All DAWs suck!!

What is it with all these DAWs? They all suck in some way, usually it is some sort of strange limitation or crappy interface and crazy workflow. But mostly all DAWs have a real problem with performance, they all crap out when you really don’t want them to, throwing glitches and weird issues talking to the audio interface at random times and in random ways.

I have just spent weeks learning about Reaper and setting up a Live mixing environment which I really started to enjoy. Then…BANG!! Reaper just completely shit itself and only produces a glitchy, noisey and obviously failed output. A total failure that I can’t pin-point as yet no matter how many times I reboot everything. It simply just failed and I don’t know why.

So, I go back to Ableton 8 and everything is fine. I replicated the Live mixing environment I had created in Reaper and after a few hours it didn’t glitch or fail in any way. Until tomorrow of course, as always, I will fire-up everything and sure as shit it will also fail and I will then try Reaper again and find it will be ok until the next freak out.

WHY??!!

Slate Digital

In the process of creating my latest set I stumbled across a real breakthrough process in tuning my final sound. I was made aware of the Slate Digital crew (www.slatedigital.com) and their collection of Plugins used for a variety of sound crafting processes. Like most people, I was dubious of the claims being made about how good these plugins are and so I stepped cautiously into an investigation about the Slate Digital products. After trying out the Slate Digital ‘Everything Bundle’ for a week now all I can say is WOW! I am genuinely surprised by just how good these plugins are and how they do exactly as the hype suggests. A very remarkable outcome in this day and age of over-hyped garbage trying to pass itself off as top shelf product.

I have also spent most of my time over the last 2 weeks learning how to setup Reaper DAW so that I can create my own custom Live mixing environment. I am very happy with the results I am getting from Reaper so far and find that it is very stable on my 2013 MacBook Air and doesn’t lean on the CPU as hard as Ableton did. I also like the attitude of the Cuckos crew who are behind Reaper and feel more inclined to support them because of their more efficient and realistic business approach.

When I started adding the Slate Digital plugins to my outboard channels, coming in from a variety of hardware drum machines and samplers, I was surprised by just how efficient everything was running. I cringed overtime I added another plugin to a channel and was then relieved as everything kept running smoothly. I watched as the CPU load rose to about 20-25% after adding all of my plugins to each channel and send FX bus (4 x send effects). I jumped back into my version of Ableton 8 Suite and replicated the same setup that I had in Reaper and watched the CPU load rise to 45-50% and crush my poor old MacBook Air. An exercise further supporting my new direction of working with Reaper and walking away from Ableton.

As for the effect of the Slate Digital plugins themselves, well what a great surprise to hear the difference they make to my sound!! Sure you have to know what you are doing in terms of EQ and Dynamic processing etc but when you do the difference is remarkable. I am very happy to have taken the leap and purchased the Slate ‘Everything Bundle’ and will certainly be sticking to using these plugins as the foundation of my Live sound.

I am hoping to do a video soon to show how I setup Reaper for my Live mixing environment. I will also do an update post on what happened to my iPad pathway and why that didn’t work out as I had hoped.

Creating a new set.

Sorry I have been absent again. I am deep into this years Live Set and even though I have felt the urge to write something a few times I just didn’t reach a point where it felt necessary.

It’s a strange process that I go through to create a set or maybe I should call it a musical journal entry? I am always thinking about where to go next with music and the process sits with me constantly and I have noticed that it reaches a point of breakthrough and it all pours out of me quite quickly in the end.

I see from my previous writings that I started the year off using the iPad as my mixer and feeding the machines through that. I really did dive into the iPad, but, in the end when I started to load up the iPad with the necessary FX and channels I needed it fell over. The iPad I have, an iPad Air (series 1), is ok until a point where I had to make sure I rebooted it before I started any music work. This was not going to work for me in the long run.

So I went back to Ableton (version 8) as I knew it well and I knew it would suit the task, but, it also started to play up. After dragging the Korg Zero 8 mixer out of the box and started to build a mixing environment for my Live set I found that I started to get the same little performance issues that I had seen in the past. So why didn’t I upgrade Ableton 8 to version 9? Well it comes down to money, like everything else and I just couldn’t justify spending over $200 to upgrade Ableton. I could buy a new Korg Volca for that money and another machine is worth far more to me than software ever will be. Software for the mixer environment is a nice touch to my live set but it is not completely necessary.

Then I found out about Reaper by Cockos (http://www.reaper.fm/index.php) and all I can say is WOW!! I have spent a week so far trying it out and I am very impressed with how efficient this software runs and the much lower the CPU load is when I start loading it up. I am really really impressed!! I have started to build a new mixer environment and so far I have not had any issues at all. I am using a 2013 MacBook Air and my Korg Zero 8 mixer (in MIDI mode to control Reaper) and feed all my machines into it all and mix away.

I have finally been able to spend some time to polish off the tracks I have built on each machine and it is sure sounding good so far. I might actually do a video soon as a sample.

I have also spent a lot of time focussing on how to engineer my sound better and I came across a bunch of really good videos from Graham Cochrane at RecordingRevolution.com which have helped me get a better handle on EQ and sound reproduction/recording. So far I am very happy with applying what I have learnt and I can tell I am heading in the right direction for sure. I hope to lay down some recording samples soon and then try them out on different systems to see if I have improved. The main hurdle I have had in the past stems from my monitoring process I think. I would sit in the studio and record something, played Live, which sounded good at the time but when I played it back on there systems it sounded really hollow for some reason. I think it was too much of a difference between what I was listening to and what was being recorded.

I hope I cracked it this time :-)

SWISSINDO – The elephant in the room.

You can be sure that those few left in positions of power are doing everything they can to avoid talking about the elephant in the room, SWISSINDO. From my perspective right now, as I scour the increased chaotic news feeds, it has become clear to me that a lot of people are chasing their tails trying to figure out the daily drop of whistleblower testimonies and disclosures that many are missing what are actually tangible and effective events.

Sure there are some amazing events unfolding that are blowing the curtains wide open at all levels for some people. Those people who are looking for answers to why this world is so messed up may be finding it easier to discover the level of corruption that rules this world. But those who are claiming to be Alt-media or New-age are still falling for the same old honey pots set up to keep them busy. They dig through endless dead ends and obvious trip wires of disinformation and distraction while the actual real tangible events and actions continue on around them.

So I claim that SWISSINDO is one such entity that is actually doing some real and tangible moves to improve life on this planet and yet many do not see it or choose to believe the disinformation campaigns that dilute SWISSINDO into some sort of scam. The facts are there for all to see now and with more actions each day that are pushing closer to a liberation of this planet that is truly mind-blowing! So while folks prefer to prance around and claim that Antarctica or Pizzagate or some other flavour of the day dribble is going to be a remarkable breakthrough for people, SWISSINDO is working away in front of everyone and making serious moves to liberate the planet and move us away from slavery forever.

The facts that are on the table, for all to see, are actions that have always been clearly broadcast by SWISSINDO with regards to bringing down the old funny-money debt slavery system. This debt slavery system is the foundation for all the worlds problems as it concentrates power into a few hands that wield ultimate control over us all and all life on this planet. All wars are designed by this slavery system to maintain control and power over all life. Everything is hinged on this funny-money system of fiat debt based money and the associated corporate systems and legalities that are used to enforce such a system.

As it stands now, SWISSINDO is making moves to end the corrupt old control system. The famous funds that everyone scoffs at are moving into accounts and becoming ready for distribution. In Indonesia, the Media, Military and Police are publicly expressing support for SWISSINDO and many prime banks are on board and ready to carry out the first actions that will begin a new chapter for life on this planet. All previous challengers to SWISSINDO have left the table now and all that they can do is try and hide the facts and contain such actions within Indonesia so that folks outside don’t see the truth of what is really going on. You can be sure that those few left in positions of power are doing everything they can to avoid talking about the elephant in the room, SWISSINDO.

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SWISSINDO Debt Liberation & Universal Basic Income

Even when presented with actual facts and proof most people still choose to ignore or discredit SWISSINDO and it’s mission to offer Debt Liberation and a Basic Income for all people along with other associated benefits. For a full coverage please take a look at the Official SWISSINDO website here.

It is obvious to most that the current financial system that is underpinning the world markets and currencies is broken and corrupt. More and more evidence is being presented every day now that uncovers a tremendous level of corruption in every country that is strongly against Universal Human Rights and this planet. The fact remains that SWISSINDO is presenting a solution and has so far been ignored or avoided by most world leaders and associated corporate entities. Why is this the case? What are they scared of?

If we accept that the entity called SWISSINDO WORLD TRUST INTERNATIONAL ORBIT, and all it’s associated components, are legal, lawful & legitimate as has been proven time and time again at every challenge, why has the offer being made by SWISSINDO being ignored and avoided? Why is the first reaction by most people to say, “Oh that is a scam!” or “That cannot possibly be true!”

What proof do people need in order to accept the actions that SWISSINDO are currently carrying out across the world? Many have said, “Show me the money and I will believe it” or “Why isn’t this on TV or in the News?”.

Present exposure of the Mainstream Media and it’s blatant corrupt nature of spreading propaganda and false news stories that support the nefarious agendas of special interest groups (Stakeholders/Shareholders) would explain why you don’t see this in the News. A self evident fact given the open disclosure of just how corrupt the Mainstream Media has become. Within the Indonesian Media there are only just now stories that are presenting valid information to the world about who and what SWISSINDO is. This has taken time and was purposefully blocked for many previous attempts. Who blocked it and why?

So the big question; Where is the money?

Well what is even more self evident is the level of corruption within the banking and financial system that is all conveniently wrapped up within a corporatised political system. A well known fact is that our whole world is run as a corporation that is supported by a private banking system passing itself off as a sovereign system that is there for the people as originally idealised.

What has been presented by SWISSINDO, in a bold and transparent action, has been the revealing of hidden accounts within the banking system that contain funds that were originally intended to support humanity through the application of government services. Not many people know about these accounts and this has been a bit of a problem for any legitimate attempt to release these funds for their originally intended purpose. Of course many scammers have tried to force the release of these funds in a variety of ways and even a few small successful theft operations have been carried out over the years. It is easy to see that the release of these funds into a corrupt banking system would promptly see these funds disappear into someones pocket or War-Chest and never actually have any beneficial affect for humanity and life on this planet. A previous attempt to release these funds was carried out by JFK and Soekarno and we see what happened there! A major factor for the failure of the attempt was to try and keep this mission hidden rather than go Open-Source and expose the mission so that it makes it harder to avoid or stop the carrying out this mission. This is why folks like me, everyday folks, became involved and were briefed on information and events that would never be seen outside of core banking or governmental services.

Currently it is known for sure that the money is there but it has been a delicate and strategic operation to get it released in a way that avoids theft of the funds or harm to humanity and life on this planet. The execution of a variety of actions has seen the funds be put within reach of any person or country if genuine intent and conditions are met. Given the level of corruption in the world this has delayed the release of the funds many times over the last 4 years that I have witnessed. To help understand the complexity of the situation you need to consider that SWISSINDO is a sovereign entity with no ties to any corporate entity in a way that allows it to force the release of the funds onto anyone or any country. Even though SWISSINDO is protected under the highest laws and holds agreements with certain entities it cannot force anything. This is an important situation to understand.

That is all for now. I realise that this article may present a challenge to those of us who are not aware of the level and scope of corruption in the world and why everything is essentially wrong and out of balance. That is fine, take what you need and the rest will become clear during the course of this year and onwards.

Blog hacked

Well I did expect some troll traffic once I started talking about Swissindo so it’s no surprise that this blog got hacked last night.

I actually want to thank the hacker for highlighting the fact that there were some long overdue updates and tweaks to security for this WordPress site. The updates have since been done by Shelle and of course I had to update passwords and other settings.

It was an unusual hack because they only just changed the title for one of my posts and did not do anything overly malicious or annoying. Seemed to be happy to let me know that the hack was carried out and that was it. Once again I thank whoever it was for being so thoughtful.

I don’t hold any ill feelings towards hackers and see the process of hacking an obvious result of the digital age. Maybe hackers are the “white-blood cells” of the digital age in some way? I see that hackers have sure helped to expose the nefarious activities of those who prey on humanity; tips hat to WikiLeaks and others of this type.

I also loved the TV Series called Mr Robot ;-)

Why I will move to the iPad for music creativity in 2017.

I have not purchased any hardware machines for over 10 years now and it looks like I won’t be purchasing anything this year either. I am just not impressed with any of the latest hardware that is available or for the last 5 years. All I see is strange limitations in design that leave me shaking my head as to why such limitations exist. While I watch the iOS environment grow and move into areas that eclipse hardware in many new ways. It is clear to me that it is a better pathway to purchase a couple of iPads and controllers and build my own unique Live environment for playing music. It is far cheaper this way and also better support as well as innovation.

I have always used hardware synth, samplers and drum machines for creating and playing Techno live on stage. I have always been happy to work around the limitations on hardware equipment and much of these limitations were perhaps mitigated by the perception of playing a bunch of hardware on stage; the “cool” factor I guess. At the moment I find that I would like to upgrade my current music setup and as I look around at what is on offer in terms of hardware I am finding that I am just not that impressed by what is available at the moment. The gear is either made on a cheap price point (Korg Volca) or extremely overpriced (Elektron) but with very questionable limitations and support. I see too many “I wanna be the 909/808 replacement you have been waiting for” or “…I am analog and so I am cool now”. I was really ready to get into the Elektron sand-pit but after reading the horror stories I simply cannot part with that much cash for something that has questionable UI or support.

So I am finding that I keep coming back to the iPad/iOS environment and see that this realm has a much brighter future due to the nature of the operating systems and hardware foundations. If I look at the latest Akai MPC X I see an iPad with a midi controller but with just one app installed. So why don’t I build my own iOS version of the MPC X using an iPad, midi controller, audio sound card and hundreds of potential apps?

This is what I am going to do. I have used an iPad, LaunchControlXL and AUM to create my dream mixer environment that is unique and in constant improvement, so, now I will replace each of my machines with an iPad and create my own Electribe, Octatrack, Rytm or MPC X. I figure that for the cost of just the MPC X I can build two iPad “machines”. Just the thought of using an iPad and Korg Gadget along with a controller would blow away any hardware currently available.

My new approach to music creativity using iPad/iOS

I recently set myself the challenge to work out how I would use the iPad or iOS environment to create and play music Live. I have always used hardware machines to create and play Techno (EDM or whatever you want to call it) after my initial exposure to electronic music back in the late 90s. I was never interested in being a DJ or even using a DAW to create and produce a track. I am really only interested in playing Live and surfing through sound waves, tripping over happy accidents along the way. So how could I use the iOS environment to do a similar process?

I started by trying to replicate what I was already doing with hardware machines. This sort of worked but it did not even get close to having everything always available like you get with dedicated hardware. I have got used to the Korg Electribes and how easy they are to use in a Live situation, I can tweak and adjust any sound very quickly. If I wanted to take a track and strip it down to be more ‘minimal’ I could do this on the fly very easily with hardware. I found that I could not do this as easily when using the iPad environment.

I love the apps that are coming out for iOS that are ‘Drum Machines’ or Synth or even Samplers. Love Patterning, DM2, iSpark and iElectribe along with others. I even tried the Korg iElectribe, but I just can’t accept using the touch screen interface for playing live. It is too hard to make adjustments to knobs or sliders in an accurate way through the touch interface. I even tried to midi-map some controls but this was a major limitation as well. I could not create a setup that allowed me the same ability that real hardware can provide. With midi-mapping controls from one app was fine, if I wanted to map another app at the same time with the same controller then it was not practical at all. So unless I bought a few iPads and dedicated them to just playing one ‘machine’ app at a time and mapped individually to seperate controllers I could not really create a good live environment with just one iPad.

Or could I…??

Although I could buy a seperate iPad and controller for each iOS ‘machine’ and use that as my live setup, was this the best way to go? Was this method really using the strength of what the iPad/iOS environment is really offering? Was replicating hardware the best possible path to go when using iOS? After experimenting with trying to setup an iOS version of my current hardware environment I had to stop and redress my original intent. I was very happy with AUM and how I could route my hardware into the iOS environment and create my own customised mixing environment but if I wanted to move away from my hardware machines, how could I do this?

After a while it became clear that I was probably heading in the wrong direction here. I looked at the apps that I have accumulated on iOS and found that I have plenty of FX apps that I use in AUM, a couple of ‘Drum Machine’ type apps, a few Synth apps and I saw I had heaps of really unusual experimental sample type apps like Sector, Samplr, iDensity and Borderlands and more. Then it dawned on me that perhaps I should look at how I can use these more experimental apps to create a completely new direction in music creativity. A direction that plays to the strengths of iOS and the direction it wants to go in rather than reinventing the wheel and just trying to create crappy virtual hardware.

So this is what I will do in 2017.

I will still always play my hardware machines and I am still going to collect the rest of the Korg Volca range and grab a Korg Monologue as well. But for something new and different I will mess around with the iOS sandpit and see if I can find a new direction or flavour of sound waves to surf.

 

Stop dwelling in the past.

My last post was a bit crunchy and I fell back into my old habit of complaining about crap that is not really necessary at this time. So I slapped myself up the back of the head and have to focus on what is happening NOW and not rant about crap in the past so much.

So much is happening now! It has become very obvious that disclosure is has exploded at every level and the truth is powering through any and all attempts to cover it up. From the most recent “Fake News” debacle through to significant exposure of the dark forces that have been running the world for far too long. Some really ugly stuff flying around now and also some really obviously stupid moves being made by a bunch of banksters and their lap-dog politicians as they try to stop the runaway conditions that will result in truth and the world becoming a better place.

My next posts will be more about what is happening within UN Swissindo as well as a variety of disclosure topics. Just adding weight to the truth wave that is crashing through the world.

Why, how Swissindo?

Just wanted to feed a few ideas as to why and how I got involved with Swissindo. It has been really difficult to talk about Swissindo within my social circles and family unit. In countries outside of Australia it seems to be more acceptable yet here in Australia there are many things that are not accepted due to a significantly naive and brain-washed population.

For me it was easy to understand and accept Swissindo because I was already looking for answers as to why our society was so fucked up. I am never one to just say, “Oh it’s always been like that”. I have always researched heavily into why I always felt we were slaves that are chained to a vicious cycle of debt and a pseudo-democracy. It just never made sense to me that you would spend your life as a slave just to aim for this magical retirement nest-egg and chase some false sense of achievement sold to you by huge corporate banking and political cartels.

So in my exploration for answers I stumbled into the UN Swissindo (UNS) mission. At first I did have a few moments where I was wondering if this mission wasn’t some sort of cult or bizarre hoax, but, something kept on holding my interest enough for me to stick with it and see where it went. I felt that I could at least hold it at arms length and see how things unfolded without getting into harm. At no stage was anything asked of me that felt wrong or typical of some sort of psycho-cult operation. Working with large corporations felt more like a cult to me than UNS ever has.

To this day I am still involved with the UN Swissindo mission and have developed an understanding of the mission in a way that I can be sure of and stand firmly on its goals and success.

The one thing that I think throws a lot of “Westerners” off with UNS is the spiritual content and history that underlies every aspect of this mission. A couple of key examples would be the correlation between JFK, Sukarno and the original mission, Operation Heavy Freedom, that is fundamental to the UNS mission. Then there is the huge sums of money/collateral/assets that sit in accounts in just about every bank in the world that are associated with this mission. Most people just don’t believe this to be true. Another hurdle that trips many people up is the history of the UN and how it is connected to Sukarno and that he was the very first Sec.Gen of the UN and how this all got hijacked and corrupted into what we see today. There are many hurdles to overcome in order to understand this mission. I feel that a big part of being this mission is the ability to research, comprehend and adjust to a huge amount of information that is contrary to what we are taught.

As this mission starts to make its way into the public view I will really try to write some more about my involvement and what this mission is all about. I do realise that I should have been writing all this down a long time ago but life just gets in the way and I also felt it was a bit unnecessary to say anything.

Check out more info and current updates at www.swissindo.news