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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 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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Taylor

Taylor
November 2, 2012

Rob Zombie Live Engineer Joel Lonky Talks Midas Pro 9 and Waves Plugins

Joel Lonky, front of house engineer for Rob Zombie on the Twins of Evil Tour, gave us an exclusive look into how he integrates the extensive set of Waves Multirack Live Sound Host and Plugins when using the Midas Pro 9 Live Audio System. Joel has an extensive pedigree of doing front of house sound for some of the world’s biggest live acts including Rage Against The Machine, Maroon 5, Cypress Hill, and Collective Soul just to name a few. While working with Rob Zombie in 2010 Joel switched over to a Midas Pro 6 console mid tour and has never looked back. The Midas Pro series has been his go to mixing console throughout the touring years and he is currently using their biggest and baddest model, the Midas Pro 9 Live Audio System.

While the system Joel uses is as he says “truly plug and play,” there are a …

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October 3, 2012

Sony Creative Software SpectraLayers Pro

If you’re a Traktor or SSL user, you’re already used to viewing audio waves that clue you into the kicks and snares of any song.  Instead of relying on your ears along, seeing the music allows you to judge where each note will hit and even predict where you 2 songs might be off tempo.

Spectral audio editing takes this approach, but is a bit more complex than your standard wave form. Sony Creative Software SpectraLayers Pro was designed to stab at it from this entirely different approach; a visual approach.  While it is initially more difficult to use, the amount of creativity and the ability to create music from scratch is definitely worth a try. …

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June 21, 2012

Hardware and Software for Electronic Music Production: Dubstep

The time has come. You have been DJing your favorite tracks for a couple years now and it finally dawns on you. “Hey I can make a great track too.” Yes you can. All it takes is some motivation, patience, and the right kind of tools to craft that next club destroyer. Well I am here to tell you about the hardware and software solutions that the professionals use to make your favorite music. In this write up I will be focusing on the powerful software solutions that help to make dubstep tracks as well as the hardware that will be useful for managing your projects and opening up your creativity.

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If you are the audience I am trying to reach with this blog then I am just like you. I am someone who wants to start producing all kinds of electronic music from house, dubstep, and …