Bitwig Studio 2 Coming Out – First Thoughts

Bitwig just announced Version 2 to come out in February 2017. I’ve been reading about this on forums, and they just officially announced it.

I made this video to share my first thoughts on Bitwig 2 and what I hope to see in the update. There are also so interesting moves by them around pricing and subscription models.  Enjoy:

 

 

To read more on Bitwig 2 go to: https://www.bitwig.com/en/home.html

Ultimate Guide to 432 – VST’s and AU Plugins

In the first part of this series we went over the theory of Tuning and Temperament.  Then I went in detail on tuning your synths in Ableton Live from 440 to 432 in part two of the series. In this article I will walk you though using third party plugins, AU, and VST’s.

Third Party Plug-ins:

If you are like me then you might have a host of Third Party Plugins you like to use in your production. These extra synths give you a whole host of new sounds to play with. Here is a list of Plugins you can use and the where to find the parameter to detune the instrument.  This is in no particular order.

To start here is a video I made in response to questions of tuning Massive and Serum.

 

Massive: Go to the Global tab. Here change the global tuning to  -0.32

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By | January 12th, 2017|Ableton, Music Theory, Producers Blog, Sound Design Tech|0 Comments

Ultimate Guide to 432 – Using Ableton Live

Tuning into 432 with Live

To play music in 432 you must retune all your synths and presets. This might seem overwhelming idea at first, but it actually takes very little time at the beginning of your tracks. Once you get a library of instruments tuned, then it will also be that much easier.

The simplest way to tune to 432hz is to just detune each of your instruments. By detuning you lower the first note, from 440-432 for example.  since A=432 Live will then base every note from that point forward. You can not just lower the pitch at the end, because that will not retune it, it will just lower the overall pitch.

This image shows the different tuning you could use for notes found in the Equal Temperament. As you can see when you move from 440 to 432 you are lowering the pitch by -8hz. You can also see that just 2 notes down 440hz Equal Temperament is 494. If you -8hz to that we do not get 484.90.  The reason why is equal temperament is a ratio that moved up from the root of A. A ratio of “2 11/12” from 440 is very different than a ration of “2 11/12” at 432. Because of this you can not return the finished song. You must tune the instruments correctly to start with. (more…)

By | January 12th, 2017|Ableton, Music Theory, Producers Blog, Sound Design Tech|0 Comments

Ultimate Guide to 432 – Theory and 432 Tuning

In this article I will be going over the basics of 432 tuning and a little history. This will get you rolling as a music producer and give you the tools for making music in 432.  If you want to speed things up even more, grab the 432 Essentials Live Pack. It contains a bunch of presets in 432, e-book, and even micro-tonal instruments.

If you already got the theory down and just want to implement it in live, go to part two of the series on tuning to 432 in Ableton Live.

Beautifully Imperfect Tuning

There is a lot of information, and even misinformation around tuning. I don’t believe there is “one answer”, but there are a lot of questions worth asking. it is that endless search that brings us incrementally closer to understand the beautifully imperfect nature of reality. That is why I propose we continue the quests of our forefathers, and seek after unknown territory within music. And in this case, lets look at tuning.

The History of Modern Tuning

To start on this path lets discuss what tuning is. When you are building a scale for music, you must start with the root frequency. The first note is what the rest of the scale builds from. This very first note is called the Concert Pitch.

Concert pitch refers to the pitch reference to which a group of musical instruments are tuned for a performance. The most common modern tuning standard uses 440 Hz for A above middle C as a reference note, with other notes being set relative to it.” Wikipedia

In most western music, instruments are all tuned to 440 Hz at A. For hundreds, and thousands of years though there was no standard tuning. Each instrument, group, or culture had a wide range of tuning. Once orchestra’s became more popular all the instruments had to be tuned together and many orchestra’s started to standardize their own tuning. (more…)

By | January 12th, 2017|Music Theory, Producers Blog|0 Comments

New Silk Drop Remix EP

A few months back I hosted a remix contest for my new project Silk Drop. We had around nine hundred remixes turned in. Wow… After we picked the winners I worked with a handful of artist to create our first Remix album. Album includes two remixes from the contest as well as 5 others from collaborators and friends. I also did a Subaqueous remix of King of Beasts.

Here is the remix album for streaming on bandcamp:

If you are more of a soundcloud guy, check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/silkdrop

Really stoked on how this turned out. Thanks so much everyone and I hope to have more remix contest coming up soon.

By | January 12th, 2017|Producers Blog, Subaqueous News, Events and Music|0 Comments

The Perfect Stand for Ableton Push

When I first got the push I was stoked! It has been such a center piece of my music creation. Only problem is I didn’t know where to put it. I kept moving it around on my desk for the best place. Then performing live had another question of where does it go. Eventually I went down a rabbit hole of gear. After a lot of lessons learned, I have a list of the best stands for using the Push. These work for Push 1 and 2.

One Stand to Rule them all and in the darkness bind them.

Best Stand for Performance and Utility

A year back I got the Samson Laptop Stand and love it for the push. It is the perfect size and really stable for all that finger drumming. The only disadvantage is it’s a little big for when I am flying.  As of right now the stand is around $50 and perfect for gigs and in the studio.  The advantage to this one over all the others I will show is you can put it high enough to stand and perform.

Link to the Stand

NOTE: Another Option is the Quicklock stand.  I have not actually used this stand, and it is very similar to the Samson. The difference is it has a little extension for a mouse. You could use that to hold another controller or soundcard. It is heavier, but might be a good option if you think that fits your needs more.

 

Push Stand for the Desk

Next up I have used this adjustable stand for my desk. This stand  is adjustable for the angle you need. It makes it a lot easier to see the knobs / LCD screen on your push.  This stand is also metal, sturdy, yet a cheap price. Total win for the desktop. 

 

Link to the Desktop Stand

DIY Ableton Push Stand

The first stand I used for the push was a snare stand. I had some laying around and used it to hold the Push. this was great in the studio when I needed more space on my desk. I just put it on the Snare Stand and chair height.

I don’t actually suggest buying a snare stand just for your push. It works, but if you are going to spend money I think the Samson stand would treat you much better. But, if you have one already or a friend sells one to you super cheap then this could be a good option for you. There are many different snare stands so finding the right one might be a little tricky if you are going for new. I did use this snare stand for the Ableton Push and it worked for my needs.

Link to the Snare Stand

 

There you have it, those are the 3 stands I suggest for the Ableton Push. If you don’t want a room full of random bits, stands, and half baked projects like me then I suggest these 3. If you got any suggestions or things you think work better, please comment below.

By | January 12th, 2017|Ableton, Producers Blog, Push|2 Comments

Free Tabla One Shots and Ableton Drum Rack

The tabla is an iconic instrument form India. Its voice and expression can be used to invoke a unique sound. Over the past 4 years I have worked with a few Tabla players to add their sound to my Subaqueous tracks. I went through my recordings and created a massive, yet simple to use, Tabla Drum Rack for Ableton Live.

Here is a walk through video and download below:

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By | December 2nd, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Free Ableton Live Templates – 3 full tracks

Have you ever wanted to get your hands on a completed track in Ableton Live? I just created another collection of finished tracks as Live Templates for free / by donation.

I took three tracks from my new EP called SilpStream and turned them into Ableton Live Templates. The Live Templates include custom instruments, effect racks, samples, and more. Here is an intro video:

Download the Templates:

What is included in the Live Template?

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By | November 18th, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Halloween Horror Live Pack and Samples

Halloween is approaching and I have been playing with some good old classic horror sounds. These samples / sounds can be fun to throw in a live set or performance.  Below is a video walk through of the Live Pack.

To download check out below or follow this direct link.

By | October 25th, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments
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