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  1. Got 10 more MIDI cables. Haven't tested if they all work yet.
  2. That wouldn't scare me off really. What I want(ed) is a small box that can do some loops and has multiple tracks so I could drive my Korg MicroX or some other gear with it (or just bring with me to a train ride or a trip). I finish all my tracks in Live anyway, so the lack of song mode, effects does not really matter.
  3. I was looking at the electribes years ago when I was deciding which hardware thing to get, and I never ended up getting them because they were not inspiring enough (and I never bothered to research in depth either). Back then they were brand new devices and for some reason I thought the Electribes with that fancy tube thing were cooler. Past me continues to be a huge dumbass.
  4. Fair warning: never check local listings for used gear, you might end up GASing for stuff you never knew you wanted!! At the very least, if you do find something, do not search youtube, SoS, Sonicstate for reviews - you do that and you are gone. GONE! Anyways I never knew the Korg Electribe was such a cool beast: Yes I have been listening to the soma FM vaporwave station for all day today, surely this has not clouded my judgment.
  5. Thanks for the tip. That pedal looks insane but getting a new pedal is so low on priorities list now. I pick the iron cobra because I already have one back home and it’s pretty good and you can configure it to your liking. Another thing with the bass drum is that so so much depends on how your heads are tuned and set up - whether you have a huge drum, a hole in the resonant head, how low the batter is tuned etc etc. That’s basically why you should not think too much about the pedal until you have a dedicated space with a kit that is kept in good tune and you don’t come back to it one day and see that someone absolutely destroyed the resonant heads because I know that dumbass past me did this kind of stuff for example.
  6. OK ok I actually need a 20" ride cymbal for a long time now, got my eyes set on a Paiste Giant Beat multifunctional, but I thought I would not bother with trying to get one during the insane consumerism rush of December, also that series is quite pricey so now I am wondering if there is some alternative that sounds similar, but honestly trying to audition cymbals online is a losing battle and it really is just better to get one but but wait maybe the 24" giant beat that I used to have actually DID NOT fit my setup and I should work a little to find a cymbal that is the one true grail that will magically "tie my sound together" even though right now the cymbals is all I have, and every time we hit a rental studio, the drum kit sounds different anyway and it always takes half an hour or so to find the best way to play to make use of the sound of the day which is quite cool if you come to think of it and eventually I might also need a good snare and a Tama Iron Cobra pedal and a DW cocktail kit and finally a huge cargo bike to transport all that junk across time and space to the studio de jour and set up the recorderman mic set up and yeah maybe then I would have like 2 weeks of peace before I realise that wait I do not have enough hard drive storage for all those crappy jams that show promise, so then it is time to head off to the computer shop to get a massive storage server with like 10 terabytes of disks in RAID or something and I could spend like 3 months minimum full time tinkering and configuring how that thing works and by then I assume the first drive has already failed and needs replacement, but after I do THAT, yeah after replacing the faulty drive I could have 2 more weeks of feeling content until I remember that DUH we do not have a bass player and guitar and drums feels kind of tinny on its own so now I definitely need to get that Subzero Rogue VI baritone guitar and force the guitarist to learn both the Art Of The Looper and Art Of The Sick Bass Riffs and probably get more mics to get the guitar on tape too, but GOD DAMNIT I FORGOT: we also need a portable multichannel recording thing (a cheapo Behringer taped to my old laptop?) and more cables (definitely more cables - I am not poaching cables from my home setup every time I need to head out), and by this point astute readers might have figured out that the cargo bike now needs at the very least some nice rugged custom travel cases for all the crap I am bringing with me each time and well maybe it is also time to admit defeat and start renting a dedicated studio space, oh boy this will take months to find a lease and a good place and talk some other people into it to be able to split the rent and soundproof it and then have some passive aggressive stuff going on with regard to beer bottles or some other kind of weird spills and definitely some other stuff too but after maybe 6 months we should have a working routine in place and then I can probably relax for another 2 weeks until we discover some wacky smelling mold in the place. On the other hand, maybe I don't need to get that ride cymbal yet.
  7. Yeah GAS is totally replaced by UFPS* and NEFTS**. * unfinished projects syndrome ** not enough free time syndrome
  8. Is it one of those where - depending on whether you are in east or west Japan - the LFO is set at 50-60Hz?
  9. That modular on top left side is new to me? Sound any good?
  10. I know it doesn't fucking matter. The procrastination demon that runs my brain does not care!
  11. How do you solve the problem that once you successfully finish cleaning your gear from dust, the pieces of gear you started the cleaning from are already dusty again? I know, I know, CPU fabrication cleanroom solutions probably exist for the average prosumer...
  12. Yeah, this looks really nice. How does it feel to finally be able to start making music?
  13. I am going to put a list of all my expensive gear on Reverb, a website that also knows the address of my house.
  14. Sick leave, more like sick beats leave!
  15. Anyway you can get a free trial of Microsoft Songsmith 2, so that's the next best thing I guess https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/songsmith-2/
  16. That said, I really like how the drummer (Chiminyo) uses that tool. I have been playing drums on and off with a guitarist for a long time and we never could find a bass player or whoever, so in theory I could use this to hum some bass lines while playing drums. Hell, I should just try out the trial, I got a SM56 laying around.
  17. Yeah, it's better to not look at any new gear that comes out, because you'll just feel like you have wasted so many years mastering the blade and fighting with crappy tools to get your ideas recorded somehow (while never being completely happy). And then some kid or non-technical person comes along and beats you in your own game.
  18. This whole liveset is basically a slightly remixed version of what we played with Ninjam, just to give you an impression.
  19. If you are asking about the lag, it means you did not get the point of Ninjam at all. The way Ninjam works is that it's not real-time, you always hear the other person 4 seconds later (if you set tempo at 120bpm). But it will always be synchronized to bpm which is cool if you are doing electronic music obviously. So as long as your latency is below 4 seconds (that is 4000 four thousand milliseconds), and you can send receive like 500 kilobits of data per second (this is approximately 64 kilobytes, 0,06 megabytes per second). I feel like this should be doable on 3G and definitely on 4G if you have a nice connection. I have a fibre connection at home, but Ninjam needs ridiculously little bandwidth: Really, if you have two laptops at home or something like that, just try it out and see how it works and whether you feel like this way of jamming works for you. I don't know what other collaboration things there are because a) I never did much research and b) there physically does not and can not exist anything that can do realtime jamming without something like 100-200ms of lag. I guess there is Endlessss, which kind of works on the same principle - you have loops loops loops looops did I say loops and other people are making loops and you can use those loops in your loops and then you mess around with the loops.
  20. I think I like one Diplo track but I don't really know much about him. Carrying water for venture/vulture capitalists - no matter how naive and good-hearted you may be - is a shitty look in the end IMHO. 😞 Yeah I am kind of jaded about the state of tech and the world in general, why do you ask?
  21. I was really positively surprised to find out that Ableton is actually not bought out by some massive venture capital or whatever it is these days. It's like all of these people who are already super rich, they want to be even more rich and Ableton is their target because they have a really solid and amazing product. None of these investment fuckers have ever made anything useful in the world, they are just seeking to extract rent on cool stuff others make. I wonder what is the relation between this group and the assholes who are destroying Elektron.
  22. Me and @TubularCorporation have been using Ninjam (https://www.cockos.com/ninjam/) for something like 1,5 years now to do a weekly jam session online and a while ago we also started livestreaming the whole thing as it happens. You can run your own private server and there is a VST version that is compatible with the protocol that you can just stick on your master buss in any DAW (https://jamtaba-music-web-site.appspot.com/). How it works is basically you decide a kind of master tempo (like 120bpm) and a delay factor (default is 8 beats -> 2 bars at 4/4) and then you always hear the others' sound exactly after that delay. This means that everything can be perfectly in sync when it comes to beats and all that, but you also do not hear what the others are playing in real time. It really depends on the type of music that you are making, but we have found that it works nicely and it's fun to improvise from the comfort of your nicely sounding studio and not some seedy basement where someone has urinated in the bass cabinet.
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