May 2009 Web Clips

May 2009 Web Clips
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p14 | Five12 Numerology 2 Download of the Month

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Web Clip 1: This clip uses Numerology 2.0 to play Soniccouture's Hang Drum sampler instrument in Native Instruments Kontakt 3. The instrument uses key switching to select playing techniques. Separate Numerology note, Velocity, gate, and key-switching sequencer modules are used, and, later in the clip, their playback directions and lengths are randomly modified.

p40 | Making Tracks: Just for Kicks

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Web Clip 1: This audio clip illustrates several of the techniques discussed in Making Tracks. In the first two bars, the kick is unprocessed. In bars 3 and 4, it''s bandpass-filtered for a very subtle sonic change. In bars 5 and 6, it''s distorted, and in bars 7 and 8 automation is applied to the envelope attack time to muffle the hits in the middle of each bar. This file was created in Image Line FL Studio 8, using FL Studio''s built-in drum sound library, Image Line Sytrus for the comp and high string sounds, and U-He Zebra2 for the bass.

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Web Clip 2: FL Studio owners can download this FL Studio project and experiment with it, but the music itself is copyright 2008 by Jim Aikin, and can''t be used for your own song.

p42 | Sound Design Workshop: A Different Slice

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Web Clip 1: This clip repeats an eighth-note major scale seven times. The first pass is unprocessed. Subsequent passes use SupaTrigga with 100-percent rearrangement, 100-percent reverse, 100-percent slow-down, 20-percent silence, and finally, 50-percent reverse and slow-down with 20-percent silence for the last two passes.

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Web Clip 2: This example applies SupaTrigga as a pre-fader send effect to a pair of two-bar loops from the Sample Magic collection Around the World in 80 Raves (samplemagic.com). The first four bars are unprocessed, after which, the level of each loop and the SupaTrigga return are varied.

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Web Clip 3: Here Beat Repeat comes to the aid of a onetime politico and infamous cigarette-boat captain explaining an incident involving one man and a dog.

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Web Clip 4: In this example, Ableton Live's Beat Repeat plug-in is used to enhance a four-part gospel mix made of loops from Big Fish Audio Urban Contemporary Gospel (bigfishaudio.com). Nothing is processed in the first eight bars, the piano is processed thereafter, and the vocals are processed in the final eight bars.

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Web Clip 5: This clip features three tracks from Sony Creative Software's Progressive House Dynamics by Bunker 8 Loops and Samples sound series. Pluggo Stutterer is used to process the left and right channels of the guitar track. The first four measures have no Stutterer processing, the next four measures solo the Stutterer processing, and the remainder is the full mix.

p52 | Toontrack Superior Drummer 2 Review

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Web Clip 1: Going from a beat to a roll to a full stop demonstrates Superior Drummer''s natural articulations.

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Web Clip 2: I''ve created a series of audio examples to demonstrate bleed. In this clip, you hear a mid-tempo groove with only the kick, snare, and hi-hat mics open.

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Web Clip 3: Here''s the same beat with only the overhead mics open.

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Web Clip 4: Here it is again, with close ambience mics only.

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Web Clip 5: And here''s the final clip, with only the distant mics open. No other processing was used in any of these clips.

p56 | Quick Pick Review: Tascam DP-004

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Web Clip 1: For this example, I first recorded some drum loops from my Roland XP-80 keyboard onto track 1. Next I used the DP-004''s built-in mic to overdub nylon-string guitar on track 2, recorded Fender bass direct into a ¼-inch input on track 3, and put a Rhodes patch from the XP-80 on track 4. Then I exported the discrete tracks as WAV files to my Mac and imported them into my DAW, where I added some signal processing, did a final stereo mix, and converted the mixdown to MP3.

p58 | Quick Pick Review: Universal Audio 710 Twin-Finity

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Web Clip 1: For this clip, I plugged in a Rickenbacker 4003 bass into the Hi-Z input and rolled through different Gain and Blend levels.

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Web Clip 2: Here, I miked a Taylor 814CE acoustic guitar with a Neumann TLM 49 and again rolled through some different Gain and Blend levels to show the variety of tones that the 710 can create.

p60 | Quick Pick Review: Vienna Symphonic Library Vienna Suite Plug-Ins

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Web Clip 1: This example drum pattern is used in all four clips. Here it is heard without any processing.

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Web Clip 2: The VSL Exciter is used here with these settings: Color 55 percent, Frequency 3.2 kHz, Drive 73 percent, Amount 32.7 percent.

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Web Clip 3: The VSL Limiter is used here with Threshold –7.4 dB, Auto Release, and Ceiling –0.2 dB, to achieve 6 dB of attenuation.

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Web Clip 4: The Brutal Drums preset of the VSL Multiband is used here with the Limiter button engaged and a ceiling of –0.2 dB.