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Ableton Preferences – Audio (Tutorial Video)

Ableton Preferences – Audio We’re continuing our Ableton Preferences series. This time we cover the Audio tab. Next week we’ll cover the MIDI/Link tab  

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Waves BSS DPR-402 – All In One Plugin

Waves BSS DPR-402 – All In One Plugin Have you ever been finishing up a track, adding its final touches, and find yourself with a complex of plugins for limiting, compressing and de-essing? Waves just released the BSS DPR-402 which combines all three of those functions in one plugin. Long favored by studio, live and broadcast engineers, the BSS® DPR-402 dynamics processor is known for its punch, versatility, and the explosive sound it delivered on countless rock, dance and hip-hop hits since the 80s. BSS DPR-402 can be used as a straightforward compressor, limiter or de-esser. But it really shows its colors when these processes are combined, and when it is used to selectively process individual parts of the audio band, leaving the rest of the spectrum untouched. The endless possibilities range from low-frequency expansion and narrow-band compression to general dynamic equalization to create surprising enhancement effects. Waves has also added …

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Novation’s Finish Something – Get Your Tracks Done

Novation’s Finish Something – Get Your Tracks Done Novation, the company that brought you the LaunchPad, recently released a video featuring several new, and experienced artists, providing advice and insights on how to finish tracks. In the world of production, finishing a track is the most important part of the entire process and can be the biggest challenge to any artist. Check out the video below to hear some serious wisdom, from setting strict deadlines, to sitting on a track for ten years until you feel you’re ready to release it, anything to get you to finish a track and get it out to the public.

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Mode Audio – Drum Rack Made of 100% Vinyl Samples (Free Download)

Mode Audio – Drum Rack Made of 100% Vinyl Samples (Free Download) Mode Audio is a website that continually releases premium sound packs, from loops to synth presets and much much more. Recently the company released a free sound pack that is made entirely of vinyl samples. Providing 32 samples made of vinyl spins, needle drops, crackling, turntable spins and any other sound you can organically achieve through playing a vinyl. The sound pack is pretty unique, and because of its foundation in vinyl all your sounds; kicks, snares, hi hats etc. have a warm quality to them. We are suckers for sound packs that have an interesting developing story behind them. To check out another unique sample pack, checkout our review on ESTEC samples from space! Below you will find mod audio’s description of their sample pack along with an example of the sounds it is capable of producing. …

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Wiggle – Dynamic Wave Shaping Synth

Wiggle – Dynamic Wave Shaping Synth 2nd Sense Audio, self proclaimed newcomers in the audio industry, have developed a synthesizer plugin that allows you to dynamically control synthesis wave shapes. The plugin has a multitude of controls like 8 free drawing LFO/envelopes to a versatile sequencer. The Wiggle is unique because it is an expansive and powerful plugin dedicated to provided expansive controls over synthesis. If sound design is what you are interested in, or if you are just looking to add an edge to your sounds, Wiggle may be something to look into. The Wiggle includes the following Key Features: Control points – WIGGLE has 4 operators. Each operator’s wavetable can be dynamically customized by its 4 control points. Each control point has its independent built-in LFO. These build the basic characters of a sound. Other synthesis possibilities – Free-drawing PD (Phase Distortion) curve, FM (Frequency Modulation) and Morphing …

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Tritik – Krush (Free Bit Crusher)

Tritik – Krush Bit Crusher (Free Download) Tritik Audio Plugins has recently released a free spring giveaway for their effective and straight forward bit crusher called Krush. Equipped with a filter and LFO display, the Krush allows you to grime up your sound quite a bit. Within the filter display you are given five different parameters: crush, drive, down sample, low and hi pass frequency, and resolution knobs. Each parameter is also applied under the LFO module which applies the Krush in waves, in either a synced tempo or free tempo. The plugin itself is pretty simple and straightforward, but effective with its capabilities. If you turn the crush all the way up, you get an interesting modular like clicking. You can also get an interesting result if you go crazy with your frequency parameters but keep your dry settings up, to get a grimy backing to your sound. The Krush …

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Korg Volca FM Synthesizer – Fresh Off the Line

Korg Volca FM Synthesizer Korg has just released a new product in their growing arsenal of Volca instruments, the Korg Volca FM Synthesizer. The little piece of machinery is a three voice digital synthesizer, packed into an intuitive interface surface a 16-step sequencer, (typical in all Korg Volca’s,) and is equipped with a warp active step and a pattern chain that allows you to dig deep with the rhythmic patterns. The Volca series revolves around simplicity, so sound synthesis is made easy, with a set of modulator and carrier knobs, which are mapped to multiple parameters, making it easy for anyone to hop into synthesis. You are also equipped with a chorus effect to add an extra layer of depth to all your sounds. Two new key features of the Volca Synth is the warp feature and the arpeggiator. The warp feature allows you to warp certain patterns and can make for …

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ESTEC Drum Rack – Sounds of Space (Free Download)

Free Space Research Drum Rack Peter Kirn has recently released a free drum pack called estecDRUMS, recorded at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC). The pack is pretty small, but completely unique because of the sounds it contains, be it the the wheels of the rover traversing Mars, the click-clack of nitrogen valves at the ESTEC research center, or the recording of electromagnetic waves of the Rovers mechanics. Going through Kirn’s recordings, you get the sense you are tapping into some uncharted territory. The sounds literally capture the feeling of space, you are finally given a second sense to your perception of space, (first being sight.) Adding samples to your productions can add a serious unworldly feel to them. Below are a couple of samples from the pack. You are able to download here as an Ableton drum kit, a 16 bit file of uncompressed audio, or a group for Native Instruments Mashine. Crazy …

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