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Substance by Output: A New Breed of Bass

Substance by Output: A New Breed of Bass Substance is a heavily produced bass engine that combines processed electric and acoustic basses, full live brass sections, huge polysynths, the dirtiest analog synths, insane sound design and much more into single patches. While realistic emulation is possible, it is not the focus of this engine. Substance gives you the ability to create new, boundary-pushing, high-quality bass sounds by easily blending 3 layers of sound. Output’s powerful engine has an endless list of sound sources that are combined with FX, filters, and modulation. Each preset has its own advanced arpeggiator, flux control, and front page macros. The clean, simple look and functionality of the preset browser allows for more playing and less clicking.   Bass is one of the trickiest things to get right in your mix, and it is often the foundation of people “feeling” your track. On top of that, creating …

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3 Free Ways To Vastly Improve Your Mix Before You Press Record

3 Free Ways To Vastly Improve Your Mix Before You Press Record Recently, Ross Hughes from Pro Tools Expert went over techniques to improve your records before you even get into the intricacies of what kind of gear and software to use. I felt it would be useful to go over them here since we don’t always spend enough time mastering the basics of making records. And we always need a reminder that our ears are one of the most important pieces of gear we use. Some of the greatest drum sounds, guitar sounds, and vocal sounds ever have been achieved using these techniques, and they’re free!   The Room Matters Whether you are in a fully sound proofed, “dead” room or a lively room with all hard surfaces – instruments are going to sound different at different positions throughout the room. Take some time to listen to your instrument at …

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Blokdust: Retro-Futuristic Music Making Inside Your Browser

Blokdust – Retro-Futuristic Music Making Inside Your Browser   A simple and easy to use interactive music-making browser, build synths and sounds all with your mouse and keyboard! Blokdust keeps things simple while providing a variety of source sounds and effects to allow you creative freedom. You can also load samples into the browser and work with those. To get a little more advanced you can can connect any MIDI controller to your synthesizer. This is a great introduction to synthesizers and sampling. With a very simple interface you can intuitively click around and discover all the different synth and sampling options available. The effects browser is limited, but in this case that’s a good thing – without too much to get lost in you can really get a sense of what each effect does to your sound. It’s also extremely easy to share whatever you’ve made at the end …

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Reverb Solo – Add Space to your mix (Free Download)

Reverb Solo- Add Space to Your Mix (Free Download)   Reverb Solo is a wonderful sounding free single knob reverb plugin developed by Acon Digital for Reverb.com. It has an incredibly simple design, a single knob and a wet/dry fader. Despite its simplicity it is a great tool for quickly adding some space to your tracks.  Reverb.com’s design philosophy was to make a simple reverb plugin that will either make a sound seem close to listener or very far away depending how you adjust the knob.The  tone and size are preset but the knob allows you to go from a small bright reverb with a short tail to a large dark reverb with a long tail.  The developer. Acon Digital is know for their other high end commercial plugins like Verberate, which combines algorithmic and convolution reverb for a unique sound. Reverb Solo is based on the same  algorithm used …

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Floppy Disk Orchestra Plays The Star Wars Theme

Floppy Disk Orchestra Plays The Star Wars Theme   Just when we thought floppy disks were becoming a thing of the technological past, this genius of a man decided to build an old- school electronic orchestra which could play classic tunes such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “Hawaii 5-0 Theme”, and my personal favorites, “Star Wars Theme”, and “Imperial Death March”. The Floppotron, created by Pawel Zadrożniak, is a serious work of art. He explains a bit in his blog how he came to coding this throwback masterpiece: “Host application was written in Python 2.7. I wrote it mostly on some boring lectures when I was still studying at the university, so it’s a one big mess, but… at least it does the job. It parses the simple language used for writing note sequences arranged in tracks tied to a specific controller / channel and merges those parallel tracks into one command list which is …

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Zont – The Gameboy-like Digital Synthesizer

Zont – The Gameboy-like Digital Synthesis     This slim pocket-sized digital synthesizer is taking the producer community by storm with its futuristic design and modern digital interface. Zont is designed by New York based industrial and motion graphics designer- Pavel Golovkin. Cartridge-like Sound Engine     Zont comes with four basic cartridge-like sound engines that are interchangeable like gameboy cartridges. The four sound engines are: Lead, Bass, Rhythm and Noise Lead: “Hundreds of original presets from soft melodic to huge monophonic leads. Customise presets or create your own unique sounds and tones.” Bass: “Beef up even the most bass driven genres, from hip-hop to drum-n-bass. Customise presets or create your own unique sounds and tones.” Rhythm: “Original rhythm synthesizer let’s you create punchy electronic and acoustic drum sounds” Noise: “Pure sound design with no presets or patterns. Perfect for warm ambience or meditative soundscapes.” Zont will also be issuing limited …

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3 Important Tips for the Novice Producer

Three Important Tips for the Novice Producer   Never has the world of music production been more readily accessible. As music production software and technology continues to evolve and transform across multiple media platforms, this is the perfect time for anyone interested in production to jump right in. With so many powerful and affordable Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), plug-ins and third party content available just a few clicks away, its never been easier to get started making beats. But just as easy as it is to dive right in, it’s even easier to feel very overwhelmed very quickly. For those of you just starting to navigate the world of production, here are three important tips to keep in mind to help you steadily progress as you begin to develop your sound. Tip One – Get to know your DAW When first starting out, it’s incredibly easy to fall into the …

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How To Use The New Features In Ableton Live 9.7

How To Use The New Features In Ableton Live 9.7 **Check the newest update (10.1) features HERE Live’s new free update to version 9.7 makes the new Simpler even more quick and efficient with two new slicing modes – Beats & Region. For PUSH users, you can now change colors of tracks clips and drum rack pads! Control the Inputs/Outputs routing of any track, Change the drum rack layout to a new 16 velocities mode and much more. Lets check out those new features. Simpler Slicing Modes There are 3 new slicing modes in Simpler. Transient Simpler will detect the transients (peak of audio) in the sample and will place a slice on each transient. You can control the slicing sensitivity with to reduce the amount of slices. Beat New slicing modes, allow for slicing by even beat divisions. Use the division to decide the value for slicing. This option …

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