Gear Review – Subaqueous Music

The Perfect Stand for Novation Launchpad

Novation Launchpad has been a staple piece of gear for me. I have had the MK1, Mini, and now I added the Launchpad Pro. When performing Live I am always looking for a stand… after many tries, here is my list of the perfect stands for Novation Launchpad.

Best Stand for Standing Performance

When performing I prefer to stand and have my MIDI gear face out to the audience. I have found the Quik-Lok TriPod Stand, LPH-001 to be the perfect stand. It’s lightweight (compared to other stands I have had), and it fits all the Launchpads perfectly.  The stand is foldable and works great on the road. My only gripe is it doesn’t lock and just twist tightens… but that shouldn’t matter too much.  This would be my number one choice.

 

Link to the Stand

 

Push Stand for the Desk

Next up, I have used this adjustable stand for my desk. This stand is adjustable for the angle you need. It makes it a lot easier to set up in your studio or on a table.  This stand is also metal, sturdy, yet a cheap price. Total win for the desktop.  Bonus… it feels pretty stable when pounding on the pads. 

 

Link to the Desktop Stand

Portable Table Stand

Another option is having a portable stand you can put on the DJ table. I found the VEKTOR Laptop stand to be top notch for this. It’s cheaper then some hardcore DJ stands, but has the stability you need. It locks into place and can handle the weight.  I think the Adjustable Amazon Basic on is great for the home studio, but this one is sturdier for the road.

 

Link to the VEKTOR Laptop Stand

DIY Stand

The first stand I used for the Launchpad was a snare stand. I had some laying around and tried it out. This was great in the studio when I needed more space on my desk. I just put it on the Snare Stand and chair height. I now use it for my Push One, but it worked great for Launchpad. A little precarious… but it worked.

I don’t actually suggest buying a snare stand to use with the Launchpad. It works, but if you are going to spend money I think the Samson stand or the Quik-Lok TriPod Stand, LPH-001 would be a better buy. But, if you have one already then this could be a good option for you. There are many different snare stands so finding the right one might be a little tricky if you are going for new. I did use this snare stand for the Launchpad and it worked for my needs. And… it’s a little lower then I would like.

Link to the Snare Stand

 

Those are my top picks for stands for the Novation Launchpad. They will work great with the regular and Pro. If you got any suggestions or things you think work better, please comment below.

Recording Multi-track with Ipad and Zoom H6

While working on my new Subaqueous Album, I came up with an idea. I wanted to record vocals with Marya Stark  but not in the studio. I wanted to trek out to a remote place in the woods and dive deep into the music. After much experimenting, I found out a way to use the Zoom H6 and the Ipad to record. We were able to do full multitracking, layering, and even editing out in the woods and it all fit in a backpack.

Here is the video walk through. Below that, I have some links to the app and gear used.

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iPad Second Monitor for Ableton Live – Windows and Mac

Just got a new iPad and what was the first thing I did… Control Ableton Live with it.

I tried out the best solution for connecting the iPad as a second monitor to a Windows Machine. Best thing I have found is the Duet Display app. Check out my video walkthrough below:

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This is the first thing I did and I am stoked with my iPad. If you got any apps or things I have to check out, comment below.

By | 2017-06-28T19:49:08+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Ableton, Gear Review, Producers Blog|5 Comments

Subpac M2 Unboxing – Wearable Bass!

I got the Subpac M2 in the mail and had to fit the urge to rip it open so I could make an unboxing video.  The Subpac M2 is a massive bass bin on your back. This thing is amazing for production, gaming, and listening to bass music. I will have to make a whole video raving about it. First off though… an unboxing vid.

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Right off the bat, I can tell that the creators of the Subpac have a design in mind. The boxing is minimal and sleek. The device its self has a similar aesthetic.  It’s got all the adapters and everything I need for the studio and the road.  Stoked to do a full video review. Stay tuned.

Check out the Subpac M2 on Amazon. 

By | 2017-06-28T19:49:12+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Gear Review, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Best Office Chairs for Music Producers

Two months ago I got a back injury. Since then I have been working on my overall back health and decided to level up my studio with the one thing that effects my everyday life… My chair!  If you spend more than 10 hours a day in your studio/chair then it is worth the investment to get a chair that will help you sustain a healthy back during your whole career.  I should have done this ages ago.

I did a lot of research on office chairs. Here are my top picks after trying many of them out at local stores, and eventually buying one on amazon.

My Top Office Chair Pick

Price
Build Quality
Ergonomics
Best office chair for the price

I wanted to start with the Office Chair I ended up buying. There were a few things I was looking at for a chair. First of all, I wanted it to be around $100. I also wanted it to be breathable, not sweaty, and good for my lower back.  After a month of searching, the Midway Mesh Office Chair fit the bill. I’ve had this for a few weeks and love it. The cushion is comfortable, it has many different height adjustments, and was a really good price. (more…)

Physical Modeling with Ableton Live and Chromaphone

One of the key techniques I use in my instrumentation is Physical Modeling. This type of synthesis has a unique and organic sound.  Wikipedia defines it as:

In sound synthesis, physical modelling synthesis refers to methods in which the waveform of the sound to be generated is computed by using a mathematicalmodel, being a set of equations and algorithms to simulate a physical source of sound, usually a musical instrument.

I also really like this image as a reference to how Physical Modeling does it. You can see how they have broken an instrument into its parts and used different synthesis to achieve a sound that emulates it.

Here is a video on my favorite Physical Modeling synth and an overview.

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By | 2017-06-28T19:49:44+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Ableton, Gear Review, Producers Blog, Sound Design Tech|0 Comments

Best Microphones for the Price

 

I’ve helped schools start up their labs, worked in recording studios, and built my own home recording studio. Over the years I have used many microphones and have distilled that information into this list. I particularly looked at mics that were for starting musicians. Ones with a lower price, but you will still find pro’s using them. If you have a mic I should add, pleas add a comment at the end of the article.

Top Pick: SM-58

SM-58 is perfect for vocal recording in the Studio

Price
Build Quality
Sound Quality
Versatility 

I find that in my home studio I run into one major problem, and that is noise. There is always some noise in the house when I am doing voice over work.  The Sm-58 is amazing at only picking up what is right in front of the mic. This makes it idea for demonstrations, voice overs, vocal sketches, and some instrumental recording. I have also used this mic in final recordings and find it has a pretty flat and clean sound. Much better for male vocals, or lower range voice.

Buy the SM-58

Versatile and Solid Mic: SM-57

Sm57 for your instrumental needs

Price
Build Quality
Sound Quality
Versatility 

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By | 2017-06-28T19:49:50+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Gear Review, Producers Blog|1 Comment

Turning your Drum to a MIDI Controller with Triggers

A year ago I wanted to turn my drums into a MIDI trigger. I didn’t want to spend a 1,000 on a drum brain or E-drums. In my search I found an awesome Hack / DIY way of doing it with Ableton Live. This lets me take any drum and trigger samples in Live, be it drums or even loops.

The key to this is using KTdrum trigger. This VST is for Windows and Mac. It lets incoming audio be turned into MIDI messages. Download the VST here.

I created a video walk-through of setting up KTdrum Trigger in Ableton Live. Check out the video below:


For the Piezo Mics I ended up grabbing some off of Amazon for super cheap. I just ran those into my soundcard to Ableton live. You can use these mics on anything. I have tacked
them onto my desk, books, and even sculptures.

 

If you use this technique for an art project, performance, or whatever I would love to hear about it. Comment below on how you use Drum Triggers in Live.

By | 2017-06-28T19:52:26+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Ableton, Gear Review, Producers Blog, Sound Design Tech|5 Comments

List of the Best Music Producer Blog’s

I do a lot of reading, research, and experimentation to stay at the top of my game. I am constantly looking for new techniques, inspirational insight, or information on the changing music industry.  I’ve decided to share my top blogs and websites with you. I’ve had these blogs bookmarked for a while and find myself constantly going back to them.  Now there are tons of blogs out there, but these are the best and the ones that I’ve repeatedly found relevant.

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