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Convert Stereo Drums into Midi

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Glass negative, quarter plate, dance band drummer at Mark Foy's Empress Ballroom, Tom
Lennon, Sydney, Australia, 23 October 1935
There’s a very cool feature on Ableton Live, which allows you to convert a stereo acoustic drum loop into separate midi parts. in this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to do this quickly and effectively. You’ll then reap the benefits of being able to layer drums and get that new, Pop sound that’s everywhere. [Read more]

Call and Response in Electronic Music

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In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating ways to craft cool melodies, especially if you’re running out of ideas. Call and Response is a technique that has been used for centuries, and even to this day different genres use it in many creative ways. I’ll be discussing how to use it in both macro and micro ways. Please use headphones or nice speaks so that you can enjoy some of the subtleties in the effects. [Read more]

Build Custom Swell Effects and Swoosh Sounds

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In this tutorial I will be crafting a white noise based swell which will help a tune transition from one section to the next. By using an EQ, panning, delay and automatic you can come up with endless flavors that will enhance your transitions. This technique of using heavy automation right before new sections can be also used with other instruments, not just the swell. This video will give an idea of how to implement this technique. Enjoy!

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Not Feeling Inspired?

It’s easy to compose and work on music when you’re feeling “it”. At least for me it is. But it is nearly impossible to make something happen when you’re not inspired. I believe there are several reasons for this and I’d like to discuss a few of them in this blog post. [Read more]