The Perfect Stand for Novation Launchpad

Novation Launchpad has been a staple piece of gear for me. I have had the MK1, Mini, and now I added the Launchpad Pro. When performing Live I am always looking for a stand… after many tries, here is my list of the perfect stands for Novation Launchpad.

Best Stand for Standing Performance

When performing I prefer to stand and have my MIDI gear face out to the audience. I have found the Quik-Lok TriPod Stand, LPH-001 to be the perfect stand. It’s lightweight (compared to other stands I have had), and it fits all the Launchpads perfectly.  The stand is foldable and works great on the road. My only gripe is it doesn’t lock and just twist tightens… but that shouldn’t matter too much.  This would be my number one choice.



Push Stand for the Desk

Next up, I have used this adjustable stand for my desk. This stand is adjustable for the angle you need. It makes it a lot easier to set up in your studio or on a table.  This stand is also metal, sturdy, yet a cheap price. Total win for the desktop.  Bonus… it feels pretty stable when pounding on the pads. 


Portable Table Stand

Another option is having a portable stand you can put on the DJ table. I found the VEKTOR Laptop stand to be top notch for this. It’s cheaper then some hardcore DJ stands, but has the stability you need. It locks into place and can handle the weight.  I think the Adjustable Amazon Basic on is great for the home studio, but this one is sturdier for the road.


DIY Stand

The first stand I used for the Launchpad was a snare stand. I had some laying around and tried it out. This was great in the studio when I needed more space on my desk. I just put it on the Snare Stand and chair height. I now use it for my Push One, but it worked great for Launchpad. A little precarious… but it worked.

I don’t actually suggest buying a snare stand to use with the Launchpad. It works, but if you are going to spend money I think the Samson stand or the Quik-Lok TriPod Stand, LPH-001 would be a better buy. But, if you have one already then this could be a good option for you. There are many different snare stands so finding the right one might be a little tricky if you are going for new. I did use this snare stand for the Launchpad and it worked for my needs. And… it’s a little lower then I would like.


Those are my top picks for stands for the Novation Launchpad. They will work great with the regular and Pro. If you got any suggestions or things you think work better, please comment below.

By |2020-10-05T16:05:32-07:00July 26th, 2018|Gear Review, Producers Blog, Subaqueous News, Events and Music|Comments Off on The Perfect Stand for Novation Launchpad

Recording Multi-track with Ipad and Zoom H6

While working on my new Subaqueous Album, I came up with an idea. I wanted to record vocals with Marya Stark  but not in the studio. I wanted to trek out to a remote place in the woods and dive deep into the music. After much experimenting, I found out a way to use the Zoom H6 and the Ipad to record. We were able to do full multitracking, layering, and even editing out in the woods and it all fit in a backpack.

Here is the video walk through. Below that, I have some links to the app and gear used.


Here is a list of some of the things you might need. (more…)

iPad Second Monitor for Ableton Live – Windows and Mac

Just got a new iPad and what was the first thing I did… Control Ableton Live with it.

I tried out the best solution for connecting the iPad as a second monitor to a Windows Machine. Best thing I have found is the Duet Display app. Check out my video walkthrough below:


This is the first thing I did and I am stoked with my iPad. If you got any apps or things I have to check out, comment below.

By |2020-10-05T16:50:29-07:00May 29th, 2017|Ableton, Gear Review, Producers Blog|5 Comments

Subpac M2 Unboxing – Wearable Bass!

I got the Subpac M2 in the mail and had to fit the urge to rip it open so I could make an unboxing video.  The Subpac M2 is a massive bass bin on your back. This thing is amazing for production, gaming, and listening to bass music. I will have to make a whole video raving about it. First off though… an unboxing vid.


Right off the bat, I can tell that the creators of the Subpac have a design in mind. The boxing is minimal and sleek. The device its self has a similar aesthetic.  It’s got all the adapters and everything I need for the studio and the road.  Stoked to do a full video review. Stay tuned.

Check out the Subpac M2 on Amazon. 

By |2020-10-05T16:18:04-07:00May 24th, 2017|Gear Review, Producers Blog|Comments Off on Subpac M2 Unboxing – Wearable Bass!

Best Office Chairs for Music Producers

Two months ago I got a back injury. Since then I have been working on my overall back health and decided to level up my studio with the one thing that effects my everyday life… My chair!  If you spend more than 10 hours a day in your studio/chair then it is worth the investment to get a chair that will help you sustain a healthy back during your whole career.  I should have done this ages ago.

I did a lot of research on office chairs. Here are my top picks after trying many of them out at local stores, and eventually buying one on amazon.

My Top Office Chair Pick

Build Quality
Best office chair for the price

I wanted to start with the Office Chair I ended up buying. There were a few things I was looking at for a chair. First of all, I wanted it to be around $100. I also wanted it to be breathable, not sweaty, and good for my lower back.  After a month of searching, the Midway Mesh Office Chair fit the bill. I’ve had this for a few weeks and love it. The cushion is comfortable, it has many different height adjustments, and was a really good price. (more…)

Physical Modeling with Ableton Live and Chromaphone

One of the key techniques I use in my instrumentation is Physical Modeling. This type of synthesis has a unique and organic sound.  Wikipedia defines it as:

In sound synthesis, physical modelling synthesis refers to methods in which the waveform of the sound to be generated is computed by using a mathematicalmodel, being a set of equations and algorithms to simulate a physical source of sound, usually a musical instrument.

I also really like this image as a reference to how Physical Modeling does it. You can see how they have broken an instrument into its parts and used different synthesis to achieve a sound that emulates it.

Here is a video on my favorite Physical Modeling synth and an overview.

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By |2020-10-05T16:20:50-07:00February 21st, 2017|Ableton, Gear Review, Producers Blog, Sound Design Tech|Comments Off on Physical Modeling with Ableton Live and Chromaphone