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Gerald Peter: musician, composer, technology enthusiast 1000 812 audio modeling

Gerald Peter: musician, composer, technology enthusiast

According to Gerald Peter, what you can do with Audio Modeling’s SWAM engine is simply “amazing”. The Vienna-native composer, producer and famous keyboardist states: “It allows you to make the different instruments like strings or breath-controlled instruments sounding so realistic, just from you playing the keyboard in real time. That’s really cool!”

The young talent – he was born in 1986 – first raised public awareness in the prog rock scene in 2013, with a deliciously conceptual album titled “Jeremias – Foreshadow of Forgotten Realms” by his 8-piece band Circle of Illusion. The album was the perfect medium to show Gerald’s extraordinary ability behind the keyboards, but also his noticeable skills as composer and producer.

Many noticed Peter’s extreme versatility and knack, to the point that “Jeremias – Foreshadow of Forgotten Realms” was listen on Jordan Rudess’ (keyboardist of Dream Theater) featured artist site and ranked on the 2013 top albums lists of several specialized music magazines, such progarchives.com, musicinbelgium.net, myglobalmind.com.

Two years later, in 2015, Gerald released his debut album “Chameleon Lab Explosion” along with his 4- piece band Inspirational Corner: an explosive synergy between fusion, jazz and funk that didn’t fail to impress several German music magazines.

Peter’s achievements are many: from being on tour with the worldwide-renowned Cirque du Soleil – VOLTA to becoming a ROLI product specialist and active seaboard performer, from creating a variety of performance videoclips on YouTube to performing with the seaboard at the NAMM show in California, Musikmesse in Frankfurt, and at many other workshops and exhibitions all over Europe. More recently, in 2018, Gerald took part in the NAMM show with a live demonstration of the iOS instrument GeoShred on the iPhone in cooperation with moForte and Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess.

But what about his latest work? Peter is out with an EP titled “Incremental Changes – Part One with The Gerald Peter Project”, the first part of a trilogy aimed to explore the combination of his skills in terms of performance, audio and video production, composition. A multi-layered work of art that fully displays the wide-ranging talent of this music professional.

Of course, SWAM couldn’t be anything but one of the most appropriate means to express such a multi-layered and complex approach to music.

Take a look at the recent interview Gerald gave to Stefano Lucato, CEO at Audio Modeling!

 

Flexible, expressive and highly performing: an in-depth look to SWAM instruments 800 406 audio modeling

Flexible, expressive and highly performing: an in-depth look to SWAM instruments

Apart from their uncanny ability to perfectly replicate the sound and dynamics of traditional musical instruments, SWAM instruments are also playable “out of the box”. Launched with a default keyboard setting, they allow the musician to play these virtual instruments by only using a keyboard and, as they do that, they manage to show good articulation and legato with a reasonable degree of smoothness.

Reducing SWAM instruments to this, though, would be fallacious, since what we just listed is just the beginning. With the use of other types of controllers, such as expression pedals, new expressive instruments like ROLI Seaboard or LinnStrument, or wind or breath controllers, the level of expressiveness of these virtual instruments expands to an even higher level. The SWAM engine provides settings for these different types of controllers, therefore making the initial setup of the basic functions much easier for the performer.

There are also additional settings for each instrument on the main page of the GUI: they can modify timbre, tone color, sound behavior and transposition of the instrument, just to name a few of their options.

Many of these control parameters can be mapped to the controller: for example, the harmonic structure parameter can be mapped to CC2 Breath so that breath input will alter the harmonic structure of the instrument in much the same way the tonal quality of a real wind instrument changes in character as breath pressure increases.

There are several other similar adjustments and mappings available and, with experimentation, any performer can very easily create instrument variations that are utterly personal to their specific style and tonal aesthetics.

Additional performance effects such as Growl and Flutter Tongue can too be mapped to any control (e.g. slider, knob, etc.), along with overblow and fall-down that can be used with Key Switches. SWAM instruments also have micro-tuning capabilities that can be set up in the options page of the GUI. This gives SWAM instruments the ability to perform on different scales or tunings, as required in experimental compositions or ethnic musical genres.

Thanks for their unique flexibility, expressiveness and quality, these virtual instruments can be used during live performances in a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to jazz, from popular to ethnic. At the same time, SWAM instruments are just as valuable in terms of recording and music production.

SWAM instruments are provided as plugins that will run on virtually any host, both on PC and Mac. They have been tested extensively on the most common DAWs, like Cubase, Logic, Digital Performer, ProTools GarageBand, etc, and work perfectly in live performance hosts such as Camelot – our revolutionary live performance software – and Cantabile, MainStage, Plogue Bidule, Gig Performer, and many more.

Are you ready to begin?

The importance of user research to build new instruments 800 533 audio modeling

The importance of user research to build new instruments

The importance of user research to build new instruments, by Simone Capitani (UX Designer at Audio Modeling)

User Experience Design and User Research are widely applied to Web Development, field that has a very fast pace in finding new tools and development techniques.

Applying and adapting those tools on making any digital product, and in particular musical instruments can improve drastically the quality of the product and the satisfaction for the final end user.

Here at Audio Modeling we have started to perform User interviews to get insights from musicians at all levels. The work of a UX Designer (User experience designer) is to find the sweet spot between the user needs and technical feasibility.

SWAM Instruments are expressive instruments, they have a unique sound engine capable of reproducing a very natural behaviour when played controlling continuously in real time the sound parameters.

So we have interviewed many musicians asking to talk about their story and the importance of playing expressively.

The following video is just a short part of the interview to Dom Sigalas, Film Composer and Music Producer.

Bruce Miller: an incredible journey through music in various media 1000 667 audio modeling

Bruce Miller: an incredible journey through music in various media

Detroit-native Bruce Miller is considered one of the most talented composers, arrangers and conductors of modern times. Starting his career on the local jazz and R&B scene as a guitarist and saxophonist, Miller was completely immersed in the professional music scene at a very early age. The thrill and buzz that accompanied the momentum also helped him develop his talent and inspiration: a lot was happening around town all the time, and from live shows in jazz clubs to commercials, from major acts to records, the Detroit music scene was extremely lively.

During his stay into the Army, Bruce became part of a military jazz band based in Colorado Springs, “The NORAD Commanders” and spent the next three years writing, playing music and performing at various venues throughout the USA and Canada. Obviously, once his military obligation was fulfilled, he went back to music full-time becoming Paul Anka’s musical director and conductor. Another three years passed, turning into a pivotal moment in Miller’s life in terms of experience and musical abilities. Of course, many people noticed his talent and soon Bruce moved to the West Coast, in Los Angeles.

The timeline of this multifaceted, versatile artist is a never-ending string of well-known names:  The Temptations, The Commodores, The Four Tops, Rose Royce, Joss Stone, Rod Steward. Miller’s talent and skill moved flawlessly through time and through different genres, and it’s not surprising to discover that his composer roster became wider, too, as he started working for television music, with credits for worldwide renowned TV shows such as “Frasier,” “Becker,” “Designing Women,” “Wings,” “The (new) Odd Couple,” and two “Bonanza”-

Then, in 1997, through longtime collaborator Thomason, Miller was brought on as a Musical Director for the G8 Summit in Denver, Colorado. As arranger and conductor of the 45-member orchestra, during the event Bruce performed with music legends such as Chuck Berry, Lyle Lovett, Michael Bolton, Amy Grant, Eartha Kitt, Crystal Gayle, Jennifer Holiday, Sounds Of Blackness, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Miller was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1989 for Best Arranger (Music Direction) for the Sammy Davis Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration, and then a second time in 1994 for Best Theme for “Frasier.” Throughout his career, he won sixteen BMI TV and Film awards, fourteen SESAC awards, and the prestigious SESAC “Legacy” award (2012). Countless are his gold and platinum records for his tireless and innovative work with many A-listers in the music industry.

Bruce, still very much active both as a composer and arranger, currently works with his son Jason and among the many titles in their carnet are TV shows, commercials, records, and “Shoulders,” the documentary defining the relationship between 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and her mother, Dorothy Rodham.

Bruce Miller is among the artists using and praising Audio Modeling’s solutions, which he defines as instruments able to “save him from stress”. And we are so happy they do! Thank you for being with us, Bruce!

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Audio Modeling at NAMM Show 2019

Audio Modeling will be present at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim from January 24th to 27th.

At booth #10616, Hall A (see it on the map) you can find both the SWAM virtual instruments and Camelot, the new multi-platform software for live performance management.

Among the artists who will play with SWAM and Camelot are: Dan Radlauer, Fulya Celikel, Gerald Peter, and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater keyboardist).

In addition, SWAM’s inventor Stefano Lucato will be available to talk about his musical instruments, give advice on how to use them and listen to feedback / suggestions from SWAM users.

Also, Camelot will be a guest of Yamaha Synth to show how powerful integration with the Montage and MODX instruments is (Thursday 24th at 3pm, Friday 25th at 2:40pm).

See below the full schedule of the demos we will offer at the Audio Modeling booth.

 

Artist: “Dino Soldo” 1000 667 audio modeling

Artist: “Dino Soldo”

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Stop listening, start playing 800 450 audio modeling

Stop listening, start playing

SWAM Instruments provide the control every Musician needs.

Have you ever composed or played with a sample library? The way a sax or violin sound evolves is the result of studio recording. It is a kind of “picture” taken from another musician playing a Sax or a Violin for you. You can combine, tweak and get inspired from it but someone else has recorded it for you, probably very well, but are you sure you can express yourself totally with it?

SWAM is not just a great technology for modeling acoustic instruments: it is a philosophy of making music with digital instruments.  Our aim at Audio Modeling is not intended only to replicate with accuracy the sound of an acoustic instrument; we want to provide also its behaviour: how the instrument reacts under the hands of the musician, recreating the bidirectional feeling and link between the artist and the instrument.

Having now the big power of SWAM acoustic instrument model, how can you interact with it?  How can you express your musical ideas on the digital instrument? You need one or more controllers.

Those kind of Controllers communicate with computers and digital instruments with the MIDI protocol. They are able to tweak the instruments parameters that have effect of the sound generation. There is a huge number of MIDI controllers on the market but we would like to focus especially on continuous controllers.

A continuous controller is the hero of the story with SWAM engine instruments because it is capable of sending real time messages, for example, setting the expression (dynamic) level, the bow or breath pressure, the speed of the vibrato with the result for the musician to get the natural behaviour he or she has in mind.

Listed here the controllers we will describe deeper in the next weeks:

  • Expression Pedal
  • After touch & Pressure
  • Breath & Wind Controller with “Bite” feature option
  • Knobs and Faders
  • Ribbon and Pads
  • Modulation Wheel
  • Pitch Bend Joystick
  • Accelerometers on Rings shape controllers and other devices
Ready to change history? 1000 667 audio modeling

Ready to change history?

Meet Audio Modeling, the almost futuristic project based on the talent of Stefano Lucato and Emanuele Parravicini, described by ROLI as “the maestros of virtual acoustic instruments”. In order to understand why Audio Modeling and its solutions are, ultimately, always one step forward, we need to move a step back first, and explore its origins.

Although the foundation of Audio Modeling is set on March 17, 2017, and its official presentation on November 22, 2017 (when Audio Modeling decides to change its sales strategy and to sell its own products), the real inception dates back to 2003, when Stefano Lucato starts his collaboration with Giorgio Tommasini. The project “Stradivari Violin” is the milestone that will generate the butterfly effect ending up with Audio Modeling itself.

Stradivari Violin” was a revolutionary virtual violin based on an innovative technological process created by Tommasini, and on a series of techniques (by Lucato) that allow a real-time control of the instrument.

Immediate success.

So, as Samplemodeling (Tommasini and Peter Siedlaczek) gets to work and starts developing “The Trumpet”, Lucato begins his own work on a series of Saxophones, “The Sax Brothers”, a sample library for Kontakt with an extensive scripting and sample processing.

The Sax Brothers” project is unique and based on a proprietary technology called SWT – Synchronous Wave Triggering, able to efficiently model the samples both in dynamics and pitch. Yet, the platform does not support the implementation of specific techniques that would allow Lucato to achieve exactly what he has in mind: complete realism.

It’s time to move on.

In 2009, Lucato decides to create his own platform and gets in touch with Emanuele Parravicini. It is the beginning of a solid, long-lasting collaboration and friendship. It is also the root of SWAM – Synchronous Waves Acoustic Modeling, born from Lucato’s idea and Parravicini’s active contribution.

What is SWAM? Simply put, a new way to conceive virtual instruments, but also to process samples and implement physical models. SWAM is not “just” a technology, but more like a philosophy, a modus operandi aiming at the overall coherence of any musician-instrument. Versatility, flexibility, naturality. In one word, realism.

Toward Audio Modeling

After years of fruitful collaboration and the implementation of a new series of saxophones, clarinets, flutes, double reeds, solo strings, it’s time to push the envelope even further. Anyway, it will take two more years before the idea and vision becomes what we know now as Audio Modeling – the leading brand in the technological evolution of music industry.

Partnerships

Talent loves company. Good products and groundbreaking technologies not only find their place in a world in constant progression, but also in the audience’s widespread appreciation. It doesn’t surprise to know that, in just over a year of activity, Audio Modeling has already established several international partnerships with renowned brands such as ROLI, Fatar, Yamaha, Enhancia, Aodyo and many others. The company is also an active member of the MMA (Midi Manufacturer Association) and boasts a network of resellers all over the world.

Camelot

Being the reference point in the expressive acoustic instruments field is not enough. In 2015, Lucato and Parravicini meet with Simone Capitani, a talented UX designer.  Camelot, born as a result of Simone Capitani’s innovative vision, the contribution of Jordan Rudess, and the partnership with Fatar, is the multi-platform software designed for live performance management, allowing the interconnection of hardware and software tools in a simple, immediate way that has never developed before.

Education

Being talented is great. However, sharing your know-how is even better. That’s why Audio Modeling is especially dedicated to Music Education and collaborates with different educational institutes and universities, and with foundations whose goal is to help people with disabilities find absolute joy through musical expression.

All students and teachers can benefit of a 50% discount on all Audio Modeling products.

The team

Audio Modeling is its people. The current team of seven is constantly growing, to the point that a new headquarter will soon be inaugurated. We will celebrate, together!

A new online platform

Audio Modeling’s new website aims to express the peculiarities and complexities, the vision and mission of the brand. Also available in its mobile version, is a more complete, clearer and interactive platform that will allow users to fully understand what the entire project is about.

Our new online Community is a place for sharing ideas, opinions, presets, demos. Our Customer Portal allows you to download the latest version of our software, manuals, tutorials and a complete and independent management of license keys and permissions.

The future? It starts today

Tomorrow begins now, and Audio Modeling is already on board. We are constantly working to design and create new products, and our next project is to complete the main orchestral instruments with all the Brass family. We also are very much aware of the importance of deploying solutions for mobile devices, and we are therefore moving in that direction.

But what about Camelot? Well, the new version is expected to be released very soon, and it will propel us to another, wider, industry. Just wait and see.

We are already writing the new chapter of our history. Are you with us?