New New Toy

New New Toy

Welcome to my new new toy. It’s an M1 Mac mini running MainStage with a couple of great plug-ins such as Trilian, EZ Drummer, Pianoteq and Ample Guitar L and LP. After a bit of experimenting around I was finally able to create a decent setup with MainStage, so that I can play the bass on the lower part of the Motif keyboard, the piano on the upper part, and the drums on my Studiologic 17 note pedalboard; there are also two Korg microKeys stacked on the Motif keyboard on which I play e guitar, horns, organ or the arpeggiator.

Here is the music (License: Creative Commons by-nc-sa). These are all real-time compositions (i.e. musical improvisation) played between April 2022 and March 2023 at my home studio. It’s just me, and all you hear is played live with no overdups (here is a video where you can see how this worked with my previous setup); I just did a bit of mastering using the Ozone plugin.

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Track 32

And here a track which I created on Logic Pro (before I had the MainStage setup); it’s again just played, each instrument in sequence, with no click or quantization: Sequenced.

Here a few tracks with Soprano Sax (soundpaint) operated by Elke: one two three


  1. Roland Riek

    Lieber Rochus
    unglaublich, wie dicht Du wieder mal musiziertst, so wie ich Dich kenne halt -).
    Ich habe probiert Dich per email zu erreichen, aber diese bounced back. Koenntest Du so nett sein und mich anschreiben, wenn Du mal zeit findest?
    mit herzlichen Gruessen

  2. Isolde

    Genialer Sound, einfach beeindruckend. Zum Beispiel hat Track 23 so einen spannenden Drive, grossartig.

  3. Karl-Heinz Garbe

    Dear Rochus,

    just listening to your new pieces, I must admit that I am overwhelmed by the qualitiy – it sounds perfect to me, it is a great pleasure to listen to these very different pieces!
    It is unbelievable that these are real-time compositions!
    Karl-Heinz from Weggis

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