jdn

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FX Halos in Ableton Live

This is a very sim­ple trick to do, but not so obvi­ous to fig­ure out that it’s even pos­si­ble.  The idea is to sidechain com­press the pro­cess­ing on a Return bus by its own input sig­nal, in order to clear out some “empty” space around the dry sig­nal. It’s like mak­ing a “breath­ing fx bus”. For […]

MiniCommand, Machinedrum, and OS X

So I’ve had a Ruin & Wesen Mini­Com­mand for a lit­tle under a year, but haven’t been using it as much as I would like because it didn’t inte­grate well with my setup — until last night. The stan­dard way to use the Mini­Com­mand is to con­nect it in a closed MIDI loop with the device […]

Alien Autopsy Via Sample-Rate Reduction

Here’s a cool sound-design trick. If you want to get a vocal-sounding ‘for­mant fil­ter’ effect out of a synth that only has a nor­mal low­pass fil­ter, you can take advan­tage of a quirk of sample-rate reduc­tion effects to gen­er­ate mul­ti­ple “mir­rored” fil­ter sweeps through the won­der of alias­ing. Here’s a sound clip from my machinedrum […]

Cool Tricks For Better Mixes

I recently slugged through mix­down on my track Super Bro­ken and found the fol­low­ing 5 tips invalu­able: 1. Mono Is Awe­some I’ve heard this one a mil­lion times, but never actu­ally tried it. This arti­cle does a great job describ­ing the hows and whys: The Secret Ben­e­fits To Mix­ing In Mono. Among other great insights — […]