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  1. I kinda did Volca Keys acid a few years back, turned out alright. I do miss the Keys actually, it's got a really unique gritty sound. oh shit if the final production model is white I'm getting one for sure.. even though I've got a friend's 606 on indefinite loan.
  2. modey


    Good timing for a bump. I did the t-shirt design for next year's Square Sounds chiptune festival. Sadly they're not available for purchase without a ticket (maybe that'll change though?) but I figured I'd show them off here because it's one of my most idm designs lol also available in yellow on red, fluorescent green on black, and dark grey on black
  3. I'm glad it's back to the "landscape" format. Looks like it's a bit smaller than it was before? Or at least smaller than I expected, around GB Micro size. The new dot matrix display looks pretty cool too. Hopefully we're not far off. It's been really interesting seeing it develop.
  4. Yeah, PNW is great! My only minor complaints are that there's no pitch quantiser, and that everything is restricted to divisions or multiplications of the base tempo. That said, it's primarily a rhythm generator, so neither of those are a very big deal with the addition of a couple more modules.
  5. A few of my utility/generator picks: Pamela's New Workout: a very solid clock utility but goes way beyond that, with LFOs, euclidean sequencing, loopable random generators, etc. Pairs nicely with a quantiser (I use 2hp Tune) so you can use the random generators as melody generators. Mutable Instruments Marbles: generative gate and note sequencing but with tons of modes and options to play with, and can be run at audio rate to get a super digital oscillator. Plus you can load custom scales into it, which can get microtonal, if that's what you're into. And Maths of course.. just watch the video For sound shaping, rather than a utility, I love Mutable Instruments Warps with the Parasites firmware. Lots of different options from waveshapers, vocoders to very nice delays (one of which has an open feedback path). Also I just thought of an interesting first pair, if you can afford it: Pamela's New Workout and Make Noise Erbe Verb. Using PNW's 8 outs to control the verb's parameters can get some very interesting effects, including really swishy drum sounds and pitch shifting.
  6. Just got a notification that the Autechre mixlr account is live again.. I can't remember if it was a legit one or not but posting it here just in case ? http://mixlr.com/autechre/?utm_source=new_broadcast_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert
  7. I'm still on 10.11 on my 2016 imac and 10.13 on my 2018 mbp. Was thinking of upgrading to 10.14 on both, but I can't now, right? Is there no way to do that? I never downloaded it when the notification came up.
  8. modey


    What! The Draft 7.30 artwork is a masterpiece. The post-Exai tDR stuff pales in comparison imo (and I'm a tDR fanboy). Also, the Untilted typography works for me, the cap height of the smaller type matches the x height of the larger type.
  9. OpenMPT is more true to the classic style of tracker music, which is great if you're composing mod/xm/etc stuff. Renoise is definitely more suited to more modern production, but when I want more accurate emulation of older trackers I'll use MPT. I usually stick with Renoise though.
  10. I attended an Algorave workshop (which used TidalCycles) at a video game music composers' convention last weekend, and it got me motivated enough to finally actually install it and give it a go. I think a few people in Melbourne are going to start a live coding club as well, which should be nice ?
  11. The delay was one of my favourite things about the volca keys lol Maybe I should get a neutron ?
  12. lol this would have fit right in in the Australian early 00s breakcore scene
  13. I did a breakcore once under a stupid alias, the label owner made up a ridiculous story about it too lol https://8-bitrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/cungog-hardcore-daddy
  14. The best way to circuit bend is by adding patch points, so the original sound can be restored by removing cables. I played with a circuit bent 707 last year (and made a sample pack with it) that had patch points neatly down the side, and it made some great tones when patched. I'm an anti-purist. I'm all for modifying everything that can be practically modified. Why not get some crazy new tones out of gear that usually only provides a limited amount of sounds?
  15. Banger album, tin shack or otherwise. Worth raising a nug to (dipped in potato&gravy), for sure.
  16. Great points, thanks everyone. I think perhaps I'm letting it get to me a bit too much; I ended up creating something today that I'm very happy with (little snippit here), which probably could be stripped down a bit more, but actually reflects what @Nil said above re: empty spaces / incomplete melodies. Keeping my Digitone tracks a bit more sparse, rather than feeling like I need to balance each page of the sequencer with the others. I think it's a bit more difficult with the Digitone as it's practically begging to be used for lush melodies. Having said that, I've had some luck with "unwinding" a busy melody by setting trig conditions to various parts of it, ensuring it never gets a chance to play in full. I am also working on collabs, actually had a very Terminator 2 meets Metroid Prime soundtrack jam with a friend the other day ? should be editing that down soon. And have been talking to another friend about starting a 2x nord modular (or nord + octatrack) project, which will be interesting! Anyway, a bit off topic for the GAS thread (I'm sure there was a thread about what I'm talking about here a while ago?).. but to bring it back home, I'm getting kinda tempted to pick up one of the Intellijel Palette cases, and strip my eurorack setup right back to a few modules—maybe have more than will fit in the case, but switch things out for various minimal setups—tbh I got more out of eurorack when I was trying to push a small amount of modules to their limits. May be a phase, but selling a few things could help me get to superbooth next year (a vague fantasy!). I think the OP-Z is gonna go too. I like it but the double triggering is doing my head in. That said, they seem to be hard to sell, there's been one on facebook marketplace for weeks, at about 70% of the new price.
  17. Yeah, I think I'm intending for Vague Robots to be the more melodic side of my hardware jams, with the 0F alias being for the more experimental/textural stuff.. though they kinda bleed into each other really.
  18. Ahh, thanks m8. I think my problem is that I have peers and influences who have styles which seem "cooler" than mine, like they have an ear for minimalism and seem to naturally be able to make music that's really stripped down yet still very engaging. I always gravitate towards spacey, dramatic chord progressions, and find I have to force myself to be more minimal, if that makes sense? Maybe I need to just make things as I usually do, but then try to minimise them as much as possible, haha. I'm never 100% happy with my own style, I always have an underlying sense of my music being a bit cheesy, even when I don't intend for it to be.
  19. Just watched Cuckoo's Chipsynth MD video, sounds great! There's also Deflemask for those who are into trackers, which has the added bonus of being able to export a ROM for the MD to play natively. It also supports a bunch of other consoles, and is free! Also, not really getting the Digitone hate, every time I turn mine on I'm inspired to make some unique sounds. I'm not always productive in a musical sense with it (I'm having an unrelated melodic crisis at the moment where I feel like all of my melodies/progressions sound too cheesy, and the Digitone kinda pushes me to make melodic music), but for me it's an amazing sound design tool. Then again, I'm a bit of an Elektron fanboy so it's probably not a surprise lol
  20. That's just a bass guitar.. are you taking the piss or am I missing something? ?
  21. Yeah I'm not concerned at all. I'm fine with him taking some time to get things right, I'm eagerly awaiting it but if waiting a bit longer means we'll eventually get a device that looks and feels good, it'll be worth it. I remember nanoloop mono taking quite some time to get from prototypes to final product.
  22. The black one.. I would have rather got the white version, but I can't be bothered waiting lol haha! I pretty much only order from Australian retailers, apart from a few Eurorack kits I've put together recently. When you start adding GST and ridiculous postage costs, it really doesn't make sense to order from overseas anymore. I used to order from the ms_tokyo ebay store quite often but their prices aren't that great anymore, especially when combined with postage.
  23. I was tempted to get the pulsar (and am still on the wait list) but I think I'll get more out of the lyra. They're in stock at patchcable so I ordered one.. there goes the last of my tax return ?
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