Live gear

keyrig

Recently, I use a Clavia Nord Stage EX for live performance. The 76 keys version is still quite portable to take on the road.

It has a great sound, nice piano's, a nice Hammond B3 sound with really good leslie simulation, and nice effects including distortion. A somewhat limited synth is also on board but still usefull. What I like most is that almost everything can be controlled with knobs and buttons as you play. I hardly use any programs, because I can quickly switch between Piano, Rhodes and Hammond sounds while playing. Also the effects can be tweaked with buttons so you can change them easily while you play.

 

I have always liked my Sequential Circuits Pro One synth, so when original Prophet 5 designer Dave Smith came out with the Prophet 08 I had to try one and eventually buy one. Great analog character with lots of knobs, I love it!

About me

I like music, especially making music. I listen to a lot of different stuff, but I like soul, jazz and fusion music most. I like to develop and experiment with tools to make music performance and improvisation on the spot more exciting. It is fun when unexpected musical things happen during a performance!

In recent years I developed the MIDI real-time Harmonizer, a tool for generating harmonized chords when playing a solo line. Inspired by the work of saxophonist Michael Brecker, I started to develop this tool to run on Mac and PC. Brecker played the Electronic Wind Instrument and used the Oberheim Xpander synth to generate random chords from an EWI solo line. Now you can accomplish the same thing with the MIDI real-time Harmonizer driving your own favourite (plugin) synths.

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