10oo10k Monthly Mix – April 2015

Here’s #3 in the Steve Pottz 10oo10k Monthly Mix series.

10 of the best tracks (imho), trawled from the 10,000 (or so) techno tracks released every month on Beatport.

Loving that funky bass line from Uto Karem’s ‘Informatik’, and then there’s ‘Gangsta Groove’ by Miguel Bastida. Then everything gets a little darker, ending up ‘Old School’ by 3n70 D3rr1c0 (now there’s a memorable name!?) …. enjoy the techno.

10oo10k Monthly Mix – February

So here it is – the first 10oo10k Monthly Mix.

What is 10oo10k?  It stands for 10 out of 10,000.  Every month thousands of new tracks are released on BeatPort, around about 10,000 in the sounds that count: techno, tech house and deep house.

Every month, I am going to trawl through the releases and find the 10 tracks that hit that spot, and put them into a monthly mix.  10 carefully selected killer tracks served up every month for you.

So, here’s the first 10oo10k FEB15.  The mixing will get better (Set the bar low and soar right on over).

Enjoy.

Bunch of new tunes out there

Whew – the year is almost over.  My last music post on this site was August.

Well there’s a bunch of music I’ve put out since then which is all available for free download on SoundCloud.  SO get yourself over there and get yourself some.

September had a couple of new tracks – I am Nobody is a slow, deep slightly groovy number and 24 hour House is a bit more classic house.  Catch them here:

October kicks off with a track I wrote for the 2nd edition launch of a great magazine called YOKE Magazine, by a very talented woman Cynthia Sciberras.  Get it here.  Plus a few tracks playing with a number of influences.  Get them here:

5 new tracks in November. Check out my rework of It Don’t Mean a Thing.  That and the others are all here:

And of course you can go further back in time once you’re on my SoundCloud.  Let me know what you think…

Steve Pottz is available for Live Gigs

The time is right to be getting out and playing my music live.  I have built up a large repertoire of original tracks, all of which I perform live.   This is no ‘just press play’ live set, but resembles more a live jazz jam, with improvised keyboard lines and on-the-fly composing and arranging, resulting in a new, fresh sound every gig.

A sample of my live set can be viewed here:

Also, to hear additional original tracks, I have put together a collection of my more loungey tracks in a playlist here.

Of course, you can just browse any of my music on SoundCloud.

Email me for any booking interest.

Nano Studio for On-the-road Producing on iPad

Nano

I thought I’d make a note of my recent experience using Nano Studio while on the road.

At the beginning of the month I found myself holed up in a cabin in the Colorado mountains after crashing out on my snowboard and busting a rib.  I probably brought it on myself as I was complaining about how I was going to be able to keep up my target music production and have 2 weeks snowboarding.

So, there I was, with only an iPad on hand.  So I gave Nano Studio a whirl and was very pleasantly surprised by how versatile it is.  And it only costs $15 (that’s 4 coffees in Sydney).  An extra 5.49 gets you the additional 8 instruments for a total of 16.

Each instrument slot can be filled with either a 4×4 pad instrument (TRG-16), or a synth (Eden Synth).  Both of these can use samples, which come with the app, or you can load your own in via a computer interface or even just record your only on the fly.  The Eden synth can also use oscillator based synthesis or a mix. There’s no audio sequencing per se, but you can get quite creative using the TRG-16 and recording long phrases into each pad.  In my track below, the shaker was a modified salt cellar and the high percussion was an empty paper towel roll.

There’s a pile of effects you can add at various different points in the routing, and a serious amount of automation that can be recorded and sequenced.

I’m not going to do the functionality justice in this post, check it out here for the full blurb.

My results are the track Snow’din below.  I extracted wav stems to Cubase just for doing a mixdown (although the master straight from Nano Studio was pretty good).  I also extracted the midi parts to see how that worked (it’s seamless) for future reference, as I think I will be using this tool more in the future as a sketch pad, then extracting to Cubase or Ableton when back in the studio.