What a cool greeting by all of you! THANKS
Today has been a great day as I got over a really annoying bout with Midi Hell. I have been trying to work in my studio on my next solo album and have been tortured by stuck notes popping out from nowhere! This morning I rewired both my MTP AV's and replaced the memory batteries and switched their chained positions, and to my relief, I am back in action. I was really considering changing my project to an all piano album for last couple of days. Computers!!! Ugh..
Somebody mentioned the Continuum earlier. What a fantastic instrument that is. A real dream come true for me. I always dreamed of playing a fretless keyboard and although you can't really play this the same way you would a keyboard, it is related enough that it brings that vision to life.
I have been using it with a lead type approach mostly so far, since I happened to dial in a couple of wicked cool patches on the Roland V-synth for it, but it is capable of so much more. Hopefully I will have time to turn some more dials and practice the Continuum some more. Together with Lippold Haken the designer we thought of a way that allows pitch rounding (quantization) on your slides, so that when you slide your finger to a new note, it can automatically adjust the pitch to the closest half step. The vibrato is so smooth, kinda like a violin approach. You can choose the speed of rounding which is cool. http://www.hakenaudio.com
for more details and a video (a while ago) of me playing it on the examples page!
Some other cool things I have been playing with lately:
The VP-550 Roland vocal keyboard. This is ridiculous.
It's silly how cool it is, and how great it sounds. It's also the favorite piece in my studio for my two daughters. They bring their friends in to see and hear it (and try it).
The new Oasys Pluck model. This is the latest update for the Oasys system. It is like playing with sonic silly putty. Stretch the sounds easily and musically with all the controllers. The beauty of this, is their model is capable of beautiful realism and then being able to change the shape of the sound in every possible way, just makes it a great musical experience!
I introduced the Moog Little Phatty a few weeks ago at MOOGFEST. This is a very cool offering from Moog.
I really dig the design of the instrument. It is extremely well thought out and I would recommend it to anybody who is Moogless and wants a cool/ small but together great sounding Moog.
At the moment I really happy because I downloaded the new MUSE-Thom York and Keane album's recently from Itunes. Some of my favorite rock music. As I write this I am listening to Muse.
Usually these days in my free time (not that much) I hunt down cool electronica for my ipod. I'm totally into that movement.
Stuff like Richard Devine's music- Proem-Autechre-Boards Of Canada to name a few. Anybody else into it?
That's about it for now. Stay inspired. Enjoy.
Goodbye fellow keyboard folk.