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Archive for November 2009

32-bit Audio is Cool, Sometimes

November 30, 2009

I haven’t posted anything in a while, so to start things off again, let’s talk about something that’s pretty dull, but has huge implications. The importance of 32-bit audio. To make it better, there will be probably be a sheep metaphor. This won’t be an incredibly in-depth article, but I’ll let you know what you need […]

Multilinking Controllers in FL Studio

November 20, 2009

Multilinking controllers was a new feature in FL 7 or 8, I don’t really remember, but it’s pretty much just an easy way to link a bunch of knobs on a mid controller to things inside FL Studio. The multilink controllers button looks like a joystick. After pressing it, teaking controls in FL Studio and then pressing it again, […]

Chopping One-Shot Drum Samples Out of a Break And Making a Kit in FPC With Them

November 18, 2009

Chopping up a breakbeat in the Fruity Slicer or Slicex or Recycle etc. and rearranging it is a lot of fun. You can make the break your own, instead of just looping it. Even better, making one-shot drum samples from breaks and making huge velocity mapped multisample drumkits will let you mix and match between breaks and get relatively […]

Atonality n’ Stuff

November 17, 2009

One day, a long time ago, I was listening to podcast about synthesizers because of some school assignment or something. It was a couple of guys talking about ‘The Greatest Presets Evar’ or something like that, going through their favourite demo sounds on various synths and songs that they were in. Eventually, as they were […]

Things Out of Phase with Love Philter

November 15, 2009

The Fruity Love Philter is pretty neat. It sort of  has a silly name, but it’s a bank of 8 filters with envelopes and LFO’s for everything, waveshapers and serial/parallel nonsense. One thing that confused me for a long time was that the input gain knob for each filter ranged from -125% on the left to 125% on the right, […]

‘Fake’ Wavetable Synthesis in FL Studio

November 14, 2009

In wavetable synthesis, oscillators aren’t constrained to a single, static shape. In normal, subtractive synthesis, each oscillator can usually only output a sawtooth or square or whatever wave, while wavetable synthesis has dynamic, morphing waves. Each oscillator has a ‘table’ of ‘waves’, a bunch of different waveforms that are pretty much the same, but different, like a […]

Recording into Separate Channels in FL 9

November 13, 2009

Past versions of FL Studio allowed the use of multiple midi controllers at the same time, like a keyboard and a pad controller, but it was pretty much useless because all of them controlled the same channel. If you wanted to play a synth on the keyboard and a sampler with the pads, you couldn’t […]

Reason CV Trickery

November 12, 2009

CV stands for Control Voltage. In ye olden days, control voltage was used to hook things together like modular synths and whatever else. Reason, trying to emulate the feel of ye olde hardware audio, lets you control things with CV. Most things. There comes a time when you want to control something with CV, but Reason […]

Feedback Paths, Maybe Loops

November 11, 2009

One of the fun things about Reason is that it allows feedback paths, unlike a lot of other programs. This make it insanely useful for making horrible screeching noises, but it has some more practical uses as well. Probably the most obvious is constructing feedback paths for the delay unit.

Additive Oscillators

November 11, 2009

Most people (maybe…) will start with the oscillators when they’re making a synth patch. They try to think of some interesting combination of shapes that will sound neat, or just flick the ‘supersaw’ switch. Sytrus has really fun oscillators. Since they’re additive, you can define the level and phase of each harmonic, making your own crazy shapes. One […]