Uptown Oscillators will focus on larger community

My synthesizer pile with new additions of a Yamaha mixer and a Dave Smith Pro 2 that I will write more about later

The word ‘Community’ can mean many things

Most often when I use the word, it requires more definition.

Usually in my everyday life, when I say the word ‘community’, I mean where I live.

I live in a Christian intentional community or a Jesus Commune called Jesus People USA. Also known as JPUSA, it is a very musical place. Known to some as the birth place of Christian rock music, and the hosts of the Cornerstone Music Festival which 5 years ago transitioned to smaller local Uptown Chicago Music events.

Not only in local music, JPUSA is also active in the Uptown Chicago community with the homeless and poor. Some of us are also active as individuals in Uptown Chicago community politics.

Uptown Chicago is also ‘community’.

You can see many JPUSA and Uptown ministry, music, social media and personal website links in the footer of the Uptown Oscillators website below.

‘Larger Community’ in the headline means JPUSA, Uptown AND the entire Music World

Make no mistake about it, I’m trying to encourage more friendship and collaboration in all the ‘communities’. Electronic as well as acoustic music.

OK that settles that! Please, no matter where you live, no matter what your musical instruments or tastes in music are, no matter what your faith is, even none, please join us in the Uptown Oscillators music community, especially join our Facebook group listed below.

Add your friends, the more the merrier!

Feel free to share your music, gear and questions. Uptown Oscillators is a community site, not just mine.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Be sure to Join the Uptown Oscillators Facebook Group!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UptownOscillators

Uptown Oscillators is off & running!

Added Arturia Beatstep Pro MIDI Controller & Sequencer to Korg Minilogue & Roland TR-8

Still not quite at the beginning of my hardware/software vision for Uptown Oscillators Gear, but adding the Arturia Beatstep Pro recently made everything much more usable.

The Beatstep Pro is actually 3 sequencers, 2 melodic and 1 drum. Yes, the Korg Minilogue synthesizer has a sequencer but it is rather limited and not nearly as easy to program, especially on the fly, which the Beatstep Pro excels at.

The Beatstep Pro has 64 steps per sequence, 16 sequences per project, and 16 projects. The drum sequencer has 16 tracks for up to 16 separate drums. Additionally it can control the timing and start/stop of numerous other synths, midi devices, super useful.

The Roland TR-8 drum machine also has a sequencer which is maybe a little better. Eventually I will place it in timing and start/stop control only, and add a 2nd more digital drum machine.

Neither the Korg or the Roland sequencer really sequences other equipment well. Yes they make for some interesting one of a kind sounds and it’s useful for a temporary patched in situation but not as a master controller. The Beatstep Pro has other functions like transpose, well see the specs in the link above for greater details. Or even better, leave me a message in the Facebook group.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Be sure to Join the Uptown Oscillators Facebook Group!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UptownOscillators

Praise & Glory to God with Sound Waves

Welcome to Uptown Oscillators!

For a couple years now, I have had the vision of a personal music project. No, not that kind of vision, but an idea actualized to praise, glorify and be in spirit with Jesus Christ, my LORD through music. Well, my tastes and talents in music are likely a little esoteric, so it’s God, a handful of you and me, ha!

To describes the genres, for simplicity sake, I’ll say industrial, electronic, ambient, noise and more.

Initially I would expect the Facebook Group to be the most active, please JOIN it. Also LIKE the Facebook Page.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Be sure to Join the Uptown Oscillators Facebook Group!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UptownOscillators