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Programming a Behringer FCB1010

In the past several months we’ve been revamping our show to make the electronics much more ‘live’ – meaning being able to trigger sections, grooves in response to the crowd energy.  What we’re going for is to almost be DJ’s with live instruments and grooves.  So far a crucial player in this has been the FCB1010 Pedal.  This pedal is not too expensive, a little less than $200.00, it’s stable and sturdy and for a bass player who can’t easily take his hands off the instrument to hit a button, indispensible.

Now, the one downside to this pedal is that it’s a huge pain in the ass to program.  The manual, should be tossed immediately – pretty useless.  If you get one of these bad boys, get online and start reading.  I found this link to get the pedal to send basic commands to Ableton Live.  This was a start, but it really only dealt with midi CC commands.   These are great to trigger clips in session view but don’t work for turning on and off effects and instruments in Live.  To do this you need to send actual midi notes.  To to this is the same process except subsitute button 10 for button 6.

After spending a couple of hours of programming the pedal manually like this, someone at Dubspot hipped me to this piece of software.

This turned out to be the best $20 I’ve spent in a long time.  After a few hours of tweaking to get the pedal to work it completely simpified the process.  I’ll post more about it as I get deeper into it, but if you’re serious about using this pedal with Ableton Live, just skip the manual programming part and go right to it.  It will save you a lot of time.

In the meantime, I’ll also be checking out this baby Loudon Stearns, Berklee’s Ableton guru, raves about it.



New Promo Reel

Sorry – we’ve been off this blog for a bit.  Here’s a link to a new promo reel by Ruben O’Malley featuring some footage from the last 2 years of shows.  Enjoy…

Mixing ‘Give It Up’

We’re happy to announce that the first track off ‘Slouching Toward Babyon’ will be ready by the end of the month.  It was mixed by master engineer Bob Power who’s mixed grammy-winning records by Meshell Ndegeocello, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest and Ozomatli among others.  We’re really excited to release it to the world..

Keyboard Sessions

So tomorrow we’ll finally be laying down the keyboard tracks to the first tracks off ‘Slouching Toward Babylon’. Russell Graham will be doing the tracks. He’s been touring Europe with Chic, so it’s been kind of a wait. This process really seems eternal…

“Toasty Tunes” at The Porch

We’ll be guest DJing at the Art For Progress event “Toasty Tunes” this Thurs, July 9th at The Porch (115 Avenue C btwn 7th and 8th). “Toasty Tunes” is hosted by Art For Progress and the Liquid Sound Lounge every other Thursday night and the other DJs that night will be DJ Jeannie Hopper and DJ Gatto.  The event runs from 9-2 and we’ll be spinning around 12.

Out of the Cave

Apologies to everyone for letting this blog go un-updated for so long.  It’s been a really intense couple of months.  We’ve been intensely working on the pre-production of the record and on June 14-18 we were in the studio where we laid down 13 rhythm section tracks.  These will be the basis of the entire record.  Russell Graham of Chic played guitar and keys on them and the sessions were overseen by David Siskovic of Discopusher.  We will be posting photos, video and raw tracks from the sessions.  Our current plan is to release 3 finished tracks in the fall and have the record completed by the end of the year.  We’ll have a lot more updates in the next week or so.

Radio Crystal Blue

We will have a song played on Radio Crystal Blue this Sunday on the Novus Ordo show which runs from 5:30 – 6:45 EST on the Live 365 Network of internet radio.  To tune in go to Radio Crystal Blue’s site or the Live 365 site. This show will also be rebroadcast by Radio Bracknell, an internet station in the UK on Saturday, May 2, at 1pm EST, and then Tuesday, May 5, at 7pm EST.  The archived show can also be heard at http://cblue.lunarpages.com.

Radio Crystal Blue is a very cool internet station here in NYC that focuses on up and coming indie artists as well as nationally touring acts.  Definitely support them and freeform internet radio.