Electronica
Tracking Analog Synths That Have No Presets or MIDI
May 15 2013 3:00PM
Now that real analog synths are back with a vengeance, producers have to contend with—gasp—no programmability. Many of the best analog beasties shipping today—like the Arturia MiniBrute, Doepfer Dark Energy, and Tom Oberheim’s
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Building an All Analog Track Tutorial
Feb 28 2013 5:00PM
The modern age of computerization has brought a great deal of pre-made goodness to our immediate disposal.  From keyboards and modules with thousands of presets to seemingly endless virtual instruments, we can find just about
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Get That Vintage Arcade Game Sound in your EDM Tracks
May 8 2013 12:00AM
From electro to tech-house and everything in between, countless electronic dance tracks have made use of vintage-style arcade game leads as their main hook. Let’s explore the concepts behind this approach to sound
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Synth Soloing Portamento Master Class
May 3 2013 12:34PM
In the last two columns, we’ve explored the difference between single (legato) envelope triggering and multiple triggering, and the performance possibilities offered by each. In some synths, you can also vary between legato
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Use Hardware Synths Like Soft Synths in Ableton Live
Apr 23 2013 4:00PM
Good hardware synths have a presence—in regards to both sound and tactile experience—that software instruments don’t fully duplicate. However, getting them to interact seamlessly with your favorite DAW can be challenging.
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Synth Oscillator Tuning Tricks
Apr 19 2013 2:00PM
A world of possibilities opens up when you tune two or more synth oscillators in various ways, relative to one another. Let’s explore.       Detuning Here’s a classic sound—the warm beating of oscillators drifting
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That Minimal Techno Sound
Apr 17 2013 4:39PM
Minimal techno is a genre that constantly percolates just under the radar of mainstream, but is a huge influence throughout the worldwide electronic dance music scene. Originally, this production style thoroughly lived up to
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Tutorial: Make That Talking Synth Sound
Feb 16 2013 12:19AM
Simulating the human voice is a time-honored tradition that has evolved with technology over the past 50 years. One could say that it all began with the earliest Doctor Who episodes, with their ring-modulated Dalek voices.
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Return of the Super Saw
Oct 4 2012 3:00PM
by FRANCIS PREVE WHAT HATH ROLAND WROUGHT? BACK IN 1997, THE JP-8000 WAS A HUGELY SUCCESSFUL SYNTH that solidified the age of analog modeling. Producers raved about its sound, but the big selling point was the “Super Saw”
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Acoustic Augmentation
Jul 25 2012 5:59PM
by David Baron SYNTHESIZERS ARE AWESOME ON THEIR OWN. THEY GROWL AND HISS AND make all kinds of captivating sounds. They can also show up in unexpected places, and I don’t mean cocktail parties or dentist’s offices. They can
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Be the Sampler
Jul 25 2012 6:00PM
by FRANCIS PRÈVE SAMPLING BITS FROM OTHER TRACKS IS A GREAT WAY TO GENERATE INSPIRATION. It’s also a way to set yourself up for licensing hassles and at worst, a legal nightmare that could seriously slow down your career.
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Booker T Video Repost
Oct 12 2011 12:00AM
We've been meaning to catch up with Booker T. Jones since his Grammy win for the 2009 album Potato Hole--for which we interviewed him back in August '09. If you haven't heard his latest, The Road From Memphis, you're missing out,
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Welcome to Keyboard's November 2011 Links Page
Oct 10 2011 12:00AM
Exclusive interview with the Flaming Lips! Evan Bogart talks songwriting, keyboards, and production. Miss our Summer NAMM gear wrap? It's online?    
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Moog On
Mar 3 2010 12:00AM
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, synthesizers like the Minimoog Voyager add a whole new dimension to your sound. Here are a four of my favorite licks and tricks to get you started on the
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