputs for audio and midi, as well as both USB client and host capabilities. The board is programmed with graphical patching software in similar to Max/MSP. I received my board shortly after I got my Eigenharp, and so I was too busy with EigenD and my new... Continue Reading →