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A Dying Breed: Where to Find Surplus and DIY Electronic Parts

Circuit bending master and artist Reed Ghazala has some sobering thoughts on the state of surplus supply shops: “My deep connections in surplus tell me the whole thing is dying.” (See comments on Circuit Bending Tips: Resistance Substitution Wheel is Dead; How to Make Your Own. That’s sad, as the trend comes just as the […]

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Ableton Live 6 Crossfader Curves, and 100 Years of DJ History

The way it was: Philip LeBash in the early days of modern DJing; see the complete LeBash history, interview, and images at DJ’s Portal. Technology and music have always had dynamic, changing, intertwined histories. It’s easy to forget that we’re in the middle of that history, both in terms of the now ubiquitous practices of […]

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The Remixer’s Bible, Tips & Remixable Ableton Live Tunes; Secret Korg Project?

My friend Francis Preve, tech author and electronica producer / remix artist, has a new title out on Backbeat Books assembling a broad range of production tips, tutorials, and anecdotes from artists. (He’s pictured here, though that’s not actually his pool.) You may know Fran’s writing from Keyboard; for The Remixer’s Bible, he’s assembled Keyboard’s […]

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Novation Xiosynth Online Player, Tripped-Out Synth School Podcast; Which Starter Synth is Best?

Novation is hoping you’ll bring their new Xiosynth mini-synth keyboard home, and to help give you an additional push, they’ve got a new online sampler keyboard plus lessons for learning synthesis techniques. Have a listen to the patches on the Xiosynth with the Flash player below; try the z, x, and c keys on your […]

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MIDI Primer in Make 07; Online Guide to MIDI Hardware, Software, and Data

Whether using your home MIDI gear and software or building an elaborate DIY MIDI project, better understanding MIDI is essential to getting the results you want. Many musicians are aware that the applications of MIDI aren’t limited to traditional musical implementations, but a broad range of creative DIY projects. Explaining what MIDI is, how it […]

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Digital Photo Management: Adobe Lightroom Beta 3 Review

It’s been a week now since Adobe Lightroom Beta 3 for Windows was released. In that time I’ve had some a bit of confusion, some fun, productive times, a couple of epiphanies, plenty of crashes, and have eventually developed a bit of a geek crush on this new software from Adobe. A little background: I’m […]

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Adorable Animals with Synthesizers

I love controversy. But after a week in which US politicians were talking about World War III (or was that IV) and somehow CDM’s great comment threads wound up on the topics of whether hardware or software was better (discussion = not allowed on this site), and whether starving children would be able to eat […]

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Ableton Pumping Soundware into Live; More Details on New Ableton Sampler

Multi-samplers need good sounds to be useful, and while the new Ableton Sampler looks like it’ll have the same drag-and-drop integration with Live as Simpler does, Live users are sure to want multi-sampled content in the new Sampler. So it comes as little surprise that Ableton is partnering with huge soundware house SONiVOX (formerly known […]

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Building a Gigging PC, Pt. II: RAID Setup, Installing Windows XP Without Bloat

In our last episode, I was assembling my fantastic new portable Shuttle PC in glorious comic book form. I got as far as booting Ubuntu Linux off a CD, but obviously I wouldn’t want to stop there. Next steps: getting the onboard NVIDIA RAID working, and making a lean, livable Windows XP install I won’t […]

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