Prog Rock Video Song Features Face-Melting Moog Synth, Hammond Organ, Fender Guitar & iPad

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Sunday Synth Jam: Multi-instrumentalist and music educator Jim McLaren unleashes a prog style synth jam video song. RAKTATAK.

Here’s what he’s got to say about it:

My first video song, an original I called RAKTATAK. What you see is what you hear, and everything you hear is seen.

Using some of my favourite instruments, this song came out of jamming on my Moog Little Phatty. Layed down the groove and added instruments – arranged with Fender Strat guitars, Fender Jazz Bass, Nord C2 Organ and Ipad Apps M3000HD and Animoog.

Drums programmed in Boom and Addictive Drums.

Is there any instrument McLaren can’t melt faces on?

How To Make A Song Louder

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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’.

via masteringmedia

Are Your Ready To Take Android Seriously As A Music Platform?

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Here’s an unofficial demo video of the virtual studio Caustic for Android, running on a Galaxy Tab 7″.

Says Caustic fan mshaftenberg, “Finally Android gets high quality music software.”

We haven’t done a lot of Android music app posts yet, because the platform just wasn’t there yet. This is starting to change, though, with the emergence of apps like Caustic. Android faces some unique challenges as a platform for music, but nothing that’s going to keep people from using it for music.

So what do you think of the state of Android as a music platform? Is it time to take it seriously?

Symphony Of Science Ode to the Brain

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Symphony of Science puts AutoTune to work for the power of good with their latest music video, Ode to the Brain.

Ode to the Brain is the ninth episode in the Symphony of Science music video series.

Through the words of scientists Carl Sagan, Robert Winston, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jill Bolte Taylor, Bill Nye, and Oliver Sacks, it covers different aspects the brain including its evolution, neuron networks, folding, and more.

The material sampled for this video comes from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED Talk, Vilayanur Ramachandran’s TED Talk, Bill Nye’s Brain episode, BBC’s “The Human Body”, Oliver Sachs’ TED Talk, Discovery Channel’s “Human Body: Pushing the Limits”, and other sources. Continue reading

Propellerhead Reason + Record Tutorial Explains Blocks

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This official Propellerhead tutorial takes a look at using Blocks in Reason 5 and Record 1.5.

via PropellerheadSW:

In this microtutorial we’ll build up a track – starting from an 8 bar loop – and ending with a full song structure all thanks to Blocks, the pattern-based workflow feature in Reason 5 and Record 1.5.

Blocks is a quick way to brainstorm, experiment, arrive at an idea and take it to the next level of arrangement and production.

Pure, Unadulterated Analog Synth Power

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This video, via synthjunk, is a celebration of all that is good – with an emphasis on the pure analog electronica power, using classic synths, sequencers and drum machines. Continue reading

megaSynth iPhone Synthesizer Demo x 4

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This is a fun four-part sneak preview of megaSynth – an iPhone synthesizer.

Here are the features:

  • 5-voice polyphony (max # of fingertips allowed on the iPhone = 5)
  • 3 Oscillators, 7 waveforms
  • Triad arp and chordmaker (”Chordmatic”) with 23 scales
  • 24-bucket step sequencer
  • Dual keyboards
  • Accelerometer-controlled pitch, cutoff, resonance
  • Very many LFOs (4 to be exact: filter, pitch, volume…4th is optional audible LFO)
  • Recording, wi-fi file export/import
  • Saves infinite user presets; comes with 209 factory presets
  • FX module with reverb and modulation
  • Monophonic keyboard option also included

This should be in the iPhone store soon. More info at

If you’ve used MegaSynth, leave a comment with your thoughts! Continue reading