SF-EMM July 2010 Meetup Notes

Hey! Here’s the stuff:

SF-EMM June 2010 Meetup notes and slides!

Thank you again to Jerry for hosting us at his studio, and thank you to everyone that showed up and shared. Please find below the notes and slides:

The files from May’s jam session are up!

Woo! Thank you to Ryan, Noel, Lukas, and Eve for coming out to throw down some beats at The Hot Spot bar. You can check out/download some audio from the session:

http://sf-emm.org/audio/2010-05-jam/ (1.5 hours)

Or you can click:


p.s. The June meetup is coming soon in a week and a half, June 9th! Jerry is hosting this one in the Inner Sunset and has a special presentation with a listening of his latest orchestral arrangement. He’ll be doing a 30-45 minute presentation with time for Q&A. See you then!

Notes from May 2010

Hi! Here’s the notes/links from the Wednesday!

Note: The next Meetup will be in the Inner Sunset! See the calendar event for more details.

Note2: Our second Jam Session will be on Sunday May 30th at the Hot Spot bar at 2:00 PM. (Come a little before 2 if you’d like extra time to set up.) More info: http://www.meetup.com/sf-emm/calendar/13470511/

From A Product Of (Anthony):

From Eric:

From Ryan:

From Amy:

Thanks for a cool first jam session!

Here’s some of the audio from the session. The latter 3 tracks were rapped by J.Zilla—he stopped by the bar and picked up the mic!








Notes from April 2010!

Once again thank you for such an awesome turnout! Here’s the notes!

kjEVE’s Hawaiian Delights crochet bikinis:

Omodaka’s “Music Video Orchestra” and MySpace pages:

Kjaerhus Audio plugins

technoBox iPhone app:

Korean girl “applegirl002” cover’s Beyonce on 2 iPhones:

A cappella trax:

Charlie’s noteplex music generator in Flash:

Korg’s iELECTRIBE iPad app:

Little Boots doing a Hot Chip cover on a Tenori-on

Yamaha’s Tenori-on:

Melodica iPhone app:

ThinkGeek’s Bliptronic 5000 LED synth:

TouchOSC iPhone user-configurable controller designer:

Talking with Chris Huelsbeck, composer for the new Zombie Smash iPhone game

Chris Huelsbeck, SF-EMM member and experienced video game soundtrack composer for more than 70 titles, has one more to add to his list: Zombie Smash. Here’s a short email interview I had with him recently:

Amy: You have heavy pianos, grungy guitars, and punchy percussion. Was there any particular inspiration for the music?
Chris: Zombie Movies had their first big success in the 80s, when I was a teen and I wanted to capture the vibe of the soundtracks of those movie scores. They were often low budget flicks with synthesizer scores (think John Carpenter).
What kind of software/hardware are you using these days? Were there any recent additions to this setup?
I am working completely virtual since about 2003. The only hardware that I use are midi keyboard controllers, every sound is created with virtual synths and samplers on my laptop computer. My main weapon of choice is Steinberg Cubase and for the music of ZombieSmash I used a number of classic modeled synths like Native Instruments Pro-53 and the Korg Legacy Collection.
The music sounds sounds great with and without headphones. What was your experience developing music for the iPhone/iPod Touch? Were there special considerations?
I definitely wanted it to sound good in all listening situations, including the build in speaker. So after a few weeks into the project I decided to finally ditch my trusted Palm phone and get an iPhone to test and hear everything myself. That really paid off and I made quite a number of adjustments to the mix until everything sounded clear and balanced. Even the sound effects went through several iterations. The hardest one was a heart beat SFX that is played for the finish move, but at the end it was very worthwhile.
Thanks, Chris!

For more info check out these links:

March 2010 notes

Thanks to everyone that came and presented! We’re also thankful for the Hot Spot bar to host our group. Here’s some notes:

Also, the slides from the meetup are available here:

Member selling pro audio equipment

Jerry has a few pro audio items (some rack-mountable) for sale:

Note: All units are in good working order. Manuals included with all units.

DBX 1066 Stereo Compressor – $225 (mint, never used!)

Yamaha SPX-900 multi-effects processor – $225

Panasonic DAT SV-3700 – $100

Fostex E2 three head 1/4″ reel-to-reel tape recorder – $250

You can contact Jerry at: jerry@jerrygerber.com

Notes from Feb 2009 meetup! (Next one on Mar 3)

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


kj EVE:

  • 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

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)