Video: Free Online Class with Professor Thomas Dolby – Music Composition for Film and Games at Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore

Check out a Free Online Class with Professor Dolby!... For the past five years I’ve been teaching an undergraduate degree course in Music Composition for Film and Games at Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, USA. Many people have asked me if there’s a way to audit, or sit in on my classes. Well... Continue Reading →

Improv with Ableton Live, Push 2 and Max for Live Devices FlexGroove and Granulator II

https://youtu.be/uJPAnkVrJmY Here is video of an improv with Ableton Live and Push2 I streamed to Facebook Live earlier today. The video is a download from my FB live stream so low rez but you'll get the idea. I improvised it all on-the-fly. Prior to playing I setup a few tracks such as a Simpler containing... Continue Reading →

Nine Inch Nails Releases 2 New Free Albums in the Ghosts Series – GHOSTS V: TOGETHER and GHOSTS VI: LOCUSTS

Heads up! Nine Inch Nails just released 2 new albums which they are making available for free! These releases are a continuation of the GHOSTS series and are called GHOSTS V: TOGETHER and GHOSTS VI: LOCUSTS. Links to download and stream the album at the bottom of the post. Friends- Weird times indeed…As the news... Continue Reading →

Sonic State Hosting Q-SONIC – A New Online Showcase Event April 24-26

FYI - Just saw this over at Sonic State https://sonicstate.com/news/2020/03/24/q-sonic-a-new-online-event/ As we all scramble to recalibrate around what is becoming a new normal; while we hunker down and protect ourselves and our loved ones from the COVID-19 bug, we’ve seen all events in the calendar disappearing, including our beloved Superbooth, plus Synthplex, Synth Reactor,  Ableton Loop... Continue Reading →

Gary Numan Posting Videos to Help in These Worrying Times

Yesterday, I saw this post by Gary Numan on twitter. The full video on Vimeo is an fantastically unguarded, intimate, and funny message and performance. It's amazing to see such a seasoned performer letting his guard down in such a humble way, and it really seems to be resonating with people! Links I'm assuming he'll... Continue Reading →

Modulate This! Synth Tech & Technique Blog is Baaack…

Heads up! Modulate This! is its own site again. All the archives dating back to 2005 are here, plus some new posts that were on my artist site. A small team of writers from the family biz Newecho Productions will be helping me out - yay! Subscribe / Manage Subscription If you subscribed in the... Continue Reading →

Catch Up on Tangerine Dream

I was a HUGE fan of Tangerine Dream but I have to admit though that in the last 15 years or so I kind of lost track of what they were up to. Back in the day I played the vinyl albums for the Sorcerer soundtrack and Stratosphere until I about wore them out. After... Continue Reading →

Novation Launchpad Pro MK3 vs Launchpad X Specifications + A Little Push 2 Thrown In

In this blog post I offer a spec comparison of the brand new Launchpad Pro MK3 with the Launchpad X. I also go beyond the specifications and offer lots of side-by-side pictures to give you more of a sense for the difference between these controllers. I'll offer a few pics comparing the Launchpad's to Ableton Push 2

Classic iOS Music Apps Samplr and Borderlands Granular Get Long-Awaited Updates + Jakob Haq Helps You Grok Borderlands Granular

Samplr, and Borderlands Granular are simply fantastic apps for making music with sample-based sources. Neither had been updated in quite some time so I'm happy to report that both have received updates. Samplr Version 1.4.2 This is THE most used APP in my arsenal. Version 1.4.2 is the first update on Samplr since 2014. Here... Continue Reading →

Learning the MicroFreak Synth: Cheat Sheets and Recommended Videos

I recently bought the Arturia MicroFreak Hybrid Synrhesizer - yay!. I really like the design and it’s an amazing value for only $299. In this post I’ll share some resources I've been using to learn it so you too can wrap your head around this featured packed and mobile synth. I'll include some cheat sheets... Continue Reading →

New Microsoft Surface Announcements Including Surface Laptop, Pro, Neo, and Duo + My Journey with Surface for Music Production and Performance So Far

My Journey So Far with Surface I'm a big fan of design of Microsoft Surface computers and have a Surface Laptop and Surface Pro 4 that I use for every day computing and for music applications like Ableton Live and virtual synthesizers. I literally have trouble using computers that don't support touch displays and pen... Continue Reading →

Modulate This! Turns 14

Modulate This! turned 14 on October 1st 2019. Yes that’s right, I started blogging on synth tech & technique way back in 2005. Around 2010 I started an artist blog where I did posts on upcoming shows, releases, photos and videos of past shows, and talked about the live performance scene in Boulder, Denver, and... Continue Reading →

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