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Taylor

Taylor
July 19, 2012

Tips and Tricks: Side Chain Compresssion

For those of you who have already gotten past ooh-ing and ahh-ing over this and are already back to obsessing over what you’re going to play on it; we are returning to the tutorial from earlier this week and exploring the pump-y, jump-y world of side chaining. Side chaining is often a process that inspires fear, head scratching and pretending like you know what whoever brought it up is talking about. However, modern DAWs have stepped up and made the actually simple process even easier. Today we are carrying out the process in Ableton, but the principle is fairly similar no matter where you do it. Route an outside signal into side chain enabled processor A and use that outside source as a means of effecting signals passing through that processor. In both cases today we are using a compressor, though this is not the only side chain-able effect in …

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Taylor

Taylor
July 17, 2012

Tips and Tricks: White Noise Build Effect

When creating electronic music, it is very easy to fall into a pattern of looping four, eight, sixteen, etc. bars and things can get to sounding a bit rigid. That’s why we tend to use buildups to heighten the intensity on the way to the next segment. The logic deployed in most cases is something of a tension, release, tension, tension, release series of patterns. In other words, that huge hallelujah moment in the big room anthems isn’t going to introduce itself.

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Taylor

Taylor
July 10, 2012

Reason 6.5 and Rack Extensions

Reason, the well loved all in one software package by Swedish design freaks, Propellerhead, has come a long way. Those of us running with it since the earliest versions will often report having been around for its predecessor ReBirth. ReBirth was an 808, 909, sequencing emulator that ran well on older PCs at the end of the 90s and had one of the sexiest interfaces of its time. Looking at it, you could almost see Reason coming. The beautiful graphic interface was nice enough, but eventually it went through a series of customized versions and developed a very enthusiastic user community. This was at a time when jumping into recording on the home computer was having mixed results for anyone who didn’t build their system with exactly the right components. I remember these dark days well. I think around the time I got into ReBirth I was using CakeWalk …

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Taylor

Taylor
June 29, 2012

Variax, Maschine, Ableton, Vegas

So, while we were in Las Vegas for Memorial Day Weekend, we took the time to set up with the new James Tyler Variax guitars and the DT series amplifiers and have a bit of fun. In keeping with the spirit of the dance music weekend, I wanted to do something with guitars that was more applicable to dance music. The decision? To show you how to use loop slicing features such as the ones found in Native Instruments’ Maschine to add guitars into your tracks with a little bit of electronic flair. This video ended up happening over a couple of days because while we were shooting it, we were visited by Steve Aoki and Lil’ Jon. So you’ll notice some continuity issues in the wardrobe department.

One thing that we cut out since we have been editing the footage from Vegas, is a simple little breakout tutorial where …