Waves Cobalt Saphira Harmonic Enhancer Audio Plugin

Waves Cobalt Saphira Harmonic Enhancer Audio Plugin

Waves Cobalt Saphira Harmonic Enhancer is now available at the introductory price of $99. Offering a new level of musicality and control, it’s an advanced harmonics shaping tool that lets you add rich harmonics to your tracks in order to give them analog musicality, depth and “glue.” Click Here to get Cobalt Saphira for $99 Click Here to get Cobalt Saphira for $99 A NEW LEVEL OF CONTROL Waves Cobalt Saphira gives you an unprecedented level of digital control over different aspects of the harmonics you are adding: Edge and Warmth – for separately controlling and balancing even and odd harmonics 4-band EQ – for separately shaping the frequency spectrum of each type of harmonics Harmonics modes – seven different modes, with graphical representation so you can see the changes in harmonic structure Tape – five tape speeds for adding wow-and-flutter modulation in order to give your tracks extra musicality and depth A NEW WAY TO GLUE YOUR TRACKS We often use the term “glue” when touting the benefits of compression. But the “glue” we hear from a good compressor is many times the result of added harmonics. Cobalt Saphira lets you directly control your harmonics without compression, helping to glue your tracks and turn them into a more musical, cohesive mix. ADDED DEPTH Achieving balance and clarity in a mix is expected. Achieving real depth in a mix is where they single out the pros. Cobalt Saphira allows you to inject this sought-after quality into your mixes. Excelling on groups and sub-mixes and in mastering situations, Cobalt Saphira gives you rich harmonic enhancement that can be creatively tailored...
Electrifying Music: The Impact of Engineering on Music

Electrifying Music: The Impact of Engineering on Music

This infographic is hot off the press from the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Electrical Engineering program–thank you so much! Few people realize how much of the musical world really takes place in the recording studio. While everyone knows the singers and musicians, few look to the history of the contribution of those behind the glass. Engineers have been engaged in struggles for decades to not only change music, but also define how their generation’s sound would be recorded. To learn more, checkout the infographic below created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Online Masters in Electrical Engineering program.     The First Battles When it comes to music engineering battles, the first place to look has to be toward power. While the struggle wasn’t one that necessarily involved music, it set up the kinds of battles that would take place in studios for decades to come. The first real issue was between Tesla, with his alternating current, and Edison, with his direct current. Tesla’s current was more powerful, but arguably less reliable. Edison’s was reliable, but not nearly as strong. The two waged a war between inventive danger and solid business, with neither man truly winning. While Edison is certainly better remembered as the father of modern electricity, both currents are used in the modern world. It is from this battle that one of the most famous bands in rock takes its name – AC/DC. The War of the Engineers Tesla and Edison would be fine examples of how the war of the musical engineers was waged, because they were exemplars of two very different schools of...
100 Free Crash Cymbal Audio Samples from MusicRow

100 Free Crash Cymbal Audio Samples from MusicRow

100 Free Crash Cymbal Audio Samples as WAV or for Maschine/Ableton from MusicRow Free until March 30th, 2015 100 heavily processed crash sounds, that will add special metallic flavor to any electronic music production. A high resolution acoustic cymbals recording is the initial source of this sound collection. These raw crash sounds passed through various guitar pedals, Moog filters, Roland space echo, Spring reverb, Bit crushers and digital distortions. Then we chopped, layered and processed it again – to get this extraordinary collection of pumping and punching crushes. Available as a Maschine Expansion, an Ableton Live Pack or as WAV files for use with any other DAW. CLICK HERE to choose your format and download for...
Introduction to Ableton Live Free from Berklee College of Music

Introduction to Ableton Live Free from Berklee College of Music

Learn Ableton Live’s most powerful tools and how to use them to take your musical ideas from conception to final recording. Click Here To Sign Up Free About the Course In the past, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) were programs used only by audio engineers with a highly specific knowledge base, on machines inaccessible to most people. But over the past 10-15 years, DAWs and the act of recording music have evolved from being a luxury of the few to being available to the masses. Ableton Live is one such application. Used by an extremely broad range of music creators, Ableton Live not only facilitates the work of engineers, producers, and writers in professional, home, and mobile studio settings, but it is also a powerful platform for musicians on stage, in the DJ booth, and elsewhere. In this course, you will explore some of Live’s most powerful and useful functionality: MIDI programming, audio recording, warping and processing, looping editing, mixing, performing, file management, and troubleshooting. Meant to be a springboard for those who are new to Ableton Live and/or DAWs in general, this three-week course will provide you with a strong knowledge base for using Live to take your musical ideas from conception to final recording. The course breaks down the many barriers of entry into music technology and encourages all those who wish, to create fearlessly. Note: If you do not own Ableton Live 9, you can download the free, fully featured Ableton Live Trial. The trial version will allow you to save and export your work for 30 days. If you use the trial version, do not download...
Avid Introduces Pro Tools 12 with Cloud Collaboration

Avid Introduces Pro Tools 12 with Cloud Collaboration

Competition in the music and audio industry has never been more fierce—or opportunistic. What can you do to make your work stand apart from the crowd? Aside from considerable talent and determination, you need the right tools, workflows, and connections. Gain access to all three with Avid Cloud Collaboration coming soon to Pro Tools 12–and get ready to create, collaborate, and be heard in ways that were never before possible. Pro Tools 12 with Cloud Collaboration With the upcoming Cloud Collaboration features, you’ll be able to: Create great sounding music and audio using your choice of Pro Tools software, from the free-to-use Pro Tools|First to the advanced capabilities of Pro Tools|HD Connect and collaborate with other musicians, producers, engineers, and mixers anywhere in the world as if you’re all working together in the same studio Be heard above the noise in the Avid Marketplace and Artist Community, which connect you with the largest network of media professionals to help you share, promote, and sell your work Get ready to create, collaborate, and be heard in ways that were never before possible. Sign up for an opportunity to start using Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools before it’s available to the public. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR PRE-RELEASE AVAILABILITY Collaborate in the cloud Imagine being able to work on a session with friends, bandmates, and colleagues—no matter where they are, anywhere in the world. Or having access to an online community where you can make new connections to work with top artists, musicians, producers, engineers, and other media professionals. That’s what’s coming with Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools, a...
Free Speed Mixing Webinar with Mix Engineer Joe Gilder

Free Speed Mixing Webinar with Mix Engineer Joe Gilder

Free training is the best priced training, right?! And the best training is free training from Joe Gilder. The 80/20 rule. Ever heard of that? The Pareto Principle… I bet Joe Gilder has. This is just one of the many “Speed Mixing” topics that you should know about that Joe is going to explain while actually mixing a song “live”. Joe will show you: Why mixing fast is an important skill you absolutely need to master How mixing fast can make you a better mixer (and potentially make you more money) How to set up your mix to keep you moving quickly (I’ll actually set up a mix in my DAW live on the webinar) A simple mind-set shift that will shave tons of time (maybe even hours?) off how long you spend on a mix  That’s right, Joe Gilder will be doing a brand spanking new, and absolutely free, live mixing webinar on Wednesday night (the 12th) at 9pm Eastern time. Plus, you just might want to stay put, the whole way through the “Speed Mixing” webinar, and that is all I can tell you about that……. “Speed Mixing” is the working title, and he has some amazing information that he is going to pass on. He wants to help us all out with a few things. Things like how make better decisions, right at the start of a mix. Decisions that will help a mix come together quicker, and potentially help us earn more more money. He promises to detail all the techniques that he uses to mix quickly (in an hour) and still get good results....
Free Reverse Loops Made With REV

Free Reverse Loops Made With REV

Grab 300MB of FREE High Quality Reverse Loops Created with REV for the price of an opt-in. No purchase necessary, and no need to own REV. More about REV below… Rock On! Introducing REV… REV is not a “reverse” button like the one on your DAW or sampler. It’s a world of sound design for producers, composers and musicians based on reverse elements. Packed into 4 powerful engines with over 14gb of content, REV includes complex synths, real instruments, multi-layered organic pads, loops, rises, pulses, swells, stutters and more. ALL sounds can be locked to tempo. With over 20 glowing reviews from notable magazines and blogs, REV has consistently been hailed as “inspiring” & “creative”. We invite you to watch some of the videos below and see for yourself. “I’ll admit I was skeptical… And then I played it. What an extraordinary library it has turned out to be… honestly there’s nothing I can find fault with. Nothing.” – Guy Rowland, Scorecast Online Review 1,000+ Reverse Instruments – REV comes with over 1,000 presets all playable in reverse and in real time. Use any of the built-in presets or start from scratch and build your own. Even feel free to share them with other REV users. Play Free or Lock to Tempo – All of REV’s instruments can either be played freely or locked to a tempo. Notes can be set to whole note, half note, or quarter note duration. Live Recorded Loops – The REV loops engine gives you thousands of possibilities all of which were recorded live. All loops lock to tempo, are adjustable by speed and...
Looking For Some Comic Relief? Check Out The Funny Stuff Pages!

Looking For Some Comic Relief? Check Out The Funny Stuff Pages!

Ready to take a little break from it all? We’ve got some funny engineering and music videos for you on our Funny Stuff page. And there are a ton of funny photos and memes on the Funny Pics page. If you have any favorite hilarious videos or funny pics Contact Us here and let us know! We’d love to share...
Using MIDI in Ableton Live

Using MIDI in Ableton Live

We’ve collected a few videos from Ableton about using MIDI in Live. From its 1980’s origins as a technical standard allowing electronic instruments to communicate with one another, MIDI has also become a versatile technology for sequencing and manipulating virtual instruments. We’re going to look at some killer tips and tricks for mastering MIDI in Live. MIDI – Established in 1984, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface is a musical device communication standard that describes a protocol, digital interface, and connectors which allow a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers and other related devices to connect and communicate with one another. A single MIDI link can carry up to sixteen channels of information, each of which can be routed to a separate device. Devices are connected to each other via a 5-pin DIN MIDI cable or more common now with standard USB cables. Devices can connect to each other using 3 port types: MIDI In, MIDI Out, and MIDI Thru where MIDI In receives note and control data, MIDI Out sends it, and MIDI Thru replicates incoming data to downstream devices. MIDI can send an incredible variety of data from note on/off, velocity, and volume to patch changes and note data from keyboards and other MIDI devices to DAW’s such as Ableton Live. Note data, once captured, can be edited even so far as changing the original sounds (patches) to other sounds from other MIDI devices and computers. Although MIDI is an incredibly complex technical topic, in its simplest form one can plug a cable from MIDI Out to MIDI In and fire notes from both the played and...
Modern Mixing Elegantly Explains M/S Processing

Modern Mixing Elegantly Explains M/S Processing

M/S processing is also referred to as Mid/Side processing. In order to not confuse people and also to not embarrass myself, I’ll be giving a pretty basic explanation. Another reason is because I don’t like to complicate my mixing with too many complicated terms and jargon. It makes the process of mixing less enjoyable, at least from my experience. M/S Processing gives us the ability to manipulate the side information (Left and Right) and the middle information (Center) separately, within a stereo track. Now before I continue I must admit that I don’t use this technique a lot, but I’d say it maybe pops up once every mix and I use it more as an effect than anything else. Get the Rescue M/S Audio Plugin from Variety of Sound Here What are the benefits? Let’s say you have a stereo track where the middle information sounds perfect the way it is, but maybe you wish that you could turn up the sides, compress the sides, or even EQ the sides. Well good news because you can. But I must repeat, I would rather do all this in the mix and not leave it to a point of needing this type of technique. It works great when you’re given stems or loops inside the mix and you don’t have access to the individual parts. It might not be ideal but at least its better than not having it at all. Another benefit to this, leaning more towards the side of effects, is that it gives you better control over the stereo spectrum of a particular sound in your mix.  In...