Get Ur G33k 0n! Dorkbot Chicago this Wednesday; CDM in Perth, Brisbane

CDM World Tour: catch up with Mike and Liz in Chicago, and Peter and Jaymis in Perth and Brisbane (Australia)! Dorkbot Chicago Any CDM-ers in the Chicagoland area are most warmly invited to this months Dorkbot at Deadtech, 3321 W. Fullerton Ave., on Wednesday at 8pm for food, drink, and brain-swelling information regarding micro-sampling and alternative musical controllers like QWERTY keyboards, game joysticks, and bicycles. This week’s presenters will be Liz McLean-Knight and Michael Una, contributors to CDM. See you there! ByteMe, Perth; CDM Me, Brisbane Australia is CDM’s second home, land of crazy creative contributors and designers, and birthplace …

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NAMM: Lots Going Down in the Futuristic-Looking Ableton Booth

Ableton has booked a huge lineup for the NAMM show here in Anaheim, California. I’ll be talking today, Thursday, at Noon about how to abuse Live’s warp features and control Live with a Max/MSP/Jitter video input from a webcam. (Say hello if you make it; I hope to have tutorials on both these topics soon.) But I’m just as interested in the rest of the lineup . . . Shawn Pelton and laptop beatboxer virtuoso Kid Beyond will hold clinics. My colleagues Jim Aikin and Craig Anderton will hold power tips sessions on Friday and Saturday. Ableton will provide tutorials …

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On the Radio: Hello, KNTS San Jose

I’m about to go on the radio to talk to the Inside Mac Radio show. If you’re in the San Jose area, tune in 1220 AM between 2:30 and 3:00 PM today (Saturday). If not, downloadable MP3 and Podcast will be available shortly. But then, if you read this blog, you probably already know what I’m going to say. And if you found this because you’re listening, send a quick comment (registration required, sorry) or write an email and say hello!

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CDM on the Road in Boston!

Now off on my whirlwind travels, including a day in Boston at Macworld Expo. For a glimpse of bloggers complaining about how boring the show is, see TUAW. But say hi if you’re at my session! More on the iUke and other things if I can post . . . then boatloads of content stacked up for next week. Cheers! -Peter, editor-in-chief

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SxSW: Trick Out Your iPod Video

Reader Chad points out that, among video coverage of the likes of Al Franken and Luke/Owen Wilson, you can watch random video clips of our 'How to Trick Out Your iPod' panel (hi QT / lo QT) Edited in, how shall we say, an unusual way — mostly random bits of me talking and curiously completely omits Chris Breen (and most of Francis Preve) — but I'm told they were having camera trouble. And you get to watch Fran express mock wonder when I bring up the concept of 'RADIO.'

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CDM at South by Southwest Interactive

I'm traveling to the legendary geekfest that is South by Southwest Interactive Saturday through Tuesday. Going to Austin? Drop me a line via the CDM contact link and let me know; I'd love to meet some CDM readers! Hopefully some of you are geek enough (and, er, expense account-ed enough) to make it! Don't miss Tuesday's session on which I'm a panelist — How to Trick Out Your iPod. I'll be sure to suggest my favorite iPod accessory, the Buchla 200e. It's the multi-thousand-dollar, non-portable modular analog synthesis system every iPod owner needs. Now where are those banana plug to …

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Inside Mac Radio: iPod, Mac mini and Mac’s Future

My friend Scott Shepard has a great lineup for this week's Inside Mac Radio Show. There's a  theme: think iPod + Mac mini + OS X = bigger Mac market share. Apple's iPod Czar Stan Ng talks about the much-better battery life on last week's new iPod revision and how Apple plans total world domination (have to read between the lines for the latter) Former PC guy David Coursey talks about why more are likely to switch from Windows to Mac — David's got a book on the subject from Peachpit Press — and how Apple plans world domination Brad …

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Live from Connecticut College

Today I'm speaking to an audience at the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology of Connecticut College about finding a meeting place between visual expression and sound. For attendees (and you readers at home), here are some helpful links: Physical Modeling and Sound Creation: Apple's Logic (Mac-only) is deep as it is, but its Sculpture synth alone points to the future of virtual instruments with sophisticated physical modeling sound generators. Free Lunch on Windows: Logic's price tag is a hefty $1000 ($500 academic); if you're a Windows user, check out the free VST String Theory from Ugo. No VST host? …

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[Updated] Westchester Community College Presentation

I've just returned from Peekskill, NY and the Peekskil Extension Center of WCC. It was a great time. If you were there, or are just curious, I've posted some talk notes with links to more info on Ableton Live, MetaSynth, and more. UPDATED: Rumors of the death of MetaSynth were highly exaagerated; MetaSynth 4 could be under your Christmas tree.

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Digidesign and CDM on Inside Mac Radio

David Gibbons, Digidesign's Director of Product Marketing and I were both guests on Scott Shepard's live radio show Inside Mac Radio Saturday; check out show notes and have a listen. David focused on the big news from Digidesign: they announced Pro Tools 6.7 this week, with tempo-dependent audio and automation, improved drawing and management of tempo curves and meter changes, MIDI step input, enhanced support for instrument plug-ins, MIDI Detective and Beat Detective for Pro Tools LE.

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