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September 12, 2012

How To Make House Drums In Ableton Live

For those who are seeking lesson on producing music in Ableton, YouTube has become a blessing and welcomed source for tutorials and tips.  Among the many channels out there, XSSR academy has been proactive about posting simple guides and video tutorials to help out the novice or average Ableton user.

Alex Mars recently posted a video on how to create house drums in Ableton live.  As you may or may not know, producing drums is actually quite complicated and requires a combination of different samples at just the right levels in order to create a desired effect.  In this video he goes over how he creates drums for house and techno music.…

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Taylor

Taylor
May 22, 2012

Native Instruments Kontrol F1 – First Look

We were expecting the Kontrol F1 sometime in the next week so it was completely unexpected that someone with one would show up unannounced. By the time I had arrived in the office, I found the team frantically skirting around the room setting up the set.  I had been planning on doing an F1 demo when the unit was released and had only began to plan something out in the days prior to our unexpected visit and was unprepared to demo the unit on a whim.  I made a call to one of my friends that produces tracks with me and asked if he would send the stems from our latest track for a demo.

At about 11 o’Clock the artist made his way back to the video room carrying with him a suitcase full of just about any piece of NI gear you can imagine.  His name was Phillip and …

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Taylor

Taylor
January 23, 2012

Dave Smith Tempest at NAMM 2012

Dave Smith has quite a synth development history. Dave was responsible for the Prophet 5. He is commonly referred to as the “father of MIDI” after his involvement with the development of the system. Pioneering physical modeling synthesis research and developing the Wavestation over at Korg are just a few stops in an amazing history of seeing Dave appear from one breakthrough to the next. you might have even had one of Dave’s creations in your old computer if you ever owned an AWE 32 or 64 from Sound Blaster; as these cards contained Dave’s first software based synthesizer to drive it’s 32/64 voices. Since opening his own brand, Dave Smith Synthesizers, Dave has created some of the most popular analog synths currently on the market and the devices bring a signature modern appeal to devices that feel as classic as the vintage beasts that inspired them.

Now that they’ve …

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Taylor

Taylor
January 23, 2012

Nord Drum – Analog Drum Synthesizer – NAMM 2012

Nord’s booth at NAMM was, naturally, a very red affair. The new kid in town was standing front and center; this was probably a good move for a device that is dwarfed by its older siblings. The Nord drum is a brain sized, mono affair, that Jim from American Music and Sound kept touting as “made for the guy that doesn’t wanna get too involved with the programming stuff.” The unit is built with the usual Nord architecture: sampled based with a range of editable synthesis controls.

I feel like the way it was being introduced was a hit and a miss. Jim’s playing is a pleasure to watch and I was definitely able to see that this was a unit that, like all of Nord’s gear, is meant to do beautiful things in the hands of a competent player. This one definitely is focused on a drummer integrating analog …

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Taylor

Taylor
October 14, 2011

Electronic Drum/Sampling (Part II)

In the last blog we talked about a very brief history and overview of electronic drums and sampling. I also delved a little into what I am familiar with when it comes to using electronic drums and samples in a studio production scenario as well as my own personal experiences. In part two, we will talk about electronic drums and samples in a performance setting, my projection about the future of electronic drums and sampling, and close with my own opinion on electronic drums and sampling in the studio and on the stage.

Performance

Some of the biggest acts in the world, even those with recorded drum samples, still have a live drummer performing with them. This makes for a great concert experience and shows the musicianship involved with percussion on certain productions. Many bands use drum pads with additional electronic sounds to compliment their live acoustic setup which you …