discchord Preset Design Contest: Fat & Lazy!

November is the month of Thanksgiving in the United States, which will mean nothing to 60% of you; so let me explain. I know you guys think Americans are all fat and lazy, but these are vicious stereotypes that don't represent all Americans. Except in November. After a week long gluttonous orgy of turkey and mashed potatoes we are, universally, bloated and lethargic.

Naturally we take a lot of time off from work and school while we gorge ourselves. With all that free time on our hands, and little energy to actually move said hands, this month's preset contest is for playing a fat bass line as lazy as possible!

Contest Rules and Details:

This month's preset is going to be in NLog. You can use either NLog Pro or NLog MIDI(iPhone), which offer 4 Oscillators for some truly fat bass!

The note pattern will be 2 Bars at 100 BPM, playing: C2 held down for the full 2 bars, while in legato playing D#2 and E2 on the second half of each bar. (C2 on NLog's internal keyboard is the 2nd to last octave on the left.) You don't really need to worry about any of that, because I'm going to do the recordings and you just need to send me your presets.

To email me your presets, select the Load button on NLog and hit
Export: Sound in the bottom of the panel. By submitting a preset you authorize me to share it, and for people to use it!



This month's prizes are sponsored by Sunsine Audio and Noisepad! The first 10 people to submit presets will receive a free copy of Noisepad! The top 3 presets, as voted on by readers, will also receive their choice of any Sunsine Audio preset pack!

Submissions end Sunday the 18th at midnight Eastern time, and voting will begin Monday morning. Winners will be announced on Wednesday the 21st, and I will post all of the submissions in a big preset bank for everyone to enjoy.

Here is a sample of my own Fat & Lazy preset playing this month's note pattern.

Space Aje - Danger Bot

YouTuber Space Aje has just posted a cool video for his song Danger Bot. The video was made with Touch Viz and Vjay, while the music was produced on a combination of iOS and PC apps. This is a remastered, and better, version of a video I posted in June.

Buy TouchViz on iTunes: $9.99


Buy Vjay on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale)

Algoriddim Updates and Freebies!

Algoriddim has released an iPhone version of Vjay. In support of this launch they have made the iPhone version of Djay free.

Additionally they also have a big update to the iPad version of Vjay!

What's new in Djay for iPad:

  • Added brand new demo tracks and video loops by Far East Movement, Parov Stelar, Eclectic Method, J-Live, and more
  • Added 3 cue points
  • Added recording export to YouTube and Facebook
  • Added support for Numark iDJ Pro with dedicated portrait mode interface
  • Added support for Vestax Spin 2 MIDI controller
  • Improved reverse function to preserve time
  • Improved user interface
  • Stability improvements

Buy Vjay on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale)


Buy Vjay for iPhone on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale)

Buy Djay for iPhone on iTunes: Free (On Sale)

Sonic Talk #291 - Jordan Rudess Kevin Chartier

Most of you will be familiar with Sonic State's Sonic Touch podcast, but they also do a weekly podcast covering more general music production news. This week's Sonic Talk is something entirely different! This is a whole 45 minute long interview with Jordan Rudess and Kevin Chartier, from Wizdom Music, about their apps and development across iOS, Android and now Windows RT.

Video Description:

We talk to the guys behind a number of apps for iOS, Android and now and perhaps first, Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT. Kevin tells us about his unique approach to coding which allows them to port their apps cross platform. Some fascinating behind the scenes insight.

KKTP - Unoriginal Groove

Khantipol Kasemsant is trying to outdo Rheyne, with his 3rd live jam this week using a MonoTribe, BeatMaker 2, and an Ultranova!

Buy BeatMaker 2 on iTunes: $19.99

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