I recently purchased a new Moog Matriarch for my home studio and couldn’t wait to make a video showing off this amazing piece of hardware. The synthesizer really lives up to the hype, there are so many endless possibilities figured I needed to start somewhere. This performance uses a Am7 Fmaj7 Dm7 Cmaj7 chord progress on the Matriarch. Then I combined the DFAM, Subharmonicon, and Mother-32 for some backing on the track. On the Mother-32 I did a simple sequence in Am7 and then had the Subharmonicon play a 64-step progression of 16-steps root notes A F D C. Lastly I used the Grandmother for the lead melody and solo which gave me the ability to perform it live. Thanks for checking out this video looking forward to creating many more. If you have any questions please post them in the comments below and I’ll respond when I can!
Thought this would be a cool sound to try out with a live performance video. The Moog Minitaur was the first synthesizer I owned. When I got a Moog Sirin I thought of trying to create paraphonic sound by sending midi to both from the M-Audio midisport 4×4 interface and recording the audio. This combination created a really awesome harmonizing sound that could be modulated or tweaked. In addition I patched up my Grandmother with the semi-modular trio Moog DFAM, Subharmonicon, and Mother-32 then midi synched with Ableton Live 10. Hope you enjoy this duet as much as I do, check out some of my other videos here!
Setup the 3-tier rack for the Moog Mother-32, Subharmonicon, and DFAM. Thought I’d make a video of my first patch with all of them linked together in their new home. Included the Minitaur for some solid bass and the Grandmother for the sweet lead line. A lot of fun for my first recording, can’t wait to make more with this improved setup.
October’s Full Harvest Moon is here, l was able to go out last night and snap a beautiful picture with my Canon 70-300mm lens!
Hey everyone, September’s Ableton download is here! This month, I decided to record my music box which plays the song Imagine by John Lennon. “A musical box is an automatic musical instrument in a box which produces musical notes by using a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder or disc to pluck the tuned teeth of a steel comb.” I’ve recorded the melody, processed the audio, and added the sample into an Ableton’s Sampler instrument. “Sampler is Ableton’s advanced sampling instrument. It’s extremely versatile, combining traditional sampling features with advanced sound design and synthesis.” This will allow you to alter the pitch, octave, duration, and more, while you imagine new ideas for your music. Given everything that’s going on in the world currently, I felt this song would be an appropriate choice for the moment, I hope this brings you some joy and lets your imagination run wild!
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Writing a new song using the Moog Subharmonicon and Grandmother. I watched a video from the Moog Demo Library yesterday and learned a simple patch. It allows Sequencer 2 to control Voltage Oscillator 1 in addition to Sequencer 1. This patch expands the Subharmonicon’s functionality by combing the two sequencers to control the instruments pitch. I modified it a little though by not using the eighth-note equal-tempered scale so I could pick the exact pitches I want. Also I turned both of my Sub-Oscillators to fifty percent. A patch like this is great for extending the sequencers length on the Subharmonicon, and I really enjoy what it has added to the song! If you like this video check out some of my other ones here.
Today, I was visited by this beautiful male Imperial moth (Eacles imperialis ). They are one of the largest and most prolific moth species in the United States. We see them quite often in North Georgia, and their calm behavior make this particular species of moth perfect for photography.
I was able to relocate him from under our outdoor spotlight to a leaf. This allowed me to use my handy Manfrotto tripod, and a Canon 35mm macro lens, to capture the close-up shot. It’s difficult to get well lit macro shots, but the built-in light on the Canon lens takes care of this. If you enjoy macro photography, and are in the market for a lens, I would definitely check out this one. I have come across two of these moths this year, along with some Luna moths, hopefully I will be fortunate and see a few more before the season is over!
Hey everyone, here is August’s free sample download, this month I decided to record the Lap Harp tuned to G major. This specific model can be found just about anywhere online, and originates from Belarus. The Logo on the Music Maker is Cyrillic, the Russian alphabet. Phonetically pronounced, it sounds like “Pyer-uh-puh-losh-ka.” This is the name of a small, sweet-singing bird that lives in Belarus. This little bird only sings its song when it flies high in the sky. People hear its song, but due to the bird’s tiny size, cannot see it. To people below it’s as if the sky itself were singing. When factory workers first heard the Music Maker’s sound over a hundred years ago, they decided to name their instrument after this little bird. To download the Ableton Drum Rack of this recording click here or check out some of my other free instrument downloads here.
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July was quite a month, like an emotional roller coaster tossing you side to side, but we made it through and I am ready for August now. Down here in Georgia, we had incredible thunderstorms, temperatures in the high 90s, and humidity above 50%. This proved extremely difficult when trying to take some photographs. Luckily we had a few perfect days in between which allowed me to venture out and capture all the beauty around us. All of these photographs were taken on my Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR camera; I couldn’t say enough good things about it. If you’re in the market for a camera, I would definitely check one out. I used a combination of Canon lenses including a 24, 35, 55, and a 70-300mm for the telephoto shots. I did most of my editing on a iPhone 11, which with the new iOS 13, has been a real game changer for me in processing photos. I hope you enjoy this collection of moments from July and will come back to see what August has in store.