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How to use Massive’s Stepper

October 18, 2012

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Massive has plenty of powerful tools for sound design and synthesis.  If you’re not familiar with the Stepper, then you will undoubtedly want to be.  The Stepper can be used to modulate any parameter within Massive, but today we’ll use it to construct a vintage gaming melody. Take a listen to the sound we’ll create: […]

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How to Extract a Drum Groove in Ableton

September 29, 2012

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In Ableton you have the ability to take the groove of any audio or MIDI clip and apply it to the groove of your own clips.  This is useful in many situations.  If you stumble on an old breakbeat and really like it, you can drop it into the groove pool and extract it. Here’s […]

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How to Create a Diving Transitional Effect in Massive

September 28, 2012

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Modern electronic music incorporates a lot of quirky effects, so it’s important to have some in your go-to arsenal of sounds. Gear up!  Today we learn how to create a rising transitional effect in Massive. Take a listen to the sound we’ll create: effect

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How to Create a Growling Bass in FM8

July 2, 2012

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FM8 is a powerful synth capable of creating many types of sounds.  One of its main strengths is the ability to create a plethora of dirty bass sounds, which is a big part of why it has been popular over the last year or so.  It also doesn’t hurt when a major artist like Skrillex […]

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How to Record Vocals in GarageBand

June 28, 2012

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Recording vocals in Garageband is easy, but you’ll need to have some things set up before hand.  You’ll need a microphone (unless  you plan on using the built-in mic from your computer), an audio interface, the necessary cables and a set of decent headphones as well. Microphones are relatively cheap these days.  You can find […]

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How to Master a Song in Logic Pro

June 28, 2012

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Typically, good mastering skills are derived from experience more than anything else.  A true mastering engineer can spend years honing their craft.  Luckily for us, technology has made it possible to achieve decent mastering results right from our DAW – all that’s necessary is a little know-how and plenty of practice. First things first…  Get […]

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How to Create a high pitched Wobble Synth in Garageband

June 25, 2012

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For all of its simplicity, Garageband is more capable than most people tend to think it is.  In today’s demonstration, we’ll learn how to create a dirty hi-pitched wobble synth from scratch.  This type of sound is popular among major Dubstep artists like Skrillex, Doctor P and more.  If you’re looking to produce some hard […]

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How to Reduce Vocals on a Sample in Logic Pro

June 21, 2012

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Gear up ‘home studio heads’!  Today we take a look at how to reduce vocals from a sample in Logic Pro.   Often times, (especially in hip hop) you’ll want to use a particular part of a song or sample, but will choose not to because of the vox laid over the top.  While there are […]

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How to Connect a MIDI keyboard to GarageBand

June 18, 2012

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MIDI keyboards are a vital part of music production.  They allow you to interact with software by sending signals that the software can recognize and interact with.  In terms of producing music, this allows you to work with an actual keyboard to control virtual instruments, parameters in your DAW, and more.  MIDI stands for Musical […]

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Ableton Tutorial – How to Route Impulse Pads to Audio Tracks

June 13, 2012

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In our last discussion we covered the fundamentals of working with Impulse – Ableton’s unique drum sampler.  Today we’ll expand upon that and show you how to route the samples within Impulse to multiple tracks. This is ideal when you have drum samples that need some individual effects processing like Equalization or Compression.  Typically, you […]

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