Alesis Multimix 8 Line

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The schematic of the Alesis Multimix 8 Line is printed on top of its cover and not in the manual, which is kind of annoying if you’ve got it racked up. So I took a picture of it and uploaded it here for reference since I couldn’t find it anywhere else either. Click on the pic below for a large photo. I hope it’s useful to some people, it is to me at least. 🙂

The reason I needed the schematic is that I’m trying to figure out why my machine sometimes switches to mono output or left or right only signals. The Alesis website says: When a mono signal is present on any input or stereo send, the Left signal is automatically summed to mono for mono or stereo compatibility. I don’t understand the “or stereo send” part here, I suspect they mean “or stereo return”...

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Play that funky music

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Bought new batteries for my kaoss pad, and finally expanded my MIDI I/O with a MOTU MIDI Express 128.

Everything is finally racked and hooked up so I spent the larger part of the weekend making music. I’ve uploaded the new two tracks below to Soundcloud.

The first track is my attempt to use my voice with the Logic vocoders. The second track is a live recording by me and Steve! I’m behind the sequencer and Steve is going berserk on the Kaoss pad 🙂 We’re also using the MAM filterbank, which is nice cause I haven’t been using that a lot lately.

Would you let your child shoot an alien? – Teknopipo:

 Meet the Hug Lady – Maxckzje & Teknopipo:

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Recordings with Caroline

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Recorded and mixed two awesome songs today, with my new SE Reflection Filter 😀 All music, lyrics and vocals were written by Caroline Werner. I did the sequencing, the production, and a mixdown.

The first song is called Puppy Poster:

The second one is called Like a Summer Day:

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Reflection filter

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Will be doing some recordings with Caroline today, so I installed this reflection filter from SE to hopefully get rid of that hollow sound in this room. New Mac Mini and Beyer headphones in the background as well 🙂 

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Java SysEx programming

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I’m taking my first steps into the world of JavaSound programming. The first thing I learned is that the Snow Leopard default javax.sound.midi.spi implementation is buggy when it comes to SysEx message transmission. For the time being I’m sticking with the MMJ library instead.

As an example, I’ve been trying to send a “SID Skip Patch” command to my SID station. The SysEx message for this command is F0 00 20 3C 01 00 03 F7.

The following code shows how to construct this message in Java (example based on SendSysex.java at jsresources.org):


String s = "F000203C010003F7";
int n = s.length() / 2;
byte[] msg = new byte[n];
for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
    msg[i] = (byte) Integer.parseInt(
    s.substring(i * 2, i * 2 + 2), 16);
}

The next step is to send the resulting byte array to a MIDI out...

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Wireshark on Snow Leopard

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Finally fixed a bug that’s been annoying me for months. I managed to get Wireshark up and running on OSX Snow Leopard – without any crappy workarounds such as running it inside a virtual XP machine. The video below by dangribbin explains it all.

Summarizing the steps:

  1. Download and mount Wireshark for 10.5 Leopard Intel
  2. Drag Wireshark to Applications
  3. Open a terminal and type:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
    killall Finder
    com.apple.Finder (i.e. Finder with a capital F) did not work for me!
    – For more info on defaults type man defaults.
  4. Create /usr/local/bin/ if you don’t already have one.
  5. Drag the Command Line utilities into /usr/local/bin/.
  6. Drag ChmodBPF folder to Startup Items.
  7. In the terminal type:
    sudo chown -R root:wheel ChmodBPF
  8. Launch Wireshark
  9. Add /usr/s...
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Haakjes

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Gitaarhaakjes opgehangen! Gauw een foto gemaakt voor de hele boel naar beneden lazert. Inclusief aap.

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A clean start

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A couple of years ago I bought the Behringer BCR2000 and ever since it’s been of no particular use to me. I never understood the hype. While the rest of the MIDI community was screaming what an incredible value for money this thing was, I was sitting cursing at my desk as the BCR2000 crashed, stopped responding, franticly spit out random controller data, and did whatever the hell it felt like doing. Sometimes it would even stop responding to the power button altogether. It’s like there was an evil demon living in it. Which could be cool I guess. Except it wasn’t.

My instinctive response to such behaviour, especially when exposed by a device that I’ve just bought, is denial. I must have hooked it up incorrectly. Maybe the MIDI cable is too long...

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Scochy

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And finally – the first mix by legendary producer’s duo Steve Hehanussa and Yvo Bogers featuring Cecilia Nordin (what a voice!) is here. Together we are known as Scochy:

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This production is a remake of this excellent song, but be sure to stay tuned for upcoming own productions…

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Monomachine

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My latest purchase, the Elektron SFX60. Just bought it today at Feedback, at an incredible discount price cause it was a demo. Awesome! It’s going to sit nicely next to its older brother.

And what do you know, turns out Elektron are holding a Christmas lottery so if I get really lucky I might win another one!

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