Forays into Modern Grooveboxes (Volca Sample vs. Model:Samples)

3 hours ago

Many years ago I had a Korg Electribe groovebox sampler (ESX-1) which I used on a few tracks but mostly just collected dust. The appeal to these units at the time was you could punch in beats very quickly and then tweak the sounds. I think speed was the main appeal because you could just…

When To Go Fast

4 days ago

Yesterday I wrote about taking things slowly, but I thought it would be good to counter that by looking at when might be good to go fast. There is that famous, obnoxious line from Facebook which is, “Move fast and break things”. Anyone who’s had an accident is likely familiar with this first-hand. So moving…

Going slow before going fast

5 days ago

I just got off the phone with my friend and we were talking about working through problems that arise (mostly inside the head). He said, “I firmly believe you have to go slow before you can go fast”. What he means is you have to take some time to sort through the issue before you…

Going Old School with Tascam

7 days ago

When I was 13 years old, I knew about multitrack tape recorders but didn’t have one for myself. One day I had a vision of the Tascam 424 MKII Portastudio, and I had to go out to rent it at Long and McQuade as soon as I could. The experiments on that machine were not…

Symbols

22 days ago

Symbols are found all over our world. We display religious symbols as a reminder of our faith or our ideals, but another most common place to find them is in stories. A character or object can symbolize an idea, or the story itself can symbolize a way of thinking, such as Greek myths. So then,…