The Paradiso Modular Synthesizer

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This video, via the MIT News Office, takes a look at the Paradiso Synthesizer, a monster DIY modular created by Joe Paradiso.

In 1973, Media Lab associate professor Joe Paradiso was an undergraduate at Tufts University, and didn’t know anyone who had built an analog music synthesizer from scratch.

It was a time, he says, when information and parts for do-it-yourself projects were scarce, and digital synthesizer production was on the rise. But, he decided to tackle the project — without any formal training — and sought out advice from local college professors, including his now-colleague in the Media Lab, Barry Vercoe.

Paradiso gathered information from manufacturers’ data sheets and hobbyist magazines he found in public libraries. He taught himself basic electronics, scrounged for parts from surplus stores and spent a decade and a half building modules and hacking consumer keyboards to create the synth, which he completed in the 1980s.

Paradiso thinks his modular may be the largest DIY modular in the world, with 125 modules (details below). Let us know in the comments if you’ve built a larger DIY modular!

Paradiso’s modular is on display at MIT. Every few weeks, Paradiso changes the patch to create a new sonic environment. The synthesizer streams live online 24 hours a day at; starting this week, visitors to the synthesizer’s website can even change the patch parameters online.

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TouchLive Lets You Control Ableton Live On A Giant Multitouch Display

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This is a sneak preview of TouchLive 0.1 – a program underdevelopment that is designed to let you use a multi-touch display as a controller for audio or video software.

TouchLive 0.1 includes a monome emulator, midi drumpads, mixer, transport, sliders and buttons.

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Melodyne Inventor Peter Neubäcker Interview (Heavy Conversation For The Mind)

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This video, What does a stone sound like?, captures a deep interview with Melodyne inventor Peter Neubäcker, that takes a deep dive into music theory and the math that underlies music.

It was the question “What does a stone sound like?” that led Peter Neubäcker to the invention of Melodyne around 15 years ago.

Neubäcker, the primary person behind such Celemony Melodyne, DNA Direct Note Access and Capstan discusses his passion for philosophy, music and mathematics as well as how guitar-making, Johannes Kepler and the science of Harmonics influenced him and led to the development of Melodyne.

00:30 — Music, philosophy and the Numbers
04:25 — The Monochord, Lambdoma and zero and infinity as the origin of all notes
09:50 — Grasp and comprehend, chaos and fractals
12:35 — Programming and guitar-making
16:00 — Youth, years of quest, and the birth of an interest
21:30 — The sound of a stone and the idea of Melodyne
24:40 — DNA Direct Note Access and the legendary roll of bathroom tissue

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Control Ableton Live With A Wireless iPad Keytar Thing

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VJ FranzK is back with a demonstration of his approach to controlling Ableton Live wirelessly, using his iPad Keytar thing – the Manataray – and the new Koushion iPad app.

FL Studio 10 Adds 64-Bit Plugin Support, Better Memory Management And Unlimited Fruitiness

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Image Line has introduced FL Studio 10 – the latest version of its popular digital audio workstation – adding 64-bit plugin support, improved memory management, unlimited Fruity scoring and automation flexibility and more.

Here’s what’s new:

  • 64 bit plugin support – The Wrapper now automatically detects 64 bit plugins and opens them in 64 Bit ‘Bridged’ mode (see below).
  • ‘New pattern’ (+) button – On the Channel Window / Step Sequencer. Add a Pattern and open the naming window.
  • Small scrollbars in editors – Smaller scrollbar for the Piano roll, Event Editor, Playlist etc. See F10 > General Settings.
  • Horizontal zoom – Improved Playlist, Piano roll & Event Editor.
  • Improved memory management – Two changes have been made to lower demands on FL Studio’s memory allocation. 1. 32 & 64 Bit VST plugins can be opened in ‘Bridged’ mode. The maximum memory available to the plugin will be at least 2 Gb for 32 Bit Windows and up to 192 Gb depending on your version of 64 Bit Windows. 2. Audio Clips & Sampler Channels Keep on disk option now opens the sample in a separate memory allocation. Each Audio Clip / Sampler Channel can now load a sample of at least 2 Gb for 32 Bit & 64 Bit Windows versions.
  • Improved audio options – ASIO: ‘Mix in bufferswitch’ and ‘Triple buffer’ may improve performance with some ASIO drivers. ASIO/Primary Sound: Revised ‘Playback tracking’ options to help with alignment of visual & recorded events where soundcard problems exist.
  • Autosave / Autobackup – FL Studio can now be set to back up the current project at 5 to 15 minute intervals. Never lose project data again!
  • FL Studio Fruity Edition – Now gains access to Playlist Pattern Clips for unlimited scoring and automation flexibility.

Image Line describes FL Studio 10 as “the fastest way from your brain to your speakers.”

See the FL Studio site for details.

Good news for FL Studio users? Let us know what you think in the comments……

Ableton Operator Tutorial – Wave Morphing

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Ableton Live: This video, via learnMax, takes a look at wave morphing in Ableton Live’s Operator:

I’m always looking to do things a little differently. It occurred to me that with a midi/parameter LFO I could automatically and rhythmically change the waveform parameter for each of operator’s operators

MIDI Pad Turns iPhone, iPod Touch Into A Wireless MIDI Controller

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MIDI Pad is a new wireless MIDI controller app for the iPhone and iPod touch that’s inexpensive, but basic.

The intro video demonstrates how to use MIDI Pad (on iPhone/iPod) as a MIDI controller in Ableton Live

MIDI Pad provides one X-Y Pad, one slider and four buttons. It also translates your iPhone/iPod’s sensor signal (acceleration transducer and microphone) into MIDI signal.

MIDI Pad works using Apple Bonjour over WIFI network, so that you don’t need install any software or driver in your Mac to enable MIDI Pad. PCs are not explicitly supported.

Jordan Rudess Checks Out The Line 6 Midi Mobilizer + NLog Midi Synth

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Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess tests out the combintation of the Line 6 Midi Mobilizer and the NLog Midi Synth.

Rudess’s review?

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