In today’s entry, we’ll talk about how to create a “mashup.” If you’ve been one of the big techno, EDM, or hip–hop clubs you’re probably heard a mashup – this is when sections of two songs that were never intended to fit together are synced up and played simultaneously, often to humorous effect. In the example in my video above around 0:38, you can hear the beats and raps of Blacked Eyed Peas’ (I won’t even attempt to properly make a possessive out that… Peaszes?) “My Humps” combined with AC/DC’s classic “Shook Me All Night Long” guitar riffs.
This is the final installment in our Nightlife VSTi virtual synth “how-to” series. We’ll talk about Nightlife’s super-fun-to-use modulation sequencers. If you don’t already have the super rad and super FREE Nightlife, download it HERE.
The modulation sequencers (“mod” sequencers, for short) allow all manner of tempo-synchronized mod madness (or unsynced, if you prefer). These include:
Continuing with our Nightlife VSTi virtual synth series, in this entry we’ll talk about Nightlife’s filters and unique “vowel morph pad.” (And in case it wasn’t clear, Nightlife is FREE, get it HERE and send us a nice Christmas card!)
Not only does the filter section provide 15 different filter types, it lets you apply two of them independently (Nightlife’s three oscillators are routable to either filter signal path). The filter types include Moog-style 24db/octave ladder-type filters, Oberheim-style 12db/octave state-variable filters, vintage Roland TB-303 18db/octave more, in lowpass, highpass, bandpass flavors (and more!).
In this installment we’ll talk about Mixcraft’s fabulous (and FREE, get it HERE) new Nightlife VSTi virtual synth. On the surface, Nightlife has a relatively standard oscillator>filter>amplifier–controlled–by–envelope generator synthesis architecture, but it has some unique tricks up its sleeve. In the coming weeks, we’ll check out the filter section and mod sequencers, but today we’ll talk about its multi–talented oscillators.
If you’re still using Mixcraft 6 (or older) you really owe it to yourself to upgrade to Mixcraft 7. It includes tons of awesome new instruments, plug-ins, loops and features, and at $30, it’s super affordable. In today’s entry and video we’ll cover some of the highlights.
In this post we’ll discuss a super-neat new Mixcraft 7 feature we call “publishing.” The publishing feature lets you quickly render completed audio or video files and directly upload them to social media sites. In the past, once a song or video project was completed, you would render an audio or video file by choosing Mixcraft’s Mix Down To Audio File button. This creates an MP3 or WAV audio file, or in the case of video, a WMV or AVI file. You’d then direct your web browser to a social media site and follow the procedure for uploading.
SUPER IMPORTANT NOTE: Publishing direct to social media sites requires Mixcraft version 7.7. To make sure you have the newest version, click on Help>Check For Updates at the top of the screen.
In part four of our vocal recording series, we talked about using compression and EQ as channel insert effects. In this entry and video, we’ll show how to add chorus and reverb using send tracks, then automate vocal levels for the final mix.
In this entry we’ll talk about using compression and EQ to maximize vocal quality and punch.
Following our last installment, we’ll assume you’ve successfully recorded tracks with your vocalist. Now we’ll take the next step and edit the takes inside Mixcraft. In all likelihood, you’ve recorded more than one take of the performance, so we’ll need to go through them and edit the best parts into a single continuous performance.
In our last entry, we talked about the gear needed to record pro—sounding vocals. This time around, we’ll talk about the recording environment. The two most important factors here are having a space that’s relatively quiet and sounds good.