My name is JK Swopes, but many know me as “saintjoe”, I’m a music and technology fanatic…plain and simple! I am a producer, instructor, consultant, Ableton Certified Trainer, and lover of all things tech and music creation, from real instruments to electronic gadgets. I have created training and tutorial content for CreativeLive, Lynda.com, Linkedin Learning, and Point Blank.
I started producing music for myself as well as other gospel hip hop and urban artists back 2001, but have been playing with and in love with music and creative tech for waaaaaay longer.
Sounds And Gear is all about sharing my love and fascination of music gear and creative technology through news, hands on reviews, demos, and tutorials on all types of products that aid in a person’s creativity.
Just to be clear…. I post on stuff that I personally like or find to be useful. These are MY opinions. There’s no point in spending my time covering stuff I don’t like or wouldn’t use.
I also have a few dedicated video tutorial sites for those looking extended help on specific products.
- Push Tutorials: if you’re looking for help in understanding and using Ableton Push, come on over
- Maschine Tutorials: the original tutorial site for Native Instruments Maschine users.
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Mail & packages can be sent to: PO Box 5561, Topeka, KS 66605
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