Hal Leonard Books has announced it is shipping The Power In Digital Performer, a guide to help those who are new to Digital Performer get up to speed quickly.
Author David E. Roberts has been directly involved with the development of this incredibly powerful and innovative DAW software since 1993 – he is also responsible for artist/VIP support at MOTU and has been training new users for the past 20 years. Considering Roberts’ depth of understanding and insightful experience, this Quick Pro Guide offers a uniquely succinct path to understanding and eventually mastering Digital Performer.
This is the first book to look under the hood of Digital Performer 8 – the first version of the program manufactured for both Mac and Windows OS. In fact, this is arguably the most up-to-date and insightful guide available focused specifically on Digital Performer.The Power in Digital Performer provides concise, easy-to-understand, and practical text combined with instructive screenshots. An accompanying DVD-ROM provides extremely powerful and supportive video tutorials featuring Magic Dave Roberts doing what he does best: revealing the insider tips and tricks that have kept Digital Performer at the forefront of DAW technology since its inception.
New Atlantis Audio has launched Loop Life, a book featuring pro tips and essential info for a successful career making loops, samples, and presets.
Packed with essential info, insights, tips, and proven strategies from twelve year veterans of the indie soundware industry New Atlantis Audio – Loop Life is the only book designed to help you turn your passion for sampling, sound design, and music into a career you love.
This market is thriving, growing, and evolving constantly – Loop Life is your survival guide.
Loop Life comes as an instant download and includes automatic free updates for life. Through November 17, 2012 Rekkerd readers can enter the code REKKERD in their cart for $5 off their copy!
The first chapter is available to download at no charge.
Rob Papen is a globally renowned sound designer whose sounds and virtual synthesizers are used and loved by many synthesizer players and music producers.
This 200+ page book, which is accompanied by four DVDs with over 10 hours of content, gives an in-depth insight into his approach of working with subtractive synthesis.
In 2001, Rob Papen began giving exclusive masterclasses teaching ‘synthesizer sound design” in his studio. For these training sessions, Rob developed his own method to explain the secrets of subtractive synthesis, called “The 4 Element Synth”. This masterclass training is now transformed into a combined book and DVD package that also delivers numerous ‘tips and tricks’ which will help you to design and tweak your own sounds. Throughout the masterclass, a variety of hardware and software synthesizers are explored.
We are sure this synthesizer sound design training is an eye-opener for every synthesizer player, from novice to pro. A must have for everyone who takes his sounds seriously!
The secrets of subtractive synthesis is expected tho ship in November/Early December, 2012, priced at 74 EUR/$89 USD (excl. shipping).
AfroDJMac has released Easy Sub Bass, a free Live Rack designed to easily add sub bass to any synthesizer in Ableton Live.
Sub bass is an important part of many types of electronic music. It is not so much heard as it is felt. It can give a track tremendous power.
For this free Ableton Live Pack, I have created an instrument rack that features two different chains. The first contains a simple sine wave synth that provides the sub bass. The second chain is almost empty, leaving room for you to drop any instrument you’d like to add a little sub bass to.
Side chaining is a very effective way to get your tracks to react to each other. I wrote an article about sidechaining for Sonic Scoop’s blog, check it out for some background and creative uses. Anyway, Ableton Live has three devices that can be side chained together: The Compressor, The Gate, and The Auto Filter. This week will deal with the Compressor.
FaderPro has announced Are You Able, the first of many online training courses with A-List artists and producers.
AYA is an in-depth, Ableton Live-specific production course allowing you to sit ‘shotgun’ in the studio with producer Ivan Coraliza (a/k/a iLL Factor) and observe the industry pro putting together tracks from scratch and sharing his secrets on producing and engineering award-winning music. FaderPro’s camera crews shoot on-location, in stunning HD, the working studio environment of the pros. Videos are available in your choice of online streaming or boxed disc versions. You can also download our courses at Beatport’s Sounds/To/Sample website. Pause, rewind and playback with no expiration. With AYA, you’ll learn from a pro and be on the fast-track to making your own hit records!
Ableton Live has made huge strides in the music production software game, designed to be an instrument for live performances as well as a tool for composing and arranging, and for mixing tracks by DJs. FaderPro.com’s AYA online training is a must-have learning tool for any aspiring artist or producer interested in learning the nuances of this multi-faceted program—or even for the seasoned pro wanting to sharpen their Live skills.
“Are You Able” features concise, to-the-point video clips that showcase the multi-platinum and Grammy nominated producer at work. iLL Factor, who has worked with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Ricky Martin, Moloko, is best known for producing the hit single, “Let It Rock” with Kevin Rudolf and Lil Wayne. You’ll experience his every move and mouse click as he works on capturing creating ideas in the process of making an original record using Ableton Live. See how he sets up a project initially, lays down the foundation for the beats and melodies, and finally arranges the song. In the process, he even calls in singer/songwriter Giel (Timbaland, P. Diddy) to add lyrics and vocals making it a finished demo. Giel also shares important tips and tricks of writing and recording vocals and working in the studio with a producer.
“Are You Able” Course Includes
A start to finish production course teaching you how hit records are made using Ableton Live from inside ill Factor’s studio!
Over 3 hours of unique production tips and techniques unveiled.
Source files allowing you to follow along to create the same exact project as ill Factor.
Finish your record with a live songwriting showcase with ill Factor’s Recording Artist.
“Are You Able” is availalbe to purchase for $69.99 USD (boxed) or as a download from Sounds/To/Sample for 51.90 EUR.
Owing to the Arcophone Mk I being stuck somewhere on the Nullabor owing to damage to train tracks from the recent rains.
As we had a gig at Scitech we needed a new Arcophone, using the prototype batch of v1.2 coil drivers, Brett, Simon & Daniel spent the better part of the last week building the Arcophone Mk II. The case was designed and cut by Simon Kirkby and the electronics designed and assembled by Brett Downing and Daniel Harmsworth.
“Gem Drops” is a rich, varied compilation covering “experimental electronic hip-hop inspired” music, with artists such as Anenon, yuk., Juj, Devonwho, Shigeto, and Sumsun. The 21 tracks were selected by curator Aaron Meola. It’s the sixth release from the collective Dropping Gems, and 100% of revenue will go to the American Cancer Society.
Pay what you want for the download; a “very limited” run of handmade CDs with artwork will go to people who donate US $15 or more.
Turning data strings like DNA and what-not into audio can produce interesting results. YouTube user r2blend says, "If you import an EXE file into an audio program as audio data, you hear all kinds of cool stuff. The most awesome by far for me was MS Paint." Fisco130 then made a club remix of the MS Paint data audio. Wonder if any scans of great works of art contain secret music? Does malware translate to sad trombone sound, or Rick Astley?
If you haven't checked it out yet, head on over to the Programming Tips section of the Waveformless-Soundware site for 10 random programming tips on programming your own sounds for ReFX Vanguard.
The plan is to post programming tips for different softsynths as I release new soundsets. And yes, I am hard at work on the next release. No idea when it will be done. I'd rather get it right then get it out right now.
This EMS Putney came into my hands when I purchased it from Iowa City South East Junior High School in 1997. It is one of the unique artifacts of electronic music. The Putney & it’s close relative, the attache-case-housed Synthi, were workhorse synths at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and was a favorite of musicians like Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, and other Space Rock bands of the 70s.
It’s sonic character derives in large part from the cheapness of the design and construction. Moog Synthesizers were laboratory grade audio equipment; the Putney is cheap and difficult to use in a traditional musical context. And yet it was seductive. It’s limitations and imperfections enlarged musican’s ideas of what sounds could be musical.
Delia Derbyshire was one of the pioneers of electronic music during and after her tenure at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. She was both a gifted composer and an audacious and precise engineer. Since seeing her in documentaries, and hearing her music I’m both awed by her and have a synth-geek’s crush on her. She was on my mind as I recorded these pieces, and I dedicate them to her memory.
The 5 parts of this piece were recorded in one evening, with no editing or overdubbing. The Putney was plugged into the Stereo Memory Man pedal, and the pedal was plugged into my computer.
The only post processing applied was normalization. These recordings are as close to the original, raw sound of the instrument as I could make them.