Gakken Activity – Feb. 24


A little activity on the Gakken facebook page. First, Gakken is happy to announce that two of their books, one on Vocaloid and the other on figure skating (I guess) have made it onto Amazon.co.jp’s Best Seller list.

Second there’s an announcement for the Vocaloid book, Singing Keyboard, Pocket Miku.

Finally, we have a craft fair event for the Petite Handmade felt animal kit.

Synth Tutorial, Part 8: Practical Example


Back in December, I decided to do a reading of Kory Merritt’s dark little poem, Corners. This is a practical example of using the Korg Kaossilator Pro’s vocoder function. The first step was to plug a decent microphone into the K-Pro’s “mike in” jack, adjust levels, and then find a program voice and gating/pitch setting on the k-pad that produced the effect I wanted. I also wanted some background noise, so I tweaked the PAiA Fatman to produce a bass beat with the two oscillators outputting slightly detuned squarewaves to get a beat frequency. I then ran both instruments into the Behringer mixer, and selected a mild reverb effect from the mixer’s FX options. I don’t have a recorder yet, so I just put my digital camera in front of the speakers and recorded everything as a video.

When I was done with the reading, I copied the movie file to my PC and used Audacity with a third-party plug-in to strip the audio track from the .mov file, and added a little more reverb and boosted the low frequency end with the equalizer functions. After that, I saved the results to a .wav and imported that into Windows Movie Maker to create the final video.

The vocoder step is what had the biggest impact on the entire process. I think the final product turned out ok. If you compare Corners with my other tutorial videos, my voice should be unrecognizable.

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Synth Tutorial, Part 7b: Korg Kaossilator Pro


Seventh in the series of video tutorials on synthesizers, looking at arpeggiating with the Kaossilator Pro in more detail.

Part 7b: Korg Kaossilator Pro

Synth Tutorial, Part 7a: Korg Kaossilator Pro


Seventh in the series of video tutorials on synthesizers, looking at the Kaossilator Pro in more detail.

Part 7a: Korg Kaossilator Pro

Synth Tutorial, Part 6: Fatman


Sixth in the series of video tutorials on synthesizers, looking at the PAiA Fatman in detail.

Part 6: Fatman