When The Time Is Right

We recently presented ideas for the music to a new TV series. As a part of this we wrote and recorded vocals to a song using one of our loops as the basis.

To get a quick idea of what the scene was: the episode was about a woman being pregnant with a fetus diagnosed with dwarfism. She decides (under pressure from an unrelated medical situation) to terminate the pregnancy. On the operating table she finally realizes that that would mean actually killing the human being that was growing inside her and changes her mind. The song would enter after the decision to accept her and her babies situation and the operation is changed to what is medically necessary to save both her and the child.

Vocals were done by the wonderful Jenny Weisgerber

Framework roughly done

I’m working on a new project in the percussion (more in the synthetic side than the traditional recorded side) loop design category and today I’ve wrangled Kontakt into submission.

I now have a simple but powerful step sequencer the way I want it, basic modulation setup and the effects (the delay anyway) the way I always envisioned them.

Now I can start focusing on the sound material and the patterns that work.

Learning is fun. And much more rewarding than many other activities…

Beautiful!

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Guitar Kitchen – chord changes for all songs

I’ve finally gotten around to adding chord changes for the songs. I haven’t yet managed to do lead sheets, but I believe that these screenshots will work well for the purpose of see which chord plays at what position of the measure.

I’m still working on a more clever way to map the loops in Kontakt, stay tuned for this!

Please download the .zip file of all the screenshots

Written Korean

I wondered today, what our name and our product name would look like in written Korean and thanks to the translate service provided by a large search engine it’s easier than ever to find it.

So, without further ado, here it is:

First our name “Good Loops” (capital letters looked the same in Korean so I left it the way I typed):

good loops - korean

 

And also “Guitar Kitchen” which I personally think is visually much more poetic:

Guitar Kitchen - Korean

 

What do you think?

DIVA – controller for Lemur for iPad

I created a control surface for DIVA (the other really impressive synth by u-he). Because of its fixed circuitry DIVA actually lends itself a little better to a controller than the modular Zebra2.

Using this controller you can switch between all oscillator, filter and envelope models. So you really almost don’t have to look at the screen at all. The controller is not quite finished (controls for the effects and a lot of the in depth parameters are missing). Because I have to get back to work on “Koslowski + Haferkamp” and “Danni Lowinski” now, I won’t be able to continue building on these controllers for a couple of weeks, but I wanted them to be out there. It would be great if you expanded on them!

Please download your copy from this link.

1 – Main

This panel contains the oscillators, the filters, the envelopes and the most common global parameters.

DIVA - main controls

2 – Modulators

This panel contains the LFOs and will (in future versions) contain the effects as well.

DIVA - modulators

Testbericht: Gitarren-Loops – AMAZONA.de

Sorry, this post in German as the review is also in German.

Großen Dank an Amazona.de, für die Florian Scholz unsere Library getestet hat. Darüber freuen wir uns sehr! Hier könnte ihr den Testbericht lesen:

Test: Good Loops Guitar Kitchen Vol. 1, Gitarren-Loops – AMAZONA.de.

Zebra2 controller for Lemur on iPad

Yesterday I finally bought Lemur for iPad and WOW. Creating your own setups is so easy compared to other solutions that I tried in the past. So I created a controller surface for Zebra2 in a couple of hours.

Zebra2 is one of the most versatile and best sounding synths on the market today and my personal go to synth. But since I’m sitting in front of the computer all day anyway and the mouse is such an uninspiring tool to control an instrument, this controller makes it possible to quickly shape and change a patch. And because it’s all done with standard MIDI messages, you can record and edit all values in your sequencer. When composing for television I often have longer stretches of a pattern that needs a little bit of variation and with this controller I can now quickly jump to the right parameter, hit record and move the control. Before I had to dig down the automation menu and find the parameter in question… lots of tedious mouse clicks. Or make sure the ModWheel is mapped to the one parameter that I want to use for variation at the moment.

Please download your copy from this link.

The panels:

1 – Main

01 Zebra2 controller for Lemur - Main

This panel contains the XY-pads that are so useful for soundshaping as well as controls for the Envelopes and basic controls for the LFOs.

2 – Filters

The controls for the VCFs and the XMFs that are contained in the synthesis grid are on this panel.

02 Zebra2 controller for Lemur - Filters

3 – OSC

Controls for the basic parameters of the oscillators (OSC) and the FM oscillators (FMO)

03 Zebra2 controller for Lemur - OSC

4 – FX

This panel contains the controls for the effects (shaper, sideband, distortion) in the synthesizer grid.

04 Zebra2 controller for Lemur - FX

 5 – Global FX and 6 – Global FX 2

Global FX contains controls for the effects (Chorus, Delay, Reverb, shaper, distortion, sideband) in the global grid.

05 Zebra2 controller for Lemur - Global FX

06 Zebra2 controller for Lemur - Global FX 2

 7 – Mix

Allows for easy access to the volume controls of both the synths lanes in the grid as well as the output mix. This panel also contains controls for Glide.

07 Zebra2 controller for Lemur - Mix

2 Bar Loop Machine V 1.1

Thanks to input from Harvey Jones of Blow Up Hollywood I’ve updated the 2 Bar Loop Machine to include a control for the feedback of the long delay. This adds a smooth way to clear out your current pattern.

Please download the new version here

Synchronicity – without edits and cuts. Great Performance by Jerry Lewis!

via Jerry Lewis – The Errand Boy (1961) Pantomime.flv – YouTube.