Sales interruption – change of e-commerce partner

After many years I have to write a little update.

Unfortunately we have to leave our e-commerce partner and find a new home. This will not happen fast enough to ensure a smooth transition.

The good news is: you can still buy Guitar Kitchen before August 17th 2021 – after that day, the buying link will no longer work and will be removed.

I can’t say when we will have a new solution that’s as good as the one we’re using now.

A little teaser:

I’ve been busy on a little pulse generation instrument called “Pulsirius” for quite a while now and the product itself is pretty much finished, but I haven’t managed to release it yet due to the work I’ve been doing composing and working on some really high profile projects… stay tuned on December 22nd and go to the theatre then… that’s all I can say.

Restarting Good Loops

It’s been very quiet for a very long time. I’ve been busy with Babylon Berlin, Jett, Dieses bescheuerte Herz and an array of things I will soon be able to talk about…

But the second project is well on its way to be released later this year. I don’t want to set a specific date just yet… as you all know, life sometimes gets in the way.

But I’m slowly starting up to work social media a little bit, if you would like to check it out.

Some Instagram, some Facebook and some Twitter

Keyswitch re-mapping template VSL Special Edition

In a thread over on vi-control I was asked if I could share the keyswitch re-mapping template (click to download) that I use. If it’s unclear, please leave a comment or go to this thread over on vi-control.

I have a separate 2 octave keyboard (an old Oxygen8) that I use exclusively for keyswitching. I remap every new instrument so that the keyswitches are as consistent as possible, meaning legato is always on one and the same key, spiccato on the same key and so on…

Please note that you can use the template below with any keyswitched instrument from any manufacturer and any VSTi. All the transformations are done before the MIDI signal hits the VSTi.

MIDI signal routing

Open the environment window and look at the MIDI routing: The very first thing that happens is in the “Clicks&Ports” layer. All Oxygen8 MIDI will be transformed to channel 2.


The real transformations happens on the “VE Special Edition” layer. It would be a bit too much to explain all the transformations in text. In short: every transformer maps the incoming note of the Oxygen8 to the note that the sampler instrument reacts to. Because these transformations are all done before reaching the VSTi this method works for any kind of VSTi .

The transformers at the end of the chain are there to quickly map controllers to cc numbers in the VSTi. That way, I never have to program the hardware to send a specific cc-message. Because those assignments are often lost when resetting the hardware. Which, as you may well know, has to be done every so often.


Maker Series: Artisanal Firewood – This Is That – YouTube

This fantastic satirical video perfectly shows, why we created our guitar library. Composers can quickly sketch and layout these sort of background bads, that are being used in lots of showcase videos.

Rock on: What do machines sing of? on Vimeo

Please read the whole story about this art installation on Martin Backes’ website.

These guys are great!! Daft Punk BBC Radio1 Minimix by Introducinglive

Plug-ins On Your iPad, iPhone – And on Mac App Store, Too?

Is this article the first sign that we will see really high-class instruments like those from our friends at u-he come to iOS??

Here’s the description from the iOS 9 documentation:

The Audio Unit extension point allows your app to provide musical instruments, audio effects, sound generators, and more for use within apps like GarageBand, Logic, and other Audio Unit host apps. The extension point also brings a full audio plug-in model to iOS and lets you sell Audio Units on the App Store.

Source: Plug-ins On Your iPad, iPhone – And on Mac App Store, Too? – Create Digital Music

BBC News – Training computers to understand the language of music

This is going to put a new spin on the meetings with producers, directors, agency-people and everybody else.

BBC News – Training computers to understand the language of music.

Fun? We`ll see…

Where we’ve been: Macintosh, Midi, and Music 1988

I’ve enjoyed this very much!

▶ The Open Door: Macintosh, Midi, and Music 1988 – YouTube.

Keyswitch instruments in Logic

I’ve set up a couple of transformers to make use of a second keyboard (an Oxygen 8) only as a keyswitch instrument.

Here’s a little video where I show how these are cabled. Don’t forget to cable the last transformer into the actual channel strip that contains your instrument or your Vienna Ensemble.

Please click here to download the Logic Keyswitch Instrument template