Spreading the Word: Ableton “Learning Synths” Site – and Yes I Mind Mapped the Course Outline :^)

Earlier today my go to synth news site Synthtopia published a post about the new Ableton Learning Synths site... " Today, Ableton quietly launched Learning Synths, a new website that teaches the fundamentals of synthesis in an interactive way." It's an interactive media site called Learning Synths. You can use the site right from within... Continue Reading →

Tutorial: U-HE ACE Analog FM Synthesis Using Cross Modulation and ADSR 2

There are many ways to achieve Frequency Modulation (FM) in ACE. The "Cross" knob adds "cross modulation" which is equivalent to analog FM. This knob can be a bit confusing because if you turn up the knob after initializing a patch you'll hear no effect. This is because the knob controls how much VCO1 modulates... Continue Reading →

Absynth Tutorial: Modulating Filter Frequency with Keyboard Scaling

Happy New Year! My resolution last year was to go deeper with fewer synths. It’s one of the few resolutions I managed to keep – lol. Absynth is one of the synths I focused on in 2012. While it was my first virtual instrument (started using it back in 2002 when I started migrating to... Continue Reading →

Tutorial: How To MIDI Sync Your Tenori-On with Ableton Live

   In this post I offer some tips on setting up the Tenori-On for use with Ableton Live as a Synth Rack. I’ll also cover how to compensate for MIDI Timing Issues. CONFIGURING THE TENORI-ON FOR USE WITH ABLETON LIVE When I use the Tenori-On with Ableton Live, I don’t use it’s internal synthesizer engine.... Continue Reading →

Image Line Drumaxx Tutorial – Routing Pad Output to Separate Audio Tracks in Ableton Live

Drumaxx Released Name Your Price Image Line has just released a new Percussion Modeling Instrument called Drumaxx made by Maxx Claster. Drumaxx includes 130 drumkits, 900 drum patches, 200 drum patterns. If you use Sawer, Sakura, Morphine, Poizone, or Toxic Biohazard instruments, then you are familiar with Maxx’s work. Image Line is offering Drumaxx as... Continue Reading →

FAW Circle Synthesizer Tip: 1.0.2 Update and How To Reduce CPU Load

Future Audio Workshop has released the 1.0.2 update to their fantastic Circle Software Synthesizer. You can download it here. According to FAW:In this update we have included a CPU economy mode in the setting pane. This allows Circle to use less CPU for a minimal reduction in audio quality. Behind the scenes, there have been... Continue Reading →

Ableton Live Tutorial: How to Use an External Audio Editor to Tweak Samples Within a Clip

In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to configure an external audio editor within Live, then invoke this editor to tweak audio within a clip.  In this case I'll be using the external audio editor to a normalize the audio within a clip, but you can use the audio editor to make any... Continue Reading →

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