Opiuo is a New Zealand born, Australian living, music producer making glitch hop in his sunny Northcote studio and taking it around the globe. In this segment he shows a quick way to make a wonky, wobble bass sound.
In this tutorial, Arlo uses the shareware program - Madtracker. Grab yourself a copy here.
A side chain, in biochemistry, is a component of a molecule that is attached to a core structure. But this isn't biochemistry.
When WE talk about side chain, we talk about a signal routing method, mostly employed to activate an effect from a separate channel. This means for example, you can use the dynamics of one channel to activate a compressor on another.
It's used in abundance with house music at the moment and it's a great trick to learn, because it can add new life to you mixes. Rather than mixing everything 'around' everything else, you can make certain channels demand their space in the mix.
This example shows a kick drum side chained, to a compressor on some synth pads.
With this simple example, you can see how electronic music is limitless. We don't have to make 'techno' that sounds like vintage synths and old drum machines, just because we write electronically. There are truly infinite textures to explore.
Don't think just because you work alone in a home studio, you have to make a certain genre of music. All the instruments in the world have been recorded at some point. So with a mixture or sampling, synthesis and creativity, you can turn your computer into a metal band, a Jazz Trio or an orchestra. That's when you can make true expression because, you're not bound by tone or genre.
This tute features 'mda combo' an open source plugin available for free from: mda.smartelectronix
"Appegiators are nifty little fellas that can save you heaps of time when you're writing and recording tunes. They come built-in with most synths and often in DAWs. Here is a short little tip so you can get your head around what they do. I've shown a very simple example, using the 'arp' in it's most obvious way. But of couse, you can automate, any and all of the parameters to get some major control or some crazy melody lines. But remember, if the 'arp' isn't playing all the notes you'd like, just write them in manually. Don't be lazy !! Peace. Arlo "