And…..Done. Final Blog Post

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It’s hard to believe I’ve been running my blog for 6 years now, even more difficult to believe that I’ve done 282 posts in that time period.  But, as they say, all good things must come to an end, and I’ve decided that now is a good time for me to step away from the blog and focus on other avenues for sharing my views on creativity and audio production.

It’s been really enjoyable talking to everyone and sharing your views on how you approach all the struggles and joys of writing music.  I can’t thank everyone enough for all the insightful comments, indepth replies, and most especially for all the donations you’ve made to help make all this possible.

As a way of saying thanks one final time, I’ve collected all of the best blog posts into one document, which you can download here:


The zip file contains both PDF and epub versions of the document so you can view it on any of your devices.  I’ve made a few changes here in there in the text to update my recommendations on gear, and make it easier to read all of the posts front to back.

Thanks again everyone!

Whitefalls – Novation Circuit Jam


Whitefalls Mini Live Set <- Audio Link <- Video Link to YouTube

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately playing with my new Novation Circuit, and I have to say I’m still really impressed with it.  Finally managed to record something too, a little mini test of how I might play live with just the Circuit.  This is more a proof of concept than an actual performance, I just wanted to see if this way of working is something I want to pursue more of in the future.

Since there’s no way to copy synths and their patterns from one Session to another on the Circuit, I instead ended up writing the set linearly.  That is, I start with one Session, get it sounding the way I like, then copy it to a new part.  From here I replace one of the synths with a new sound (and patterns) and make some slight tweaks to the drums for variety.  Then I copy this one to the next Session, replace the first synth sound, tweak some drums, rinse and repeat.

This gives me enough flexibility to tweak things during the set, and makes sure that transitions from one Session to the next aren’t too abrupdt.  Of course the downside is that you have to play all your songs in the same order every time too, otherwise the transitions don’t work.  Oh well, it’s not a huge deal for me and I have a feeling that I’ll likely be pairing the Circuit with something else anyway soon.

Enjoy the music, and I’ll write some more long-term thoughts about the Circuit once I’ve had a couple more weeks with it.

Peace and beats,

Novation Circuit Review

My newest bit of kit came last week, the Novation Circuit.  I sat down and did a video review, and a quick walkthrough of the features and sounds you can expect from it.  There’s also an overview of the new editor for the synths from the folks at Isotonik Studios.  The synth in Circuit is deep!

Sit back, enjoy, and post here if you have any questions not covered in the review!