My Studio Setup: 1 Laptop/3 Configurations + Akai APC40 Eye Candy

Revised 7-3-2009, changes are in red.For over two years I've been completely laptop based and loving it. Here are some notes on the three configurations I run with my latpop.First, I'm running an HP DV6500T running Vista, Ableton Live 8 Suite, and various vsts (Alchemy,Sylenth1,NI Massive/Absynth 4,Gladiator 2,Dimension Pro, Morphine...) I run in one of... Continue Reading →

Modulate This! Gladiator Discount + Gladiator 2.1 Update + Gladiator Electronic Expansion

SAVE $30 ON GLADIATOR 2 TILL AUGUST 6TH If you follow Modulate This!, you know I’m a fan of Tone2’s Gladiator Virtual Synthesizer. My recent video Sound Design with Gladiator 2: HCM Synthesis Explained is already close to 3,000 views. As a result of the popularity of this video I’ve met Markus Feil, the developer or... Continue Reading →

FAW Circle Synthesizer Sound Design Tip: Hidden Tab Parameters + Modulating Filter with Keyboard Tracking

I’ve been doing some sound design work with Future Audio Workshop Circle Virtual Synthesizer. While most of the parameters are visible on the main page of the user interface, some are only accessible via tabs along the bottom of the interface. So to search for sounds, access keyboard and arpeggiator controls, global settings, effects, and... Continue Reading →

Sound Design with Gladiator 2: HCM Synthesis Explained

Update: checkout the discount link on the right side of the blog.I started using Tone 2 Gladiator 1 a year ago and recently upgraded to Gladiator 2. Gladiator 1 & 2 are based on a new type of synthesis called Harmonic Content Morphing (HCM). HCM offers a clever way to generate wavetables with a massive... Continue Reading →

Video Tutorial: How To Use Ableton Live Racks To Create Multi-Sampled Instruments

Watch Video: How To Use Ableton Live Racks to Create Multi-Sampled Instruments I’ve seen questions recently in Modulate This comments, and on the Ableton Live forum regarding the creation of multi-sampled instruments in Ableton Live. This video tutorial is  step-by-step how-to video that walks you through the creation of a velocity switched multi-sampled instrument using... Continue Reading →

Sylenth1 2.2 Review – Midi Learn, Midi Program Change, Velocity Sensitive Keyboard and more…

I tried Sylenth1 when it first came out and didn’t buy it. I thought the oscillators and filters sounded great and loved the straight-forward interface but felt it was lacking some features I’ve come to expect in modern virtual instruments. Sylenth1 came to my attention again because of the group buy in December. I’m happy... Continue Reading →

Thanks for Participating in “What Virtual Synths Do You Own?” Readers Poll

First off thanks to all who have taken the time to take the readers poll on what virtual synths you own. I’ll leave the poll up for a while to keep collecting data. I also appreciate all the comments and links to synths not in the list. A couple of early observations after look at... Continue Reading →

Reader Poll: Which Virtual Instruments Do You Own?

In the coming months I’m planning on releasing FREE video tutorials on sound design with virtual instruments as well as FREE presets for virtual instruments. To help me pick which instruments to focus on please take a minute out of your day to take a poll. Click here to take the poll or use the... Continue Reading →

Meet the New Ableton Operator – Watch These Videos

What’s new in Ableton Operator 8? Watch this video. Here is a second video with Dennis DeSantis demoing Operator 8 at the 2009 Winger NAMM. Watch Video on YouTube. Ableton has announced that when Live 8 ships there will be an also provide an update Ableton Operator. Ableton is calling it a “major overall”. So... Continue Reading →

Modulate This! Interview With Smule’s Dr. Ge Wang (Maker of iPhone Ocarina)

Want to know what one of the leading iPhone developers has on his mind? I recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Ge Wang, CTO and Co-founder of Smule.com. Smule are the makers of extremely popular and innovative iPhone applications such as Sonic Lighter and Ocarina. Dr. Wang is also an assistant professor at Stanford... Continue Reading →

Modulate This! – Best Products of 2008 for Electronic Musicians

Hope you all are having a restful holiday season. I continuously strive for the leanest rig that will give me the best results. In this post I’ll offer a list products that make up the core of my rig. Consider this my “If I was stranded on a desert island” list for 2008.  Note that... Continue Reading →

Image-Line Holiday Sale – Maximus and Morphine Only $99 a Piece + Free Copy of Gross Beat

    There are a lot of sales going on right now so make sure you stop by your favorite companies site to see what deals they might have. Image line has put both Morphine (virtual synthesizer that does additive synthesis and re-synthesis) and Maximus (Mastering Maximizer) on sale. Here is the deal: Every order of... Continue Reading →

Modulate This Review of Rob Papen Predator Virtual Synthesizer

 IntroductionI just spent a few weeks immersing myself in Rob Pappen's Predator Virtual Synthesizer.  I've reemerged and decided to share my thoughts on this synth with a review.OverviewPredator is a virtual analog synthesizer for Windows or Mac that runs as a plugin (VST, Audio Unit, RTAS).  It ships with a huge library of presets, and... Continue Reading →

Where Is the Arpeggiator in Rob Papen’s Predator?

I'm really into synthesizers with one page interfaces these days. I've been working a lot with Rob Papen's Predator which has a fantastic UI. Almost all control "sections" are displayed on one page. I say almost as they couldn't quite cram all the control elements in. To accommodate more controls without cluttering up the interface,... Continue Reading →

What’s New and How To Upgrade To Rob Papen Predator 1.5.1, Blue 1.8.1 and RG 1.0.1

FIND PRESETS FASTER Rob Papen has released updates to Blue, Predator and RG. All three virtual synthesizers have the following new preset browsing features: "Quick Browse" is a new function that allows you to quickly browse through preset. "Recently Browsed" allows you to easily rind the presets you tried out previously. "Favorites" allows you to... Continue Reading →

Image Line Announces Updates for Morphine, PoiZone, and Toxic Biohazard Virtual Synthesizers

  Image Line just announced a series of minor updates to their core line of virtual synthesizers. Morphine 1.4.2 released - fixed crashes/freezes when closing plugin in OSX - fixed threading in Windows version - fixed compatibility with the Toxic Biohazard installer in OSX - better tablet pc / stylus support - fixed polyphony issues... Continue Reading →

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