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Figure: Post-Release Thoughts

posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2012-04-06 at 21:54

Wow... the Figure release was really something! We've gotten some amazing feedback from users and press alike, I'm quite humbled! Very happy to see that other people can appreciate this app like we did – something that's both creative and truly fun. I personally think TIME raises an interesting point when they say:

"Just as simple, casual games like Angry Birds brought gaming to a wider audience, Paper and Figure can do the same for art and music."

It's easter (4 day holiday!) but I can't help myself so I keep checking Twitter and Facebook, reading up on all the feedback and talking to you guys. We really appreciate your kind words and suggestions and try to read them all.

But it is a holiday after all so I'm gonna try to relax now with the amazing combo "beats and beer"... skål!

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More Musikmesse!

posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2012-03-26 at 10:17

I was also at Musikmesse but at the public day, Saturday. During the "industry days" I was still running around the mighty internet talking to everyone and everything about Rack Extenions and reading up what people think! 

In any case, here are some pictures I took at Messe:

Magnus enjoys the first (but not the last) weissbier of the trip!

I couldn't help myself and ordered Schweinshaxe. It was giant but good!

Anders Molander and Fredrik Littmarck possibly discussing something interesting.

Magnus took a moment to sit down with Softube and talk about... well, who knows?

u-he's prototype Diva controller - glorious!

u-he also proudly wore the Rack Extension logo!. In fact you could even try the first two Uhbik Rack Extensions on their demo computer!

Magnus, Marcus (Propellerheads) and Clemens (u-he) - talking about programmer stuff of course. It was all quite over my head!

There were vintage synths! This is the glorious Polysix.

And here's one of my favorites, the Pro One.

Mats looking good at the coolest couch ever. The Minitaur sounded pretty great too!

Jacob Palicki's getting his modular on. Great noises were made!

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posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2012-02-24 at 11:43

This last weekend I was at Mojam. A game jam (people meet and develop a game during a short amount of time) for charity organized by Mojang, makers of Minecraft. The thought was to develop a game during 60 hours and let people donate to charity and, in return, get the game and other bonuses.

Me and my friend C418 did the music for the game that was made, Catacomb Snatch, and I made all the sound fx too.

It was three sweaty days filled with caffeine and greasy food but when it all was said and done, people had raised over $450,000 for charity! That still makes me smile when I think about it. :)

I'm very proud to have been a part of it AND I'm quite proud of the soundtrack and sound fx! My part was all done in Reason too, of course. You can listen to what me and C418 came up with during the jam in the SoundCloud player below.

 Catacomb Snatch Original Soundtrack by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 

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Oh, Joy!

posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2012-02-09 at 14:13

The local meze place Babel Deli has suddenly started to stock one of my favorite drinks on earth: CLUB-MATE. As you can usually only get this in Berlin, this is a joyous occasion so big that I wanted to share it with you! :)

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NAMM 2012 (via Ernst)

posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2012-01-21 at 17:55

Some Propellerheads are luckier than others and are currently at NAMM. While we don't have a booth we DO have meetings and gear to check out. Being really jealous, I asked everyone to take a some pictures for me and Ernst just send a few I thought I'd share.

The Arturia MiniBrute has been the talk around many sites and we admit, it sounds like a really cool little power synth.

MPC+iPad? Colour me intrigued.

Our friends at Teenage Engineering seem to always have interesting things to show. This 3x0P-1 stand is ridiculously cool.

If you try to run away with some stolen gear, this guy will most likely catch up with you. :)

Korg's new KAOSS products. At least half of us want one already.

Wooden synth anyone? If they're anywhere, they're at NAMM.

Thanks a lot for these Ernst! Hopefully we'll have some more pictures to show you once everyone's back at the office.

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SpyCam: X-mas Party

posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2011-12-15 at 13:30

It's tradition to have what we call a "julbord" in Sweden around x-mas. It can roughly be translated to "x-mas table" and involves eating a lot of traditional food, drinking and enjoying life. This year it was a bit less traditional but oh-so-fun! SpyCam (i.e. Kalle Paulsson) snapped quite a few pictures so you can get some insight to how we party. :)

Party started at the office. Here Jacob, Ernst and Tage are enjoying some glögg and gingerbread with gorgonzola (trust us, it IS good).

Thomas Wendt visited us from Germany and he, too, enjoys his glögg! For the record, glögg is heated mulled wine and a Swedish x-mas tradition.

Ryan flew in from San Francisco too, no way would he miss a chance to show off his stunning good looks at a big party!

Champagne makes sales manager Anders Hansson giggle.

Leo is NOT amused. Magnus is.

To start off this less-than-traditional julbord we had an assortment of amazing sushi. As the starter at a traditional julbord is also mostly raw fish it felt strangely familiar anyway.

Gerry Basserman, Director of North American Markets, putting on his best party face. Irresistible!

When santa is at the party even the strongest of men gets a bit nervous. Here's James Bernard, a bit to frightened to look santa in the eye.

Turns out santa was actually Fredrik Hylvander though. A big shock! He still delivered many x-mas presents to all employees that may or may not have been alcoholic. ;)

Mr Product Support, John Boqvist, didn't get a x-mas gift though and was not happy about this. Needless to say this was sorted out and he's now a happier man!

When Pelle's not making everything sound amazing with his DSP magic he quite enjoys posing for photographs! Next to him is the "de-santa-fied" Fredrik Hylvander.

Product managers Ludde and Mats knows how to enjoy a party and IT-guy Daniel isn't far behind in knowledge.

It's hard to find people more photogenic than Fredrik and Elin.

Kalle Paulsson, Product Manager of Mobile & Apps, took on the role of party Big Brother. He's watching. Always.

Finally, here's me showing off my geeky t-shirt and thoroughly enjoying the party.

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Countdown to the holidays giveaway

posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2011-12-01 at 15:38

Join Propellerhead for a countdown to the festive season. In the spirit of the holidays, we'll be giving out gifts every day leading up to December 24th.

Follow Propellerhead on Google+, @PropellerheadSW on Twitter and Like Propellerhead on Facebook for more information and details on how to enter for a chance to win.

Everyone who enters during a week are automatically entered to win Balance with Reason Essentials every saturday until December 24th.

No purchase necessary to enter. Winners will be selected randomly. Only one entry accepted per person and day. Return of prize notification as undeliverable may result in selection of an alternate winner. Winners will be contacted by Propellerhead to make arrangements, please allow up to two weeks for fulfillment. No transfer, or substitution of prizes is permitted. Propellerhead is not responsible for winners' customs or taxes, or any other costs, loss, or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this contest or any prize won.

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SpyCam: Berlin Producers Conference

posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2011-11-07 at 15:28

November 5th was the Producers Conference in Berlin with me and Gary Bromham. I had two masterclasses, sound design and starting tracks/remixing, while Gary did a great session on mixing! You can see Gary giving his TPC presentation (albeit without the Q&A) on for free if you missed it: am-englisch/

Here are some pictures from the event:

Thomas Wendt introducing the Producers Conference

Me and Gary striking a pose after setting up!

A happy but ever-so-slightly-tired-and-hungry trio: Anders, me and Gary

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SpyCam: New part of the office and gifts!

posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2011-11-02 at 13:33

I've mentioned it before but we recently fixed up a new part of the office where Product Management and Support now resides. This part of the office is now officially SpyCam'd! 

Fresh new meeting room! Lots of heated discussions take place here.

Support working hard, we even have some extra people (Markus in this picture) here helping out!

We couldn't resist transforming the "pillars" in the office to giant racks.

Ryan and Lisa has moved back to San Francisco and we miss them quite a bit. A few days ago a nice-smelling package arrived from San Francisco to the office though! We could guess who it was from but Leo was still very curious.

This is part of what was in it! It might not look like much but for Leo this is cereal heaven. Klara also got Mix Master Mike's autograph! Ryan and Lisa are the best. :)

In time for Halloween we got a second package. This one included a mysterious book (Edgar Allen Poe) with some strange writing on the first page. It didn't take long before Leo and Markus (who helps out in support and with the website) started investigating this.

Turns out it was a cipher! An intense hour of deciphering and googling followed. Once Leo and Markus cracked it we realized it was a (very elaborate) Halloween greeting from Lovable Rogues, a creative agency we've worked a lot with. Thanks guys! :)

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SpyCam: Release Party

posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2011-10-27 at 10:32

Can't release new products without a proper release party, right? The SpyCam went to the party too, this is (a tiny fraction) of what it saw!

The theme for the party was "White Noise" and the dresscode therefore, white. For some (me) it was a challenge finding anything not-black in the wardrobe but your average party person was very stylish!

There was a demo station set up where The Echo, Pulveriser and Alligator were mapped out on a keyboard with controllers. Many a rotaries were tweaked during the night!

The always amazing Little Jinder performed!

Ludvig, one of our product managers, makes his party face.

The Party Dudes and Dudette did a great job making everything look pretty!

Fredrik, our documentation specialist, may or may not have been saying "The Reason 6 manual is THIS big" when this picture was taken.

There's always the couple of guys that have to go up to the DJ booth instead of dancing. Me and Fredric are desperately trying to learn the secrets of sales manager Anders and his DJ skills.

A misunderstanding of how the smoke machine worked quickly made this party even better! Dancing when you can't really see anything usually leads to better dancing. :)

Mats, one of our product managers, was briefly trapped in a smoke filled meeting room. It is unclear wether he made it out or not...

A party wouldn't be a party without a few modular synths, right? Stoffe agrees.

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