New Brian Funk Pack: ADM CHIP

OLD NEW IDENTITY
In case you haven’t heard the news, Brian Funk is no longer going by the name AfroDJMac. You can hear his thoughts on the evolution to this “new” identity at his podcast episode here.

MONIKERS CAN BE AWKWARD
I recall, when i appeared on his podcast for episode 13, joking briefly about the awkwardness of monikers. So from my perspective, this shift has been a long time coming and is totally sensible. HOWEVER…. at the time it happened we were smack dab in the middle of the process of releasing a series of ADM packs, epic agglomerations of his instruments, collected into organized, self-installing, themed ableton live packs, ideal for satiating completionists who desire to access to the catalog of devices in the easiest manner possible.

TYING UP LOOSE STRINGS
“ADM”, of course, stands for AfroDJMac. So what to do? It seemed a bit odd to continue to release products through Isotonik Studios as the now defunct vendor name when he was no longer going to go by that title. So, what we’ve done is kept the name for the packs as ADM— which is appropriate, as they were crafted by AfroDJMac, during the ADM era. But the developer name has been upgraded to Brian Funk, and we collectively decided to pitch the series as “the last hurrah of the AfroDJMac era”, aka “a tying up of loose strings to move on to fresh new things, shedding the baggage of the past.” Or something along those lines.

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
Brian is not ceasing in his audio production and Ableton Live pack releases; if anything, he’s ramped them up. But now, he is no longer held back by the stigmas and limitations of the expectations wrought by being bound to an artist name that evokes a particular sensibility. In case you haven’t noticed, he’s also been knocking out super dope music production podcast episodes at a prodigious rate.

PACKAGED PERFECTIONISM
The ADM series of packs is ridiculously exhaustive, including EVERY SINGLE instrument released by Brian spanning from the very start of his release history up until a given point in time (other than those included in collaborative packs he’s done with other developers, and some freebies). I know this because i’m the one who did the curation, assembling, organizing, verifying, and gain-staging the instruments for absolute accessibility and consistency. Even if you already own most of the packs that have been released by him directly, supplementing your arsenal with the Isotonik Studios ADM packs adds massive value by providing access to the instruments directly from the SOUNDS folder of your Ableton Live browser, no file management whatsoever to worry about on your part.

The complete series will include ten packs total. The latest has just dropped: ADM CHIP.

BLEEP BLEEP BLOOP
Do you love 8-bit, retro videogame style sounds? Do you want to craft your own retro video game music, or layer those sorts of sounds into modern production? Then this is THE pack for you.

Narrow Down Your Plugin Needs

So Many Plugins

Brand new plugins… promotional sales on plugins… they are SO tempting. But do you really need that new compressor plugin that just dropped?

In order to assess which plugin types are lacking in your toolbox, i recommend making a spreadsheet of all the plugins you own by category. You might discover, as i did, that you have such a vast variety of compressor options to choose from, it’s likely that you won’t benefit a whole lot from purchasing any more of them. You also might discover, like me, that you’re somewhat lacking in gate plugins, and could indeed benefit from picking up a few new models. Etc… Continue reading

Before & After Analysis = Awesome

We could all use less “hmm, i wonder what this is doing exactly?” and more “aha, i understand exactly what that is doing!” moments in our lives, am i right?

Well, perhaps you have everything sorted out with absolutely perfect mental clarity at all times… but nobody that i know of does. The built-in perceptual capabilities of human bodies have limitations. Consequently, methods we can use to uncover and keep track of finer layers of detail to our perceptual input than normally possible can be quite useful for stepping outside our our usual—highly subjective and somewhat amorphous—human frame of reference.

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2 New Packs Now Available at Isotonik Sounds: “Spirit Beats” and “ADM AMBIENT”

As curator of Isotonik Sounds packs for Ableton Live, i’ve gotten the chance to preview some amazing material. It’s been a great honor to be tasked with pinpointing unique and interesting artists and nurturing their product development.    -animus invidious
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Optimizing a New Windows PC for Audio Production (w/Profanity)

Having recently acquired a new custom-built PC, various steps implemented to optimize its performance and usability were taken note of. While not an expert in such things, i figured to share these tips in case they may prove useful. Keep in mind that this guide is presuming that you already dabble in audio production and are upgrading to a new—from an existing—system.

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Isotonik Sounds Launches with New Sale Packs (+bonus freebie)

Isotonik Sounds has officially launched, a section at the Isotonik Studios webshop featuring instrument and sample packs for Ableton Live by various developers.

New sale packs will periodically be made available. The first is ADM DRUMS by yes, you guessed it, the acclaimed wizard of Live: AfroDJMac.

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