In this article we wrote for American Music Supply, we break down the tools needed to make electronic dance music. EDM is a catch-all phrase that represents over 300 sub-genres of music that have been created since the 1960s. However, we will be focused on present-day production and gear that's available for purchase.
Fission is a brand new, ground-breaking plug-in that does something entirely new to audio. It allows you to split a sound into its transient and tonal parts, independently manipulate them using Eventide's world-class effects and then fuse them back together. With the ability to add effects and dynamic controls to the transient and tonal sections, you can produce a wide range of effects, from the subtle to the extreme. This video shows a track we made using 10 different instances of Eventide Fission. This is a great example of how to use the plug-in for sound design.
From now until January 4th, Native Instruments is giving away thei Kinetic Treats Kontakt library. Kinetic Treats features 500MB of sounds of vintage children's toys. The range from delicate and airty, to dark and eerie. Click here to sign up for the download.
Listen to audio samples of Kinetic Treats here!
We just came across this sweet opportunity to remix a dope downtempo track by Symbion Project. The contest starts today and ends on December 15th, 2016. Seattle-based songwriter/producer Symbion Project (a.k.a. Kasson Crooker) has been creating eclectic electronic music for the past two decades, ranging from cinematic downtempo to IDM/techno to classical synthesizer music. In addition to founding synthpop legends Freezepop, Kasson is a videogame composer with music featured in interactive music games like Amplitude and RockBand, and is currently scoring the indie-game Shard.
Download the stems here!
We're big fans of MasterWriter, a cloud-based app that can be accessed from any desktop, tablet or smart phone. It's a suite of writing tools for songwriters, emcees, & creative writers. It's super easy to use and has a lot of features that can help anybody suffering from writer's block.
We love the H910 and until the end of the month you can pick it up for only $99 from Eventide. Here it is showcased in a beat made by Headsnack. Thickening up the keyboard adds subtle harmonics and allows it to sit nicely in the mix.
We worked with artist, Headsnack, to create a video that showcases how he created his H910 Dual Theme Song video. The song is available for free download on Soundcloud. The Eventide H910 Dual is an iconic plug-in that meshes delay, feedback & pitch-shifting to create some truly unique sounds.
Tverb is a unique plug-in in that it's not just a reverb, its a recreation of a famous recording technique invented by Tony Visconti while recording David Bowie's vocals for the track "Heroes".
In this demo you can see how as the acoustic guitar is played louder, the 2nd and 3rd microphone open via their gates. All instruments on this track have their own instance of Tverb on them. Music & Performance by Primo Sol.
Tverb was developed in collaboration with legendary producer, engineer and musician Tony Visconti. The plugin was inspired by the iconic sound of the title track of David Bowie’s twelfth studio album Heroes.
Tverb is a faithful recreation of Visconti's three microphone technique used with Bowie on "Heroes" at Hansa Studios, Berlin. With the Tverb plugin you can run your tracks through this legendary room with one close mic and two movable stereo room mics with control over the response characteristics of the room.
Available for purchase or as part of Eventide's Ensemble Subscription, a really cool way to use every Eventide plug-in for a small fee on a recurring basis.
Wanna make beats like the rest of the cool cats? Be sure to check out Catlab, a collaborative site where you can make beats just using one of those rodents you like to catch...a mouse.
Catlab is a feline takover of BandLab, a super cool app for iPhone & Android where musicians from all over the world can collaborate. For example, you record a guitar part in New York and somebody in Singapore can record a bassline. Then somebody in Australia makes a remix of it and another from Utah lays down a vocal. Its a lot of fun and great for building inspiration.