EDM Time is a new video series that looks at the fundamentals of electronic music production using real world examples.
One viewer described the series as ‘Like Bill Nye The Science Guy for EDM’.
Here’s a behind the scenes visit with
Chromeo: Continue reading
This video, via Chris at
ohdratdigital, takes a look at chopping vocal melodies in Ableton Live.
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Tagged Ableton, Ableton Live, beatmaking, beats, Dubstep, garage, melody, music production, production, sampler, sampling, Simpler, slicing, staccato, vocal |
SpaceSampler is an audio convolution application that lets you record audio and apply filters from real acoustic spaces and equipment.
Effects are modeled from actual rooms, spaces and gear
Fast convolution algorithm
Simple, intuitive interface
Integrated sampler with resume recording
Live monitoring for low-latency, real-time effects
Big mix knob blends between effected and dry signals
Recording browser for easy file management
Re-load recordings for multilayered effects
Copy & Paste audio in and out
Share via e-mail, MAPI Audio Copy, Dropbox and SoundCloud
Choose between .wav and .mp4 for file encoding
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Tagged Apple, convolution, convolution reverb, delay, filter, FX, iOS, iPhone, iPhone music software, iPod, iPod touch, production, reverb |
Mars from XSSR Academy has released a new Ableton Live tutorial, covering how to create a dubstep / drum & bass kick. Mars demonstrates layering kick samples to create a punchy kick and processing with EQ & compression. Continue reading
Product Specialist, Andy Mac , gives you a sneak preview of the new Akai Pro MCP Software – a new app that will put an MPC into your computer.
128-track sequencing capability
Massive 6GB+ sound library, including all of the sounds of the classic MPC3000
Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plug-ins
Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program or VST plug-in
Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST/AU/RTAS plugin
Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
Mac and PC-compatible
This is the platform that will drive the new
MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio Music Production Controllers.
Check it out and let us know what you think!
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Here’s something we weren’t expecting – developers at
Bitwig, a Berlin music startup, have introduced a new music performance and production system, Bitwig Studio.
Bitwig Studio is in development and officially ‘coming soon’ – but it already looks familiar. Sort of what you’d expect
Ableton Live 9 to look like……
Which isn’t too far-fetched, since Bitwig was actually founded by some former Ableton employees.
Here are the features for this new live performance and production DAW:
Multitrack recording – Record and produce your music in an intuitive workflow. Bitwig Studio’s arranger is a mix of editing power, ease of use and flexibility.
Arranger clip launcher – A non-linear environment that lets you trigger clips in real-time.
Mixer clip launcher – An alternative view of the clip launcher aligned with the mixer, optimized for live performance and DJing
Generic tracks – Tracks accept any kind of material. Audio and notes can live on the same track. You can bounce note clips to audio in place.
Clip automation – In addition to traditional track automation, automation can also be recorded and packaged inside clips, both on the clip launcher and the arranger.
Per-note automation – Pitch variations can be applied to individual notes directly in the piano roll. You can also edit a note’s panning, timbre and volume curves.
Simultaneous multitrack editing – Edit contents of multiple tracks together. You can see them all juxtaposed and isolate only the ones you want to edit
Multiple audio events per clip – An audio clip can contain multiple audio events. You can chop and edit audio files inside a clip non-destructively and loop it all as a package.
Real-time time stretching – Bitwig Studio’s proprietary technology lets you match any audio material to the document tempo and get everything in sync.
‘World-class’ sound devices
Device nesting – Devices can contain other devices, and the whole package can be saved as a preset. Many of preset instruments and effects use nesting in new and powerful ways.
32/64 bit VST support – Use your VST plug-ins. In case of a plug-in crash, a protective mechanism prevents the application from crashing and you from losing your work.
Metadata-based browser – Find your musical material quickly. Add tags and search by content type.
Open multiple documents – Exchange musical material between documents. Drag and drop, copy and paste back and forth.
Multi-monitor support – Bitwig Studio offers flexible screensets to take full advantage of your monitor configuration
‘Slick’ user interface – Bitwig Studio’s user interface has been designed with the goal of making your music creation experience ‘fun and intuitive’.
These are the key features for Bitwig 1.0. Can you find the things that you can’t currently do in Ableton Live?
Bitwig has several more interesting features under development. These are planned for a later release:
LAN multi-user jamming – Multiple users can jam on the same document, and everything can be captured in the document’s arrangement
Multi-user music production over the internet – Multiple users can compose music on the same document from different locations. Bitwig Studio keeps everything in sync.
Native modular system – Create your own instruments and effects or modify existing ones. Design their appearance and share them with the world.
Check out the demo and features for Bitwig Studio and let us know what you think of it. Could it give Ableton Live some competition?
Posted in Software Sequencers, Software Synthesizers & Samplers |
Tagged 2012 NAMM Show, Ableton, Ableton Live, Ableton Live 9, Bitwig, Bitwig Studio, DAW, digital audio workstation, DJ, performance, production, sequencer, sound |
This video, by mastering engineer
Ian Shepherd, takes a look at how to make a song ‘louder’ – using mastering, multiband compression, EQ and limiting.
Besides looking at how to make a song loud, though, it looks at the pros and cons of chasing after loud tracks. Along the way, it demonstrates some of the compromises that are necessary to make a track louder and talks about why you might or might not want to make these compromises.
Shepherd also raises an interesting issue – ‘loudness potential’.