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Elite Sessions: Jaytech - Pyramind Online Video Tip: Creating Depth in Drums by Using Foley Pyramind Training – Synthesis & Sound Design Instructor – Taylor Elsasser – runs you through his approach while constructing drum patterns and using foley to incorporate uniqueness & life. Elite Session with Roger Shah (Armada / Blackhole / Magic Island) Roger Shah has an over 20 years reputation within the international EDM scene with a release record of more than 500 tracks on some of the largest and most successful international record companies. Among them Sony, EMI, Universal and Warner, as well as all leading EDM labels such as Armada, Black Hole, Ministry Of Sound, Kontor and Ultra. As a producer he has worked with and for artists such as Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, Sarah MacLachlan, Ferry Corsten, Kosheen, Bryan Adams or Moya Brennan who is best known for her works with Hollywood producers such as Hans Zimmer.

Random Song Form Structure Generator Learn How to Write Songs Random Song Form Structure Generator Use this online tool to generate song structures. Compressor control principles A short compendium on digital audio compression techniques. Basic compressor configurations Compression vs. limiting Technically speaking the same principles are used in audio signal limiting and compression processors but just the transfer curves and envelope follower settings are different. The 20 best VST plug-in synths in the world today Curve is a subtractive synthesiser, but not specifically an analogue one. Yes, it can do analogue, and very well indeed, but its three oscillators aren't limited to the usual analogue waveforms. Instead, custom waves can be created by dragging (up to 40) points around in the main display to create both straight lines and curves. Curve 2 introduced a new look for the synth, as well as a good number of new features and a ton of new sounds.

The Chord Guide: Pt I - Chord Progressions Chord progressions are the canvas on which musicians paint their masterpieces, and it’s a canvas which is a piece of art in itself. A chord progression can be subtle and in the background or it can be blatant and up front; it can be simple and catchy, or it can be technical and complex, it can stay in one key or it can change like the seasons. In any of these cases a chord progression is what drives the song as it literally shapes the music that accompanies it.

Metering Audio metering is one of the most confusing and complex aspects of sound recording. Technical Editor Hugh Robjohns answers some of the most common questions on the topic. There are literally dozens of different audio metering systems in common use around the world — and they often appear to read completely differently when supposedly displaying the same audio signal! However, there are perfectly good reasons why this should be the case and the differences are mainly due to the historical development of the various metering systems and their interpretation. Having said that, not all meters are equal and it's still a case of 'horses for courses' when choosing which system to use in particular applications. Q What are the meters really for?

Synth Secrets, Part 23: Formant Synthesis Last month, we discussed a way of emulating acoustic musical instruments using short delay lines such as spring reverbs and analogue reverb/echo units. At the end of that article, I posed the following question: "Couldn't we have avoided this talk of echoes, RT60s, room modes, and all that other stuff, and achieved the same result with a bunch of fixed (or 'formant') filters?". This month, we're going to answer that question. This is the 23rd article in a 63-part series. Read all parts A Little More On Filters 5,000 Free Loops - Drums, Guitar , Orchestra, Heavy Metal, & More Here are over 3 gigabytes of free loops of drum samples, guitar loops, Dubstep loops, bass loops, Hip Hop loops, and many more free loops. Please share this post and follow us to show support. New free downloads added weekly. Get our free newsletter. Free Loops to Download

Harnessing The Power Of DSP In the previous segment, we looked at the basic process of using a high-resolution FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) analyzer to view the frequency and phase response of a 12-inch cone driver in a typical 12-inch/2-way loudspeaker. In that segment, we established that the 30-degree off-axis response of the cone driver is substantially lower in level (12 to 18 dB), as well as highly irregular in phase and frequency above approximately 2 kHz, when compared to the driver’s on-axis response (Figure 1). This information allows us make an educated guess at the range where the cone driver should be crossed over. In this particular case, the 30-degree off-axis response is linear up until about 1.28 kHz, after which the output until about 2 kHz. At 2.1 kHz, the output level begins to descend rapidly as the driver enters its breakup mode (see sidebar for discussion of “breakup mode”). In this discussion, we’ll factor in the HF driver and HF horn.

The Perfect Mix: with notes on Mastering Audio There are many ways to get your songs to final form. What matters is not how you get there, but that you do get there. Lets pretend you are enrolled in one of the world's fine universities and you are writing a Master's Thesis. This is not just "any" piece of drudge paperwork, but the culmination of you education. You know you have to write in excellent form, have to watch out for tiny grammatical imperfections, and make sure substance and style flows well. Dither vs Distortion The video above demonstrates what quantisation distortion sounds like, and how dither solves the problem. And along the way, why you should always use dither when saving 16 or 24-bit files. (In my opinion)

13 pro mastering tips This might sound clichéd, but we're going to say it anyway: what Mazen Murad doesn't know about mastering isn't worth knowing. His credits include releases from a raft of modern-day superstars, from the quirky talents of Björk to Duffy's sultry swing, Groove Armada's laid-back tracks and the raw rock muscle of Muse. We asked him to contribute to our collection of pro tips for aspiring mastering engineers, and he duly obliged… Move the bass If your bass is muddy, try using mid/side EQ. How to Calculate Delay Time to Tempo Beat « Here’s how to calculate millisecond delay time to your tempo so you can make adjustments on the fly (or just set it correctly for a hardline beat delineation.) Needless to say, if you’re not going for strict tempo beat pulses then you can skip equations and do this “by feel”.It’s very simple if you remember this equation: * Delay time in ms (Milli-seconds) = 60000/BPM (Beat Per Minute) Will give you a quarter note delay time.

BigKick: Some Kick Drum Theory Kick drums are one of the loudest sounds in most electronic music (competing with the snare drum for that honour in some break-beat styles). A good kick drum can make the difference between a track that sounds just okay and one that provides hours of orgasmic listening pleasure. So I, and many other producers I know have spent hours trying to find just the right sound.