Tag Archives: Music Production

NI’s Holiday Spirit – Free Reaktor Prism little brother – Micro Prism [Free Software]

A free instrument from Native Instruments is always a good thing. This time it’s an abridged version of NI’s popular Reaktor Prism synthesizer. There’s even a free version of Reaktor included if you don’t have it. Download Here!

Go here to learn more about Micro Prism

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How to Make a Unique Kick from Default Samples in Ableton

This tutorial is for producers who don’t have drums kits or drum machines. Using kicks from sample libraries is good choice for production, but many producers including me think that using other people’s samples doesn’t sound unique enough. If you want to make unique kicks you have to do it on your own.

You don’t have to buy an expensive drum machine or real drum kits. You do have to buy or download some excellent drum libraries, and use them to create some fantastic and awesome kicks which will be the foundation of your song.

Why is this so important? Listen some dance record from the top artist like Armin Van Buuren, Garreth Emery, Ferry Corsten and you will realize that the kick is the most important element of their song. How we shape the sound of a kick is one of the most creative decisions we have to make—we control aspects like how solid, how punchy, how thick and how snappy. If your kicks lack energy, or are too soft, they won’t bring satisfaction on the dance floor.

The technique which I want to show you is kick layering. The basic idea is that you layer different kick samples and mix them. The result is a completely new kick.

To understand layering you do not need to have a PhD in frequencies. You need to understand low, mid and high. You need to understand cut and boost, filter and ADSR.

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The FL Studio Chord Tool – [Tutorial]

In this tutorial we are going to cover how to use FL Studio’s chord tool to make putting chords in much easier. Reading a chord name is relatively easy but knowing which notes go into the chord is not something everyone knows. That’s where this tool comes in handy. As long as you know how to read the chord name you can easily insert chords into a piano roll with the chord tool.

This particularly useful if you want to remix or redo a pop or rock song that’s normally played on a guitar or piano and you can find the chord sheet online in or in a book. Ironically, the chords to Pachelbel’s Cannon in D is the basis for some of the most popular rock and pop songs of the 20th century. With this in mind, let’s use the chord to help us recreate Cannon in D!

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Gearslutz message board – So much gear, so little time

This forum rocks!

How to make your own synth, instrument and effects plug-ins w/ Synthmaker – oscillator synth tutorial

Holy sh*t this is cool! Wish I had enough time to f*** around on this thing all day..damn I curse a lot..

FL Studio’s SynthMaker is an audio programming tool for Windows that lets you create your own sounds, virtual instruments and effects, without having to write any code. The instruments and effects you create can then be used for playing live via MIDI or as VST plugins.

Image Line put together this Synthmaker tutorial that looks at how to make a 2 oscillator synth.

Source: Synthtopia

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Free Sound Effect Website Database – 500,000+ free sound effects

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Awesome EQ Guide from Songstuff

I love how they break it down by instrument too. Click the pic to check it out:

There’s a lot more free musician resources at Songstuff too

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Audiotuts – How to Boost Your Audio’s Stereo Image

Really sweet article


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The Compose Concept Tablet

The pen acts as a mic you sing into. When docked into the digital paper tablet, your vocal harmonies are automatically transcribed into a score. For the old schooler, you can write directly on the display. It also contains libraries for an entire orchestra so once your composition is finished, just sit back and enjoy.

Designer: Ouyang Xi, He Binbin, Zeng Li & Li Bo

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Melodyne Celemony DNA – Direct Note Access

This is some seriously sick technology!!

DNA – Direct Note Access is a technology that makes the impossible possible: for the first time in audio recording history you can identify and edit individual notes within polyphonic audio material. The unique access that Melodyne affords to pitch, timing, note lengths and other parameters of melodic notes will now also be afforded to individual notes within chords.

Examples of use:
Tune a guitar after recording

pitch-correct a piano that is out of tune or fix its timing

turn major chords to minor (and vice versa), switch tone scales

mute single notes

remix volume levels, etc.

– all after the performance is already recorded!

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