Looking for more great Prophet 12 sounds? My P12 sound bank is now available through Boxed Ear. 99 beautiful electronica patches for your Prophet 12. I have spent the last week exploring every sonic meandering path I could push the Prophet 12 along. Why just a week? Well that’s all I had, during which time it was my pleasure to make as… Read More Dave Smith Prophet 12 review
Here’s a little jam to see us through these times of austerity (in posts that is). It’s the first jam featuring the mighty Sequentix Cirklon on sequencing duties. I was a big fan of the P3, Cirklon’s predecessor and the transition between them has been easy. I’ll save the details for another post suffice to… Read More Live electronica: inSpiral
I bought a new A frame keyboard stand a couple of weeks ago, and the inevitable tear-down and re-build of the studio led me to rethink the layout a little. Everything is back up and running now so I put together a little connection diagram using Plogue Bidule. The Bidule patch doesn’t do anything, it’s… Read More Studio planning
Yet another in my series of live studio jams. It’s been a while since the last one as I’ve been busy sampling the Macbeth M5 which you can hear in action as the main melody in this piece. Here’s a rundown of what’s doing what: Mixed on a Soundtracs Topaz 24ch mixer. MPC60 and Sequentix… Read More Live electronica: Nostalgia for Infinity
An MPC60 came up for sale round the corner from where I live. One thing lead to another and it’s now sitting at Rozzer HQ. You might know that I’ve owned an MPC in the past, a 2500 to be precise. I really enjoyed having it, they’re amazing machines – lots of fun to write… Read More Akai MPC 60 review
Boxed Ear has released it’s first product, the Mighty M5, a Kontakt sample pack made entirely with the mighty Macbeth M5 synthesizer. The M5 is a huge synth, both physically and sonically. Sampling it has been no small feat! The M5’s sound is characterised by its full, rich bass, crystal high end and distinctly analog… Read More Sampling the Macbeth M5
Another in my series of live studio jams. The idea being to capture the raw groove of a song in realtime. All these songs will be further edited, overdubbed and generally mangled to form either an EP or an album, but I thought it would be interesting to post the initial song sketch as it… Read More Live electronica: White Globe
Another live jam from the lab. Korg ER-1: Drums (through 1176 compressor) Moog Little Phatty: Bass Suzuki SX-500: Melody 1 Yamaha TG-33: Melody 2 DSI Evolver: Melody 3 Eurorack Modular: Crazy blip sequences Eventide Space: Reverb Eventide TimeFactor: Delay Kurzweil Mangler: Big dubby falling delay All recorded via the Soundtracs Topaz to Presonus Studio One.… Read More Live electronica: rozz3r – Waiting for a Storm
Getting away from the Mac/PC to make music is a joy. In the last year or so I’ve been making gear purchases with the goal of writing electronic music ‘live’, with the computer doing nothing except acting as a glorified tape recorder. The whole rig is based around a Sequentix P3 sequencer which provides a… Read More Live electronica: rozz3r – Bonfire Calm
Tongue firmly in cheek… I’ve been listening to a lot of old rave tunes lately, and for a long time I’ve been thinking it might be fun to write one. To make it more interesting, I used only one bit of software, FXpansion’s Geist. No host, no other plugins, no hardware. Geist is the perfect… Read More Hardcore you know the score!
D.R.O.I.D. by rozz3r My new EP is out. Available only through rozz3r DROID. Four tracks of post apocalyptic breaks, rave, dub, dubstep and analogue modular synthesis.
A few weeks ago a friend gave me this curious looking box. A Suzuki synthesizer? Surely not. A google search turned up very little, except a page at Hollow Sun. Essentially the Suzuki SX500 is a rebadged Siel EX80 which in turn was a copy of the Korg EX800. Here’s what we know. There are… Read More Suzuki SX500 / Siel EX80 review
Ok, it been a few weeks so I feel I can safely express my opinion on the Phatty without coming across like it’s the best thing on the planet five minutes after unboxing it (a common phenomenon of synth forums). Being of a generally positive persuasion, I’ll start with my likes: The interface This is… Read More The Moog Little Phatty review
I made a little demo of the Yamaha TG33 FM / Waverom synthesizer. Unlike most of the TG33 demos I found on youtube, this one is definitely aimed at anyone making electronic music. For old synths like this the ‘flicking through presets’ style of youtube demo does little to show potential. So you won’t hear… Read More Yamaha TG33 Demo
I’ve been spending some time recently creating Max For Live controllers for all my hardware. The beauty of this is you can program a dedicated editor, with patch browsing, in whatever configuration suits you and have all parameters available for automation within Live. It means you can forget about what midi controller number does what… Read More Ableton Live & Max For Live – Integrating hardware