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Sunday, July 14, 2024

The music tracker you've propably never heard about

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"Here's Tutka, an older, yet still very interesting MIDI tracker, running on a "#ClockworkPi" console on #Linux on #raspberrypi .

Links & resources:
Tutka MIDI sequencer:
Linuxsampler on RasPi:
Linuxsampler homepage


Raspberry PI 5 with Reaper, Surge XT and ZynAddSubFX - real world test with professional audio apps

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

Friday, June 14, 2024

Yamaha MU15 demo

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"The MU15 is a battery powered XG / GM module from 1998. I recorded this demo in three stereo tracks, one after the other, on my ZOOM R20. There's an amp sim from the R20 applied to the lead sound and a compressor on the master track, other than that, no additional external effects."


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Some superb SuperBooth booths (2024)

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"I went to Superbooth as well, and here are some booths I visited. This is more of a "small companies make interesting stuff" type of walkthrough presented in a rather chaotic fashion. Table of contents:

00:00 first love fm synth
01:43 a new intech grid controller
02:30 a new update for the pentatonic permutations app
03:19 Wavy Industries KD-3
04:38 that Korg acoustic synth thing
06:20 Silhouette Sport
08:00 meeting and greeting!
09:00 Terioto Bento GL-4
10:56 Twisted Electrons Therapsid MKIII
12:31 Retrokits RK-008 sequencer
12:59 A new ZOOM MS-CDR70+
13:31 a nice gadget at PlayTronica's booth...
13:54 Cyma Forma ALT analogue synthesizer"


Sunday, May 19, 2024

Vangoa S55 MIDI saxophone / EWI review

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"Here's a look at the Vangoa S55 EWI / MIDI Saxophone, which was sent to me for review. (Amazon DE | Amazon US ).

Some demos of the internal synth 6:36, using it as a MIDI controller for software plugins 8:20 and a Novation PEAK hardware synthesizer 9:40. Please excuse my lame attempt at humour. ;-)

5% exclusive discount code: 05FloydS55

Official Website:


Vangoa S55 digital wind instrument built-in 13 Tones, including alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, morin khuur, clarinet, flute, hulusi, suona, trumpet, violin, ocarina, bamboo flute, erhu and recorder. MIDI connects to Android, IOS, macOS Windows using APP and DAW to extend endless tones

Electric wind instrument includes 2*removable and washable silicone nozzles, 1*USB cable, and 1* portable cloth case, easy to carry and ready to use, perfect Christmas and birthday gift

Portable digital wind instruments include a speaker output, so you get the same playing experience as traditional instruments, and the headphone connection can ensure a better sound experience, so you don't worry about disturbing others

The mini electronic wind instrument has a built-in 800 mAh rechargeable battery, which allows you to enjoy 4 hours of playing after a full charge, and the compact and portable body ensures you can practice or perform without the restrictions of the venue

The electronic wind instrument is equipped two fingerstyle playing, and the electronic touch sound hole can better capture your playing changes, 3 kinds of adjustable blowing sensitivity, bringing better sound dynamics

Sunday, May 05, 2024

RockJam Go 25 Key RJMK review: what can you expect from a $50-ish controller?

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"(not sponsored, bought this with my own money) The 'RockJam Go 25 Key RJMK' is the cheapest #midicontroller on Amazon DE [and Amazon US] right now (at the time of publishing: $40, normal price seems to be around $60). Here's an overview about everything you can expect from this 25 key controller. TOC:

00:00 hello
00:23 built quality
01:43 hardware features
02:53 firmware features
04:13 drum pads
06:40 encoders
08:24 arpeggiator
11:56 looper
12:52 bluetooth midi, mod stick and other noteworthy things / conclusion
14:18 a quick jam using the arpeggiator & dreadbox nymphes hardware synth
15:14 bye-bye


Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Track: Waves (Yamaha EX5, PEAK, MPC One, Guitar, Vocals) #retrowave #synthpop #chillwave

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"Here's some music that I consider to be a good use of #synthesizers . Guitar by @XavierRadix , Vocals by Zaeli ( ). No gear reviews, no talking, just music. ;-)
This started as an exercise to get the filters just right on an EX5 patch, and quickly evolved into this. Bass is from Novation Peak, MPC One is used as a sequencer and drum computer.
Also on BandCamp


Sunday, April 28, 2024

The Wavy Industries Monkey is the tiniest MIDI master keyboard

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"The Wavy Industries Monkey ( ) is a tiny 2 octave #midikeyboard that comes with a 16 track #sequencer /looper, #arpeggiator with different styles, and a lot of built in MIDI effects (delay, stutter...). This video is a short walkthrough and also a rant on the state of bluetooth midi on Windows and Linux

00:00 demo 1
00:27 hi
00:58 bluetooth MIDI on Windows - oh well
02:32 hardware walkthrough
06:45 call for papers ;-)
07:07 16 track sequencer demo / jam
10:45 verdict
11:26 extra: playing a hardware synth, and bluetooth MIDI on Linux - oh well
13:59 bye-bye

Wavy Industries Monkey
Mini PC [Amazon DE], [Amazon US]
Bluetooth MIDI on Raspberry PI:
Linux Bluetooth Basics


"Monkey is a pocket sized Bluetooth MIDI keyboard. It has several built in unique MIDI effects, a drum machine and a looper. Each of the effects is equiped with 10 different algorithms. Monkey is optimised for low latency and low power consumption, enabling several months of usage without changing the battery. It connects to lots of hosts including macOS, OP-1F, ipadOS, Windows and Android.

We believe Bluetooth has great unutilized potential. But we can not tap into this without making Bluetooth very easy and practical to use, and providing high reliability. Monkey is our first product which taps into this. From our perspective we don't see a bunch of Bluetooth-centric MIDI devices on the market. This is the core idea from where Monkey originates from: lets make a device which only connects via Bluetooth and explore which new form factors and workflows spores out of this idea."

Sunday, March 24, 2024

A cheap workaround for MIDI TRS A/B connector problems (shown on DONNER N-25 and Dreadbox Nymphes)

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"I've got this question a couple of times on my videos, so here's how to use the 3.5mm MIDI jack on the Donner N-25 mini MIDI keyboard. Also, a short improvistation on the Dreadbox Nymphes."

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Neutral Labs Elmyra 2, a 4 voice polyphonic semi modular synth, now has a white faceplate

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"In this video, I build the new pale-faced Neutral Labs @nyppy Elmyra 2 and take it for a test drive with my MPC One acting as a sequencer. See

This is a 4 voice polyphonic semi modular synth advertised for "microtonal exploration", but it can also be used chromatically if you so choose, as demonstrated in this video. Table of contents:

00:00 intro
00:10 hi
00:27 building the synth
05:45 MPC setup
06:08 short improvisation (with explanations)
11:05 bye-bye


/ floyd_steinberg"

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Useful music gear, according to some random dude on the internet who clearly has no clue

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

Yamaha EX5

"The title says it all. No table of contents needed this time. :-) But if you like the music in this video, the full tracks are on"


Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Track: Rain / Starlight | Lo-Fi (MPC One, Novation Peak, Yamaha EX5)

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"Here's that track from my last video as a standalone video - some #Lo-Fi music created on #mpcone , #novationpeak and #yamahaex5 . Also on Bandcamp:


Sunday, February 25, 2024

MPC plugins in any DAW (overview & sound examples)

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"You can use the #mpc plugins in any #DAW you like. In this video, I create a track with my favourite MPC plugins (Stage Piano, Fabric XL, OPX-4, Air Delay Pro, Flavor) in #Reaper, playing a number of preset patches along the way. Table of contents:

00:00 hello
00:18 how to get the plugins
01:36 Stage Piano
03:41 Flavor
04:48 Delay Pro
05:48 Use MPC DAW as a plugin (for drums and other sample programs)
07:10 Fabric XL
08:49 OPX-4
11:29 Flex Beat
12:24 some limiters & compression...
13:32 some things to consider
13:46 finished track
18:55 bye-bye

Your MPC plugins are here:"

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Yamaha SEQTRAK FM sound design tutorial

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"The #yamaha #SEQTRAK ( has an FM #synthesizer built into it. Here's how to design sounds on that. Table of contents:

00:00 hello
00:32 the editor app
01:04 choosing a preset sound
01:24 choosing an algorithm
01:49 operator frequencies
02:25 levels
03:01 feedback
04:05 tuning
04:39 key scaling ratio
06:42 envelopes
09:16 LFO: pitch modulation
10:18 amplitude modulation
10:40 pitch envelope
10:54 effects
11:29 save the patch
11:39 a short improvisation
12:45 conclusion"


Sunday, February 11, 2024

Raspberry Pi based installation art: the melody that started at the beginning of the universe

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"'Pentatonic Permutations' ( ) is a piece of algorithmic piano music that's performed in installation art using a Raspberry Pi-based hardware player synchronized to DCF77, an over-the-air time protocol. In this video, I sit down to talk with its creator, Benjamin Heidersberger, about the technical intricacies, artistic intents, the history of algorithmic music and how media consumption has changed over the last decades.

00:00 hello
00:46 interview - how the hardware player was made
03:08 does the development of technology pave the way for art?
04:21 artist intentions
06:49 coding the algorithm
09:06 how the web player / app was made
14:16 short demo: using the midi out function of the app with some synths
16:07 conclusion

Android app is here:
IOS app will follow soon!


Sunday, February 04, 2024

Picotracker is ... a subtractive synthesizer?

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"Here's how to use your #Picotracker (or any other tracker) as a subtractive #synthesizer even if it has no plugins installed. Table of contents:

00:00 hello
00:16 single cycle waveforms/samples
01:10 project setup
01:35 instrument setup
01:58 example 1: create an amp envelope using volume commands
02:25 using tables for more flexibility
03:01 example 2: filter LFO
03:45 changing tempo, adding drums
04:01 finished example 1
04:11 detuned saw wave setup
05:34 example 2: a filter sweep stereo pad
07:16 other things to consider!
07:36 example 3: a square wave arpeggiator
08:05 a short jam (+ reface dx)
08:25 conclusion

LGPTracker for GarlicOS


Sunday, January 28, 2024

Yamaha SY99 tutorial - a patch from scratch and a history lesson (feat. @VultureCulture )

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"In this video, I create a 'patch from scratch' on the Yamaha SY99, highlighting some of it's unique features. Thanks to @VultureCulture for the introduction and @WoodyPianoShack for letting me sample his classic synth videos.

Table of contents:

00:00 preview
00:17 hello
00:33 a history lesson by @VultureCulture !
03:41 tech- and user interface overview
05:38 initialize a patch
06:01 voice mode
06:18 naming and storing a patch
06:36 editing the FM voice
06:56 select an algorithm
07:30 working on indidual operators, waveforms
08:06 fixed frequency / "zero-hertz" operators
08:23 operator levels
09:07 detuning carrier operators
09:27 operator envelopes
10:30 editing the AWM (subtractive synth/"ROMpler") voice, wave selection
11:18 amplitude envelopes for AWM
11:42 velocity sensitivity
12:02 dynamic resonant filters
12:29 filter envelopes
12:52 voice mixer
13:06 "injecting" samples and noise into the FM voice
14:11 load your own samples
14:26 effects (delay, reverb...)
14:57 pitch randomisation
15:35 finished patch demo
17:16 conclusion

AWAVE sample converter for vintage Yamaha Workstations"

Vulture Culture Roland D-50 Videos

Sunday, January 07, 2024

Is this really the cheapest portable music tracker?

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"My video on the #picoTracker [posted here] got a lot of comments asking me to look into #LittleGPTracker (or #lgptracker) on #linux #gaming consoles. Is this _really_ the cheaper way to get the same result? Table of contents:

00:00 hello
00:35 hardware overview
01:10 installing LittleGPTracker
01:56 launching the tracker, demo song
02:34 record and import your own samples
03:25 create a new song
03:57 software structure: songs, chains and patterns
04:25 button combos
04:41 listening to and assigning samples to instruments
05:35 create a "four to the floor" beat
05:51 setting song tempo
06:25 adding more drums
06:58 chords & bass tracks
07:51 using chains to create chord progressions
09:04 song playback with multiple chains
09:38 using tables
10:14 using grooves
11:14 adding a MIDI instrument...
11:42 Picotracker vs gaming handheld
12:10 finished track
13:00 conclusion

LGPTracker for GarlicOS"


Sunday, December 17, 2023

Floyd Steinberg: This is the last video on this channel...

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"... in 2023. Thanks for all your support, and I'll be back with new energy and interesting projects next year. Have a good new year and may all your plans and dreams come true. ;-)

This improvisation is based on Zynthian, which was one of the many pleasant surprises '23 had in store. It's sequencing 8 plugins and Motor Synth. Also acting as effects unit for the Dreadbox. Both synths are connected to Zynthians audio inputs.


Sunday, December 10, 2023

picoTracker - 8 tracks of audio and MIDI for under $50.

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"picoTracker ( is a new, lightweight 8 voice audio and midi tracker. Intro by @avrilcadabra ! ( , Table of contents:

00:00 intro tune
01:00 hi
01:38 unboxing
02:12 building
05:21 hardware overview
06:11 tutorial: creating a song and transfering samples
06:49 navigating the editors, key functions
07:23 song screen
07:38 chain screen
07:50 phrase screen
08:00 instrument screen, selecting samples
08:24 adding notes to a phrase
08:54 adding a second instrument
09:17 changing the instrument of a note
09:32 adding another instrument...
10:00 adjusting song tempo
10:35 important things to consider!
11:06 adding a bass track
12:19 listening to both tracks
12:34 creating a progression
13:23 using midi instruments (short demo)
15:26 verdict - a powerful box for small money, but ...
16:17 support the developers, please
16:25 conclusion

picoTracker development story


Sunday, December 03, 2023

A tiny PC in a desktop synthesizer setup? - hardware VST host

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"I made this video because one of the most common questions on my Raspberry Pi videos is 'can it run Windows VST plugins'. Well, why not use a PC for that. You can find this one by searching for "mini pc with a touchscreen" on your favourite search engine. (Not sponsored)
Table of contents:

00:00 demo 1: 80s 8bit metal
00:30 introduction; ... why?! - ARM vs X64/X86
01:32 hardware specs
02:30 demo 2: Roland J-6 USB audio into Air Delay Pro with a side of Hyperion
05:20 using the PC as a power bank for music gear
05:43 isn't that touch screen kind of fiddly (hint: it is)
06:34 other things to consider
06:53 how many plugins can the CPU take before collapsing?
07:36 demo 4: a lot of plugins!
09:31 conclusion

In this video:
Hyperion synthesizer:
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