Update

For the 3 or so of you that read this, I apologize for the lack of content. I went and upgraded to Leopard after waiting a while and reading comments of people with my gear that weren’t having problems, even though I knew M-Audio hasn’t updated their FireWire drivers yet. Of course, I was not as lucky as some others… So I can’t really put out recordings of on-the-fly DJ mixes, as I can’t cue at the moment.

I am working on some non-DJ stuff more along the lines of live performance and live remixing with some actual hardware (keys, guitar, etc) but none of that is ready for public consumption yet. Soon I hope.

A few DC locals are starting a little something up that I hope pans out. Our first jam session/get together is tonight. I can’t wait!

Quickie Halloween Mix

Threw this together late last night. All tracks I hadn’t warped yet so the warping might be a little off in places, and I know the phrasing is off in two of the transitions due to one of my favorite things about psytrance — the tricky little beat-skip. Here it is anyway.
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Do Want! Adventures In Gear Lust

Korg padKONTROL

This has been out for a while, but I have been torn between the Korg padKONTROL and M-Audio’s Trigger Finger. I was looking at the Trigger Finger for DJing because it has faders and more assignable knobs… But now I’m thinking I can just keep using my UC-33 for levels and grab one of these for live drumming and sample triggering. It’s less knobs, but the ease of programming and the X-Y controls make it much more desirable to me.

Since I got into Ableton Live, I’ve really just been DJing with it, with some looping and effects and running more channels of audio than I was able to do with my traditional vinyl or CD setups. More and more though, I’m getting a little “bored” with just playing someone else’s music quite so much so I’m wanting to get more into production and live remixing again. I’m thinking the padKONTROL lends itself to that quite nicely. Would be great for live drumming, sample triggering and studio drum programming at the very least.

I just bought an Axiom 25 this summer to use as a main keyboard. It’s only 25 keys, but I’m really just getting started so I don’t need a full keyboard just yet. I could definitely use the X-Y controls and the nicer pads on the padKONTROL though. The Axiom 25 has pads, but they aren’t very nice.

Unfortunately though, all gear purchases are going to have to wait until after the holidays, which means I need to figure out how to get the pads on the Axiom to assign to another channel different from the keys. I’m pretty sure it does that… And maybe I can program my really old Kaoss Pad (I bought the first version, ages ago) to act as a simple X-Y control.

New Download: Live DJ Set from Beyond 10/03/2007

Hello again, folks!

I’ve rendered to audio my set at Beyond on 10/03/2007 and made it available for download here. Ableton Live is really handy that way. Instead of hauling around some sort of recording device, or having the laptop have to actually record audio as I’m playing, I can have it record my key presses, knob twists and fader movements and render the whole set out as audio. Makes it easy to tear down when you need to clear a small DJ booth, and makes your laptop less likely to crash and burn while recording your audio as wav directly onto the disc.
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I’m Playing this Wednesday @ Beyond!

Hey folks!

I’m playing from 8:00pm to 9:30pm at Beyond this Wednesday, October 3rd.

I’ll be playing a mixture of psydub, deep house, trip-hop, ambient, acid jazz, etc. The venue is awesome, with cheap appetizers and beer, and the vibe is really chill.

Hope to see you all there!

Progressive Psytrance Mix – Metanoia

Ok, so the mix isn’t new but the website is, so I’m calling the mix new to make things simple. This is my first full-length published mix made with Ableton Live. This is definitely more on the progressive end than the psytrance end of things, but there are psytrance elements and most of the artists are psytrance artists. It starts off very mellow and ramps up to some more full-on stuff at the end. Some highlights for me are the first two Vibrasphere tracks, and then the X-Noise, Digitalis and Shuma tracks towards the end.

I hope you enjoy it, and if you’ve already enjoyed it I hope you enjoy it again!

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Coming Soon…

Pardon my dust while I launch a brand new ryptidemusic.com. I plan to post more material more frequently, including a podcast of short mixes of various styles at random intervals. This will be the place to be to find out about my upcoming events and what I’m up to, music-wise. For other stuff, keep checking out my personal blog at ryptide.com or my tumblelog, various sundries.

If you’re looking for some older mixes that were up here, sit tight. I will get those back up soon, and into a more reasonable structure amongst these pages.

Thanks!