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LoFi Tape Sound

Posted by Arlo on 3 August 2011

Lo Fi Tape SoundThis is a way to get some nice warm analogue dirt into your normally stale, digital recordings. What’s better it shouldn’t cost a cent and it can be done with things you can find in your own home. For starters you’ll need something that you wanna spice up. I’m gonna be using this drum-loop.

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Breakbeat Kitchen

Posted by Arlo on 3 August 2011

Breakbeat KitchenArlo show us how, cutting and splicing a real drum recording, can make the 'Breakbeat' a most powerful weapon, in your arsenal.

In this tutorial, Arlo uses the shareware program - Madtracker. Grab yourself a copy here.

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Side Chain Compression

Posted by Arlo on 3 August 2011

Side Chain CompressionArlo explores the fundamentals of side chain compression, a dynamics process that can make your tunes 'pump'!

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.

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Powerup

Posted by Arlo on 3 August 2011

PowerupArlo show us how a powerup can be used to psyche your audience into a fat drop.

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Guitar Synth

Posted by Arlo on 3 August 2011

Guitar SynthThis is a trick that changed the way I wrote music.

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

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Appegiator

Posted by Arlo on 3 August 2011

Appegiator"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 "

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Voice Kit

Posted by Arlo on 3 August 2011

Voice KitThink drum kits can only be made with drums?

Think again. In this tutorial, Arlo shows you how to take a selection of voice and cut it up to make drum sounds. He then sequences the sounds in Ableton and makes a quick little beat.

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Killer Snare

Posted by Arlo on 3 August 2011

Killer SnareYou can't really get away with just using one snare sample these days. So in this tutorial, Arlo shows us how to create a killer snare sound for hip hop or breaks.

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Ableton Live Set-Up

Posted by Arlo on 3 August 2011

AbletonIn this tutorial, Arlo shows you how to make your laptop computer more stable and perform more efficiently when playing live.

He uses a free plug-in called Games Booster to optimise the laptop and then synchs an external midi clock to Ableton to increase the stability of the sytem... Check it out!

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Vintage Strings

Posted by Arlo on 3 August 2011

Vintage StringsThis is a quick way to get a warm, vintage sound out of your computer generated strings.

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