Saturday, 19 June 2010

Music equipment research

Over time i am going to piece together a wide range of research, specifically based on the electrical music equipment that i am going to test, buy and use for creating my own experimental style of music. I am firstly looking into the different types of software appropriate for my mac to record my music with and also another specific piece of kit named the korg micro sampler.

Ill be saving my pennys for this little piece of goodness, in the meanwhile please feel free to check it out if your into this kinda thing. Obviously this material was taken from an advertising site so dont try take me to court for plagiarism lol.

Check youtube vid on: Korg micro sampler feat beatsick. jp


A compact keyboard sampler that you can play to your heart's content

The compact and powerful Korg "micro" series is now joined by an incredibly fun-to-use performance sampler. Announcing the Korg microSAMPLER, a keyboard sampler that lets you enjoy easy-to-use full-featured sampling, a loop sequencer, and internal effects – all with an intuitive interface that's designed for realtime performance. Our unique sampling method allows you to record, edit and map as you sample – directly from the keyboard.

Korg MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard.jpg



The microSAMPLER is designed for performance. In addition to triggering samples as on a conventional pad-type sampler, you can also play the samples at different pitches in a musical fashion, and even resample the result.

The controllers you need for an exciting performance are laid out on the panel for intuitive operation. The status of the samples assigned to each key (and the item being edited) is indicated by the lit state of the LEDs running along the top of the keyboard, ensuring excellent visibility even on stage.

Sample anytime, anywhere, anything

Both line input and mic input are provided to allow a broad range of input sources including electronic musical instruments, CD, and voice. A gooseneck microphone is included so you can sample on the go. To make it easy to sample from your portable audio player, a convenient caddy is located beside the mic jack. The microSAMPLER can run on batteries, so you can perform on the go – or capture samples anywhere. In addition, there's a resampling function that lets you play existing layered samples processed by an effect and played by the loop sequencer – and capture it all as a new sample. Since you can even sample while playing, the sampling process itself can become part of your expressive performance.

Five sampling methods to suit your needs

When sampling, you can select ONE SHOT, GATE, or LOOP methods; this greatly enhances the realtime character of your performance. In addition, you can use two completely new sampling methods "KEY GATE" and "AUTO NEXT" to sample more efficiently and creatively than ever.

-ONE SHOT sampling for single hits

This mode is for creating samples that do not require a note-off, such as drums and orchestra hits.

-GATE sampling for keyboard performance

This mode is best for creating instrument sounds that will be played back at different pitches on the keyboard.

-LOOP sampling for recording grooves and phrases

This mode is ideal for sampling looped phrases such as drums or vocals.

-KEY GATE sampling is best for grabbing multiple samples from the same source

With KEY GATE, you can take multiple samples from the same source or phrase and assign them to different keys as the source plays! The individual keys assign the sample and enable recording all at the same time. This intuitive method of sampling, editing and mapping in a single step is fun, intuitive and fast.

-AUTO NEXT sampling for automatically capturing phrases as multiple samples

For grabbing a groove as separate samples on individual keys, choose the AUTO NEXT mode and use Tap Tempo to match the BPM of the source material. The microSAMPLER will automatically divide the sample equally across multiple keys. Each key can be set to capture anything from a 64th note to a full two measures. This method lets you automatically perform the same type of sampling as KEY GATE.

A full-fledged sampling system that expands your creative potential

The microSAMPLER hosts a solid complement of top-end sampling features such as sixteen-voice polyphony, reverse playback, editing operations such as Normalize and Truncate, and a Time Stretch feature that lets you change the tempo without affecting the pitch. Selectable sample rates of 48 kHz, 24 kHz, 12 kHz down to 6 kHz let you sample at rates beyond CD clarity or add in that Lo-Fi vintage vibe. And yet the microSAMPLER is also designed to be easy to operate. Each bank contains 36 samples (a maximum of approximately 160 seconds of recording time for monaural samples at a 48 kHz sampling rate) and sixteen patterns of sequence data; the microSAMPLER lets you store eight such banks in internal memory.

Pattern sequencer with cool performance possibilities

The pattern sequencer uses an overdub operating style that lets you continually layer your performances. You can switch between patterns during playback for seamless performances. Up to sixteen patterns (16,000 notes per pattern or a maximum 64,000) can be stored in each bank.

Twenty-one effect algorithms produce powerful sonic transformations

Developed for Korg's KAOSS PAD series, the effect engine serves up a great selection of effects – so important when editing samples. The twenty-one effects include not only traditional delay and chorus, but also ring modulator and grain shifter, and even a Looper that's derived from the Loop Recording feature of the KAOSSILATOR Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer.

The new "natural touch mini keyboard," compact yet easy to play

The microSAMPLER features our new the natural touch mini keyboard, offering greatly enhanced playability and expressive power. By adjusting the proportion of the black keys and white keys, we've made chords easier to finger, and the touch has been improved so that rapid phrases can be played more easily. The box-shaped keys project a sense of quality, and also allow smoother glissandi.

USB port and Editor/Librarian software and for computer-based data management

By using editor/librarian software for the microSAMPLER, you can manage a gigantic sample library that's all your own. You can back up sample data to your computer via USB, load samples into the microSAMPLER, and back up the sequence data. Importing and exporting of WAV/AIFF data on your computer is also supported.

Chrissy :D

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Primary, Secondary and College Art

Lmao! "The swim minge xpreso" Honestly how did my teachers keep a straight face. I must of been 6/7 when i drew this :P

Aww how nice. A class portrait. A little more comforting than the previous image i must say.

Peace... Hmmm not something i gave to many people at that age... or now for that matter :)

I dont know who this is or why i drew it but i really hope he didnt look anything like this.
And if he didnt... im sorry :(

This is more like it. The Romans! Where would we be without them? Actually... didnt they invade us?

Awww this must of been the age where every human being stops to think about thier sexuality. I think the wasp shows clear signs. At least i think its a wasp :s

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Twisted and slightly spooky. I cant help but realise the eyes have been cut out and stuck back on :O

Y7 Holgate school. Despite the fact that my mam did help me with this i did put alot of effort into this one. Tbh id hit me too!

Ahhh my cousin dearest jack as a wee nipper. I remember getting really angry trying to draw this one after about 90 attempts. No bad on you jack.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Chub Rider :)

Hmmmm im sure i was going through a warhammer 40,000 fad at this stage in life. Lol!

Tools of time............................................

Is this a Roger Dean scam i see. Yes it is and too right if i might say so myself. I have no shame.

I originally designed these next four images for the lead character of a comic book called underworld or something.

Design 2

Design 3... Creepy :|

Design 4 Lol!

Was i really such a morbid child :(

Bit a culture fo thi lark tha knows.

Menacing...Seems chicken pox had its way with me.

I really could hit that little annoying face of mine.

I cant remember what the hell this piece is supposed to mean. Hand, Money, Skate boarder? What was wrong with me.

Ok this ones not nice. This was actually a re-occuring dream i kept having... obviously lol. I had it that many times i ended up drawing it for my final gcse piece. Got a B so it was worth all the upset ;)

God only knows :|

Looking back at this years down the line, im actually really chuffed with this. I hope my horn makes a good tune when i blow it. My heads swollen that big i cant hear it.

Mood... something i definatly had when i drew this haha!

Um... colour n stuff y know :s

Ok... What? By this time someone really should of taken the paper away from me.

Pretty patterns

Pretty patterns...

Sometimes i think the earth might be better off this way :)

1st and chosen design for a 7ft sculpture i created from steel using special metal cutting devices and an impressive welding kit. THE BLOODY THING GOT STOLEN AFTER I MADE IT IN COLLEGE :(

Secongs design for sculpture. DID I MENTION IT GOT STOLEN!!!!! GRRRRRRRRRRR. TOOK ME 12 WEEKS TO MAKE :(

Dont get me started :(


Check this bad boy out. Barnsley cyber goth at its finest :D I cant diss, i probly was one at the time.

This was to do with some crazy idea i had as a kid about one giant organisme with holes all over it that whistled happy tunes whilst rolling over innocent victimised towns... Yea exactly.

HAIRY TOM BOY JONES! HAHA! And yes he does have a wheel on a stick and ashotgun for a you know what. Deal with it, my mother had to :)