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Lockdown diaries: Nucleya working on new music – The New Indian Express

Delivered... | Scene | Sat 25 Apr 2020 3:03 pm
Lockdown diaries: Nucleya working on new music  The New Indian Express

Lockdown diaries: Nucleya working on new music – The New Indian Express

Delivered... | Scene | Sat 25 Apr 2020 3:03 pm
Lockdown diaries: Nucleya working on new music  The New Indian Express

1010music give us bitbox mk2, bitbox micro, for wild sampling powers in Eurorack

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Sat 25 Apr 2020 2:34 pm

Wires and voltage are great – now apply them to some powerful digital sampling for the best of all worlds. That’s the vision at 1010 – now their gear does more, and starts smaller and more affordable.

There are two updates from 1010. We were fans already of their Blackbox desktop sampler, but for now this is all about the modular sampling.

Both modules let you record right on the hardware, and load and store samples on microSD. You can even import right into Ableton Live, so the hardware works well with your software when you want to finish tracks and so on. And they’ve got some deep manipulation features that tie in nicely with CV and MIDI.

Shave and a haircut, two bit..boxes

Start smaller. bitbox micro is both a more compact and more affordable entry into 1010’s modular sampling options. Starting price is US$399 (instead of $599), and you fit into 18 HP.

That looks just about perfect to me, and you still get a touchscreen interface, the ability to record samples on the hardware or load from microSD, and CV and MIDI triggering. In fact, at this price and size – and inexpensive racks from companies like Arturia and Doepfer – some people might start to consider modular who hadn’t done so before.

Coming in June.

Sample further, get granular. The original bitbox gets an mk2 upgrade, still at US$599 / 26HP. You get a new touchscreen with crisper, clearer viewing angles (IPS tech), a new Granular Mode, and twice the processing power of the original.

So slice when you want to, or get granular when you like. Large samples can run up to 4GB each, right from the microSD. And yeah, this is a computer replacement if you want it to be (at least for the sampler).

That granular mode alone might be worth the upgrade from the micro. Also, I have to wonder, with all of us tied to our computer screens round the clock, I have a feeling that anyone who can budget for dedicated hardware may be glad to do so after nonstop Zoom meetings and whatnot. (Check back in about a year and let me know if I’m right.)

These specs look fantastic, so I’ve included them below.

Now it’s Superbooth week, so modular is the thing, and I do have to admit that all those patch points look fantastic. So maybe you just want a small skiff and the Bitbox modules. At the same time, though, I do wonder if we’ll see some parallel updates to the desktop Blackbox capabilities soon. See our previous review; our contributing reviewer really liked this device and went deep.

Given how nice those workflows were, though, both these modules look great.

Workflow and specs

Workflow screens. ” All of them apply to both of the new bitbox products, except for the pad screen as micro has 8 pads while mk2 has 16,” says the company.

bitbox micro features

  • Play samples with up to 24 notes of polyphony from 64 MB of internal memory or stream 8 tracks of stereo, 24-bit samples (up to 4G each) from microSD, supporting up to 256GB
  • Multiple clip Launch Modes, including One-Shot, Toggle and Gate
  • Create and instantly recall Presets and use 8 touch screen pads to play one-shot samples, loops or multi-sampled instruments with complete control of sample slice playback, granular processing, and modulation
  • Import bitbox micro Presets directly into Ableton Live as a 4×4 bank of samples complete with sample slice parameters
  • Trigger samples via 2” touch screen, 8 CV/Gate inputs, or MIDI input
  • Use MIDI for polyphonic playback of samples or slices
  • Import or export WAV files with your Mac or PC using a microSD card (included)
  • Free sample library including beats and other samples by producer Jason Donnelly (DJ Puzzle), Soundopolis and SympleSound
  • 24-bit/48kHz stereo input for high quality recordings, with stereo output and two mono effects sends
  • Stereo or mono recording with the option to synchronize start/stop times to clock inputs with a maximum recording time of up to 4 hours.
  • Playback can be immediate or synchronized to analog or MIDI clock to allow BPM sync and start/stop quantization to note values (measure, 1/4, 1/8, etc.)
  • Control of sample parameters, including start position, length, gain, loop mode, launch quantization, grain size, grain spread, grain count
  • Tweak synth playback parameters including pitch, gain, filter, pitch, modulation and ADSR envelope controls plus MIDI note and channel mapping with control mapping
  • Supports hundreds of User Presets
  • Accepts TRS MIDI Type A and Type B input compatible with Arturia and other MIDI controllers
  • 18 HP Eurorack compatible 400mA on +12V

US$399.95, first week June 2020.

bitbox mk2 features

  • Play samples with up to 24 notes of polyphony from 64 MB of internal memory or stream 8 tracks of stereo, 24-bit samples (up to 4G each) from microSD, supporting up to 256GB
  • Multiple clip Launch Modes, including One-Shot, Toggle and Gate
  • Create and instantly recall Presets and use 16 pads to play one-shot samples, loops or multi-sampled instruments – with complete control of sample slice playback, granular processing, and modulation
  • Import bitbox mk2 Presets directly into Ableton Live as a 4×4 bank of samples complete with sample slice parameters
  • Trigger samples via touch screen, CV/Gate inputs, or MIDI input
  • Use MIDI for polyphonic playback of samples or slices
  • Import or export WAV files with your Mac or PC using a microSD card (included)
  • Free sample library including beats and other samples by producer Jason Donnelly (DJ Puzzle), Soundopolis and SympleSound
  • 24-bit/48kHz stereo input for high quality recordings, with stereo output and two mono effects sends
  • Stereo or mono recording with the option to synchronize start/stop times to clock inputs with a maximum recording time of up to 4 hours
  • Playback can be immediate or synchronized to analog or MIDI clock to allow BPM sync and start/stop quantization to note values (measure, 1/4, 1/8, etc.)
  • Control of sample parameters, including start position, length, gain, loop mode, launch quantization, grain size, grain spread, grain count
  • Tweak synth playback parameters including pitch, gain, filter, pitch, modulation and ADSR envelopes plus MIDI note, channel mapping and control mapping
  • Supports hundreds of User Presets
  • Accepts TRS MIDI Type A and Type B input compatible with Arturia and other MIDI controllers
  • 26 HP Eurorack compatible 400mA on +12V

US$599.95, first week June 2020.

1010music.com

Um, yep, I lived in metro NYC for a decade and a half, this basically plays in my head each time I see this module. I hope you like minor seconds.

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Lockdown diaries: Nucleya working on new music – Daijiworld.com

Delivered... | Scene | Sat 25 Apr 2020 2:15 pm
Lockdown diaries: Nucleya working on new music  Daijiworld.com

Pole: 123 review – calming, abstract, minimal genius

Delivered... Kitty Empire | Scene | Sat 25 Apr 2020 2:00 pm

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This reissue of Stefan Betke’s first three albums shows how the electronic auteur turned a technical glitch into an innovative, intimate and warm style


The lockdown has played havoc with album release schedules, sending new records by Haim, Rufus Wainwright, Jarvis Cocker and the Pretenders back several weeks. But adversity can create opportunity – or at least the chance to nerd out over a reissue by a little-known electronic auteur: Pole, the alias of German musician Stefan Betke.

Betke knows all about taking advantage of an opportunity, joining a long artistic tradition of making great art from mistakes. Just as Leonardo da Vinci famously instructed his students to study stains and blots for inspiration, and the Japanese pottery technique of kintsugi repairs broken earthenware with precious metals, creating beauty from a flaw, Pole turned his butterfingers into a masterstroke.

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We’ve lost Detroit legend Mike Huckaby, a singular producer, DJ, and teacher

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Sat 25 Apr 2020 12:40 pm

What makes this loss especially stinging is that Mike Huckaby was a force in giving music and production to others. He was not only a leader with his own musical voice, but someone who built others up around him, and was teaching a new generation of Detroit kids.

To all of Mike’s friends and family, my deep condolences. I know now is especially tough, as Detroit and the US are hit hard with the virus, and social distancing makes it tough to mourn. There’s nothing to say, but my heart goes out to you.

It’s particularly tough to take this as Mike is a hero to a lot of us, for all he does in education and sharing the gift to others. I’ve always been personally humbled by how giving he’s been to others. I hope we can give back even a fraction of what he has, especially knowing that presence will now be missed in Detroit and the music world.

Whatever happens, I hope we can follow in Mike’s footsteps in cities around the world.

Also to anyone in metro Detroit where of course these classes can’t meet, I’m sure many of us would be glad to lend a hand in Mike’s absence.

Del Smith had called for donations to support Mike in a “medical setback” on March 9. There’s no further information as I write this on cause of death. But as that post observes, in the USA, artists like Mike don’t have consistent access to quality health care and do carry too much of the burden of cost. And in 2020, all health needs will be impacted by COVID-19 and the strain it creates; metro Detroit has been hit especially hard. (Detroit has a central COVID-19 information page for any of our friends and readers there who don’t already know about it.) If we aren’t advocates for better health care for artists, then we aren’t advocates for artists. I do hope to see some days when our community does better.

Rave Curious – Mike Huckaby [podcast + interview]

And the music… there’s so much brilliant stuff there. The phrase “deep house” doesn’t really seem to do justice to what Mike’s voice and groove sound like. (It’s also strange to watch the evidence of people listening again, as the world mourns.)

From his native Detroit, Mike was an institution in the famous Record Time music store in the 90s; he shared that post with Rick Wade, whose Harmonie Park imprint of course saw Mike’s music. Mike’s own Deep Transportation and S Y N T H labels made their mark, too, and he remixed everyone from Pole to Model 500. Then in the 21st Century traveled the world not only with his music, but as a technologist sharing his chops in Ableton Live, Maschine, and Reaktor.

Mike helped define the Tresor label and this generation’s renaissance of Berlin – Detroit connections, one of the leaders of the current connection between Germany and America. It’s a strange thing to reflect on as I write as an American here in Berlin at the moment, but part of what makes Berlin what is now is the mix of Detroit and Germany. Andreas Schneider mentioned yesterday on a live stream we shared that maybe we don’t need all these planet-destroying flights to US cities all the time. I agree with that, but at the same time I really look forward to the day when we’re able to make that Detroit-Berlin connection face to face again.

Go buy it.
Go buy this one.

6AMgroup obituary

Bigshotmag.com obit

Discogs – Mike Huckaby

Photo credit: Matheo Schmitt – please go check this article. There’s a fantastic interview there, too:

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Perila B2Beats Special Guest DJ: Weird Erotic Tension

Delivered... Caroline Whiteley | Scene | Sat 25 Apr 2020 10:47 am

In one of the opening tracks of Perila and Special Guest DJ’s B2Beats mix, an unidentified narrator cooly observes “I’m stuck in a cave,” before sinking into deep, immersive sound patterns. Awash with thick reverb and sprinkled with dripping, fluid effects, the track from Philadelphia artist Pontiac Streator (forthcoming on the LA label Motion Ward) sets the stage for the profoundly trippy hour...

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Features | Craft/Work | Interior, With Laptop: On Art At Home When There’s Nowhere Else To Go – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Sat 25 Apr 2020 8:00 am
Features | Craft/Work | Interior, With Laptop: On Art At Home When There's Nowhere Else To Go  The Quietus

Lockdown diaries: Nucleya working on new music #73045 – New Kerala

Delivered... | Scene | Sat 25 Apr 2020 8:00 am
Lockdown diaries: Nucleya working on new music #73045  New Kerala
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