Indonesian Gamelan Instrument Rack

I falling further down the rabbit hole with my new Gamelan Instrument Rack. Since my new music has been very inspired by instruments and cultures across the world, I decided to dive into Gamelan again. I polished up some samples and made this free / by donation Instrument Rack of the Bonang Gamelan.

 

Here is the walkthrough video and download below:


Download the Instrument Rack


This instrument has been featured on the new album, Shatter Spells. Check it out below:

Steam and download on other platforms

By | 2017-11-09T01:04:35+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|2 Comments

Recording Multi-track with Ipad and Zoom H6

While working on my new Subaqueous Album, I came up with an idea. I wanted to record vocals with Marya Stark  but not in the studio. I wanted to trek out to a remote place in the woods and dive deep into the music. After much experimenting, I found out a way to use the Zoom H6 and the Ipad to record. We were able to do full multitracking, layering, and even editing out in the woods and it all fit in a backpack.

Here is the video walk through. Below that, I have some links to the app and gear used.

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Sitar Instrument Rack – Ableton Live

I love the unique quality of the Sitar. It has such rich harmonic strings and overtones. Over the years I have made a few instrument racks in my production of the Sitar and decided to share them. I packed up five Sitar instrument racks for free / by donation download. Check out the video below for a walk through.

 

Download Below:


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If you make a track from this, please comment below with a link. Love to check it out. Enjoy 😉

By | 2017-07-21T11:56:38+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|10 Comments

How to escape the 8 bar loop and finish more tracks

Written by Daniel Dixon, content writer for Outro.io

We’ve all been there before—you’re writing a track, the separate elements are falling into place, and a steady groove has emerged. But when it comes time to arrange the loop into a full track, things start to fall apart. You’ve become too entrenched in the loop to take it somewhere new, and you’re left feeling stuck.

Not knowing where to take your track is a common crux for many producers, leaving us with folders full of incomplete projects. There are, however, many ways to avoid this from happening—check out these seven tricks to help you escape the 8 bar loop and finish more tracks.

1. Use a reference track

Listen to a great track within the style you’re trying to create—how did the producer structure it? Drag and drop the track into your DAW, and use locators to make note of where it changes (intro, drop, breakdown etc.), using them as guidelines for your own music. After doing this a few times, you’ll stop needing the reference, and start adding in unique twists and developing a signature style.

Create a reference track, change it’s output to ext. out 1/2 (your master output) so the reference track doesn’t run through the mastering chain. Then mute the track—you don’t want it to play while yours does.

Add Locator:

 

Adding a Reference Track:

 

2. Make Loop Variations

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Free Live Drum Rack from Field Recordings

I had the awesome oppertunity of being a part of Sonic Bloom Music Academy. We had 20+ students out in nature for a class on music production. 30 hours of class time… it was cray. Had such a great time with everyone.

On day two I did an activity on field recording. I had students go out and record samples from the festival grounds, and we turned them into a drum rack. I took these samples and polished them up into an amazing Drum Rack for Ableton Live.  Check out the way they sound in the video below. You will also see a free / by donation download of the Live Pack under the video.

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I am actually really stoked on how this Drum Rack sounds. There are lots of cool textures in here. Happy to share this with you all. If you have questions or use the rack in your music, comment below.

By | 2017-06-28T19:49:03+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|3 Comments

Shaker Drum Racks for Ableton Live

Back in the studio making beats with shakers. Below is a video walk-through of my Ultimate Shakers Live Pack. It’s a collection of shaker samples made into Drum Racks for Ableton Live. This Free / By Donation live pack included 5 Drum Racks for use in your music production.

By | 2017-06-28T19:49:04+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

iPad Second Monitor for Ableton Live – Windows and Mac

Just got a new iPad and what was the first thing I did… Control Ableton Live with it.

I tried out the best solution for connecting the iPad as a second monitor to a Windows Machine. Best thing I have found is the Duet Display app. Check out my video walkthrough below:

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This is the first thing I did and I am stoked with my iPad. If you got any apps or things I have to check out, comment below.

By | 2017-06-28T19:49:08+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Ableton, Gear Review, Producers Blog|5 Comments

Subpac M2 Unboxing – Wearable Bass!

I got the Subpac M2 in the mail and had to fit the urge to rip it open so I could make an unboxing video.  The Subpac M2 is a massive bass bin on your back. This thing is amazing for production, gaming, and listening to bass music. I will have to make a whole video raving about it. First off though… an unboxing vid.

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Right off the bat, I can tell that the creators of the Subpac have a design in mind. The boxing is minimal and sleek. The device its self has a similar aesthetic.  It’s got all the adapters and everything I need for the studio and the road.  Stoked to do a full video review. Stay tuned.

Check out the Subpac M2 on Amazon. 

By | 2017-06-28T19:49:12+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Gear Review, Producers Blog|0 Comments
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