My studio is re-wired and everything works, mostly

I’m finished with re-wiring my studio and it works great, for the most part. All my gear is now plugged into the Behringer PX3000 Ultrapatch Pro. I can very easily select which ones should connect to my sound cards, depending on what gear I want to use and record simultaneously.

Technically I could do this earlier but now it’s so much easier. The thing that works best for me when making music is that when I get an idea I want act on it immediately. Earlier it was such a hassle each time I wanted to record different hardware synths, so I tended to always stick with the same – which is a bit bad for creativity. For me anyway.

The only thing I need to solve now is to get rid of the USB noise / hiss that recently, somehow found a way into the sound from my Eurorack modules. The noise originates from the computer, via the external sound cards. I earlier had the same problems with the sound from a couple of the synths with USB (The Blofeld and the Modemachines Xoxbox) but solved it using a couple of cheap Ground loop isolators.

I tried the same approach with the sound out from the Eurorack modules. The USB noise was removed but so was also everything below 2000 Herz. I’ve ordered different isolators from Thomann. If that doesn’t work I will have to get something more expensive.

Rewiring the studio

Behringer PX3000 Ultrapatch Pro
The project for today is something I should have done long ago: installing a hardware patch-bay and rewiring my studio.

Right now all of my gear goes straight into two external sound-cards, the NI Traktor Audio 6 and 10. Since there are more outputs from the gear than inputs on the sound-cards I use to switch cables when producing. After doing that for a few years you get to a point where you have no idea which cable goes where and also there is a huuuuge bundle of cables, where some of them are probably never used.

I got the Behringer PX3000 Ultrapatch Pro and 2 x The Sssnake MPP8050, which is a multicable with eight 6.3 mm mono jacks on both sides.

Wish me luck..

the sssnake MPP8050

Finally Windows 7

It took me 2-3 days to get everything working again but now finally my computer runs Windows 7. Everything seems to work, even my old Yamaha DSP Factory sound card. I opened up a couple of tracks I’m working on and Cakewalk Sonar seems to work including, almost, all the plugins. Now I can concentrate on making music again.

May 16th, 2010|Blog, Gear|

Updating to Windows 7 from XP

I’ve been waiting for the right time to update from Windows XP. When my old hard drive started to act funny the other day I saw this as a acute reason to get a new one and install Windows 7 in the process.
Why hasn’t this been done earlier? Well, I guess it’s a combination of lazyness and the fact that everything was still working well on XP.
I have some older hardware, like the Yamaha DSP Factory sound card, that wasn’t supported in Vista. Thus the long wait.
Anyway… So yesterday I installed Windows 7, the 64 bit version.. bad mistake. Afterwards I found out that I could only use my older hardware, and their 32 bit drivers, on the 32 bit version of Windows 7. So now I have to reinstall Windows 7 again – 32 bit version this time. Oh happy happy. I just want to make music…

May 12th, 2010|Blog, Gear|

The iPad DJ

I’m starting to believe in the iPad as a new tool for electronic musicians and DJs. The Korg Electribe app looks really nice, although it would be cheaper to buy a real Electribe than an iPad in Sweden. Still I think we will see many cool music apps for the iPad in the near future.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHPmcU13_mU

May 5th, 2010|Gear, Music|

Why should I buy an iPad?

All the tech sites this weekend were filled with awe for the newly released Apple iPad. Since Apple first showed their new Jesus tablet, I’ve been asking myself if this is something I currently need. And for the most part, although it seems to be a really sexy toy, I will have to answer no. I already have two portable computers, a HTC mobile with internet connection and an iPod Touch with the Spotify app and twenty or so music apps and games. But this may change quickly as new apps start to appear for the iPad. What could tip me over to the other side would be a smart music app that would use the big touch screen in an innovative way. Something that I could use when I make music. The other day I read about the Rj Voyager application. It looks interesting but it’s not really for me, just yet. Demo below..

April 5th, 2010|Gear|