Posts Tagged ‘DAW’

Free Bitcrushing plugin – Krush

Posted: March 15, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Software, studio
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Who doesn’t like free stuff? Grab this free bitcrushing plugin for your DAW!



The folks at Future Music have put together a nice little exploration of this common production technique. Use it to highlight particular words or phrases, smooth a transition, or create extreme ghostly effects. Remember though, overuse of techniques like this can ruin a piece, so use sparingly for maximum impact!

How to create a reverse vocal reverb

Web Based Synths – Viktor NV-1

Posted: November 11, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in studio, Synth Design
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The future is here, in the form of web browser based synths! Imagine being able to load up any famous synthesiser brand in your browser and then output audio to your DAW of choice. This may not be many years away, and it offers attractive possibilities to consumers and publishers alike. (Subscription based synths, anyone?) Other creative industries have already moved in this direction (see Adobe Creative Cloud) and this type of service can also prevent software piracy, making it an attractive option for the big brands. There are a few big obstacles to overcome, such as latency, processing load and stability, but it might not be too long until the dream of a web based DAW and synths becomes a reality.


AudioLabs Tonematrix – The Evolution!

Posted: December 5, 2014 by TGASMrDunne in Songs, Synth Design
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We’ve been fans of Tonematrix for a while now, using it mostly as a fun way to teach sequencing techniques, composition, and even baroque transformations! Imagine our delight and amazement when we discovered that the incredible Andre Michelle has now developed a whole DAW that runs in your browser. Press the ‘Add Drums’ button at the bottom of the Tonematrix window to open up the mini DAW, featuring a mixer, synths, drum machines and effects pedals!

REAPER – an alternative DAW, free to evaluate

Posted: October 7, 2014 by CSGSMrCarruthers in Uncategorized
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Refight My Liar

Part of my home production setup is the excellent REAPER software. It has received many positive reviews for its stable audio engine, extensibility and its reasonable price. Additionally, the full version is free to evaluate for an unlimited period of time, making it very useful for students. – 32/64-bit versions available. Less than 10MB!

Make your own tracks and perfect your DAW skills on a home laptop/PC/Mac. It works with built-in soundcards and external interfaces, so you can get recording and producing straight away using whatever hardware you have.

There are some differences between REAPER and Cubase – notably, the lack of built-in synths and sound libraries (eg. EZDrummer, HALion, other loop banks) and techniques for sends and side-chaining are slightly different. REAPER does come with a number of high-quality utility plugins such as reverb, EQ, delay, compressor and gate. There are thousands of plugins available online, of varying quality, but the safest way to add trusted and familiar synths is to install DUNE CM and other plugins from a Computer Music Magazine DVD. Though unlikely, neither REAPER nor the Music Department can be held responsible for any damage or data loss to personal equipment!

Many of the skills you have learned in Cubase will be transferable with some small differences. For a beginner’s guide to REAPER, click here.

Apple release Logic Pro X, for only £139!

Posted: July 18, 2013 by TGASMrDunne in Uncategorized
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Logic Pro, the DAW of choice for many professionals has received a major update. Streamlined, new features like stacked tracks and monophonic melody manipulation (think Melodyne) make this a seriously tempting upgrade. Apple are also continuing with their lower price strategy, pricing Pro X at only £139!