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Valhalla DSP Bladerunner demo

Posted on 11 October 2013 by diode

Just heard this Valhalla DSP demo of the bladerunner theme performed on the Korg Volca keys through an unreleased reverb algorithm. Pretty good Valhalla, pretty pretty good.

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Reason 7

Posted on 14 March 2013 by MasterDelight

I am a Reason addict so when I found out today that a new version of Reason has just been announced I had to share it here on MGD. Reason 7 comes with a new MIDI out rack to connect external gear into Reason. It also has enhanced recording capabilities and new mixing racks. Check out all the cool new tools at Propellerhead and look below for a video overview

Happy Reasoning!

4-1-13 UPDATE: Reason 7 hits the streets April 30th 2013!

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Earslap.com – Otomata – Online Generative Musical Sequencer

Posted on 11 March 2013 by MasterDelight

I was looking around online today and came across a fun little piece of cyberspace dedicated to making some cool sounds. Earslap.com has a couple of fun widgets aimed at graphically creating sound and sequences. Instantaneous fun can be had by using the Otomata (pictured below). For a more graphical approach to sequencing try their Circuli software. Both are available on Apple i products so you can take them on the go for that fast and easy music fix.

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Ableton Live 9 and Push

Posted on 04 March 2013 by MasterDelight

Coming March 5th, Ableton’s newest version of Live, 9! It represents a three year gap between the last version of Live so you can bet that it’s going to be amazing. Below is a video of Robert Lippok using Live 9.

Also from Ableton comes Push. Which is essentially a Live controller to beat all Live controllers. Below is a video displaying how it works.

For those of you who love Ableton, it’s time to get excited. This will change your life :-)

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Rewire Reason Into Acid Pro

Posted on 02 March 2013 by MasterDelight

Diode asked me to do a tutorial on how I got my midi drums hooked into Acid all the while hooked into Reason’s great bank of drum sounds. In order to get a handle on this you must first be comfortable with rewiring Reason into Acid Pro. I looked around YouTube for a minute and found Powderspazz’s tutorial on doing just that.

Check out his tutorial to get a sense of this technique. It’s something that can come in handy for any recording environment if you need some quick inspiration or a sound that you just can’t get. Reason is great for getting just about any digital synth sound imaginable and can also act as an excellent drum machine

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Arturia iMini

Posted on 28 February 2013 by diode

I fired up the app store today on my ipad, typed in “moog” and surprisingly found a new offering: the iMini from Arturia. Famous for their line of plug-in and standalone soft synths for Mac and PC, Arturia have carved a nice place for themselves in the sythesizer market. The iMini doesn’t dissapoint. It’s UI is rendered beautifully, it sounds great, features nice additions like delay and chorus …and it’s $9.99. A minimoog for 10 bucks (well not a real one but what do you expect!)
Young musicians are spoiled these days to have access to such high quality, low priced tools. As a teenager, I remember drooling over an 8-track cassete portastudio that was $1200. Way out of my price range at that age. Anyhow, it’s a great little synth! Check it out… a portion of each sale goes to the Bob Moog Foundation

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Tutorial – Propellerhead Reason – Subtractor Basics

Posted on 15 February 2013 by MasterDelight

I’m a huge fan of Reason, ever since I got my hands on it about 7 or 8 years ago I knew this was a music software playground. Fast forward to present day and I am still figuring out all the knobs and cabling that lead to more awesome sounds and better songs. So, when this came in my email box yesterday I couldn’t wait to share it on MGD. Enjoy!

“Product Specialist Mattias Häggström Gerdt is back with another tutorial for you. This time, he returns to synthesizer square one with a look at the most basic but very powerful Subtractor synthesizer. Become a subtractive synthesis sound design powerhouse with this new tutorial from Mattias.”

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Synth Orchestras

Posted on 12 February 2013 by MasterDelight

I’ve always been curious about movie soundtracks and how they are made. Obviously for big-budget movies an orchestra is used and that is as it should be. However, I am growing more and more impressed with some of the classical instrument synths out there. In particular, I have used the East West sound library to do some scores for Robot Love Productions and have been very pleased with the result.

I have found that more time spent getting the velocity of the notes right can really make the difference in the realism of the instruments. Feel free to post scores you have done and with which synths or products, perhaps we can get a pretty good list going that musicians can refer to

Below is a score that I did for the short Chad. I did use a V-Drum set to trigger some percussion, it helped with the inflections.

Chad from Robot Love on Vimeo.

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Rewire, Reason and Fruity Loops

Posted on 11 February 2013 by MasterDelight

If you are like me, one of your favorite things to do with Reason is to rewire it into different applications so you can get your Reason rockin’ with a track on ProTools, or Acid, or Fruity Loops.

I was researching how to do this one day and ran across this video. The girl making this vid V2Flawless should win the Most-Unlikely-To-Be-A-Screencaster of the Year award! This video also has some hidden gems on how to do these seemingly difficult tasks and just a fun watch to get inspired to make some beats!

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Rebirth Revisited

Posted on 08 February 2013 by MasterDelight

Anyone who has been around the digital music environment has invariably came across Rebirth. I came across Rebirth in the late 90s and it completely changed my world. Making music with Rebirth, if you are at all familiar with sequences and digital synths, is a dream. It’s pre-made beats and synth lines get you a feel for what the program can do right off-the-bat. And, it comes with just enough cool equipment to get you creating quickly, but doesn’t bog you down with the “off-the-hinges” capability that you would get with Propellerhead’s Reason. This is a good thing for those who like some structure in their work environments.

Trouble was, Rebirth was discontinued late in 2005.

However, it’s back and now available for the iPad and iPhone. Check the video below for an overview of this classic program now revived for you mobile devices.

And…for you desktop users, the fun doesn’t stop there. You can download a desktop version of the original program by visiting the Rebirth Museum downloads page. Check the user community for instructions on how to get it up and running for your mac or pc.

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