In this series, Berkleemusic.com facilitator Loudon Stearns covers five ways tracks can interact with audio effects using Ableton Live. The first installment, Sidechain Compression, shows how a compressor can be used to create an interaction between a synth and an acoustic bass part. The Post FX and Post mixer routing points are examined as well as compressor specifics.
The Second installment, Sidechain Autofilter, shows how Autofilter can be used to give an automatic interaction between two tracks.
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Three new books in the How to Make a Noise series have just been published. Each book focuses on different approaches to synthesizer sound creation so the musician can choose the right tool for the job.
How to Make a Noise: Analog Synthesis starts from the basic principle of taking a sound source and shaping it with a filter. This simple but powerful technique can be applied to any hardware or software synthesizer to create the warm, rich, energetic, and commanding sounds that are often associated with classic hardware synthesizers.
How to Make a Noise: Frequency Modulation Synthesis looks at frequency modulation (or FM) synthesis which works through a continuous and controllable interaction of two or more waves to give a broad spectrum of detailed, highly nuanced, bright, rich, shimmering, clean, metallic, and solid tones that can be used to create many musical (and non-musical) sounds.
How to Make a Noise: Sample-Based Synthesis looks at how to sample, create, and control sounds—from high fidelity realistic recreations of real instrument in their original environment, through creative warped tones, to drums and loops—and the tools and techniques that are available to help.
Reason Wizardry is a series of advanced video tutorials for Propellerhead Reason 4/5/6, produced fresh and delivered electronically each month.
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 2 Patterns, LFOs & Envelopes
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 3. Pattern Section
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 4. Amp Envelope
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 5. LFO
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 6. Filter Envelope
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 7. Delay
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 8. Phaser
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 9. Drive, Pan & Master Volume
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 12. Bass Processing
Reason 6 Tutorial : The alligator 13 Alligator as MIDI Instr
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 14. External Sequencer
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 15. Alligator Multi Out
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 16. Alligator CV Outs
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 17. Vocal Processing
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 18. Vocal Combinator
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 19. Vocal Combinator with Effects
Reason 6 Tutorial : The Alligator 20. Conclusion
This tutorial explains how to record short one-shot samples to the pads,
and how to record a longer vocal loop using the built-in audio recorder
This tutorial explains the basics of working with iMaschine, including
navigation within the app, loading sounds, adjusting the tempo, and
programming a simple beat.
More info about iMaschine: http://www.native-instruments.com/imaschine
Learn how to craft grooves, rhythms and sound variations from single one-shot drum samples with Melodyne.
Human hearing is particularly sensitive when it comes to vocal tracks, which is why producers all over the world are grateful that intonation and timing corrections with Melodyne studio are practically inaudible. Correct the notes quickly and easily with the help of a macro or drag them with the mouse to the correct pitch or position in time. Fine-tune their length, their volume or the intensity of their vibrato. They’ll sound as if they had always been that way. With Melodyne studio, you can see and edit not just one but as many tracks as you like. So you can create with extraordinary ease multi-voice arrangements from a source track with only one voice, taking advantage even of the possibility of outputting each individual voice via a separate channel in the mixer. You can quantize tracks using other tracks for reference and even copy pitches from one audio track to another. Melodyne studio offers the greatest possible degree of flexibility and creative freedom for your arrangements. Multi-tracking adds up to a lot more here than the sum of multiple tracks.
- Making beats with One Shot Samples(see above)
Close to the beat: craft grooves using one-shot samples
- Techniques for editing Pop Vocals
Get the most out of your vocals with these techniques
- Guitar in the style of Tom Morello
A few right clicks turn simple guitar notes into the solo of a pro
- Creative use of the Amplitude Tool
Crank up or quite down parts of vocals, guitars and drumloops
- Demixing and Remixing a Vocal Phrase
Relocation service: isolate a vocal phrase and fit it to a new arrangement
- Creative use of formants
How to work with the Formant tool for creative editing
To kick off a new series called ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) we travel to Donny Land Studios to see the meet the man himself, Donny Benét. He shows us around the studio, records an improvised song, give us an exclusive peek at a track off his next album and talks all things music. The ADSR series will bring you interviews with exciting musicians. We will generally discuss music, get insights into their writing process, gear they use and hints and tips for you musicians out there. ADSR’s next episode: Seekae – talking music and their new live setup.
This tutorial explains the basics of browsing and programming drums, synths, and plug-ins to make patterns with Maschine Mikro.
This tutorial explains duplicating patterns, note repeat, the step sequencer, and how to use effects in Maschine Mikro.
This tutorial explains the sampling and slicing functions in Maschine Mikro.
In this video Danny J Lewis (Enzyme Black, Defected) builds the percussion elements of his stripped back deep house track, using congas and bongos as the driving rhythm of the track.
In this video Danny J Lewis (Enzyme Black, Defected) shows you how to manipulate and twist up a percussion loop using the tools in Ableton Live to give them your own unique vibe.
In this video Danny J Lewis (Enzyme Black, Defected) throws together a collection of contrasting samples in Ableton Live. Watch as he begins to develop his idea, moulding the textures and tones together into a cut and paste style house beat similar to the vibe of a Moodymann tune.
Videos from our Deep House in Ableton Live series. It is an exclusive taster of the video content that Point Blank students have access to on the Deep House Pro Producer Course in Ableton Live which launches on 26th September 2011(http://www.pointblankonline.net/make-house-music-ableton.php ).
Here are two tutorials on how to build your own basic synth using Synthmaker. SynthMaker is an audio programming tool that allows anyone to create their own sounds, virtual instruments and effects without having to write any code. These instruments and effects can then be used for playing live via MIDI or as VST plugins for use in making music using any of the popular recording software. SynthMaker allows you to program without writing a single line of code. This is achieved by linking together components. Components are simply building blocks that perform some action. All changes take effect instantly with no build time.
* Build your own instruments and effects without writing any code
* Use them to play live or in your own compositions
* Share them with friends or others