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Izotope Ozone 5 Advanced Mastering Plugin

Mastering is an important but over overlooked stage of production. Shaping the dynamics and optimizing the audio will give your tracks that professional sheen. It’ll also help them sound their best when played back on a wide variety of different speakers and headphones. If you want people to enjoy your [...]

By |2023-11-23T22:22:59-05:00June 17, 2013|

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio

If you’re a producer of any kind of electronic music, particularly Hip-Hop, the Akai MPC name will be instantly recognizable to you. The looming beige monolith has held pride of place on the desk of any notable producer you’d care to mention. But bulky and expensive hardware devices all took [...]

By |2023-11-23T22:23:00-05:00June 12, 2013|

Vestax PBS-4 Web Broadcast

The Vestax PBS-4 is a tool for broadcasting captured audio live onto internet streaming services. It’s ideal for producers of internet radio shows or for webcasting live performances online. Web-based video streaming sites like UStream and Justin.tv offer quick and easy video streaming services, but capturing those performances, editing them, [...]

By |2023-11-23T22:24:03-05:00June 3, 2013|

Alternatives to Unique and Expensive Control Surfaces

In the mid 00’s, there was a sudden flurry of innovation in the field of controller design. Manufacturers started working with artists and programmers and a flood of homebrew builders appeared on the scene, all spreading the word via blogs, websites and viral videos. A handful of these devices were [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:37:39-05:00May 22, 2013|

Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 Review

The Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 is a compact and comparatively cheap mixing console and interface that packs a variety of well-considered features. The niche of the “Live mixer / DAW interface” device has not become so common that manufacturers are auto-piloting through and just copying their competitors. There’s still a lot [...]

By |2023-11-23T22:24:03-05:00May 6, 2013|

Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 Review

The Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 is the flagship unit of the Saffire range, and is packed with high-end features and the widest variety of I/O options, including some that will really interest the audiophile! The case takes up two rack units, so all the controls are nicely spaced out, and [...]

By |2023-11-23T22:24:04-05:00April 24, 2013|

Focusrite Control 2802 Review

The Focusrite Control 2802 is a 32 channel, Small-format analog mixing console with fully-integrated DAW controls. The console handles analog signals, just as a standard live mixer would, but it seamlessly integrates the Analog signals with your digital equipment. What you end up with is a mixer and a DAW [...]

By |2023-11-23T22:24:04-05:00April 12, 2013|

Ableton Tips, Tricks and Miscellaneous Controls

Ableton’s slightly oddball Clip View interface is a pretty unique approach to computer based music creation, it shares more in common with a hardware sampler or Groovebox. It makes sense then, that there are several controls that mirror that same setup. There’s a lot of emphasis on making your computer [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:35:27-05:00March 20, 2013|

MIDI Controls and Interfaces in Ableton Live

Getting Hands-On If you've ever used any other DAW or performance software, you’ll know how valuable a MIDI controller can be in creating fluidity and style when controlling your instruments. Because Ableton is meant for Live use, the addition of a MIDI controller can completely transform your Live performances. It’s possible to [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:37:50-05:00February 28, 2013|

Ableton Live’s Clip Envelopes

Having looked at the use of beatmatching and effects within Ableton, it’s time to check out another of its slightly esoteric editing features. The Clip Envelope editor. This quirky editor allows us to edit some deeper parameters of a sample, the way you might use an audio source editor in [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:35:29-05:00February 15, 2013|
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