Portfolio - Matthew Dunlap

With strengths in musical ensemble performance, programming experience, and personal study of engineering, I am now directing my passion toward music technology. Through a small business in sound engineering, I have been able to combine my musical and technical interests and skills; but in order to expand on this, I'm interested in furthering my education in working with live sound. Benefits of this would include: access to world-class industry experts, networking opportunities, and career development guidance.

Electronic Projects

Air Drum

Recently, I began reading “The Synthesizer” by Mark Vail. By page 16 I was inspired to build a MIDI controller that will allow a performer to play a synth or drum machine via an alternative input method. After an hour of experimentation, I came up with a pre-prototype device I call the “Air Drum.”

The first prototype will be a midi controller with three air drums playable in the same unit. The user will be able to change parameters for pitch (drum sound in drum machine), velocity, sensitivity, and note repeat time via an OLED screen and a rotary encoder. Also, a setting will be available to sync the repeat time with the tempo on the synth or drum machine. The controller will also feature the ability to use a standard foot switches and expression pedals to control any midi functions programmatically.

Eventually, I hope to build this into a self-contained unit with it’s own drum machine, sampler, and sequencer. The first prototype should be ready by late November or early December.

Cat Feeder

Never wanting my cat to go hungry, I built a cat feeder using a cereal dispenser, PVC pipe, a couple of servos, an Arduino, and some other components. The software I designed allows one to set two different feeding times, as well as the amount of food dispensed, through a series of menus. Everything was saved in EEPROM so that the settings will be retained in case the unit loses power. Since my cat will meow me to death if not fed within ±1 seconds of his feeding time, time is kept via a real-time clock module for minimal drift. I am proud to admit that the unit has been in continuous use for a few years.

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Mini Macro Keyboard

After I switched to a 60% keyboard to save desk space, I soon became fed up with clicking the task bar to control the volume. In addition, I wanted a quicker way to switch between monitor modes for my multi-monitor setup. I remembered that I had purchased a Teensy LC some time ago. After some soldering and tinkering with code, I made a small keyboard that could send key commands and perform complex macros in Microsoft Windows.

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ringing Phone Prop

My wife was working on a production and needed a prop that would ring on cue so that an actor could then answer it, so I gutted this retro phone and used an Arduino and a motor to ring the bells. Initially, I placed an IR sensor and programmed the unit to ring upon detecting a particular remote control. However, since this would require line-of-site, I chose a different method for the final product, which was to activate the bells by pressing a hidden sustain pedal. Using the original hook built into the phone, the ringing would stop when the person "answered" it.

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Compositions

Ghost Story

Equipment Used:

  • Akai Professional APC40 MKII
  • Akai Professional MPK 225
  • KRK Systems Rokit 5
  • Scarlett Solo Gen 2

Software Used:

  • Ableton Live 9 Suite
  • Applied Acoustics Chromaphone 2
  • macOS 10.13

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Intangible Star

Equipment Used:

  • Akai Professional APC40 MKII
  • KRK Systems Rokit 5
  • Scarlett Solo Gen 2

Software Used:

  • Korg Gadget (iOS)
  • Ableton Live 9 Suite
  • macOS 10.13

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Haunted Gameboy

Equipment Used:

  • Akai Professional APC40 MKII
  • KRK Systems Rokit 5
  • Scarlett Solo Gen 2
  • Korg Volca FM
  • Korg Volca Keys
  • Zoom H2n

Software Used:

  • Applied Accoustics Ultra Analog VA2
  • Ableton Live 9 Suite
  • macOS 10.13

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Going Express

Equipment Used:

  • Akai Professional APC40 MKII
  • KRK Systems Rokit 5
  • Scarlett Solo Gen 2

Software Used:

  • Korg Gadget (iOS)
  • Ableton Live 9 Suite
  • Windows 10 Pro

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Midnight Space Cowgirl

Equipment Used:

  • Akai Professional APC40 MKII
  • Akai Professional MPK 225
  • KRK Systems Rokit 5
  • Scarlett Solo Gen 2

Software Used:

  • Ableton Live 9 Suite
  • Applied Accoustics Ultra Analog VA2
  • Korg MonoPoly (Legacy Collection)
  • Windows 10 Pro

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Sinister Matter

Equipment Used:

  • Korg Volca Keys
  • Teenage Engineering PO-12
  • Akai Professional APC40 MKII
  • Akai Professional MPK 225
  • KRK Systems Rokit 5
  • Scarlett Solo Gen 2

Software Used:

  • Ableton Live 9 Suite
  • Windows 10 Pro

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Suicide Squid

Equipment Used:

  • Akai Professional APC40 MKII
  • Studiologic SL-161
  • KRK Systems Rokit 5
  • Scarlett Solo Gen 2

Software Used:

  • Ableton Live 9 Suite
  • MuseScore 2
  • Applied Accoustics Ultra Analog VA2
  • Windows 10 Pro

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Mushrooms

Equipment Used:

  • Studiologic SL-161
  • KRK Systems Rokit 5
  • Scarlett Solo Gen 2

Software Used:

  • Ableton Live 9 Suite
  • Windows 10 Pro

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Recordings

¡Ay, ay, ay! (Reminiscencias cuyanas)

Equipment Used:

Zoom H2n
Zoom H1

Equipment Settings and Mic Placement:

Zoom H2n was on 4 channel surround mode.
Zoom H1 output plugged into the H2n line-in.
Vocalist was close to H2n using a pop filter and MS setting with the stereo mics down to -∞ (mono).
H1 was placed in the rear of the piano, facing the strings at a 10 degree angle. The piano lid was closed to half-stick over the mic.

Software Used:

Ardour5

 

Quando men vo from La Bohème

Equipment Used:

Nikon D3100

Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX

Zoom H1

Software Used:

Adobe Premiere Pro CC

 

Vergin tutto amor

Equipment Used:

Nikon D3100

Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR DX

Zoom H2n

Software Used:

Adobe Premiere Pro CC

 

Music Technology Lab / School Work

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archived Cassettes to wav format

Developed and implemented process for converting cassette tape archive ranging from 1977 to 2001 in the East Texas Baptist University music recording archive. Cassettes were transferred to the computer at double speed and required little intervention by the person performing the archiving.

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MAss-converted digital music archive to proper wav format

Student workers in the East Texas Baptist University Music Technology Lab are charged with preserving the music performed in digital and CD formats. Upon burning a CD, we discovered that some students have been saving the files in the incorrect WAV format. Thus, I wrote a PowerShell script that sifted through years of archived WAV files and corrected the ones that were saved improperly to match the Red Book audio specification.

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MuseScore and LilyPond Arrangement

For a composition project in college, I needed to orchestrate a melody I had chosen for a woodwind ensemble. After having used Finale and Sibelius previously, I was looking for a more aesthetic printout for my final project. Also, to avoid vendor lock-in, I decided to use open-source software. Thus, I chose MuseScore for notating the parts quickly to hear playback, but used LilyPond to create beautiful scores. Recently, I exported all of the parts into MIDI files and created a session in Ableton Live 9.

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Tutored Students on the Use of a Digital Mixer, Pro Tools, Audacity, and Finale.

While in college, I was in charge of assisting students with various music technology related questions for their classes. In addition, I was called upon by a professor to demonstrate a Behringer X32 digital mixer attached to a Mac Pro with Pro Tools installed for his class. With my instruction, the students learned the difference between digital and analog boards, basic mixing techniques, and basic Pro Tools recording.