It’s been a while… managed to shift some piles of work into the “Out” tray just in time for…
NIME + Unconference
The New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference is on in Brisbane this year.
Some very exciting stuff to see / hear / talk about and I’ve been tasked with organising the Unconference at The Edge. Amongst the guests we are blessed with DJ Sniff and the Sonic Manipulator demonstrating their approaches to performance and composition.
Joe Musgrove, Adam Sussman and I provide audiovisual support to the closing night party of Ali Bezer’s Noise Wall. Was pretty chaotic and we ended up losing the audience war to a nearby coast music band (think somewhere between RHCP and Led Zeppelin) but overall a fun night and some unique sounds. Here is an excerpt.
In my period of catching up I’ve been getting back to Reaktor 6, particularly messing with the Blocks now that the user library is presenting some very mature options. Michael Hetrick’s Euro Reakt Blocks are essential as is the Instrument Browser for drag / drop time saving.
One thing I have found kinda irritating is the Push knobs not being available for Blocks. Despite PrEditor making them available for most ensembles the controls aren’t always consistently added which makes sense when you consider these are discrete modules to be connected as you wish in a more temporary fashion.
The best solution i’ve found is to add a M4L CC sender patch like ControlChange8 from Robert Henke and use Reaktor’s MIDI learn. Saves the messing around for making crazy sounds.
Last bit of news – a surprise firmware update for the RC505 which has been crying quietly in my cupboard for the last few months. The key changes for me are the ability to have up to three simultaneous effects on both in and out though I’d like it more if there was a way to route certain tracks through certain effects. There are also a bunch of additional CCs to allow external assignment (which makes the guitar players happy) and a useful ALL CLEAR function.
Most disappointing addition has to be the monitoring function. The phone jack used to just output headphone sounds – now you can choose which track to hear but sadly it is post-gain for each looper which makes it kinda useless for monitoring in my opinion. Would be nice to have the phones monitor the input or pre on individual tracks before making them live. Oh well – a missed opportunity. Overall there’s enough goodness to get it out again though – I bashed out a track with it in celebration of Roland’s surprise continuing support of a device I’d assumed they’d forgotten about.