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Today’s upload is not using any hardware at all, but instead is using emulation software, such as the: TAL-Bassline-101, D16 Nepheton, the AudioRealism Bass Line 2 along with my favourite ValhallaVintageVerb.

Very clean, no buzz, and certainly weighs less. What you think?

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Mark, this one is dedicated to you.

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House, What is house? Technotronic, KLF, Or something you live in? To me, House is Phuture. Pierre, Fingers, Adonis etc. The pioneers of the hypnotic groove. Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and the yellow magic orchestra. This album is dedicated to you. House. In the future, We hope our music will bring everyone a little closer together, Gay, Straight, Black or white, One nation under a groove.

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Old and new

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Today’s upload is revisiting a sound I explored back when I was 15/16, some 20 years ago now, using the basic equipment I had at the time. A combination of heavy resonant bass distorted through tape delay, in this case the Roland RE-201. As I have today, I would create interesting patterns and notes, informed by the delay while tweaking the frequency and settings on the 101 to get something that sounded dubby, but slightly abstract and stripped back. To add variation I would often play with the delay settings or creating shift between wet and dry signals, or short or long delay settings.

Also for this upload, I have tried out a new service that both makes me slightly worried but at the same time also kind of helps me out a little too. The service is a free mastering service (at least for mp3’s) whereby you simply upload your track, click a button and it masters it for you… automatically.

Whaaaaat????

So yeah, kind of worrying for lots of reasons that I wont go into right now, but much like the time when 50 men were replaced by one man who pushes a button, it has massive bad sides, but also quite a fair few good sides too.

For now at least, I think I am going to try it out, and see how this service might be useful for me, or how I feel it might be used. Already I can see potentially more equal volume of sounds between my uploads, another quick way to demo ideas and yeah, it could potentially save people lots of money and time.

However, anyone who has read this knows my view on ‘saving time’, it is one of cause and affect, and by saving time, we often loose the very thing that made things better. Essentially, time allows thought and thoughts allows good things to happen. Removing this with a click of a button create a knock on affect that could be quite dramatic. Still, having said that, it is down to the individual, and I don’t suppose even more crap music out there will pose any major problem for me personally. Much in the vain of the UK 80’s TV programme ‘Points of View’, whereby bored house bound individuals would phone up to complain about the impact of a certain level of “filth” on England’s TV sets, I always though a programme who spent it’s time talking about such so called “filth” could have simply told there viewers so simply turn over, allowing their programme to serve no further purpose… which in all probability is why it isn’t on today, at least, not in that clothing.

Decide for yourself, try it out, see how you feel about it.

Enjoy, the upload.

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Aple

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So after enjoying the jamming of Voodoo Ray with upload SND468, I figured what with all the TR707 interest of late due to Roland releasing an upgrade for their new TR-8, I would have some more fun with the album that always comes to mind when I hear the Roland TR707, and that is Weirs by Luke Vibert and Jeremy Simmonds.

This album has been played many times, and this track specifically has one of the best SH101 baselines, so simple, so square, so 101.

Enjoy.

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Nord Editor and Wine

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I have been recently been put onto someone finally sorting out Wine to work with the USB ports on the Mac. Wine allows users to run Windows applications, but without the need of that dreaded OS.

This morning I was trying out Wine using a friends Micro Modular, sat at the kitchen table, and it ran with no glitches at all, which is great news.

Thanks to

Here is the post talking about the patch for Wine.

Thanks to Baron Von Barrett at the Nord Modular Facebook group. Come join.

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Derek and Clive (Live)

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Today I picked up my Roland SH101 from the amazing guy Ed at fluctus labs. He has done a super job at fixing it, so I am very happy.

Given the good news, I figured I would celebrate with something a little fun. :)

Enjoy.

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Epic Texture

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A late upload after a busy day but hopefully worth the wait.

A long jam, kind of making it up as I go along. It has some nice little parts I think. This is often the sort of stuff I do when playing about and not hitting record or getting a track together (whatever that is), just jamming the machines and experimenting. Today I figured I would record some of it.

Oh, and that’s me in the photo a few years back visiting where I grew up, and as is often the case, appreciated it more since I have left.

Enjoy.

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