Jan 252013

Hold tight for some NAMM headline posts coming soon . . .

First up is an interesting article about the occurrence of midi jitter in some host DAWs.  There have been times in my experience when I suspected something of this sort in the past.  After recording a satisfactory midi performance sometimes the playback would seem ‘looser’ than what was played.  I’d have to ask myself “I’m not a pro drummer, but I’m not THAT bad am I?!?!?”

This definitely warrants a refamiliarizing with all of the behind the scenes preference settings.


Jan 092013

What the bejeezus is a bass guitar doing on an electronic music site you say?

Midi bass guitar has been a love/hate relationship for Studio Wormbone over the years.

Love:  As a bassist who later got into synths I felt liberated from a timbre standpoint when I got my first midi bass.  All of a sudden any and every sound imaginable was within reach.  It was very much indeed a gateway drug in that respect.

Hate:  However, because of the nature of the beast there has yet to be a system invented that’s truly accurate and playable.  Physics itself makes the problem significant.  In a nutshell, because bass guitar outputs such a low frequency the result is that either there’s an annoying latency (lag time) between the time a note is played and the time it’s sounded (because of the necessary time needed to analyze the initial note) OR notes get wrongly triggered or dropped altogether.

The Line6 Variax Bass is in the same ballpark as midi bass but it’s somewhat unique.  It uses a similar system to one that’s been used in other midi basses before (piezo bridge pickups) but instead of outputting a midi signal to drive external gear it contains all of it’s electronics on board.  It’s also not targeted at synth enthusiasts since there’s no midi output and most of it’s capability revolves around physical modeling of classic bass guitars.

I personally applaud Line6 for the forward thinking aspects of this instrument but am still waiting for the day when bass guitar and synth can dance together in unison.

Jan 022013

Who would have thought throwing rocks on a sheet of ice could sound so incredible!  From the look of the amount of rocks on that ice the camera person is enjoying it.



This sounds remotely similar to the effect of striking a stretched spring or slinky.  It probably has a similar acoustic property where the high and low frequencies travel through the medium at a different speed, resulting in the glorious result.  (Incidentally, there are some of those very sounds in the most recent Studio Wormbone sound pack Cinematic Robotics.)  Check it out below: