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When Technology Meets Music – A Coffee With Pat Scandalis 1024 576 audio modeling

When Technology Meets Music – A Coffee With Pat Scandalis

We visited our friend, Pat Scandalis, in California at moForte.  We spent a nice time together talking about the relationship between Music and Technology.

Pat is CTO of moForte, a company that makes a unique new kind of musical instrument. This musical instrument allows performers to play multiple voices independently with fingers, very fluidly, and additionally they can reach the desired pitches in virtually any temperament in a very precise way.

This instrument has been coupled with a model of the physics of the guitar, and it’s able to do a kind of feedback distortion guitar. They also have a number of Indian instruments. For this reason their products are used by South Asian artists including music creators for Bollywood films.

Pat has been in the audio business since 1994. He was a researcher at Stanford on physical modeling for a number of years, and then he wound up running some of the first digital download companies. Now he is again working on musical instruments and creating tremendous instruments for musicians.

Pat, in your opinion, what’s the role of Technology in relation with Music? 

I am a technologist and of course technology is super important to me however I feel like technology takes a backseat to musicians. 

One of the things that we did at moForte is we created a partnership with rock star Jordan Rudess. We actually called him the “sacred user” and we let him drive the development of the software.

So instead of being engineers who created a product that we thought would be really really cool, we went to an actual musician who was using it on stage every day, and we would ask him “what do you think about this feature”, “how do you think this works”. He came back with some very direct feedback on how we should do things differently.  Because we focused on Jordan Rudess, the “sacred user”, above our engineering ideas we wound up with a product that was very comfortable to use and very expressive for musicians.

What can technology bring to musicians to make a different experience on a conventional musical instrument?

For instance in our own product we have this “almost magic” pitch rounding, where a user can very fluidly slide their finger around like they’re on a pedal steel or a slide guitar. Yet when they stop the computer helps them get very precisely to the pitch that they’re trying to reach This works whether or not you’re in western temperament, or if you’re in India and you’re using a Carnatic temperament, or you’re in Bali and you’re using a Balinese temperament. It works very well, and it possible for more people to have a very satisfying musical performance experience.

GeoShred and SWAM: Why?

Many users of GeoShred use it in combination with the SWAM instruments, but the very interesting thing that’s happened: We did not promote this, it was sort of discovered! A few of the users figured out that they could connect GeoShred via MIDI through MPE MIDI, a very expressive MIDI, to the SWAM engine for the SWAM Violin and they started to use it. The result is sort of expressive modalities that you wouldn’t get from a conventional keyboard! 

For example, one of the expressive articulations in Indian music is what’s called a Gamaka, it’s a kind of vibrato that’s very different than western vibrato, it’s microtonal it often starts on the center of the note which is called a Svara and then it bends up to microtonal pitches which are called Shruthis . So it’s very easy to perform a gamaka on GeoShred and when these gamakas are articulated with SWAM Violin it sounds like a classical Indian violin player playing in the style of Carnatic or Hindustani music.

Audio Modeling Products Now Distributed by ILIO 1024 683 audio modeling

Audio Modeling Products Now Distributed by ILIO

Westlake Village, CA – March 30, 2020 – ILIO announced today a new distribution partnership with Audio Modeling, global leaders in multi-vector expressive acoustic instrument emulations. Audio Modeling products are now available from ILIO and its vast North American dealer network.

Through this partnership, musicians and composers across the United States, Canada, and Mexico can get local dealer service and support on Audio Modeling’s full line of cutting-edge virtual instruments and performance hosts, namely, their innovative SWAM Instruments and Camelot. In addition, Audio Modeling products are now fully supported by ILIO’s world-class sales and support team, made up of passionate and expert musicians and composers.

“We’ve always focused on quality, innovation and bringing the best virtual instruments, audio processors and plug-in tools to musicians”, says Mark Hiskey, President of ILIO. “We feel it a duty to our customers to provide the essential tools they need to make them great and excel in their careers, and Audio Modeling products definitely surpass that standard.” For over 25 years ILIO has been distributing world-class tools from many successful producers, such as Spectrasonics, Vienna Symphonic Library, Synthogy, Overloud and now, Audio Modeling.

“We are joining a family of successful products and successful brands,” says Simone Capitani, Product Manager and UX Designer at Audio Modeling. “Making great products is not enough, the entire customer experience is important. We are sure that with ILIO we can deliver the best customer experience, supporting our customers in North America with a great team of passionate and expert people.”

Audio Modeling products are available now directly from ILIO.com or from many authorized North American Dealers.

About ILIO

Founded in 1994, ILIO is a leading distributor of virtual instruments and audio processing software for the Pro Audio and MI industries in North America. They represent products used by hundreds of top-shelf recording artists, studio musicians, composers and producers. Their product lines include Spectrasonics, Vienna Symphonic Library, Synthogy, Applied Acoustics Systems, Overloud, Audio Modeling, Sonoma Wire Works, Delta Sound Labs, Deskew Technologies, and Hornberg Research.

Learn more about ILIO and all our partners at www.ILIO.com

Watch an introductory video here:


Ten years ago… 1024 683 audio modeling

Ten years ago…

Do you know how Audio Modeling adventure began?

You won’t believe it, but everything started with just an email!

Stefano Lucato has always been thinking of a new sound technology and he needed a software engineer who could help him setting up his idea. He was looking for a smart and dynamic professional with skills in programming and audio processing.

It was September 12, 2009 when Stefano Lucato googled “Sviluppatore VST” (that means “VST Developer” in Italian) and he found Emanuele Parravicini (Lele) as the first result. 

Stefano emailed Lele and he replied in less than 24 hours. Few days later they were in the same room talking about innovative sound technologies, and it was the “Big Bang” of what we now call “SWAM”.

Audio Modeling was born later in 2017, after several years of collaboration with the same passion, more experience and new challenges. But everything started with a click of a (Send) button on September 2009.

Which music software is best for live performances? 1024 683 audio modeling

Which music software is best for live performances?

On June 15, 2019, took place “Camelot Pro & Studiologic: Live Performance Workshop”, an event dedicated to live performance tips.
This Workshop, organized by Musicarte Store in Italy, in partnership with Camelot Pro and Studiologic.
During the event spoke artists, producers, endorsers and experts in the music industry.
The main theme of the event was Camelot Pro, that guarantee a unique experience during live performance with Studiologic instruments.

Simone Capitani, the Camelot Pro designer, was the first. He spoke about the history of this App, created for managing live performance. Camelot is able to control, at the same time, plugin software, keyboard, synth, and MIDI controller.

Francesco Ferrandi, pianist and keyboardist, was one of the first Camelot Pro users and Beta Tester. Francesco told us how he uses Camelot Pro during his live performance especially with his sheet music. 

Raffaele Mirabella, musician, Product Specialist at Eko Music Group, explain how to use Camelot Pro with Studiologic keyboards.

Emanuele Parravicini, founder and CTO at Audio Modeling, showed Camelot Pro iOS managing audio units and usb midi devices. He explained the difference between MIDI and AUv3 plugin on iPad. 

Paolo Principi, sound designer and Jazz pianist, focused on Studiologic Mixface during live performance management of vst instruments and hardware synthesizer.  

Stefano Lucato, founder and CEO at Audio Modeling, showed us how to play expressively with SWAM virtual instruments.

At the end took part in Skype video call, Jordan Rudess, keyboardist of the band Dream Theater and music apps inventors. Jordan, our partner in Camelot Pro Project, revealed his secret for playing during live performance. This speech was very engaging and enjoyed by the community! 

Mosaiko Digiwall Solutions and DiscoBrick made the event even more interesting with their high quality led wall and video effects.

This was only the first event dedicated to managing live performance with Camelot Pro.
We have more event like this in store for you! 

Stay Tuned! 

Thanks Eko Music Group for support and cooperation.