Category Archives: MIDI

Make an Ableton Style Drum Rack In Reaper (WORKS IN LINUX!)

I went searching for a way to make an Ableton style  drum rack in Linux and found this awesome idea which of course uses the amazing Reaper! I’ve tested it in Lubuntu 18.10 and works great on the Linux Native version. Drag and drop samples work fine too!

Maestro, A Great Music Notatation App For Android

I’ve been getting more into music composition lately, and trying out various tools and programs to do it digitally. One of the easiest and best things I’ve found so far is this app called Maestro http://bit.ly/2X2RdQM. I’m running this on a Fire HD tablet (with google play installed) learn how to put google play on your Fire Tablet http://bit.ly/2DCi3WU. You can also pick up a Fire Tablet here https://amzn.to/2E8PDp5 and a stylus here https://amzn.to/2X2Xn3i

Maestro is great for learning and has a ton of pro features like:

  • Notes, Chorded Notes
  • Rests, Measure Bars and Repeat Bars
  • Articulations and Note Relationships
  • Tie, Slur, Triplets, Accidentals, Dynamics
  • Octave Up and Down and more
  • Change Clef, Tempo
  • Change Time Signature and Key Signature
  • Play your Masterpiece Instantly
  • Set Playback Section and Repeat
  • Supports Multiple Instruments
  • 127 MIDI Instruments
    Piano, Organ, Violin, Cello and other Strings
    Guitar, Brass, Leed, Pipe and Drums
  • Name the Title, Subtitle and Composer
  • Export to Image Files
  • Zoom In and Out to draw more or fewer notes in one line
  • Save as image file as you see on the screen
  • 100% free for all features
  • Supports Tablets and All Size of Device
  • Host your music at the Concert Hall and see if others like it
  • The Concert Hall is where you can post your music or listen and see other maestro’s work
  • It is another fun way of learning how to write the various musical notations and symbols
  • Get some new inspirations!

As you can see it’s pretty amazing. I’m using it on my Amazon fire tablet and it works really well.


Introducing The Macintosh SE/30 Raspberry Pi

This is a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I finally did it and decided to make a youtube vid about it. I took an old Mac SE30 case and built an all in 1 Raspberry Pi DAW computer into it. I really think it came out fantastically well and wanted to share my tips in making one for your self. Thanks for watching and please watch more of my videos!

Here’s all the links to buy everything talked about in the vid:

raspberry pi 3 kit https://amzn.to/2KpQhiN

behringer uca202 https://amzn.to/2HHo0CL

screen https://amzn.to/2HI7Sko

industrial velcro https://amzn.to/2JDX734

dremel tool https://amzn.to/2HGNZKC

sabrenet usb hub https://amzn.to/2KoTAqI

keyboard https://amzn.to/2HGKfg3

mouse https://amzn.to/2Ksrgno

headphone cable https://amzn.to/2JHw1YV

usb cable https://amzn.to/2I1S3s3

Yamaha FB-01 FM Synth Module with Live Drums

This is a new song I created with only the Yamaha FB-01 in 8 part multi-timbral mode and then played lived drums to it. No FX were used on the FB-01. I seqenced the MIDI using the program, Seq24 for linux, then recorded the drums in Harrison Mixbus 4.
Drums used were a 1966 Slingerland Blue Sparkle kit, with an 80s metal Pearl Export 6.5×14 snare drum. Mics used in this recording were:
Kick – CAD KBM412 http://amzn.to/2yzAGan
Snare – PDMIC78 http://amzn.to/2AFBBYf
Overheads – http://amzn.to/2iUjPZ1

How To Transfer SysEx Data From Computer To Synth For Free Using MidiOX

Sysex stands for “system exclusive”, and it is the format that was used by many synths to store the information of the synthesizer. You can store patches, settings and banks using sysex data. If you’ve ever wondered how to transfer sysex patches to your vintage synth using a modern computer, there’s plenty of commercial programs out there that can do this with, but you can also do it for free with a program called MidiOX.

In this older YouTube video of mine, I go over the process of doing this with my vintage K1 synth. The same technique can be used with nearly any synth that works with sysex data. All you need is a windows or linux computer, and a midi interface like this one or something similar and you can create your own library of patches on your computer for your vintage midi synths.

What is great about this is you can download thousands of patches online and easily transfer them to your synth achieving maximum fun.