Before the introduction of DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstation) and laptops, most electronic music was created using a variety of analog gear. However as the cost of software and laptops dropped, more people started learning how to make music with their laptop. For younger producers, making music with a laptop is all they know. Today Ean Golden is going to show how you can start making music without a laptop and without breaking the bank.
In today's Ableton tutorial, Brian Funk aka Afro DJ Mac is going to share a cool trick that will add delay on just certain words of a vocal performance. Most listeners will be focusing on the vocals more than any other aspect of the song. Therefore, it is important to make vocals as exciting and expressive as possible. If there is an important word, phrase, or note you wish to emphasize, a little splash of delay will cause that portion of the vocal to stand out. There are two ways to achieve this effect; one is quite simple and involves using a return track, the other offers a bit more control and will be done with a custom Ableton Live Audio Effect Rack. Whether you are performing live or working in the studio, these techniques will allow you to add delay to certain words and phrases, on the fly, and add a new dimension of excitement to your vocal tracks.
Most DAW's and Maschine ship with a collection of drum samples but there are lots of drum collections out there for producers to expand on the stock sounds. Beat junkies forever crave more fodder for their rhythms, is there one drum collection that could leave the thump-thirsty quenched? Today Markkus runs through the sounds of four popular drum content bundles—priced from smaller budget to baller budget—to find out.
Prior to NAMM 2015 Akai announced a new line up of keyboards, the Advance Keyboard. It looks like that wasn't all from Akai, they have just announced 2 new analog products, the Timbre Wolf and Tom Cat. The Timbre Wolf is a 4 voice analog synthesizer while the Tom Cat is an analog drum machine similar to 2014's Rhythm Wolf. Keep reading to find out if this analog gear is for you.
Splice is one of the best solutions for collaborators to work remotely on tracks without worrying about hosting and sending Ableton, FL Studio, Logic, and Garageband project files. The service does all the heavy lifting by packaging all the sounds into one file and sends the package to collaborators . Today, Splice announced a new feature that solves the big problem producers face when it comes to collaborating on projects that are missing plugins. Instead of finding and downloading all the plugins that are missing, producers can now purchase them via Splice's plugin store and manager.
In dance music, it's all about how a song hits in the club, so often DJ's will play their creations in progress during a set or give early versions to friends. Early on, new tracks don't have the polish or mastering you expect from a finished track. In order for the demo to stand a chance, it needs to hit hard and sound nearly complete. So, to make your demo’s rock - you need a good mastering chain in your DAW, and in today's article a serious engineer will show us how.
As DJ technology continues to evolve, the division between controller DJs and turntable DJs seems to be getting bigger. Both styles of DJing have their advantages and ultimately try to achieve the same result. Even A-Trak commented on this subject saying DJing is about taking risks and not just what you use at the club.
Over the last few years Native Instruments has released several controllers that integrate seamlessly with their software. First with Maschine, followed by integrated DJ controllers like the Kontrol X1, Kontrol S4, and most recently the Kontrol S8. While Maschine does have Komplete integration, people have been waiting for a keyboard from Native Instruments that integrates with Komplete. Native Instruments have released a lineup of dedicated keyboard controllers, the “Komplete Kontrol S-series”. Was it worth the wait? Let’s find out.