You can take hours off your composition timeline with presets and templates without compromising on originality – here’s how. Features a BONUS TIP regarding mastering.
I recently got hold of a cassette walkman with AM/FM radio, for use in my live synth rig. I can live sample long, evolving pads or ambient effects from cassette tape to give a retro, vapourwave-esque feel to performances. I also discover that I can sample live radio shows for an interesting, but much less controllable, effect.
Live Performance Vid
- Novation Circuit
- Roland MX-1 and TB-3
- Korg KAOSS KP-3
- Digitnow Cassette Player
How can you turn your DAW’s default drum sounds into something more realistic sounding? With these producer’s tricks you can make a MIDI kit sound like it’s being played by a real drummer.
Tutorial on making kickass effects inside of Cubase, using some Kontakt instruments and some home-made samples.
Inflated Inspirations is a collaboration between Pop My Mind and VIP Balloons, which is an installation of Balloon Art, telling the story of Pop My Mind. The installation was hosted by the Waterfront Gallery, part of the University of Suffolk, in Ipswich during the Summer of 2017.
I was invited to the event’s build days to record audio, and create a musical piece out of the resulting samples.The resulting piece if the video below.
If you’re the kind of person who’d like to know about how this music was made, (i.e., a cool person), then you can watch the video below.
In this behind-the-scenes / how-to video I talk about manipulating found sounds to create music and specifically how I achieved this for Inflated Inspirations.
Other topics include:
- Creation of instruments using samples and Kontakt;
- Granular synthesis with Padshop Pro;
- Sampling with Battery;
- Automation of instruments and FX in Cubase;
- Colouring sections in Cubase to aid workflow.
Here are a few links:
Some musicians will tell you that all DAWs do essentially the same thing, so it doesn’t really matter; others will get angry if you tell them you use anything other than their favourite. Is there a legitimate answer to the question “which DAW is best?”
Watch to find out!