Just completed and released, “Strut Strange” will be available on Spotify and many other streams and purchase opportunities within two weeks.
“Strut Strange” began as an experiment to learn some new plugins in my software synthesizer of choice VCV Rack. As happens so often, it evolved into music that I liked and that I hope you will like also.
I just created a tutorial about using a software app for midi control with VCV Rack.
TouchOSC is an app available for iPhone, iPad, any Android device. I have used it on Android on both my phone and my tablet. You can buy it for a small price at the Apple App Store or at Google Play Store. It requires a software bridge on your computer to communicate to other software. The Bridge and an editor for layouts are available for download at the publisher’s website https://hexler.net/products/touchosc. That site also has a lot of documentation on using the tool and creating your own layouts.
As you probably already know, VCV Rack has become my tool of choice for creating electronic music. One problem that I have is that, when a patch get large, I find myself zooming in and out a lot to find controls on modules that I want to tweak. If I hook the most used controls to TouchOSC on my Android tablet or phone, I can tweak them without even seeing them on the screen!
An interesting thing to me is that I have done a number of turorials using direct screen capture on my Windows machine. Never before have I attempted to merge and edit a direct screen capture with a live camera video. I had to redo things many times to get it right.
As I have published here before, I have really enjoyed producing music using the VCV Rack software (open-source virtual modular synthesizer).
A couple of days ago, VCV Rack finally left beta testing and became full production software. I have been waiting eagerly for this, so, the very first day it was available, I installed it. My first trial of it on that first day is below.
I found the usage better, easier and the computer efficiency better. The graphics and audio appear to have improved as well.
I have created two pieces of music since my last blog post.
As usual, these resulted from experimenting with new plugins in VCV Rack.
The first is a piece that I am very proud of. It has gotten good feedback from both musicians and public. My goal was to produce a good piece with minimal plugins. It evolved into something pretty striking, I think.
The next piece, I just uploaded today. Again learning plugins that were new to me plus adding in some vocals which I had not done in VCV Rack. It’s interesting. See what you think.
It moves along pretty well!
Happy Holidays to all and may we all have the best possible outcomes.