In the summer of 2009, my friend Chris Savage made an online audio mixer for me. I used it to show how I deliver separate stems of my string stuff, and many other musicians have subsequently used it for their own needs.
At the time my wife (who has since left me, hey-ho) was having treatment for cancer, and to get the server files for the mixer I asked for a small donation to Macmillan, the cancer care charity. We raised over 700 GB pounds.
A couple of years ago I talked to Chris about updating the mixer to html5, to be compatible with more devices. Shortly after, Chris, who was still a young man, died suddenly.
Now, my friend and colleague Julian Cole has completed the job. This new mixer will also be a fund-raiser, for suicide prevention charity Samaritans.
To receive the files and installation instructions, I ask you to make a small donation.
If you already donated for the original mixer, let me know if you want the new one and I’ll send you the files without any further cost to you.
The mixer works in recent browsers – Chrome, Firefox and Safari. You will need to have a basic understanding of html to get the mixer working on your own server. I managed it, and my html level is very basic.
Hit me with any questions and please share!
Over the years, I’ve made some string files available for free or in exchange for a donation to charity. Here’s the full list.
These are all copyright free, do anything you like with them.
- 8 bar phrases. There are a few files in this zip, recorded back in 2000 at the legendary Cutting Rooms in Manchester.
- Zadok Just for fun, we recorded the opening section of Handel’s Zadok The Priest. Help yourself to the stems.
- Mad rise It slides up, in a mad kind of stringy way.
- Disco pull-downs. Or falls, whatever you want to call them.
- Held notes string notes, that are held for a few seconds.
- Lifeshare loops buy these from Loopmasters, with all proceeds going to homeless charity Lifeshare.
It’s taken me a few years, but finally, a 2nd instalment of Disco Strings, a loops pack of cheeky disco lines, is up on Loopmasters.
The first pack featured on hits by Skrillex and Bakermat and many other productions, I’m sure this 2nd pack is even more useful.
The pack includes 60 phrases, with full mixes and individual stems, plus the usual midi and scores. And now, you can have a Kontakt version as well.
Here’s a demo track featuring some of the loops.