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Should I Buy It? – Sugarbytes Looperator Review

Should I Buy It? – Sugarbytes Looperator Review In this week’s edition of Should I Buy It? Yeuda takes a look at Sugarbytes’ Looperator plugin. It’s an older “effects sequencer” plugin but has always been a classic so we wanted to dive in and give you our opinion. Watch the video review below, and read the score breakdown below that.       Overview     As we mentioned above, Looperator is an “effects sequencer” plugin. That means that it will trigger internal effects based on notes in a sequencer. It’s a simple concept that always yields interesting results for productions. We’ve covered glitch machines before so we were excited to get back onto the topic. Effects sequencers are awesome. They’ll make a boring loop into something unique with the click of a button, it almost feels like cheating! Regardless of work ethics, we were proud to review Looperator. Looperator …

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Should I Buy It? – United Plugins Review

Should I Buy It? – United Plugins Review In this week’s episode of “Should I Buy It?” Yeuda takes a look at five plugins under the United Plugins umbrella. United Plugins is a cohort oof plugin developers that banded together, they are – FireSonic, Sounddevice Digital, JMG Sound, and MeldaProduction. We’ve covered MeldaProduction’s products in the past on the blog, so this time we’re going at it with a new perspective. Watch the review video below, and read the breakdown below that.     Breakdowns     The first plugin we’ll break down is FrontDAW by Soundevice Digital. This plugin emulates analog channel strips with the intention being to put it in the FRONT of your effects chain. It adds a subtle saturation to your audio signal, which sounds pretty good. There are three different saturation models – US, British, German. Each model recreates the classic sounds from each country’s …

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Sound Recipes #3: Future House Bass (Free Download)

Sound Recipes #3: Future House Bass     You can check out previous Sound Recipes HERE   This type of sound uses Frequency Modulation (FM) to get a plucky metallic sound.   We will use 3 layers inside an Instrument Rack: Low Mid wide FM Bass Mid-High Distorted FM Bass Sub Layer We’ll be using Operator exclusively to create all the layers of the sound Low Mid wide FM Bass By default, Operator function as an FM synth which is exactly what we want. Meaning that only Oscillator A is audible. Oscillators B, C & D do not output any sound but rather alter the sound with Frequency Modulation. It is common to use Sine waves for FM synthesis and we’ll stick with those. Turn up OSC B volume until you hear the sound change.   Now you can adjust the Envelope to be shorter to give us that pluck character. Turn down …

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Sound Recipes #1: Layered Future Synths (Free Download)

Sound Recipes #1: Layered Future Synths (Free Download)   Bright super saw synths can be heard in some variation in almost all styles of music that involve electronic sounds. Many popular virtual synths are capable of making this type of sound, synths like Sylenth1, Massive, Spire, Serum, Dune etc.   If you don’t have any of these plugins, or simply want to explore the potential of Live’s built-in synths, we got a step-by-step guide to take you through building this very useful sound.   For this sound we will use 3 layers inside an Instrument Rack: Stereo Saws/Squares Heavy Detuned Super Saws Noise Layer Stereo Saw/Square with Analog For the first sound we’ll use Analog. Go to Analog’s Global Section by clicking next to the master volume in the grey area. Here we will change the Quick Routing to the first option. This will set up Analog to send each Oscillator to it’s …

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Press Release: Beat Lab Academy Opens in Eagle Rock Introduces New Collaborative Teaching Method

Press Release: Beat Lab Academy Opens in Eagle Rock Introduces New Collaborative Teaching Method   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Beat Lab Academy™ School of Electronic Music Production Opens in Northeast LA Introduces New Collaborative Teaching Method by Miry Whitehill February 10, 2015   Los Angeles, CA – Due to a growing market of DJs, beatmakers, and electronic music producers, it was just announced that Beat Lab Academy™, a school of modern music production, is accepting new students for their Ableton Live Certification Program starting April 28, 2015. Beat Lab Academy™ is located on Colorado Boulevard in the much-hyped Eagle Rock/Highland Park area, currently making headlines for gentrification in recent years.   Beat Lab Academy™ was founded in response to a shift in music education and the new needs of musicians in the digital age of music. With the addition of the computer as an instrument, a laptop and the right software …

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Oxy Musicians: Free Electronic Music Workshop at Beat Lab Academy 2/15/2015 7-9pm

Oxy Musicians: Free Electronic Music Workshop at Beat Lab Academy 2/15/2015 7-9pm   Calling all the beatmakers, button pushers, DJ’s, producers at Occidental College. We have a workshop just for you! In collaboration with RAW Records and the SuperSonic club, we’re hosting a free Ableton workshop on Sunday February 15, 2015 just for Oxy musicians. Beat Lab is located at 2501 Colorado Blvd., across the street from Spitz. Space is limited, so please RSVP here. Our workshops tend to fill up quickly. To sign up for information on our free workshop series, go here. To understand why continuously driving excellence in music education is important, click here.  

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Side Brain and Paul Dateh Perform at Low End Theory LA

Side Brain and Paul Dateh Perform at Low End Theory LA   Ever since moving to LA from Israel back in 2010, Yeuda’s dreamed of performing at the legendary Low End Theory. Low End has become to be one of the most influential venues in LA for electronic music and up-and-coming musicians, with the added bonus of seemingly random drop-ins by music legends, like Thom Yorke or Erykah Badu. So you can imagine Yeuda’s excitement when he was invited to play there with Paul Dateh. They pulled out all the stops for the show: In true Side Brain fashion, that means lots of controllers, including his original Nintendo 8-button and Power Glove. Paul debuted a fierce track called Incomplete from his upcoming album, here’s the video below.   What a thrill. Thank you to everyone who made it to the show!

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Side Brain and Paul Dateh Open for Steve Wozniak at NAMM Show 2015

Side Brain and Paul Dateh Open for Steve Wozniak at NAMM Show 2015     The NAMM Show is one of the biggest music industry conferences in the world. For those who are not familiar, it’s basically the CES of music. Yeuda and Paul were honored to be invited to perform in arguably the most sought-after slot at the conference: Opening for keynote speaker, Steve Wozniak, AKA #thewoz. He’s the cofounder of a tiny unknown company. So Yeuda and Paul we basically the keynote for the keynote. 3,000 people, standing room only, at 8am..only at NAMM. When we were done, Steve thanked me and said that we gave exactly the kind of opening performance he was looking for. We got you, woz! Click the image below to watch the video at NAMM.org.  

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