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Alternative modular: pd knobs is a Pure Data-friendly knob controller

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 3 Apr 2019 10:02 pm

pd knobs is a knob controller for MIDI. It’s built with Teensy with open source code – or you can get the pre-built version, with some pretty, apparently nice-feeling knobs. And here it is with the free software Pd + AUTOMATONISM – proof that you don’t need to buy Eurorack just to go modular.

And that’s relevant, actually. Laptops can be had for a few hundred bucks; this controller is reasonably inexpensive, or you could DIY it. Add Automatonism, and you have a virtually unlimited modular of your own making. I love that Eurorack is supporting builders, but I don’t think the barrier to entry for music should be a world where a single oscillator costs what a lot of people spend in a month on rent.

And, anyway, this sounds really cool. Check the demo:

From the creator, Sonoclast:

pd knobs is a 13 knob MIDI CC controller. It can control any software that recognizes MIDI CC messages, but it was obviously designed with Pure Data in mind. I created it because I wanted a knobby interface with nice feeling potentiometers that would preserve its state from session-to-session, like a hardware instrument would. MIDI output is over a USB cable.

For users of the free graphical modular Pd, there are some ready-to-use abstractions for MIDI or even audio-rate control. You can also easily remap the controllers with some simple code.

More:

http://sonoclast.com/products/pd-knobs/

Buy from Reverb.com:

https://reverb.com/item/21147215-sonoclast-pd-knobs-midi-cc-controller

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Elektron’s Model:Samples just got more useful: change samples per step

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 3 Apr 2019 4:23 pm

Elektron’s Model:Samples was always appealing – some of the best bits of an Elektron groovebox, but with a smaller size and price tag. But one limitation might hold you back: six tracks, and only six samples? That changes with an update: now you can change samples inside a pattern. Sample locks are here.

1.02 shipped quietly on the 29th of last month; Andreas, our reviewer, got an early build. There’s not much in the way of documentation:

Sample locks functionality has been added. It lets you assign a specific sample on any step of the sequencer. It is possible to sample lock up to 26 different samples in each pattern.

But this is a big deal. Six parts with only one sample per part is pretty restrictive. Now, instead, you could take a sample, slice it into 26 bits, and then play the various slices. Or you could slice up melodies. Or you could add more complex percussion parts. The thing is, this is more or less exactly what you want – restricting to six parts can be genuinely musically useful (as more can get overly dense), but now each of those parts need not be quite so, you know, repetitive.

This release also includes a number of bug fixes. But sample locks might just be the thing that tempts us over to this device.

Keep in mind the 1.01 OS (as we tested) included some other improvements, including separate MIDI channel configuration (ideal for use with other gear) and simplified LFO locks.

I also like that the Model:Samples has a transfer utility for custom samples. Roland. Cough. TR-8S. Like any day now. Thanks! (and let’s not even start in on the volca sample’s awful sample loading mechanism… just no.)

Sure, it’s still not a sampler – no record capability. And yes, there are boxes that do more. And… well, if you’re on a budget, you should also check out used KORG machines. But this is still something unlike anything else at the price, with Elektron workflows and serious polyrhythmic capabilities plus lots of hands-on fun and great sound.

Release notes:

More:
https://www.elektron.se/products/modelsamples/

1.01 release notes

And definitely check our hands-on review. It’d be easy to dismiss this hardware, but I think Andreas really explains why it’s cool. (And yeah, I personally like it more than even the more-capable Digitakt.)

Review: can Elektron’s Model:Samples get everyone into hardware?

Our friends at Synthtopia got a demo of the new feature at Synthplex:

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‘It’s 2001 meets Alice in Wonderland’: Get Lost, the 24-hour Miami rave

Delivered... Jemayel Khawaja | Scene | Wed 3 Apr 2019 11:21 am

Attracting the bohemian set of Burning Man alongside hardcore techno fans, Damian Lazarus’s Get Lost has become one of the most psychedelic all-nighters in the US

Miami’s behemoth Ultra festival has long been the climax to Miami Music Week – think SXSW for ravers – but this year it devolved beyond the point of no return. A daytime set purchased by KFC featured brand mascot Colonel Sanders DJing EDM bangers to a bemused and listless audience; some attendees branded it “Fyre 2.0” after they were stranded for hours waiting for shuttle buses. Miami Music Week clearly needs a new cornerstone.

There may be a contender in Get Lost, which enjoyed its 14th consecutive year as an underground countercurrent to Miami’s more mainstream club scene. It has grown from a 200-person after-hours party for relentless, beach-fried weirdos into the most lauded club night of the whole week, and then further still: it is now a 5,000-person, 70-artist, 24-hour ritual of house and techno with a whole orbit of its own.

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25 Years Of Raving: How Time Warp Became Germany’s Leading Indoor Festival

Delivered... chloe | Scene | Wed 3 Apr 2019 11:15 am

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