Audio Technology


 

Riffstation Software (Dan Barry)

'Riffstation is what happens when software developers who play guitar decide to build the ultimate guitar app. It's the application we all wish we had when we were starting out so we decided to build it. It has taken all of our combined years of experience in audio DSP development to bring you the most awesome guitar app available today. As guitar players we use Riffstation everyday and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!'


Riffstation was established by former MMT student Dan Barry and was recently sold to to electric guitar manufacturer Fender

Riffstation Team

Dan Barry - Founder CEO
Mikel Gainza - Founder CTO
Martin Gallagher - Software Developer
Niall Ryan - Software Developer
Conan Moriarty - Software Developer
Cormac Phelan - Software Developer
Bryan Murphy - Community and Social Media

 

Custom Built Vintage Effects (by Jimmy Behan)


Jimmy Behan (MMT) builds custom guitar pedals, which can be ordered on his website. Examples and Favourites of Jimmy are:

Corsair Fuzz Ibanez Standard Fuzz
My 2-knob version of the Tone Bender MkIII / Buzzaround circuit, built using vintage carbon composition resistors, 'tropical fish' capacitors and germanium transistors. Built for the Nine Volt Store in Japan.
An Ibanez Standard Fuzz clone from the 70s with an additional 3-way clip mode switch.
Rams Head Big Muff Tone Bender MkII / Mk1.5
Rams Head Big Muff clone with additional 3-way Tone and Clip Mode switches. Built for the Crush The Button shop in Belgium. A custom built Tone Bender MkII clone with OC75 germanium transistors, and a switch to select either the MkII or the 2-transistor Mk1.5 circuit.
Mosrite Fuzzrite Fuzz Face
A custom built Mosrite Fuzzrite clone with an additional Tone switch. A custom built germanium Fuzz Face clone with Pre-gain, Tone and Volume controls and internal bias control, built using 2N404 germanium transistors.
Jimmy Behan

Jimmy is also a musician/composer.  Jimmy works with acoustic and electronic sounds, computer processing and field recordings. After featuring on a number of Irish compilations, he released his first EP on Kin Recordings in 2001 followed by a split 7″ on Road Relish. The debut album Days Are What We Live In was released on Elusive Recordings in 2004. He released the In The Sudden Distance EP on Zymogen in June 2008 which was followed by the Remixes compilation in December 2008. The second album The Echo Garden was released in May 2009 on Audiobulb Records.

Visit Jimmy's Official Website

He has performed at Dublin’s Lazybird and Ballroom of Romance nights, the Mor festival 2004, The Big Chill festival (UK) in 2002 and 2005, the D.E.A.F. festival 2007, The Electric Picnic festival 2008, Netaudio Festival Berlin 2009 and has appeared with many international acts including Murcof, Four Tet, Lali Puna, Fennesz and Caribou. He qualified from Pulse Recording College, Dublin in 1996 and with a Masters in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College, Dublin in 2006, where he studied under Irish composers Roger Doyle and Donnacha Dennehy. He also records as Glissen with Kate McKeon.

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Enda Bates – Spatial Music / The Augmented Electric Guitar

Enda

Enda Bates is a composer, musician, producer and academic based in Dublin, Ireland. His music has been performed by the Crash Ensemble, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland,Anne La Berge, Trio Scordatura, and New Dublin Voices. He has received various commissions and awards including the 37th Florilege Vocal de Tours, the 2008 Irish National Choir of the Year competition, the 2009 Gaudeamus Music Prize shortlist and the 2010 Música Viva Competition.

He is a founder member of the Spatial Music Collective and also regularly performs with Irish folk-rock band the Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Miriam Ingram, Nina Hynes, among others. He has also worked as a producer/engineer for artists and ensembles such as the Crash Ensemble, Mumbling Deaf Ro, Somadrone and Daniel Figgis.

View Enda's Official Website

In 2010 he completed a PhD in music composition at Trinity College Dublin, where he now lectures. Research interests include spatial music composition and performance, the aesthetics of electroacoustic music, the augmented electric guitar, multi-channel granulation algorithms, and gestural analysis.

In April 2016 MMT and Sigmedia presented the first in a series of 360 videos with spatial audio with From Within, From Without, composed by Enda Bates, performed by Pedro López López, Trinity Orchestra, and Cue Saxophone Quartet, and video edit by Francois Pitie.

 

Useful Links:

Arena interview with Sean Rocks Wednesday 18th November 2015
The Composition & Performance of Spatial Music, Thesis Summary
The Augmented Electric Guitar
The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock
The Spatial Music Collective
Flocking Algorithms and Multichannel Synthesis
Enda's YouTube Channel

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_Maker

_maker was founded in March 2012 by Bryan Dunphy (MMT), Colin Maher and Thom Conaty (MMT)  and they have already gained some significant support, after being awarded the Business Development Award from Trinity College Dublin. Their mission is to show the world that electronics is practical, fun, and not nearly as complicated and inaccessible as some bad experiences from our school days may have made us think.  They believe that by teaching DIY electronics through structured, music based projects and contextualising the theory through these projects, learning DIY electronics can be a fun and rewarding experience.

 

_Maker also run workshops and build pedals sold as kits.

_Maker Official Website
_Maker Official Facebook Page

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Matt Gallagher – audiograins blog

Matt Gallagher

Audio Grains is dedicated to interesting Music Technology. Providing in-depth information and commentary topics ranging from equipment, software, audio theory, techniques and research. While leaning heavily on the technology side, we will also bring you music which uses technology in more interesting and creative ways.

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Matt Gallagher (MMT) studied Computer and Electronic Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin and then went on to complete a Masters in Music and Media Technology. His Master’s thesis was on the topic of ‘Automatic Musical Feature Extraction’ which used auto-correlation techniques to extract tempo and pitch data from high fidelity polyphonic audio. Matt currently works as a hardware engineer for a manufacturer in the Silicon Valley, California.

 

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