Ned Frankly

Music is Therapy.

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Teaser – Ableton Tip 1 and the mystical “Local Off” option

We’re working on our next video. It will demonstrate Local Off, and show you how to use Ableton as a big midi arpeggiator for your external instruments. It has tremendous possibilities, and is a blast to play.

Stay tuned!

Jay

Ned fixes a nagging problem – The K5 Fix

Ned has owned a K5 for awhile now, and it’s had a problem with the patch selection buttons not wanting to be pressed. If you press really hard and rock them back and forth, perhaps you can get “2” selected.

We posted a video that demonstrates a fix we applied to our K5 that seems to be working just fine. Take a look and let us know. There’s got to be a better solution, but mine worked. So far. 🙂

Jay

(Sometimes I) Wander – Electronica

Just a strange combination of video and multiple tracks of real, physical synthesizers. Slightly psychedelic. Note: We’re using a new video editor that seems to be quite capable. Now if the operator can become as capable as the software…

Listen, enjoy, and subscribe. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel as well!

A Live Sequencer Jam Session

After we finished editing the MIDI 101 videos, Ned had a room full of synthesizers all wired up with no-where to go. Ned took care of that – Sample this, remix it, make something out of it – it’s a Sequencer Jam Session, just the thing to start out August.

Here’s what’s wired up:

  • The SQ-1 Sequencer controls the MS-20 via control voltage
  • The same sequencer sends MIDI note info to the microKorg.
  • The microKorg plays, and passes the MIDI note info along to the Kawai K3.
  • The K3 plays, and passes the MIDI note into along to the Kawai K5.

All of the instruments pass through Ableton, but only the Lyricon (K5) got any special treatment (I applied a couple of virtual guitar pedals). The rest of the video and audio is as it was created. No post on the audio of any kind, and the video was edited only to add captions.

MIDI 101 – Adding a Sequencer to the Mix

Here’s the long awaited follow-up video to the first MIDI 101 video. Without further ado, I present “The Sequencer”.

Coming Up: MIDI 101 – Introducing the Sequencer

Korg SQ-1

Korg SQ-1

Our next instructional video will build on what we learned in the first MIDI 101 , adding an inexpensive sequencer to the mix.

 
We’ll be using a Korg SQ-1 which runs about $99 u.s. Any sequencer with a Midi out will work, the simpler the better.

What does a studio really sound like?

A studio can be a noisy place, but some things are best kept inside your headphones. Here’s an “open speaker” session where we’re trying to find pieces to cut up and microsample from a favorite old movie and cult classic, “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai – Across the 8th Dimension”, and the noise was just remarkable. Here are a couple of minutes of what your favorite producer spends ALOT of time listening to…

MIDI 101 – Routing a 3 Synth Lead Stack

MIDI was introduced in 1983 by Dave Smith and Chet Wood. [MIDI History]

It’s used for everything from the obvious (music) to lighting systems and pyrotechnics. The concepts are simple, but sometimes the most obvious solution can be confusing.

We decided to put together our first How To video. I know there are 100 other “MIDI 101” videos out there, but this one features Ned. Using Ned’s regular voice.

If you’re already a MIDI veteran, this will be a kindergarten video for you, but if you have a few MIDI devices laying about, this vid may make you go buy a couple of MIDI cables…

FTP Ops – Rework, Remix?

FTP Ops was a work in progress, and I published an early version of it a few days ago. My friend Andy, an accomplished producer in his own right, offered some suggestions (I need suggestions right about now…) and I think the results were pretty good.

Have a listen and let me know what you think.

FTP Ops – Out on YouTube

Ned has some time on his hands. He’s spending some of it in the studio trying to wrap his head around the video tools at his disposal. Currently we’re using VSDC Video Editor, and it has a quite sharp learning curve. Take a look at Ned’s latest video to see if we’re making progress. We think so.

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