Mastering the Maschine

I have been having a bit of a play on a new piece of kit I purchased for the studio a while back called Native Instruments Maschine Studio. It’s a cool input device that is ideal for writing dance orientated tracks (although you can use it for anything you like). Some of the sounds in the thing are immense, especially the drum samples and bass synths – in fact it would take me a month to go through all the sounds available to me! Think of it as a synth without the keys – you have trigger pads instead.


I did actually buy it a while ago but not really had a massive need to use it in my music production so far but today I thought it was time to see what it can actually do. It was good not to have played around with it for a while as I started afresh and distanced myself from thinking of it as just another synth. Although the following track is not a musical masterpiece it is a good example of a soundtrack destined for an indie game developer.

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Sanity Bypass Album Giveaway - please donate to NOAH charity

Coming up to Christmas I often think of people less fortunate than you or me (please bear with me) and as I am not a rich person and continually live hand to mouth (but am happy enough) I can not afford to make big donations to charities so I have given 2 years of my life in writing an album called Safety Pin which I am giving away totally free in the hope that you can make a small donation to a local charity called NOAH in Bedfordshire which does a huge amount for the homeless.


The album was due to be released commercially on iTunes and had funding to do so but I have never been under any illusions that I would ever make any money or gain celebrity status from it – and that has never been the driving force behind writing it in the first place as some of you may already know. I have made the decision that if I give it away for free then I may be able to help this charity in some small way, even if it is just by making you aware that the charity exists. Any donations, or even just sharing this post with everyone you know on Facebook etc will make the whole thing worthwhile to me.

You can listen to Ground Zero, a track about the homeless right here.

UPDATE: The response so far has been good and people are making donations to NOAH