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Mixnotes.tv launches premium tutorials on Melodyne and Compression

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Mixnotes.tv has announced it has released several new premium tutorials on its website this week. New video lessons covering all things “Melodyne” related as well as another over all things “Compression”.

Mixnotes.tv premium tutorials

  • Understanding Melodyne: Using Melodyne or any pitch correction software is a must need skill for any producer working in a DAW now days. In this video we show you how to use it like a pro to enhance and save a performance transparently. It’s all about learning how to use Melodyne in a musical way. We go over pitch correction, pitch drift, pitch modulation, amplitude and many other helpful tricks.
  • Understanding Compression: In this premium tutorial we discuss the fundamentals of compression. We listen to examples featuring drums, vocals, guitar and go over how to use compression to shape sounds in a musical way. We cover the common controls you’ll see on most modern DAW compressors. We take a look at stock compressors and even some boutique ones you’ll find from our friends over at Waves and Slatedigital. Plugins used: Pro Tools stock compressor / limiter, Waves: R-Comp, CLA76, CLA2A, Slatedigital Virtual Tape Machine.

The new premium tutorials are now available to purchase for $17 USD each.

More information: Mixnotes.tv

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Sonnox releases Fraunhofer Pro-Codec

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Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec

Sonnox has announced the release of the Fraunhofer Pro-Codec, a plug-in designed for the real-time auditioning, encoding and decoding of audio signals using Fraunhofer codecs.

In the past it has not been possible to critically audition and then encode multiple formats in real time within a host DAW environment. The revolutionary Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec now makes this possible, and includes extensive monitoring tools and built-in encoding/decoding features.

Using this plug-in mix engineers may produce mixes optimised towards specific target codecs, thereby ensuring maximum fidelity. Similarly, Mastering engineers may audition in the final format and produce compensated masters for final encoding and distribution.

Fraunhofer Pro-Codec features

  • Supported Codecs:
    • mp3, mp3 Surround, AAC-LC, HE-AAC, and HE-AAC v2.
    • mp3-HD and HD-AAC (Lossless Codecs).
  • Ability to select up to five codecs for simultaneous export, in real time, to encoded files.
  • Comprehensive auditioning with glitchless switching.
  • Ability to audition the difference between input signal and codec output.
  • AB auditioning in real time between codecs, or between codec and input signal.
  • ABX mode for blind statistical testing.
  • Graphical displays include:
    • High resolution display of the Input signal and Diff signal.
    • Indication of the audibility of audio removed by the encoding process.
    • Bitstream levels and ability to compensate for overloads.
    • Indication of filesize or datastream compression.
    • Phase metering.
  • Off-line encoding and decoding.
  • Compatible with many digital audio workstation applications, such as:
    • Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Sequoia and Wavelab. (Mac and PC).

The Fraunhofer Pro-Codec for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for £295 GBP / $495 USD.

More information: Sonnox Ofxord / Fraunhofer Pro-Codec

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Elysia xpressor 500, hardware stereo compressor (API 500 series format)

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Elysia xpressor 500

Elysia has released the xpressor 500, an extremely versatile stereo compressor available in API’s 500 series format.

Its discrete audio path running in constant class-A mode provides a superior audio quality which combines a clear and open sound with a good lot of punch. With its many unique features taken from our flagship products, the xpressor 500 shines in many different applications: stereo buss compression, processing single signals, approaching dynamics in creative ways …

xpressor 500 features

  • Discrete Class-A Topology — As a true elysia specialty, the audio path of the xpressor 500 is completely based on discrete circuitry and does not use any integrated circuits at all.
  • Auto Fast — Inspired by its big brothers: the switchable semi automation for a perfect attack on the basis of the value set by the user.
  • Log Release — This alternative characteristic of the release curve follows a logarithmic course instead of the standard linear progress and results in a very gentle kind of compression.
  • Negative Ratios — The characteristic curve bends and goes back down! Heavy pumping, backward sounds, etc. – perfect for very cool compression effects.
  • Parallel Compression — Available directly on the unit: the direct and the compressed signal can be blended in any desired relation by simply turning the mix controller.
  • Sidechain Filter — A tunable low cut filter in the sidechain of the xpressor 500 avoids overcompression and pumping when there is a lot of low end energy in the mix.
  • Gain Reduction Limiter — This novel limiter is not placed in the audio path as usually, but restricts the control voltage of the compressor instead.
  • Warm Mode — The xpressor 500 offers a second switchable sound flavor by altering its frequency spectrum, harmonics and transient response.
  • Analog Dynamic LED Meter — The gain reduction meter modulates its LEDs in their brightness in order to show the action of the compressor in an analog way: fast and with smooth transitions.
  • Made in Germany — High grade components, solid aluminum knobs.

The xpressor 500 is now available to purchase for for $975 USD / 649 EUR (excl. VAT).

More information: Elysia / xpressor 500

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Samplecraze iPhone Apps tutorials, learn about audio compression

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Samplecraze Compression iApps

Samplecraze has announced the release of Compression iApps, a collection of audio compression tutorials for iPhone.

There are few subjects more confusing than compression. It’s one thing understanding what the various controls do in theory, but quite another to know which ones to tweak to give your sounds more body, even out their dynamics, and bring forth all their details from the depths of your mixes.

From beginner to advanced these iApps are better than reading any book. The Samplecraze Compression iApps train your ears to hear how the sound changes with different compressor settings and types, so you learn how to extract the best results from your own tracks.

Compression iApps features

  • Tutorials in Part 1
    • Compression Primer: A detailed explanation of all the features of a compressor and how to use them.
    • Compressing RnB Vocals: Professional producer techniques and processes used to process male and female RnB vocals.
    • Compressing Rap Vocals: Advanced techniques and processes used in compressing various Rap vocals.
    • Compressing a Mix: How to use transparent and coloured processing a mix production.
  • Tutorials in Part 2
    • Compression Primer: A detailed explanation of all the features of a compressor and how to use them.
    • Compressing drum loops : Advanced techniques used in dynamically reshaping drum loops.
    • Compressing drum hits : Using compressor features and techniques in creating new textures from kicks, snares and claps.
    • Compressing a plucked instrument : Understanding the techniques and processes used in compressing the most complex of all instruments.

The Compression iApps are available to purchase from the iTunes App Store for $2.99 USD / £1.79 GBP each.

More information: Samplecraze

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Samplecraze announces Audio Compression Video Tutorials

Samplecraze Compression video series compilation

Samplecraze has announced the release of the Audio Compression Video Tutorials, a series of audio production tutorials.

There are already many Samplecraze students around the world improving their audio skills via 1-2-1 Tuition, but now Samplecraze are offering a new series of pre-recorded audio production tutorials so that everyone can reap the benefits. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video tutorial must be one of the most effective teaching methods ever devised!

The first in the series covers Audio Compression:
There are few subjects more confusing than compression. It’s one thing understanding what the various controls do in theory, but quite another to know which ones to tweak to give your sounds more body, even out their dynamics, and bring forth all their detail from the depths of your mixes.

This video pack contains the following 7 audio compression video tutorials and is offered at less than half the price of all the combined individual video packs. Far better than reading any book, the Samplecraze Compression Tutorials train your ears to hear how the sound changes with different compressor settings and types, so you learn how to extract the best results from your own tracks.

The “Compression video series compilation” is available to purchase as a digital download for £14.99 GBP.

More information: Samplecraze / Audio Compression Video Tutorials

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Short links for January 12th, 2010

Roland TR-808

Some interesting things I found recently:

# TRASH_AUDIO: Roland TR-808 Sample Pack

Surachai writes:

Justin graciously let me borrow his Roland TR-808 and when trying to program some patterns I noticed a few problems. A) I'm clearly too stupid to work this machine – I eventually figured it out but off the bat, both the Pattern knob the Auto Fill In knob were double teaming my brain and left me staring at shifting patterns that mocked me with changing tempos. B) The sequencing buttons themselves have been accumulating grime over the years which makes it difficult to activate a note. I would gladly take this thing apart and clean it but it's not mine. C) It's outdated. While the interface is preferred for many people, I'd rather do this on a computer or something more flexible like a Machinedrum. Long story short, I decided to sample it and save people the hassle of finding/buying one. Oh yeah and it's free.

# Five compression mistakes and how to avoid them

Kim Lajoie shares some tips:

Compressors are complex tools and, like most other audio engineering tools, there are more ways to set them up ‘wrong’ than there are to set them up ‘right’. If you’re careful though, you won’t fall into these common traps.

# Soundsnap.com presents Frank Serafine (YouTube)

A peek into the world of Hollywood sound designer (and Soundsnap contributor) Frank Serafine.

# little-scale: Ukulele Sample Pack (Copyright-free and License-free)
Sebastian Tomczak has released a pack of samples from a cute ukulele.

I have made a free ukulele sample pack, recorded using two piezo transducers. Download it here. Copyright-free and license-free.

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Review: ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

When I first visited the Driven Machine Drums website I thought I had found another one of those silly marketing schemes. You know those sites that promise loads of “fresh” content for cheap, meaning to say they’ll send you a disc with stuff that is old and readily available to download from the internet, free of cost…

Just reading the first few paragraphs on the website immediately triggered my scam alert.

Have you purchased hundreds; even thousands of drum sounds… only finding a handful of gems among the clutter? Are you often irritated when sifting through countless sounds, devastating your creative flow? Do you fight with samples to make them tight, slamming, and club ready… only later to be disappointed in the results? Have you fantasized about the multi-million dollar deal or winning the lottery so you can stack your studio with all the esoteric highend gear? Does your music command you have the latest kit, to gain the advantage and stand apart from the masses?

If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions, then you are in the right place and the right time.

The website even mentions a 30-day no questions asked refund, and then there’s the odd “only 997 copies will ever be available” thing.

The whole thing looked pretty dodgy to me, but my gut feeling was wrong.

The guy behind ToneBuilder and Driven Machine Drums is Nathaniel Shreve, an electronic musician who is passionate about his work. He wanted to make sure to share some interesting things about how the library came to be, and why he feels Driven Machine Drums is different from other drum sample libraries.

Now whether or not you enjoy Nathaniel’s style of writing, the bottom line is: this product is legit and well worth checking out.

What do you get?

Driven Machine Drums includes samples from a variety of synthesis sources:

  • Elektron Machine Drum
  • Symbolic Sound Kyma Capybara
  • Eventide H8000FW
  • Korg ER-1
  • E-mu SP-1200
  • Oberheim DMX
  • Yamaha DX200
  • Roland TR909, TR808, TR707, TR606
  • Jomox MBase 11
  • Vermona DRM-1 MKIII

While in itself that’s a nice list of gear, the special thing about Driven Machine Drums is the way each of the drum sounds was processed with analog coloration hardware. Tubes, tape emulation, transformers and envelope shapers were used to add a distinct “drive” to the samples.

Driven Machine Drums analog processing gear
Analog processing gear used to process the sounds includes the Thermionic Culture Vulture, Anamod ATS-1, Empirical Labs Distressor, Mutronics Mutator, and more.

Nathaniel writes:

See, what makes the MPC3000s and SP1200s so special was the quality of DRIVE added on the input. That drive adds natural compression, limiting, and HARMONIC DISTORTION, making the drums appear louder, warmer, and punchier.

Have you ever heard an acoustic guitar recording vs. a driven guitar recording? Play them at the exact same level and the DRIVEN guitar will appear to be louder.

This is the exact thing that was happening with my drums. They became louder, sharper, and driving without resorting to obscene amounts of limiting.

The Driven Machines Drums samples are categorized in various folders (claps, kicks, snares, etc.) and include a total of 1,684 samples:

  • 362 Kicks
  • 244 Snares
  • 108 Claps
  • 218 Cymbals and Hats
  • 135 Toms
  • 190 Hand Percussion Hits
  • 158 Sticks, Rims, Metals, and Bells
  • 272 Electronic Noises including Bass Boosters

Each folder has a number of subfolders with a descriptive title (e.g. DMD Ana Soft BNS, DMD Hats Fltrd 909) to help you find the type of sound you need.

The samples are available in 24bit WAV and AIFF formats. MPC users will be happy to hear the library also includes 16bit dithered WAV and there are 26 kits for FXpansion GURU.

A Deluxe version also includes Kontakt and EXS24 patches.

Check some of the sounds from the Driven Machine Drums library below.

So what do I think?

Product: Driven Machine Drums by ToneBuilder
Format: 24bit WAV/AIFF, GURU/Kontakt/EXS24
Price: $77 USD ($87 USD for the Deluxe version)

ToneBuilder is taking drum machine sampling to the next level. The sounds of Driven Machine Drums were designed and edited individually using a combination of analog processing gear. This way Nathaniel managed to get an amazing warm and punchy sound, full of that analog character many of us are looking for.

I didn’t find the Kontakt patches very useful as they simply map a (sub)folder of sounds across the keyboard. Handy for auditioning sounds but I think mapping the samples to drum kits would have been more valuable.

Driven Machine Drums is probably just another collection of electronic drum hits to those who think every 808 snare sounds like that one sample they already downloaded from the internet a few years ago. However, if you are serious about your drum hits Driven Machine Drums is certainly worth checking out, especially since there will only be a limited amount of copies sold.

In short, Driven Machine Drums is a great collection of electronic drum hits. High quality sounds with plenty of character to separate it from the competition.

ToneBuilder has a generous 100+ sample pack available to download on the Driven Machine Drums website, and you can get an additional pack of 34 free sounds here.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

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