How-To
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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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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Roland Integra-7 Synth Module
Apr 17 2013 5:06PM
PROS All the Jupiter-80 sounds, 50 new SuperNatural sounds, plus a deep vault of Roland legacy patches. Multiple outputs and surround panning of multitimbral parts. Part effects stay the same when in a Studio Set
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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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Solving Stereo Stage Piano Problems
Nov 26 2012 5:25PM
By KEVIN ANKER ALL STAGE PIANOS ON THE MARKET HAVE A RANGE OF DIFFERENT STEREO PIANO SOUNDS. For that matter, so do workstations and general-purpose ROMplers. They sound great in the store, incredible through headphones, and
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THE ART OF SYNTH SOLOING Super Sync Sounds
Nov 26 2012 5:19PM
By JERRY KOVARSKY LAST TIME, WE STARTED EXPLORING SYNCED OSCILLATOR PATCHES, one of the classic sounds of lead synth playing. This month, let’s get into some other programming ideas for adding variety to your sync lead
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The Virtual Orchestra Part 1 of 9: Articulations 101
Nov 26 2012 5:00PM
Fig. 1. A composer’s DAW template might have dozens of sequencer tracks, each with one patch devoted to one rticulation per instrument. SOUNDING LIKE REAL ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS IS A TASK MANY KEYBOARD PLAYERS
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More Bounce to the Ounce
Nov 21 2012 10:00AM
By FRANCIS PREVE USING SIDECHAINED COMPRESSION IS A TIME-HONORED METHOD FOR ADDING “BOUNCE” to bass lines, pads, and even groups of synths. The technique is simple: Add a compressor to an instrument track, set its sidechain
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The Kitchen Sync
Nov 20 2012 5:59PM
By JERRY KOVARSKY Fig. 1. Sync, oscillator tuning, and envelope settings for a model sync patch. Note that the VCF EG (filter envelope) is
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Why Software Crashes
Nov 20 2012 5:00PM
By DAN GOLDSTEIN  DAW: What people think I do. THERE’S A TECH INDUSTRY JOKE THAT GOES: A CAR IS GOING DOWNHILL WHEN SUDDENLY THE
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5 Great B-3 Drawbar Settings
Oct 4 2012 3:51PM
I STARTED PLAYING ORGAN IN 1963 AS A COLLEGE FRESHMAN. I HAD TAKEN piano lessons when I was very young but didn’t care for them. Then I heard Jimmy Smith around 1962 and decided I wanted to play the Hammond. I became a B-3
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