Why is a Piano so Hard to Tune?

Why is a Piano so Hard to Tune?   An interesting look into how sound is created and the complexity of the piano. Think its possible to tune a piano perfectly? Find out why not.  

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Viktor NV1- Free HTML5 Synthesizer

Viktor NV1- Free HTML5 Synthesizer   The Viktor NV-1 Synthesizer is a user friendly, online synthesizer. Whether you have a basic, or an in depth knowledge of how synthesizers work, the Viktor NV-1 is highly intuitive and simply laid out. You’re dealt a solid set of cards with 29 preset options ranging from the Accordion to an Underwater Water Bass Lead. The synth is set with the basics of three oscillators, a mixer, a polyphony component, a noise module, a primary and filter envelope, an LP filter and finally an LFO module. You can also tweak the compression, delay and reverb and master volume. (A number of presets.) The cool thing about these sort of free synths is that you can get a pretty unique sound with them. They’re clearly coming from a place of simplicity, though that simplicity is hard to replicate in some cases. Aside from that the sound quality is pretty …

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Giving Tracks an AlterEgo- Voice Synthesizing Plugins (Free Download)

Giving Tracks an AlterEgo- Voice Synthesizing Plugins   AlterEgo is a new voice singing synthesizer plugin created by Plogue Art et Technology, Inc. If you are familiar with Plogue, you would know of their former plugin called Chipspeech. AlterEgo has a similar workflow to Chipspeech but offers less synth engines. AlterEgo is highly useful if you are looking to create a synthesized vocal melody. The AlterEgo download process is a bit fuzzy and getting everything going takes a couple of steps, so we attached a download tutorial below. Once you get daisy working the possibilities open up. The interface is user friendly. To get your computer singing, you simply type in a sentence and play, using a keyboard or midi interface. AlterEgo reads your sentence, syllable by syllable, note by note. You’re able to choose a voicing style from a load of presets seen above.   From there you can …

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Syntorial- Learn Synthesis, The Easy Way

Syntorial- Learn Synthesis, The Easy Way   Syntorial is a highly interactive program that helps you understand how synthesizer programming works. Syntorial directs their attention towards the effect of controls on sound, rather than the science of how the sound is altered, which really allows you to dive into sound synthesis. The program itself sort of works out like an interactive YouTube video. What’s great about Syntorial is how user friendly the program is once you learn how to navigate through it. The program has video explanations of the lesson that is split with an interactive section for application. You are given two patches; the hidden and user patches, which you alternate between, attempting to replicate the given sound under the hidden patch.   The videos, unlike YouTube, are very well paced and well articulated. I found the ability to pause and shift to the interactive section allows for quick learning …

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Live 9.5 Complete Overview, New Features & PUSH 2

Live 9.5 Complete Overview, New Features & PUSH 2 In the last big update Ableton gave us Delay Compensation, better warping, Max 7, Push 64 Pad Mode and the Tuner Effect. Ableton announced this weekend during the Loop event on three major updates: Live 9.5, Push 2 and Ableton Link. It is great to see such a massive and important update for their products without skipping to version 10. That means that all the software updates are free for existing users! Even PUSH users get discounts for PUSH 2. The new PUSH, Analog Filters, redesigned Simpler and the upcoming Ableton Link all feel like the natural next step in the evolution of Ableton with many feature requests answered. Live 9.5 This is a free update for all Live users. It offers multiple new features and upgrades like a really slick Auto-Coloring and smoother waveform display. You can download the new version from your …

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LOOP- Music Maker Summit

LOOP- Music Maker Summit Where does music stand? Where is music headed? What are the newest techniques being used? All this and more will be thought of, imagined, and answered at LOOP: an Ableton event held in Berlin, Germany. What LOOP aims to do is connect over 400 creative minds to bring forward there techniques, ideas, and visions into conversation. Over the course of three days, from October 30th to August 1st, there will be a series of lectures, workshops and performances covering the newest innovations in Ableton. During the day talks will be given by various creators like Robert Henke, Holly Herndon, Young Guru, Matthew Herbert and more. From the sound of it, LOOP comes off like a TEDTalk event aimed specifically to the depth of musical conversation. During the night ABleton and CTM will hold performances by various artists like James Holden, Robert Aiki, Mykki Blanco,  Low Jack,  and …

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Make Your Own Horror Sounds!

Make Your Own Horror Sounds! In spirit of Halloween, we’d like to share some audio techniques that can get you some brutally gory sounds. Get some tips on making gnarly bone crushing noises, to creepy ambient sounds as well. Do this all from the comfort of your home with a few vegetables and a mic. See what you can make and how… horrific you can get! Check out the link below from www.asoundeffect.com!   CLICK HERE TO LEARN TO MAKE HORROR SOUNDS

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MIDI Tricks #2 – Custom Arpeggiator

MIDI Tricks #2 – Custom Arpeggiator   What does it mean to Arpeggiate? Arpeggio is when you breakdown a chord to it’s individual notes and play them separately in a sequence. Here is an example using a C Major7th chord. Chord as a Block     Arpeggiated chord broken down to the individual notes playing 1/16 notes.     We can of course play arpeggiate in any sequence we want and even take notes out or add more notes. In this example we’re playing the notes of the chords in a downward motion and taking out the last note(C3).   Ableton Live comes with it’s own Arpeggiator MIDI effect. Which can arpeggiate a chord automatically so we only need to hold the notes of the chord when playing or simply draw a sustain chord when editing a MIDI clip. We can choose the speed using the rate and change the …

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