# Live Performance With Drums & Synthesizers

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Berlin-based reader Sebastian Arnold, captures a live performance of Driving A Spaceship from his new album Interstellar Getaway.

Arnold describes himself as a “mad scientist drummer”. He builds song structures by layering loops and drum-triggered sequences with acoustic drums, keyboards and vocals.

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# How To Make Glitch Drums & Breaks

The latest tutorial video, via ohdratdigital, takes a look at how to make glitch drums and breaks:

This week’s video is all about how to create glitch drums and breaks, from subtle reworking all the way to Aphex Twin and Squarepusher style craziness!

# The Delptronics LDB1e Analog Drum Eurorack Module

This is a quick demo of the Delptronics LDB1e Analog Drum Eurorack Module.

The module offers eight analog drum sounds in a 4HP wide module.

Connect it to any clock source or sequencer. Built-in gate to trigger conversion means a square wave of any duty cycle will trigger the drums.

An expansion module is planned that will allow individual outputs and volume control for each instrument.

# The Protoclidean Sequencer For Ableton Live Lets You Explore Euclidean Rhythms

Developer Julien Bayle has announced a new sequencer for Ableton Live, The Protoclidean Sequencer.

The Protoclidean Sequencer is based on the Euclidean algorithm, one of the oldest mathematical algorithms known. The algorithm offers a simple way to distribute a particular number of objects inside a particular number of slots.

In musical terms, it lets you distribute a particular number of notes into a particular number of slots. This form of distribution is thought by some to underly many of the most fundamental rhythms across musical traditions.

For a deeper look at Euclidean algorithms & implementation into music, you can read this article: The Euclidean Algorithm Generates Traditional Musical Rhythms, by Godfried Toussaint.

The Protoclidean Sequencer lets you easily create sequences using odd or even number of steps, without the need of creating a lot of clips with different size in your Live set. You can also play live with it, using the banks storage/load feature.

See the video, embedded above, tor a demonstration of how this works.

# FXpansion Tremor – Synthetic Drum Machine

Here’s another sneak preview of the 2012 NAMM ShowFXpansion Tremor – Synthetic Drum Machine. Here’s what FXpansion has to say about Tremor:

FXpansion is proud to present Tremor: a software drum machine with powerful synthesis, effects, modulation and step-sequencing. DCAM circuit-modelled sound generation is fused with new ideas to produce original sounds with the punch and extreme sound pressure of old-school analogue. Tremor’s dance drums, funky beatscapes, abstract machines and undiscovered sonic terrain are suited to all kinds of electronic, urban and experimental music.

Central to each of Tremor’s 8 synthesis engines is a specialized DCAM oscillator with harmonic partials akin to a drumskin’s modes of vibration. Mixed with a sub-oscillator and tuned noise source, the signal is sculpted by modelled drive/filter/FX sections and razor-sharp envelopes. Tremor’s diverse output includes classic kicks, snares and claps, organic hats and body-shaking subs alongside futuristic zaps, scrapes, textures and sounds that defy classification.

The TransMod modulation system in Tremor is easier and deeper than a mod-matrix. It offers new sound design possibilities and lets you animate sounds with LFOs, step-automation sequences and real-time macro controls while the synthesis engine reacts just like real analogue circuits. Tremor’s sonic potential is showcased in the included suite of presets by a team of elite sound designers.

Tremor is available now as a download-only product from the FXpansion web shop.
Pricing is USD \$149.00, EUR ?119.00, GBP £99.00 inc VAT where applicable

Special Offer: Tremor is USD \$99, EUR ?79, GBP £69 inc VAT for all registered owners of Geist or DCAM: Synth Squad (and customers purchasing Tremor at the same time as Geist or DCAM: Synth Squad) until 9 Feb 2012.

via FXpansion, via Aymat