And… its… Done

So, seems this UDIO thing is quite “interesting”.

Glad I got to mostly have the FUCK AROUND century,

before the FIND OUT one kicked in.

Incredibly proud to have been involved with this #2!

So I said…

It would be great if you guys made a virtual version of your µFreak, since you make such great sounding virtual filters, and the rest is all digital anyway! 

They went me one better!

To be able to have deep involvement in this has been one of the most satisfying experiences in my career.

The miniFREAK-V  killer feature you ask?

The hardware acts as a perfect control surface for the software version so you get all the realtime hands on control of a hardware synth, but the multiple instances of a plugin.

Normally, you buy a hardware synth and have only 1 ‘Instance’ as its atoms!, but… This one…

Buy a very VERY fun poly synth with an incredible array of oscillator types, and a CRAZY useful arpeggator / sequencer, and get a software version you can use in your DAW, giving you as many ‘COPIES’ as your cpu can handle.

MusicTech magazine likes it! 

Incredibly proud to have been involved with this:

More than two years ago,  I bought a µFreak, it is easily the most fun synth I’ve had in 30 years… but I had a few thoughts…

So, I had a conversation with the brilliant welcoming people at Arturia.

That ended up with me being quite deeply involved in the development of this absolutely superb instrument.

The Arturia miniFreak,  If your a synth geek, I definitely recommend checking it out.

Arturia's MiniFreak is a 6-voice hybrid synth with analogue filters

 

And the lovely Loopop seems to like it !

 

 

 

 

 

Panama 1989

So back in1989 a friend (C Giles) and i did a STEINSKY inspired track, all done on a Tascam 4 track cassette, Ensoniq, SQ80, a DX7 and an Akai S900. We created a beat track, then performed the rest in live to tape then sampled bits of the radio news reports as it was coming in live.

The way the reporter was expressing totally justifiable fear, (understandable) but also some indignation that he was not ‘TOLD’ really spoke volumes about US entitlement!

We finished the track 45 mins after the news report had ended ran off a normal cassette and walked down to the national radio station, 2JJ.

We told the on air DJ what we had done, and he playefd it (unlistend) to Australia 10 mins later. One of the best experiences of my musical production life.

THIS WAS IT:

Im sure I’ve been here before…..

Back in 1987 I bought one of these.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensoniq_SQ-80

Its internal sequencer,  timbral range and the fact it was 8 part multi timbral made it incredibly powerful and amazing value for money for the time.

All these years later I got to be glancingly involved in the design and testing of this recreation.

It sounds GREAT. and gave me a HUGE sense of DejaVue.