Isotonik Studios Releases ADM DRUMS by AfroDJMac + A Video Walkthrough of this Epic Collection

Isotonik Studios and my friend and amazing sound designer AfroDJMac just came together to release ADM Drums by AfroDJMac. The collection contains drum samples and presets made over the years by the prolific AfroDJMac which were then curated and organized by Isotonik Studios’ resident Ableton Live Pack expert Animus Inviduous (aka PerforModule).

An amalgamated collection of more than a hundred and fifty Drum Racks, one thousand Drum Loops, and two thousand Drum Hits crafted by AfroDJMac over the years, organized into a single mega pack which installs the vast content into one’s Ableton Live Library in a usable structure for instantaneous creativity.

The end result is an epic Live pack containing 151 Drum Racks +1430 Loops + 80 MIDI Clips + 4 instrument racks + 2333 drum hits!

AjfoDJMac made a nice video walkthrough of the pack that’s which you can see on Vimeo.

First Impressions

I’ve received an NFR copy and so far I’ve only been able to spend on hour with ADM Drums but I’m pretty excited about the release so I wanted to do a post on first impressions.

Install is a one-step process and the Live Pack installs directly into Live’s factory packs folder. With this many racks, loops, clips – this is a real time saver both on install and when you go looking for things later.

 

While I’ve barely scratched the surface  – I’ve already found the drum racks very useful and inspiring. I especially dig “ADM COIN-OP Drums” and the VHS kits. There are five 64-pad kits in the “Experimental Kits” folder which are super fun – such as “ADM PO 64 Pad Drums” and “ADM Tension”.

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Ableton Push 2 Tip: When using 64-pad kits, press the “Layout” button on the right side to cycle through to 64-pad mode.

The organization of this pack is amazing and even includes an extensive Lessons File that gives you information on each kit and even links you back to AfroDJMac’s original blog post from when these packs were first released. This is pretty handy as you’ll be able to then watch the detailed videos AfroDJMac made for each kit.

 

Price is Price £59.00 which is about $77 US at the time of this article. My view is this is an amazing value when you consider that you are getting fantastic source material and meticulous racks (and more) by AfroDJMac – all wrapped with Isotonik Studios amazing organization. The end result are some inspiring kits you’ll be using right out of the gate –  and more importantly – all this organization will make it a snap for you to make your own custom drum racks.

Learn More and Buy

Learn more and buy at https://isotonikstudios.com/product/drums-afrodjmacs-grand-collection/.

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist & Multimedia Artist

Artist Site: NewEcho.com
Electronic Music Tech & Production Blog:  ModulateThis.com

 

 

Waldorf Largo is Back in My Rig (No Dongle Required Now) + Video of Original Krell Patch for Largo

It’s baaaaaack. Yes Waldorf Largo is back in play in my Ableton Live rig. To celebrate this, I’ve just published a short video of a Krell patch I made called “Cold Space” using Largo with a little inspiration from the Krell channeling themselves through Dr. Morbius.

Look Ma – No Dongle!

A big thanks to sound designer Empty Vessel who tipped me off that that Waldorf had changed their licensing scheme to use activation rather than eLicenser.

I logged into my Waldorf account and went to https://waldorfmusic.com/en/my-software and sure enough – there was an option to to convert the the Syncrosoft License Key. Looks like they made the change back in 2016 so I’m late to this party – but better late than never.

Ironically, I ALMOST recycled the the case that had the Largo CD and contained the Syncrosoft key this week! That would have been super sad – so thanks Empty Vessel!

largo-sounds-newechoRediscovery of Original Presets

I bought Largo back in 2011 and pretty much stopped it within a year because of the dongle buzz kill – and at the time I had a Blofeld. After I reinstalled Largo yesterday I remembered I had made some original presets for it. I dug through my backups and found 40+ original presets including “Cold Space” which is in the video above.

 

 

 

Here is another example of a preset I put on soundloud back in 2011. It shows off the awesome comb filter and FM on the Largo. I have the filters setup in “Serial” mode. Filter 1 is a comb filter which colors the sound and Filter 2 is low pass to control brightness.

Largo vs Blofeld

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Since were on the topic of Largo – I wanted to mention that there are differences between Largo and Blofeld. Largo some unique features such as sub-oscillators, 256 vs 25 note polyphony, and an awesome 6-stage chorus to name a few. See my blog post, and corresponding mind map for a more detailed look at Largo vs Blofeld.

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist & Multimedia Artist

Artist Site: NewEcho.com
Electronic Music Tech & Production Blog:  ModulateThis.com

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Artist Ed Ball Interview on Art + Music + Technology Podcast

I love this interview with artist Ed Ball on Darwin Grosse’s Art + Music + Technology podcast so I wanted to spread the word. I found the story of Ed’s artist journey inspiring and informative. He’s got a great vibe (often hilarious) and interesting perspective on art which I found refreshing.

Listen to the Podcast on Lybsin or on iTunes.

Ed is a contemporary abstract artist who “uses a combination of sonic experiments, music and paint to produce artworks on canvas.”

I directly paint music and sound compositions creating works of art that represent the sound on canvas. This has progressed with me starting to experiment with electronic sound creation myself using unusual electronic equipment with the future vision of painting these sound experiments… https://www.edwardball.co.uk/

Darwin’s show notes…

I first heard from Ed Ball when he reached out with a collaboration concept. I was intrigued, looked further into it – and was pretty blown away. Then I talked to Ed, and was even more drawn in. Ed is killin’ it by “Painting Music”, but in a way that takes direct influence from actual tracks, and has a performative quality that jumps off a canvas.

If you take a look at his paintings (check out https://www.edwardball.co.uk/) and you’ll see what I mean. The work stands on its own, but when you hear Ed’s story, it’s even more interesting. Having Ed describe his passion for sharing fine art is exciting; having him talk about getting an Analogue Solutions Vostok is makes you want to jump to the future. Combining modular synth music with performative painting seems so obvious that I can’t wait to see where it goes.

In addition to everything else, Ed is also a dynamic personality – he immediately draws you into whatever he’s talking about. It made for a great conversation, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Cheers!

Ed also has a YouTube channel which you can check out here https://www.youtube.com/user/Edwardball.

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist & Multimedia Artist

Artist Site: NewEcho.com
Electronic Music Tech & Production Blog:  ModulateThis.com

Musician Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty ft. Jacob Collier & Herbie Hancock

Wired has a series called “One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty”. Here is the one for harmony.

23-year-old musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier explains the concept of harmony to 5 different people; a child, a teen, a college student, a professional, and jazz legend Herbie Hancock.

The video is 15 minutes long but worth watching till the end because 1) it’s interesting to see the notion of harmony explained at different levels and 2) Jacob Collier and Herbie Hancock do an amazing improv session at the end of the video.

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist & Multimedia Artist

Artist Site: NewEcho.com
Electronic Music Tech & Production Blog:  ModulateThis.com