Thursday, July 30, 2009

Expert Sleepers release Silent Way (Mac/PC, AU/VST)


Silent Way is a kind of like MOTU VOLTA in that it will allow you to use DC coupled soundcards to control analogue synths directly. Unlike MOTU VOLTA Expert Sleeper is very reasonably priced and works on both MAC and PC. At €36.94 (a very odd number) it is very affordable. A demo that craps out after every 15 mins is available. Silent Way can do automatic pitch calibration of your oscillators frequency so you never have to tune again. I didn't see any LFO's but you can send automation from your soundcard directly to your modular so I suppose you could draw them in. There is a list of of compatible devices including soundcards and analogue oscillators that will track. Very nice,very cheap, definately worth the download if you have a compatible soundcard. If you are interested there are tutorial video's showing how to use Silent Way in Ableton, Cubase & Logic.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Clone an 808



Eric Archer provides schematics and a how-to for building your own TR-808 clone! He's put his efforts into a 'Big box o Techno' and the results are pretty impressive...now where did I put that soldering iron?
There are some other interesting sounding devices on his page too...busy man.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Oliver Sacks - Musical Minds Documentary


Musical Minds, a documentary based on Oliver Sack's excellent book Musicophilia, can be watched free online until the 7th July on the PBS/Nova site. Unfortunately it is only available to those in the US or at least with a US IP address. If you live in the EU and are very determined to see it you could try going through a proxy or a VPN to change your IP address to one in the US. If you're not bothered there are a few youtube clips to whet your appetite until it does come this side of the water.