For the past close to a year, i’ve been working on recording and mixing a collection of original songs by Shavano, an 79-yr old piano player / singer who lives in the same mountainous, forested region of Colorado as me. He dwells in a house built with his own hands, which is powered exclusively by solar and wind energy, on an amazing property with stone-lined paths twisting here and there. It feels like something from a fantasy novel, a magical space that is totally separate from the rest of the world.Continue reading
I was super stoked to be a guest on the AfroDJMac Music Production Podcast. Here’s your chance to hear my actual, real-life voice(!) The sound quality on my side is not wonderful since i was recorded over skype, but whatexer. I had a great time chatting with Brian about random stuff… the conversation decided upon its own meandering path, touching on various topics including the crafting and sharing of Ableton Live racks, VST hoarding, my custom Elemental Mixing template channel strip database, workflow optimization, cassette processing, dynamic contrast between songs on albums, and even the Legend of Zelda (nerds). All in all it was a very invigorating experience and i definitely wouldn’t turn down being a guest again at some point in the future. I myself have quite enjoyed the other podcasts, as they contain a plethora of unconventional tips which are superb for kick-starting the creative juices.
Oh, and we also dropped a couple free audio effect racks for you to grab, including something i brainstormed up quite a while ago and finally implemented perfectly: ‘Dynamic Panning’ (compresses in one direction while it expands in the opposite for source-reactive width modification).
Check out AfroDJMac’s website to access the show.
On a whim, i made a series of effects based on the Turboencabulator:
For more history on the Turbo Encabulator, check this out.
Update: Huge thanks to Ableton for sharing the Turboencabulation pack for “FreeStuffFriday”! I love you, Ableton! Side-fumbling has indeed been effectively eliminated.
As you may have noticed, i have random ideas all the time. It’s just a matter of finding the physical time to implement them. One idea i had which didn’t take super long to implement was to make effects based on the “Special Zone“ (aka “Special World”, “Star World”) levels from Super Mario World on the Super Nintendo. I grew up playing and loving NES and SNES and so get all predictably nostalgic over such things, as many people in my age range tend to (thus the almost-nauseating overpopularity of 8-bit retro throwback stuff currently).
I tossed the idea of effects based on the “special zone” levels at AfroDJMac to see what he thought, knowing that he’s somewhat into retro video game stuff too.
One thing led to another and another and… well, just that one thing, actually. It was pretty straightforward.
So now you have The Special Zone Pack for Ableton Live. <- Click that to go to AfroDJmac’s site to read about / grab.
Super, super huge thanks to AfroDJMac for hosting this pack! If you browse around his site, you will find a near-limitless supply of amazing, weird goodies.
This effect rack will simulate the extra resonations of the unplayed guitar strings when strumming a guitar. It adds one extra tone per string, according to standard EADGBE tuning, with the option to layer in some higher octaves to simulate a 12-string guitar, and the ability to shift the root tone up or down to simulate a re-tuned guitar.
Download the Guitar Stringonator effect rack for Ableton 9 -> PLUCK HERE
Alien Spa Treatment. Epidermal Rubberization. Metallic Wormhole. Interdimensional Dissolution. Degraded Laser Robot Wobble Voice. Earth and Space Elementals. Ghastly Vocoding.
Here is the third batch of fun treats, the uno Modutation series: eight individual free Ableton Live 9 single-knob modulation effects, each made with a different base audio effect, and calibrated to have interesting usefulness at any setting. This one was the most fun to create so far. These have been road-tested and honed over the course of various live performances. Continue reading
Dalek Voice has just 3 macro knobs:
EXTERMINATE! – The main parameter; adds that classic Dalek rasp, from 0-100%wet.
Gate – Adds a bit of gating to make noisy source material less mushy.
Single or Flanked – Determines whether facing a single Dalek or if surrounded.
Dalek Voice sounds best on mid-to-high-pitched single-voiced vocal material with a clear contour. For extra fun, set the source clip’s warp mode to “texture” and play with the “grain size” and “flux” parameters (Nifty Tip: in Live 9 you can even automate these). Of course as always feel free to experiment with adding fx to the dalek chain, either in sequence or parallel, for your own special craziness.
Both versions are identical except for the version 9’s sound quality is slightly better due to the improved EQ Eight, and the gate has a touch of hysteresis.
Download Live 8 version -> EXTERMINATE
Download Live 9 version -> EXTERMINATE