Novation’s ‘Finish Something’ Video Series

Following on from their Start Something campaign last year, which looked at the genesis of musical ideas, Novation recently made a video series about what they call “the tougher side of music making” — working to Finish Something.

Spending a month traveling around the UK and US, Novation staff talked with a range of artists about how they close out their compositions. Their big question: How do *you* finish something?

Answers ranged from making the final touches, to taking a couple of riffs and loops, to reviving compositions that had lain fallow for years, to letting go of paralyzing perfectionism, all the way to feeling satisfaction with the finished article. The results are highlighted in the video, below.
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New Music Production Tutorial Series “The Best Course Online”

Chris Cartledge of OD Digital has released a new 12-hour tutorial video series on electronic music production, OD Total Music Production.

Here’s what Chris has to say about the tutorial series:

 OD Total Music Production is the antidote to poor quality ebooks, shaky-cam videos by amateurs, and astronomically over-priced courses from institutions.

12 hours of clear, precise, music production tutorial videos will walk you through the studio from your first steps all the way to professional quality music production. Immediate access to our streaming HD videos will teach you everything you need to make amazing music – and we’ll save you money by using a specially curated selection of FREE pro quality instruments and effects!

We’ve featured some of Chris’s tutorial videos previously on Synthtopia, so if you want a taste of his work, you can check out one of these videos:

The tutorial series is currently priced at $61. You can get previews and details on OD Total Music Production at Chris’s site.

If you’ve purchased the tutorial series – leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!

Free Album Features Roland Juno 60 – Cabaal’s Emanations

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Free Music Friday: Reader Cabaal, who’s participating in the 2012 Red Bull Music Academy for upcoming producers, let us know about his new album, which features the analog goodness of the Roland Juno 60:

Huge fan of the site, and have been for many years. I’ve just released a new album made with Logic 9, some VST’s, and a whole lot of Juno 60!

In the spirit of Free Music Fridays, the entire album is available for free download here.

Thanks for listening, and thanks for Synthtopia!

Thanks to Cabaal for sharing his music and congratulations on getting the RBMA. It’s always cool for us to hear that we helped somebody get into electronic music or get inspired to make their own music.

Check out Cabaal’s music video above, and you can preview and download his album via the player below.

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How To Use Compressor (Ableton Live Tutorial)

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This tutorial video, via the guys at XSSR Academy, takes a look at using Compressor in Ableton Live.

XSSR’s Alex Mars covers the topic of compression in music and how various Compressor controls affect the sound.

While the demonstration focuses on Live, though, the concepts apply equally to using compressors in other DAWs and even hardware compressors.

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iOS Update Looks At iRig Stomp & Amplitube

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Sweetwater’s Editorial Director Mitch Gallagher takes a look at the iRig Stomp iPad interface for guitar, plays with the Amplitube guitar amp modeling app, and explains the difference between shutting an app down and putting it to sleep.

I’m not convinced that Gallagher’s recommendation to manually manage apps makes much of a difference – but your mileage may vary.

While this episode of his iOS Update focuses on guitarists, that doesn’t mean you can’t abuse Amplitude for your own evil purposes.

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