On The Road: Portable Power Options For Synthesizers & Electronic Instruments

In March of 2019 I decided to write an article on portable power options for synthesizers. I was interested in finding something for my own system, but I also found it to be a confusing thing to research. Naturally this made it a perfect topic for an article. You can view the article here: https://ask.audio/articles/on-the-road-portable-power-options-for-synthesizers-electronic-instruments

While writing this article, I also started my Modular By Nature Youtube series. In these videos, I use my eurorack synthesizer to process the sounds of the environment in real-time to produce a piece of music. In most of these videos I’m using some kind of portable power pack to power my synth as well as a preamp for the shotgun mic.

Portable power is an area where the technology is evolving very quickly, so there’s bound to be new options available since I wrote the article. I’d love to hear of any new alternatives that you have come across to power your gear, or just hear about how you use synths in a portable setting!

Koma Field Kit & Field Kit FX vs Custom Field Recording Modular Rig

When I first heard about the Koma Field Kit, I was pretty excited because it’s right up my alley. I made my own eurorack system for processing field recordings, and this little box was made for capturing and mangling found sound type sources. Naturally I was curious how this little guy would compare to my system. You can read how it turned out here: https://ask.audio/articles/koma-field-kit-field-kit-fx-vs-custom-field-recording-modular-rig

Belizean Heat Out Now!

I’m excited to share my latest album, Belizean Heat! It features nine songs that are each built around field recordings gathered during a short visit to Belize I took in 2015. If you listen closely, you’ll hear birds, crickets, underwater reef crackling, and a persnickety naval radio. One of my favourite recordings was of a massive colony of grackles. Continue reading “Belizean Heat Out Now!”

Warming the Winter With Belizean Heat

At long last I’m excited to say that I can start sharing Belizean Heat, the follow up to Sonidos de Cuba! I’m really pleased with how this album turned out. It’s quite eclectic, stylistically spanning from ambient and downtempo to progressive house and synthwave, but manages to be cohesive as a whole. It features a wide array of acoustic and electronic instruments, including trumpet, trombone, melodica, xaphoon, shakers, hand percussion, electric guitar and bass, Sonic Forest, Arturia MicroBrute, Elektron Octatrack Analog Four and RYTM, MFB Kraftzwerg, Dave Smith Poly Evolver, Novation Nova, and modular synthesizer. Continue reading “Warming the Winter With Belizean Heat”

Belizean Heat

Arrival at Caye CaulkerIn February, my wife and I visited Belize for 10 days . We managed to see a fair bit of the diverse and beautiful country with a few days in Caye Caulker, some time in the jungle, a night in Hopkins, a stay on a mangrove island, and a stop in Placencia before heading home. It’s a fairly small country, but it has a wealth of wildlife with a number of ecological reserves on land and sea. Naturally I brought my H4N portable recorder and Rode NTG3 shotgun microphone, but this time I brought along a JRF Hydrophone and a pair of Roland CS10EM binaural earbuds. Continue reading “Belizean Heat”