The latest issue of Computer Music magazine features my four-page tutorial on the effective use of keyboard shortcuts and how they can radically speed up your music production workflow. Entitled Shortcuts to Success and found on page 60 it focusses on some of the features offered by Logic, Cubase and Ableton Live that enable you to customise your keyboard layout in a way that puts your most-used tools and commands directly beneath your fingertips. So if you’re looking for some cool ways to increase your productivity when producing your productions, check it out!
The new issue of Computer Music magazine hits the shelves this week, and inside you’ll find my four-page guide to MIDI editing by numbers. This is an in-depth illustration of how, using Cubase’s Logical Edit function and Logic’s Transform window, you can leverage the power of simple maths to perform instant, wide-ranging edits on multiple events in your MIDI sequences with just a couple of clicks. Want to fix all your note velocities to a value of 100, or all note lengths to 16th-notes? Randomise velocity within a certain pitch range? Rearrange and randomise drum loops? Add a bit of human randomness to a sequence? Use custom keyboard commands to adjust velocity? It’s all laid out here, and the article starts on page 50.
Elsewhere in the issue, I also have a review of Zynaptiq’s remarkable Unveil plug-in. The audio equivalent of a sheet of kitchen roll, this signal focussing plug-in removes excessive reverb from an audio file, allowing you to re-process it with a more suitable effect. Find out exactly what I thought of it on page 84.
The CM team have done their usual excellent job with this issue, with a detailed look at how to use the amazing Sylenth1 soft synth, a feature on how to maximise the stereo width of your mixes, and loads of other tutorials, interviews and reviews – not to mention the usual ton of free stuff on the cover disc.