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WAVES Element Virtual Instrumentl, an excellent synthesizer plug-in.  This shows the ISAO TOMATO patch, a reference to Isao Tomita, the Japanese synth pioneer who covered Gustav Holst's The Planets Suite using only synthesizers to create the orchestra.

SAC Challenge Week 2

Well, it’s been a long weekend.  I co-wrote a pop song with Lucy LeBlanc and Dave Stanley Daoust on Friday night, and then recorded it until Monday night, and here it is!  It’s called Unstoppable.  It’s aimed at Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, and it was very enjoyable to work on with Lucy and Dave. This […]

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UAD-2 Ocean Way Studios plug-in, which models the rooms at the world-famous Ocean Way Studios, and allows you to add their room ambience, and reposition virtual microphones within the virtual studio rooms  The first of it's kind.

PROCESSING – OTHER FUN STUFF

    Well, we’ve covered a huge amount of processing devices and techniques in the last week.  There’s still a huge amount to go, which is totally awesome! I’ve posted over 25,000 words this week alone, all discussing just three very broad categories of effects, namely delay, reverb and modulation effects. In today’s blogpost I’ll […]

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The ubiquitous Lexicon 224XL reverb, modeled here in software for the UAD-2 platform.

PROCESSING – REVERB Part 1

    Reverberation is a naturally occurring phenomenon that happens all around us, all the time.  It’s the pattern of reflections that builds up in a space when direct sound waves bounce off obstacles and reflect back in different directions in different length paths of travel.Over time, this web becomes pretty complex, although it also […]

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After all the gigs and recording sessions I've been part of, it's hard to look at the UAD plug-in model of the Roland RE-201 Space Echo, the hardware unit I wish I'd never sold.  On the other hand, where the hell would I get 1/4" tape?  This is a lost love of mine, right down to the black cover peeling off the unit after so much loving tenderness and so many unfortunate incidents.

PROCESSING – TIME-BASED EFFECTS Part 1

    DELAYS There are various types of time-based effects, also known as time domain effects. The simplest types are called delay effects. You may come across mono delays, stereo delays, tape delays, outboard delays, numerous flavours of plug-in delays, duplicated tracks offset in time, cross delays, multitap delays, ping-pong delays, and others in your travels. There […]

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Avid's Structure running Fosterizm, a cool classic ballad patch with LFO 1 adjustable parameters showing

SAMPLING – AN OVERVIEW

  IN THE BEGINNING At the end of the 1970’s, a surprising number of people were experimenting with tape loops and editing, inspired by stuff like German art school music and the more avant garde works of the Beatles a decade or so earlier.  They were in bedrooms around the world with little Revox stereo […]

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UAD-2 MOOG FILTER PLUG-IN

SYNTHESIZERS – FUN TO BE HAD WITH SYNTHS

  Here are a few really cool things you can do with synths to spice up your songs.   I’m including plug-in virtual instruments and sample-playback-based instruments in this description. Remember that there’s no magic formula to making music.  With synths, there are gazillions of quadrillions of things you can do with them.  Do your […]

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Rezo Velo Fuzz preset, an awesome bass sound in Digidesign's VACUUM instrument

SYNTHESIZERS – COMMUNICATING IDEAS WITH OTHER MUSICIANS

  There are huge advantages to knowing synthesis techniques when it’s time to describe to a musician the ideas you have for sounds. This is due to the language of synthesis covering the topic of describing sounds in detail so efficiently. To make this clearer, we’d better take a tour around the various “parts” of […]

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Roland JP-8080 overhead view of front panel

SYNTHESIZERS – A LANGUAGE FOR SOUND DESIGN

      The layout of controls on the front of a classic synth interface like this one, above, shows much of what can be done in synthesis.  It’s great fun to interact with the controls in real-time and see what things do.  The interactions between controls can make it hard to see what they […]

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synth module by Roland, the JP-8080

MIDI PROGRAMMING – SYNTHS AND SOUND DESIGN

  First, a note to the daily followers of this blog – thanks for following this blog and my apologies to you for my late posting – I had a big bout of dental surgery yesterday.  I’m sore but glad it’s over, and I’m catching up on the blogging now, so do stick around. A […]

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BOOM Plug-in Window

MIDI PROGRAMMING – DRUM MAPS, SAMPLES AND SLICES

    One of the most common uses of MIDI is to implement a rhythm track.  Drum sounds are ideal for MIDI triggering, and drum parts are programmed in using various methods. The screenshot above shows the BOOM plug-in running in a ProTools HD DAW environment.  This design uses many of the classic features of […]

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The incredible Little Richard at my keyboard :-)

MIDI PROGRAMMING – WHEN TO USE MIDI

  Bless my soul! MIDI is extremely helpful in songwriting workflows.  You don’t have to be recording yet to make good use of it.  In pre-production, MIDI is a godsend for many of us. Using MIDI, you can generate sounds all the way up to entire backing tracks to sing over while writing a lyric […]

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MIDI keyboard

MIDI PROGRAMMING – MIDI = Musical Instrument Digital Interface

  It is relatively unusual to find a hit record from the last 30 years or so that did not require MIDI at some point in the recording process. The usual way to introduce MIDI is to say it’s a communication protocol to pass musical information (notes, instructions, etc) to be transmitted between instruments or […]

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Resolume Arena 4  running on a MacBook Pro atop a piano by a metronome

CLICKS AND VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS

  Today I’m writing about clicks and virtual instruments. A click is a steady beat pulse played by any short percussive and hopefully musical sound, at a fixed tempo chosen by the user. A click instrument is a virtual instrument specifically designed to provide a click.  It offers a small selection of sounds suitable for […]

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CM Labs CM64 programmable recallable analog patchbays

SIGNAL FLOWS, ROUTING AND PATCHBAYS

This post sounds pretty tedious!   Signal flows, routing and patchbays, indeed. Well, it’s pretty useful stuff, but you don’t need a patchbay in most home studios these days, since most traditional outboard boxes (meaning effects units, compressors, EQs, etc) now come in the form of a plug-in inside your DAW, so you probably don’t […]

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