Akai has been crushing the small controller game with their AMX Serato hyper-portable mixer and AFX effects and cue/loop/Flip controller . At Musikmesse no surprise to see them coming out with yet another low-cost portable controller, the MIDIMix - this time focused just on multichannel mixing.
We’ve received leaked details of a brand new version of Ableton Live including what appears to be a completely new type of synthesis and a new associated piece of hardware that could be set to become motus operendi of the next generation of live performance. Read on for all of the distinct details on how Berlin is changing the game - again.
Production Gear is more powerful and accessible than ever, but it’s not the gear itself that makes great music. It’s ideas, taste, and practice combined with a solid kit that makes the messy process of creating a song much easier and more fun. So what trusted tools do the pro's rely on everyday to craft some of this biggest songs in the biz? Good question. We’ve gone ahead and compiled an extensive list of studio staples so you feel like you're right there in the studio checking out the setup of each producer on our list!
Igloofest is a festival which happens every winter in Montreal, Quebec. The festival started in 2007 and has featured notable performers such as A-Trak, Rusko, and Nic Fanciulli. Landr put together a video recap of Igloofest 2015 and a collection of music production tips from some of the biggest producers in techno including Dubfire, M.A.N.D.Y., Luciano, and more. Check out the video after the jump!
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.