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Taylor

Taylor
September 17, 2013

Review – Arturia’s SparkLE and Spark version 1.7

So, I’ll be the first person to tell you I’m a hardware guy. I don’t “do” purism, and you’ll get my computer out of my studio ONLY if you are handing me a newer/bigger/better one. However, when it comes to sound, my computer mainly amounts to being the editing and summing facility. In that arrangement, my computer is where effects are applied and things are locked in. I do it for a few reasons, among them being that I love not even worrying about my CPU load once during the course of very dense productions. That said, as much as I can appreciate a good software instrument, I typically would rather have the hardware equivalent any day. That’s why I was deeply troubled this past January when I was watching Arturia’s Mike Hoska bang out some of the best sounding beats I’d heard from hardware or software from a little …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 23, 2013

8 mastering myths debunked

Producing music requires persistence along with creativity.  We may hear a few popular tracks from an artist who has produced their music at home, but we will never hear the hundreds or thousands of tracks that were never finished or brought to the mastering studio.  Artists have the difficult task of being creative and fresh, while being able to understand the technical side of their work.  But even the best producer will eventually send his songs off to a mastering engineer to improve their work before it is mixed down into a digital file.  Why would such a skilled artist go through the hassle of letting someone else alter their work?

The reason is that not every creative person has an engineering mindset and the opposite is also true.  You can be veteran DAW users, perhaps you know what almost every function does in Ableton – but this doesn’t …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 16, 2013

Everything You Want To Know About Pro Tools 11

The concept of producing music solely based on a digital computer is actually much older than we like to think.  We give too much credit to modern day DAW’s like Abeton and Logic, but fail to understand that even in the infancy of digitally produced music, it was used in many applications including television and movies.  Don’t forget that early 8-bit video games had to create scores and soundtracks using only a primitive type synthesizer that would be interpreted by a primitive gaming system.  Before Ableton was what it is today, there were others before it – like Fruity Loops and Pro Tools.

The former was more playful and attempted to simulate the use of a hardware machine.  Even today, many producers will use FL Studio to create quick drum beats on the fly, instead of using a hardware sequencer or another more powerful music application.  Pro Tools, however, is …

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Taylor

Taylor
March 14, 2013

Native Instruments Komplete 9: Is It Worth Upgrading?

Forums, news feeds, social media networks, and email in boxes lit up Monday with the announcement from Native Instruments that their immensely popular Komplete software instrument suite will be getting an update from version 8 to the new version 9. This comes nearly two years after the Komplete 8 update which came out in the late summer of 2011. The official release of Komplete 9 is March 27th but we now know what instruments and effects will be included in the update which you can read in detail here.

The big question for most of us is: Should we bother upgrading? Are we going to be getting anything worthwhile out of this update? While reading these forums, blogs, and social media posts, I began to notice that there was a lot of disdain mixed with “yeah whatever” when it comes to this release, and rightfully so. Many of the instruments and effects that are …

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Taylor

Taylor
March 12, 2013

Isn’t It About Time You Stopped Rationalizing and Paid for Your Software Already?

Over the past few weeks, I have noticed that software piracy reveals itself in new places. I had become so accustomed to Digg and Reddit threads where the young pirates and their entitlement to information of all forms announced itself loudly. Whether it’s music, movies, books, games or applications, one thing is for sure: At some point, the same people who can’t wrap their heads around TOS agreements decided that not only did they have right to ask for everything for free, but also that anyone denying them was violating their “rights.” I’m not gonna lie: I have no respect for anyone who can’t support their favorite entertainers, authors and performers. Having worked full time as a musician, deriving my only income from touring during those years, I typically want to punch the faces of all those laboring under the misconception that “touring is where you make money” in an …