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PadKontrol Transport Control

April 18, 2010

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. 

Edit the SUCK Out of Your Drum Samples

April 8, 2010

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.  

Exporting Regions from Edison for EasyMakeSamples

March 6, 2010

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 […]

Harmonic Filtering in Edison

February 20, 2010

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.

Ring Modulation

January 31, 2010

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.

Parallel Compression

January 30, 2010

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.

Moving Mixer Tracks Around and Other Stuff in FL Studio

January 23, 2010

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.

Making Your Own Cheesy Robot Drums

December 29, 2009

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 […]

Faking Stuff in Sytrus

December 9, 2009

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 […]

I’m Just Going to Rant About SynthMaker

December 3, 2009

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 […]