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MauriceK, caught between dev and drums » Music

February 21, 2010

Jealous of the Finns

Category: Music — kaldor @ 5:53 pm

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However the Finns managed to get this band onboard, but I was fairly surprised to see this announcement:

Ziltoid the Omniscient is coming to the Tuska Festival in Helsinki, Finland

Indeed! Man, I could really imagine going there, though two weeks later it is time for the Dong Open Air again, which I am really looking forward to as well.

February 8, 2010

Ya Mei Ha

Category: General, Music — kaldor @ 9:53 pm

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Think it is too late by now to wish a Happy New Year to you all, right :)

Today I received my Yamaha N12 and after lots of issues with setting it up, I have to say it simply rocks.

But as Michael did describe his issues on his blog and I think this is a brilliant idea, I’ll do the same.

Though most machines tend to be 64bit these days, software companies still need to fill that gap. It is hard to find 64bit software in relation to audio producing, many companies rejected or a very long time to provide updates. Luckily it seems like times are changing due to the big user demand. Steinberg has a 64bit version of its Cubase 5 Studio per default (another thing I recently bought and which is awesome as well), Toontrack seems to recognize that their VST drum plugins should be 64bit as well and offers a beta version since a few weeks and finally Yamaha has a 64bit driver setup. This is where my troubles started.

Without going too much into detail, here’s the soluion and scenario how you can really get the firmware and the drivers installed successfully:

  1. Turn off the N12 and connect the firewire cable to your machine
  2. Install the update available from the yamaha website (Tools for n Version2)
  3. Install the IEEE1394_Firmware Updater v1.07
  4. Press Prev and Click Remote On buttons while turning on the N12
  5. Install the N12 Firmware Updater v1.03 (NOTE THAT THESE ARE DIFFERENT THINGS!)

Be happy. For internet redundany reasons here is a picture provided by a guy(wiseg) on this forum:

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That’s it. From now on you can start using it. Being a software engineer myself and getting tired of people not reading the documentation properly sometimes, I have to say, that it took me hours to figure the correct order and items to install.

However, expect some updates of the recordings of my band Tokks Voitto soon.

Update: New drivers available, check here

December 31, 2009

Best of 2009

Category: General, Music — kaldor @ 8:11 pm

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Time is almost over where each and every TV Channel has its résumé shows. But still it is time to give a best of 2009 related to music.
So here are my favorite candidates for best album:

Kreator - Hordes of Chaos
Kreator surprised with a rather classical album, remembering more on the Coma of Souls times. Nevertheless, this album is awesome and I really enjoyed listening to it. I don’t like Miland’s clean vocals, but the rest simply shines over that.

Behemoth - Evangelion
Behemoth stays Behemoth with each and every album, but still it does not get boring. Their latest work is really good stuff, which had wakened me in the train for months each morning. Daimonos is a perfect starter and very clearly shows the message of the album. Fast, hard and brutal. Definitely a win for this year.

Vader - Necropolis
Seems like this is a polish year, ay? Vader absolutely surprised me with that album. I was (and guess I still am) a huge fan of the Lithany album. Even though some albums might be better from a technical level, the sound was awesome. And this time, Vader managed to get that sound fitting with their music again. Drums are tight and straight forward, absolutely like it. Also the fact that Devilizer starts rather slowly was more of a help to get into the album. The only thing I did not like on that CD are the bonus tracks containing cover songs by Venom and Metallica. But as they are bonus material, they should not get into account for the measurement. This album definitely made my year 2009.

And I hope that after listening to Vader for almost 13 years, I will finally manage to see them live. I guess everyone in the whole world has seen them but me! So I guess this is going to be my proposition for 2010 then :)

Happy New Year everyone, I hope you will enjoy the evening and parties…

November 22, 2009

Concert in Berlin…

Category: Music, Spare Time — kaldor @ 2:36 pm

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Yesterday we were at the Neckbreaker Tour in Berlin at the Columbia Club. Bands playing there were

The opening was announced at 7pm and start of the show at 8pm. When we entered the hall at around 07:50 the stage crew was already preparing everything for Scar Symmetry. So it seemed that we had missed the first band already, which is unfortune.

Behemoth and Devildriver switched places on that show, leaving Devildriver as headliner for the evening.

All in all, it was a nice concert, nothing spectacular, but really good shows. Following some pictures:

November 8, 2009

Instrument enhancements…

Category: Music, Spare Time — kaldor @ 7:23 pm

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Usually I am at rehearsal with my band on Sundays around this time, but as my feet is still hurting (rather embarrassing story), I thought it is time again to write a blog entry. So this one is going to talk about my band Tokks Voitto.

Basically we have two new big news:

  1. Moritz joined the band. He’s a bass player who recently moved to Berlin. So far he has joined two rehearsals and things look promising.
  2. I have started to play as a keyboarder in the band.

Wait? Keyboard? But you were the drummer? Well, correct. You might remember some older blog entry about Akira Jimbo, and how much I am fascinated about him and his idea to enhance the rhythm section by MIDI interfaces and triggers to get more influence on the music itself. This is what we are doing now as well. Due to the fact that we were missing some easy strings occasionally in the songs, we wanted to achieve this, but in a way where we can also play it on stage. The easiest way is to get a keyboarder and let him play the stuff. Admitted, that is the easy way. But musicians evolve and so do their egos. We had ended in a situation where the keyboarder wanted to actually play stuff, which is not, what we are after.

Thus we came up with the idea of using my DTXplorer drumkit and place it to the left of my regular set. I had to move my left China a little bit more up high, but this seems to work out, as I only used it for effects or regular forth playing.

In case you’re interested, here are some pictures:

 

 

Set1

 

Set2

 

Set3

Furthermore, here’s a video shot and shared via the Ovi service:

Unfortunately I do not have any sounds to share yet. I will try to prepare some for the next blog.

Stay tuned.

July 23, 2009

Dingeling Dong

Category: Music, Spare Time — kaldor @ 8:50 pm

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Same procedure as every year, and it was awesome like every year. Dong Open Air simply rocks!

 Dong Picture

May 4, 2009

Too fast to digitize…

Category: Music, Spare Time — kaldor @ 10:51 pm

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Once again a musical entry, one might complain. I have to admit, that I am currently very much into music and playing around with our songs. Potentially I am tempted to join a weekend course or such on producing, as I am far too much a novice to handle my Cubase. And I am afraid that upgrading to a new version won’t help me in this situation :)

Anyways, it happened that I received MIDI files from our guitar players to play around with our Song4. Of course I was not thrilled to listen to it using the Microsoft GS Wavetable. Consequently I searched the web for free guitar VST instruments and found this one.

Basically Independence Free is a 2GB huge sample collection providing lots of stuff, including guitar instruments. The sortiment offers far more versions, but these are commercial and I was not willing to invest money right now.

Starting with the Intro of our fourth song, I was fairly surprised by it, take a look:

Also open fourths sound really nice

Unfortunately, we are not making slow rock. Lets cause the simulator to stresstest a little bit. If you play faster you loose a lot of quality, here’s one faster part of the song:

As you can hear, it already starts to give you an old-school Atari impression. But that is ok, as it is a free tool. I was more shocked when the following happened:

Guitar Hero players might remember that sound (at least it reminds me of it). It’s not wrong played notes, the sampler simply cannot handle that many notes! Now, as some of you know I have a QuadCore machine and thus I am used to software working fluently, but maybe that sampler does not support multithreading. “Ouch”! It does! The preferences allow you to specify the amount of cores it should use. Additionally the disk I/O is almost zero, so that cannot be a reason either. The only hardware-specific reason I could think of is my soundcard. I am still using an onboard HDA chip, which is of limited functionality, but fullfilled my needs nicely so far.

For those of you, who are keen to know, what this part was actually supposed to be, here’s a synthesized version of DVS Guitar, another free instrument provided by DreamVortex.

So, what’s the result of this? We’re too fast for music production? Hm… I think I can go to bed with this wishful thinking now…

April 28, 2009

New Sounds, new Songs?

Category: Music, Spare Time — kaldor @ 11:27 pm

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Actually there are no new songs, just playing around a little bit with some new sounds for the drums.

This is the basic setup, but still it sounds far different from the songs we have so far. Have a look:

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You might wonder, why I tend to write that less. First, it’s quite late for during the week (I know, I’m getting old). Secondly this post is more a dummy for people interested in joining the band.

Interested? ;)

More updates later on this week…

April 15, 2009

Building your own…. drum pedal?

Category: General, Music, Spare Time — kaldor @ 8:57 pm

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Though I was asked to blog about leaving projects and reasons, I won’t. Sorry to disappoint you frank ;)

To give you some general updates, I have started another musical project, which might be interesting for some of you. We are waiting for people to join the Open Death project. As far as I can tell some folks already stated interest and hopefully we will be able to keep you updated. Even if you are not a musician, this is your chance to create music as you like it, well…. given the fact you like Death Metal…

To sum up, I found a very cool link. Unfortunately it is in german, but having a look at the pictures will give you an impression about this extremely great hobby, which is building your own drum pedal. Actually it is a double bass drum pedal and the final result really looks awesome. Also following the milestones in between is totally cool, so have a look here.

 Starting point

The final result

April 9, 2009

Musical Updates…

Category: Music, Spare Time — kaldor @ 5:46 pm

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Due to public interest a quick update on our songs, actually uploading an absolute preversion of our third song right now. If you have missed the first two, just go here.

This is by far not the cleanest record as well as very unfinished drums. Things got reassembled in the meantime, but you get the basic idea.

Things to mention, which happened so far already:

  • the clean part after the second chorus got some more marching drums on snare with some bass hits
  • the beginning of the double-time part got a little bit more Metallica like (yeah I know, it already sounds lots like this)
  • imagine some more double-bass games (/me gets used to experiment with the feets for fills again)
  • imagine by far more fills (well, actually imagine any fill. Currently it’s really empty)

Anything more to say? Well happy eastern, but I guess that’s it. And sorry for providing alpha-sounds, but hey, this is still partly a blog about development, so you should be used to it, ay :)

So here you go:

P.S.: As too many people seem to take me serious, comments and impressions are actually welcomed.