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Psytrance Sound Design Using Ableton

by DJ Story This tutorial is for learning some basic sound design theory to get you started making custom psytrance sounds from scratch.  I can't stress enough how important it is to just dive in and start getting your hands dirty.  The more you get familiar with how the different wave forms sound at different qualities, octaves and frequencies the sooner you'll be able to whip up the sound in your head without ...

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Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.) Interview

DJ Story: Great Music! Are you using Ableton? Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Yep. All Ableton. Synthesizing, sampling and resampling. A minimalist approach. DJ Story: Any plugins? Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Oh yah. FM8, Sylenth, Massive, and many more. DJ Story: What did you use for the bass? Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): I don't remember. Either Sylenth or UltraBass MX I think. DJ Story: What about that ...

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Ableton Tutorial - Rhythmic Gated Patterns

In this tutorial I share a technique for turning any texture, pad, or soundscape into a tight rhythmic stuttering pattern. It's accomplished using sidechain options of the gate effect in Ableton Live. This type of effect is something you hear in a lot of psy dub, psy trance, and psybient music. You hear it used in many songs by artists like Shpongle, Ott, Bluetech, Phutureprimitive, and many more.

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Sell Music from Soundcloud Using Soundrain

There's a really easy new way to sell music that integrates with Soundcloud.  It's called Soundrain, and it uses a technology called Minno to sell the music right out of your Soundcloud account.  It connects with your soundcloud account and allows you to enable or disable track sales for each song already uploaded to soundcloud.  It's the quickest and easiest way I've ever seen to start selling music.  When someone clicks the ...

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432 Hz Vs. 440 Hz and the Universal Harmonics

The reason for changing frequency from 432 to 440 Hz middle A in 1936 by J Goebbels is debatable. Some say it was to accommodate the piano, so the tuning would stay more consistent across the entire keyboard. Others say that it was a Nazi conspiracy in conjunction with Satan. Either way, there is still plenty of evidence that 432 Hz tuning is much more harmonious with numbers found ...

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Creative Resampling in Ableton...

by DJ Story Resampling opens up a lot of creative potential when producing music in Ableton. I find it especially handy when I want to add a bit of randomness to a composition, because you can record the random variations in and edit them down into what actually sounds good to your ear. Let’s say […]

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Psytrance Sample Pack 001...

This sample pack contains royalty free psytrance samples and loops created by DJ Story for dark progressive, full-on, and darkpsy producers. Sawtooth waves are essential for psytrance sound design. So much can be done manipulating the pitch and frequency of basic waveforms. The sound design was primarily done using sawtooth, square, sine waves with various processing in simpler.

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432 Hz Vs. 440 Hz and the Universal Harm...

The reason for changing frequency from 432 to 440 Hz middle A in 1936 by J Goebbels is debatable. Some say it was to accommodate the piano, so the tuning would stay more consistent across the entire keyboard. Others say that it was a Nazi conspiracy in conjunction with Satan. Either way, there is still […]

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Ableton Live Instant Mappings for Korg m...

I’ve spent many hours discovering how to instant map my Korg microKONTROL to Ableton Live using the UserConfiguration.txt file, MidiPipe(optional), and the Librarian software that comes with the microKONTROL. I have successfully mapped the

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Free Ableton Effect Rack – Glitchy...

This free Ableton effect rack is perfect for generating crunchy, grimy, scratchy, distorted, and glitched out madness. Great for dubstep, glitch, psychedelic and techno production and live performance. Just turn up the dry/wet knob and play with the color coded knobs to create squishy goodness. Includes Beat Repeat glitch knob, resonator/reverb pitch and amount knobs, talking dubstep bit-crusher knob, tape delay scratching knobs, stereo spread effect knob, and dry/wet. Enjoy!

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TouchOSC, Pure Data, & Ableton Live...

I just got this great midi controller application for my ipod touch called TouchOSC. It’s a $5 app with a lot of bang for the buck. It was a bit of a learning curve to get started, although I did manage to create my own custom controller layout using the

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