In order to celebrate the return of the blog, I’ve decided to go through all of my gear, unit by unit, and write a quick review of each one. This allows me to catalog everything I have, as well as give an impartial review of each module.
I use everything frequently, and paid for everything myself so hopefully this is enough to differentiate me from the huge amount of fucking shills on the internet.
In general I don’t believe anyone’s reviews of gear for two reasons:
All these motherfuckers are in someone’s pocket.
None of these dudes actually use the things for music production. And even if they do, they are only interested in recreating the latest bullshit sound.
I’ll do the first review tonight and hopefully manage two or three per week until everything is done. There’s some weird and unusual pieces so hopefully I can offer support to others that have the same gear.
I’ll do instruments first because that seems like a good place to start, then move on to effects, then utilities (interfaces and the like). I’ll also be making audio captures of everything, just simple patterns and chord progressions. I’ll try and work something out so that each module is playing back the same patterns.
Everything will be recorded on a MOTU 24I/O at 44.1Khz 16bit, with no additional processing. Files will then be converted to MP3 with LAME 3.100 @ V0 preset. I can upload .wav files, but I really don’t see the need. Let me know if you disagree.
Oh wait, I think I may be able to do flac with HTML 5 – I’ll check that before abandoning the idea of lossless uploads.
After having the blog grind to a halt, I tried to reinstall everything and optimise things a little. This seems to have worked great, as the site now loads super quickly. Unfortunately it’s fucked up every single post.
I’ve tried reinstalling from a back up, but it’s not the correct format (or something, I dunno). I now need to go back and update all 159 posts, by hand.
I’ve started doing this, but if you not any errors, shoot me and email or a comment.
Gentlemen! Today, my birthday, is a very good day. Via a blog/web magazine that I do not follow, Vladislav Delay has released a new track called “Rakkine (Early Version)”. Better yet, he explicitly states that he is working on not one, but two new albums.
The first one, is the next Vladislav Delay which may or may not feature a new rendition of the before mentioned track. It’s quit a departure from what I was expecting – although V did say he’s completely changed is studio (again).
The second album, the title of which isn’t mentioned, is an experimental drum and bass recorded with Sly & Robbie. The prospect of which has me salivating.
You can read the brief interview here: https://www.xlr8r.com/features/q-a-vladislav-delay
Here’s to the future V.
Edit: I’d like to note that one of the quote in the XLR8R article is yours truly.
Tony Bernardo – XLR8R quoted journalist.
I spent a few days rewiring the studio and replacing my midi interface. A friend suggested that the midi through feature on some of the older synths could be the source of my midi jitter issues. By gum, I think he may have been right.
I also took the time to balance all the signals to minimise the amount of noise I get. I don’t want it to sound crystal clear or anything, but I’ve now killed as much noise as I care to.
I’ve also bought a few new (to me, not in general) synths that I’ll do some write ups for soon (ish).
I bought some old Russian (read Soviet) synths recently – a LELL UDS and a Formanta Polivoks, if anyone is remotely interested. I wanted to make something that really showcased both of these lovely synths. Then I drank some Strega. I am not a complex man.
If Jay Electronica showed us how to waste a gift, Mach Hommy has shown us how to fully exploit it. Mach has been dropping some of the ridiculous lines in hiphop for the past year or so. No filler, just fucking killing it in every verse.
Here’s a few tracks from Mach that I thought everyone should hear, put it in perspective.
I’d just like to say a big thank you to Bokeh Edwards for playing my track Lvcchesi “Burro” on his latest mix for Crack Magazine. This was a huge surprise to me and I am quite delighted. I’ve followed Bokeh Versions for some time now and really enjoy what they’re doing.
So, if anyone is interested, you can hear it on Crack Mix 205 at around the 10 minute mark. Although I suggest you do listen to the whole thing.
Also, if you are interested in hearing some more tracks, please visit Lvcchesi.com as I no longer have any social media accounts other than this blog. Fuck ’em.