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15 interesting synths

Virtual synths that somehow went under the radar Read article

NI Kontakt instruments

Free and affordable NI Kontakt libraries Read more

Sylenth EDM Soundset

165 modern presets, created by me, for Lennar Digital Sylenth synth. Visit

400 Modern presets for V-Station

Tons of presets that will bring a new life to the Novation V-Station synth Visit

Cakewalk Z3ta+ 2 presets

155 Synth / lead and bass presets inspired by many modern electronica genres. Visit

Free Organ synths / samples

Best, free organ synths / multisamples Read more

Soft Synths released in 2011

Interesting soft synths released in 2011 Read more

Free String Machine vsts

Freeware String Machine plugins Read more

Free Ebook – The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online

Another nice blog entry thanks to some music production related forums 🙂 The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online is a very informative, free electronic book, published by New Music Strategies. It’s about the changes in music industry and how to actually survive in this Internet, Web 2.0 digital music era.

Overall, you may agree with some statements or not but at the end, the book has very professional design and it’s well written (+ it’s available in English, German and few other languages).

You’re always hearing that the music business has changed. Thats not quite true. In fact, its changing and that’s quite a diferent thing. Facing that change, and negotiating it as it happens, is one of the biggest challenges for independent music businesses. The best way to navigate in such interesting times is to really understand whats going on around you, so you can adapt and respond appropriately.

You don’t have to be a computer whiz you just have to understand some basic principles. I reckon there are about 20 of them. If you understand these, and apply their principles, youre of to a good start in the new media environment.

Download: The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online

Synthesis Made Simple – Waveformless Tutorials

Synthesis Made Simple is a guide (it contains 12 parts) dedicated to synthesis, synth programming, published on Waveformless blog. It covers basic aspects of synth programming such as: waveforms, oscillators, noise generators, filters, modulation, envelopes etc. but of course more advanced readers will find it very informative too.

This isn’t aimed at teaching you everything about synth programming. It’s just meant to help people who haven’t tried making their own sounds get a basic understanding of the concepts in an easier to understand format than the sometimes cryptic manuals some synths come with.

More info: Waveformless – Synthesis Made Simple

Master Bus tips

It’s been a while since my last blog update but it’s definitely not an easy task to find some useful tricks, articles, videos etc. 🙂 This time it’ll be about two tips published on Wire to the ear blog.
Short story ?
Keep a Limiter on your Master” and
Keep your channel faders low and the Master at 0db!“.

The example DAW is Ableton Live but it really doesn’t matter.

Almost weekly I am asked for mixing advice. Usually after a few probing questions I discover that 90% of the people unhappy with their sound are making the same mistake. They are completely overdriving their internal summing bus! Take all your songs individual channel faders and bring them at least -12db and keep the Master fader at 0dB at all times.

I must admit that quite often I overload my master bus pretty heavily and the final effect is pretty muddy. Lowering channel faders can help to make your tune breath. I actually like one tip I heard somewhere (probably some forum about electronic dance music): “Every tune sounds ‘good’ when played very loud. But the real challenge is to make a tune that will sound great at low volumes”. Well, it was something like that 😉

Articles:
Keep your channel faders low …
Keep a limiter on your Master …

Remixing without stems (parts of song)

One of my favourite blogs – DJ TechTools is getting better almost every day 🙂
“Swimming to the top of todays hyper-crowded pool of talented Djs can be a menacing task. Everyones grandma is now djing with auto beat matching software and music blogs are serving up endless supplies of hot tracks that everyone has within a few weeks. In this increasingly level playing field, one of the best ways to set yourself apart from the crowd is to produce custom edits and remixes of popular tracks. You are probably wondering how that might be possible without acapellas or stems (parts of a song). In this article we are going to look at one way to extract stems from a finished song you already have and use those stems to create a custom remix.”

The article / tutorials covers: making your own stems, learning about frequency ranges, EQing, EQing, EQing… and using scalpel 😉 The final result is a quick remix of famous Snap‘s – “Rhythm is a Dancer” tune with a touch of Sander van Doorn‘s – “Back by any demand”.

The Ableton project is also available so you have a chance to analyze everything 🙂

More info: Dj TechTools – Remixing without stems

Stereo Reconsidered: Mid/Side Thinking

It’s third and so far, the last one article about mastering, written by David Moulton at Izotope.com. Those who read earlier two articles do not need another recommendation – extremely well written articles.

In recorded music, there has been an informal, generally held notion that the stereo image is a re-creation of a stage, an imaginary space stretching between the two speakers, on which the recorded artists appear, reproducing the reality of their live performances. In classical music recording, this notion has some validity, because the recording techniques used to create the recording usually include the use of a concert hall and a stage, and the producers make the evocation of that concert hall ambience a central part of their vision.

Article: Stereo Reconsidered: Mid/Side Thinking

(Extreme) Pitch correction techniques

Step-by-step tutorial (via MusicRadar.com)which can learn a little bit about extreme pitch correction techniques, using Auto-Tune software or Logic’s Pitch-Correction plugin. At the end you should know how to achieve famous vocal from Daft Punk – One More Time.

Tutorial: How to make a Daft Punk – One More Time vocal effect