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In just a few minutes, mod a Euclidean Sequencer in Reaktor


There are a lot of hugely powerful things you can do with an environment like Reaktor. But that doesn’t necessarily suggest where to begin. The best way to get into a deep tool is often to solve a simple problem. At the Native Sessions installment on Reaktor 6, Nadine Raihani showed us a simple example of taking a user library offering and making some quick changes. The result: a Euclidean polyrhythm sequencer (Euclidean say what?) that you can play from a keyboard.

That turns out to be scary useful: like holding down notes for instant improv techno.

Nadine shows how to go about this in this video:

And actually, I think this is really important. Especially with the power of the Web (aka, a hyper-connected international engine for showing off), it’s easy to lose sight of the value of doing simple stuff.

Just mapping something to a keyboard might not be technically impressive. But I’ve found this in my own work: some of the most compelling performance tools are the ones that are technically the simplest. That leaves the inspiration to, say, hitting some keys and improvising – the human side of the equation. And often working musically with simpler elements can focus your work. (The greatest composers of all time often composed based on very simple kernels of ideas – think “etudes.”)

Ironically, it’s typically experienced developers who have learned to break down problems into small, solvable bits – and beginners who try to do too much at once. So take a tip from them, and think simple.


Key to Snap Internal

Key To Snap Mod

Speaking of how simple can be powerful, the other great thing about patching environments in general is how easy it is to share and reuse work. (The same I suppose can be said of well-written code, but patching environments make the bits immediately visual.) Having worked with Pd and Max and SuperCollider, I’ve seen the same sharing pattern.

And sure enough, as I was preparing this, Nadine wrote me to say her mod of the original sequencer has itself been modded. So check them out:

Euclidean “Snapshots-to-Keys” Mod: Euclidean Sequencer to play on MIDI Keyboard

and the mod of the mod:

Euclidean Polyplexor: 8 Euclidean “Snaps-to-Keys” sequencers to drive Polyplex

And there’s more: the patches from the other Native Sessions presentations are online, too:

Native Sessions Oct 2015: 5 minutes against the Blocks – by Dave Forrester, from the Reaktor team

Native Sessions Oct 2015: ZDF Toolkit Demo – that’s the crazy filter patch by the legendary Vadim Zavalishin from Reaktor. I’ll… see you in about six months, after I get lost in filters.

Enjoy, y’all. And if you post something interesting to the User Library – or make something for your environment of choice – don’t be shy, let us know about it!

The post In just a few minutes, mod a Euclidean Sequencer in Reaktor appeared first on Create Digital Music.

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Apps Of The Month: November


From Soundcloud creation to sonic emotion, we take a look at some of November’s best electronic music-related apps.

All applications come in both Android and iOS versions, unless otherwise specified. Did we miss any? Let us know what your favourite apps from the month were.

Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library | Download


The Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library is a royalty-free library of one shots, loops, and stems recorded at the various fixed and pop-up Rubber Tracks studios. Created in partnership with Indaba Music, the library provides a unique resource for musicians all over the world and it doesn’t cost you a penny & they’re all royalty free. You’re free to explore, download, experiment, and create using the samples and are empowered to utilise the resulting works in all the ways you see fit. With its iOS app, users can sort through all of the samples in the library. Swipe right to save a sample to your Favorites or swipe left to skip for now. You can explore by sample pack, filter by sample type and instrument, or be presented with a random selection of samples.

Cove | Download


Express how you feel via the medium of electronic music, that is what COVE adds to the field of “mood journaling”. Created by Humane Engineering, the app uses six “moods” as starting points, which users can then build upon to create their own sounds, store them in your journal, and share with your friends (if you want to). Humane Engineering describe the app as: “…capture your mood or express how you really feel. [You can] create simple, beautiful music loops, save them to your journal or share with someone else…It’s a platform to play with the building blocks of music, without the need to know what they are or what they do. Cove provides the freedom to simply create.”

iMaschine 2 | Download

As the first music production app to take advantage of iPhone 6′ 3D touch technology, iMaschine 2 has evolved from its original’s sketchpad approach to a full on music production tool, allowing users to create entire tracks on their iphones and/ore ipads. One of the most noticeable improvments to the app is the inclusion of “step mode”, which switches pad grip mode to step sequencer (something handy for small screen devices). Also, iMaschine 2 introduces an “arranger” which allows users to convert loops into entire songs with the ability to save four patterns in four groups. To put it another way, this means users can actually write different parts of a song. Finally, iMaschine 2 also introduces a “smart play” keyboard, which (as you may have guessed) is a tiny keyboard which locks in scale and pitch.

Skoove | Sign up for Beta

For those interested in piano training, but may not have the luxury of a classically trained background or private lessons, Skoove is a new online tool that teaches budding musicians how to play the piano in an interactive, non-traditional way. The app connects to a MIDI keyboard and reads the way the notes are played to give honest feedback.  If the user has trouble, Skoove will make a note to find ways to fix the issue. And, when it comes to learning music theory, Skoove offers games that make it easy to grasp.


Soundcloud Pulse (Android Only) | Download

Pulse is aimed at users who are uploading content to SoundCloud, filling in the gaps of the main SoundCloud app. Pulse allows its users to comment, search stats, publicly (and privately) share tracks and follow. The first version has been described as a tip of the iceberg, with in depth stats, track  editing, uploading, improved messaging features and an iOS version coming soon.

The post Apps Of The Month: November appeared first on Deep House Amsterdam.

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Premiere: Kenny Dope ft. Robert Owens – Bricks Down (Mr. G Remix) 

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Rounding up what is beginning to look like ‘Kenny Dope month’, we present one of the tracks coming from his new EP with Robert Owens, aka the voice of Chicago House. On remix duties is one of our favourite UK artists: Mr. G. A house guru that has stayed true to his analog philosophy. Check out this marvellous re-interpretation of Bricks Down.

Over the last 25 years, the four time Grammy-nominated DJ and producer has been astounding audiences across the world with his fusions of house, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, funk & soul, reggae, alternative pop and broken beats. By releasing literally thousands of original tracks and hundreds of remixes, Kenny has earned a reputation as a living encyclopedia of beats as both a solo artist, and as one-half of the legendary house duo, Masters At Work alongside “Little” Louie Vega and, not to mention, a 50,000 strong record collection.

Alongside being a DJ and producer, Kenny also holds the title of record label owner with Dopewax and Kay-Dee Records, the former oroginally focused on Kenny’s own raw, beat records and evolved to hosting more vocal fare, and the latter being a landing pad for re-recording and releasing of rare and classic music.

Having been in the game for around 2 decades now, Mr. G is widely considered to be one of the most under-rated artists about – with only true music fans appreciating his vast contribution to dance music.

He was initially part of the KCC DJ trio playing at the now legendary Confusion parties and subsequently started recording as one half of The Advent, producing many ground-breaking releases/remixes and albums, and touring the world with their intense, relentless style of techno. In 1999 Colin decided to go his own way and founded the Phoenix G label in order to create his unique brand of analogue bass-heavy electronic tech-funk, which immediately attracted props from his peers and the music press alike.

Mr. G  Kenny Dope Robert Owens

The post Premiere: Kenny Dope ft. Robert Owens – Bricks Down (Mr. G Remix)  appeared first on Deep House Amsterdam.

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The World’s Most Valuable Vinyl Records


As it is Record Store Day Black Friday (I’ll spare my own personal views on the uber-consumerism that is this unofficial holiday), we came across 11 of the world’s most valuable records.

Per Pitchfork, the first quarter of 2015 saw a 53% increase in vinyl sales from the same period in 2014. Furthermore, since 2006, vinyl sales have increased 600% from 1 million to 6 million. So, with the vinyl industry enjoying a massive (and continuous) spike in sales this year, it is inevitable that more and more music lovers are turning back to the vintage model to experience music and, not to mention, appreciate a little value.

With that, we took a look at a few of the most expensive records in existence. As might be expected, many of these come from the world of classic rock, with The Beatles (and various incarnations) featuring prominently, but electronic music is represented with the test press of Aphex Twin‘s ‘Caustic Window‘.

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