Melodyne Tutorial: Making beats with One Shot Samples

October 7, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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.

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ADSR – new synth and electronic music production tutorial channel

October 4, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background information:
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.

Going through the Maschine Mikro – all you need to know tutorials

October 1, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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.

Free Ableton Live tutorial videos – percussion, loops and samples

September 20, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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( ).

How to make a basic synth

July 21, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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

Two new tutorials: LFO Explained and Scale Correction

June 28, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

In this video Danny J Lewis delves into LFO (low-frequency oscillation), a function found on many synthesizers such as Logics ES2. He uses the frequency analyser to explain exactly what is happening to the sound waves when you add LFO.

LFO is the foundation of the classic wobble bass which is very popular with producers of tear-out dubstep (or brostep as it has become known in certain circles!). This video is taken from the brand new Dubstep Pro Producer Course in Logic which covers not only this type of sound, but also all the various offshoots that have evolved since dubstep emerged. You can find out more about the course here:—logic.php

The dubstep course is also available in Ableton here:

In this video Danny J Lewis demonstrates a free downloadable scale correction tool for Logic which is very useful, especially for those who aren’t musically trained and struggle with the theory side. It allows you to select a specific scale and if you play a note which is not in that scale, it is automatically remapped to one that is. This means you can tinkle away on the ivories with your eyes closed and not hit a bum note… Pretty cool!

You can download it here:

Ableton 101 continues – know it all in one video

June 13, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Forty minutes of pure Ableton tips and tricks in this Ableton 101. This video packs the gross part of what you need to master Ableton, for more information check out the links below:
The most Ableton Live Tips, tricks and shortcuts packed into 1 video!

How to Play Hip Hop Beats for Drums – tutorials

May 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 2 Comments 

Although I do not personally enjoy hip hop that much, which is a gross understatement by the way, there are some great tutorials on how to create effective drum beats and I guess it is up to you if you prefer to use these tips in any other music genre :-)

In this video:

Starting on the high hat symbol, then combining bass drum and snare drum rhythms, this drummer demonstrates how to build a hip hop groove in 15 minutes. Create a hip hop groove with the drum beats in this free video on hip hop drumming from a professional drummer.

Expert: Ryan Larson
Bio: Ryan Larson is a young jazz composer whose teaching technique focuses on the basics of music theory in all twelve keys.
Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso

Ableton Live Tutorials: Audio Interface

May 7, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This tutorial walks the brand new Live user through the necessary & basic steps of setting up and connecting your Audio Interface to use with Ableton Live.
Part 1 of a new series featuring Ableton’s lead clinician Huston Singletary

Dj Tips: HowTo Create Amazing Build Ups

April 30, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Today we kick off a two part series on creating amazing build-ups with effects. In the video above I cover four different ways to use the beat roll function – a common effect in most DJ software, for various creative results. Next week we’ll move over to the common echo and explore several ways to introduce it for big build-ups and drama. As with all effects, this one can be seriously overused, but when tastefully applied, well timed beat rolls can add a lot of spice to your live sets.

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