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Create Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For plucked chords on NI Massive

Tutorial on how to create Percussive (Kalimba like) chords like Calvin Harris & Rihanna’s This Is What You Came For. The idea of this tutorial is to get you started in programming your own sound and get you to understand how NI Massive works. So we’re not going to try to remake the exact sound.

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Create a Song using only Ableton’s Operator & Analog

An excercise in sound design, we’re going to build a whole song using only Ableton’s Operator & Analog. WIth these 2 synths we will create drums, lead, and bass with no samples whatsoever.

More Ableton Controller and other things happening this week.

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LK Gives Your iPad or Android Tablet Easy Control of Ableton Live


Here’s another contender to the crowded Ableton Live controller. I always stand by my statement that nothing beats physical controller such as PUSH, APC or Launchpad but unfortunately they are pricey. Well, pricey relative to apps alternative. At the moment, the leader of Ableton apps are TOuchable 3 and Lemur. But even by apps standard, they are quiet pricey at $20 and $50 respectively. There have been some FREEMIUM alternative such as Conductr and ths recently released LK by LivKontrol. According to Create Digital Music,

First, if you’re an Android user, LK’s Android tablet support alone means it just became your go-to choice if you have a tablet that isn’t an iPad.

Second, LK’s simplicity and modular design I find appealing, as you’ll see in screenshots here. LK’s narrower focus in its main controller view make it particularly accessible. Devices open below the clip/mix view and expand and collapse just as they do in Ableton Live. And dedicated views for MPC-style pads, an X/Y viewer, and MIDI control are clean and easy to understand.

12 ways to Stereoize and Control your Mix in Ableton Live

Staying with Ableton live topic, Askaudiomag have great tutorial on how to stereorize and control your mix. There are awesome tutorials here and you shouldn’t miss it.


‘DnB can be whatever it wants to be..’ Interview with Digital and his latest Dispatch

If you’re into Drum & Bass, there’s a great interview conducted by my old friend Ryan Origin with the legendary Digital. He touch on how DNB is basically wide open and I think he meants to say DNB is awesome . Read the interview at Inflect.


Chemical Brothers – Go ft. Q-Tip [Video]

Last but not least, here’s the latest single from Chemical Brothers featuring Q-TIp “GO”. The video is directed by Michel Gondry.

Fracture in FACT TV’s Against The Clock

Mark Ronson: How Sampling Transformed Music

This not new but something that’s worth sharing. In this episode of Ted Talk, Mark Ronson (producer of Amy Winehouse) talked about how sampling transformed music, creating a whole new generation of musician.

FIFA ONLINE 3 commercial

This is a non-music related post. I composed music and sound designed for this FIFA Online 3 commercial and now its airing during the halftime of World Cup telecast in Indonesia. What do you guys think?

Review: Kick Start By Nicky romero

Here’s an interesting piece of plug-in from the guys at Cable Guy called Nicky Romero “Kick Start”. As for Nicky Romero, this plug-in is the second one to bare his name. His first plug-in “KICK” was a simple plug-in that does what the name implied really well. You want slamming house kick? Use Nicky Romero’s KICK and your problem is solved. It’s that easy.

Now on his 2nd plug-in is another simple and specialized plug-in that emulate sidechain compression. Sidechain compression is essential in today’s EDM to get that pumping sound and you can’t live without it. On certain DAW such as Logic Pro and Ableton Live, the process of setting up sidechain compression is pretty straight forward. But Even if the the setup process is easy, you still need to have basic knowledge on how to use compressor to achieve the desired effect. “Kick Start” completely bypass that process. All you need is to put “Kick Start” as insert and you chose the curve of the effect and decide how much pump you want by adjusting the wet/dry button. Yes, it’s that simple. It’s crazy how simple and effective this plug-in work. Purist will hate it and consider this cheating. Then again, purist hates anything that is not traditional. As for me, anything that will speed up my production process will become part of my studio arsenal.

Nicky Romero Kickstart is out now for PC/MAC, 32/64-bit, VST/AU for $15/€10
get them at http://www.kickstart-plugin.com/