Monthly Archives: October 2010

FXpansion announces new drum machine: Geist

FXpansion has announced a new drum machine with a build in sequencer and effects. Geist is to be released on November 17th and will cost $249 / £157 / €189, FXpansion mentions on their YouTube channel. With Geist good old Guru might finally get a successor. Continue reading

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Roland Synthesizer Chronicles: 89 synths pictorial guide

Lots of software synthesizers are based on hardware synthesizers, not only the sound but also the layout of the interface. What did the hardware look like and how is it developed through the years? On MusicRadar you can find a fantastic overview of 89 synthesizers made by Roland from 1973 until now. Continue reading

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How to make monstrous sounds for Halloween

This weekend it’s Halloween, but how do you design some monstrous sounds? DesigningSound’s Jim Stout shows in this video how to make the most scary sounds with your voice, some animal sounds and a vocoder effect. Continue reading

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Apple releases iLife ’11 – new features for GarageBand

Apple has released iLife ’11 for Mac. The package brings new versions of iMovie, iPhoto and the sequencer GarageBand. The new features for GarageBand are Flex Time, Groove Matching and new simulations of guitar amps and stompboxes. Continue reading

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Auto-Tune 7 released

Antares Audio Technologies has released Auto-Tune 7. In 1998 the producers of the female singer Cher used the effect successfully as their secret weapon for the track Believe. In the past decade and even today the Cher effect is used and abused by many popular artists. Continue reading

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Video: get maximum sound quality from Ableton Live

Did you know that by default Ableton Live plays audio in lower quality? That’s not surprising of course, because the dj software is meant for live performances on stage. Ableton Live specialist Vespers shows in this video how you can optimise the settings in Live for play back in the studio. Continue reading

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