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Boring synth stuff

Apr
18

Korg likes to go on about the PadKontrol’s transport control abilities, but never really mentions how to actually set it up. So, here’s how I got my PadKontrol to send play, stop and record MMC messages to my sequencing software. 

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Apr
08

I’ve seen a lot of drum samples. Sometimes, people giving them away or even selling them disregard some very simple things and wind up giving out completely useless samples. Here’s some tips to make sure your drums samples don’t suck it.  

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Mar
06

Edison’s ‘Export Regions’ function is so useful, I’m angry that I never knew about it until five minutes ago. In a nutshell, if you make a bunch of drum samples or loops or whatever and record them all into Edison one after another, splitting up each loop or sample with a marker and choosing export regions will save each marker as a separate wav.

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Feb
20

Sometimes, you come across a nice sample and think, “Woo! I’m going to rip out that long, sustained saxophone and free it from this boring-arse ambient relaxation music.” But then you notice all the other trills and runs and bird chirps that occupy the same frequency range. Thankfully, Edison’s equalizer is great. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan
31

Ring Modulation is  a strange effect where two audio signals are multiplied together, instead of added together. It sounds friggen weird. Sadly, most VST ring modulators suck.

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Jan
30

Parallel compression is just splitting the drums (or whatever) of track into two paths, leaving one very light and dainty and dynamic, and squashing the living balls out of the other. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan
23

There are a lot of features and functions in FL Studio that aren’t immediately obvious and aren’t mentioned that much, but are very useful. Finding these things is a great joy to me. Pressing Alt+left arrow or right arrow with a mixer track selected will move it around. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec
29

A lot of people use drum machine samples for drums in their music (TR-909, 808…) and stress out because their 808 kicks aren’t phat enough and stuff. But really (really!), everyone has heard these sounds, and it might be fun to make your own new and unique drum cheese sounds. If being new and unique scares you, feel free to keep searching for the phattest 808’s evar.

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Dec
09

Sytrus has additive oscillators that let you do pretty much whatever you want with the waveforms. Sytrus can also analyze a single-cycle audio file and construct a waveform from it. This opens up a lot of possibilities for faking things like complex real instruments inside of a subtractive synth. Most decent samplers will let you do the same thing, but whatever. I’m going to make a cello sound in Sytrus, and then do crazy things to it with the filters. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec
03

This is going to be a boring post. SynthMaker is a modular-type audio environment where you can make your own synths or effects by connecting a bunch of little things together. It’s like Reactor or SynthEdit, and a version comes with FL Studio (woo!). It’s perfect if you have large chunks of life to waste, and smaller chunks to waste on writing about it. Today, I’m going to talk about the specific problem facing me today in SynthMaker.

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