An Intervention for iDesignSound

All of us music bloggers are pretty close, and we try to look out for each other. Yesterday I was devastated to learn that Alex over iDesignSound had developed G.A.S., so I've staged an intervention. I also try to provide some advice for other musicians who may suffer from this debilitating disorder.

It can happen to any of us. You don't have to suffer alone.

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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.

Sleazy Bullshit Marketing Now Available for iOS!

Sean from iDeck Technologies is proud to present the most deceptive marketing video for iOS to date!

While demonstrating their new Latency Compensation™, coming to MIDI Deck 2, he sinks to new depths:

  • While claiming it is the fastest MIDI over WiFi, he doesn't want to get into "the technicalities!"
  • Claims his super-low-latency nonsense is going through a router instead of Ad Hoc.
  • Claims 0ms latency, which is great since a wireless connection through a router will have at least 2-3ms.

The pinnacle on this mountain of bullshit is definitely their demonstration where they turn off the magic. With the push of a button he suddenly has a ridiculous amount of latency. How does it happen? Science!

Anyone with TouchOSC or any of the other MIDI apps will see through this immediately, because no one has that much latency over WiFi. iDeck Technologies is only preying on the naive and people new to iOS.

Free Magellan Presets and Preset Design Contest!

Big news today for fans of synthesis, sound design, and Halloween! I'm proud to announce the first discchord preset contest, sponsored by Sunsine Audio! Sunsine Audio have also released a Free Halloween Pack of 20 presets for Magellan!

For the contest, your goal is to make your own scary sound for Magellan. If you don't already have Magellan, watch this review to see why you should!

The top 3, picked by readers, will be win a free Sunsine Audio preset pack of their choice. Make any kind of sounds you like, but keep them spooky and get them in to me by the witching hour on Sunday, October 28th.

Entries will be played, recorded and put up for voting on October 29th. Winners will be announced on Halloween! All entries will be playing the same notes to keep the judging focused on the preset and not the tune. For this one we'll be doing C3, G#2, F2; with each note held for a bar, the last note holding for a bar and a half. All at 66.6 BPM, which turns out to be a tortuously slow rate to maximize the terror!

If you'd prefer for your recording to be in a different octave, or you're doing some interesting synth-coupling with 2 presets, just let me know. Also include any special instructions like tunings, panning and volume!

Submit your entry and any special notes to with the subject Preset Contest.

If you are submitting just one preset, use the usual export function. If you have two presets that are coupled then you should use the Song export function; go to Seq and then save and export from the menu on the left. This will include panning and volume information, but not tunings! Please be sure to include those details in the email, if you have changed them. I won't be fooling around with the X/Y or Mod Wheel, so make sure you save your preset with them in the position you like, before exporting them!

Here is a little demo of my own scary sound, synth-coupled with the AfterDark Pad from Sunsine Audio.

Special thanks to reader DSWO for the suggestion to do preset contests, and Fletcher from Sunsine Audio for working out the details with me!

Touch Music Podcast - Episode 1: Audiobus

Touch Music Podcast is live! This is a project I've been working on with Sean from iOS Musician and Chip from iOS Music and You, to provide a new podcast for the community. This is the spiritual successor to the now defunct Touch Sound Podcast, so expect to hear from some of those hosts in the future, including Ashley from Palm Sounds.

In this first episode, we talk to the guys behind Audiobus. Sebastian Dittmann and Michael Tyson share some technical details, as well as let slip a new revelation about the much anticipated app. From there we get into the meta-economics of app pricing and the whole business of making apps.

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