July 8, 2019

It seemed like that whole way a Theremin behaves - instantly, sensitively, mysteriously over space, etc, would be a good thing for 'lots-of-stuff'. That much turned out to be true. The tricky bit was finding a reliable way to make it work at all! There's lots of circui...

January 31, 2019

There's a huge variety of amazingly powerful and super low cost devices available these days. Very capable single board computers, highly efficient amplifiers, sensors of all kinds. The list goes on and it hardly costs diddly! It's a wonderful opportunity and comes com...

September 3, 2018

...The previous post gave a way to study low frequencies. Now here's some handy practical consequences. Two plugins with a total of zero controls between them. The Steep Highpass filters! If you would like to get straight to it, here are links to download these two vst...

September 2, 2018

The low frequency part of the sound spectrum is full of opportunities and bum pains. It can convey very visceral energy. It causes psycho-acoustic masking effects - where one sound hides another, which can be either good or bad. Different playback systems can be very d...

February 26, 2018

Recent projects at Pokey Sticks have needed a big twist of the Feisty, Phat, Classic dial. Several interesting Technological Things have come out of that investigation, and this very yummy compressor is one that I regard as Handy For Everything…

I'm quite a fan of the c...

January 14, 2018

I recently realised that my favourite mastering limiter, apart from the obvious effects of compression also took away a little bit of definition and detail from the sound. So I did what you and made this alternative topology limiter with the working title 'Profoundly W...

December 16, 2017

In graphic design, I've seen the idea expressed that there is a continuum from emotive to descriptive (or specific), and a given image falls on a point between those two poles. It's an interesting idea, but what are the equivalents of things like clarity and ambiguity...

December 15, 2017

As part of a project, I found I needed to control the strings of a guitar with actual little robot mechanisms. For the benefit of those that may like to do something similar but are unfamiliar with the basics, here's some details about it! Driving servos with an Arduin...

December 14, 2017

A sound can be a sound and a sound can be music and the difference is in how we choose to hear it. At least, take that as my working position! Conventional western music organises pitch by dividing an octave into twelve evenly spaced semitones and for the most part, st...

December 13, 2017

At first recording binaurally seemed a bit exotic but now it's my go-to choice for a lot of stuff! The principal is simple. Normally, a sound wave passes across your head. It reaches one ear first, is delayed and partially absorbed as it carries on, and at some point r...

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