Multi-Tasking – Routing Live Audio between Different Applications

Every manufacture that produces a DAW application claims that theirs is the only one you’ll ever need. But what if you disagree? One package might contain your favourite synth plug-ins, but you may feel you can get the best results from another application’s mixing and mastering effects. You can move [...]

By |2011-11-30T00:00:00-05:00November 30, 2011|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: |

Psychedelicatessen – Phasers and Flangers and Other Oddball Effects

The late 60s saw the arrival of some of music’s great innovators. Hendrix, The Beatles, and Zappa all used dramatic new effects to manipulate their traditional instruments. Newly available electronic devices from Electro Harmonix, Jim Dunlop and MXR allowed them to create weird new textures and evolving environments. These original [...]

By |2011-11-21T00:00:00-05:00November 21, 2011|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: |

Delayed Reaction: Loops, echoes, and glitches

Delay is one of the most commonly included effect types in a DAW package or multiFX processor. However, delay effects will often come in several different “flavours,” all with strange, cryptic names; Analog, Digital, Multi-Tap, Tape Loop, or Bucket Brigade. They’re all variants of the same device, they just produce [...]

By |2011-11-02T00:00:00-04:00November 2, 2011|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: |

Automation – What it is, and what it can do for you

Control automation is another input method for your digital audio workstation. Where MIDI information is designed to transmit note information, such as pressure and velocity, control automation is used to transmit peripheral control instructions. It might be used to move the volume faders on your mixer, or do some more [...]

By |2018-12-12T08:41:29-05:00October 26, 2011|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: |

King Thud – More Beef and Fat for Your Kick Drums

When programming a beat, your kick drums will always act as the underpinning element, keeping the pace and meter of the pattern. Practically every sub-genre of electronic and dance music has at least one signature kick sound that evokes memories of dozens of other tracks. Techno music has the thumping [...]

By |2011-10-19T00:00:00-04:00October 19, 2011|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: |

Generic MIDI devices as DIY DJ Controllers

The dedicated DJ controller has grown rapidly in popularity over the past few years. As home PCs have become more powerful, and DJ software has become more refined and stable, spinning tracks from your laptop has become all the more viable. Dedicated DJ controllers are designed to mimic the familiar [...]

By |2011-10-12T00:00:00-04:00October 12, 2011|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: |

Production Tips: MINIMAL

Good minimal strikes a balance between simple and complex sounds and rhythms, often without the listener really grasping what it is that they’re hearing. We’re going to build a phrase in Ableton and dirty it up a little, turning it from something plain to a whirling, psychedelic centrepiece and back [...]

By |2018-12-12T08:42:09-05:00September 14, 2011|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: |
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