Sunday, January 3, 2016

Roland Boutique JU-06 review & sound demo

There are plenty of excellent in-depth reviews about the Roland Boutique series and I'm not going to focus on explaining the features. Instead I'm just going to point out few things about the JU-06 that have come to my mind after few weeks of tweaking..

Friday, November 27, 2015

Roland Boutique JU-06 Sound Demo

I recorded this short demo with my new Roland JU-06 synth.. I haven't played a real Juno-106, so I can't really say how close this one gets soundwise. But who cares, it sounds pretty amazing!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Still here..

As you might have noticed I haven't updated my blog for quite some time. Don't worry, I'm still here and there's plenty of new interesting stuff coming up. I've just been way too busy for the last three months or so..

We bought an apartment in May and I've been doing a lot of renovating work during the summer. I had no idea how much time it will take to get everything done and basically I just haven't had any spare time to do music, build pedals or update my blog. But things are looking much better (the apartment looks amazing!) and I'm gonna get up to speed in few weeks. I'm also doing a big update on my home studio: plenty of new gear, setting the acoustics just right, building an isolation speaker cabinet etc. If you're interested about DIY acoustic panels and/or DIY isolation cabinets, stay tuned!

- Juri

Monday, April 13, 2015

Yamaha DX7 synthesizer sound demo & pictures

Lately I've been getting into synths and here's my latest purchase: a Yamaha DX7 from the golden 80's. This particular unit is in really good condition. Few minor scratches here and there, one key has a slightly louder mechanical release noise, but nothing serious. It plays really well and needless to say, sounds amazing. Play a note, add some modulation = instant gratification. This synth is full of lush 80's sounds that take me immediately back to my childhood.. I love this synth!

Wanna know what it sounds like? Here's a short tune showcasing few factory patches. Sounds amazing! :)

Direct link to Youtube:

Friday, April 10, 2015

Elektron Analog Four & Pigtronix Infinity Looper MIDI synced

I got an Elektron Analog Four synth few weeks back and I've been practicing with it pretty much every day. It's packed with features and has a pretty steep learning curve, but I'm getting there. Luckily the user interface is well designed and it's intuitive to use. Earlier today I synced the Analog Four with my Pigtronix Infinity Looper and recorded this short clip with my phone:

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Live looping sketch #10 - "There's Day and Night, Summer and Winter"

It took some time, but here's a brand new tune! I recorded this song last week but the video footage in the end was shot last summer. Beautiful place, good times.. We went swimming there almost every morning.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Interesting video about D/A and A/D - "a digital waveform is not a stairstep"

Here's a video that is really worth watching! Christopher "Monty" Montgomery talks about "stairsteps", bit-depth and dither.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

I got a new release coming up..

It's been quiet lately, but don't worry! I've been recording some songs and I'm making a new release in about a month or so. I'm obviously biased about this matter but these new songs sound pretty amazing.. :) I'm also adding my music catalog to Spotify, iTunes, Google Play etc. I'll let you know when things move forward!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Art Of Live Looping - Part 1: Introduction

I've been playing around with looper pedals for few years and during that time my perception of loopers and live looping in general has changed. First I thought that loopers were tools for practicing and jamming. Then after awhile I started to understand that live looping could be much more than just jamming and loopers could be used to create complete live performances. Like everything in life, things only look simple on the surface level and when you go deeper into the subject it gets more complicated. Live looping is an art form that requires serious practicing if you want to get it right.

I'm not an expert in live looping and nowhere near the level of some players out there (Phil Keaggy, Bill Frisell, Jarle Bernhoft etc.) but during the last few years I have learned a thing or two about looping and I would like to share them with you. Another reason for this little article series is completely selfish: writing things down is a good way to process ideas and sort them out in your own head. So, this is a learning process for me too! :) Let's get started!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Machine Soul - Documentary Film

"Machine Soul is a documentary film about Finnish Electronic musicians. It is a glance at the methods, rituals and philosophy behind the music, but most of all at the burning passion that drives the artists forward year after year."

This documentary film by Tero Vuorinen is definitely worth backing up! Go to Machine Soul crowdfunding site and give your support:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

On my workbench: too many projects and not enough time

I've been working on a lot of new stuff during the last few weeks. I'm going to make a small batch of effects for sale in 2015 and I have spent quite some time learning Cadsoft Eagle.

My first design was a simple Klon Centaur buffer. I just wanted to practice Eagle and see how the whole process with OSH Park works. I know, it's a simple circuit. But I'm pretty proud with this one. :)

I have also recorded some new tunes and I got a small release coming up pretty soon. Stay tuned and keep on playing!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Interesting Finnish ambient music: Ikola - Closer/Drowning

Here's some really good ambient music by Hannu Ikola. I highly recommend that you check his work out..  this one is also available on cassette! :) Check it out:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

On my workbench: pedalboard wiring...

I started to wire up my pedalboard this weekend and so far it's looking really good. I'm using a programmable bypass looper (Joyo/Wave-X PXL-8) and there's actually quite a bit of wiring required... But I did a quick test run and the flexibility of the new rig is well worth the trouble!