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.
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..
Here’s what the studio looks like at the moment. I have installed my new Adam A7X monitors and switched around the stuff in the rack. Now there should be room for some euro modules as well.
Mike Walters is a master of building strange new electronic instruments out of older parts. His latest finished project is the Drumssette – a four channel drum machine built out of a Tascam MF-P01 track cassette recorder. Click here to read more about it.
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.
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…
This was totally unexpected but my trance track “Mind your matter” has been licenced by Korean company Andamiro. It will be used in the new dance arcade machine Pump it up pro 2.
Here’s a video where the track is played. Fast forward to 1.52 to hear it.
Click here for the official song list.
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.
The legendary 2 x 303/808/909 emulation from Propellerheads has been released for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Now you can create acid with your mobile phone.
I’m doing a series of youtube videos where I’m patching together sounds on the old System-100. For each video there will be wav files available for download on fogelberg.com.
Click here to download samples from demonstration 1 (Ring modulated sequence)