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Oct 2, 2013 2:40PM

Granular Synthesis 101

Musicians who use synthesizers have an amazing smorgasbord of sound design tools


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Jun 25, 2012 2:46PM

Dynamics, Demystified

Dynamics are essential in adding expressiveness to music, but excessive or inconsistent dynamics can be the baneof live performance.


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Aug 1, 2010 1:00AM

Tech Tip Of The Month: Setting Up an Eventide Stompbox as MIDI Tempo Master

Eventide Factor-series stompboxes have the ability to generate MIDI Clock. That means that you can use your Eventide stompbox as a Master Tempo source for anything in your MIDI chain, including drum machines, sequencers, and other Eventide stompboxes.


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Sep 1, 2009 3:14PM

Ableton Live Tip: Making Gated Synth Patterns

Here is a great way to create cool moving patterns and rhythmic effects using just Ableton Live and its devices. Begin by creating two MIDI tracks. In the first, drag-and-drop a synth patch from the browser—in this case, a synth pad patch called Pad-Filter Up.


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Apr 1, 2009 11:15AM

Tracking: 24 Ways To Bust HUM

You patch in a piece of audio equipment, and there it is—hum! This annoying, low-pitched sound is typically a tone of around 60Hz (50Hz in Europe and other parts of the world), as well as multiples of that frequency. Hum is caused mainly by ground loops. A ground loop is a closed loop made of two separated pieces of audio equipment each connected to power ground through a three-prong power cord, and also connected to each other through a cable shield. The ground voltage may be slightly different at each piece of equipment, so a signal can flow between components along the cable shield. Other causes of hum can be guitar pickups, cables, and mics that pick up hum fields radiated by power wiring and transformers—especially if the cable shield connection is broken.


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Dec 1, 2008 12:00PM

Phantom Power: Beats From Nothing

GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR SOUND SOURCES USING TRANSFORMATIVE SAMPLING, EDITING AND FIELD RECORDING


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Nov 1, 2008 12:00PM

Phantom Power: God of Thunder

CREATE MASSIVE MODULE SYNTH PATCHES WITH PROPELLERHEAD REASON 4'S THOR


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Sep 1, 2008 12:00PM

Keepin' It Raga | Make Indian Fusion Music

MAKE AUTHENTIC INDIAN FUSION MUSIC WITH SOFTWARE SYNTHS USING PROPER TUNING AND BASIC TECHNIQUES


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May 16, 2008 11:20AM

Fast Tracks for Dynamite Demos

Yes, you can make great demos without taking forever to do it.


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Nov 1, 2007 12:00PM

BEAT BATTLE

Check out the upsides and downsides of real-time versus step drum programming


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