G-Stomper Beat Studio
G-Stomper Beat Studio
Go here and take a listen:
So it is with pride that I present a interview with the first winner of a first ever
Android Music Contest!
Skarabée and Musical Android creating History!
How long time have you been using Caustic?
I think I really started one year ago. I followed the updates and have been one of the beta testers for 2.1X. Rej is an awesome dev, and he made a really good app.
What do you like about it?
Very intuitive app, good sounding synths, the ability to tweak sounds, to load my own samples.
I first used it to put some drafts on the road, but after creating a soundcloud account, I tried to put some tracks made in pure Caustic, as a challenge, just to see how far I could push this little beast.
I'm always impressed with the results, coming from a phone app.
And the community around Caustic is very cool.
Is there any other Android applications you use?
I think I have tried almost every musical apps on my Acer 500, but the only one I really play with is Caustic. No other daw or composition tool can beat it. I also use Pitchlab, a chromatic tuner, and I played on PlasmaSound during a concert: with my band, we were playing a Led Zep cover and I used it as a theremin.
What is it that you like about them?
Plasmasound is a fun tool and a new sort of instrument, and can produce some crazy sounds. Pitchlab is reliable and as a multi pitch screen, every note is displayed, you have 12 tuners! very useful for open tuning on guitar.
What other software are you using and why do you like them?
I often use Reaper and Cubase. Both are big daws and complete production systems. I think all big daws offer the same, it's just a matter of workflow.
I also tried Reason, Live, FL studio, and recently Mulab: I was impressed by this one and buyed Mux, the modular part of Mulab, as a VST synth/fx. I like to tweak and build my own FX chains. I even made plug-ins with Synthedit: You can find some for free on my Skalooper site.
I also use Addictive Drums (VST), connected to my Roland TD6 E-drum, and lots of freeware VST: some are really good. I remember a blind test in a guitar forum, where I fooled everyone with a free VST amp.
Any Hardware you would recommend and why?
All depend of your needs. For the Android side, I think its a good choice to have a midi keyboard. I know that Caustic don't allow real time recording and Android is not very good on latency, but things are going better, and we can expect reduced latency soon. So, a good little keyboard with some knobs and faders for those who need to tweak ;-).
I was able to connect my Korg NanoControl to my Acer 500, as well as a M-audio Keyboard with internal audio card. Yes, we can also connect USB audio interfaces to our devices! (try USB audiotester for compliance). It means reduced latency and more channels soon. For playing live with VST instruments or multitrack recordings, I rather choose a laptop for now.
I know that you are a musician- what is your main instrument?
I started a long time ago (I mean a really long time ;-) with violin, but I am known as a guitarist. I also like to play drums, bass, and keyboard. In fact, I can't see an instrument without trying it!
What does your musical life looks like?
I should say: all my life is based on music...
Actually, I spend most of my musical time in my studio, making records for bands or in collaboration as arranger with solo artists. I didn't made gigs with my band for 3 or 4 months, but I played for TV shows as guitarist. Most of the time, I follow the artists who worked with me on stage.
What is the music that you play the most with others?
Since last year, I played with 2 bands, one for the Funk/Jazz/Groove (Soul Power), the other (Covers) for the Pop/Rock/Blues side of my soul. Some years ago, in 2008, I made a Pink Floyd tribute with Covers, on a small island in South Pacific, with video screens and fireworks. This was really magic, and we had to do this again in 2009 and 2010. We also made a Jimi Hendrix tribute in 2010.
I want to try something different and mix some of my musical sides in one concept: This means adding electro stuff to my band and mix it with my bluesy guitar.
The song that you did- summer beach dub
do you feel that would have been done if you were living in a nordic country ?
Almost everybody here in New-Caledonia love reggae music, but I'm not a big fan.
In fact, I made several dubs in winter when I lived in Paris, during the 90's...No matter where you are, when the music catch you. I just try to decorate some space-time around me, no matter the style and the climate.
On the opposite side, it's rather difficult for me to play angry music now, like metal or urban rap. Maybe it's the "Pacific effect", maybe it's my state of mind now.
And another reason is that I started a set called "Seasons" on soundcloud, and I needed a summer theme, having already autumn and winter. Hum, seems that spring is a little late, this year...
Any tips on making music that you want to share to a budding producer / musician?
Learn to listen, and listen to all kind of music: from the birds singing in the trees to the weird indus-noisy electronics, including classical and ethnic music.
As a producer, always have a look (an ear) to the intention of the artist.
Understand the technical rules before to break them. And don't focus on gear. Gear don't make music, only sound. Sound don't make sense by itself, you have to give it sense and/or emotion.
Make your dream longer than the night.
Any tips for the Caustic users out there?
Be patient for the next update ;-)
Frank Malm interview with Skarabée
Link to Skarabée Soundcloud page:
Link to skarabées software page
Pitchlab guitar tuner
And as bonus a dub documentary. It is French but so is Skarabée so a big part is in French..
the elusive Pixilang-
well at least for me as my programming skills are about minus something zero.
But this seems quite easy to do even for someone like me...
Video Tutorial by Brian Muramatsu Second video also by Brian Muramatsu as a further demonstration of what can be done and finally music by Mr Nightradio himself.
So with great pleasure here is the first entries for the second contest and its all good.
Think that it is hard to say after hearing these entries that it is not possible to do serious music with your Android device.
Also which is interesting is that here is two developers representing-
G-Stomper and Binaura-
Binaura have released three applications all three for free and they have really nice interfaces, even though they are limited in use they sound nice
and Flux being represented here is something that don't have much variety in sound but the sound that it does produce is very interesting and nice-
it is white noise being filtered and manipulated with beutiful black and white graphics flowing in time with the music and below you can hear it in action...
The G-stomper contribution is the new Demo for the latest version of G-stomper.
Also interesting is the Pan65 contribution as he is using five Subsynth modules and one drumachine in Caustic, so no samples, so you get a pretty good demonstration of what the Subsynth can do!
Time to take a listen:
Made with Flux
Made with Caustic
Made with SunVox by two brothers
Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/zachary-pullam
Made with Caustic- Using just Subsynth modules and the drum machine
So here is a contribution and a demonstration of the latest G-stomper Beat Studio
Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/planethcom
So this must be a god sent for a lot of drummers and for studio work-
Also for getting your own drum tracks tight in your home productions as drum sounds don't respond to well to normal tuners.
Free and you can tune each lug head on your drum,
if I was a drummer I would willingly pay for something like this!
Wrote about this application before and was commenting that the only thing missing in this app was a scale function- well now it has that too and being for free it really is a must for any guitar player or even for any other musician as it comes with a lot of functions, amongst others a good tuner.
So the only thing missing to make this complete for this type of app is more scales but am sure that this will come very soon. Also something that the application Chord have that smart chords dont have is a piano keyboard that highlights the chords/scales...
Smart Chords and tools
Was on my agenda to write something about this here slightly quirky personal and very good looking Synthesizer/Sequencer/Drum machine.
Had it now for close to half a year and always feel that it will be used for it's distinct sound, but so far that have not happened
and just because it haven't got used in depth by me yet,
maybe you will after seeing this video that shows off the capabilities better than any review by me would do!
So just posting description straight from the Playstore:
LIVKONTROL aims to deliver the best possible experience controlling Ableton Live remotely.Boasting an extremely simple yet functional design, all the main control features are at a distance of a finger. Alternative application views are toggled via multitouch gestures for a even simpler usage experience.
LIVKONTROL is also considered by users as the easier and most responsive Ableton Live remote controller for mobile devices due to it's plug & play connection to Ableton Live, using LKBRIDGE.
- Remotely control your Live session
- Easy to set up
- Scrollable viewport for full scene access
- Scene launch buttons with scene name
- Clips reflect color, name, play status and position
- 8 MIDI sliders for custom MIDI assignment
- Mute, stop, solo and arm tracks
- Control track volumes and pan easily in a and space saving format
- Interface lock feature
- Song play, stop, record and tempo control
- Metronome control
- Tempo tap up and down
- Quantization selection
In order to use LIVKONTROL, it is necessary to download and install LKBRIDGE, the required connection software. Windows and Mac OSX version are available. Always ensure you use the latest version of LKBRIDGE, free to download at www.livkontrol.com/downloads.
For further information visit:
Audio on Android have an interview with Scott Fisher from Image Line here:
So Gilzad have updated this metamodule for Sunvox so it works even better than before, some of the metamodules can be a bit process heavy just to take that into account if you are using a slower device...
Otherwise there is always a shock how efficient SunVox is on slower devices,
it is truly a small marvel to behold!
Also updated the whole packet of metamodules with the new Multiband Limiter for your downloading pleasure here:
Gilzad's newly started Youtube channel:
For all your recording needs!
Don't be limited to four tracks and one or two effects
go and get a full multi track experience with track after track swimming in effects...
Audio Evolution Mobile
So now G-Stomper 2 will go under a new name
and that is as it should be as it now is flying bright new colors with it's new sequencer window.
Was using the new sequencer and must say that it is really fun to play with, so for you that have looked at G-Stomper before and thought that it was only for beat making or thought that it was too intimidating-
go and take another look-
because with the new sequencer it is getting really easy to program melodies and
fast tune your drums and change things around.
To not forget that it is so much more than a groovebox-
it is in fact also a mini Daw based around samples to.
Just really excited about this as it is so easy to use now
and it is a lot of fun as everything is built around real time.
And it will just get better as the next update planned will be coming with drumpads...
There will also be more G-Stomper here at Musical Android.
Updates in this version:
New Note Grid Sequencer: Matrix like 2-dimensional sequencer module to create melodies (in the Select View Menu)
New Auto-Complete Modulation: Set Key Steps and connect them automatically with a smooth movement (special thanks to Karl for the hint and his help)
Samples are now played when hitting the piano roll on running sequencer
Fixed an issue with the Android 4.2 SdCard mount path
Minor bugfix in the Note Step-By-Step record mode
Minor bugfix in the note shifting module
G-Stomper Beat Studio
Yes it is time to pull yourself together and send and feed Musical Android with some fresh musical vibes- you understand that the Android needs to dance on a regular basis and it is up to you provide him with the groove and the incentive!
So this time all applications as long as it is Android it will be accepted.You have to send the sound file and the files that you used for making the music.
One thing that will be frowned upon is extensive use of bought/pre-produced loop based music.
Also will point out that if you want to use vocals it is all good and even a small dosis of real instruments but keep it to no more than around 20% of the music and mix it in Audio Evolution or Audacity. No plugins or other PC/Linux/Mac music software.
The idea is of course to see how far we can push the Android envelope!
What got noticed during the first contest was that some files got bigger than what is allowed to send through email, so instead you can send a link to where it is possible to download the files...
Also to remember that Skarabee that won the first contest is not an indication of a style of music that is predominant in the taste of the judges-
The Judges will be the same five musicians/producers as in the first contest and all of them have a very varied musical taste...
First prize will be as seen a square that you design like the one you see here with Skarabee clickable and with a soundplayer with your contribution and a publicity spot in the sliding banner on top also clickable to where you want plus a permanent page under contest music.
(Right now Skarabee don't have one, but it will be very soon...)
Last two weeks Musical Android had around 500 unique visitors a day, so that means you will have your publicity seen around 15000 times and listened to by anyone curious it could also be more as the website is growing week by week...
So send your contributions to:
Audio Evolution Mobile
Just saw this through palmsounds.net and havent tried it...
But it is for free and it looks interesting.
So after endless deliberations, fist fights and sleepless nights
me and my four co-judges decided to give the first prize to Skarabee for the composition and production.
There will be an interview in a week or two but here is a short introduction that
Hello, I live in New-Caledonia, south Pacific, i'm a french musician, playing guitar, bass and drums. I love composing with Caustic and making my own sounds. This track was made to experiment with some ideas and produce a whole song inside Caustic.
the tropics the palm trees the beach-
Hmm wonder where he came up with the inspiration for this song ?
To listen to Skarabee's Soundcloud page click the Skarabee square
or the sliding banner with the Skarabee Studio image...
To get music software that he created and that is for free Go here-
It is maybe a little bit weird that not something electronic won but as the song is soo nice and the production is good what choice is there?
There was some other competing songs fighting for the honour and they can be listened to under the heading "Contest Music"-
Most of them made with Caustic, so whaassup!
I know for a fact that there is a lot of good music made with other applications-
Listen to it all the time on the respective soundcloud pages etc.
So for the next round of the competition please feed the Musical Android a more varied plate of application flavor!
Also the next round will allow all applications to be used-
last time there was a worry that some applications would lead to pre-packaged loop construction, and yes that will be frowned upon. But also realize that it is possible to do good music with more loop based apps as SPC Music Sketchpad and Re-Loop without using just pre-packed loops... soooo lets see what happens.
Monday is the next announcement with some small changes...
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