Love the flexibility and recall of digital? Me too.
Here are some ways to combine an analog synth with a computer environment.
Get additional oscillators into your Minilogue!! Connect your minilogue and use it as a modular system in your computer!
You’ll need either a 5 pin MIDI to USB, or a USB cable to connect the Minilogue to your computer.
Download drivers, and firmware updates http://www.korg.com/us/support/download/product/0/544/
Correction in the video! I said that for your MIDI tracks in your DAW, use the MIDI OUT option (you’ll see in the video what I mean). When in fact you’ll need to use the MIDI SOUND option provided by the driver.
To increase your plays, exposure, and sales (perhaps) try creating a music video. It doesn’t have to be high budget.
I would never have heard of the band Ok Go, if it were not for there amazingly creative videos. I would not have found them on Soundcloud or any other audio website. But on social media, people share videos 100 times more often than they will share an audio file. Videos are appreciated in social media communities, where shared audio content is usually rejected and brings negative reactions.
It’s obviously a video generation! Which is not necessarily a negative thing; it can be an opportunity! If you can get over the learning curve of creating videos, this could be a wonderful thing for your music!
Here’s a Playlist I created of all the videos below, so if you want to watch all of them you can. What would you add to this list??
It can be high on the creative factor and get views/listens!
Another one from OK GO, because it’s one of my favorites.
Give your electronic production a sonic boost! And what an UNBELIEVABLE price point ($499)!!
In the past few weeks, the Korg Minilogue has gone public. Perhaps at NAMM 2016 last week.
I’ve worked with virtual synths for hours within days, days within weeks, weeks within years. And when I turn to watch films or listen to records that contain synths, instruments that create real voltage, the sound quality is significantly more pure.
I love my virtual synths, and will certainly continue to use them (Serum, Spire, U-he, Curve2, Omnisphere, Arturia, etc.).
But it bothers me that I have so much $ tied up in digital ones and zeroes. I don’t have something physical, that I can sell if I need, loan to a friend, or that somebody will inherit when I die. Those plugins …. who knows what will happen to those? When I die, the licenses will probably just disappear into the internet chasm forever, unclaimed access.
Anyway, check out the features on this Minilogue, and the sound quality; I’m amazed and will probably buy one this week.
5-Pin Midi for integration with your DAW.
In depth look:
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This will work for anything listed in the menu area of Pro Tools. Even if there is already a keyboard shortcut assigned! This works in all Mac OS and Pro Tools systems slightly differently. But the steps are all pretty similar. For Windows systems I believe the process would be very similar. See Sound on Sound article here.
Here in a forty second video, I demonstrate the process.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
1. Identify the menu item needing a custom shortcut. Make note of the EXACT wording, spelling, capitalization, and spaces.
2. Mac/System Preferences.
3. Select KEYBOARD preferences.
4. App Shortcuts in the left column.
5. Select the + button.
6. If the Application is not in the drop down menu at the top, go to the bottom of the list to “Other…” and you can add Pro Tools.
7. Type in the exact name of the menu command for the Menu Title. Choose a new (unused) shortcut.
8. Go to Pro Tools. Behold, and experience the magic.
On a similar note, there are companies and individuals that create software for macro commands. Meaning that you hit one key, and in the software it can do a series of things. For example, you could hit Option-1 and the software would run a script of actions: create eight stereo aux tracks, inputs sequential, four different compressors on each, with custom settings, a reverb send, with custom setting, set up a parallel compressor for one of them, create custom track colors and names for them.
One (of many) ways to accomplish this is with Slate Batch Commander.
There are other options that run keyboard scripts. So if it’s a series of keyboard shortcuts that you can program in, that series can be reduced to a single hotkey! Keyboard Maestro ($35 US) is one that seems to be highly recommended.