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June 26, 2012

Music Programming Methods – Part 2

In the first part of this series, I talked about the confusion new users might experience when encountering the wealth of options available to the modern producer and how best to approach building their own sound. It is certainly a formidable amount of information to walk in on, and this series is here to (hopefully) give you some hints as to what might be the best method for crafting your own personal sound. If nothing else, I hope it will be kind of a “where we’re at/ where you can go” for the budding producer.

If you didn’t check out the first piece, now might be a good time to go back and look it over. Meanwhile, today we are going to start with programming in the more traditional method, which is treating your DAW like a hardware sequencer and using automation and more traditional sequencing approaches for building …

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June 18, 2012

Music Programming Methods – Part 1

It is probably a funny word choice that keeps the recording field intimidating to the casual observer, or the hopeful novice; but the act of building songs in the world of sequencers and synthesizers has long been stored under the catch all term of “programming.” The word probably becomes more accurate or inaccurate depending on how one chooses to equip one’s studio. The controllerists can easily imagine themselves as device wrangling borgs from outer space as they tie feature after feature to conveniently placed knobs and indulge in wild bursts of inspired creativity after a hard day of device building. On the other hand, the guy sitting with an acoustic guitar and a microphone probably looks at what they do as simply recording.

Programming has always been what I called it, but I also started at a time when a hardware sequencer was tied to hardware synths, drum machines and …

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June 16, 2012

Apogee GiO Overview

Apogee recently released an effects pedal-board interface called the GiO, which lets you record hands free.  The GiO has footswitches to let you Record, Go to Beginning, Rewind, Fast-Forward, and Play/Pause so you can focus all of your attention on practicing and recording that one lick flawlessly.

Setup

The GiO comes with a 10-foot USB cable, a ¼” to dual RCA phono cable, and a CD with drivers and a PDF manual. Just install the driver, launch your music application, and then hook it up via USB. There’s no need for power cables because this unit is bus powered. Then plug your guitar into the ¼” instrument in, add some headphones  through the ¼” output, and add an expression pedal through the dedicated ¼” jack. The GiO supports sample rates of 44.1 and 48kHz , at 24-bit resolution. NOTE: when you are setting up the GiO, make sure you launch …

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May 11, 2012

Ableton Vs Maschine – Which One is Best?

We stumbled upon a bit of a debate while looking into how to deal with some upcoming tutorials. Apparently, a very hot topic of debate out there is being approached as “should I get Ableton or Maschine?”  In other cases it manifests as just, “Ableton vs. Maschine.” I think this is an interesting approach to the topic. I’m not going to say this is the wrong way to approach these kind of decisions. I do, however, want to suggest that this mentality suffers from some critical issues that often make the discussion derail itself early on in a forum context.

Forums

Forums are a blessing and a curse. Some forums are extraordinarily helpful and even have policies in place about not having “flame wars” and generally being polite to one another. Other forums are less worried about this and the admins don’t intervene until the last possible second, if …

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October 20, 2011

Pro Tools 10 Announced: First Look

So, in a surprise move, AVID have managed to jump ahead of other things in the queue and made themselves the subject of my first real post for the UniqueSquared blog. How did they do this? By dropping Pro Tools version 10, seemingly hot on the heels of last year’s release of version 9. From what I’m looking at, it appears November is AVID’s decided month of choice for dropping upgrades . I’m only looking at the release information we’ve been given, so I’ll tell you what I know so far.

Price

It appears the standalone purchase price of Pro Tools is going up to $699 from the current $599. Well, that’s the standard price, as opposed to our current price. That said, it looks as though you can save money on Pro Tools 10 by picking up a copy of Pro Tools 9. You’ll definitely want to get …