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All posts by Vanesa Paris

Oscillator Waveforms: Types and Uses – PART I

INTRODUCTION   The other day, one of our Aulart students asked us a very interesting question: What wavesound should be used when creating different synth instruments? (leads, pads, basses, atmospheric sounds, plucks, etc)  We are sure that many of us would love to have a clear guidance on what kind of waveform to start with …

Mastering Compression (Robert Babicz’s Tips)

In this article we are going to have a look at the role of compression in the process of mastering. We will do so from the perspective of well-known and experienced mastering engineer Robert Babicz, and will discover why and how he uses it. In order to learn more about this and other aspects on …

Create a 909 Dark Techno Pattern

Today we are going to be creating a very dark rhythm pattern with the standard drum rack 909 Core Kit. You will be able to just edit it step by step following the indications after loading the kit in a current version of Ableton Live, without the need to look for other specific samples.   …

What is a LFO and how to use it

Do you recognize this vibrato? This effect has been created by an LFO and in this article you will see how. We will explain what a LFO is and will give you examples of how to use it with different synthesizers so you can eventually make it work in any.    What is a LFO? …

Tuning your kick (Hannes Bieger’s tips)

We have heard many times that it is important to fine-tune the percussive elements in our compositions. This is especially important for the “kick or “bass drum” when we want to produce styles such as house or techno, or any other electronic genre in which these elements have a lot of relevance. We will explain …

FREE M4L Synth Drums

If you are an Ableton Live user and you are looking for some vintage drum sounds that you can modify to your taste, you will be happy to see the free plugins we are showing you below.  They can be downloaded from the Max for Live library as very light .amxd files, and be immediately …

Beginners Mixing Tips – Part I

If you have started mixing recently and you need new tips and ideas to improve how your music sounds and your workflow when mixing, this is the place for you to be!   Right or Wrong?   As in almost any discipline, one of the best ways to learn mixing music is to follow those …

What is Compression and How to Use it

Compression is one of the most important tools in audio and it is essential for creating high quality musical mixes. However, at the beginning it can be a bit difficult to understand what compression really does and its parameters can be quite confusing to be used, even when you have already a bit of experience with …

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