Live looping has always been something that I’ve tried to get to work seamlessly within MainStage, but have never quite figured out an easy way to control the functions with drum triggers and still have triggers open to actually play sounds … plus dealing with all of the glitches and latency issues with MS. Fortunately, there is now the Mandala Drums that allow me to trigger multiple sounds from one pad and I can control the stop/start/record functions on other triggers. There are still many things I would like to control simultaneously, but having the Mandala Drums in my setup opens up a lot more possibilities. Here is a recent experiment with a new template I set up in MainStage just using the Mandala Drums and a M-Audio mini keyboard.
Recently, I was working with my brother on some tones for one of my tracks. The tones he dialed in were sounding pretty awesome and big. Hopefully, I can get the track recorded soon.
Want to zone out to some music for a moment? Put the headphones on and listen to this ambient jam I recorded not too long ago. The track was based around the main melody played with Mandala Drums.
I have been diligently working on some new music lately. Here’s a taste. ‘In Waves’ (working title).
My latest EP ‘ElectrØccult’ has recently been remastered by sound engineer Matt Sepanic (Soundfarm, Sonic Factory). The 5-track EP is now up on my bandcamp site and is available for free download. Yes, that’s right … free download. That’s cheaper than, well anything, and only takes less than a minute to download. Click here and check it out, download and feel free to let me know what you think.
-Shaun | Prisms & Portals
Another great night for Saturn Ascends, a Tool tribute band that I play drums for, at The Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha, NE. The crowd was great, very responsive to the music, we played well and there was an all around good vibe throughout the night. Here is some footage of some of the set. The middle of Pushit has to be one of my favorite pieces to play. It was the first time we attempted it live and it went well. I’ve always wanted to figure out how Danny Carey played that part on electronics and have finally worked up the sounds to do so. Not exact, but you get that picture.
I got in a much needed writing session last night and was able to lay down some drum tracks on a few new ideas. Rough tracks, but it felt great to work on some new material and record drums again!