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especially for noviceproducers. Renegade Hardware and more. ourmammoth Ultimote Guide to you'll Drum'n'Boss. Sub Focus. rock. DannyByrdand Chase& Status "M0DERN DrlB COMBINES ITS INFLUENCES WITH HIGH-TECH SOUNDS'' producers are all highlyrespected and between them havereleased trackson the DnBscene's premier Valve.Theultimate off tr. Despite the perception of DnBas a throwaway dancegenre. including hip-hop. the soundof DnBin 2007 is practically unrecognisable from the twistedbreakbeats of jungle's heyday or the uncompromising minimalism of tech-step.. is covered in depth. each seeandhear producer working of on a specific aspect a comolete trackin theirownstudios. weVehookeduDwith some of the finestdrum 'n' basstalentthis sceDtred islehas to offer. and remember: watch your bassbins. labelsincluding Ram. the pastdecadehas seen globalpopularity.. youneed. it drawsfrom an enormous rangeof influences. and audiofileson the DVD. or the morbhard-edged styleof SouthAfrica's Counterstrike and the Netherlands' Limewax. ModernDnBcombines its myriad influences with high-tech soundsand stadium production values to createa styleof musicthat's felt as much as it's heard.Hospital.s exclusive fourof thescene's tutonal.cm . thatmassive vouhow houghdrum'n' bass remainsan genre.Originally a predominantly UKscene. andonethat's constantly evolving anddeveloping. Be sureto checkout patches the videos.trance. withno stoneleft jungle unturned bythese giants. The onlydownside of DnB's increasing complexity is that it can be difficult to get right. ln this.whetherit be soulfulsoundsfromthe likesof Brazil's DJBungle and Japan's Makoto. and boastsDroduction standards that are unqeustionably secondto none. Inthr.Constantly changing. Everything fromsample selection andpatch creation through to mixing and arrangement. E) 'n' Drum bass is oneof themost sophisticated forms of popular musrc around. DnBachieve In the 21st century increasi nglyaffordable computer musictechnolos/ has encouragedproducersfrom everywhere to get in on the act. dub and house. Withthis in mind. Logistics.it's one that can be underground heardaroundthe world. mostrespected producers show thevnarl DnB sound.

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' Nextup.Theseshuffleswork well either olaved continuously or sporadically. Because the beatsin drum 'n' bassare so fast. as clemonstrated by the BingoBeots tracks. To complement the single-hit drums.n' bassbreakfroma sampleCD is addedon too. including the TenTonne EPon the same label and DuppyMon on Breakbeat Kaos.This is high-pass filtered to sit behindthe beats.Thesnareis layered up with another one that peaksslightly lower.some of the snaresare shoftenedand programmedinto a shufflepattern.whichhas beenEQ'd to remove the verylow end. ' A shoftopen hi-hatsoundfrom a hip-hop sample CD is added intothe mix..and so much of the frequency spectrum is taken up. '. In an idealworldthe kick .treverbed at all as this wouldtake up valuable spacein the mix.Chase& Status hase& Statusbegantheir production paftnership with a remixof Future Cut's 20/20 on the much-loved Renegade Hardware label.adding reverb to thesemain hits can muddythe soundrather than enhance it. snaresin this breakhavea longerrelease time.Subsequent releases.Thisis done so that the kick'sbottomfreouencies don'tclashwith the bassline. This pealisat around200H2and hasn'tbeen compressed at all.Loves'Theme andln Love. including breaks andgrime.just a littlelow-end cut is usedto ensure that no roguelow frequencies can messwith the kickor bass. the soundis hardly processed at all . 026| C0MPUTER MUSIC Ausust 2007 .a tight.simpoftant that evefihing is kept as cleanas oossible. A light breakwith a lot of reverbis added next. cm took a trip to the pair'sLondon studio. PlanB and Kano. The main kick and snarearen. helpedcementthe duo's reputation as masters of the banging dancefloor tune.and the breakadds a levelof grit to the clean-sounding single hits.which adds more grooveto the beat. As well as working with some of the best-known labels and artists in DnB.Thisgivesa good high_ end sheen.Inspector will peakat around100H2 XLfrequencv analyser is usedto makesurethe drumsare hittineat the correct frequencies. an old drum .The . Chase & Status havealso branched out intoothergenres. around1g0Hz and addsa bit morelow end.punchy snareis added. and haveremixed and worked with someof the UK'sgreatest urbantalent.The pair aren'taverse to the occasional 'musical' momenteither.Thisbreakalsocontains a coupleof hi-hathitsthat add interest to the existing simplehat paftern. Again. Thebasisof the beatis a kick drum froma samole CD.Againthe sampleis left unprocessed. including Dizzee Rascal. At this stageit. whjch usedto playhostto no lessa musicalinstitution than PWfs Hit Factory to see how Chase& Status get their dancefloor-smashing beatsin software. To add to the shuffle.

high-passed up to 1400H2 so that onlythe too-end remains. whichcan oftenhelpfill out the frequencies and give a beat more enerry.Thisadds gritto the beat. version A reworked of the Amenbreakcombined with the Thinkbreakis layered on top.Sauland Will makesure -10d8in Inspector that it doesn't XL lf exceed any of the frequenciesexceedthat levelthey're likely to trigger whichwill a club soundsystem's limiter. another layerof organic-sounding Thefinallayercomprises some bright. MUSIC Aueust 2007COMPUTER | 027 .lf the kick and the sub soundflabby togetherthe track won't work as a whole. Whencreating a beat. If you try to add too many they'llbeginto phaseeach otherout. hatshavebeenusedto reDlace the kicks.lt's had all the kicks removed because theycan suck awaythe ener$/fromthe original kick sound. Thiscan be testedout by programming in a simplesub-bass line. evenif they've The loop's beenhigh-passed. airyhatsthat are quitehardto makeout but add that finaltop-end sheen to the beat. reduce the volumeof the wholebeat.A rock-style break is usedfor this.music now I make rl !: I l f" Drum'n' basscan soundemptywithoutsome splashy drumsto add to the energy leveland give high-endpresenceto the sound. too loose. elements Another impoftant tip: be really accurate whenediting when drumsand breaks. Oneof the mostimportant thingsto get rightis that the sub and the kick worktogether well. TheChase& Statusmottofor beat-making is "lessis more".if you don'tzoom in tightly you mayfind the beatsend up sounding editing.lt's really imoortant to makethe efforthere. Yetmore splashcomes courtesyof the Amen break.

but by you can makesomething resampling synthsounds much morecomplex. in truththe Cambridee-based break-meister usesa .based on tlvo detunedoscillators in Subtractor. synththat'sbeen . too much means you'llhavea lot of nasty. were it needed.g ol lD--.e_.* | . \Jt\1. soulful and warm aren'twhatyou mightexpect from :rothing synths the trackwas championed by : clubsmasher..s ^A.iarky.3oi patch from a lvlalstrijm AnotherReese-esque synth is layered on top. including AndyC and cancef '.do''[?. i s earlytrack Together of vocals :. Here.Logistics hasjoinedhis brother as a Hospital a hugenumber of tracks for an st and produced and Bingo Beats.However. synth.nowI maKe rnusic togistfcs he iounger brotheroffellow Hospital anist \u-Tone. you could Withsuch slick production techniques be forgiven for assuming that Logistics runssome impossibly expensive.. H r..g E I .".Q$$. Thesampler's high-pass filterhas beenusedto get rid of the low end. and a lot more slightly by highJrequency content thoughthis is curtailed Whenthis patchis played with the a low-pass filter. whereyoursynthoptionsare limited. Subtractor F F A"l Its. and whilea littledift is good.. F lF\l !@* 't-o."'* . Scream and tweakedwiththe unit'sverybasicEQcontrols.p . and the soundis run through 4 unit.€.. .or l\4att ln this tutorial.Thissoundis quiteharshand features somefilterLFO modulation. as he'salso known. hisdebuton lohn B'sTangent labelin Since r. the classic wobblebass.r03. that you don'thaveto spend thousands on fancy equipment and software to get a trulyworld-class sound.:-e-:ll?l 9 o.s andwhileits smoky. Matt startsout with a basic Reese-style synthsweep.'br +""{ saH 1. r you'relimitedto a ceftain Withconventional synths numberof oscillators. Fs=e=o' ? i:o* . whichadds movements and rhythm. .9e l l r r l H . Though the various rhythms might not soundpafticularly usefulnow they'lladd moredetail to the soundonce it's been resamoled. to deal with distonedmid-range oncethe soundis resampled. r[t"iq. welly. 028| C0MPUTER MUSIC Auqust 2007 . bass.d l'f. The sourcesampleis a resampled processed with a phasereffect.creating octaves.1 r$lH. comes courtesyof Subtractor's oftenusesis to playthesub on a coupleol one trick lvlatt a fuller with the higherone turneddown. filtersand effects. s. Logistics Gresham. oor-orientated DJs.it gives the sounda lot morecharacter.. E \ /4\q$lrn6 o? P It ii EU/er|"dEE-gE Thissynthis fed through 4's Tubealgorithm.S @E-Tl Ets m''""-'""" +tr e*gio =e} f#""' ow $$$#.E )d d I [.*. He even abels suchas Valve jungleclassic.R.-.H I l'3 I *l * lJ I lH tr IF s =' iil* +." *gs.)r. At this stageit's advisable to keepthe soundas clean as possible. Logistics has garnered a reputation for creating tracksthat fuse the best : :-rents of both musicaland bangingdrum 'n' is a good example :ass.. . Thisis especially usefulin Reason. a simple To givethe soundsome low-end else. for V Recordings. The nelit sound is taken from the l\4alstrijm created by Thisone has much quickermovement LFO volumemodulation. namebut to two. complicated setup.This sub-bass is placedundereveMhing sinewaveoscillator.showsus how to get soohisticated soundsfromthe most basicof equipment as we lookat the mysterious art of resampling and cook up that most recogisable of DnBsounds.The another Scream distortion helpsbringthe soundout in the mix.IT'S ABOUT FINDING WHAT WORKS FOR YOU AND MASTERING THAT PIETE OF KIT'' few selectbits of software running on a PCthat's seen betterdays. Proof. soundthan a sinslenotewould. remixed an all-time Leviticus' Buriol..16 :l stq -ffSl [ u " 1i : i l " W E l E " E . Thenextlayercomesfrom Reason's NN-19 sampler.".

lf d you'relayeringup copies or differentversionsof the sarne sample.'n' guide music now to drum bass theultimate lmake "*mE g p-.though if you save out ) E a copy of the projector patch you'll be able to return to it later shouldyou wish to changeit .Matt's using anothercopy of the sound run througha Scream4 unit with low-endcuL J Youcan automatethe distortionto get some dirty movementgoing on there too.>> I lt's importantto get the sound of the filters right t belore tne sound is exponed. >> the soundsare loaded up into Back in Reason.Here. I { .gg Anotherresampledsynth is added next this one processedwith NN-19's band-pass filter for a sllcK f t techy sound.This is then sent througha low-pass filter to take off the dirty high-endfiequencies. >> - Oncethe super-huge snth sound is done.it's al exportedas a wavefile and loaded up in the audio X llJ editor Wavelab. The modulationenvelopeis used to controlthe oscillato/s pitch. al ltttl-tS samplersin a ftesh proiect. can also proveusefulwhen creatinga Layering wobble bass.droppingit down to crcate a fallingsound.Phasing end of one of the samplersusing a filter or EQ. and a little choruscan warm up the sound nicely.try de-tuningthe samplersto createa thicker can be avoidedby rollingoff the bottom sound.Herethe Nl*19's tl low-pass filter is used to further processthem.HaMng when we get two versionsallowsfor morc experimentation to the next stage. so that the sound cuts thrcughthe mix The final sound is yet another Reeseftom a Malsttim with automated filter Cutoff.A major part of makingthis kind of sounds is gettingthe filter fiequencyspot on.where it's normalised. One copy is while another is processed with waves savedout straight. MetaFlanger set to a slow rate beforebeing saved. Th" startingpoint of this sound is a squarewave in with an LFO controllingits volume I Subtractor modulation.this is important no matterwhat you'reresampling >> to remember.

with tunessuch as Frozen Solidand.r. which allowsfor more comolicated modulationthan a simple LFOor envelope. and his production stylehas spawned countless inferiorimitations. Nickhas also turnedout sometastyremixes. Druggyrockingdance floors aroundthe world.l To roughenup the sound a little.moduration Adjusting t thus havea subtrer grit' this time with a near 50/50 Drylwet level' > sound can be fine-tuneduslngthe wt-position knob.ili#.THE SIMPLE OPTION IS ALMOST ALWAYS THE BEST ONE'' fellowDnBproducers Baronand Fresh. DnB-style. been set to the scrap resurt and | e v e | . tame a sound .lvtassrve s second .the cutoff levelof a b which is modulatedvia an LFO to givethe sound some movement.Sub Focus. LowerAmp vatues n I low DryArvet settingand a reasonablv high Drive ...one of lvlassive's Th" patch can be made nastierstill by adding Different flavourscan be had by adjustingthe f distortioneffects.Massive's Glide controlsare locatedin the Osc oanel. and the unison pitch Spread is turned uo to createa nice thick timbre. and a coupleof KoolKeith-related pieces: the massive Ultramagnetic Mcs-samplingSmockMy BitchUp by The Prodigy and Dr Octagon's sinister Aliens.. Voicing wherethe numberof Unisonvoicesis increased to 3.rt. I ll'l' 030| C0MPUTER MUSIC August 2007 . has becomeone of the most widely respectedproducersin the drum 'n basswodd. Here.'n' make music now guide todrum bass ltheultimate Sub Focus ver the past couple of years. > I { 1 0 5 C 3 i s q | l . The sound starts out as a simple saw wave in Native Instruments Massive. electric Sub Focus' music has gone from strengthto strength. is used with a relativelv F anotiier oscittator.. The first port of call is the panel.l 'l This rich synthtone is then passedthrough Massive's DoubleNotchfilter. \ .which is modulatedvia the Performancetool.so that the patch'spitch slides smoothlyfrom one note to t the nod. The sound then passesthrough Massive's band-pass filter. or glide. Sincehis breaKhrough IrackX-Roy..turning up the band-pass fitter Bandwidth which pans throughScrapYard's wavesnapes. Thisgivesthe soundthat organic. > I ..i. T h e P S h a p e r i n s e r t e f f e c t i s a | s o u s e d t o a d d s o m e Y a r d w a V e t a b | e f r o ' i t n " o i g i t u t o s c i | l a t o r s e | e c t tf ion'T h i s ein f f ress e c t . A}(A Nick Douwma.i#'.>> This patch uses a litfle portamento. r.most recently.."d. > createsa much nastiertimbre. snaking qualitythat's often heard in drum 'n' bass.l l j r l s p e c r r u m . We trackedSub Focus downto his Holloway studio where he revealed the secretsof svnthesis.nts... As well as his own material. His debutalbumwill drop on Ramlaterthis year.s u t..r.c rube. with its infectiouslead synthand crunchy guitarrifis. including reworks for ^ Where the maglc happens in Holloway .

this sound beginswith a 3-voice detunedunison saw. with the Cutoff frequencymodulatedby one of the LFOs. E Itt a s. filter bus and distorting squarewavesthroughthe high-pass Y filter.try routing { more definedand addingsubtle harmonics. oetass-lilffiffirWlffi*ii. >> I rl Massive's voicingmodes can be used to subtlyalter the way tne sound plays.a l: . oFxl .and used in DnB. In this mode the modulationsourcesdon't reset unlessall notes have been released. so it's idealfor widdly lead parts.the Frequency Shifterinserteffect givesmovementto the sound. lej l*.Settingthe Pitch controlto 12 o'clockworks well for this.with a Drylwet balanceslightlyunder halfway. Likethe previouspatch..This adds them togetherwith the sine wave on a low-pass buzzto the top end of the sub for a Dillinjatype sound.and hereNickusesa singlesine oscillatorto providethe kind of solid pure-bass tone so often I has a useful modulationmatrix. >) tl By using more extremepitch modulation. or Reesesounds might requireEQing MUSIC August 2007C0MPUTER | 031 .Z3TA+ Nick uses it to varythe pitch of the oscillatorusing one of the Z3TA+'5 differentcurvesoffer differentlevels envelopegenerators.J**+ Sub-bass shouldbe mono.Forthis patch the Voicing mode is sel t b to Monostateand the Triggermode Legato Triller.'n' guide theultimate to drum bass music now lmake I ':. .Thisfast high-tolow pitch movementat the start of the note givesthe qualitythat helps sound a much more punchy. >> One of Massive's filters is set to high-pass.> I rl tffiSf axLj.which make the patch sound less plain.but there are a couple of tweaksthat can be used to make it more interestingHere. { 'l works well for makingthe sub The soft distortionin Z3TA+ Also.percussive Rangeand Curve controls emphasiseeach note'saftack Z3TA+'S can be used to finetune this.Niekadds lvlassive's built-indelayeffect.*t*.a notch filter can be used insteadof the high-pass. t In addition.This instantlycreatesa typical ravey lead sound.. a sound similarto a svnthesized kick drum can be created. of modulation deDth. Fora techier sound.Sffiid*:.Some lead or filteringat the low end.

TheSub Focus werealso really easyto workwith as I came up withvariousriffs patchesinto and partsquickly." Danny startsby putting an atmospheric stringchord from Logic'sES2synthoverthe beats.The end point of each note has to be accuratebecausethe patch is so rhythmic.which followsthe Reese paft.To buildthe vibe up. this by makinga completebassline "l'vegot to saythat usingelements fromfour producers in one tune does makeit slightly harder to makethe wholethinggel. Againthe ES2is calledin.and no high-pass filteringis required.Backthen. A simplecongapatternir I used. The riff needsto be kept tight.All the different drum editsandlhe sonic quality of the beatswereinstantinspiration for the FRIM PRODUIERS DOES MAKE IT HARDER'' patches track.but the Danis neverone to shy away from a challenge. F needed to supplythoseall imponantlow fl llJ frequencies.whichis processed with Stylus' internal valve amp sim and reverb. workthat I don'talways haveto use a million breaks all goingon at onceto makea nice different beat. As the unfilteredbeats come in.>> An explosionsound effectslatheredin delay is used to mark the start of the track .this time to providea sine-based sub patch.tearingReese. which takes ) Ir awaythe beerylow end but keepsthe rushyhighs. ) simple riff that Dannyimprovises < rl Tospiceup the beats. Danny bringsup Sub Focus' patchin Massive Reese and playsit untilhe comes J up with a suitableriff. A highstringis then overlaid.sounds like this are reallyusefulfor adding impact to the start of new J sections.havingbeen featured in Mostercloss. some percussion is added courtesy of Stylus RMX. >) t !J Withthe vibefirmlyestablished. it's on to the meat of F fl the track the bassline. > a sub-bass is As well as the big. but managed to put this in abouttwo to threehours.. Creating a created is an trackout of partsmade by otherproducers unusual task.becauseI already had a basspart. > I al At the stan of the track.but this time we'veenlisted new fromthe parts to createsomething :alents by our otherfour producers. overthe top.. Tofit the logistics this track at first provedprettydifficult. a cm vocalacappella is added. the Sub Focus This playsa reasonably raveysaw-leadriff is introduced. lJ cm111's Producer ' ELEMENTS F0UR his -'oer the Seo.pitched up to be in the same key as the rest of the track. lt was a tracktogether not having really refreshing experience to start from scratchand working withthe completely lt also highlighted in my own Chase & Statusbeats.but it all came together nicelyin the end.USING ff anny -: :roke his uptmins ol.but I managed to get around switch.'n' guroe music nowltheultrrrrate to drum bass make DannyByrd famiriar Byrd isaname tocomputer . "l usually spendquitea lot of time working on my own arrangements.the Chase& Statusbeat is t nign-pass filteredusing Logic'sFuzz-Wah. addingextra sheento the sound.This has also has been filteredand delayed.Thispatchhas plentyof movementthanks to some rhythmicLFO filter cutoff modulation. This makesfor a differentsound and helps fit the part in with the beat and feel of the track.>) 032| COMPUTER MUSIC August 2007 .This createsa I vibethat can be builton. complementing its low end nicely."r""r t rrlr down I I Music readers.

are used.:. All theseelements work together to buildthe track up to the all-imponant drop. | ) IIriff with the Sub FocusReese.the Reeseis replacedwith the saw Chase and the moreshuffly I I leadfor this section.. > wobblebass. the tune changesafter each 16-barsection. i .a risingsynthand a noise-based. Thisallowsfor the eners/ levelto be tamed slightlyso that it can be built up againfor the next section.This chaneesthe feel ot the trach and the mysterious of the intro is atmosphere broughtback slightlyas the vocal sample is reintroduced. Afterthe bie J build-up.gii I U . wind-style effect . a.Ht"i. Thebuild-up soundsare usedagainto raiseanticipation ahead of the next section.wherejust the sub-bassis used and the strings are reintroduced.. hammering them with an onslaughtof beats and bass. In a fulFlength trackthis could be the section beforea second breakdown. playinga call-and-answer Reason.and the first note of the saw-leadriff is repeated to add emphasis. )) '. J two sounds .l To that effect.. >) interesting.i5 build-upcourtesyof Chase& Statushelps create llr. To build up to the drop. JrrL & Statusbeatsare used. this will catchthe listener unawares. tension. * t As well as the risingsound effects. so to give it e]itraedge the Reeseplaysfor a couple [j of t:ars beforethe beat kicks back in. >> aFl Dannythinksthe drop doesn'thaveenoughimpact.'n' gurfre theultimatn tn drurn ba:.the drop should occur on a multipleof 32 bars.This track has a brief f intro and drops on bar 33.l .bouncedout of Nowthe Logistics t is broughtin.a kick drum 1 .. This is followedby a less freneticoutro. music now lmake i EE EE EEIi Eg i E ]EEi trEl E trtr EE tr .:i:" ill['"l i"'[# ?fl [: I lFl A little drum edit is used 16 bars after the drop .i In orderto make a track Djjriendly.Thesehave been bounced out of Reasonand pitched up to create a big wooshingeflect.

teasing the listener. lll Llf ---b'"''"" Second bassllne: The losistics hassline is USedto playa call-and-answer riffwith the giving Sub Focus Reese. back andjustthesub-bass is used.I'n'base kickdrum rolland repeated lead stab build up to the inevitable drop. up: A typicalbig drum flleullo U. a much different feel to the first groove. T llThe drcp: Beforethe beats ljrl rr_Nand basskick in together. the Sub FocusReeseplayson its own for a coupleof bars. Drumfill: Danny uses a chopped andrearranged version of theChase & Status beat as fillto keep a drum things rolling. eeat drcps: As the beats kick lill r-_f away. builo: Berore rne Elnnour"r llltrack switches up to the second bassline.!l Roll ouk As the trackwinds the synths arestripped *=!J down. cl*[ delayed expIosion sound effectand a snippet of vocal leave the listener in no doubtthat things are all wrappedup. Ioll l. the drumrollsand sound effects arereintrcduced to build tension again.guide make music now todrum bass ltheuLtimate THE ARRANGEITIENT f | | Atmospherics: The moody E r_J stringand pad arrangement setsthe tone for the wholetrack. with high-passed beatsand delayed vocalsaddingrhythm.the saw-leadriff is introduced and various soundeffects are usedto increase the tensionand senseof anticiDation. fillers mrh: Atrademark 034 | CoMPUTER MUSIC August 2007 .

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We set the Levelcontrol low the Distotion at three ouartersand the Tone at a little over half.50W Filterfor sonic motion' VintageCab. >) Speed Control to approximately -l Forthe second guitar part we call up another We set the Preamp and EQ { inttun"" of AmpliTube.the Amp Model to SingleEndedCl.We select I the Maxedvol Bssmn preset. > Thethird guitar is a doubletrackingof the second' F Usingthe AmericanTubeClean 1 Preamp and EQ h 616 Amp Model and 4x10open rJ Modets.clean soundthat breaksup nicelywhen we bash the strings. nowI sound music make ITIND }IEVER BOLtoc n$ nE Our track featuresthree guitar parts.A and the Speaker Model to 1x8 Combo smoothtone' > for a deliciously ^a We add a Phazerlo stomp box selectthe third tntensity settingand keep the Speed very slow' Zl.we add an Envelope Resonanceand Depth are set at'ten past" > Frequency. Ir menu.thepolice Like.We create an 2' The first part I audio track and call up AmpliTube rhythmguitar . rJ fvtodelto TubeVintageCombo.Switching /t we select Phazerl0 from the Modulation AmpliTube. > I We give movementto the sound by using a A to the Stomp screenin stompboxeffect.which givesa lush.We opt for the first Intensity model and set the one third. -I ttren we add an Overdrlvestomp to crunch up the tone.consistssolelyof chords.. 2007 August MUSIC 040 | C0MPUTER ..

MUSIC August 2007C0MPUTER | 041 . to applya gentle SV-315 mono compressor Sonalksis setting of -14.8dBat 1565H2and with a Q setting of 3.as the low end weiehtof the instrumentis obscuringthe sound of I tne kick drum in the mix We makea reasonably This createssufficient tight Q {3.6.The first is the lead and vocals.aidingseparation.nowfor our Sting-esque F Thereare two parts.Thebackupvocalcan soundthinner thanthe lead. The secondvocal is the backup.music now Like.this time to solve tne problemof the low mids gettingin the way of \ Again. Finally we makeanotherEQcut. we makea the low end of our snaresound..33sand the Mix Amountto 16%. we set the Levelto halflilay. > Ratioof 2. the Chorus amountto barelypast the 'off mark and leavethe Vibrato Rate and Depth controlsin their defaultoositions. We max out all of the EQcontrols and roll backthe Treblecontrol a touchto mellowthe tone slightly.This helps create space in the low > midsfor the kick drum and bass. into which lV we inserta RoomworksSE reverb. but we're removing more low-midthan with the lead vocal paft. we use a low Shelf Filterto f f removesome of the lowerfrequency components.which givesa roundedtone with good high-mid detail.. to both holdtheir sonicsoaceto enablethe two sounds groundand be heardclearly in the mix >) I !ll.> .I we add In the stompbox sectionof the plug-in just the chorus pedal. this time of -9.1d8. >> t to givethe vocal parts an etherealqualitywe lFl Finally. thepolice sound I make To emulateStingsbassguitartone we'reusinglK AmpegS\X We choosethe Rock I Multimedia's BA-500 ll preset. lf route both vocal tracks to a Grouptrack.providing the harmonies.3:1at a Threshold -l We also applyEQto the basspan. ll We use a Low is pitchedhighfor most of the song.Applying 1l an analogue b smallest amountof chorus. Again. This savesus havingto use two reverbplug-ins. u Shelf EQto roll off some of the low-endfrequency componentof the part.1)cut of -74d8 at 135H2.> '|l the bassguitar lt's usually essential to compress givesthe sound extra punch This in any track outt { in dynamicpower and levelsout the differences J We use a between the thinnerand thickerstrings. We set the ReverbTime to 1. J cut. > - That's the bassseento .

we use a bit f 16dBat 66Hz).As a final touch.The plug-i so our mix models high-endanaloguemasteringhardware.This is too prominentin the mix when left at the 1 volume settingthat befitsthe rest of the song. Inspired by a fusion formsof blackmusic.REGGAE in lamaicain the late originating with 60s. ska sound incorporates rh). in rudeboys. angstand polilicaloutcry punk was playedhardand fast.thm and blues. we boost from the high mids upwardsusing a high shelf EQat 3321H2. to be The hFhatsin PolicetracK are often engineered verytrebly.We begin by rollingoff a fair bit of the lower end Then of the frequencycontent usinga low shelf EQat 118H2. >) a !1. modsand skinheads in the 60s. thepolrce music nowlsound make lArE 50S .we add SE plug-in. low-endfrequencies /. for the channels We mix the insideand outsidemicrophone I kick drum to producea weightytone with a touch of beater SV-315 we applycompression usinga Sonalksis rL click Next. reggaeis synonymous With the Rastafarian movement. ! We EQthe snare usinga low shelffilter to roll off the Next. compressorset at a Ratio ol 2. SV-S1S so we go easywith a I dynamicsout of the performance Ratio of 3. as werethe accompanying of fashions and the subculture rebellion. helped to shape the soundof The Police. rootsin African and Caribbean music.ska had a big revival the early 80s. b an SV-315 comoressor{Ratioof 2.>) reverbusingthe RoomWorks tl 1974 .Like".1:1 and a Thresholdsettingof -10.>) We compressthe vocal parts using anotherSonalksis We don't want to squishall of the compressor.6d8. >) This givesthe soundthe extra punch that it requires. . Tracks were shon and lyricswere striking.PUNKROCK of Themusical embodiment attitude.5:1 and a Thresholdof -11. A simple guitar solo occurs under the latter part of each F chorus. including rccksteadv skaand dub.SKA The late 50s gavebirthto ska of music. the several jazz.0d8) to givethe sound more snap. >) T-RackS to masterthe track We We use lK Multimedia's to and a touchof limiting applygentlecompression enhancethe coherencyof the individualparts. along withska and reggae. the trademark of the genre guitarparts. Punkrock.We use t automationto duck the volume a few dB duringthese sections. IATE 605 . calypso and Popular with Caribbean mento.5:1and Thrcshold of -12.9d8.. benefitsfrom the inherentwarmth that imparts. is its syncopated Reggae oftenencompasses other iormsof lamaican music.

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your loopsare dull.. and builda complete signalWe'llshowyou how to take standard processing We'llalso toolsand usethem creatively. there's imagination to experiment. Howon eafthdo you take such a relatively primitive new an interesting instrument and create soundwith it?All the easyoptionshavebeen flanger and delay covered manytimesover:chorus. Fortunately. Perhaps it's not your matewho'sassumed the guitarduties.IT BEDIFFICULT CAN THE TO HOW SEE BREAK GUITAR CAN NEW SONIC GROUND'' ground. No strings attached it with our walkthroughs. but just spentthreehoursauditioning you've boring guitarloops. tiredand you're seriously stafting to regret asking I I your mateoverto 'laysomeguitardown' He keepsplaying the same on yourlatestproject. to chop. with a little are old news.maybeit'syou who'splaying and you do soundsright. how to put every soundthe guitar demonstrate moreto a guitarthan makesto good use (there's just strings. Whatever it sucks.Or it mightbe that you don't play. frankly. you just can'tget nothing the guitarto makethe soundyou want.change. .^ ' ' ^Ij'5 Thi nk \ o / p 1 l n u u L u l v v d y 5 L UL l u d L U ^ I luvv )uul -l l \ " _// I I asweshow guitaf Prepare to besurpnsed wrthyour agatn. instrument you need ano[her whyyou ttnever . yourchosenguitarmethod. lt s gonemidnight. finished By the time you've you're as a feelinguninspired won't matterwhether player.you'll be able riffs outtiredold dad-rock churning generally twistand reverse. It can be difficult for the computermusician to see howthe guitarcan be usedto breaknew sonic f 2007 MUSIC August 044 | C0MPUTER ^ '+^r' f ^ ^ r n r ] .or your mate keeps . infuriating bluesrock licksyou'resureyou've youruncleplayin his dodrypub band.or you to pull off the riffyou can hear in lackthe virtuosity your head. that mangleguitarpaftsuntilyou get something reallymakesyou wantto pushthe fader up.Hxtr you're ake 87. trackout of the results.a ^ ' n ' . and a willingness no end to whatyou can achieve armedwithjust yourcomputer and a guitar. you know)and we'll highlight some earpitchmanipulation thatwe'resureno one bending will haveshownyou before. heard lt's you happy not making and youjustwanthim to packup and go home. over the nextfew pageswe'llshowyou some to the soundof the freshwaysto makechanges guitar..

>> As you might expect we're not instantlypleasedwith I ll the sounds. best-sounding I like fiom each take.All that rcmainsis to balancethe parts and automatea fadejn for the intrc.To get the drum'. MUSIC 2007CoMPUTER August | 045 .lust work better. and bulld our grooveby placingeach hit wherewe want it in the bar.We then selectthe sampleswe !1. and an FXchannelfor the snare |ll PadyGuftarSouthem lJ we insertAmbiencereverb's o€set and a slow phasersweep. the fretboard. To isolatethe ftequencieswe want.so we're goingto add some signal processing the two'bassdrum'parts We comprcss J at a Ratio of 8:1 and applya phaserto the bassierpart to make the sound throb.guitar now music extreme I make We want the intro to our Extrcme Guitor piece to stand out so insteadof a standarddrum intlo.top and tail them.. We also recod the body of the guitar being hit with a fisl which givesus the bassftequencywe need. h fiom the guitar so that they snap back down onto This becomesthe basisfor our snaredrum. We want a higherelementto it too.sometimesthe low-techsolutions.we strum the stringsbehind the nut.. >> I ( ^a We listento each part. > 'snare and create Nextwe add a stereodelayto the F into which hi-hats. J a pair of socks!Hey.so we rcpeat the processwlth the capo placed higher. /. makinga note of the hits. >> '|l Forour hi-hat sound.we rccordthe loweststringson the guitar choked out. though.we mute all other parts of the guitarthat might ring uslng.we 'bass * crcate our own kit usingthe guitar. > I I Nextwe place a capo on the eighthfrct of the guitar and pull the stringsaway lo lightlymute the strlngs.

ack4 lT'ack !r. Becauseof the natureof scales.. lf you're recording a solo.Next. we know. then use Melodyne's SaveAudio to MlDl function. >> al so we move . discover Fo'mit Finse As5pecifiedinlr.ack s Rete'ensTrdck LEtsd6uiar_27 -wl Channels: aAtt I'acks: ELEadGurd_27 ETra.- PlG6t Pluq-ins Hltpoint! Envelope Gain Merge Clipboard MIDI .we call up the excellentZebraclvlsynthfound on the cm coverdisc ) Ir and.remember guitarwill playthe that the reversed lastpartfirstand viceversa. after a little experimentation.We bouncethe track down to make the reverbpartoftheaudiofil) e> . start with freneticphrasesand gradually become morerestrained.so we'regoingto converta lead guitar part to MlDl. This once-laborious task is nowjust a mouse clickaway.k 2 !Tr6ck3 While it's possibleto programa MlDl part that doublesas a euitar parL it's hard to get the exact phrasingthat a guitarist would have.5msand check the level Euitar. guitaris a Reversed or backwards goodway of throwing your listenera . AsBele'erceTrack {.sometimesMelodynereadspitches in f Y the wrongoctave. Gonearethe dayswhenthiswas a trickachieved byflipping overthe (remember cassette those?) in your four-track {remember that?).. extrastring noisesand convertsthem to lvllDl. >) I rl We import the MlDlfile into Cubase.but it soundsgreat.Somegreatexamples of this arethe solosections in Giye lt Awoyby the RedHot ChiliPeppers. Usedsparingly this is a powerful tool.experiment with all the effects(delay good)in is always yourplug-in folderand see if you can yourownnewsounds. there are lots of other parts thingsyou can do with reversed and effects. lf you wantyourreversed soloto climax properly. Themainthingis to let your imagination runwild.Over QuanUze Media Trilspot show Info Pilch shift Remove DC OfF ei Resample Noire Gate Tl"..1 .some A I notes sound wrongand need to be corrected. { -l It's a backwards world wetre in.ck. While a litile you can just alter the notes until musictheory is an advantage. / b meter to make sure the reverbtail ends beforethe next chord starts. We Teverse the reversal' to turn the audio the right way roundand then re-atign the part with the original (wnicnwe also re-reverse).\Saveeadk :. section of our. so we removethose too. they sound correct.=-f ckasa figtefitc !T. Although ourwalldhrough uses reverse reverb.instead part curveball of a 'normal' theyget an awkward.We leavethe originatpart in to givea sharpedgetothestabs.a: :. the notes up a third.!t"T uY9idit soundinglike standardro9.honest!)>) -l I r llf[Ilcl c I rr alatal al-a-at-t aara la a ata - ^ The Chifis' cfassic Blood Sugdr Sex Msglk sports a tew backwardsguitar parts We sync the MlDlfile up to the originalaudio part and ooen the key editor. lvlelodyne also picks up ol.k fare' l9 we re golngto apply some reversereverb'We record guitarsand then reverse double-tracked them something that'schild'splayinanyDAW > I I r -l We use cubase'sRoomworksreverbon the reversed We set the Time to 1.We recorda lead part and import it into lvlelodyne.makemusic nowI eu:'?i:-e sui:Ai = ai. ear-grabbing sound. 046 | C0MPUTER MUSIC August 2007 . J The reverbnow leads into the chord stabs.ack6 5 [Trftk7 lT.tunestarts with some sharp tt1.lI We decide to make the MlDl part a harmony. lf you wantthe notesto stay in the same placebut playbackreversed. chopthe audiointoseparate notesand then reverse them. call up the JeEt.so we manuallyconect these notes. fat bass preset(yeah.

so we call up soundand lay 2. guitarpartsequally lt's not out acrossa semitone. as the partssoundcleaner mix with noise. guitar in ten cent increments{Guitar 2 10 cents. a grouptrack we could put them all through Alternatively. whichgivesa set of Guitar 3 20 centsand so on).orpr"r. dial in the ModernHi-Gain AmpliTube down the first.i.it's not a good ideato pan thingstoo \ Youcould pan the at leastnot separately.glriar now extrnrrir lmakemusic q. MUSIC August 2007C0MPUTER | 047 . : :.but if you'relooking the mostear-pleasing this is it. dde We want to smooth out the roughedgesof our collectionof cacophonousguitars.so we tidy ad them up by removing the noise betweennotes. but it'sworththe Thissort ot thingcan feel laborious.strictly Because F out of tune. Because of the soundwe'regoingfor we don't to the part. ): *81 We then duplicate this part ninetimes!We use the . r& a smoothleadsoundfor this.we'regoingto texture. u to function them and then getting between balance an'internal' bouncethem down to a stereotrack This also keeps our CPUloaddown. boftom of RoomWorks' that Thisis an uglysetting J Distrrbances setting. /) We Pitchshift each This is wherethings get noisy. Forthe nextsectionof our tune.so eveMhingis add any littlebendsor vibrato keDtfairlvflat.r) I !l fdrudMo@ Ttu cd. .but the partsshouldstill be tightlybunched.:a::: I F ^ lTp---.so we call up u frx (k# .gf sametone and pay carefulattentionto the doubling are &* of the parts.edan I :. We want almostunlistenable { createa dense. nineof the ten partsare. >> To finish off our odd little cocKail.track. i. on eachguitartrackat a 3:1 ratio. J whole loice' to one speakeror anotherfor effect. widely. and won'tcloudthe final effort.::::: : : . ll tm speaking. with a singlecompressoron it.o. phrases a spikyreverb tail in the gapsbetween leaves >> we're looking for. spread for an sound. constanllY fi We spenda bit of time as one voice. what Just q This isn't the sort of part we'regoingto want to tl we reallywant the ten tracks readjust.>) and mean lotsof squeaks inevitably Lotsof guitars & r{. stringnoisecreeping into our takes. > uglytextureto drop in somewhere. we visit the very presetlist and find the Fx f. . makingsureall the note lengths identical.

We duplicatethe parts and ADTArtificial DoubleTrack) them by movingthe copies back 10ms. > t We unmute all the parts to hear what we'vecreated! The final resultis a lead paft with stereo repeats that are now harmonised(in three pafts.This is becauseMelodyne.This meansthat if we Y change the levelof the guitarchannel.or the track can be soloed and the originalguitar channelturned down (not muted).wavon the disc to hear our finishedsong incorporating all the techniouesand tricks we'vecoveredin this article.no lesslto give a totallycrazysound. 04s I C0MPUTER MUSIC August 2007 . Eitherthe FXchannel I can be set as the output for the bounce. >> -l Now we send the guitarto the FXchanneland { selectthe Pre-fadeoption.We'vedecidedto givethe Hi-Gain settinga rest and are goingfor Brltish Tube Lead 1 instead.We call up a stereodelay.lt doesn'tmatter which way you do it. the same amount of signalwill still be sent to the FXchannel.this adds to the wild sound. we set the Mix to 100%Wet so we can only hear the affectednotes. Most importantly.Checkout ExtremeFinal. which we'll use next.Notice how the slides in the originalpart are also shifted.Youcould do this as an inseft effect.can only deal with singlenotes. but we oot for the latter.set the left channel to repeatat l/4-notes and the right channelto repeatat 1/2. >> ! I -l Nextwe createan FXchannel.but we'vegot somethingspecial in a b mind.guitar makemusic nowI extreme Onceagainwe call on the amazing AmpliTube 2 to deliverthe goods.so that left and right I -.luvel notesto an audio file. >) Nextwe need to bouncejust the sound of the a.>> t ft Whenwe import the bouncedstereofiles back in to F Cubasewe split the channels.When we shift the melody up a third (threeletter names)the notes stay in the conect key. )> T.Oncethis is done we selectthe Tone/Scaleoptlon in Melodyneand selectthe key of D minor.Thistime we shift t J the notes uo a fifth and an octave.We boost the Gain a little. arc on separatetracks. lIpu sE i' U" Egt We load up our Melodyneplug-infor the first pair F of 'delaVonly' parts and import the audio into the ll ty program. >) We also load up Melodynewith the second and third set of 'delayonly parts.

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. with the root of the currentchord or scaleis the obvious olaceto stan. In genres Thisis fine for a harmonically in the chord progression. you'relikely with static piece.and piece this month'sMlDlfile to hear how the metreof the with the drum looo.take a degreeof smoothness.Fig 2 not classical!) the bassline oming towardsthe end of our series on basic scales and chords. Basspartscan be as simpleas Almost everypiece of Westernmusic you'll have listenedto will have had a repeatedroot. Again.danceor classical.F and G.with a root-onlyrhythm or purelypercussive followedby a similarlinethat uses has a dual function.whether a bassline pattern.Listento beingboth rhythmic . root of each chord right on the fi6t subsequently beatof the change.we're going to complementour intrcductionto the bass clef by brieflyconsidering some of the basic considerations in crcating a bassline.Fig 1 showsthis process vocal or instrumental pieces.now music basics mudc theory lmake Bass notation howVou canusea bassline asweexplain Discover the bass-lcs rhythm to your compositlons. mid file in the TutorialFiles folderfor a demonstration ^ Fig 1: Thls easy bass rhldrm uses the notes of a Cm7 chod Backto the roots ^ Fig 2: Thls rcck-stylerhythm lollm a simple prcgcssion. the beginning and will also mostlyfeaturethe root ol the prevailing chord. a few more mightbe unaccompanied expandedto incorporate Exceptions performances. addlng melody a basslinefor a simple illustrates progression we looked at last issue:a bar each of C. chord notes.but you might want to be'concerned (probably to movethe chordsaround. basscan be thoughtof as a simple kind of melodyand can soundmore from one root elegantif it progresses with a to anotheras a melodymight.emphasising the notes of a Cm7 chord. FILES TUTORIAT Loadup the EasyGulde115. in action.So. hitsthe herein a simplerockstyle.pop. listento the MlDlfile for a realisation cm of this passage. theseinteract beingthe lowestvoice harmonic. The fillingin with mainlychordnotes..usuallyfeaturinga rhythmthat complementsthe drum of some soft.but these can be easily it's rock. MUSIC August 2007C0MPUTER | 051 .The bass.if you'reever in any doubtas to how to beginto playing around find your bassnotes. andharmony to addessential and will often be createdintuitively will tend to guidethe ear by stressing ofthe bar or measure.G. The bassline .

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>> 'll adds some 'll EVB3.A clap sample is distortsand compresses placed overthe top of the snareand routedthroughthe same buss.and a big breakdownand build-uphelp the vocal frcm the original crcatethat. which has been run though Logic's pitch corectorto give lt a modem. but it giveswarmth to the trumpet part.Synthsmimickingthe chords of The first is Cakewalks the trumoet are also introduced.it's pitchbentdown.producer now music masterclass lmake The track starts off with kick and snare drum I samples.To that end. buildingup a soundscapebefore gettingto the meat of the tune. In the breakdown.electrcnlcfeel. as it's been placed after the delayeffect bringsthe sound togetherso that the delaysare less obvious.This givessome inspiration as to how the rest of the track should sound. with a lot of impact on Dynamictrack progression ttre orop is an importantpart of The Breakfastaz' I sound. r. >> a F The swidingtechy pad at the start is actuallya fl staccatosingle-note synth riff that's been run This low-pass througha delay.lt's quite 'messy. Logic'sHammond83 emulation. Raptureplalng a bitcrushedsquarewave.then an auto-filter.tulFbodiedo€an vibes to the mix This is also J run throughGuitarRig and the EQsettingstake a little of the top end off. varioussound effectsare used duringthe intro. runningthroughLogic's Ii 19 plug-in.lt helpsto use good samplesfrom the off.Theseare routedthrougha buss and which Sonic Destructor. MUSIC 2007C0MPUTER August | 053 . >> I The single-hitdrums are joined by some breaks.and the cutoff point is modulated to gve it a pleasingmovementand dynamictimbre.routedthroughChannelEQand ) h TapeDelayeffects. and a sidechain is used on some ofthe breakchannels. filtersthe sound and pans it aroundand. >> al Thefirst elementfrom the originalBlack Canvas track to be used is a trumpet lick sliced up and playedback throughNativeInstruments GuitarRig presetsis a good way to quicklycome up with Tweaking sound. ll I introduction. > Anothersynthsample with unsubtlepitchbending F TapeDelay is added nelt. >> I I The tull verslonof the trumpet from the original track is used here. track is broughtin. bythe kick and snare buss is used compressortriggered to duck the volume of the breakswhen each hit plays. 1l whicn are sentto anotherbuss so thattheir level b Sonic Destructor can be changedindependently. The severepitchbendmakesthe synth A delayedsplashybrasshit sound like it's been scratched.A GuitarRigwash effect is also used to filter the sound. punctuatesthe start of the section.and herethe Dlrty Slap Bass preset an interesting has been used to add some grit to the horn riff.and the second time it plays. >> Thoughmany producersbegintheir tracks with The BreaKastaz start with the tn core elemehts. ( tasty. clippedwith rc Electronic's the beats.

including to the casual Thesemay not be noticeable * sounds.and the Sonic Destructor rJ called uo to reducethe bit rate. This is sidechained from Spectrasonics so that it ducks out when the kick plays.The the other vocal is playedon two channels:one straight. sine wave patch bass comes courtesyof an ARP2600 to the kick Trilog]/.The vocal runs througha shon tape delayeffect.is playedoverthe from the breakdown. rJ snare has been replacedwith a big.The sound is reminiscent and vari6useffectsin the track havealso been createdby distortingsine tones.and the Sonic can be playedefiectively once again. heavilydelayed. and these enhancethe fluidityof the drum fill. reverby and glitchybits have been createdby quicklyreplaying beats are samplestaken from the bouncedbeat. EQto give it a lo-fi quality.)> is applied Destructor of the main A drumfill is createdusingelements < beat that havebeen bounceddown to audio. Halfway EXS24 I in. I { More sound effectsare added when the beats and synthblipsand camera-esque I bassdrop. ) Ir to make it sit with the up-tempodance beats.and bouncingthe it to resultdown to anotheraudio track beforereversing createa suckingeffect.masterclass nowlprndricer music make E T E ""ec^@"O-*.> i Anotherbass riff comes from a sample nabbedfrom synth bass played lquas!.to three-second I with the dry levelturneddown. L backthrough turned down. low end of a sound'which is important J off the really becauseit stops any roguebottom frequenciesinterfering with the drum parts.A snippet of the vocal listener.but with the additionot a small ) The sub L open hi-hatsample and a shufflegroove.Q a basslinecomes throughthe breakdown.which keepsthe feel consistent.Thistechniqueis also used on the brassstab and some of the effectsin the intro.The clap. will use an EQplug-into roll the BreaKastaz Often. >> rl Whenthe beat drops it's prettymuch the same as i duringthe intro. This is a round-sounding ) and decay with the sustain the Exs24. Reversed used.Thisis simplya sinewavein Logic's * samoler with distortionfrom Sonic Destructot's of classicdub.and finally. top of the drop. > To beef up the bass. -l A reversereverbetfect is made by feedingthe start reverb I of the vocal though a two.the low-end EQplug-in. is rolledoff with a SonalksisSV-517 2007 August MUSIC 054| CoMPUTER . bitcrusheieffect. >> with a "telephone-style' q is used to take some of the Logic'sDe-esser ( sibilanceout of the vocals. > || The next part from the originaltrackto be used is ^ is used and a fair amountof chopping a rapvocal. but they add to the feel.The releaseis turned up so that the sound with short notes.too.a simple saw patch is used.

Thissoundsits under and helps signiry the kick beforethe second breakdown. Whenthe tune dropsagain.and the glitchydrum beat returnsto providesome rhythm. > put any TheBreaKastaz Whenbuilding the chorus. which usesthe same riff as the chorus.played at halfspeed.Thesesound prettygood when played t so this becomesanotherpart of the track.ratherthan a typicalBreaKastaz J just rollingout with a Dljriendly outro.the chorus remixwill most likelyend on another unfinished minutesin total.producer music now masterclass lmake The chorus is the part of the track with the most that will fit soundsplaying at once. back together. >) for inclusion on an As this trackis a remixintended album.This was createdby runninga sine wave with througha Logicclip distortionand a Sonic Destructor. an electro-style sub i Oass appearsbriefly. breakdown. to the kick for that the whole lot sidechained TBKl filter is used to tame feel. unusedsectionsafter it. lead from the EXS24is used to providesome extra I energr. but the releaseon the some distortion. >> i I the MoreRapture synthsoundscomplement i bassline. in case they want to use them later.and anything I from the intro or breakdowngoes inl A new lead is added . >) I I At the end of the chorus. Forinstance.the structureof it is a little differentto that of track.a Trilo$/saw with a touch of releaserun through This isn't reverbed. patch givesit a reverb-y feel. the riffreturns to normal speed. { a pitch-modulated Beforethe second breakdown. the end of that sectionof the track.A Sonalksis extra-pumping the sound slightlyat the end of the effect chain.givinga sense of pace. The high string part comes from an Apple Loop.fheseare pitched down at the end of /.as you'd expect. four-and-a-half and will lastfor around { 'l MUSIC 2007COMPUTER August | 055 . This is a simple sine wave in 1l L EXS24 that's pitched down by tyingthe sampler's modulation envelope to the pitch. trippier L this sectionin anticipation of the second.

but back It seemsimpossible then the pianowas viewedwith the samesort of and.FromBeethoven pianobecame. cm precision Portable lf you're one of thoseluckypeoplewho have piano..the position to the wouldhavebeenallocated conveniences ivories. guide yourcomplete to sampling Noneedto throwan Elton riseand fall. your harddrive. though. becamethe oremier infiltrated Fewmusicalsoundshaveso thoroughly crossing from one genre the publicconsciousness. is not and evenwith that done precision alwaysexamplary. personalities. for a longtime. usingthe methods to samplethis loftyinstrument by the pros. samplers scepticism faced when they were evensoftwareinstruments Luddites aside.it was the of of choicefor generations instrument Today it remains a vitalelementof musicians. August 2007 MUSIC 056 | C0MPUTER ''::i "t how? knew butnever your intoa piano computer Aiways liked theideaof turning ..as well as the and patches editedsamples HALlon and for Steinbery:s our own DS-404samplers Plano" -. then you knowthat accessto an acoustic the instrument can be extraordinarily tuning. and its reign longsincegonethe way of the victrola.omnipresent. costlyto maintain. instrument of the modernera.Or.yes. composers not to mentionnew tonal range. Untilthe invention in the early18th With its introduction was unrivalled. to buy and mind the fact that theywereexpeirsive the familypianohas Thesedays. that synthesizers. because it could knownas the pianoforte originally softlyand loudly. be played to imagine today. for thoseof us There's an obvious solution . you see?Chances arethat the W is the centrepiece you the magazine of yourspace. the to the next.the pianohas beenand remains character and nuance.here's the ivories. sampled too happyto sellyou their meticulously arefine. instrument Maybeit's about time you took mattersinto yourown hands. to The Beatles. personal computeris the focal point?Not so very givenoverto thesemodern longago. I nce upon a time.and Timeschangeand economies the pianofell victimto the needsof eventually Thethings artists. hassle. recreations. Pianos needregular temperamental. of unmatched an instrument its versatility of the synthesizer. and staruing touringperformers Never werejust too damnedbig to haul around.btl Suchsolutions for big bucks. unprecedented of expression.. the piano was king From the livingroomto the concerthall. sensitivity. weregivenan and pedormers century. the piano Liszt{oathing introduced. Additionally. we'llshowyou how In this tutorial. sample-based who wantthe soundof the pianowithoutthe about of course.TUTORIAL FILES weve got the raw recordings of our piano.. will be only and sampleproviders sampledpianos. guitars. Morethan that. employed Whatdo Takea lookaroundyour livingroom.considering perhaps the ubiquitous nowholdin yourhands.and thanksto the powerof your you can captureits verysoul on software sampler. We'respeaking. Baldwins you will of coursebe usingthe exactsamesound Pianos. thanksto the adventof velocity levels The pianowas Thatlast bit is important. modernmusic. haveindividual you'llhaveno controloverthe way in whichthe was recorded. with come re-loaded ManyROMplers samplers. in favourof overthe concertstagehas diminished portable. like as otherusersof the same product. Thefamilypianowas a sourceof and oftena child'sveryfirstexposure entertainment to the worldof makingmusic.

The latteris bestif you haveonlylimited as you'llwantthe most accessto the instrument. Keepin mind that you can always rent decent stufffor a few hours if need be. >> availableaccessories Youcan also use commercially like the one shown here to help preventleakage from the outsideworld. You could booksometime at a localstudiothat has . we're not suggesting greento buy an actual piano.you'd be surprisedat how many novicerecordists think there'sa 'rightway to mic somethingup. that is. your mics. Manyengineers soundyou're prefer modelswhen recording smalFdiaphragm pianos. on to the walKhroughs. but that'sup to you.Let'sdo it.Youprobably alreadyhave accessto one anyway. be as uniqueas if you'dtrackedyourown. All you needis a mic.The choiceof what sortto use will deoendon the tryingto achieve. Fit for kit gainedaccessto yoursubject.You'llhave * to use your ears to find the sweet spots .others prefer small can alwaystweak it to taste later.> ! I tl Unlessyou'rein a pro studio. You'll obviously needsomething to recordit onto.but you'll instrument when wind up with a greatsounding you're finished nonetheless. recorda few test tracks to see if you like what you hear. piano sounds difierent so findingthe best mic Every positionis often a case of trial and error.Editors such as theseare especially with such sample-specific tasksas when dealing pitchdatafor use in yoursampler. rehearsal studioor schoolthat offerspianolessons. We'regoingto take you through everystepof the recording and editing processes. representation accurate. recorder. uncoloured You ^The type of micrcphoneyou use to capture your sample ls up to you . MUsIc| 057 2007C0MPUTER August .chancesare you're goingto haveto take precautionsagainstoutside // L noise. the end resultbeinga pianosampler patchto be proudof.which is always of course.Eventhe quietestcomputermight make a din that'll drownout the subtletiesof your piano. yourown instruments can be bothfun Sampling and there are few betterwaysto and rewarding. The moreyou haveto workwith. At the veryleastyoursounds will havea distinctcharacter that belongs onlyto you..try movingthe mics around. a portableDAT recorderor any other devicethat will get yoursounddown with a minimumof fuss. lf you don'thaveimmediate you can workwiththe pre-recorded audiofiles The resultswon't we'vesuppliedon the cover DVD. thoughfor you'llbe bestserved intensive by a sample-editing ^ Recordlngon a budget?Look no turther than Audacity professional editorsuch as Wavelabor Sound useful Fo€e.power piano music now lmake theof Joanna Capturing you pony up the o. thoughyou shouldn't hesitate to record with budgetequipment if that'sall you have.whilea mediocre compromise the signalof eventhe mostsuperior microphone.it'll likelybe well maintained. on yourtracksthan to stampyour own identity buildyourveryown piano.Unlessyou want to recordsome of the room acoustics..we're usingtwo mics to capturethe widest range possible.. Perhaps there's an old upright at your localpub. throw a blanketoverthe piano to isolatethe mics. accessto a piano. possible. a MiniDisc and that could be your computer.Audacity is audiorecording and editing software excellent if you're on a tight budget. Notethat these tools will Onceyou'veset up only work with cardioidmicrophones.lt's betterto have too muchto workwith than too little. embedding will dependon your Howmuch datayou record needs.Youprobably realistic don'tneedto sampleeverysinglenote at multiple velocities. Microphones aren'tmuch goodwithout preamps. Thisis the wayto go if you wantto highfrequencies so that your pianocan emphasise be heardthrougha clutteredmix Otherspreferthe full. You'll also needa microohone or two.lf not. one in-house you could beg a couplehoursfrom a Alternatively. A good preampcan bringout the best in preamp will a mediocre mic.Obviously you'llneedsome . The dirty work Right. old dear.the more yourfinal product will be. Here.some engineerslike large diaphragms. Onceyou've recording it requires very little in the way of gear.yourcomputer and a few hoursalonewith the Theoiano.clearsoundof a good large-diaphragm condenser..or a spinetin yourgran'sbasement. to be encouraged.

Nevertheless samples the individual normalising Normalprocess. you'resampling each and everynote. of the pedals. capture a specific the the othertowards the low rangeol strings. description allowyou to switch botherwith this if yoursamplerdoesn't pedaldata. foundthe best microphone Onceyou've Openyouraudio it'stime to get downto business. lf you followour lead. towards upperrange. We trackeveryC and F:. of choiceand createan audiotrackfor recorder in whichwe've We'reusingCubase. let'sintroduce the same noteswhile newtrack or tracksand record holcling downthe damperpedal(fora complete Youmay not wantto see p59). i. lotsof controL. we want individual Youdon'twantany peaks. usingCubase's we'veelected finished. Whenyou feel comfortable try again.r@ llN FFi-lElr:-. as we have.saveyoLrr work and createanother the same notesat low trackor tracksto captLrre Y o um a yh a v e t o a d j u s t h e g a i no n t h e p r e a m p veloc ties. control. beforelifting .-' positions. one oLtd anclone soft set shouldbe fine. to trackin we neverintended As we said before. Whenyou've you mightwantto normalise the of the variations. lateron. to do so.. is the onl) The player stereoso don'tpan the tracks. Setyour levels your Adlust but neither do you wantweak signals. for funhereditingin a dedicated our recordings but we needto decidewhichof our mics audioeditor. be Thisisn'tcrucialas you'llprobably recordings. MUSIC Auqust 2007 058| CoMPUTER . a Create some pedalaction. loud and makingsurethat each notedies out naturally yourfinger.1.Soloeach in turn and compare for a fuller together We decideto mix both signals to positioned each microphone We originally sound. carefully. Whenyou're it's microphones. or if we'llcombine them side by side. Onemic was aimed note range. both. N4lDl when it receives samoles with all trackedall the notesyou need. (Frontier to engage our Tranzpott) Design's awesome the bench.it'll soundunnatural Geta balancebetween when mappedto yoursampler. Coto' Toor Irporr tdr O[1F Zoonl .l ptry t:'.--l 5.attendto your pre and Do you havea goodsignal? try a with yourlevels. unless person who hearsa pianoin stereo. saveyourwork. Rtvc're R!trro\e Dt Ofi:et I ---'_T-_-1 ' I tntoo I of everynote havea good recording WhenycLr p ayedloud. them for the bestof we'llbe using. the Drocess Reoeat drive. whack. lf you've used multiple We'regoingto expon now time to makea decision. preamplevels and givemiddleC a mighty lt not. eachmic youre using. Finally.rnless yoLt're with a goodplayer to get a good recordlng. a good recording coupleof otherkeysto ensure and take yourplace Arm yourtracksfor recording We'reusinga remotedevice behindthe piano. rnlr opc Rtilt ml nre froces!if f.since Were not recording microphones. Besides. eachto one of the two monotracksand assigned created on a stereotrack.J i Adviiced NIIDI fod Oter Q!rnlr2e Mcr!e Lr !bonrd Nor5e Cnte Phr\.be sureto checkthe not cancelling phaseof the signals to be surethat they're eachotherout. yourtvvomics and export the entiretrackto your hard for the othertracks.Startfrom withoutleaving recording software playing the bottomand workyourway up the keyboard.

undampednotes.:. -F Hgh lr ll la r+ fc{-__[ oa. this piano. Repeatthis processfor all the notes you'verecorded.too.@tr*tm*b 6 a rcy MusGl notahon M t D tn o t e n u d e l rang€ . d attack. whichhas intoyoureditorof choice. 1makemusicnow EmEroEl r'.'t:.. lmportthe file We'reusingWavelab.. you can find ours on yourcoverdisc.and deletethe stuff . .Wffiffiffi .In Wavelab. lf you weren'table to track your own piano.unlessof you planto loop it for the sakeof conserving course 'remory. Be carefulnot to cut into the decayof the note. specific to sampling >) cenainniceties 'tY* Start by selectingthe first note in the recording. bit out. and cliDthe extraneous . .which we savedas PianoHard. MUSIC August 2007CoMPUTER | 059 .i t.There'squite a bit of dead air after the : notefadesaway..zoomback out and take a look at the end of 41{. Before Sxt Normalise ffi want to check its tuning and adjustfor any iL* discrepancies. Copythat noteinto its #. We wantto cut that out. . pianosare Even well-maintained tunedas our modernelectronic seldomas precisely it instruments..i!. you might yoursample.or our final patch won't feel right Useyour judgement when we play it from a lvllDlkeyboard.>) editorsuch as Wavelabor 3r lf you'reusinga high-end *r? SoundForge. somewill be dead air and somewill be the hammermechanism. Selectall of the blank space beforethe piano's you don't want to hear..rp I -ll Now. the attack for too long. )) i.rtr Whileits niceto havethe addedrealism of the we don'twantto delay hammermechanism in our sample.\ Let'sget down to the businessof editingand ! preparingour samples.. you can saveyourselfa little work by q# embedding file.EnterC0 as the Key.* f6--ll Ddectrrmaudioseleaion I Lo-Fu -ll t7-oK-l x c-*r le H..--:-1.l:i qdnelHa'oHad-Lu x ad...ffiF Hrgh lL z l: P€rs6 n6mo inro k6y F* f'..wav..:.:.We'll stan with the recording clx of the loud.. in the samplerlater. you saveit.-j. our sample... Youcan plainly see that there's a lot of signalbefore the sound reallykicks in.We'vedecidedto keep our sample'stail intact for :he sakeof realism.. Youcan correctit in youreditoror fine-tune Nameyoursampleand saveit.:.e own windowand zoomin on the beginning. .r:rI I L"*loe Veloci9 ra@e . information in the Samplingmenu underthe name SamplingAttributes. some of that will be the movementsof the player. the note'srootpitch into the sample Manysamplers recognise this information and will assign you can find this the sampleto the properkey. istne lowestC on our S.

the keysand Whensampling and Pedal in velocity variations amass positions. assigns automatically HALion I data into the samples. the sampler's is no meanfeat. on the lvlegaTrig this is handled allows for it. of whichis samPle common the entirelength of recording Instead decay. of a notealongwith its natural portion of the soundis the sustained with andthe decayrecreated looped enveloPe.we need to adjust the amplitudeenvelope that momentarily.Onlyuse these d acrosstheir respective for MlDl-controlled if yoursamplerallows samples suppoftsthis.We needn'ttell you that the stuffyou have learnedhere can also be appliedto other instrumentsas well! . the in capturing involved the labour of an andvariations character as the as comPlicated instrument piano. * beingtriggeredalongwith eveMhingelse. memory-saving looPing. ) filterto smooththingsout a bit.)) sensitivity -cmzjIIEto r-Es FtF-:lEil comrsun:l:II FG--_Exr Ero .some of them will naturall! n Youcan use your sounda bit differentfrom one another. tr$ S r"iffi rl OK.'g ffilf. . t the damperpedal.we'vedraggedthe PianoHardsamplesinto the pitch embedded Sincewe previously I Hnrion. possible to intelligent thanks the most measures..r@l33 *'ffi= 'l-Es Fr-_Eil 1 . you couldconceivably Notonlyis such of samples.Set the velocity ) L rangesso that the Pianosoft samplesare triggered are whilethe Pianoloudsamples onlyat low velocities. tedious a vastcollection chewsup a lot of diskspace. to the filter for a bit of added expression. lf you like'you fr samoler's can evenemploythe filter envelopeto add a little punch to the you could add a little velocity attack of the sound. in many Yetthe pianopatches occupyno more ROMplers software Thisis than a few megabytes. Looper Seamless fl.>) we madewith if you wantto usethe samples Finally.At this point you should havea pretty convincingpatch to call your own. ZI-T 2007 August MUSIC 050 | C0MPUTER . > donethat.)lariii Here.gg.we haveour samplesloadedup and mappedacross is samples At the momentour set of sustained I the kevs. hundreds it to manage.imponthem and map them note ranges.but we'll attend to First.. 22 time untilit soundslikethe realthingwhenyou release Sincewe sampledso many keys.Now we just haveto set their .Furthermore. so we've switchingbetweensamples.but Zercxs SeamlessLoopercan help if yoursampler Nowit'stime to set up our pedalcontrol.bringin all of yourPianoSoft t rangesto match the louder samples. Adjust Now.il{lwer makemusicnow li. them to the right keys. page.HALion broughtsaid samplesinto it. a piano Looping to takethis Path.r*.checkthem against and ditchthe one another ranges onesthat don'twork > I their files. and if you choose you maywantto lookintodedicated suchas Antares' software looping (MacOS9onlyl) or ZeroX's lnfinity (Windows). 3 " -E - ^ Savingdrive space by looping the sustained sections of your piano samples isn't easy. t Conservation Act probably you're appreciating By now.'*".".Extendthe release a note. In HALion. in our samolerto enable more realisticplay.lvlegaTriggering allows us to set up conditionsfor the and samples We can selectour sustained of samples. triggering to only triggerthem if a use the Play lf command to tell HALion note is triggeredand the pedal is on.we needto set up our Pianoloudand Having Pianosoft samplesto only be triggeredif a note is played and the Dedalis off. triggeredat highervelocities.*i*** 0CF .

synthesists andsound might be mostclosely designers as an involved withwaveshaping we're filtering Whether untoitselL wave in a analogue square o0zI coveurrR MUsIc August 2007 .nowlsound synthesis make music Throw sorne shapes here Interested in making waves withyour music? rs.andhe's Scot youhowit'sdone withwaveshaping once again to show At the basic I I t aveshaping level. engineers andproducers However. micto slathering is whatsynthesists. muchof synthesis i llll UU anoutwaveshaping as is processing From choosing effects on distortion. waveshaping do.

Frequencies that arcn't integermultiplesof the fundamentalare 'inharmonic'. Essentially.The PPG2. The listenerusuallydoesn't interprctthese frequencies as separate notes. RoMplersare a simpleform of wavetable synthesizer. something like it to generate the sounds in their popular CZ series in the 80s and it's also the method used by many distortion processors. > PHASI DISTIiRTi. not the thingsthat blues musicians blow through. Youcan cludge togethera facsimileof a classlctube amp with a 'em waveshaper and an EQ. Modern musiciansmay recognise this form of synthesis from JeffMcClintock's SynthEdit oscillators. A different sort of waveshaping. Somewavetableinstruments enablethe user to scan throughthe memoryusinga modulationsource. Suchinstruments allowdirectaccessto the harmonics producedby the oscillators. say. we'reshaping waves in a verydirectway. Strap acpss. Yetthe term 'waveshaping' is used to describespecificprocesses.sliri i'ilISIS Phasedistonion synthesis was brought to market by Casioin 1984. son of thlng with a waveshaping .Sufficeto say.All soundsconsist of a fundamentalfrequencyplus frequencies that are multiolesof that fundamentalharmonics. ilEXT HONTH: Fixed filter banks August 2007C0MPUTER MUSIC | 063 . Let'stake a look at makinguse of both methods withfree plug-ins. That's prettyheadystuff. the idea is that new waveformscan be producedby manipulating the angleof phasewhile playingback a simple sine wave. The most commonly heardis one in whichan inputsignalis shapedwith a nonJinear distortion function. > WAVETABLI Not to be confusedwith waveshapers. which makesit goodfodderfor filtering.SOUND DESIGNERS MIGHT BE MOST CLOSELY INVOLVED WITH WAVESHAPING ASANART'' PROTIP CRUDETUBES Manytube slmulaton'pluglns a€ just a mix of waveshaping and €qualisation.the resultof this orocessis often a waveformwith lots of harmonicand inharmonic content. Casioused enables users to draw waveforms usingthe mouse. subtractive synthesizer or usingone sinewaveto modulate another in an FMinstrument.sound synthesis music now lmake ]ARGON BUSTER TUTORIAL FILES patchesto Scot'sFXP accompany the walKhrough are in the TutorialFilesfolder > IARMONICS No. cm PROTIP BEEF BE{IsI UPTHOSE Ever feel that your meticulously sampleddrur6 are lacklngthat specialsomething? In the early da!€ of dlgitaldrum machlneslt was common to run a beatboxthrough a dislortion pedal fur some mild saturation.-]trl. Youcan achieve the same plug-ln.lt's closely relatedto FM synthesis and makes use of waveshaping techniques.. one found in ceftain synthesizers.but as part of the overalltimbre. a wavetablesynthesizer is one that draws upon a selectionof digitallystored samplesto power its oscillators.Vand ConcreteFx's Kubik are two such synthesizers that havethis ability.a vocaltrack and dial in your own Mntage warmth.

andcrcate someof thetechnical thmugh take:yoq melodic to createan original piece. Gristleto eveMhingfrom Throbbing Theterm melodic electronica howeverclear-cut.its often best to leave you might not have used before.lt can helpto try doingthingsa a different so we'regoingto take a leaf out of their book and soundsources choosing too.routingand synthsin light. perhaps way different createour own melodic masterpiece.and giveyou some suggestions for soundsyou might use.. When you?ehappywith what you'vedone. and you few the next over your goal. just a puremusicalinstrument shouldappropriate them for yourown nefarious pianois evenbetter: purposes. them achieved you'll get A from distracted earlyon.::' go intoyourDAW somesounds. doesn'thurtwhen A bit of bonowing that will enableyou to come up with sometunes. it's time Asa genre it'stoo big encompassitlg{ thestage. can from the sounds too at all.ll you havea the technolory (Computer play MusicMix). to use the labelfor indiebandswho . to the world's tune who are contributing artists quotient.I WonderWhot l'll Do Todoy behindfor a while. lf you get caught up with knob-tvviddling pages. the tlveaking During electronic artistsall sharea love both of innovative techniques and oftunes that will stayin your head. Flr that's more it'll help to stop flrrlfi fanstuming up to breakcore laptopggs and then beingdisappointed becausethere'sno bass. Name that tune proponents of this genre the ultimate We suppose are Plaid.with albums like RestProofClockwork but there are plentyof other and DoubleFlgure.Be pioneering withyoursoundselection you'll haveto be if you want to keep up with the ftr mastersof the genre. don'tchangeit on the most basicsoundyou have: you out how we find it. you're . mournfulpiano-and-synths These of Canada. cm tryingto get a tune across.electrontca nowlmelodic music make TUTORIAL FILES The audio files referredto in the walKhroughsare in the Tutorial Files folder along with our finishedtrack -TFmfi*fr your tunes to sptn forways Orareyoustuck lackin melody? ditties Doyour digitat guide hasgotthetotcovered.poor things..lt's importantto use your that the ethoshereis crucial: emohasise powersonlyonceyour melodies are in production place. French coffee-table to texturesof Arovane. keyboard suitable lf you likeany of DVD so you can hearthe results. key:try to look at your effects. Our in-depth masterpieces? rntoelectronica Most is useless. When creatinga melody. thinkit's clever might havea synth playerloiteringat the back oi. warblings of Boards the elusive 2007 MUSIC August 066 | C0MPUTER . he wordelectronica to thinkit means Americans stillseem and some musicjoumalistseven breakbeat.is includedin full on the your and sit there in house. Ourtune . is experimentation stage..but don't get too bogged down with such things.. from could extend Melodicelectronica noodlersAir to the plaintive.

regular rhythmis one wayto ensure catchiness. a melody rather than shockyouraudience as youwouldwiththe moreviolent formsof electronica! I l.Thisis a basically dueto the factthatthere's leadmelody in there.rir.As Live'sinteface d allows us to changetwo parameters at once.we'veopted for Pitch and Frequency.O0ms on the Jb right.we've staned off with a nice.we add a SimpleDelayand set this to 100%Wet. .1mson the left channel and 1. >> ffi . we'll sweepthe frequency aroundon one of the Erosionplug-insto add some movement. with i aTime of 61._ E illi illin l-Fll-E-lrilnE-li ffi il f rrm. l IIITIITII IrlllllllITIlil]LlililtilllilIr To create some simple electronicabells. is chordmotif basedarounda repeated rather than a single-note tune. ?|ry_ i*.\j . / b tube distortionand two Erosionplug-ins to add some grime. yourmelody Giving a good.we've used 1 compression to keep eveMhingat an even level. what's is to varyyour one suggestion analogue and digital: changes between gradually fadingin will sound an effect from a spot effectthat's verydifferent suddenly dropped in to the mix:tryto usea combination of bothtechnioues in yourtrack. Keepin mindat all timesthatyou're attempting to tell a storyand convey withthis kindof track. squeaks and Putting artefacts can.> ]Jl Well use a differentmethodto bring only the Flequency 1(|. >) Next.eby Royksopp) and you'lldiscover that as longas you provide you can enough repetition. parameter can change the entire using a bit of nature of the sound: randomness is always a goodidea.iSmpreoeFy@fii SnN$G t t tru.4g.oi6 n vl Ory/Wel I 1^r I \."ti -E li I i fcedbsck il :y'*"_@l l I I Lllllll_ll|_1l mi! ji 0. lookfor waysin whichyou can alter goingon.but we're goingto stick with this uo/down motion. for example. MoogModular wherealtering a single or Tassman. bonkers in pitch-bends.lli'tEltilmrqi lr11*slJ illi I EtilEEl . the catchiness Consider the waysomeclassic trancetracks use chordsto convey faintly their melodies: Art of Trance's pompousModogoscor.and a filter to trim out some unwantedhigh content.This adds a sense of stereospreadby puttingthe left and right channelsout of phase. .in somecases.we set up a synth playinga sine wave and assigna MlDl controller to the Decay parameterof the amplitude envelope.as it suits the track { r||l Melodtc tactics melodic is Creating dynamic sounds vital:in the examples on this page we'veusedautomation of synthand effectsparameters to givethingsa bit the components of a of life. enhance factor..ali rl >Ill . baseyoursequence on the most pattern rhythmic imaginable.-:ll 9::. This enablesus to createa sound that morohs from short and percussive to long and bell-like.i I I --i I -1 - - I I + p f t Nextwe add a GrainDelayplug-inand manuallyrecord ensuringthat we turn down the Dry/Wet { some automation.with not too much reverbon it.Changing so soundis whatkeepsit interesting. param"t"r.> t I Nextwe'll add some effects. Tryusingmodular synths. Here. August 2007C0MPUTER MUSIC | 067 .airy-sounding Albino preset.melodic electronica music now lmake --l }-nd. ratio from its slightlydaft defaultposition. such V as the KorgMS20... >> Finally.a shelvingEQto get rid of the bass. roo$! Padsplayan importantpart in melodic electronicaaiii ifs greatto use effectson them to spice them up.lt can be worth copyingand pastinginteresting envelope J shapesto create more abrupt effects.creatinga very differenttexturefrom 'hand-drawn automation'. but takea listen to some melodies of the crazier out there(we recommend Ep. This kind of subtle changemattersin this genre.back down you can see the straightline on I the automationin the screenshot. whichhasjust beenharmonised with other notes played the samesound.

as in the case of the vocalswe'veused Commons. >> at the sametempo.electronica nowI melndic makemusic Addingvocals is a greatway to get more melodyinto {http://ccmixter'ord.it'stime to Nowthat eveMhing's start makingthings more interestingWe do some 'stutterediting on the vocal by repeating Bt-style J some gaps.as we can come out of the sustained note at any point.As well as sustalned-note Proiseyou-type h soundinggood. >) I The first thlng to do once we'vegot our vocals is t *um them so that thqy'rein time wlth the track ) tempos are listed on ccMlxtei so this isn't L Luckily. any purposeas long as you creditthe originalartist.this kind of edit can be used to J rearange the vocal. too had.actually.but it's a greatway of squeezing and playawayto your samplea syllable Simply melody.Toooften.-. it highlights the fact that most of the J lnterestingly. on secondthoughtr u in some extra don't).is anotherway of givinga bit of melodic lift to our vocal. !J I with a Downsamplesettingof 4 is fairlyextreme.>> { ia rr! 'tr !u .. I plug-in somecrunchy to introduce a We add a Redux A Reductionsettingof 6 combined bit-reduction.you can alwayschop the vocals up into syllablesand do thingsthat walt thls can also be useful for c|€ating wdd effects. n 80s effect your own tune on it? lt's an incredibly l( (tninf Mel and Kim.we're loopinga longersectionof vocal for a F effect..lf you do short sectionsof it and introducing this prior to addingeffects. 2007 August MUSIC 068 | CoMPUTER .and Roughing that makes us happy. dry:this is often a greatway of allowing vocal is relatively your vocalistto carrya strongtune. I your track We visitedCCMi)der rL whereyou can find vocals licensedunder Creative Often. you'refiee to use the samplesfor It Wonderby.electronic music producersswampvocalswith delay . >) Here.as we havehere.don't do itl > ofvocal and play why not graba section Finally. lf you'rc havingprcblems.the effectscan help smooth out the roughtransitions. >> Addinga spot delay.Narvag). heart'scontent. up the vocals makesthem sound quirky.

is sparse. everything Finally."i 1t*.in whichcasewe a slowertempo. Thisis a rockmixing widebasis but it willgiveyou a good. Youcould try usinga Resonator or similar plug-infor moreof this. MUSIC August 2007COMPUTER | 069 . mix. thingsdownagainif youfeelthe mix is too cluttered. we reckon). we can We'vegone for a slightly J do prettymuch what we like.A dose of Reduxand some stereosprcad helps it sit in the mix fl. 1f usinga noise sample. >) llr r i lil* . be sureto get rid of those 7.Althoughit to put dynamicefiects on it.> and a short. lf youwanta greatsounding go for chunkiness: you'llneeda first. ir r rl! -Aar .".music now melodic electronica lmake -T.. supporting like bass interesting will helpthe mixto feelfull and drums.Here'sa nice warm sub-bass with lots of comoression. for a happy stereo image."$ I-- .'.. ". >) .ll . @ I +11 Ei' .fewer suggest a littleswingin elements and maybe the rhythm. it Althoughmelodic electronicaisn't renowned for its { bass (it'sprimarilymade by people t booty-shaking * who would ratherdrink tea and intellectualise you do need some than get 'crunked'. Creating becoming parts. Youneedto decidehow prominently is the vocalor leadmelody goingto figurein the track. h bass so that it doesn'tintefere with the sub... and nasty hightonesaround that have try notto pickpad sounds to nasalquality too muchringing.i.l We'rekeepingthings relatively simplewith the snare by with individual channels for each I lmpulsedrum machine * drum sound:a basic anay of kich hats and snarc are samples.This accompaniedby a couple of e)drapercussion style of music tends to opt for isolatedtechno-style drums rather than breakbeats. and right. gE. adding { seems counter-intuitive can create some interesting J touches of high frequencies melodies.We'vesat oursbacka littlebit."j.. low-endwobble in there..which suits the genre.so that when the snare hits therc's a snaresample panned hard right plalng simultaneously..{ .nllg]q@i i l oodE a The kick is somewhatsimilarto the snare. goodkick/bass relationship.'l't?dr.> rl We layerthat up with a strangeburpingsawtooth Lotsot filter automationis the way foMard. '|l Supporting acts It'sveryeasyfor this kindof trackto cenainly become incredibly busy(ours so it couldbe worthstripping has!). s o m e E r o s i o n ( a s w e r e m e m b e r t o s h e l v e otfh plug-insand a Saturator.We'reusing an . them:yourmix can onlystandso muchhigh-mid. keeping keyelements of Consider and panning the mix in the centre effectsand othersoundsfairlyhard left staple. so evenif the arrangement is important if building strong sounds that'swhatyou'regoingfor. 1| Evenmelodictracks need a rhythmsection.5-8kHz.Tryto accompanyspecific iaunty rhythmas well.Youmaywantyour melodic electronica trackto havemore of a laid backfeel. I We'vealso tried panningsome other layereddrum hits.. Choose a basspatchthat reallyleapsout at you yourspeakers moveand makes get excitedwhenthe someengineers patchsends firstblastof an auditioned the meterintothe red!Youcan then tameit a littleand slot it in around your kick:it's always easierto remove than add themfor this freouencies kindof sound. The only complexthing here is an Erosion plug-inwith some automationattachedto make the snarefeel like it has some movementto it.as we weregoing for a 'todured'feel.. As long the felowerendof 1 l n a s s u s i n g t w o d i f f e r e n t A u t o F i l t e r s .which is exactlywhat we'll do with this drum loop.-' an :iriia g ii r b EELCKE C 1 ( h n . to useshelving EQto Remember in makespacefor the otherelements yourmix BToncecommented that the first pieceof advicehe wouldgiveto would be to everynoviceproducer out of chopthe lowfrequencies except the kickand bass. .then some compression b tight reverb. but if wantto build mixthen by all moreof a song-based means do so.-. >) noteswith specificfilter-sweeps.

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.Renaissance chora piecesoften work just like this. Heterophony Theformer approach. so to speak ten different overlapping melodies in \Afij:li"rrilnL'ffiilr the piece.in the TutorlalFllesfolder grooves.chances example areyou'll be working withseveral layers of the panning same material withdifferent equalisation andeffects to increase the richness of thesound. There's something there for everyone andsomething newto pick up on at every viewing Polyphonic hyperlayering canalsobe likethislayers of musical so many meaning yields thatthe piece newdepthevery timeyoulisten to it. . them fortheirlanguage. poetry. 20-part drone. something varies andthickens the original layer in musically compelling and ways.as ever. 5/4 and 6/4. Wikipedia. For songs witha standard arrangement of padsandFX.. different embellishments or idiomatically different". alsoapply to groove. for .30. grcoves.he's tota\ hyper forlayers. nota dozen.. is called heterophony. overlapping eachperhaps running in its owntimesignature (polymeter): 214.youcouldhave melody. commentary andphilosophical musings. adding new layers thatarenotmere variants of existing layers. instead of a single melody divided up intoten parts ten overlapping variants of the same .ONE THE DRAWS OF GREAT OF PLAYS IS THEIR SHAKESPEARE POLYPHONY MEANING'' OF voices.voices . all of whichwouldmeet up tggethereveryl2O bars tor a commondownbeat. bass.' Again. eachof whichplaythe melody in a different rhythm or tempo.3/4. psychological political character studies. 50 or evenmore. You canusethese extra layers to addcomplexity and subtle variation to thefouror five mainlayers of yourpiece: a ten-part groove melody. with andfigures.You canthinkof heterophony that complex chorus effect.Or five different TttrcRnrFrLEs MP3sdemonstrating each example are. overlapping variants of the samelayer. as a on. they makefor a complex. unpredictable Thelafter approach. lead. FXandso on canalso singing different melodic lines thatall blend together as oneto generate an N-part fibermelody. wit crass humour plotlines. Oneof thegreat draws of plays Shakespeare is theirpolyphon youcanappreciate of meaning.Oryoucould takea more unconventional approach andusethe layers to addnewmaterial to the piece. pads. might easily endupwitha dozen or morelayers to process andmix Hyperlayering is the art of using a significantly larger number of layers to make songs. 25-part andso on. Forexample. Polyphonic layerscan also be interdependent intertwining and dovetailing to contributeto a sense of unified whole. denseand possibly piece.voice solotrack or piano. is calledpolyphony. Read onto findoutwhytheyexcite himso.414.make music nowlexperimentalism Hyperlayering rachMiel hasbeen freaking outabout something recently. chaotic-sounding imagine 20 peoplesinging 20 differentsongsat the same time. going In fact. you drums. is "a Wikipedia sayspolyphony texture consisting of two or more independent melodic voices. but20. Toquote heterophony is "onebasic melody realised simultaneously bymultiple be polyphonic. Thiscan padsandso FX. Whenpolyphonic layersare strongly independent. cm 072 | COMPUTER MUSIC August 2007 .

reversed audio.mp3l.mp3). I some quite familiar-sounding and {kickdrums.bass.I also varythe entrancetimes of these parts to to the add an elementof rhythmicinterestand unpredictability groove mix >> NextI added a drone{ish) layerto the piece (Drone.guitar). The doublesare all b total of 14 layers(Hyper-groove.now experimentalism I makemusic is to My first step in creatingan exampleof hyperlayering establisha groove.each containingfive ovedapsof the J same minute{ongaudio clip. lt's a dovetailing of sevenelements. a time and build up to the full grooveover a period of about one minute (Groove-intro. Becausethe original J has so many holes in it lsilences) betweenphrases. reversed audio.mp3).and mix {llyper-melody. pan them in two forwardand two reverse \ pairs. >> complex interesting t 'melody'hyperlayer. > I I gloove In the second half of the piece I bringthe seven-part t by doublingeach part for a into the realm of hyperlayering /. I create F variantsof it.so I decided:why not? mixedwell with the hypeEroove one's own musical As far as I'm concerned.mp3). once again. I can't resistaddingsome icing to the hypercake: audiol mix of another two{ayer (forward/reverse piece {bottomtwo tracks}. >> a Finally. lt { consistsof two tracks. all together{asshown aboveland you'vegot this ratherodd little 23{ayer piece:tlypedayeringmp3.Mixingforwardand reversed versionsof the same audio and panningthem left and right often producesa variantof the original. and drone. the mix has a rathereffectivesense of breathingeventhough it comprises four layers.an extreme self-cannibalised Put it vocaf coverof JuanTizol'swunderbarCarovonNocal. cannibalising creationsis a perfectlyfine way to work >> a Totransformthe solo melody into a hypermelody. standalone main layer a short ll The sound I solo I wrote a year or so ago {Melody.mp3). The Now l'll move on to the toreground trombone-ish is abstract.The secondtrack is. MUSIC 2007C0MPUTER | 073 .mp3). Tle elementsenter one al the others ratherabstractand strange.

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andvolume applied to all. andediting canbe menu. a conventional ifyoumoan aboutthe thoughr before. andVSXML support has beenadded. manipulation morcprecise Folder track andthe uodated audio stayoEanised formant powerful DAWthat never withfewer artifacts.thetotallackof here's the crunch WeVe saidthis mixer. downand yourlasttrack further downto rcach Now. with'Rack a beenovercome prccessing modular $Btembuiltin a similar veinto thatof Energ/Xf. the pastel gives impression that the misleading is something of a toy. system starter it a morcthanviable for newuses. making audio hugely to rootshifting and Sois it worth the upgrade? Absolutely: makeit morepowefulandeasier timestretching Thisis withthanever.reuews Filters'. TRATKTION 3 IS A5 BEAUTIFULLY ELEGANT ASEVER'' > ATTERNATIVELY cubase SE3 StelnbeE N'A>)NrA)> i:i l l) muslcproductlon Budget-prlced SX3 systembasedon Gubase SonarHomeStudlo6 XL Cakewalk D 9/lO )>f 130 cm113 version mlddleweight CakewalKs of their fulFonDAWand at a keenerprlcetoo fantastic Elastique Sub-Tracktion? MUSIC August 2007CoMPUTER | 085 .mostsignificantly. tedious listsof parameters on screen. adda couple filterplug-in and anda rcsonant you're building a modular effectively for example.to us. filters Rack enable someof the of the more traditional functions . youVe really missed lackof a mixer. putting it easily on a parwiththe competition in thisarea.Throw two VSfsynths intoa rack single-oscillator of volume Filters filter. getsin the wayof thatall-important flow cnr tracks signifi cantly the package of instruments and crcative automation ^ lfs now sasy to wrap muldplo Fllbls In a Rad{ . desired. concems FlftesandRender Ouronlyreal complaint executed feature is. Sowhat's newfor version 3? Flrstly we and. splitandreananged compressed. newMarker scrolling ffacks. a complo( prcject wouldoftenentail endless mousescrclling down. parameters Switch-based on V5[ effecbandinstruments operate correctly whenautomating stepped curves.andTracktion . Overall implemented the excellent as ever.to Marked Region butbeautifully projects preset withla€e multitrack worth the upgrade alone. synth. selections in the Filter working ourminds. Meanwhile. and gradual makes tempochanges in conjunction withthe EEalgorithm a joyto implement TracKion nowalsointelllgently caters for parameter automation.. without compromising the timesldaving Ontop of this.suchas thegoodold sequencers muchmore sendeffect andhave functionality for anyone advanced wllling to getstuckin. to be something have experience. In shortTracKion's automation $6tem hasbeentightened up significantly. some which colour scheme.all of whichaddto the clunky. andits newfeatures algorithm. lt'sstill elegant Eficienttimestretch/ as beautifully Elastique pitchshift intuitive. saferecord where graphically withresponse and morc. inherent useability of the program.Mackie TracKion 3 is though. withFilters fiomwithinFolder tracks. seb oftrackscanbe grouped.OVERALL. the pointofTracktion. will bemoan Undoubtedly. cannowmakeuseof Foldertracks. In previous iterations. timestrctch algorithm makelt a onedeeply andladen Theintroduction of Bezier-curyed no-brainer forT2 users. the need to trawlthrough massive. loop Other tweaks include brcwsing tidying up of theTracktion Edit folder for eachproject a resizable windowBypass context haveputtogether effects Mackie (seeUltimote below) make or Projec?.This simple improves on the previous straight-line method of automating VSfinstruments andeffects. options. meaning thatVSf parameters automation aregrouped wlthout andnamed sensibly.

and Ohmicide: Melohman stays trueto thecause withup to fourdistinct oe0| coueureR MUsIc August 2007 . OSX10. Butnot . withsupport for theVSf.J (D .. '/rt l? !5ip.thisis nota processor going for the hardly to break thebanklt'sa faint-hearted.thereareno andRTAS formats.2.you'll have greeted withsomekindof waming to comeup with€99.buteven that's After all.it'sstraightfonuard to getaround andeasy to underctand. Ohmicide:Melohman's bone-white Ohmicide platform is a cross interface represents a bit of a plug-in. though theyhave mostout of it if youhave a MlDl flexed theirartistic sidea liftlewith controller to hand.4.16GH2 IntelCore2 DuoiN4ac. catsor space aliens to be of OhmForce's Melohman technolory seen.Windows98 p TEST MACHINE Mac. F'SYSTEM REOUIREMENTS Maci Gs/lntetcPU.reuews . fora very small forcing customers to payfor formats price. lf youwant'em all. i:. andthe controls for each band aretucked awayjust below an informative waveform display.. 1cB MN4.9.because quite there's a bit going on here. gunwith it'sa hired welcome move fromOhmForce. your tracks could be among its they arenlgoing to need.64tvB Mt\4. This timearound. l\4-Audio Firewire Solo AUDIO DEMOS Thepowerof Melohman can be heardin the Audio Demos folderas we'play'Ohmicide whileit mangles a drumloop andit'llsetyoubacka very reasonable €79.25N48 disk sDace.$ ffi: f:f. carageBand.:Eqffir = h-4 F..clicking to worry onebrings up an youan ideaof indicator thatgives paramete/s thatparticular value. ach time we open this new distortion plug-infrom Ohm Force.. Though it is an OhmForce design processor. lt'sdownloadable. Global controls aredotted about the you interface.. clarity is the getthe on thislater). IAI! 1 16r clt* r-. we almost expectto be Multi-bandit Ohmicide is a multiband distortio processor. not murderous intent and. andat firstglance mightbe surprised at the lackof marks surrounding theknobs.2is strongty recommended) FC. TheOhmies aremasters of multiband manipulation..1(but 10. All in all. Pentium llFcompatible CPU. ltr€ i.25tVB disk space. effects it takesadvantage claws.That's for a single format.i :::fift". Cubase4. {more so you'll modus operandi. r. thedried blood stains andtyped logo.. nextvictims. 0S X 10.. AU departure fromthe usual over-the-top . We'llbegin our investigation witha round-up of the usual suspects. 641\48 MN4.d E. Which is a goodthingtoo.. E ffi'mffiffiffi Ohmicide:Melohha The force behrnd plug-ins such killer asFrohmage andOhmBoyz areat rt againl Weinvestrgate themisdeeds of theirall-new multiband monster.e}g.

There'sa clinchthe deal. suchasAngry that enableyou to latch parameters suggests Mouse. The Odd familyadds yet anotherhue. whattheirname Ohmicide has MlDllearnfunctions Puncher. DI]TXACTLY Bloodygood? SUII{ WHAT THEIR NAME 5UGGE5T5'' selecting oneof themany available causethe patch to changesuddenly. its unspeakable run amok. Youcan.Clip to the all-out Melohman to peform a live'remix'of of thesamole-and-hold-a rhythmtrack aural attack In addition based Decimator. ASPUNIHER. The )0C(familyis ideal for strappingacrossguita|s.!}ili Auto-bind ltarg.and to excellenteffect. . via a learnthat can be assigned but Ohmicide's simpleright-click. cracking We'vecome to exoecta certain and levelof qualityfrom the company. expectnew-agers but for those lookingfor somethinga lt this is a no-brainer.it between'phat' waveshaping duties. analogue-style coloration to the subtle frequency band.set Again. morphingbehaviours for triggering via This allowsfor some volume. a single no lessthan27 difierent algorithms.these parameters up so that higher velocities Each band even has its own menu for Ohmicide yourtype? What's Murderous MIDI lertrng! Load. Some. Forthosenot familiar Shapeparameter that swings with Ohm and'sharp' Force's Melohmantechnolos/.complete with amp simulationand LFos AudloCamelPhat Camel cm69}>8/1O>> 5S5 distortion and LFO. Sav€.5ilM8 DISTORTION MTTHODS.cm p ALTERNATIVELY lzotope Trash cm61 }} 9/1O >) $199 A more conventional distortion plug-in. often grittierthan the Standardset especially at odreme values.and additionally. menu-based ^ Melohman enables you to morph betrveen presets by playlng notes on your MID keyboad Doesthe jury havea verdic?lndeed we do.inflicting violence uodnthe earsof all and sundry. sometasty EQgivethis plug-in punch someserious 2007C0MPUTER MUsIc| 087 August . and at this soundsabsolutely cheefully low price. individual youmight apply some For instance. aa ao aaaaao o-60 Whilethe abovefeatureset would Eachband has a dedicatedgate with more than justifythe price of Amount..Ohm Force havedone it againwith an absolutely plug-in. Attackand Release times. selectioncan be assigned. interesting live interaction with the and spreadof the affectedsignal. methodis fine. effectsdevice. whileat the lowest timeslathering some harsh same destruction on the highest digital withsomething else frequencies.We find 0hmicideMelohman guiltyof wanton acts of audio But ratherthan lock the destruction.that is to say.. of distortion.. Here.feedbachfeedbackfrequency a MlDl keyboard. it providesa more visceraltone with some types of distortion.such as those (Angry Mouse sounds claustrophobic transmitted by knobsor sliderson an bytheway). therearethree we found to be quite usefulfor We preferMlDl creatingglitchyeffects.and Ohmicide. Theideais that youbreak your signal into down frequency bands andapply separate processing to eachof them.to our ears. entirely happening variationson each type of distortion.a trick Assuggested. In additionto the Standard variety.. lethal. Autol@d [Undefined) m@s€ mode / Enhan<€d . aregiven lessobvious names to MlDl CCs.. to themidrange. do exactly whileothers. lt doesn'tdisappoint. while slowervelocitiestriggera more types gradualmorph. for instance. allowsyou to set up variouspreset you'reallqwedcontrolover gain. Very cool. littledangerous. Ohmicide certainlyisn't for everyone fue don't to get alongwith id.bE 9 Ocaw 10 - Melohman Oenlity Melohman Chann€l :t-* :::3EF.it's an offerwe can't refuse. externalMlDl controller. Evenpreset andfiltered. greatfun using from We had particularly thegamut thesublime waveshaping of Soft. plug-in. compression.for the fiIst time.reviews bands of distortion. the Melohman features controloverThreshold. butoffers synthesizers.t : Bl upper Frcq] Un-bind [81 Upp€r Fr€q lNRnl 13]) Inprt devi€€ > Output dwice Prografr Changesslgnatlon I fff > All odaves No MlDl control r' octaw I ochw 2 ochw 3 ocaw 4 Ocbw 5 Ochw 6 OcbE 7 OcBw E o.In the past Ohm Note thatwe saidtypes'Ohmicide doesn't askyouto settle for Force haveonlyappliedthis ideato distortion method. are per band. we'reinclined to let it culpritaway. there are also )CC( and Odd versions on tap. suchas to Melohman. they've addedMelohman to an These run eachwithtwovariations.

$:fj i 003 Factory ffi wln usoverln the greatDAW race? Werelay ourverdict to yourighthere. witha IHD+N level that's 14dB lower thanthe002's anda 107dB dynamic range. The003family hasthree members: the003 Rack. the MlDlsection has the sameoneIn andtwo outs. andthenewanival has many newtricks up itssleeve.. suchas Logic. andanother pairof S/PDIF l/Os on phono connectors. Like the002it combines a FireWre audio andMlDl inteface witha control sufaceto runthebundled Pro Tools LErecording software.9 Audiogoodies The24-biV96kHz audiointerface is tuckedneatly away on thetop rightof the surface withthe connections on the rear. allowing integration withotherMlDl sequencers. the003 Rack Factory andthe 003 Factory. Themicampshave been improved.. It'sstillbeautiful but it'swhat's inside thatcounts.4.dlgldeslgn.. The 003Factory takes thebaton from theDrgi 002. There areeightanalogue inputs andeightoutputs: thefirstfour canbeswitched between micand power instrument Dl. the 003 Factory. ToolsLEsoftware Seewww. e SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FC/Mac:A Digidesign-qualilied systemrunningpro (lncluded). because 003's appearance andsize arevery similar.. thesecond four -10or arestraight linelevel at either +4d8. Cubase andDigital Performer. butis rt stiltoncourse to igidesign continue their assault on the project studio market wltha newmember of the'00'family. A majornew development on the 003 is the addition of BNC Word Clock. There's alsooptical l/Othatcan be switched between eight-channel ADAT or stereo SiPDlF. 2GB RAr\4. F TEST SYSTEM Mac: l\4acBook Pro. There's alsoa multitude plug-ins. of accompanying lf you're familiar withthe002you'll feelinstantly at home. enabling youto syncup to otherpieces of digital equipment. Physically.reviews '%Kffiru 1"tft-.but virtually the003nowdoubles as a standalone MlDl controller.withphantom in pairs gain andindividual andHigh Pass Filter controls.16GHz IntelCoreDuo. Onlythe latteris an all-singing alFdancing controlsurface and that's what we're lookingat here.. 0S 10.2. There areeight user-definable MlDlmapsettings for 088 | C0MPUTER MUSIC August 2007 .com for morc intormation.

With the additionof Automation Modesas well as Inseftand Send assignment. .which makesthis a morewholesome experience. lastcomputers. THIS A WHOLESOME MORE EXPERIENII'' thaton the 002.flipping justtheright amount through thebanks is instantaneous andbother-free and it helps to keep theunitsmall. there'slittle need to resortto the mouse. There arenowtwo Pack 2 Pro hasbeen orofessional lgnition fuhich } ALTERNATIVELY independent headphone feeds since the002) andthe that super-charged Projecdvlk UO M-Audlo givethe performer a discrete stereo Factory bundle. theJoeMeek doesn'tofferthe samelevelof D-Fi. unitsandplenty Moogerfooger Listenup the step betweenthe 001 Whereas and the 002 was a giantone with the the additionof the controlsurface. Youcan also now assignInserts and Sends. Slmilar to the 003 but processors. production mixfromoutputs Plug-ins include threeandfour. controlor the vast plug-inbundle more. . whichhasawesome cm97>> 8/1O)) 1950 (not RunsProToolsM-Powered potential. As on the 002. switches. allows for an o(itra withonebutton switching between An auxiliary sets.Read.THERE'S LITTLE NTED TO THT USE fresh? Factory WHIIH MAKES MOUSE.cm FW-1884 Tascam cm70)>8/1O>)?1299 and Firewire audio interface controller for most popularDAWs lt's been exceptDigidesign's. whilethe Factory the 003 Factory muchmoreof a Tools models comewiththe Pro feel. Maxim. There are which we reckon is eight channels.Trim and so forth.reuews storingdetailsof differentsetups. so thereisn'tall the to-ing and fro-ingbetweenmouseand for so surfacethat can be off-putting manypeople. two SansAmp PSA-I. The displayis much biggerthan potsand tweaked using thefaders. Instead. aroundfor a while now.withtwolinesof six perchannel and characterc five-segment LEDs on each.with instantaneous switching A prime differenceon this new beast is the additionof Automation Mode switches..there's no facility fordirect input monitoring to avoid latency. Otherwise. lgnition Pack 2. the controlsurface of age for the projectstudio. Write. thereareverylow buffer sizes anda 'lowlatencv ^ PlugIn.tuneup andpunch In! monitoringi setting thatbypasses plug-ins andotherprocessor-intensive Thisis finefor mostrecent functions. although it could a problem during thelater become whenlarger of a large session. is coming Finally. steo from the 002 to the new 003 Factory isn't so big.so there are greatdealson it to be found 2007C0MPUTER MUSIC August | 089 . inputis provided for an external CDplayer or the system output of yourcomputer. Thismightseem like a smallthingbut it makesa worldof difference to the 'mix exoerience'. things are much thesame. but the arrayol to changesmakesa major difference the way you interactwith the unit. stages forfull playback buffers arenecessary withthe Pro The003 Rack comes giving Tools Monitoring hasbeenre-thought. Allooerational aspects ofthe software canbe alternate control roommonitor output pairof monitors. andonceyougetthe hang of it you'llbe wondering howyouput up withjusta mouse for so longThe onlyothernewfeature on the controller is a jodshuttle wheel. An included).

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no hype.fireup thatlavalamp '-d getsequencing! $peakffiasy Over the last couple of years IVe considercd finally getting myself a pair of active monitors. require that a certain By amount of air be pushed. Launchit and patch it from the machine. go unheard those simplybecause tiny speakers can'tmoveenough air to reflect what'shappening in your in yourmix. to a ClVl-505 drum of thePatcher second output withBigTick's Cheeze We've repeated the process theouts to thel\4ixer. Patcher module.preferably usinga delay for filtering. Daniel. who has worked withthe likesof JeffBeckand lvladonna.actually. Use 1/8th notes. on your homestereo it'salways We say both because a good ideato checkyour mixes playback systems to on multiple well to ensure that theytranslate othermediums.No representation great fuss. don'tcome studiomonitors cheap. ot the Patcher.sng Energyxf the .. Send popping rhythm synthetic.Patch to EnerryClvl to the delayand lvlixe(and routethe lvlixer the MasterOut. with whichwe can assign installa lvllDl differentkey rangesto any of eight MlDl outputs. weresonically thesetabulous Nevertheless. that mysterious Another keyfeature of Jarre's was his useof ancient sound generators. :'ocessorthat offers :'rly retro tape-style echoes. in frequencies. is an excellent sourceof CM-505 percussion. track chorused chord and heavily progressions. J f.headphones iust won't cut it MU5IC 2007C0MPUTER August | 105 .net.numerikart.at the veryleast.In EnerryCM. There are a good many hearing-impaired musicians and engineers. Thiswill of synchronized giveyou that galloping rhythm heardin trackssuch as Oxygene. deepreaches yourlocal or. )) il tl { rf Lefs use MidiZoidLooperfrom www. Thesedrum rhythm produced machines sounds via analogue synthesis and quitelimited.but evenlessexpensive a sonic monitors will present picture that'snot comingacross speakers. )) Call up Energyclvl and patch it from the first output We'llbe Let'sadd a delayplug-in.given yourimpairment. Useminor-key yet mellowmood. World-renowned comDoser and sonicsculotor David Torn. hadcharacter in machines Ourown abundance. Dedicated suggest both. Machine. so open a Mixer. you to choose Thatleaves between usingyour hi{i or getting we'd some monitors. Headphones simply an accurate do not provide representation of musical frequencies. (three equally to usetripletfigures spacednotesper beat)and lots delay.Slather on lotsof string and/orphasing :ilck chorusing :nd thenpileon the delay .." { Studio monitoB are a must for serious mlxing . such sequences ticketto the can be a one-way of outerspace.energt-xt. The reason I'm doubting the actual wofth is that I'm suffering ftom a hearing-impaired left ear. Open it and "& Aase'sEnerS/Xf(www.'rpingoff point.we're usinglorgen fr from a MlDl controller.The more you get and betterinformation the more fromyour monitors. We'dventure to say that. means case. or would I be better off getting expensive gear to compensate for my bad hearing? Daniel OR Youneed not fret.Let's assignthe bottomfew octavesto a separateoutput. shares To staft. problems may using headphones. nor have I decided whether it'll actually be worthwhile.Furthermore. using headphones one thatyou'll onlybe hearing side of the stereospectrum. even with my hearing issue? What difference would it make buying cheaper monitors. As it is. Bass paftlcular. Is it worth spending money on a pair of active speakers. studiomonitors are engineered to provide a clear. and whosemusic can be heard on suchfilmsas FridoyNightLrghtsand The Order. unsullied of yoursound. triadsfor Port2. My right ear is basically normal.r adding more instruments. NewAgebookshop. It mightbe a good ideato on the use some kindof plug-in master bus to flip the stereo to doingso nowand again ensure thatyourmix is balanced. and accurate is even monitoring dependable morecrucialfor you. you'llhaveto workwith. 0f course. you're not alone. yoursituation. try uslnga dedicated such as Big string synthesizer Machine for the Tlck's Cheeze pads. Youcan definethe loop lengthand it'll syncto the host'stempo. some of them quite well-known. create a triplet patternby settingthe step count to 6.. I'm monitoring through a pair of AKG K24O headphonesor my old hi-fi set up.com).Light -:ense.advice nxpert lq&a Ltveloopingin EnergyXT I[ We want to loop differentinstrumentsin real time Forthis. Seeabovefor a shoft :-rorialthat we'veput together to giveyou a -. so givenyourpafticular plight.we always recommend against depending Evenmore on headphones. the key is As we'vesuggested. synthesized Finally. but still haven't decided which ones to get.

Mac usershaveit a littleeasier. I tded CakewalKs Sonar Home Studio 4. \ t?At F'IIUI MIX-UP I use Gubase SX3. Cubase is. Unfortunately.you just can'tuse them both at once. Follow thesestepsto select your microphone in Cubase: Go to Device Setupand then locate VSTAudiobay on the left side of the pop-up window. Go to Device Setup {in Devices) and lookin the column alongthe leftto see if yourold is amongthe Remote controller lf so. I have access to both a fairly powerful PG and an eMac G4. Ite heard that Reason is rcally good but dont know if it's able to incorporate llve vocals or instruments. contrcls the transpod panel on Cubase as well. good enough to be a studio. Ite tried to configurc both the keyboard and Cubase but I haven't had any success. I can get it to wor* withln Windows as a micrcphone but cant do the same in Gubase. but I can't figurc out how to set it up within Gubase SL3 to enable me to rccord. gearcd towards electrc/techno/acid/house/ breakbeat.lt supports and outputs. The ioystick. but this isn'tgoing to helpyou if you wantto record yourmic and your through soundcard simultaneously. On the rightyou'llsee a pop-upmenu labelled MasterASIODriver. as they can createan aggregate device. selecting the Delta as the Master ASl0Driver. a Korg Triton E)Crcme keyboad and some other equipment in my home studio.then clickApply and return to the mainwindow. lte scourcd the internet but wlth no success.among thosethat don't. wantto makesureyour MlDl portsare appropriately Iabelled windowto the MlDlSystem further confusion. Cubase forces to choosewhichaudiodevice you wantto use at any given multiple inputs time. Create a Monoaudiotrackand selectyour microphone as the inputin the Track Inspector. it in the Device Setupwindow. which I too complicated. Where to start? For years lle been itching to get anto making music on my computer. When I strike ceftain keys on the keyboad. but annoyingly not multiple audiointerfaces. the main volume and some audio tracks on Gubase go off. Cubase has been a disaster since lVe added the' Korg. lve downloaded the latest drivers for Delta 44 and updated Slj]. despite the guide book and tutorials. combining one or moreintedaces intoa single. Gettlng thls Samson USB mic to work wlth Cubase can be a testing issue It sounds to us that your the new Korg occupies pon to whichyour lvllDl is assigned as a Remote XBoard Device. switching betlveen audiodevices isn'tall that difficult.click on it to open Devices.q&aI expert advice . When you wantto resume recording withthe Deltasoundcard reoeat the process. I have a Delta 44 soundcard and Wndows XF SP2. Your USB C03Umicroohone should be amongthe listof available options. meant to control the modulation and vibrato. and also be able to make trip-hop.sorry to say. Belore I got my Korg.Fortunately. On a mone positive note lfound FL Studio 5 rcally easy to but it didn't seemto cover my crcativeneeds.you'llneedto connected? Youmightalso changethe port. but having had a few bad experiences. Ite also heard logic is very . I was hoping you could point me in the right dircction. but still no luck Can you help a frustrated musician? Steve Jones . please? Franklin 'qilte''k . many applications don'tsupport the use of multiple simultaneous audiodevices. Thisisn'tto saythatyou can'tuse bothyour DelIa44 andyourUSBmicrophone . I thought it was plug and play. Selectit. monolithic device. rccord audio and suppoft extemal hardware. so the question is what software and hardwarc you rccommend that would cover my main I needsto be easyto use. I used an XBoad49 MlDl keyboad to prcduce my music and everything wor*ed perfectly. Device dilemma lpurchasedaSamson USB CO3U condenser microphone.On a Windows you machine. Could you advise me. Arethe MlDlinputsand outputs stillassigned to the same MlDl as yourold controller? interface to the Or aretheyassigned intedace to whichyour Korgis lf so.

E x p o r tM l D l F i l e .but here'sa quick how-to. to a specificploduct. to another.well. Fruityloops. XW 3{S 8tl Song Information.You'll { channelselection q# the categorieslisted.Onceyou'vedone that.Rewireis a two-way . In its into it before There's no easyanswerhere. you want on that the channel track and awayyou go! $ffix Y The latest FL Studlo will easily meet all of your creatlve needs >HERES IHE I'EAL. for person musicians usesucha setup will find intuitive.{iieri advice I q8a LogicalReasoning Edit Create Options Conlacts Close Save S a v e4 s . and audio allows for deepediting to want recording. and rccommend conciseand to the Keepyourquestions point. Thatprogram is a casein point. many Rewire channels. lf you pushPlayin Logic.. ft. FLStudio seemsto float doesn't. worthyof will viewas a torture ACID has its roots Your own Sony's himself. wouldgrantit DAW you try versions of FLStudiomeet your bread. it'sdead easyto use. onlyto wind up right among some. Song 5elf-Contain 5eftings.. .it'sa firm favourite backwheretheystafted.. clicks.this meansthat Reason products can will workfor a yourmain givenuser. shareall the sametransport transport Reason's and so on. in loop-based but has and we'd alsogrowninto a fully{ledged a littledeeper suggest digging with all the trimmings. whileLogic intuitive sequencing. incredibly stableand can be application no ReWired into another there's Unfoftunately. runhappily alongside no matterwhatstyle and many audiosequencer. shouldalsoengage. your boat.co'uk MUSIC 2007C0MPUTER August | 107 . can untilsomething audiorecording. and you'll the transport engage assigned on that track. as theyll have morc in-depthknowledgeabout the gear in question.First.)) and take a look at the selecta trackin Logic. forgetto includeas manydetailsas you can aboutyoursetup.. . instruments and some usersfind Ableton's Liveis another a cakewalk. .tr# lt reallyisn't difficultto lash Reasonto Logicvia p300 of your Logic ffi neWire.. Whatone of musicthey make. the surprisingly functional thatships sequencer with ilife (andall new Macs). but in loop-based of SonarHomeStudio example MlDl now offers audiorecording. Reference They launch Logic.all of up and running. . ffift Once Reasonis running. haveto be ooenedin that order.too.We'd suggest current as you as manyoemoversrons all of yourstatedrequirements. Bath BAI 2BW or emallcmhelp@futurenet.we're selectingRW:MixL Onceyou've yourchannels. excellent Reasonofferseasy. . Chris Sampson wayto get your is a reasonable feetwet.LikeACID. to: Send)our questlons CompubrMuslc Q8. Youarecorrect that Reason does not suppoftaudiorecording. P u b l i s h5 o n 9 .though..and it wouldbe easy to migrateto the Proversionif and whenyou neededto.i:. 4 find Rewireamong menu. suppoft aretherewlll be a technical Chances llneyou can call.yourRewirehostand slavewill &m communication loop points functions. yourReWire willappear channels inputs to in the listof available yourLogic Assign audiotracks. package that mightbe woftha eitherit clickswithyou or it it had its genesis look. lmpon MlDlFile. audiotracking what that doessupport waywe can predict . However..ou'le best ofi contactlngthe manuhcturcr.beautiful DAW from one expensive and daunting to ship Deep behemoth. BPM. lf yourqueryrelates !. . lt's onlynatural via ReWire. I can hear the sounds when I'm recoding but can't hear anything in playback mode. for VSf and support as an introductory functionality was designed package and effects.and stickto Justa coupleof prcblems And don't slncewe onlyhavelimltedspace. ltried to find some suppod on the internet but was unsuccessful. it earlierincarnation.and within it.i:..lt's explainedin detail on m1$c Monuol. music. LogicExpress lVlDlmusicians. another their productions.*smmahfim ffim I'm trying to connect Reason to Logic via ReWire. DAW dismissing it. Torquemada production. 30 Monmouth Strcet. we knowmany attempt: jumped who have musicians Logicis a big.. pagesare hereto help our prcblem-soMng you wlth any computer music technlcal issues' you We'lltell the best way to frx your dllemma the besttoolsfor the job.4. Would Sony's Acid Music Studio be another viable option? Any help would be appreciated because I'm really desperate to get stuck in but am iust floundering in a sea of confusion.. to lashthem together It'simperative that you open onlyafteryou haveLogic Reason Afterthat. Finally. including Don'tgiveup afteryourfirst Download the latestdemo and giveit a whirl.. it. and Every musician is different that lackedmanyof the features but the whatwe like mightnot butter status. Still.fire up Reason. Ditto for Garageband. dlsubutor or retallerfirst.. open the projectthat you 3# want to Rewire into Logic. outputcomingthrough hearReason's good lor Logic Express or Garagebandl. Michael PoPe make Reason and Logic companions. .

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The main bit is the Junatik instrument.you can patch.4ute E flffifl'tr dryfi Ne}t. id Adjustthe Tuneknobfor the firstone to -0.Playa note or two to hear this monster sound.is :.i enufl t::: i-i..and .they're "# the Tuneknobof the otherJunatik now detuned.li. l but the delay. Analyzersand Orsplayt Effect9 5 a v e E n s e m b l ea s . ffi er$ for the Structurewindow.Clickon the title bar at the boftom # Right-click moduleto selectit (it'llturn red).. and output from the first Junatikto input 1 of the lvlixer. :'. ' r .'ffi Pitchbend ucF uco .Clickon the wire that connects Junatikto the Delayto select and delete it.{li on the AudioOut t inputsI and 2 respectively to module.!--e-r_$ l. "g tr PWM Save l n s t r u m e nA t s. a mixer.the Mixer window Bringup all of the channel in the Panel appears faders. Man .Alternatethe channel pan positions: set the Panson 1 and 3 hardleft.2rnzout _{e The signalsneed to be combined beforewe send In a hardware studiothis oS*5. module the StereoTDelay make more room.alongwith the masterfader.connectthe first send.th"r to the outputs.Disconnect from the Audio Out module. of the Junatik You and selectDuplicate. for more we'llconnectit accordingly Youmight need to movethings about a little to flexibility. -*-tT:{r ryti fl..which in turn is ffim feeds into a StereoTDelay the sizeof lncrease to the AudioOut module. module.click { layertwo or morecopiesof yourJunatik r. . Connect outputto input3 and its R outputto input4. .Next.3'and to 0. What we're goingto do is createa copy of our the powerof in orderto increase S lunatikinstrument our unisonpatch.3 .Right-click ready-made StructureWindowand then select Insert InstrumentD MixeDMixer 4Ch.S1 on the Mixer.you can add a bit of the Send and Ret knobsin the Mixer. scroll down to your two Junatikinstruments. L the secondJunatiKs the R outputto input2. module. This ffiw Let'sconnectthe Junatikmodulesto the Mixer. delayby adjusting it n ry ll n Mule I I Mute Mute L L and R outputs *q Now patch the StereoTDelays That'sit respectively to RlL and RlR on the lvlixer.you the L input on the StereoTDelay guessed it the othersendfromthe Mixerto the R input on the delav '' Mute itl Dist.. dtq We could run the wholelot through S#$ since the lVixeris fully equippedwith effectssends i*# anOreturns. to bringup a menuof functions with the same complete now havea copyof the original.l fi E HPF# i Chrs rI TIIT ill -IF II H 5l[ rlffiElConnectthe Mixer to the Audio Out module by dragginga wire from the lvlixe/sL and R outputsto .As you can see.trHII T. Hll 3i E *ll # slift B.: iji j4!qL.+!b on the fifth icon from the left at the top of your Structure Ensemble to ooen up the Ensemble's Junatik components window in whichyou can see the various .. and dragging on the connections ffi is done by clicking the L Connect avfr cablesfrom one moduleto another.this Ensembleconsistsof a few That -ap parts. n HII H d5 ll E5 fri ll e I I i. - In9emble Piopernes Recorderr+Players 5afrple T... 5Iructure Window Structure Prope rties sEh As you can see. oatched your windowand movethe bits about to giveyourself plentyof elbow room. them through d wouldbe done by patching usinga Exactly the samethingcan be done in Reaktor in an empty part of your mixer. .l_Q _rl. that make up your Ensemble. parametersettings..and the Panson 2 and 4 hard right. sq viur"to {* Gff lf you want to create an even biggersound.r o fl Fg- l-l " .l'lr EDnN l.l)iiiSii .anslormer S e q u e n c e dS y n I b e s i z e r Srquen(ers 50und Cenerilors Sutround Uiil(ies Synih€si2ers New . :'r MUSIC 2007C0MPUTER Ausust I lfl .lt's prettyhuge!lf you like.

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get under Sometunes inexplicably your skin,and this one from The KennyRobotExperience is most cenainlyone of them. lt's simplebut veryeffective. Comprising a straightforuard dancebeat,a few inteftwining synthlinesand that triple-barbed hookof a vocoder line, it airilyfloatsthrough its movesin an obscenely attaching way.Stylistically, It'sold schoolhousewith a vague similarity to A GuyCalled Gerald's Voodoo Royin its beat and filter-thin synthlines- no bad thing,ceftainly. Thiscouldn't be muchsimpler: Thethreechoruses, eachof 16 bars,are interspersed with sparser sections that pull fromthe choruses, so essentially thereare no major changes throughout the track, simply somejudicious cuts.lt's brain-monging stufibut it sureworks

in a mesmeric wayand would ceftainly carryyou off into a tranceif chemically Thebits enhanced. between the choruses callthem {l'll verses) are odd lengths in that I expected it all to be eightsquare sections. Thesedeviate fromthe usual ofthodox maths- sometimes a beat more, sometimes a beatless- which stirsthingsup. Choice of soundsis keyto the successof I LoveYou. lt's set in a retro environment but it stillmanages to feelquitemodern, whichis somefeat. Thedrumsareweighty, warm and snappy. the snarein the chorus is pefectfor the occasion, and the loop that comesin for the 'verses' has moreof lr skipto it to glideus through. Thebassline is interesting in - it pushes its off-beatness the loop by coming in on the eighth-note

before the down beats. This, p anc '' combined withthe off-beat and slurred vocal, is whatg \es -= the Voodoo Roycomparison. a :- , -;it really sounds nothing likeif .: house classic beyond a genE': ':: Thefirstverselosesthe bas: ' = the second verse loses the Dra_ '' and gainssomepercussion: tf = . = is moresuccessful as a drop-o:...whichis probably section, whr : = twice as long. Themix is a little on the du s :and thisstems frombalancess--=. downat the bottom end of the chorus T. h ek i c kd r u mi n t h e . - : ' . . : l o o ph a st o o m u c hg o i n g or c:,', there a n dm a k e s i t a l la b r : - . . : whencombined withthe o;--: :' .. which, by itself in the verse s.c: , - : fine. Themid-range balance o' :-= synthpans,however, is all good.

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