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Paul
March 6, 2013

My Five Favorite Features In Ableton Live 9

Ableton Live 9 is officially available for purchase as of today. This has, naturally, been a long and hotly anticipated update to a beloved DAW that has become synonymous with so many of the artists who champion it over the years. While the Push surface is only available for pre-order (and appears to be around 2 weeks away from shipping to users), today’s launch has had a lot of anticipation specifically around the new control. Understandably so, as Push promises to turn Ableton into a hands on instrument focused around the generation of ideas.

That’s great and all- but what about the program itself? More than a few Ableton users have been quite happy before Push, but have still been awaiting the program. As for me, I will be picking up Push because I think it will be useful for replacing some other odds and ends around the office- and …

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Paul
December 26, 2012

10 Tips and Tricks for Starting and Finishing Tracks

So it’s the holidays, and you finally have that week coming up that you’ve been saying you’d spend in the studio. It’s time to finally drop that opus in your head, or at least figure out how some of your new toys work. On the other hand, what if you get in the studio and hit a brick wall, or just end up chucking unfinished file after unfinished file on the hard drive? It happens to everyone. Sometimes just the pressure of having the time we always wish we did causes us to choke in the studio, only to be filled with inspiration on the drive back to work at the end of vacation. I’ve stared this form of writer’s block down more than once. Over the years, I’ve gotten a lot better at forcing myself out of the rough spots, and today I am going to share a few …

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UniqueSquared
December 7, 2012

Adding Character To Digital Sounds

Science fiction writers have contributed a great deal to science and technology, using only their imaginations.  The idea of robotics and artificial intelligence has been predicted and discussed many time and time again, and the same questions begin to pop up.  Other than the obvious fear of human beings creating other life that is more intelligent than them, there is the question of whether or not robots could actually have personality.  Movies like “I, Robot”, which was actually based on a written book, have explored this concept – leaving us with more question than answers.  Regardless of predictions made by famous authors and movies created in their likeness, robots will likely become part of our future.

Robotics has not been limited to film.  The same types of concepts appear in music as well.  A producer could spend hours in Ableton creating tracks using digital sounds, but be disappointed in the …

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UniqueSquared
December 3, 2012

Rob Papen’s Secrets Of Subtractive Synthesis

If you’re into manufacturing or engineering, then you may already understand the various engineering processes that allow materials to be transformed into the objects and machines that surround us today.  Many of these processes start with some sort of machine that takes a basic design and whittles it down into something more complex.  Examples of this would be investment casting or forging, where basic materials are changed into a different form using a variety of techniques and procedures.  New advances in machining and engineering are allowing us to create objects using an additive process, instead of taking away parts from a basic piece.  It allows complex parts to be created without the need for giant mold or extraction machines.

Music engineers tend to take the opposite approach when it comes to designing songs and soundtracks.  Most of us will load out our favorite DAW like Ableton, and build a …

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UniqueSquared
September 26, 2012

Native Instruments Maschine 1.8 Now Available – Here’s What’s New

Although Native Instruments has been busy developing newer versions of their semi-new devices, they haven’t forgotten about the much needed software support that must accompany it.  The base software that comes with NI’s Maschine might not be the main contender, when compared against other more focused DAW’s – but it is still worthy of a brief upgrade in their eyes.

The new 1.8 revision contains requested additions such as offline time stretching and pitch shifting – something that powerful DAWs are well known for.  Navigation has also been changed to suit quicker erasing of events, as well as quick saves of samples.…