Also mentioned at the Meetup:
- East West sound library: http://www.soundsonline.com/
- iZotope Stutter Edit (the plugin BT wrote/uses): http://www.izotope.com/products/audio/stutteredit/
- Apple Loops Utility: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Loops_Utility
Amy has asked me to write an article about the show I did at the Hot Spot Bar on Sunday, December 5th, 2010, describing my equipment and setup logistics of the performance.
This was the first time my equipment and concept had left the studio, and I was actually still encoding video at 4:00 that day, so I was a little stressed, but it was a fun night! My main concern was hoping my equipment and the concept of playing solo with video and tracks would translate into a typical bar environment, and I felt that the Hot Spot was a perfect place to try it out. Eve and her partner set up the PA system that also included a subwoofer, speakers downstairs and upstairs, and a video screen.
Besides some unforeseen circumstances (broken projector remote) and a few mistakes on my part (no guitar volume to mains, ill-fitting earbuds) I think the concept translated quite well, and I’m looking forward to future shows, and eventually a tour, with little or no glitches thanks to what I learned that night.
As for my setup:
Behringer RX1202FX Eurorack mixer. I submix everything and send a stereo out to house mains (or in an independent situation, to powered speakers), using stereo for everything except the mic.
AudioTechnica ATW-251-H92-TH Wireless Mic System. This is a low-end VHF wireless system, and I actually like it quite a lot, and thought it sounded good. I like not being tied to a mic stand. Split mono signal to submix and KP3 pad.
Nady E03 wireless headphone monitor system. As everyone knows, an in-ear monitor is mandatory when you play with tracks. The headphones that come with this low-end UHF system are really bad. Use your own, and make sure they don’t fall out of your ears! It worked great, except I’m replacing my ipod earbuds with higher-end, better-fitting ones. Submix monitor out.
General wireless note: Consider getting higher end, matching UHF frequency components for potential interference prevention (although, IMHO, I don’t know how much control anyone really has over this, and I didn’t notice any substantial problems).
Benq GP1 LED projector with USB interface. I prerecorded live tracks that I attached to video on a thumb drive, which is then inserted into the projector. I’m not impressed with the projector’s menu interface or special encoding you need to do for the USB mpg files, and as those who attended may have noticed, there was a green line on the right side of the video (I have no idea why), and a loading bar for each one. I am looking into using my Macbook Pro and itunes to run the video/tracks in the future for better quality all around, but I really do like the idea of plugging in a thumb drive, instead of running more wires and adding another component to the system. I will give you an update on that one. I thought the projection and the associated music tracks looked and sounded good though, and I was happy with the quality of the machine itself. Stereo signal to submix.
Korg KP3 Kaoss pad. I love this machine. I think I’ve really only scratched the surface of it’s capabilities, but I predict it will become even more crucial to my live sound, and will add interactivity to the performance, which I find important since I play with tracks. I use it extensively in the studio for guitar and vocal effects, which will eventually carry over into my live show. Stereo signal to RC50 Loopstation.
Boss RC-50 Loopstation. Unfortunately, there was not enough room to use this, and at this time, is not a crucial component to my system, but I expect that to change. Typically though, I use it to control the Korg KP3 pad; I program the setlist into it with BPMs and run a midi out to the KP3, and this helps keep the Korg effects in sync. I find looping difficult because you need really talented feet! One thing I can say, though, is that when I do it correctly, it’s right on with the BPMs, so I’m working on that one…I think it has potential, and I like the programming options – you can really customise it to each one of the songs. Stereo signal to submix.
Line 6 Pod XT Live. This is a highly programmable guitar effects machine, and I think it sounds good for line-in guitar performance, which a lot of players cringe about, but I really like it, use it constantly, and it integrates well with the live tracks; an amp would have a hard time doing that unless you were in a venue with a great system and highly skilled engineers. Split stereo signal to submix and KP3 pad.
1959 Gretsch Anniversary Special guitar. Love. Straight into line 6 pod xt live.
All in all, i was happy with the fact that all of my equipment actually worked, people showed up, and the concept translated. I had a nice time – thanks SFEMM!
No, thank YOU Jane! — Amy
Thanks everyone for coming out to this week’s meetup! We heard some great new tracks in different electronic styles. Here are the notes for December’s meetup.
- Chris Huelsbeck showed us some of his music from the new game Kubrik for iPhone.
Video: Kubrik ( Iphone/Ipod touch/Ipad ) on Vimeo. Apple Store: Link.
- Amy Lee played an awesome electro glitch remix she created for the SF-EMM Devo Remix Project.
- The idea of the project is to remix the song ‘Freedom of Choice‘ by Devo using stems from Beatport.com. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate. Download the stems ($3.99) from Beatport.com, finish your remix and send it to us by December 15th, 2010.
Email submissions in MP3 format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SF-EMM is also planning to put together a 2010 compilation album showcasing tracks by members from 2010. If you’d like to participate, consider which track you’d like to feature. More info on this soon!
- Kentaro Fischer shared a preview of his remix for the Metric remix contest on Indabamusic.com. Link coming soon when the track is finished. Hear more of Kentaro’s music here: http://www.sonicade.com/
- Indabamusic regularly features remix contests, many of them by major artists and free to enter. Check out the stems from the John Legend feat. The Roots – Shine contest.
- Mike Heijmans played a track for the robot factory scene from an in-the-works animation project. Hear more of Mike’s music here: http://www.conduitrobotic.com/
- Don’t forget to check out Jane Woodman’s performance tomorrow (December 5th), 7:00PM at The Hot Spot bar (1414 Market St)!
See you at the next SF-EMM in January!
Hi all, here are the notes from another inspiring meetup of electronic music.
- Brian Trifon of Trifonic shared the track ‘Parks on Fire’ and some production insights.
Check out his websites:
- Ourglas (Deep Tech House): http://soundcloud.com/qualafox/ourglas
- The Soundlab (Drum&Bass): http://soundcloud.com/qualafox/the-soundlab
- Next SF-EMM Jam Session is on Sunday, September 26th, 3:00 PM.
- A bunch of people possibly going to see Passion Pit at the Fox Theater (Oakland) on Monday September 27.
Thanks for coming out and see you at the next meetup!
Hey! Here’s the stuff:
- Next jam session: Sunday July 11, 3:00 PM, Hot Spot Bar (1414 Market St at Fell)
- SF-EMM is participating in Kin-Yoobi Con 2010
- More details:
- Eve has arranged for a 1-hour time slot for us to be the backing
music during the fashion show at 3:00 PM on Saturday August 7
- This is an anime convention and you’ll get passes to get into the con for free.
- We’ll be having practice sessions on Sundays leading up to the date.
- We can set up early on the Saturday of the con to get things ready for the stage. (I don’t have details on how you’ll connect to the main audio system.)
- To sign up for the show please contact Eve (hawaiiandelights -at- yahoo -dot- com) or Amy (amster -dot- amster -at- gmail -dot- com).
- Eve has arranged for a 1-hour time slot for us to be the backing
- Some cool iPhone/iPad audio apps:
- Kentaro’s cool remix is available:
- http://sonicade.com/t/East_Clubbers-Its_a_Dream_KF_Remix.mp3 (work in progress)
- Another mix plus original vocals:
/audio/2010-07/East%20Clubbers – It’s a dream_vocals/
- Sidechain compression plugins:
Mac: SSS Sidechain Compressor (at Freeports)
- And to get the reverse vocals effect, here’s a tutorial:
Thanks to everyone that came and presented! We’re also thankful for the Hot Spot bar to host our group. Here’s some notes:
Check out some cool instruments that someone built for the Thing A Day 2010 month:
- McKay Garner: Check him out on YouTube as nerdfunk. See his mixing/mastering/recording meetup, BARMMAP, or Talking House Productions.
- Chis Huelsbeck demoed a new 45-second track, and also played some music from an upcoming iPhone game Zombie Smash. Go check out his website, http://www.huelsbeck.com/, for more cool stuff.
- For sound effects check out http://sounddogs.com/.
- We’re holding our first jam session on Sunday April 18 at 2:00 PM back at the Hot Spot. Please see the Meetup.com calendar for details and to RSVP!
Also, the slides from the meetup are available here:
That was an awesome session last night! Thank you so much to everyone that came and showed off their music and projects. And we also go to do a live jam session again too! I’ll be posting a mix of audio captured from it soon.
- Presented a couple of songs using sounds recorded with his Røde stereo mic
- Kitchen sounds, guitar+vocals clips
- Had a tip on how to “fatten your sound”—he’ll do a writeup soon.
- Presented Fireflies “remix” via Renoise
- Check out Röyskopp’s bassline in “Vision One” … cool synth sound
- Presented Ke$ha remix
- Bassline synths via reFX Nexus VSTi
- Presented slideshow for Hawaiian Delights + vocals/mix
Forest + Noel: “The Binary Controllers” band
- Live demo of their performance rig
- Forest on Guitar with Roland VG99 guitar synth
- Noel on Novation Launchpad + keyboard controller
Other interesting things
- Izotope Ozone mastering system: http://www.izotope.com/products/audio/ozone/
- A good vocal mic: Sennheiser E865 “Sting” Vocal Mic
- Another good mic: Sennheiser MD 431 II
- Where to get a cappella tracks for remixing: http://www.acapellas4u.co.uk/
And a “mea culpa” note: I forgot to play two new songs from Rosendo—we’ll hear them at the next meetup!
Mar 3, 2010 @ 7:00 PM, Hot Spot bar (Market at 10th St)