Launchpad Jam Session 2016-06-05

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-06-05T15:23:13+02:00

I recorded a jam session using a Volca Bass, a Volca Keys, a Streichfett, 2 Launchpads, u-he ACE and Bitwig Studio. I learned that I need to place my camera very carefully when recording these sessions to prevent my neon-lights or the launchpad led repeat frequency to interact with my camera. And I learned that a DSLR is very unforgiving to dust on a synth :-)

Launchpad Session June 05

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Getting Better - New Song

Nikolaus Gradwohl2015-07-10T07:31:04+02:00

This song developed out of a "chord-progression-kung-fu" practice session. Recorded and mixed in bitwigstudio

getting better

new song - Sadness

Nikolaus Gradwohl2015-07-01T07:32:15+02:00

I made a slightly dark ambient track recorded made with bitwig, my volca keys and some veeeery stretched shaker samples

sadness

Volca Live Jam

Nikolaus Gradwohl2015-06-04T10:27:47+02:00

I recorded a live jam with my 4 volcas last weekend. Everything recorded in one take, no effects, no post processing, just raw analog synth stuff

volca sample live jam - bebeebe

Nikolaus Gradwohl2015-02-06T06:27:24+01:00

A video of a short live jam using the volca sample

volca sample

Uploading sounds to the Volca Sample on the Commandline

Nikolaus Gradwohl2015-02-03T15:27:14+01:00

Korg released a SDK for the Volca Sample in november 2014. The SDK contains a bunch of libraries and header files to develop tools that comunicate with a Volca Sample. Besides all that it also contains an example program compiled for linux, macos and windows that can be used to upload samples to the Volca on the commandline.

Convert the sample you want to upload to a stereo, 16 bit, 31.25 kHz WAV-file using the sample editor of your choice (or convert it using sox)

download the volca sdk from their github repository (click on the source tab)

unzip the package and go to the example folder in the volca sdk. Enter the directory for your operating system (linux in my case)

now you can use the makesyro_gnulinux.sh script to convert the audio file and choose the slot on the Volca Sample

makesyro_gnulinux.sh -n 99 test.wav

connect the output of your soundcard to the sync-in socket of your Volca and start playing back the syro_stream.wav

the linux shell script also has an option to start the playback automatically

on macos or windows the provided scripts are a little less versatile that the linux version to change the sample or the slot to upload you have to edit the script and change the values in the header section of the file.

volca trio got a quartet

Nikolaus Gradwohl2015-01-30T16:15:48+01:00

my volca trio just turned into a volca quartet

I think I know what I will do this weekend :-)

volca quartet

volca sketch

Nikolaus Gradwohl2015-01-08T06:19:39+01:00

I've drawn a quick sketch of my volca synths while waiting for a download. Using black ink and Copic markers

volca synths

new Song - Gap Between Idea and Action

Nikolaus Gradwohl2015-01-07T05:28:54+01:00

This track evolved from a recorded volca bass jam session. Except for the bass line all synths are softsynths from bitwig-studio

gap between idea and action

Volca Jam 2014-12-12

Nikolaus Gradwohl2014-12-12T20:59:38+01:00

I recorded a new jam session using my volcas, my kaospad mini, bitwig-studio and my launchpad.

The bass sequence was created using the stepsequencer in bitwig and is played on the volca keys. (dont let your self fool by the name, the keys can make really awesome basslines)

The arpegios are created using the volca bass and the kaospad mini. I used the bitwig arpeggio note effect and enter the notes using the launchpad.

volca jam 2014-12-12

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