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Launchpad Linux updates in ALSA

July 7th, 2012 No comments

So there has been a lot of work with getting the launchpad running on linux.

We talked about it a couple years ago and there has been some really cool advancements that I wanted to share with everyone.


ALSA has now supported the Launchpad since V1.0.24 so that’s exciting news! AlSA changelog, the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture is bundled with Ubuntu/Debian desktop versions of Linux.

A homebrew kernel for midi support in Ubuntu “by Will Scott” get the project at the Launchpadd Google code page.

What’s in a name (Top 5 strangest names for gear)

September 6th, 2011 No comments

Here at Illuminated Sounds we are big gear heads.  Sometimes the manufacturers of said gear leave us scratching our heads wondering what were they thinking.  So I compiled this list of my Top 5 strangest gear names.  Now I am probably missing some pieces of gears that should be on this list, so feel free to leave some comments of what your Top 5 are.  My honorary mention goes out to the Beat Kangz Beat Thang.

5 -Stanton DaScratch

This product came out while I was working at a major musical instrument retail store, and I’m pretty sure we did not sell a single DaScratch the entire time I work there.  Stanton tried to capitalize on the whole “touch” input craze that was taking over a couple of years ago, but the DaScratch was quickly out shined by iOS devices.  Stanton has since changed the name of the DaScratch to the SCS.3D, and hopefully that will get them to sell a couple more units.  More details and specs

4 -Euphonix Mc Mix

When this product was first announced I was actually excited for it.  I have used the Mackie Universal Control and the M-Audio ProjectMic IO, and honestly I was not really impressed by either.  Euphonix boards were some of the first large format mixers that I started working on, so to my surprise I was pretty disappointed with the Mc Mix.  The Mc Mix is made out of plastic, and it feels like I could break the piece in half with little effort.  The legs are also made of plastic, giving the entire unit a flimsy feel.  Must be a sign for me to move back to analog consoles.  Euphonix is now Avid.   More details and specs

3 – Metasonix KV-100 (The Assblaster)

With gear names like Assblaster, iCunt, and the Fucking Fucker; Metasonix as a company should have made it to this list.  Instead we take a look KV-100 and all it’s assblasting goodness.  The first thing to you should notice about this guy is tubes, and who doesn’t like tubes.  With 5 “real new-old-stock” vacuum tubes you will be able to freak and twist your sounds until they are unrecognizable.  As an added bonus, Dave Lovelace (the Packrat), provides some fun artwork that even the kids can enjoy.  More details and specs

2 -SSL X-Panda

I gotta say that I love SSL.  Their buss compressor will always hold a special place in my heart, but I am not quite sure what SSL was thinking when it came time to name this mixer.  This is a pretty standard expansion mixer.  It was designed to pair up nicely with SSL’s  X-Desk, but the DB25 connection cable will allow it to connect to other analog mixers.  The X-Panda and X-Desk are a nice way to get some SSL in your studio, but personally I will be saving up for my AWS 924More details and specs

1. Evol Fucifier

When I first came across this piece of gear, I thought it was pronounced like “Lucifer”.   To my surprise it is pronounced with an (think luck or duck).  Still this has to be one of the prettiest pieces of studio gear, and I know it would look great in my studio.  I personally would have liked to see a midi input on this guy, but I always want midi input on everything and midi might be overkill for a distortion unit.  If you need a distortion synthesizer to mangle your sounds, then look no further.  More Details and Specs





Link Of The Month

August 9th, 2011 No comments
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Link Of The Month voyager spacecraft recordings

August 1st, 2011 No comments

An Ode to Voyager, Humanities furthest explorer from the sun

“At almost 70 times farther from the Sun than the Earth, Voyager 1 is at the very edge of the Solar System. The Sun there is only 1/5,000th as bright as here on Earth — so it is extremely cold and there is very little solar energy to keep the spacecraft warm or to provide electrical power. The reason we can continue to operate at such great distances from the Sun is because we have radioisotope thermal electric generators (RTGs) on the spacecraft that create electricity and keep the spacecraft operating,” Stone said. “The fact that the spacecraft is still returning data is a remarkable technical achievement.”

The spacecraft are now so far from home that it takes nine hours and 36 minutes for a radio signal traveling at the speed of light to reach Earth,”said Ed B. Massey, project manager for the Voyager Interstellar Mission. “That signal, produced by a 20 watt radio transmitter, is so faint that the amount of power reaching our antennas is 20 billion times smaller than the power of a digital watch battery,”

Heliospheric 2-3 kHz radio emissions are produced when an interplanetary shock interacts with the heliopause, which is the boundary between the solar wind and the interstellar plasma. When the shock crosses the heliopause into the cooler, more dense interstellar medium it generates radio emissions at the electron plasma frequency, fp, and its harmonic, 2fp.

Heliospheric Radio Emissions detected by the Voyager Plasma Wave Instrument

Voyager Spacecraft Hits Interstellar Turbulence

Voyager Termination Shock

Voyager’s home page

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Link of the month SPACESOUNDS

June 30th, 2010 1 comment

Space sounds, is a very interesting site with regards to sonofication ss
they have some very cool sounds available to listen to. This has inspired me to start work on a cosmic sample library. I have worked one of my favorite samples from this site into a song, “the sun’s heartbeat”

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Link of the Month

April 1st, 2010 No comments

The people down at Track Team Audio have made the Monome emulator for APC40. I am excited to share this with you guys and to try it out myself. Happy April fools day!


View the discussion here @

Download the source here from track team audio

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Glitched out Farfisa Professional 1 samples

March 15th, 2010 8 comments

Recently one of the guys that I work with gave me some gear that was not working so I could fix it up.  One of the pieces that I ended up with was a Farfisa Professional 1 electric organ.  At first the organ seemed to be working fine and just needed to be cleaned and restored a little bit,  but with a closer look it seem that the Farfisa took a nice hit to the top of the organ.  A couple of the tone switches were bad and the faders are almost useless.  The organ works fine as long as you do not play a Ab or a Eb, pressing one of these notes would cause the organ to start to glitch out in a cool way.  So before I start to fix this guy up I wanted to sample it, and share it with all of you.  Enjoy.




Download Farfisa Professional 1 Glitched here


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James’s Link Of The Month

March 3rd, 2010 1 comment

I couldn’t let there be just one link of the month, so here’s

Karlheinz Essl’s Realtime composition library

I have here a link to all sorts of interesting max/msp patches. This is a great resource to get some help from. These patches are awesome and I am very excited to share them with all of you.

“In order to create an evironment which enables one to concentrate rather on high-level compositional questions than on low-level technical problems, Gerhard Eckel and I started to develop a set of tools which became the corner stones of the RTC-lib. At the this time, Serge Lemouton (my musical assistant at IRCAM) wrote “nth” according to my indications, James McCartney released his “list objects”, and a few years later Peter Elsea developed his “LObjects” (inspired by RTC-lib, as he told me). Some externals from these packages were included into the RTC-lib, and Peter Elsea was nice enough to port some of my abstractions (like trans-log) to C-externals.”

Thanks Karlheinz Essl for your hard work

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Launchpad + linux in the works

January 29th, 2010 1 comment

I stumbled across this thread on the Ubuntu forum and I wanted to share it with everyone. I am extremely intrested in getting the launchpad to work with linux because then we can do some real interesting stuff!






Update the launchpad is now supported in the alsa v1.0.24 check out the the alsa projects changelog page

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Ableton Mind Control

January 6th, 2010 2 comments


Being that it is now 2010 and we are living in the future lets take a look at a new unconventional Ableton Live controller. For your consideration I give you the Emotiv Epoch.  This headset with 14 sensors of pure awesomeness detects player thoughts, feelings, and expressions.  I just received mine a couple of days ago and last night was the first time I really got a change to play with it.  The Emotiv Epoch comes with a software application call Epoch Control Panel.  In the Control Panel there is a tool call Cognitiv Suite.   This is that part of the application I use to control Ableton Live.  In Cognitiv Suite you move a floating box around on the screen using thought.  You can then can assign these different “thought actions” to keyboard commands.  Next I assigned these commands to start and stop an audio clip in Ableton Live.  Here is a video of my buddy Jay using the Epoch for the first time.  In this video when he pushes the box with his mind he triggers a drum loop to play and when he lifts the box it stops playback of the clip.  This video was made last minute so it does not have the best lighting.  Next I plan on getting the Emotiv Epoch to communicate with MAX/MSP, and making some custom applications for it.