Category Archives: Electronic Music

8 bit performance on a Korg nanoPAD 2 and nanoKONTROL

This is something I put together a while ago, but still really happy with it. I wanted to make an 8 bit trap song in real-time using Ableton Live and my Korg nanoPAD2 and nanoKONTROL. I first found and created all of the samples I needed and loaded them into Ableton’s drum rack, then I spent some time working out some beats and setting up arpeggiators to create the hi hat roll sounds. Once I had it all together I just had to practice for a few days then I made the video.

Korg’s nano series is a great way to get inexpensive and versatile controllers for Ableton. The fact that they are so small and come in different categories too makes them really great for creating modular setups for your needs.

You can pick up your own nanoPAD2 here

Or if you want a nanoKONTROL, get that one here

New Linux Answer to Superior Drummer! AVL Drumkits Plugin!

Check out this great new plugin for linux that is a full virtual drum set that can rival Superior Drummer that’s free and only 40mb!

avldrums.lv2 is a drum sample player plugin dedicated to Glen MacArthur’s AVLdrums. This self-contained plugin provides a convenient way to rapidly sequence and mix midi-drums.

The AVLdrums comes as two separate drumkits: Black Pearl and Red Zeppelin. There are 5 velocity layers for each of the 28 kits pieces or drum-zones for both kits.

This is a very cool plugin and makes programming realistic sounding drums for free a breeze! Get it here http://x42-plugins.com/x42/x42-avldrums

The new Simmons SD2000 is the first electronic drum kit I’ve ever actually wanted!

Despite not even being out yet, the YouTube video being overrun by angry trolls, this drum kit is the first electronic set I’ve actually wanted. Simmons came back into the e-drum market a decade or so ago and has mostly been focused on lower end kits until now.

A few things immediately caught my eye about this kit, the classic hexagon shaped pads, the mesh hitting surface, the classic Simmons sound banks, and lastly but most importantly, the ability to sample and import your own sounds into the kit!

I really want one of these things!

Raspberry Pi Sampler Seqencer Looper Synth by Otem!!!

This is by far one of the coolest Raspberry Pi builds I’ve ever seen. Make sure you watch the performance at the end. This is completely amazing work. I love it! Otem used pure data for the programming and is available on his Github page.¬†https://github.com/otem/Raspberry-Pi-Looper-synth-drum-thing

External Guitar FX with Raspberry Pi and Pure Data

I love the amazingly creative stuff people are doing these days with all the fun toys out there! Hats off to doitnowlabs for this cool project!