Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Online Monitor (Loudspeaker) Placement Calculator


This is just about the best online monitor placement calculator I could find. It even has a database of loudspeakers for a projected frequency response. It also accounts for things like chairs, carpet, and floor construction to calculate reverb times. Utterly awesome & free.

Tip: If you need your monitors farther back to the wall than suggested, draw string in a line to the corners of the room from your listening point and then move the speakers back on that axis. This keeps it in the proper distance ratio. Then use this diagram to fine tune and avoid the micro-dead zones (sonar-like lines).

Monday, July 13, 2009

Optimising Your Studio Acoustics with Software

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The subject of studio acoustics can seem like black magic - but don't let it scare you off. You can make easy changes, that could vastly improve your recording and mixing environment, with the help of free or cheap PC software utilities, as we discover this month.


Monday, July 6, 2009

V-synth Acid by Chip Collection

Roland V-synth Acid Patch Emulation from Chip Collection on Vimeo.

Here I use samples and a really customized performance patch to emulate the TB-303 & TR-909 on the V-synth. This is an awesome Rebirth style setup that can be re-used.

The midi control knobs control more than one function. C1 opens the cosm filter and adds more reverb effect send. C2 Controls the levels on OSC1 (Where drum samples are loaded) and also closes the resonance on OSC2. I could have used the D-Beam and also tested resonance to the extremes, but maybe next time.

The Arpeggiator turned on and set to 16steps lets us create & loop our patterns. The drum samples all have their own zone. No loops are being used.
Next time I'll show you how I create the Arpeggiation/step pattern in the V-synth...

Sunday, July 5, 2009

DIN Sync a TR-808 with Reason


VIDEO LINK:http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=95624186019&ref=mf

Ever needed to DIN Sync old gear to Reason? Check out this video where Peff does it with a TR-808.

Send DC pulses from the MOTU interface to Roland 303, 606, 808, 909 etc. :)
Check out his facebook page for more info & Videos.

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Make Your Digital Patches Sound More Analog

Here are some quick tips to make your digital patches sound more analog:

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1. Don't Detune, Randomize! The old, common idea has been to to detune one of your oscillators to make it sound more analog. This method does not work because your sound will still be perfectly detuned, and will still have every bit of digital character. Each time the note is triggered it will still be the same. Thats fine if thats the sound you want, but instead, use the Randomize Pitch setting, to set notes outside of their tuned boundaries each time a note is triggered.

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2. Use a little bit of LFO. To further gain analog realism, use an LFO on the pitch. LFOs can be set to sine wave or random. You don't want to actually hear the result, only give the OSCs some "warble," so a little goes a long way.

3. Randomize pulse width LFO. Some synthesizers may let you adjust the pulse width dynamically. This could simulate the analog electronics varying the shape and timing of OSC waveforms. I prefer to loosen it up, make it sound duller, or add some variance here.

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4. Change the structure of your signal (filter). On digital synths you may be stuck here, where the filter is placed directly after the OSC, but some synths let you reorganize it. Put a distortion effect before the filter. Doing this simulates flaws in the designs of analog synths (like the TB-303) where the signal may be slightly too hot or clipped within the electronics itself. On the roland V-synth its easy to do this. Just select a weak amp distortion, and then place the filter after. Don't use a hard distortion here or you'll lose too much character. This is a simple trick which may warm up your filter.

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5. Research the specs of similiar analog units. If you can find out the specs of famous analog synth's filters, you can come close to replicating them in the digital realm. For instance db/octave (#poles) and envelope timing.

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6. Use effects: EQ can go a long way in shaping a sounds character and make it unique. A slight chorus effect could mask many sound's digital properties.

Remember, the only thing that makes a sound digital is when it can be perfectly replicated each time. If you want to be "analog" just avoid it and use some more advanced expression within the digital realm.

Enjoy a truer analog-ish experience on your digital synth!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

New Version of OSCulator Released

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Osculator works with obscure controllers, like the Wiimote, to help you control different Midi parameters for your performances.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ship Voyage

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Did some more work on my track that I started: "Ship Voyage"
Added vox, drums, more synth and corrected the mix a bit.

Have a listen.

This will probably be the final mix, unless I decide to remix it up, but I'm pretty happy with it.