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How To: Make a hip hop beat in FL Studio

In this video we learn how to make a hip hop beat in FL Studio. First, load up your drum sounds from the browser to the interface. After this, change the hits on the drums to make the beat sound different. Edit how high the volume is on the snare drum and then change the ghost kick so it's not too loud either. Once you have this figured out, add in the high hat and the shaker patterns. Once you have these added in and you like the volumes that they are at, you will have your very own hip hop ...

How To: Create a "sweep" in Reason 4.0

Reason 4.0 enables you to make all kinds of edits and create effects for the audio you record and edit with the program. One of these effects is to create a "sweep" in your track. You can achieve this effect by using a noise oscillator. There are many options for noise oscillators. The one used in this example is the low bypass filter version, which produces the richest noise available. This video will show you how to add a "sweep" effect in Reason 4.0 by using a noise oscillator.

How To: Create a wobble / fidget effect in Reason

Musicians who want to take their music to the next level, will want to learn how to create an interesting wobble/fidget effect for the bass. The video takes us through the steps of using Malstrom software to create a wobble/fidget effect that is commonly heard in fidget house music. In order to create this effect, you must have already created a dirty electro bass synth. Once this effect is created, it can be added or combined with just about any other effect at varying frequencies for intere...

How To: Use the sends & returns in Ableton

Nick from Primeloops shows how to most effectively use the effect sends in Ableton Live. He explains how most people use the effect send, and why that may not be the best way to go. He covers the basics of dry audio and wet audio and how to manage them for optimum effect. If you watch this short video, you can learn the basics of sends and returns and find out how to apply effect settings to multiple tracks which is of great benefit if you want to save time and cpu power.

How To: Pan your drums in Ableton

In this video, we learn how to pan your drums in Ableton. First, load an impulse and lay out your drum pattern. Play it back to see how it sounds. Then, pay attention to panning the individual elements of your drum track. When you click on the bottom, you will be able to see where the panning is. Pan in a way so the sounds on the track play off of each other. They should be panned opposite of each other so when you play it back you will be able to hear how the track plays much more smoothly. ...

How To: Use the Akai MPC 4000

In this tutorial video, learn how to get started using the Akai MPC 4000 drum machine. Our expert music producer will give you a tour of the basic interface for the MPC, and then show you how to load, chop, and slice samples, layer a beat, use the sequencer, and create a basic hip-hop beat of your own.

How To: Make a Cheap Pop Filter

Here is a step-by-step video guide on how to create your own homemade pop filter for your recording microphone, using easy-to-find materials. A pop filter is used to prevent popping sounds while recording. Most pop filters range from $15 to $80. This particular pop filter costs much less, and you can make multiples of them.

How To: Make Korg nanoKontrol transport buttons work in FL Studio 8 or above

FL Studio is one of the biggest names in digital music-making software, and Korg the biggest in physical gear. Unfortunately, FL Studio and the Korg nanoKontrol USB controller don't get along out of the box, and the transport buttons on the Korg won't work with FL Studio. That is, until you perform the steps in this video that will lead to a blessed union of software and hardware.

How To: Program a Roland TR-808 drum machine

The Roland TR-808 drum machine is one of the most important modern instruments, forming the backbone of both hip-hop and electronic music percussion. If you have gotten your hands on one, you're a lucky devil, but you have a long way to go before you can unlock it's true potential. Watch this video to learn how to program an 808 all the way up to a 64-step beat!

How To: Program Roland TB-303 or TR-909 synthesizers

The Roland TB-303 and TR-909 synths are two of the four most important pieces of gear in the history of electronic music, but every year they get older, more cranky, and further away from our contemporary ideas of what an interface should look like. They can be really hard to figure out how to use, but fortunately for you this video will teach you how to program both instruments and start creating the phat tracks these devices were made to create.

How To: Program a TB-303 synthesizer

The TB-303 is nothing short of legendary on the electronic music scene. It is possible there would be no such thing as house music without it. They are rare and extremely complicated, so if you're lucky enough to have one you should pursue whatever help you can get on playing it properly. Enter this video, which will teach you how to quickly and easily program your 303 and get on your way to making phat old-skool tracks.

How To: Cut monitor feedback with StudioLive 16.4.2

In this video, Rick show us how to cut monitor feedback with StudioLive 16.4.2. First, assign your microphone to ox 1. Then turn it up and go to the master output of Ox 1 and turn it up until you hear feedback happening. Then, hit the select button on Ox 1 and you can change the compression for any channel. Take out low rumble by putting the low band on and putting it in shelf mode. This will create a high pass filter. Take out frequencies below 130 hertz and then go back to ox 1 master and t...

How To: Route FX using StudioLive

In this video, we learn how about routing FX using the StudioLive with Brandon Hays. To recall an effect, select the effect button and then page down to gt the list of effects for A and B. Once it's been selected, hit the recall button and then find the mono delay for the vocalist in B. Now, send the channels to these effects and add a snare drum to channel two. Then, add send different levels of drums to channels six and seven. You have sixteen channels to assign different effects to. As soo...

How To: Use a sidechain gate on synths & drums in Ableton

In this video, we learn how to use a sidechain gate on synths & drums in Ableton. First, drag a gate device onto your synth track. This will turn down the volume of the synthesizer device very quickly. Once you do this, you will have a sidechain view, turn it on by clicking the green button. Then, bring the attack down to 0 ms and bring your hold down to 3.9 ms. When this plays, you will hear an electronica type of beat. This is a simple way to make your synth lines more exciting. Save this w...

How To: Use automation in Studio One

In this video, we learn how to use automation in Studio One. Controlling is a system you use to control the devices that control the software. Control link has a window on the song interface in the upper left hand corner. You can quickly move parameters as you edit the automation. Make sure you change it if it's for an instrument or an audio track. Add an automation track to the window, by clicking the "A" button that will give you sounds for the same instrument. This will avoid automation en...

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