I’m not dead…

So this is my first post in 2012.  Of course much has happened in this time, and most of it is not worth documenting here, but suffice it to say that I have had a LOT going on.  For one thing, in June (on my birthday) we had a new baby girl named Evelyn!  She is great and everyone in my house is happy and healthy.  Except for the cat, Gibson.  He is healthy but not really sure why we brought another of THOSE noisy things into his house.

It is all so very tiring…

The last post I made on this blog was about a “new musical direction“.  That has mostly happened, but with one change.  The RM1x is in fact the center of my studio now, sequencing to all my other gear, but I have not completely removed the computer from the picture.. I have turned it into a “virtual rack case” which runs audio effects (the audio interface is setup so that the inputs run “through” the FX plugins directly to the matching outputs) and also a sampler.  The sampler is of special interest and importance, since so much of my gear (such as the Moog Opus 3 and Yamaha DX7s) is difficult or ill-advised to move, that it is more sensible to record samples of the sounds I make and sequence those in my music instead.  Doing this job beautifully is the TX16wx sampler plugin.  It is a model of the similarly named Yamaha sampler from the 90’s, but offers an incredible amount of power and flexibility, including actual sampling right in the plugin!

TX16Wx Sampler

TX16Wx Sampler

And in terms of things I am sampling with it, I have also acquired another new piece of gear.  In fact it is the ONLY brand-new musical instrument I have ever bought.  It is a brand new analog synthesizer from Arturia called the Minibrute.  This is a pure -analog monosynth.  This synth has been generating a ton of buzz since before it was even released, and early pre-orders (including mine) waited over 3 months.  In the end, though, the instant I unboxed it and hooked it up, I knew it was worth it.  This thing has POWER inside its small case, and with no menus, sub-functions, or screen, all of the sound-making capability is immediately accessible.  You just move the knobs and sliders until it sounds the way you want it to.

Arturia Minibrute

Aside from music, I am also working on an ebook for Kingdoms of Legend, which I will write about more later..