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MIDI Reloaded: Why MIDI Still Matters, Part 2
Apr 8 2014 6:25PM
Last month, part 1 of this column re-acquainted us with the basics and benefits of MIDI, such as being able to edit notes, transpose, and change instrumentation in a song without having to re-record digital audio. This
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Why create a piano sound on a Prophet 12?
Apr 4 2014 1:38PM
Longtime Keyboard reader and Keyboard Corner Forum member Steve Force had a specific gig need, as keyboardists often do: He wanted to use his Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 on a prog rock project, without needing to carry a
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Spitfire audio releases premium trombone sample library
Mar 31 2014 8:01PM
LONDON, UK: compositional tools creator Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of BONES Vol. 1 — adding trombones to the ultimate detailed brass collection as part of its BML (British Modular Library), a longterm
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Six Rules for Working with a House Sound Engineer
Dec 25 2013 8:05PM
Many of us who play clubs, weddings, and private parties don’t regularly work with sound engineers. Often we set the levels ourselves on a basic house system, or bring our own P.A. and run it from stageside—with this double
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Learn to make beats in Logic Pro X with online video course
Mar 31 2014 7:38PM
Comprehensive online video course site Lynda.com has expanded their series on Apple's flagship DAW Logic Pro X (read our full review here), created and hosted by veteran producer and sound designer Dot Bustelo.  In this series,
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When Fake Hammond is Good
Mar 21 2014 12:34PM
In classic house music, the two most prominent keyboards are piano and Hammond B-3 organ. First used in the late ’80s, a synthetic B-3 sound quickly became a staple in early ’90s house music. The timbre in question was almost
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MIDI Reloaded: Why MIDI Still Matters, Part 1
Mar 12 2014 4:39PM
Three decades ago, keyboards were wedded to tone generators in the same enclosure, and digital audio recording were expensive and rare—but then MIDI appeared. MIDI is a digital language by which synths, sequencers, and
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Piano Tuning Tactics: Harmonics, Temperament, and Electronic Tuners
Mar 7 2014 4:13PM
As a sound engineer, I’ve known and worked with many accomplished piano players, and I’m an avid pianist myself. But until I started down the path of tuning pianos, I had no clue that the concept of a piano being perfectly
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Filter Sweeps for Funky Turnarounds in EDM
Feb 19 2014 1:04PM
As the cyclical nature of dance fashion marches on, the current trends of house music are co-opting classic ’80s funk and ’90s R&B sounds. In the next two columns, I’ll be deconstructing a pair of definitive sounds from that
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Fakin' the Funk in Electronic Dance Music
Feb 19 2014 12:52PM
Last month, we covered the technique for creating filter swells for classic '80s and '90s R&B grooves. This time out, we'll take a closer look at soulful leads and supporting riffs that rely on the time-honored technique of
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Rob Papen's Favorite Synth Programming Techniques
Feb 12 2014 11:44AM
Rob Papen has become known for his line of virtual synths and effects, including Predator, Blue, and Blade. But he has a long history of programming synths and samplers, starting with the Waldorf MicroWave, the Ensoniq
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Synth Programming Tips from Kurzweil's Dave Weiser
Jan 31 2014 2:55PM
Anyone who has played, owned, or even asked questions online about a Kurzweil synth since the start of this century has come into contact with the deep talent and warm personality of Dave Weiser. He started creating sounds
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Tips and Tricks for Loops and Beats
Jan 21 2014 11:55PM
Loops aren’t just for DJs—more musicians of all types use loops for anything from a rhythmic backbone to interesting sweetening. But if you think using loops simply means slapping them into a DAW’s track or loading them into a
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Quickie Tutorial: Create 1990s FM bass sounds
Dec 20 2013 3:43PM
Well, now that the early ’90s sound is back and in full effect, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the synth patches of that era. While analog tones are a huge part of that period of music production, it’s important to
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Synth Programming Secrets from Korg's Jack Hotop
Dec 18 2013 12:37AM
In my years working for Korg, I spent innumerable hours listening to sounds, tweaking them, and helping decide which ones would go into a product. The person I sat with the most? Master programmer Jack Hotop, a Korg fixture
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