Here’s a link to one of the video tutorials I created for my Pitch n Glide feature, as found on page 67 of the August 2014 issue of Computer Music magazine. It demonstrates how to use long portamento times on multiple instances of the same synth to create a huge-sounding polyphonic glide that resolves to the chord of your choice over a set period of time:
So, if you fancy creating your own version of ‘Deep Note’ (the original THX glide), give it a go. You can find the rest of the videos that accompany the other tutorials in the article on the cover DVD of the print edition, or downloadable via the CM vault for digital editions.
You would have to have been living under a rock during February of 2013 to avoid the global internet phenomenon that was Baauer’s Harlem Shake. In this video, taken from my ‘Beats’ cover feature that appeared in issue 194 of Computer Music magazine, I demonstrate the basics of how to assemble your own trap beat from classic 808 drum samples, even throwing in an automated, pitch-shifted snare roll for good measure. If this doesn’t get a bunch of randomly-costumed people throwing themselves around the room, I don’t know what will. Happy trapping!
Here’s the 13-minute long tutorial video I shot recently for the September 2013 issue of Computer music magazine, detailing the features and controls of the fab eaReckon CM-COMP 87 virtual analog compressor given away free with the mag this month.
Not only is it a thorough overview of the plug-in, it also demonstrates how compressors work in general and gives some real-world examples of how you might use one. So even if you don’t have this particular plug-in, it’s well worth a watch if you’ve ever wondered what this compression business was all about.
Here’s a teaser video from the massive ‘Vocals’ cover feature I wrote for Computer Music’s August 2013 issue, available this week:
For more like this, pick up a copy of the mag today!
Here’s a link to a recent video tutorial I did that appeared on the cover DVD of the May 2013 issue (CM190) of Computer Music magazine.
It gives you a guided tour of what all the knobs and buttons do on the HorNet Fat-Fet vintage analogue-style compressor plug-in, which is kind of cool and can be found given away free with each issue, print or digital. Aside from that though, it also functions as a useful primer on how compressors work generally, and what it is that they do. So if you’ve ever wondered what a compressor really does, or you fancy bagging a free one for use in your own projects, why not check it out?
Here’s a link to one of the videos I created for the Cubase 7 New Features guide that appeared a couple of months back in Computer Music issue 188.
It takes an in-depth look at the revamped MixConsole, focusing on the redesigned layout, new Q-Link button, channel search feature, channel strip modules and more. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Check out this link to one of my ‘creative noise gating’ tutorial videos, as featured on the cover DVD of issue 187 of Computer Music magazine.
During the late 1980’s, the drum sound of the moment was the massive, beefy gated reverb sound favoured by Phil Collins, Power Station’s Tony Thompson and the like. Originally the product of SSL desks, several mics, hardware gates & compressors and numerous patch leads, you can now get this effect easily within your DAW using just a couple of plug-ins. Let the 80’s revival continue!
This video is just one of a collection of seven creative gating techniques featured on the DVD this issue. If you want to get your hands on the others, plus a whole bunch of other useful stuff, pick up a copy of Computer Music 187!
Getting the perfect vocal is all about initially capturing as natural a sound as possible. Here are some guidelines on how to achieve this.
Recording Vocals with a Pop Shield
With many chart hits having been created in home studios with software such as Logic, GarageBand and Pro Tools, it’s never been a better time to be a bedroom producer. One of the biggest challenges when recording songs in a home studio environment is capturing a great-sounding vocal, so listed below are some tips to minimize the problems that can beset home recordists when attempting to capture that perfect take.
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