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Syntorial – Learn How to Synth

This week we want to share our review of the educational software Syntorial. As the name implies it is a tutorial in Synthesis. In this article, we’ll tell you about Syntorial, its features, and give you a rundown of the workflow. What is Syntorial? Syntorial was created by the company Audible Genius, lead by Joe Hanley. Joe create the program after struggling to learn synthesis himself. Joe pulled up his bootstraps and got started on Syntorial by Learning how to code Making a prototype video game style training program to teach synthesis to the world Raising some cashola via Kickstarter Using said cashola to finish said program Releasing Syntorial into the wild Features Below is a list of the features so if you don’t feel like reading through the article you know what the program includes. 129 challenges 147 videos 706 patches 64 parameters 33 random tasks 39 quizzes Watch …

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Free MIDI Files – Where to Find Them

Free MIDI Files – Where to Find Them MIDI files are the sheet music of the 21st century – they tell you the chords and melodies artists wrote for songs and the often even the drum arrangements. MIDI files can contain the inner workings of a complete song. In this article, we’ll share an awesome amount of places to find MIDI files for free. Visit These Sites We’ve assembled a huge list of resources for you to use on your search. Below is a list of websites with the best MIDI files to offer, all for the price of free. BitMidi BitMidi is an awesome resource for free MIDI files old and new. They have a wide range of songs in the classical genre and many in the contemporary Pop and Electronic world. Don’t sleep on this website! Midiworld Midiworld.com is the top resource for classical and jazz MIDI files. They …

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The Best Free and Paid Serum Presets

The Best Free and Paid Serum Presets Xfer Serum is the wavetable synthesizer that has taken the music production world by storm over the past few years. We want to share its glory with you today. Any producer you talk to has either used it or heard of it. Steve Duda created the powerhouse plugin because there was a space for it. “The dream synthesizer did not seem to exist: a wavetable synthesizer with a truly high-quality sound, visual and creative workflow-oriented interface to make creating and altering sounds fun instead of tedious, and the ability to “go deep” when desired – to create / import / edit / morph wavetables, and manipulate these on playback in real-time.” In this article, we want to celebrate the plugin and the holidays by giving you a list of the Best Preset packs for Serum. We polled from the leading suppliers of presets …

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Bounce Boss – Collaborate Like a Boss

Bounce Boss – Collaborate Like a Boss Bounce Boss is a collaborative file transfer and management system. It was just released recently and we reached out to Tom Frampton (co-founder with Rich Hollis) to take it for a test run. We enjoyed the functionality of it and the potential for people sending far more files than ourselves. It was easy to upload files, comment on them, and compare versions – all in all, successful at what it set it out to do. This article will take you through the upload process and point out its features and what we think of them. Continue below. “Bounce Boss enables people to collaborate intelligently so they can focus their energy on progress and be more successful.” Bounce Boss operates as an online project manager and a file sharing system. The first screen you will see when signing in is the ‘My Projects’ tab. There you can …

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Next Level Vocals – iZotope Nectar 3 with Melodyne 4 Essential

Next Level Vocals – iZotope Nectar 3 with Melodyne 4 Essential iZotope has released their newest version of the vocal processing plugin Nectar 3. This is the next addition to their growing ecosystem of ‘smart’ plugins with assistive technology. In this article, we’ll run through all of the effects modules in Nectar 3, and tell you what we think of them. Then, we’ll give a quick run through of Melodyne Essential 4 which comes bundled with each copy of Nectar 3. iZotope Nectar 3 We tested out Nectar 3 using Ableton Live 10 and compared its effects to a combination of Soundtoys and Ableton Live’s native effects. We found it incredibly easy to replicate the sound between the two. This speaks to the ease and power that Nectar 3 brings to the table. Continue below to learn more. What Is It? Nectar 3 is the newest version of the multi-effects plugin, …

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Beat Lab Top 10: Best Studio Headphones 2018

Beat Lab Top 10: Best Studio Headphones 2018 Beat Lab Top 10 is a series featuring the Top 10 of a product of a given time period. In this article, we will go over the 10 best studio headphones available as of this year. First, we’ll go over the different features that we judge each headphone by. Then, we’ll provide a list of the 10 best studio headphones and what makes them special. Read below for the breakdown.   What Are Studio Headphones? Studio headphones are headphones built for use in professional audio. They are a key piece of monitoring equipment. If you’re like us you’ll want something that works for most applications like Recording, Engineering, and DJ’ing. In this article, we’ll go over ten of the best studio headphones on the market today. What would you want in your pair of studio headphones? Durability Well, the best studio headphones will withstand wear …

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Accusonus Beat-Making: Beatformer and Regroover Pro

Accusonus Beat-Making: Beatformer and Regroover Pro Today we are going to go over two awesome plugins from Accusonus, Beatformer and Regroover Pro. Both plugins are designed to interact with your drums – Beatformer as an all-in-one drum processor and Regroover Pro as a complex sampler. Continue below as we go over the workflows with each and what makes them unique. Beatformer Beatformer is Accusonus’ all-in-one solution for your drum buss. It boasts “a dozen different processors under the hood” and allows control over them with a simple user interface and the ability to dial in a combination of tones. This can be seen as a pro or a con here, the terms are likely ones you’ve heard before but don’t accurately describe what happens when using them (except for Boom). Otherwise, Accusonus knocked it out of the park here for users by making the controls so simple yet powerful. Each knob has a finite amount of …

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Feel Your Sound: Sundog Song Studio and Melodic Flow

Feel Your Sound: Sundog Song Studio and Melodic Flow Today we’re reviewing an amazing pair of chord and scale composition tools from Feel Your Sound – Sundog Song Studio and Melodic Flow. We reached out to Hauke, the developer of this software and asked to give the technology our take. After some extensive time spent with each tool we have a lot of insight to share, below we will go through how to use each and share with you the benefits and drawbacks (if any) of both programs. Sundog is especially complex if you want to dive into its abilities so we’ll give you the rundown on the basic workflow. Sundog Song Studio Sundog Song Studio is a standalone all-in-one composition tool. You can write melodies, basslines, chord progressions, and even drumlines. Initially, the prospect of using a standalone software to generate ideas sounded tedious but Hauke programmed a solution to …

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