Smartphone Wireless Midi Controller

Turning your android smartphone into a midi controller is easy and an awesome way to add more knobs and buttons to your live setup. Also having this as wireless means you can do some cool stuff for dialing your sound and such.  This article is going to lay out all the things you will need to install and run this app.  These are the instructions on how I did this on my Droid phone and PC laptop.

The FingerPlay App

FingerPlay MIDI is a MIDI controller for Android. Any changes made to the controllers on your phone are transmitted over the WIFI network to a receiving computer using either OSC messages or its own FingerPlay format. The MIDI messages can then be sent to any music software capable of receiving MIDI input.


By | July 7th, 2011|Gear Review|6 Comments

Sound Cards?

There is a sea of sound cards and sailing through that information can be overwhelming.  To help navigate I want to go through the cards I have worked with and what I suggest.

First above all else… FUCK M AUDIO!  I have had a lot of m-audio gear including usb midi, sound cards, and the like. Don’t bother with M-audio. Always a waste of money and time. I could go into my experiences and why… but trust me and lets move on to “real” gear.


By | May 25th, 2011|Gear Review|13 Comments

Free Vst’s

Here are two of some of the most useful Free VST’s I have seen out there. You can get lost in a sea of crappy vst’s. Here are some of the gems.

SIR1 Impulse Reverb

This is a reverb device that works with “impulse-responses”. Impulse-responses are generated by recording short broadband signals and their corresponding room-reflections. What you get contains the information needed to reproduce the same room with other signals.

This only runs on Windows. If you want the new better version, or have a mac then check out for the even better paid version.

Sir is a Convolution Reverb. That means it needs an IR file to emulate different spaces. Absolutely amazing sounds can be had with it.

You can read a little more on Convolution Reverb at or you can download my free library of IR’s Bellow.

{loadposition IR}


This is a very simple stereo widener. Great visuals to see what is happening. Simple and True.

Download for both of these below. More vst’s to come so stayed tuned.

{loadposition freevst}

By | April 14th, 2011|Gear Review|5 Comments

Vst Audio to Midi – Celemony

A friend of mine told me about an amazing program and vst he has been using that allows him to beat box, or sing, and then take that sound and turn it into midi notes for his composition and music creation. This program is called Melodyne.

I tested out the program over the last few weeks, and HIGHLY suggest it for any electronic music producer. It is an absolute amazing program that can change the way you make music. Below are some of it’s fetures and video on the program.

Celemony Melodyne plugin Features:

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  • Runs as plug-in (VST, AU, RTAS) in your host sequencer
  • Ideal for the correction and optimization of vocals
  • Suitable also for single-voice instruments, drum loops and percussion
  • Intuitive note-based editing
  • Control of pitch, time, length, volume and formants of each note
  • Best quality pitch-shifting and time-stretching
  • Swift operation, scale snap, multi-level Undo function
  • Realtime control and automation for pitch, formants and volume
  • For Mac OS X (PowerPC and Intel-based) and Windows XP

By | April 6th, 2011|Gear Review|0 Comments
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