Station Point

Crafting Tune Artifacts

Most Common Keys For House and Deep Tech Music

In an attempt to get my tracks to sound more like the tunes I like to DJ, I ran across an arti­cle about how club sub freq’s can range down to about 40Hz, which is just below the note E1. Note Hz C1 32.7 D1 36.7 E1 41.2 F1 43.7 G1 49.0 A1 55.0 The […]

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”. […]

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 […]

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 — […]