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How to Make GarageBand Work with Your Plug-ins – Even Though Apple Hid Them

GarageBand is a pretty amazing no-cost tool. You get a solid, reliable production app built on the same framework as Logic. It has loads of built-in sounds – instruments and loops. It has easy-to use but capable editing, complete with notation view. There’s now a virtual Drummer which can be fun for sketching out song ideas and backing tracks. And it’s very guitarist/instrumentalist friendly: there’s a big tuner (cough, Ableton), amps and effects. And did I mention it’s free? Just one problem: you might not immediately work out how to use third-party plug-ins. GarageBand 10 got rid of some features …

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Cheap Tape Saturation Hack: Delicious Distortion with a Tape-to-CD Adapter

What a lovely coincidence that tape, originally a recording medium, works beautifully for distortion and saturation. Whatever the reason, tape saturation is a popular effect. If you want subtle, pristine saturation, there are various meticulous models of high-quality studio equipment. That was one topic in our interview earlier this week with Universal Audio’s Dr. David Berners. (UA’s model is intended to model the entire multitrack tape deck, so quite a bit different.) There’s also, on a much gentler budget, a simple saturation effect in the US$79 Harrison Mixbus, intended more for the saturation behavior on main or submix buses than …

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Fast Fingers: Video, Mappings Shows You Pad Drumming on MPC, Ableton, Beyond

How to do mpc pad finger drumming from Brandon Murphy on Vimeo. Composer, musician, and drummer Brandon Murphy has put together a how-to video on playing and programming beats with a 4×4 grid. One reason to pay attention: he’s a real drummer, and had been just as skeptical about the value of all this as you probably are: I’ve been using an MPC longer than I’ve owned a computer and something that never appealed to me was “finger drumming”. It evoked thoughts of s***ty 80’s outdoor music festival wankery, dudes with offensive looking devices strapped around their necks and lots …

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Pd MLR Tutorial: Learn monome, Sample Slicing, OSC in a Free and Open Source Tool

The monome phenomenon in music making owes a lot to a combination of powerful elements: elegant, human-readable messages that describe button presses (using OSC), open software built with a patching environment that anyone can modify and customize, and sample-slicing audio playback mayhem with the popular MLR tool. In one tutorial, you can learn about all of these elements. The idea here is to use the monome hardware, but this could be easily adapter to other grid controllers or a device of your own invention. You’ll also learn a bit of Pd (Pure Data), the free and open-source cousin to Max/MSP. …

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You, Too Can Learn Renoise: Video Tutorial from Dac Makes you a Tracker

Seeing a tracker interface for the first time can be intimidating. But dive in a bit deeper, and you’ll discover what’s actually a very efficient interface for programming in musical sequences and working with samples. With just ten days left in the Renoise – Indamixx music production contest, there’s still time to get up and running using even the demo version of Renoise (into which you can import samples). And this could be a great excuse to learn a new tool. Dac, who’s a big part of support and community for Renoise, has put together a nice tutorial showing off …

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Free, Native Linux Plug-ins, and How to Use Them in energyXT for Linux

It’s simply stunning some of the terrific instrument and effect plug-ins available that are now free and open source – yes, free as in freedom, not just freeware. I had commented in the past something along the lines of, “boy, wouldn’t it be great if this now meant, say, a Linux port?” and then went on the business of my daily life, which tends not to include re-compiling plug-ins. But now, the folks of JUCETICE have been busy doing just that, serving up delicious instrument and effect goodness, running native on Linux. Translation: fire up that netbook and make some …

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Gustavo’s Live Tutorial, Now en Español, Condensed to 60 Seconds

If you thought Gustavo’s tutorial on unlinked envelopes in Ableton Live was faster before, watch in 60 seconds! (It’s a teaser video, but maybe if you don’t blink and watch it a few times, you’ll learn subliminally.) If you or anyone you know speaks Spanish as a native language and you’d prefer not to have to translate, there’s also a Spanish-language version: http://sturly.com/bravetti4 Una muestra corta puede “estirarse” en variaciones en un bloque de tiempo mayor – una muestra de 1/16 de duración por ejemplo puede ser llevada a un compás o dos. Suma la posibilidad de utilizar esta envolvente …

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Advanced Ableton Live Tutorial: Modular-Style Unlinked Envelopes, Effects

iproducer #4 – Unlink and Conquer + Bonus from Gustavo Bravetti on Vimeo. Exclusive to CDM (and Vimeo), Live guru Gustavo Bravetti offers a deep tutorial in sound creation in Ableton using “unlinked envelopes.” He assembles quasi-modular routings of effects into one another to create some unusual sounds. I think there are some inspiring techniques here, even beyond Ableton Live – I’d watch it even if I weren’t a Live user. Gustavo writes: “This workshop demo video is about using Live’s unique clip unlinked envelopes and Ableton’s effects to easily create elaborated sequenced sounds as well as a “how to” …

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Tutorial: Send Video Between Two Macs, with DV Over Firewire

Capturing the screen as a DV signal over Firewire from Udart (Vibeke Bertelsen) on Vimeo. Udart aka Vibeke Bertelsen writes with a nice hack for video on the Mac: using the ability of FireWire to stream DV, she routes video output of one computer into another. That could make for nice multi-computer processing capabilities. The basic ingredients: the FireWire SDK plus Quartz Composer. My tutorial is a hack for making a quick screen cast from one Mac to another – without the need for any extra hardware apart from a Firewire cable. This way the owners of two Macs will …

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Live 8 Videos: New Warping Explained, APC + ReMOTE SL Integration

With Live 8 in the hands of Ableton fans, two big questions remain for a lot of aficionados: first, how the heck do you deal with this new warp marker interface, and second, how can you make controller mappings for hardware more effective? Thanks to some enterprising, expert users, we’ve got video solutions to each of those problems. Warp: Engage The new Warp Mode in Live may actually be friendlier to new users; it’s existing users, accustomed to the previous way of working, who seem thrown for a loop. (Erm… excuse the pun.) I’m at a bit of a disadvantage …

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