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Rob Papen produces extras for The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set

Rob Papen has announced the release of additional online content for The 4 Element Synth subtractive synthesis instructional book/DVD set.

Rob Papen The 4 Element Synth

Appropriately subtitled The secrets of subtractive synthesis, this 200-plus-page enlightening tome was many years in the making, effectively dating back to 2001 when Rob Papen started teaching exclusive masterclasses in synth sound design in his well-stocked studio using the likes of his beloved Roland Jupiter 8 programmable polysynth and seminal Korg MS-20 semi-modular monosynth alongside other vintage analogue classics and more modern counterparts. Here he developed an approach to working with subtractive synthesis that he termed The 4-Element Synth© — hence the book/DVD set’s title. As implied by name, the book basically breaks subtractive synthesis down into four digestible and distinct chapters or elements: Element-1 / Oscillators, Element-2 / Filter, Element-3 / Amplifier, and Element-4 / Modulators — each of which receive their own equally easy-to-follow DVD treatment, thanks in no small part to the talented author and presenter’s easy- going onscreen persona.

No teaching technique needs to be set in stone, however; there is almost always room for improvement — or even additional content, as is the case with The 4 Element Synth. The beauty of online content is that it can, of course, be updated far faster than print or physical media, which is exactly what Rob Papen has done by uploading two additional Element-4 / Modulators chapter-related bonus videos here: http://www.robpapen.com/book-a-dvds-extras.html

Anyone who has already purchased The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set is invited to thereby (re)read the LFO and Element-2 section (p152) and then watch an all-new accompanying video about LFO and resonance modulation. Meanwhile, the Three points to keep in mind using an envelope section (p107) also benefits from additional demonstrative video content; as Rob Papen himself says, “There’s another important point about envelope modulation of the filter. As we’ve said already in the Element-2 chapter, many producers and synth players often use only the cutoff knob; they forget that there is also an envelope amount and the envelope settings that can change the sound — and not just a little bit! Keep these three points in mind when you’re working with the filter section of your synthesizer.”

Speaking of synthesizers, apart from those aforesaid analogue classics and a rather impressive looking (and sounding) ‘Moog-alike’ System-22 modular system from Synthesizers.com — all of which make musical onscreen appearances throughout The 4 Element Synth DVDs, Rob Papen also makes much use of his own company’s Predator — a ‘phat’ sounding killer soft synth that combines inspiring presets and first-class features to create the perfect ‘go-to’ synth for contemporary music production. Predator and Predator RE users can also download the preset banks used on the DVDs from here: http://www.robpapen.com/book-a-dvds-extras.html

Needless to say, anyone wishing to literally uncover the secrets of subtractive synthesis should surely look no further than The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set — now more enlightening than ever, thanks to these latest enhancements!

The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set is available to purchase within the EU for 74 EUR (inc. VAT), or 69 EUR plus shipping (where appropriate) outside the EU. The set is also available from US dealer Sweetwater, as well as via various European dealers.

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Rob Papen The secrets of subtractive synthesis “The 4 Element Synth” available now

Rob Papen The 4 Element Synth

Rob Papen has released The secrets of subtractive synthesis “The 4 Element Synth”, a synthesizer sound design masterclass by Rob Papen.

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.

The book and DVD set is available to purchase for 74 EUR (EU incl. 6% VAT) / 69 EUR (outside EU, no VAT), excluding shipment cost.

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Hal Leonard publishes The Power in Digital Performer

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Hal Leonard The Power in Digital Performer

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.

The book is available to purchase for $16.99 USD.

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Rob Papen previews The secrets of subtractive synthesis “The 4 Element Synth”

Rob Papen has posted a preview of The 4 Element Synth, a book and DVD set on the secrets of subtractive synthesis.

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.

The book and DVD package is expected to ship by the end of November, 2012. It costs 74 EUR (EU inc. 6% VAT) / 69 EUR (outside EU, no VAT). Excludes shipping costs.

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New Atlantis Audio launches Loop Life: An Insider’s Guide to the Indie Soundware Business

New Atlantis Audio has launched Loop Life, a book featuring pro tips and essential info for a successful career making loops, samples, and presets.

Loop Life

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.

More information: Loop Life

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Rob Papen introduces The secrets of subtractive synthesis “The 4 Element Synth” sound design book & DVD set

Rob Papen The 4 Element Synth

Rob Papen has announced The secrets of subtractive synthesis “The 4 Element Synth”, a sound design book and DVD set.

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).

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AfroDJRack Easy Sub Bass Ableton Live Pack + 2 Minute Ableton Tip: Sidechain Compression

AfroDJMac Easy Sub Bass Rack

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.

Brian has also posted a new episode of “2 Minute Ableton Tips”, in which sidechaining in Ableton is explored.

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.

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