Beli Bat - Acid Techno Live Performance

Reader Beli Bat did a fantastic live Acid Techno jam with his gear and Animoog!

Video Description:

This is the second part of a full Techno Live Performance, first video here:

No pre recorded patterns were used in this video.
Every sound in this jam is produced from Hardware Synths, a Drum Machine, an iPad and a couple samples. Ableton Live is used as a master clock, as a midi sequencer and for effects.
All audio tracks are passed through an Mbox Pro 3 soundcard or using usb audio, and then recorded in Ableton.

The TR-8s drum machine plays the drums plus some atmospheric sound and is sequenced by its own sequencer. Every drum pattern is created and arranged live.

The Minibrute really shines here, playing the acid bassline.
The Minilogue XD and the iPad (running Moog Animoog app) are used to create riser pads while the Waldorf Rocket produce an atmospheric bass effect.
These synths are sequenced from Ableton so, in the first part of the performance, you can see me creating patterns live using Push 2, or playing the Minilogue keyboard the record a chord.

There are 2 expression pedals, connected to an iRig Blueboard, i use to control the risers filter cutoff (both Minilogue XD and iPad with one pedal) and the acid bassline filter cutoff.

The Waldorf Rocket filter cutoff is mapped to one of the Korg Nanokey Studio knob, just to have it near the drum machine, where most of the stuff happens.
The pads on the Nanokey Studio are used to launch a couple vocals and impact samples.

Then i used the Nanokontrol 2 to mix the volumes and to control some spare effect, such as a master highpass filter (used in some breaks), the acid bassline delay and the kick “shadow” amount.

At the end of the video i use a Playstation 4 controller mapped to some Primal Tap delay parameters, to destroy the beat and transform it into a simple waveform. Just for fun and because this is the only way i know to control more than two parameters at the same time with just two hands.

Effects are mostly Ableton stock and Soundtoys plugins.

Video is a continous take from two cameras (an iPhone and an iPad). I put together the two videos with the audio track in Ableton and then saturated the color in iMovie.

touchscaper Update

touchscaper, from Rob Jackson, was updated with improvements to the sequencer, a new massive planet-sized reverb, and new synth sounds.

What's new in touchscaper v1.3.2:

New things:

• Sequencer step accents (tap step indicator button to turn on / off)
• Sequencer shuffle / swing option (activated with dancing people button)
• New HUGE reverb preset (planet icon in fx settings)
• New analog synth sounds - mellow piano, dark and light strings
• New "Suggest chords" from scene edit - includes more complex chord types M7, 6ths etc.

Fixed things:

• Fix for last sequencer step note being cut off abruptly
• Stop button now shows properly when arrangement window minimised
• Fixed issue where sampler sounds sometimes wouldn't load properly initially
• Other small fixes and tweaks

Please note MIDI features (much requested!) in progress - thanks for your patience. Hope you like these updates in the meantime. -Rob

Rob provides some insights into the update and his work on "MIDI Stuff" in the description of a new update demo. As always, the video itself sounds amazing!

Video Description:

While working on MIDI stuff (it's coming, it really is) I added support for simple beat accents and 16th note shuffle. At the moment these are presets, but may be configureable further down the line. This little demo shows accents and shuffle on a straight 16ths note hi-hat pattern - it's a bit easier to hear what's going on that way I think.

After toggling shuffle on and off on a more complex beat, I then I go into a kinda chilled-out dancey doodle which I hope helps showcase that you can get quite a nice feel going on with mid-tempo dance type doodles. It's just me messing about from the half-way point on, basically.

Accents apply to the beat and are turned off and on by tapping the step indicator buttons. Shuffle or "swing" mode is toggled with the dancing couple! Swing - get it? :-)

I've also used a new "JUNO" piano sound and the massive "Planet" reverb, also coming in 1.3.2.

Just doing a bit of final testing - should be available in the next day or so, and MIDI stuff, currently in progress is coming after that, it really is.

Hope you like the new features! Please let me know what you think in the comments.

All recorded direct from touchscaper using the iOS screen recorder. No additional apps or processing.

Siel Opera6 (1983) with Autony AU - Generative Random Jam

I expected YouTuber VSMI (Vintage Synths Made in Italy) to run out of material real fast. I was wrong! He's showing off Siel Opera6, another Italian synth from the 80's, and he's making it sound amazing with Autony!

Video Description:

Siel Opera6 (1983) Made in Italy analog 6 voice synthesizer - Autony AudioUnit in AUM for Ipad in Generative Random Music Live Jam - Montarbo DREV128 Echo effect.

How to Fake the BASSalicious 2 Preset on iOS

YouTuber Andy Honeybone was inspired by the rich sounds of BASSalicious 2's FoundChords preset and tried to recreate it with other iOS apps. He's also sharing the Mozaic script he uses here, called 1-Key Neo-Soul. Andy also posted a video demonstrating a Mozaic script for controlling a hardware Cheetah MS6 synth.

Video Description:

Gospel Musicians' BASSalicious is a monophonic synthesiser but in their YT product demo, there's a preset that gives that neo-soul harmony from 1 finger on the keys. This rich sound inspired me to deconstruct the preset and see how close I could recreate it with other iPad mobile music apps.

As the video shows, I ended up writing a script for the Mozaic Plugin Workshop from Bram Bos that allows an Audio Unit MIDI processor to be created without needing to know about the internals of iOS.

The video features the Kymatica AUM host with BASSalicious sequenced with Victor Porof's Atom Piano Roll, and some beats from 4Pockets' DigiStix again driven by another instance of Atom all playing my take on the line played by Jamal in the product demo.

Then I crossfade (using a second Mozaic script) to replace the sound from BASSalicious with that from the AudioKit D1 driven by the 1-key Neo-Soul Mozaic script and a Moog Model D. See what you think. I'm using the Sonorous D1 preset but any breathy pad sound should work.

I'm also using FAC Bandit 'Il Vecchio Warmer Mix' on DigiStix and Amazing Noises' Limiter on the output. Bryce Hostetler's Tonality Grand Staff is featured to show the tight clustering of the additional notes the 1-Key Neo-Soul script adds to the incoming bass note.

The 1-Key Neo-Soul Mozaic script is available for free download on

discchord v3.5: Seek and Ye Shall Find!

This is an update that I've been putting off for ages because I knew it would suck to code it. I was right.

Fortunately the results are super useful. This finally addresses the awful search that has been on the site since day 1. It is fantastic now! This includes both article search and app search! Now if you search for Audiobus the first result is Audiobus, and not any of the 838 other apps in the site's database that mentions Audiobus.

What's new in discchord v3.5:

+ New Search! Better, slower, way way more accurate and helpful!
- Fixed Android! Updated scraping to latest Google changes, and made some tweaks to database.
- Fixed # at the end of App Store links, so that the # doesn't end up in the database.
- Fixed YouTube links to other @channels
- Fixed Exploit in Search that exposed Patron Only Posts (Thanks Cosmo for letting me know!)
- Fixed anti-cheat in contests to avoid false positives. Sorry!

Brought to You By Medicinal Amphetamines

This long awaited update would not be possible without the aid of amphetamines! Under medical supervision I've been experimenting with Vyvanse to treat my, now extremely problematic, ADHD. Things started off rough. I've now found a dosage that works for me! I'm finally able to tackle problems that before seemed too boring, or dangerous. Addressing search here was a bit of both.

Search is Hard

I've known the search here sucked. I was relatively new to Python in early 2016 when I wrote it. Surfacing relevant search results is tricky and I just didn't know how to do it back then. I've known how to do it right for a while now, but search is kind of woven into the code all over the place and I knew it'd be a long and boring process to retrofit a better search. The code base for discchord is huge now, and it is a little dangerous for me to go poking around at fundamental portions of it. I was able to face both of these problems with patience!

I'm quite proud of the new search and hope it will be much more useful to you.

Android is Shit

Regular readers here will know that I hate Apple. In fact I strongly resisted buying an iPad because I was waiting for Android tablets to get their shit together. When Korg released iMS-20 I caved and bought an iPad 2. I'm glad I did or I'd still be waiting for Android to get its shit together. Despite my hopes, Android has not become a relevant platform for music makers. So I find it particularly galling when Google keeps fucking with the web scraping I use to include Android apps in the site's database.

I was pretty close to throwing in the towel after the last attempt to block me. I've updated the scraping again to bring Android support back in-line with iOS in the Music App Guide. This may be the last time I do so unless I hear from a lot of Android fans that actually care.

discchord is becoming self-aware!

I split the roll-out of this update into two stages, so that if something went wrong I would know where to begin bug hunting. I was keeping Twitter apprised of the situation and soliciting feedback on any bugs. After the Stage 2 post this morning, Audio Damage developer Chris Randall made a very prescient tweet.

There were also a lot of changes in the backend. They're not mentioned in these update notes because that would just be a wall of [REDACTED] [REDACTED] [REDACTED] in the [REDACTED]. One of these is a very early stage Machine Learning project I'm experimenting with on the site. I go through hundreds of YouTube videos every day, and I'm trying to train an AI model to help me do that. It isn't actually doing anything right now, but yes, Stage 3 is world domination.

User Suggestions

The last time I asked for user suggestions there was one idea that almost made it into v3.5.

Set Pagination in reverse so that people viewing page "995" always go back to the same page when they refresh. (Markus Gräser)

I like this idea a lot, but I want to get your feedback. I can see how this would be useful, but I'm worried that this is going to break something that I'm not thinking about. I use the site differently than you, so I'd like to hear what your thoughts are! If you have any other suggestions this is probably a place to post them.

And as always, please report bugs! Do not assume that I know about it. As far as I know the site is amazing and nothing is wrong. I can't fix problems unless you let me know about them.

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