Kind Words (aka Brag Page)

This web site has been a welcome creative outlet for me since I first put it up in the fall of 2002. I certainly don't make much money off of it since I'm giving away a lot of things here that took long hours of work. What I DO get out of it is appreciation from and interaction with people scattered all over the globe. Here are some nice comments I've received about the site. I've removed the email addresses to reduce spammage to myself and the senders.

(For personal emails, I always ask permission from the senders before posting their notes on here. For mailing list and newsgroup postings, I usually ask, but sometimes not, because the whole world can already see those anyway)

Direct Emails

Subject: fenderizer 
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2003 17:15:04 -0600 

Hi Mark,
Great site! (I got to it from your sdiy post). Is there any way I could 
get the schematic for your Fenderizer?

Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 14:22:46 -0500 (EST) 
Subject: GR300 Site 


First and foremost, kudos on your site.  It is comprehensive and easy 
to navigate...

Fred Dawkins

Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 21:57:36 -0600 
Subject: Moog 

Great work on the Moog.  Nice Multiple too :)

How does that 905 sound?

I find it interesting that so many of us synthesizer guys 
are also into robotics.

Roger Arrick
Personal Page      
Automation and Robotics
Analog Music Synthesizers

Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2003 09:44:32 -0600 
Subject: your email to me 

Hi Mark,  
Thanks so much for the information.  I finally got around to listening to you.
Nice playing! I think I'll try one of those Danelectro pedals that you use and
see how it works. Thanks again for corresponding.  

Jack Grassel

Subject: Roland gp16 
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 10:10:00 +0100 
Hi mark,
I have just bought a second hand Roland gp16 and am keen to try out your 
patches as the demos on your web site sound great.
Craig Watson 

Date: Sat, 08 Feb 2003 00:54:30 -0500 
Subject: Re: Choir Message for Mark from Mike 
Hi Mark - nice-sounding mp3's - thanks for putting them up!
Best Regards, Mike

Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 08:54:36 +0100 
Subject: From Italy 
Dear Mark,
compliments for your music and sound's research.
Fabio Pianigiani

Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 23:56:43 -0700 (PDT) 
Subject: GR-300 

Mr. Smart,

Thank you for your informative GR-300 page. 

Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 19:08:31 +0200 
Subject: I need G202 /GR303 info 

I'm javier from Barcelona(Spain)
Your work on gr303 is wonderful!!.

Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2003 16:58:35 -0400 
Subject: Baba O'reilly 

hi mark

I stumbled across your site and heard the Baba O'reilly synth mp3. Very 


Subject: SUPERB page on the gr300! 
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2003 23:08:52 +0100 
hiya Mark

just to say you got a SUPERB tech page on the gr300 :-)

fernando "make those vco's squeak with the pick!"
Portsmouth, UK

Subject: Digital Realization of the GR-300 
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2003 13:45:18 +0300 
Hi. I enjoy your web site a lot. Especially gear hacking and info on GR-300.

Subject: Gk-2a-gk-1 interface 
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 13:22:59 +0200 

It was really interresting reading your articles, thanx.

Subject: Great Site! 
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 00:04:48 -0400 
Hi Mark,
First of all I am glad you are not the tool for hanging pictures! 
John Boccuzzi
Burlington, CT
PS I really enjoyed your website.    

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 23:48:28 -0500 
Subject: web site, music 
Outstanding, Mark. What classic taste and soulful execution on "Shiny 
Stockings." And thanks for the web site on your use of RC-20's etc. 
Someone posted it in a discussion on the Fender Forum.

Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 13:15:28 -0400 
Subject: great lessons 
I've been spending some time at your site today and it has really been 
an eye opener. The walking bass stuff was a great exercise having just 
been through some different ones with Steve Adelson. Then I looked at your
chords for the high string tuned down and thought "What the heck, I'll try it".
Wow. I like that alot. I'm going to keep it that way for a bit and really
explore but I think I am definitely happier. Right now I'm glancing through the
right hand 7th chords and it looks great as well. Just what I've been looking

Thanks again.
Steve Lemke

DATE:   8/13/04 9:54 AM [ SIZE: 0.951KB ]  
SUBJECT:   No Subject  

Hi Mark
I just wanted to thank you again for the great web site.
You are really challenging me as a jazz stick player, 
thanks for unselfishly sharing the knowledge.

Hope to jam with you some day.

Brett Bottomley

Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 23:58:06 +0200 
Subject: Info 

Hello Mark

I'm writing you since I found your webapges and I saw that you are a 
Gr-300 Expert.

It happened to me to have a US GR-300 (110 V) since few days, but 
unfortunately my son plugged the power cord in my 220-110 V converter 
with the wrong settings. This means that probably (I'm not sure) the 
synth received 220 V instead of 110.

Since I was not present at the moment, I asked what happened exactly 
and my son said that the lights turned on for a second, but then 
everything was "dead"

I'm not expert in electronics so I don't have idea of the damages 
that he could do. Here in my town (Cagliari, Italy) I would find many 
difficulties in finding an expert to repair it (in case it was 

I would ask you few things before to kill my son

1. Is there a fuse inside the unit? Maybe the fuse has been burned 
out but the rest of the unit is still fine

2. In your opinion what kind of damages we could make to the GR-300 
supllying it a wrong voltage?

Thanks in advance

Massimiliano Pau
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
University of Cagliari
Piazza d'Armi
09123 Cagliari, ITALY

"The cure for boredom is curiosity.
	There is no cure for curiosity"

Dorothy Parker

Subject: GR-300 
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2003 16:00:48 +0100 

Hello Marc!
Your website is very interesting!
I live in france ( so, sorry for my poor english ) and I began electronics at
13 as a hobby (now I' m 51 years old ). I discovered Pat Metheny' s music in
the early 80's, so I tried to get his sound (I play guitar ). I built a guitar
with an hexaphonic pickup of my own idea, and a minisynth for each string, and
6 enveloppe-followers.It sounds very well and it's very fast and easy to play 
( the pitch-to-voltage converters are of my invention, so I'm content. It looks
like the Metheny sound except the attack that is not so squeaky.
Yvon Roussel.

Subject: envelope follower  
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2003 10:43:45 +0100 

I live in Belgium
I sought a envelope follower on Internet and I was very interested by your
module envelope follower to gate converter and I would like to buy it
how to make? 
a big tanks
PS: sorry for my bed english 
collu luigi 

Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 17:16:56 -0500 
Subject: Electric Sitar (Indian Duets) 

Hello there,

I was doing a search on a replica company (Rogue's) version of the Coral 
Electric Sitar and came accross your site after much google and trepidation,

I just wanted to tell you how beautiful the mp3 samples you have there 
are with you and Yeditha Mahalakshmi. I own a real sitar and while I'm 
pretty good at it, it is totally impractical for playing with my band 
(not to mention precariously delicate) and your sounds have me totally 
sold on the concept of electric sitar.

Again, beautiful stuff, and thanks!

Love from the States,
Oweinama Biu,4675,g0r0l0t0o0i766104,FF.html

Subject: suggest 
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 14:15:58 +0100 

i've read that very intersting article on gr300 expanding sounds.
i'll appriciate a lot to hear in the site some sample of new sounds

Subject: Reaktor 
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2003 11:29:45 -0500 

Hi Mark, I really enjoy your site. Its especially gratifying to see someone
with great tech skills _and_ great musical sensibility. Anyhow, I was greatly
admiring the work that you have done with the big band reaktor ensemble, and
was wondering whether yuo could make it available on the site in some way?

Keep up the good work, and happy holidays,

Subject: Holy Neurons! 
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2003 06:12:49 -0800 
Hi Mark,
My name is Bob Memmo and you just made my day. I bought an ARP Omni 2 from from
a friend. I knew it had a little trouble but after poking around in it knew I
was in for a big research project gathering  info on an orphan synth.
After a few Google searches I stumbled on your pages on the Omni 2. I'm
guessing I have tantalum probs as my keys sticks seem to be ENV/VCA in nature.
Thank you so much for calling it out to the component level. Do you happen to
know where I may obtain a service manual? I think I can get by with the info
you have been so cool to publish. Thanks again and if I can be of any help to
you in future please send me a line. I try to copy/scan schematics and service
books I find need for them. I'm happy to share them with folks in need of
them.  My interests lie in machines and electronics that are 20-40 years old.
God help my neighbors. 
Cheers, Bob   
BTW I still have a VIC-20. I will have to try running your games on it. 

Subject: Amazing Continuum ! 
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 02:58:48 -0800 

First, I'm greatly thankful  for your e-mail and those absolutely fabulous
soundtracks - fantastic! Enough vibration? In this case I feel a certain gap
of my descriptions in English ( I'm Russian) to fully express of what I've 
got through during that wave was playing. My whole body was vibrating.

Stan Fomin

Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 00:52:25 +0000 
Subject: Question regarding your Roland GP-16 patches 
Dear Mark:

First of all, thanks a lot for your page and your kindness by offering
your patches to anyone interested.

Antonio Ocon Carreras - CICEI Comms. Mgr.
C.I.C.E.I. - Edif. de Ingenierias   
Campus Univ. de Tafira, S/N
Canary Islands - SPAIN

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 09:44:44 -0000 
Awesome choir sounds for the JD on your site... 
Thanks for the great pointers on human voice formants, lots of hard work
there me thinks... well done!
Best wishes,
Jarrelook... the UK Jean Michel Jarre tribute band...
Point your browser at:

Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 08:06:13 -0800 
Subject: Jazz pedalboard 
Hi Mark-

I saw your jazz pedalboard on the web and I'm very impressed with the 
sound. Great way of getting a real bass sound and guitar in real time. 
Very clever!  

Dave Hanney

Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 23:56:42 -0500 
Subject: website - you rule.... seriously... 

i have ended up at your website on 3 separate occasions, just searching 
for things i'm interested in, purely by chance: guitar synths, Arp, 
Chapman Stick.  i am amazed at the breadth of your interests.  i believe 
the only difference between you & i may be that you actually have 
aquired some practical technical skills in life, while i have only aquired a 
taste for geeky things!

i also really enjoyed checking out your Fenderizer pedal & your guitar 
looping setup.  that killed me!!  totally cool.  & the sitar?!!?!  you 

i was at NAMM this year & very sorry i missed the controller thing.  i 
am now seriously interested in that too.  mo' money, mo' money....

brock walters
tempe, AZ

Subject: Roland GP-16 
Date: Fri, 02 Apr 2004 20:40:05 +0000 

Hi Mark,

I'm Arno Frericks from holland and I own a Roland GP-16 myself.
I play guitar in Encircled. [] And I saw your 
page about the GP-16 on your website. I listend to the sound of 'Genesis - 
Firth of Fifth'.  And I'm amazed. Thats exactly the sound I've been looking
for for quite a while now.   Now, is there a possibility that you could give
me those settings? I would appreciate it very much! you would really help me
out there..
Thanks in advance! :)

-Arno Frericks

Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 22:41:38 -0700 (PDT) 
Subject: ARP sounds (and others) 

Hello Mark!
I stumbled across your site in my attempt to do further research on Arp Omni
2's, of which I have one that's in the shop now getting fixed.
Thanks a bunch for the tonal breakdown of the string chorus sound -- I too have
a JD-800 (actually two of them!) and I was quickly able to duplicate

the 'classic' sound after using your strategy.  Very clever you are !!  I've
created a bunch of sounds myself (including a very good tornado siren) and at
times wondered how this effect was done; I once created a patch that was a
little similar but nothing like what I've now been able to do thanks to you.
As I type this I'm listening to your Won't Get Fooled Again patch and it's
very nice -- I created one of these as well a few years ago, which is quite
similar to yours.  The Pink Floyd one, however, sounds nearly 100% like the
original -- how were you able to do this one so exact?  (goodness, sounds like
it's sampled it's that good!)
I enjoyed your brass patches too (the brass patch waveform card for the JD-800
is great for brass section but not really for sax, so your info could come in
handy for that).  I've been tempted to get a wind controller, though I know
nothing about how to play an actual brass/wind instrument, but I could teach
myself I suppose -- which is all I've ever done.
Anyway, thanks !!!
Rick M.
Florissant, MO

Sent: Saturday, February 08, 2003 8:15 AM
Subject: Re: GK2a controling the GR300

Dear Mark,
Wow, you have no idea how cool it was to find out
about you at the Yahoo midiguitar chat room.

For years now, I have wanted to control my ancient
300 with my modern GK2A.  I have searched
everywhere.  I have asked questions to the "pros" at
the NAMM show, technical guys, you name it.  I even
found some strange little company in Japan that
seems to have designed a box that will do this, but
their website is all in Japanese, and they don't
respond to my emails, and I can't find anyone who
has ever used them or knows much about them.  
Any way, your "invention" seems cumbersome, but nevertheless, GREAT!
Howard Barnett

Subject: VG8 Librarian 
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 13:15:06 -0700 

Hi Mark,

I visited your website in search of the VG8 Librarian. Listened to your 
cool guitar samples - nice! 


Dana Elston

DATE:    5/28/04 5:20 PM
FROM:    Tim and Connie Long
SUBJECT: Won't Get Fooled Again

Hi Mark,

I stumbled on your sight. Very Interesting. Congratulations on your
musical accomplishments.

I've been playing music with a bunch of blokes in a garage band since
1969. This year we are playing for our 35th high school class reunion.
We want to perform Won't Get Fooled Again. I sampled your wonderful
synth patch (Great job!). Do you have any idea where we could find,
buy, rent a copy of the synth patch for the entire song of Won't Get
Fooled Again? Any ideas or comments would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks and good luck,

Tim Long

DATE:    6/1/04 1:53 PM
FROM:    A&T

Hi mark,
I found your site cause I just bought a GP-16 and I was surfing the net for patches.
I downloaded the software your best ones and I like them (like your whole site) a lot.
Of course after my expiriments I will send you the patches of my results.
Thanks in advance
Arnoud Kaptijn
The Netherlands

DATE: 	 11/19/04 11:17 AM
FROM: 	 David Morton 
SUBJECT: Re: Jerry Jones Supreme Sitar 

P.S. I did enjoy reading your website. I also started out as an EE (in
the Engineering Research Dept of the British Broadcasting Corp), tried
to learn the Chapman Stick (gave up because I'm a fingerstyle guitar
player and I couldn't work out a compromise nail length on my picking
hand), once owned a Yamaha WX7, and have recently started
experimenting with looper pedals.

Keep up the good work, I seem to be following right behind you!

DATE:   12/9/04 8:37 AM
SUBJECT: Direct String Pickup to Obtain Isolated Bass output

You have a great web page!.  I have been dabbling with guitar 
pickups for about 40 years... 

Joe Rogowski   

From: toni
Sent: 10/13/04 10:26 AM
Subject: your reaktor patches...

i visited your homepage and i saw the arp patches 
for reaktor. and i heard the amazing sound examples...



DATE: 	 12/25/04 9:35 PM
FROM: 	 dave 
SUBJECT: Nice website 

I just stumbled on your webpage from a link in
stickwire. Me being a new stick player, hearing
your style is very encouraging.....shows what
potential the stick has within.....Dave

DATE: 1/15/05 8:59 PM
FROM: 	 Robert Smith 
SUBJECT: Re Roland 13 pin pinouts. 

Hi Mark,
Using Google I stumbled upon your website...very good.

DATE: 1/27/05 2:51 PM
SUBJECT: Basement building 

Love that groovy set you built in your basement. 
Did you guys ever finish the movie or at least the 
screenplay? would love to know how it turned out.


nagdabit, man, you're good!!!!! 
but then you knew that......

DATE: 1/26/05 12:54 PM
FROM: Simone Caronno 

Hi Mark, sorry to disturb you.
I wanted to ask you something about your patches to use with Wx 7 - Wx 5, 
as I heard on your page samples of your work and I like it.
Wow, Mark.
I am going to build a little mausoleum with your statue at the centre.
Thanks a lot !!


1/7/05 11:12 AM
SUBJECT: Bigband Synth

Hi, Ive been reading your website and lsitening to your music examples,
very nice stuff !! I was wondering if the Bigband synth for Reaktor is 
available somehow, i would LOVE to experiment with it


DATE: 12/25/04 1:46 PM
FROM: Craig Mills 
SUBJECT: electric sitar 

Hello, Sir, I discovered your site while searching for info about electric
sitars. The link from Google no longer led me to your article about you
Jerry Jones mod, or whatever it was about. I did, however, listen to some of
your music and was impressed. I would still be interested in your experimentation 
with sitar. Can you help me out? A fellow music enthusiast, 

Craig Mills, Columbus, Ohio.

DATE:   3/24/05 3:12 PM
FROM:   Benjamin Munhall  
SUBJECT:   Re: Roland G-303 and 24-pin cable  

Hello Mark,
You have a wonderful website, very educational.  
Ben Munhall
Pacific Grove, CA

DATE:   3/28/05 8:53 PM 
FROM:   David Joseph  
SUBJECT:   WGFA synth  

Your synth part sounds great!  How can I get a complete copy?  
My band would love to play it.


DATE:   3/30/05 3:14 PM 
FROM:   Jeff Kuda  
SUBJECT:   Came across your website.   

Hey. My name is Jeff and I live in Jersey outside of Philly. I stumbled on to 
your website searching the net for information about the best real-time looping 
pedal to buy. I��m probably just gonna get a Boomerang cause it��s easy to use 
and probably the best thing to use for what I��m doing. I play lots of reggae 
and groove music but I love Jazz. I know basic theory but am trying to use 
that more as a guide since my guitar leads have started to sound like I��m 
practicing my scales. Anyway I listened to Shiny Stockings and that sounded 
pretty good. I liked it a lot. I��m kind of wondering what the hell kind of 
chords your using. Are you building the chords around the melody you��re playing 
on the lead? Also, when you��re playing lead are you playing in a particular 
mode or scale? If you could give me any pointers I��d be very appreciative. 
Just some standard jazz technique or ideas would be great.

Thanks a lot,
An eager to learn more musician

DATE:   4/10/05 6:04 AM
FROM:   Thomas Moen  
SUBJECT:   gr300 ?  

You have a great site, I really enjoy it!!

DATE:   4/9/05 6:48 PM
FROM:   matthew warnock  
SUBJECT:   guitarist coming to CU  

Hi Mark,
I was browsing through performance listing for CU
and came across your website, I hope you don't mind my
emailing you. I am moving to CU at the end of the
month to start my DMA in jazz guitar perfromance at
UIUC. I did my undergrad at Mcgill university in
montreal where I'm from and just finished my masters
at western michigan university. I've checked out your
recordings and really like your stuff it sounds great.

DATE:    5/12/05 6:58 AM
FROM:    Max Fazio 
SUBJECT: formant chart

Hi Mark
I have to thank you very much for the formant chart you 
published on your helped me building a very 
close VP-330 Male and Female voices with my CS-80V!!!

Many thx again!

DATE:   6/10/05 4:13 AM
FROM:   David Marshall  
SUBJECT:   Big band Reaktor File

I have been enjoying you Reaktor ensembles having pick up the link 
from the midi guitar news groups
The big Band thing you have sounds immense --- impressive mp3s

Dr David Marshall
Senior Lecturer
Cardiff School of Computer Science
Cardiff University
Wales, UK.
Check out My Music Web Site:

DATE:   6/16/05
FROM:   NicewanderG
by the way huge fan you rock my man!!! 

DATE: 6/17/05 5:24 PM
FROM: Steve Meiers 
SUBJECT: Fwd: [GR-50] Digest Number 67 

Hi Mark,

I jumped to your homepage from the link on the GR-50
Yahoogroup message, where I found your GR-50 Sustain

Very good idea and excellent execution. THANKS a whole
bunch. You are so right, this function is truly
missing on the GR-50.

Steve Meiers
Hayward, CA

DATE:   2/7/05 5:13 PM
FROM:    Scott Kinsey  
SUBJECT: Re: NAMM/Harmonized wind synth  

Hey! My email was down and so I just got your message today.
Good to meet you too. I'm happy you liked the Tribal stuff.

Tav and I were pretty blown away by the Continuum. Pretty wonderful. 
We would both love to get one but unfortunately
neither of us can justify the price right now.
I guess Tav said James Raymond bought one. I'm jealous!!!

I loved your Reaktor big band synthesizer. That's just great. Don't 
know how you did it! Would be fun to try it sometime.

Hope all is well!

Take care,

DATE:     7/19/05 9:27 PM
FROM:     theremin  
SUBJECT:  your site and music  

Very nice. I found you through the Continuum keyboard site. 
I enjoyed your Indian perfomance on your site as well. I took 
Surbahar lessons for about a year and a half, which, as you 
know, is just scratching the surface! 

If you know of any used Continuums, I am in the market for one! 


DATE: 7/24/05 11:59 AM
SUBJECT: Re: great playing 

Hi Mark.
I'm always amazed when I come across people who are daring to
go where no one has gone before. Thanks for the inspiration. 
Not only are you doing something technically advanced but the 
wonderful thing is that you make excellent music while doing so.

Jack Grassel

DATE:    8/18/05 7:36 PM 
SUBJECT: Fellow GP 16 User...  

Hello Mark,
My name is Duane and I was checking out your GP 16 web page. 
Really like your favorite patches. Nice tone indeed. Your 
rendition of 'Spirit' is really nice.
Just spent about 2 hours with your patches. I really 
think I have left the potential of the GP untapped 
for about 12 years. Your patches have such incredible 
tone. I couldn't put my guitar down WOW~~!! Thanks 
for sharing with me...

DATE:    8/20/05 8:03 PM
FROM:    PeterJ 
SUBJECT: GR-50 & Prog 

Hi Mark! 
We found you on the web... my good buddy Monty has an old GR-50 and he is 
trying to get it back into service.  
We were playing your patches tonight... love Fifth Ave.! 

BTW: We are progholes like yourself... listened to some Iconoclast, 
sounds *great*!

Looking For The Signposts,
Peter J
See us on the web at 
Old Vertical Alignment site

DATE:   10/9/05 7:17 AM [ SIZE: 7.123KB ]  
SUBJECT:   thanks for your site  

my name is Maciek, I am from Poland and I play jazz too. Well 
I'm still learning to play it, but for about a year I have 
been thinking about using some looping devices to play solo
performances, just like you do. Thanks to you, things cleared 
up a lot to me. I really appreciate the effort you put in 
building this site. Not only because it gave me some hints, 
but also because this kind of playing (or generally looping) 
is virtually unknown in Poland. 
like your mp3's a lot! I would like to play that 
style too. Your stick "noodling" impressed me very 

P.S. RoboTenor is SO funny! :) 


DATE: 10/27/05 5:31 AM
FROM: Fredrik Skeppholm 
SUBJECT: Thanks! 

Hi Mark!
Just wanted to send a thank you for your excellent ARP Omni/Quadra patches
for the NORD Modular. They sound great and I will for sure use them a lot.

Thanks again and have a nice day!
Fredrik Skeppholm

DATE:   12/3/05 2:09 PM
FROM:   loop.pool  
SUBJECT:   thanks, Mark!  

Hey Mark, 
Someone sent your pedalboard setup with the angled Echoplex 
(very nice, btw) to Loopers Delight. I went to you page and 
listened to your version of 'Stolen Moments'. How beautiful.   
I just loved your version and wanted to thank you for 

1) how beautifully you played it and 
2) reacquainting me with this wonderful Oliver Nelson tune.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Be well,   Swing on!
yours,   Rick Walker   

DATE: 12/27/05 5:38 AM
FROM:   Owen Tromans  
SUBJECT:   sitar  

I came across your mp3s of Indian duets by accident and they 
are wonderful. Excellent stuff. 
Owen Tromans, England

DATE: 1/13/06 10:36 AM
FROM: A.A.  

Hi Mark.

Your ARP Omni patch for Nord Modular is just amazing - so emotional
and natural! I have a question - did you ever try to create proper
emulation of Rhodes piano on NM? It's not difficult to get the DX-ish
piano type of sound out of it, but I was'nt able to create anyting
more natural - gentle and smooth when you need it and with BARK when
you hit it. Let me know if you have anything to say about it.

Andrei (St.Petersburg, Russia).

DATE:    1/16/06 6:25 PM
FROM:    Mrten_Olsson 
SUBJECT: Nord Modular sounds. 

Found your website by accident and must say you sure make lovely 
patches! The ARP strings are really great (will try the other 
patches soon)! Do you have more? The trumpet and saxophone are 
also great but I can't find them.
Thanks for great patches!
/M�rten from Sweden

DATE:   3/25/06 12:27 PM 
FROM:   Kevin Sprissler  
SUBJECT:   Great site!  

I have loved the vintage Roland sound for years and recently purchased 
one. Its a great piece of gear. Your site has a load of information 
that I used to get all the sounds I need. Bravo!

DATE: 4/7/06 5:28 AM
FROM: Justin White 
SUBJECT: Continuum fingerboard. 

Hi Mark,
I enjoyed your continuum examples and also your reaktor jazz band 
thing. Really creative!

Justin White

DATE: 7/22/06 7:14 AM
FROM: Daryl Shawn 
SUBJECT: brag, brag! 

hi Mark, wonderful site! I especially enjoyed the music gear hacking
page - absolutely fascinating stuff. And it's wonderful how more info
you've put there just to share. Very well-done one-person jazz stuff,
too, a more natural and utterly convincing approach than most.

cheers to you -

Daryl Shawn
p.p.s. -what a great Pearl S. Buck quote.

DATE: 10/4/06 8:54 PM
FROM: dave 

Hi Mark.
As always i enjoy listening to your audio clips of you
playing stick on your website. Im an inspriing stick
player and was wondering what substitutions you were
using in the 12 bar blues on your noodling page.
.........they sound really kewl! It sets such a 
relaxed and tasteful mood. 

Thanks, Dave.

DATE: 10/18/06 5:03 PM
FROM:  Simon Miller 


Firstly, congratulations on your site, I really enjoyed learning about your
1 man jazz band setup. I am very inexperienced in guitar modification, and
so found it fascinating reading! I am in a two-piece rock band from England
who are interested in using octave shifts etc to try and beef up our sound.
( I was wondering if you could tell me if it
were possible to modify my Cort G Series strat copy (3 single coil) so that
I have a secondary output of just the isolated signal from the low E string.

Thank You


DATE: 11/8/06 1:17 PM 
SUBJECT: won't get fooled again  

hi, my name is gareth hamilton and i live in the u.k. your wgfa is amazing 
my friend! 


DATE: 11/15/06 8:16 AM
FROM: Jens Mayer 

Hi Mark
just found your site on Gr50
nice hack you made.
I use the FC100 footswitch for the hold function.
Also have a GR1 but i get best sounds from my GR50 still
Anyway just wanted to say nice job!
My website is
Best regards / Mit freundlichen Gruessen
 Jens Mayer

From: Mark Kostreba
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2007 7:45 PM

You're a genius. I admire your modifications, etc.
Raga On,

DATE: 3/17/07 10:13 AM
SUBJECT: Electric Sitar Question  

I found your page through Wikipedia. I am very impressed by the sounds 
you get out of the electric sitar. 
Jim Jordan 

DATE:    5/20/07 10:17 AM
FROM:    Evan Lorden  
SUBJECT: OMNI queries  

Firstly, just to say many thanks for the ARP Omni pages on your great web site.
They seem to be an excellent resource for maintaining & modding OMNI synths.
PS. Just watched your video from the NAMM show.
Very cool! Loved the sounds and different ways of getting everything
working so expressively.


DATE:    6/7/07 1:52 AM

Hi Mark,

I just checked out your website regarding your vast knowledge of 
the ARP Omni and wanted to extend my congratulations on your extensive 

Thanks, and all the best,

DATE:    6/28/07 7:10 AM
FROM:    Paul  
SUBJECT: electric sitar  

Hi there!

First of all: Great respect! Your body of work is amazing. You have worked 
in so many fields! Through your page I've discovered many things that 
I heard of, but never saw them in one place.

I'd like to ask You about sitar...

Sincerely Yours, Paul

DATE: 7/2/07 11:39 PM
FROM:   Kato So  
SUBJECT: I took your web page  

Dear Mr.Mark Smart,
 Hello. I am chapman stick player living in Japan. 
I took your web page very interesting. 
I wanted to always do play of stick like jazz guitar with walking 
bass line and comping. I think that your performance is splendid. 
As for my feeling disappointing, web page some of you are to be 
it for running out of link. I want to do a performance such as mp3 
in a page of your blues noodling. I want web to improve if you 
have a page of a tab sheet of music of mp3. I am poor at English. 
I'm sorry.
Thank you and Best regards,
Satoshi KATO


Hello Mark, 
I thank for your revising web. I look at the page that I was not 
able to look at so far. (about PHP page) What is brag page? I think 
that all the comment from you wants it. Originally I am bassist. 
I have little understanding about a cord of jazz. Like your mp3, 
it cannot play me, but I do my best and intend to practice it.


Sent: 8/29/07 6:57 PM
Subject: Sitar
I just bought a Jerry Jones Supreme Electric Sitar and have been
Googling around to learn more and found your awesome page. Do you
still have you Master Sitar? I am very impressed with your music!

DATE:   8/24/07 6:02 PM 
FROM:   Cullen Kushlick  
SUBJECT:   jazz looper pedalboard

If you don't mind I would like to possibly keep corespondance ask you to 
possibly a few questions in the future about your setup as I study it more. 
I apologize for the many questions but I think your the only guy on the 
planet who has devised such a setup and have provided information about it.


DATE:      10/12/07 4:37 PM
FROM:      Bone, Robert  
SUBJECT:   RE: Genesis Firth of Fifth 'patch' question  

1. It was absolutely FANTASTIC of you to be willing to help me with
   my quest to have the correct sound for playing the keyboard solo in the
   Genesis Firth of Fifth tune.

2. The sound you crafted for me for Firth of Fifth is the closest
   thing I've EVER heard to what Tony Banks used in concert.
Bob Bone

12/4/07 12:41 AM
FROM: Darrell Havard  
SUBJECT:  a hello and a question  

Hi Mark.

My name is Darrell Havard and I'm a Stickist. I'm from Mississippi but 
I just moved to the Dallas area. I think we've chatted through email 
once upon a time - through Loopers Delight I think.

Somewhere in my web meandering I stumbled upon your 'blues noodling' 
page and the block chords example gave me a good kick in the pants. I 
consider myself a pretty accomplished Stickist and a decent jazz one at 
that, and I've been spending a lot more time on chord melody in the 
right hand lately. I was pretty decent at chord melody on guitar once 
upon a time, but I've had to make some adjustments to make it work on 
Stick. At any rate, that soundbite of yours got me reeling.

I gotta ask, what sort of voicings are you using in that example? I've 
mostly been using closed voicings since I started working on it chord 
melody again, your example sounds more like open voicings. They sound 
really thick, too - are you using two hands to get those voicings or 
are they just in the right hand?

I would appreciate any pointers you have.


DATE: 1/4/08 9:23 PM
FROM: Barry McNaughton  
SUBJECT: question about 13 and 24 pin connectors  

Hi Mark,

I just stumbled across your website and was totally blown away.  The 
things that you are doing with electronic music are really impressive.  


Barry McNaughton

DATE: 6/23/08 2:50 PM

Hi Mark.
I love the GR-50 patches you posted on your website. Many thanks

David, Scotland
(frustrated GR-50 user)

DATE: 6/29/08 6:22 PM
FROM: Kerry Bradley 
SUBJECT: a few questions about your saxophone patches 

Hi Mark,

I'm an AH-lurker, cheap 80's gear modifier, etc.

Every once in awhile during research for my little projects, 
I'm led to your excellent home pages. This time it's the 
saxophone patches...

From: bert lams 
Sent: 7/15/08 3:04 PM
Subject: 13 pin cable
Hey Mark
Thanks for posting your interesting finds and experiments on the web!

Bert Lams

DATE: 7/13/08 5:08 PM
SUBJECT: Copeland pickup

Hi Mark, I ran across you site and I like what you're doing so 
I thought I'd drop you a line. I'm a jazzer around Pittsburgh Pa, 
mostly solo sometimes trio. I use some looping and divided pickup 
techniques and i'm interested in that copeland pickup.  
Keep up the good work and keep picking.  

Al Craigie

DATE: 8/12/08 12:27 AM
FROM: Bob Christman 
SUBJECT: GR-300 Question 

Hello Mark.
I'm extremely impressed with your website and the work you've done 
with the Roland GR-300. I'm was very interested in modifying a 
GR-300 to improve it just like what you have DONE ALREADY !   
Your mods are very good especially the AD633 to keep the s
awtooth wave at a constant amplitude and adding better envelope 
generation and the 1v/oct log gen (thanks!) etc.


DATE: 8/22/08 2:12 PM
FROM: Nathanael Fareed Mahluli 
SUBJECT: Windsynth Info 

I found your site and really enjoy your programming. I play EWI and
I'm interested in creating a few patches. I really like your alto sax

DATE: 8/24/08 6:23 AM
FROM: gabby hayman 

hi Mark,
i just wanted to say a huge THANKS!! for posting your axxe mods info..

i've had my axxe for ten years and use it nearly every day and that 10ms 
delay has been sooo frustrating because i love the sound of the axxe but 
would never have worked out how to make it as snappy as my other synths.

today i added some more mods to my axxe mk1, first i did the lfo free 
run mod which i found on another site, i had done the noise reduction 
mod a few years ago and they are sweet.. i just did your simple fast 
env mod and now i am very happy! over the moon in fact :) next ill 
try your LFO speed mods.

kind regards, gab (melbourne AUS)

DATE: 8/24/08 9:52 AM
FROM: Jos_Paulo_Brito 
SUBJECT: Hexaphonic pickups

Dear Mark:

I'm sending you this e-mail after seeing your excellent website, 
congratulations indeed!


It's only fair to recognize the good, helpful websites when we 
find them, as these days it's quite usual to find a lot of pretty 
websites with loads of nice design and Flash, Java, whatever tricks 
they put within, but lacking the most important, specialized, detailed, 
technical contents. This is where websites like yours excel, 
as well as some good forums.
Keep up the good work, thanks once again
Jos� Paulo

DATE: 10/1/08 6:25 AM
FROM: Paul Censored 
SUBJECT:  fedbackgenerator+gr300+sitar 

Greetings again Mark!

It's me Paul from Russia. It's amazing, but as my needs develop, 
and I'm searching for a new and exiting peaces of gear, the final 
link that brings me simple (but yet very clever) solution is First it was MIDIguit, then electric sitar, now 
it's sustainer. Thank You many times for that.

DATE: 1/1/09 3:16 PM
FROM: Bob Christman 
SUBJECT: Guitar Feedback Generator

Hi Mark. 
On your site you have a really nice section on your feedback generator. 
The soundclips were great. Reminds me of Hendrix at Woodstock.
Here's a link to a site that has a feedback generator, where the 
transducer is mounted on a gooseneck.
Bob Christman 

DATE: 11/21/09 6:53 AM
FROM: Bill Ambrose 
SUBJECT: Wow ! Great site 

I chanced upon your site by accident (through a link to your Reaktor patch 
'big band) and I couldn't believe you were generous enough to provide 
the Bornes midi patch for your JD800, that's invaluable! Thanks so much.

It's a really interesting site as well.. you been busy !

Thanks again

(London, UK)

12/1/09 4:59 AM
FROM: seamus blake 

My name is Seamus blake.
I am a sax and ewi player. I have made some patches for the nord micro 
modular. I liked your alto patch. Would you like to trade a couple 
patches? I wonder if your alto sax patch will work with the micro modular.
keep up the good work.


DATE: 1/11/10 12:42 PM
FROM: shellferrari
SUBJECT: jd800  

just like to say thanks for sorting out all the jd800 controllers 
into bome's midi translator....saved me hours and now I can sell 
my other midi controller as I badly need the money and besides 
it didn't have as many controls as the jd800 does.

Thanks again,
Brighton UK

Sent: 5/9/10 3:43 AM
Subject: axxe help

Hi Mark-
I was browsing your Axxe mods and I must say that I'm quite
impressed. I'll definitely be borrowing a couple of your ideas.

Chadwick W.D

DATE: 6/26/10 3:49 PM
SUBJECT: AUTH -> info bass guitar 

Hi Mark, I'm Francesco from Italy...i was searching for hex pickup and 
i saw your website! you are very good player and your sound is very 
good too!!

Sent: 8/4/10 10:50 AM
Subject: email me

Hi Mark!
I've just played your three Roland GP-16 patches and they're great! 
Could you please send me the patch parameter information? I've been getting 
back into playing and I'd like to have a go on my Roland. Any advice would be 
greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Best wishes,
Jeff Allan

DATE: 8/9/10 2:10 AM
FROM: Gareth Whittock 
SUBJECT: Gr300 clone 

Hello there,
My name is Gareth Whittock and I'm working on a guitar synthesizer plugin for my 
masters degree major project here in the UK. I'm grateful to you and your 
enthusiastic and knowledgeable insights into the GR300 synth. I'm 
interested in adapting some of the principles into a digital plugin version....
Many thanks for you insights so far
Gareth Whittock

DATE: 9/1/10 3:45 PM
FROM: Neil Nappe 
SUBJECT: GR System String Buffering 

Any time I google for GR-related info, your work, or some
derivative thereof is generally near the top of the results. I'm hoping
you can answer a simple question based on your work w/ the GR300...

Neil Nappe

From: Alan Ayoub
Date: October 12, 2010 9:22:58 AM EDT
Subject: Hexing

Hi Mark,
My name is Alan Ayoub,
I am a Detroit area professional guitarist.
I have been enjoying your experiments on your site.


DATE: 10/19/10 9:49 PM
FROM: patrick stolley 
SUBJECT: arp omni

Hi. Your pages are proving really useful in my Arp Omni 2 rehab project. 
Question: Are the tant. caps marked "226" actually 22mf? Just wanna 
make sure.

Thanks for your contributions to the synth world, sir.


DATE: 12/1/10 10:47 AM

Thank you for posting your GR-50 sysex file (I don't remember where - 
too much surfing) but I found them a lot more useful than the factory 
patches - again thanks - JB

DATE: 12/18/10 4:21 PM
FROM: patrick stolley 
SUBJECT: it works! 

I got the synth section going. Various little bugs. It sounds awesome. 
I still have a couple little bugs, like a couple switches that don't 
want to turn off, but it's 99% functional. Thanks so much for all 
the info you have out there and your emails, I couldn't have 
done it without it!

Patrick Stolley

(I helped Patrick repair his ARP Omni 2 synthesizer - MWS)

DATE: 12/30/10 6:19 PM
FROM: marcelo madariaga 
SUBJECT: saludos 

I enjoyed your anaglyph 
buck rogers comic, really, you get a nice 3D effect....

DATE: 6/5/13 6:30 PM

Hi there,
I heard  your soundsample of Rush, and it sound amazing.
I bought a couple of moths ago a gp16 but I didn't find
that nice flanger sound. Can you Please tell me the complete
settings of the Rush patch?
Regards from Anne Pieter in The Netherlands.

DATE: 6/9/13 7:03 AM
FROM: 	 gian andrea tabacchi 
SUBJECT: Continuum tuning downloader question 

Hi Mark,
First let me congratulate you for your excellent musical work and your contribution 
to the Continuum Fingerboard development in all its aspects.  I must confess that 
your demonstrations are amongst the best and more convincing (for me, at least) 
of the Continuum as a real musical instrument.  

DATE: 7/1/13 3:52 PM
FROM:   Bernard Dawson  
SUBJECT:   JD800  

This is just a word of thanks for the zip file of translations for the
Bome prog. It must have taken you a while to do it!
I tried with a midi file using dimension as a plug in and had
a big grin on my face when I moved the filter fader and could hear the
immediate effect
on the plug in.

Thanks again, the wonder of the internet never ceases to amaze.

Bernie Dawson

FROM: jeffrey ambroziak 
SUBJECT: AUTH -> 3D Anaglyph question 


Your beautiful 3D conversions of Buck Rogers comics inspired me to pay 
a comic artist to create some comics for me with all of the elements 
on different layers so that I could make them 3D.  



DATE: 11/17/13 7:36 PM
FROM: Matt Fulks  
SUBJECT: Sci Fi set 

Hi Mark,
So I was browsing google today looking for some sci fi set ideas and I came 
across your website/blog and I really loved the set you created for those
sci fi projects. I'm currently building one myself for a project I have 
coming up and had a few questions I was going to see if you wouldnt mind 
helping me out with.

DATE: 2/20/15 10:18 AM
FROM: Bobby McAlister 
SUBJECT: JD800 sysex Bomes 

Hi just wanted to thank you for posting these presets.  
I was about to embark on the journey tonight, converting my JD800 to control 
Yellow Tools sampler by CC, and with delight found your page.  
Means Ill be making music tonight instead of HEX!
Take care,

Champaign-Urbana Local Music Awards

I was honored to be nominated in the Jazz Blues category in the 2007 Local Music Awards, put on by WPGU Radio and Buzz Magazine. They gave me some nice write-ups:

From Buzz Magazine

There have been few radical shifts in instrumentation of music in all genres since guitar became the lead instrument of choice for a majority of music acts. Mark Smart is helping to end this trend.

Mark Smart has been playing all sorts of different music over the past 25 years, from playing guitar with the U of I jazz bands, to an experimental prog-rock group. Recently, Mark has spent time helping to engineer one of the most impressive innovations in instruments since synthesizers.

The Continuum Fingerboard essentially is a synthesizer. It has monophonic and polyphonic outputs, along with the ability to produce MIDI. What separates this instrument from synthesizers of the 20th century is how it's played. The fingers strike the surface of a long rectangle; the position affects pitch, timbre and volume. The resultant sounds can be as rich and textured as a brass ensemble, or as smooth and mellow as a fretless bass. Unfortunately, the learning curve and the price also separate Continuum from its predecessors. These problems will fade eventually, and Continuum will turn many more heads in the future.

To see and hear Mark Smart play the Continuum Fingerboard, the Champan Stick (which any stringed instrument fan should take a look at) or with any of his old bands, got to The video of Smart playing Continuum blew my mind and sold my LMA vote for Best Jazz within five minutes. Enjoy.

-Josh Fisher

From WPGU Radio web site

Mark Smart is a cool dude. I'd equate him to your father's old college roommate who maintained his sense of cool, while your old man went on to do something "safe" with his life. Basically he's Uncle Jesse, but with Joey's sense of humor (his website is pretty funny). Mark is a rare breed of Musician AND Engineer, so he's able to do cool stuff such as looping which enables him to play five instruments at the same time, creating the sound of a "one man band". Marks solo work is soft bluesy jazz, with a strong bassanova influence. It's the kind of music you got to listen to with one hear close to the ground if you're going to want to catch all the magnificent subtleties.

Oh Well...

I didn't win the award. It went to Kilborn Alley.

From the "midiguitar" Yahoo Group

Mark Smart's cool site full of guitar gear ideas, hacks, tricks

Mark Smart's web site is chock full of interesting ideas, home guitar
gear projects -- I haven't even seen it all yet, but I set my
browser's home page to his site, so I will often be prompted to spend
a half hour or more checking out yet another fascinating thing he's
put there for all of us to learn from.

Most recent cool discovery there: the homemade feedback generator.
Looks dead easy and sounds like, well, feedback. I did something
similar once just by using a small "Telephone Listener" battery-
powered amp from Radio Shack *as a slide*. That is, while the sound
was coming out of the little plastic box [about the size of a PB&J
sandwich], I was using the box as a slide. Sustain and harmonic
overtones forever. It sounded like a tiny My Bloody Valentine.

Thanks, Mark, for keeping such an interesting site, and for making so
many sounds available there, too. It's great to hear demos of the
very thing you write about on the site.

There's too much to see at one time, so I'll be visiting it off & on
over the next few months, digging a little something different each


From the Matrixsynth blog

Sunday, December 04, 2005
PLATO IMS Synthesizer

Now this is interesting. Mark Smart put up a site on the 
PLATO IMS Synthesizer. If you don't know what it is, check 
out the site via the title like to this post. The site is 
made to use the amber on black font of the PLATO. The site 
has history, samples and details on it's sythesis. 
Really impressive.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005
How to Make Choir Voices without Samples 

From Mark Smart who brought us How to Make Arp Strings. 
The site gives you an example of how to create choir 
voices, sometimes referred to vox waves, on a JD-800, 
which can be applied to other synths with similar architecture. 
Amazing. I'm really impressed with Mark Smart's technique 
not only in creating these patches but also in how clearly 
he shares them via his website.

Thursday, September 15, 2005
How to Make Arp Strings
Mark Smart posted this on AH. Super simple walkthrough with 
samples for each step. Really nicely done. Title link takes 
you there.

From the Reaktor User Forum

Subject: 3D Wireframe Graphics
26-03-2005, 20:55
Outstanding... it reminds me of my Flash 3D experiments - with sound.

Subject: 3D Wireframe Graphics
lukash27-03-2005, 00:17
this is really cool! elite, anyone?

Subject: 3D Wireframe Graphics
CList27-03-2005, 00:26
OK, now I want to see you remake BattleZone in Reaktor!

Subject: 3D Wireframe Graphics
Rameau27-03-2005, 01:55
That is some crazy

From some type of Russian Discussion

From Wayne Jones' GR-300 Page

Mark Smart is a brilliant musician/engineer/innovator who has 
been kind enough to help me with my guitar synthesizer projects, 
and let me use some of his cool circuit designs in the RC-1324. 
Mark is fluent on guitar, Chapman stick, and a radical new 
controller, the Haken Continuum Fingerboard controller. In 
addition to his one-man jazz guitar gigs, Mark is a demonstrator 
for the Haken Continuum Fingerboard.

From the Analogue Heaven Mailing List

From: "Julian (Jools) Elliott"
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2005 4:35 PM
Subject: Re: [AH] Re: Won't Get Fooled Again

Evening folks
Casual reader of the list
How cool is that Pink Floyd patch!!!!!!!

Very nice Sir:)

From: Gordon Reid
Sent: Wednesday, Auguest 25th, 2005 4:45 PM
Subject: Re: [AH] Arp Quadra/Gordon Reid 'Sound on Sound' article.

I think that what you did is remarkable. It's one thing 
to have the opportunity to write about things, but quite 
another to have the skills to do the things that are 
worth writing about!

Gordon Reid

From: fierce fish 
Date: May 22, 2007 2:17:24 PM EDT (CA)
Subject: Re: [AH] More Analog Content at Haken Audio

Goddamit! Can people stop the continuum talk! I've been trying very hard 
for the past 6 months to convince myself I don't want one (let alone can 
afford one), and then some joker comes along and provokes me with more 
demo's and weblinks, enough!

Mark Smart - you have a lot to answer for buddy, with your fancy modded 
Arp Axxe and continuum, and your slick demonstrations.


P.S anyone wanna buy a kidney?

Date: Jan 18, 2008 5:14 PM
Subject Re: [AH] Reaction to Reaktor

NOW i realize that you and the person who made the Reaktor 
Arp Ensemble are the same! I can only say that because of 
your Arp ens. i bought an Quadra ;-) Your Ensemble is an 
extremely good soundimitation of the real thing.

Thank you Mr. Smart!


From the Nord Modular Mailing List

[NM] Little request.
Wed Apr 9 23:30:16 PDT 2003

If anyone can help me here I would be really grateful. Wondering around the 
net last night, I happened on a couple of Nord modular patches for 2 Who 
songs that my band do (badly) - Baba O Reilly and Won't get Fooled Again.
These patches had mp3 demos and sounded bang on. Now I want one. But I have 
seen the Modular keyboard and the micro modular, and think I get what the 
differences are. But could I recreate the sounds for these 2 songs with a 
micro modular or is it time to smash the piggy bank?
Any help gratefully received!!
Many Thanks

From the Looper's Delight Mailing List

From: "Clayton Gary Lehmann" 
Subject: RE: electric sitars--Your mod on the Jerry Jones 
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 07:07:26 -0800 

Cool instrument, cool site, and I think just about 
everybody needs to level and hang.

From: Tim Nelson
Subject: Re: electric sitars 
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 08:05:56 -0800 (PST) 

Wow, that's a great mod!

I just put a link to it over at the Eccentric Luthiery
Support Group site...


To: Loopers-Delight 
From: Louie Angulo 
Subject: Re: Jazz Looping Pedalboard
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 06:46:59 -0800 (PST) 

cool stuff smart!

To: Loopers-Delight
From: Scott Hansen 
Subject: Re: Jazz Looping Pedalboard
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 09:01:31 -0600 

mark-very nice pic and a nice layout of your pedalboard. boy it looks 

Subject: Re: Reaktor Loopers, anyone?  
From:  rithma   
Date:  Monday, December 17, 2007 5:06 
To: Loopers-Delight 

Hey just wanted to send a big THANK YOU to Mark Smart for linking me 
to those (somewhat insane) Reaktor creations of yours! 

nice work my friend!

hope everyones swell

From the "Reaktor Builders Forum" Yahoo Group

From:  Joe Musician
Date:  Wed Mar 23, 2005  1:44 pm 
Subject:  Re: [reaktorBuildersForum] Introduction

Oh. My. God.

"some Reaktor sounds" he says casually. Your sounds
are great, and that Big Band is incredible. It's got
all the automation (and more) that I envision in my
monster sequencer project. The recordings are
remarkably convincing. You really nail the styles.

Best of all though, I like the Ligeti sounds. I loved
his 2001 work, and I have also built a formant synth
(in Reaktor), so I can really appreciate the work it
takes to track down good formants and work the whole
thing out. The core of my architecture is fairly
similar to yours, with some extra stuff, and I use PWM
and Unison (with randomized LFOs) to get my chorus
effects. Here's my VoxHumana ensemble:

From the Stickwire Mailing List

Date: Mon, 31 May 2004 09:55:33 -0700 
From:  "Steven Lamphear" 
Subject: Re: [SW] Blues Noodling 

Wow...those clips are great!!!  I'm very impressed
with the amount of thought that you can put into
creating a very interesting melody, while still
keeping a solid bass line going.  The tone on all of
these clips is great as well.  Keep up the great work,
and let me know when a CD is in the works :)

Steven Lamphear

Date:	 Mon, 31 May 2004 13:07:28 EDT
From:	Steve Adelson
Subject: Re: [SW] Blues Noodling 
Hey Mark. Nice work. Good perception of chord voicings, 
substitutions in the blues progression and comping. 
And it doesn't sound forced. Relaxed and groovy.

Vijay Singhalongh

Date:	 Mon, 31 May 2004 13:13:51 -0400
From:	 "Michael Baran"
Subject: Re: [SW] Blues Noodling 

Great pedestrian lines and fluid melodys! I am not a 
blues/jazz player but I hear many hours spent over the strings.
Thanks for the noodling and get a CD available of your material.

Date: Mon, 31 May 2004 16:33:09 -0700 
From:  "pete gonzales"
Subject: Re: [SW] Blues Noodling 

Thanks for the Tab and Tunes, really smooth! Great work!

Pete G.

Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2004 00:10:53 EDT 
From: "Brett Bottomley"
Subject: Re: [SW] Blues Noodling 


Great stuff, can you tell us a little about your right hand comping? 
What voicings are you using? or what concepts are you using to voice them?

Thanks Brett

Date:         Wed, 11 Feb 2004 08:26:34 -0800
From:         pete gonzales
Subject:      Cool pages Was: A Practice Exercise

Mark, thanks for putting up the Stick/music pages. I'm looking forward to trying your 
Two Handed Block chord technique. Also I really enjoyed your chords over 
walking bass sound bite. Sounds Great!

Pete G.

Post Re: Hi all
This is a very impressive tool Mark - I applaud your efforts.

I have been able to successfully access the pages, but when selecting 
Grand Stick in Classic melody I am not able to hear the Bock to Bock midi.

Let me know if you need any assistance with this effort as having a 
tool like this for the community would a tremendous asset. Can 
you imagine being able to feed in chords and melodies into this 
and have it arrange it in the format you have defined on 
your site? Amazing.

Amazing work Mark - bravo!
Gene Perry

From the Wind Synth/Controller User's List

Date:         Thu, 6 Feb 2003 00:06:17 -1000
From:         David Minasian
Subject:      Re: Reaktor Big Band Synth

Wow, nice tracks.  So, is this auto chord function you mention found in
Reaktor? Have you used it on any live gigs? How does it function?

Mark Minasian

Date:         Thu, 6 Feb 2003 03:31:17 -0800
Subject:      Re: Reaktor Big Band Synth

DUDE.  That is AMAZING if you'd done it with 10 tracks.
But it's almost unbelievable from just 2. WOW.

In the Star Wars books they dubbed the Cantina Band's
style as "Jizz Wailing".  I think you've arrived!! ;)

  Emory Stagmer
Scientist, Northrop Grumman, Space Technology & Services Software Group
  Bass/12string/Keyboards/Windsynth for Ezekiel's Wheel
  Baltimore Chapter Coord and N.Atlantic Regional Office for CMC
  Ringmaster for the Christian Music Ring;home

Date:         Fri, 7 Feb 2003 08:24:10 -0800
From:         Keith Bradbury
Subject:      Reaktor Big Band Synth

Interesting.  But kind of sounds like a Hawaian guitar.

Date:         Fri, 7 Feb 2003 12:59:00 -0800
From:         Craig Rasband
Subject:      Re: Reaktor Big Band Synth

? What are you talking about?

Keith Bradbury wrote:
> Interesting.  But kind of sounds like a Hawaian guitar.

From Newsgroups

From: Pat Smith
Subject: Re: Jazz Looping Pedalboard v2.0
Date: 2004-11-08 16:52:02 PST

your site is pretty damn cool...I wish you lived next door so I could 
bug you

From: PartyDanceBand
Subject: Re: Jazz Looping Pedalboard v2.0
Date: 2004-11-07 14:38:20 PST 

Very impressive, Mark. are you saying that with this rig you can do solo 
gigs with all that extra instrumentation. The Boss RC-20's allow you to 
loop recordings, but how many recordings can you loop and what's the 
difference of using that and a pre-recorded backing?


PS. Loved Shiny Stockings
Also browsed through your site... crazy,man, crazy (as in cool).

From: David Iwaoka
Subject: happy birthday Jimi Hendrix
Date: Mon, Nov 27 2006 3:01 pm

Boy, do you have some nutty ideas - Good for you! :-)

From: Jack Zucker
Subject: Re: Tapping
Date: 2004-06-25 12:37:30 PST


I loved Dusk. You have that notated? Absolutely wonderful stuff. Was that
stick or guitar?
Incidentally Mark,
I'd buy a CD of that stuff. Please record one!


Subject: Re: Boss RC-20 
Date: 2002-12-13 21:10:49 PST 
Sounds way cool Mark. Really, I'd like to hear more about it. I enjoy 
what you did with the sound on the bottom two strings. Great separation 
and then you add the "authentic" drum loops and it just works really 
well I think.

Adam Gottschalk

From: Dan Adler
Subject: Re: Drum machine recommendations
Date: 2003-12-02 14:16:36 PST

What an amazing setup:

Can you explain more how the string splitting works? Also, how do you
load the loops on the RC-20? This has to be the most inventive rig
I've ever seen from a jazz guy :-)


From: icarusi 
Subject: Why take two samplers onto your pedal board?
Date: 2003-01-27 16:08:23 PST

It's jazz Jim, but not as we know it.

Apart from the two RC-20 loop samplers, the Copeland hex pickup
on the guitar is worth a detailed look.


From: Adam Gottschalk 
Subject: Re: Realistic synth sounds?
Date: 2002-12-20 13:12:58 PST

I know nothing about this stuff, but I recently got a kick out of Mark 
Smart's exploration using an RC-20 loop station, splitting bass and 
treble string output, etc...and relying on Erskine samples, to produce a 
really "believable" sounding "one man band". Check it out if you haven't:

A person could make a million dollars busking in Tokyo with this sort of 

From: Charlie Robinson
Date: 06 Dec 2004 16:11:07 GMT 
Local: Mon, Dec 6 2004 8:11 am  
Subject: Re: Solo Jazz Looping on WEFT Radio 

Mark, You seem to have refined that approach quite a bit since the first time
I heard you. If I were to hear something like that on the radio I don't think
that I would guess that it was one person playing live.

Charlie Robinson      Jazz Guitarist,   Composer
You can hear and see me online (video) at:


From: Jared R. McKinley
Subject: Re: Jazz and electronics 
Date: 2003-09-12 18:55:41 PST 

This is going to completely contradict a lot of what I have said but I
really kinda dig the mp3s you linked to. Maybe its the picture of that band
from star wars on the page.

The sound is kinda creepy and weird. Keep up the good work. I can't place
what it is that makes it wars like, but there is a really eerie
quality to the sound. I hope you don't improve it much beyond this because
its perfect. I would only say that the rest of the instruments (bass, drums)
are too homogenous. You need another texture in there to get away from the
total keyboard sound, to make it sound like a band instead of one person.
Pretty cool.


From: Adam Bravo
Subject: Re: Jazz and electronics 
Date: 2003-09-13 19:15:07 PST 

Just IMO, but the synched vibrato really freaked me out.

From: Alan
Subject: Re: A walking bass lines study plan - need advice
Date: 2004-09-18 12:39:28 PST

Mark--you certainly have an interesting variety of talents.  Really
found the Chapman Stick stuff interesting, as well as the Indian Duets,
and your loop setup.  Very cool stuff! 


Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 02:17:18
Subject: Re: Fender Stage 1600 2x12, SS amp
From: GregD 

That's some cool stuff, Mark! Love the Fenderizer. there's some good 
music up on your website, too. Lots of recordings to listen to.

I've been to your site in the past; that's some different stuff - Indian music - 
very interesting; cool vocals, too. I like your Chapman stick stuff.


Subject: Re: The Stick 
Date: 2003-01-23 11:56:47 PST 
Mark, this is a little bit off subject, maybe there should be another thread
but while we have you here---- after going to your site and seeing what you do
I'd like to ask the age old question: how you would set up a Fender Telecaster
or similar guitar to get it to sound like an archtop? (If anyone can do this
you are the one, I thought you were a lunatic who posted here once in a while
until I heard some of the things that you are doing .)

Charlie Robinson      Jazz Guitarist,   Composer
You can hear me online at: