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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130110

 #AfterEffects:
Quick Tip: Jump Between Keyframes (slow website)
#AfterEffects:
Creating a 3D Scene with a 2D Image in AE #Tutorial

#Filmproduction:
Time Remapping In #Adobe #Premiere Pro
#Filmproduction:
Managing Transition Behavior in Final Cut Pro X
#Filmproduction:
Video Tutorial: Using Reformat Effects in Avid Media Composer
#Filmproduction:
Exporting Ranges, Chapter Markers and Keywords from Final Cut Pro X -

#Guitar:
44 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Experience Banned From BBC
#Guitar:
Online Considerations when Buying an Acoustic Guitar over the Internet

#Music production:
Creating a Pop Song Part 4: Chord Structure
#Music production:
What Voice Do You Use For Your Lyrics
#Music production:
A Plug-in Vector Matrix (This isn’t just a panner…)
#Music production:
Synthesizer Plugin Virtual Instrument - Element

#Photography:
Cross Process Film Photography Tips & Techniques
#Photography:
Long Exposure Photo Ideas –
#Photography:
Texture Photography Effects –
#Photography:
Sense of Sight as a Photographer
#Photography:
Composition: 10 Photography Tips for Amazing Results –
#Photography:
How to Light Large Dark Spaces for Character Portrait Photography at Night
#Photography:
A project for the New Year: How to make a DIY Ground Pod
#Photography:
The best Youtube photography #tutorials
#Photography:
Photography Posing Secrets - The Photographers Essential Guide
#Photography:
5 Uncommon Snow Photography Tips That Can Transform Your Winter Scenes.

#Photoshop:
Adobe Photoshop Elements Review | Best Photo Editing 2012
#Photoshop:
How To Create a Motion Blur Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
How to Draw a Classic Electric Guitar in Photoshop (if you cannot play, can you draw a git?)
#Photoshop:
Interweaving Effect in Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Improving Workflow Using Auto-Select
#Photoshop:
How to Make Your Travel Photos Sizzle
#Photoshop:
Free photoshop brushes for 2013 from Brushlovers.com
#Photoshop:
Tutorial-Colouring of photo
#Photoshop:
Add Multiple Strokes to Editable Text in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Create a “Two-Faced” Digital Painting in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
#Tutorial: Create a retro vector look -
#Photoshop:
Create 3-D text with some extreme lighting
#Photoshop:
Let It Snow With Photoshop (too warm weather? No prob with PS)
#Photoshop:
Create a Ghostly Demonic Being in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
The Best of 2012: Photoshop #tutorials
#Photoshop:
Add Brilliant Light Effects to Your Work with Photoshop
#Photoshop:
10 Photoshop Filters You Should Definitely Know
#Photoshop:
Realistic Graffiti ~ Easy Photoshop Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Character Speed Painting
#Photoshop:
30 Random Doodles Free Photoshop Brushes - You The Designer
#Photoshop:
Taming your Photoshop Presets
#Photoshop:
Become a Master of the Pen Tool in Under 30 Minutes
#Photoshop:
13 Sources for Background Patterns and Textures
#Photoshop:
#Tutorial: Chrome Metal Text Effect
#Photoshop:
Dance – Photoshop digital art tutorial
#Photoshop:
Vintage Typography #Tutorial using Ornamental Styles
#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Creating Crisp, Pixel Perfect Circles in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
How to do contrast masking using Photoshop CS6 »
#Photoshop:
Clipping Masks And Type - Placing An Image In Text With Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Draw a Rally Car Using Simple Brush Techniques in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
How to Separate Green Plant from Background in One Minute
#Photoshop:
Free PSD Template: Presentation Folder Mockup
#Photoshop:
Change Default Options for Shapes in Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
Color Management with Eddie Tapp (#tutorial)
#Photoshop:
Create Magical Figure in Surreal/Fantasy Environment in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Underwater 3D Text Effect in Photoshop (blub blub blub)

#SocialMedia:
How To Make a Facebook Cover Photo with Instagram Photos
#SocialMedia:
3 Big Social Media Mistakes (and How You Can Avoid Them)
#SocialMedia:
4 Facts About Indie Labels Making Money From YouTube
#SocialMedia:
5 Great Social Media Networks You May Never Have Heard Of

#Writing:
5 Errors of Restriction
#Writing:
3 Erroneous Uses of Scare Quotes

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

Do I track twitter or is twitter tracking me? I'll delete some tweets and watch where they appear after one year.

Looking forward to Cannes. Red carpet, busy people and a lot of bla-bla-bla.

It's fun to push carts through a supermarket. And more fun if it isn't your cart.

In a supermarket I sometimes put things into someone else' cart, things he/she doesn't need. Bathfoam for rocker, comb for baldhead, toothpaste for retiree, rap-cd for a mama,…  

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

How to create Dubstep sounds in Fruity Loops

I work with Fruity Loops Producer. For creating Dubstep sounds I use two plugins. "Glitch" is a free plugin I downloaded, "Fruity Squeeze" is included in Fruity Loops.

Fruity Squeeze is

a bit-reducing, distortion (called "Puncher" that replaces audio sample data with a fixed, user controlled value) and filtering plugin. "Fruity Squeeze" will add a gritty tonal character to input sounds and is particularly effective when applied to drum loops. (source: Fruity Loops manual)

Glitch is

"Glitch" is a realtime audio manipulation system which allows you to alter your music in a variety of ways ranging from quite subtle to extremely bizarre. It was originally created to help speed up the production of glitchy electronic beats, though it is really versatile enough to be applied to a wide range of musical styles. At its heart is a tempo-synched step sequencer which determines the selection of effects that are applied to your music. Effects can be either sequenced manually for full control over the outcome, selected at random for exciting and unexpected results, or a mixture of both. (source: user manual)
 
 

Creating a Dubstep sound

  1. First I create a fat synth sound with Poizone or Toxic Biohazard. There are good presets to start with. Sometimes I take a guitar. For guitar I use FL Slayer with a distorted sound and Powerchords.
  2. In the Effects slot to this instrument in the Mixer I add "Glitch". I usually start with slot 3 to be able to add effects before this slot. Although it is easy to move a slot up or down later. Ok, "Glitch" is in slot 3 now.
  3. I put chords into the playlist of this instrument. Let's say one chord on 1 and one chord on 3 in this bar with duration quarter note.
  4. Now I open "Glitch" with a click and try out effects while playing the bar. I choose effect after effect with the "Solo Toggle"-button. Details later.
  5. Last step in this workflow is to optimize the sound with filters and other effects. I add "Soundgoodizer", what is included in Fruity Loops, and Reverb. I do not use the Fruity Loops Reverb effect "Fruity Reeverb 2", I have a third-party-plugin, but "Fruity Reeverb 2" is not bad. I always put the reverb after the "Soundgoodizer", because "Soundgoodizer" is doing compression and a signal including reverb compressed does not sound good. (yes, I know, it can be a stylish effect)

Effects in Glitch



I first choose one effect with "Solo Toggle"-button and "Mix" to 100%.
Then I set the parameters while I play the bar in Fruity Loops.
  • Tape Stop is a effect I like. Sounds like stopping the tape. I like to set the "Slow Down" to high or maximum and "Speed up" to minimum. For a "start the tape"-effect I would set the "Slow Down" to minimum and "Speed up" to a higher value. In this case I would use a sound with a short Attack to blend away the short slowing down at the beginning.
  • Modulator is a effect, where the signal is modulated onto a sine. Set the frequency with the "Frequency"-knob. I never add the sine-signal, so "Sine Mix" is always zero. I seldom use this, because it destroys the signal, I would use it as something like noise percussion. But in this case I ask myself: why not use a WAV with a noise that fits perfectly to the song or - my preference - use a sequence in Absynth (Native Instruments synthesizer)?
  • Retrigger is retriggering the signal and changing pitch. I love this effect. I usually set the "Pitch" to -3. With this effect it is useful to set the Mix to 50% to add the effect to the signal.
  • Shuffler is shuffling the signal. I don't like this effect (that's my taste...).
  • Reverser is playing the signal reverse. Can be a quite funny effect. The length in the Sequencer has a big impact on the effect.
  • Crusher is crushing the signal. I would prefer the Fruity Loops plugin "Fruity Squeeze" for having more control over the effect. The more every effect in "Fruity Squeeze" is MIDI-programmable with Fruity Loops methods. The Crusher parameters are also programmable via MIDI-learn function, what I did not try yet.
  • Gater is hacking the signal. I like to set the "Speed" to 4 or 8 and "Length" to 50% - 80%.
  • Delay is an effect I never use, because I have this effect in Fruity Loops. Why put it to the Glitch sequencer?
  • Stretcher is stretching the tone. I use it to hold the leading tone.
"Global Toggle" means that the selected effect is applied to the signal after the other sequenced effects. So I can play two effects simultaneously. Easy Example: Select the Gater effect in the sequencer and select the Delay effect as global effect. I seldom use that because a combination of two effects can result in audio chaos.

Sequencer in Glitch

I always set effects black (no effect) to a step. I never use the random function "R", because results are unpredictable. To start off with the sequencer I sometimes push the button "Both" of the randomize function to get a quick start. I usually do not use the filter sections. I process the signal in Fruity Loops Mixer.

Useful links

Short info about Glitch and Download link:
http://www.kvraudio.com/product/glitch_by_illformed

Glitch video tutorials on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBE078172D495D4E9

Fruity Loops:
http://www.image-line.com/documents/flstudio.html

Fruity Loops Online Manual
http://www.image-line.com/support/FLHelp/

Monday, January 7, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130107

 #AfterEffects:
How To Use 3D Tracking To Save Time Rotoscoping
#AfterEffects:
Removing FishEye Distortion in After Effects

#Filmproduction:
3 Video #Tutorials for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 9
#Filmproduction:
Video #Tutorial: How to Perform Secondary Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X

#Guitar:
Drop D - Tuning And Basic Chords
#Guitar:
AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix Review | IK Multimedia | Guitar Effects

#Music production:
Free Sci-fi Ascent Tone (A free sci-fi “ascent” tone contribted to Soundbyter)
#Music production:
How NOT to Tour – 10 Traps to Avoid : SonicScoop
#Music production:
Bottling the sound of your world

#Photography:
Architectural Photography: Shooting at Twilight to Add Drama –
#Photography:
Combining Rules of Composition to Improve Your Landscape Images
#Photography:
How To: The Harris Shutter Effect » Expert Photography

#Photoshop:
Create a Ghostly Demonic Being in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Create a filmstrip in Photoshop from scratch (#filmproduction with a photo software? Can that be?)
#Photoshop:
Professional Certificate or Diploma Templates (tired of studying?)
#Photoshop:
Create Colorful Collages In Photoshop Tutorial: Part One
#Photoshop:
25 Creative Menus And Navigation Tutorials of Photoshop
#Photoshop:
How To Draw a Polaroid Camera Icon (camery doesn't exist, but the icon will survive)
#Photoshop:
How to Create an Amazing Futuristic Matte Painting in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Wood Textures - Free High-Res Wood Textures Pack
#Photoshop:
10 Free Beautiful Script Fonts to Download
#Photoshop:
Quick and Easy Retro Photo Effect - A Beiatiful Mind (beiatiful - what slang is that?)
#Photoshop:
Introduction To Sharpening - Part One: The Basics
#Photoshop:
Photoshop #tutorial: Give an artwork a 1980s tropical feel
#Photoshop:
Create Awesome Particle Flame Text Effect in PS
#Photoshop:
Reflective Forms with the Glass Filter Photoshop Tutorial
#Photoshop:
#Free Nature Photoshop Patterns For Download
#Photoshop:
How to Create Repeating Stripe Patterns in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
How to Create Your Own Fractal-Style Design Using Photoshop
#Photoshop:
80 All-You-Need Photoshop Brushes (retro, grunge, watercolor,…)
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Tutorial: Finding Fly Away Hair
#Photoshop:
How to stylise model shoot using colourful shapes in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
13 Stitch Photoshop Actions That You Must Have (leather, jeans, sewing,…)
#Photoshop:
Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
15 Superb Free Mock-Ups and Templates for Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Getting Creative with Custom Shapes
#Photoshop:
Simple Roy Lichtenstein Style in Illustrator and Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Create Custom 3D Models in Photoshop CS6 Extended

#SocialMedia:
Promoting Content with Social Media and eMail Marketing

#Writing:
10 Tips About Basic Writing Competency

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

You never know what you have until you loose it - or clean up your room.

I want to do a song combining pop with dubstep. Is that possible?

Music: I like house - also outdoors.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130106

#AfterEffects: New Years Resolution: Learn After Effects Inside and Out
#AfterEffects: How to Create a Dramatic Basketball Court Scene – Part 1
#AfterEffects: How to Create a Dramatic Basketball Court Scene – Part 2
#AfterEffects: Understanding Pre-Render in After Effects

#Filmproduction: Automating Clips to Sequence Markers in #Adobe #Premiere Pro
#Filmproduction: The Power of Adjustment Layers in #Premiere Pro
#Filmproduction: Using the Automatic Color Correction Tools in Avid Media Composer (Also works in #Adobe #Premiere)
#Filmproduction: #Premiere Pro CS6: Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
#Filmproduction: Demystifying Timecode for Film & Video Part 2
#Filmproduction: 3 Video #Tutorials for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 9
#Filmproduction: Video #Tutorial: How to Perform Secondary Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X
#Filmproduction: 6 Filmmaking Tips From The Coen Brothers

#Guitar: The most badass guitar solo of all time (umpf, i think i better sell my guitars)
#Guitar: Jazz Improvisation: Licks as a Learning Tool

#Photography: Possibly the Future of DSLRs: Capturing Stills from Video
#Photography: Interesting Photo of the Day: Hippo Underwater (yeah, that rocks)
#Photography: Famous Flash Photographer With a Very Cheap Flash Camera –
#Photography: How I Shot & Edited – The White Infinity Setup

#Photoshop: 15 Fresh & Free Photoshop Brush Sets of Vintage-Retro Taste
#Photoshop: Sexy Avenue: Someone’s been bad - PSD : Photoshop Disasters
#Photoshop: 22 Dazzling Out of Bounds Photoshop Manipulations (crazy works)
#Photoshop: Photo Manipulate an Angel Rising From Hell Scene
#Photoshop: Hal Schmitt: Is Photoshop Still Relevant? — Rick Sammon Photography
#Photoshop: 20 Highly Useful #Free Sets of Vintage/Retro Photoshop Brushes
#Photoshop: Photoshop Inking Brush
#Photoshop: Creating a Cool Grungy Abstraction of a Girl
#Photoshop: Magical Art by Kazim - Digital Art, Inspiration
#Photoshop: Learn How to Create Watercolor Effect
#Photoshop: 6 Exclusive and #Free High Quality Photoshop Textures (exclusive or not - it's free!)
#Photoshop: Design Watercolor Effect Menu | Design Marketing Advertising Free Tips
#Photoshop: Create a Spectacular Style Text Effect
#Photoshop: Create a Realistic Paper Shadow Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop: Wet Paint Acrylic Photoshop Brushes
#Photoshop: Create a 3D Flowery Text Effect
#Photoshop: Create a Miniature Effect With the Tilt-Shift Blur Tool (yet another til shift)
#Photoshop: Undress a Giraffe in Photoshop (ha ha ha)
#Photoshop: How to Manage and Work with Presets in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
#Photoshop: Tips for using Tilt Shift, Iris Blur and Field Blur in Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop: 10 #free photo grids for Photoshop
#Photoshop: How To Give Your Photos a Dark Processed Lomo Effect
#Photoshop: Human Disintegration Effect in Photoshop

#SocialMedia: 10 Social Media Strategy Questions to Help Audit Your Organization (or band)

#Writing: 3 Problems of Nonparallel Interjections

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

This year every week there is a "Friday, the 13th".

Get rid of the things that drag you down. Not all, some of them are worth to repair.

Sometimes I want to express the inexpressible. But how to say that?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130104

#AfterEffects:
Creating a Vector Car Animation in After Effects Tutorial
#AfterEffects:
Understanding Pre-Render in After Effects

#Music production:
Analog Worldization (retro, retro, retro)
#Music production:
5 Things an Artist Can do to Have Successful Art Marketing in 2013

#Photography:
Stories Behind the Greatest Sports Photos Ever Captured
#Photography:
How to Be More Productive on Photography Projects in 2013 –
#Photography:
What is Your New Year’s Resolution for Photography?
#Photography:
7 Elements of Photography We Can Learn From The Hobbit
#Photography:
One Tip on How to Take Better Portraits
#Photography:
Tips For Photographing in the Snow (if you have one …)
#Photography:
Tip—How To Compose Photos Instead of Just Framing Them
#Photography:
A logo seemingly photographed on textured paper

#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Create a Steel Text Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
30 Most Creative Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop (most creative? judge yourself)
#Photoshop:
Nice Water Effects Photoshop Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Photoshop: Grunge Portrait Effect (i once used that technique in a video to turn me into a pirate)
#Photoshop:
#tip: Photoshop Compositing with 3D (Part 2)
#Photoshop:
Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Gimp downloadable hand drawn photo frames (the other way to frame your photo)
#Photoshop:
Reducing 5 O'Clock Shadow And Beard Stubble With Photoshop
#Photoshop:
How to Cheat in Photoshop: The art of creating photorealistic montages
#Photoshop:
How to Make a Textured 3D Spray Can
#Photoshop:
10 Tutorials for Manipulating Faces in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Create 3-D text with some extreme lighting (tutorial)
#Photoshop:
Spot the 7 Differences (yet another photoshop fails)
#Photoshop:
35 Great Splash Brush Sets for Photoshop (the higher the more splash…)
#Photoshop:
How can I take special photos quickly, easily, simply and professionally?

#Writing:
The Most Overused Words of 2012 (a kind of review)

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

When I use the word 'like' I always think of a button to press. Just like now…

If you think one minute is a short time then you have never been in a treadmill.

There are song lyrics that are so dirty that you taste mud when singing it.

Big fortune is not running after you, you got to find it.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130103

#AfterEffects: Smokey Rays
#AfterEffects: 50 Excellent Adobe After Effect Tutorials

#Guitar: The Language of Improvisation - Video Guitar Lessons
#Guitar: Double Guitar: A Six String Guitar, A Bass Guitar, One Neck
#Guitar: How To Buy A Guitar (how? Simply go to the shop with cash in your pants)

#MusicProduction: Quick Tip: Manipulating Automation – Quantise
#MusicProduction: How to Read Music For Busy People by Music Instructor Leon Harrell
#MusicProduction: Panning Reverb Returns
#MusicProduction: H.G. Fortune releases Fortune Cookie 2012 #free synth plugin
#MusicProduction: Santa's Awesome Audio Production Tips
#MusicProduction: How to Read Music For Busy People by Music Instructor Leon Harrell
#MusicProduction: Tips for Making One Knob Effects in Live
#MusicProduction: Top ten funniest moments in the history of trailer music
#MusicProduction: Sound Design Live Podcast interviews Mark Mosher
#MusicProduction: Creating the Spaces of Ambience
#MusicProduction: Ravity Vst Download – Free Plugin Downloads Ravity VST (FL instrument)
#MusicProduction: The Runners Sound Kit Download #2
#MusicProduction: Recording Impulse Responses
#Photography: Using Photo Stitching to Photograph Giant Objects –
#Photography: Frost & Ice Photography Tips
#Photography: 6 Tips for Near-Macro Photography with a Telephoto Lens
#Photography: Experimenting with Perspective in Your Photo Compositions –
#Photography: Cinematic Photographs of the Urban Space
#Photography: 15 Winter Digital Photography Tips
#Photography: What Everybody Ought to Know About Landscape Photography
#Photography: How to Create a Rain Storm for a Photo Shoot
#Photography: Our Most Popular Photography ‘Gear’ Related Posts of 2012
#Photography: A Time-lapse Photography Message From Astronauts to All Humankind for 2013
#Photography: Black Bear Takes Over a Nature Photography Session –
#Photography: Top Photography Articles of the Year 2012 – PictureCorrect
#Photography: 8 Posing Guides to Inspire Your Portraiture

#Photoshop: Snow Effect And Winter Photoshop Action Kit (Special-Effects-And-Textures)
#Photoshop: 3 Mixer Brush Border Effects
#Photoshop: Create This Incredible Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Dancer in Photoshop
#Photoshop: #Free Powder Textures
#Photoshop: Quickly Convert Objects to CSS Using Photoshop CS6.1
#Photoshop: Watch: Interview With Stephen Petrany (video interview)
#Photoshop: Create a Surreal Vintage Futuristic Design with Photoshop
#Photoshop: Top 10 Killer Photoshop Combo Moves
#Photoshop: How to Break an Egg in Photoshop (blam! the virtual sledgehammer?)
#Photoshop: Change Your Perspective with the crop tool » (tip)
#Photoshop: 3D Text effect - Photoshop Tutorials
#Photoshop: 45 #Free Vintage Effect Photoshop Actions

#SocialMedia: 31 Must-Read Social Media Blog Posts
#SocialMedia: Why 2012 Was Not The Year of Social Business or Social Media - Forbes (what will be 2013?)
#SocialMedia: 5 Ways Social Media Will Change The Way You Work in 2013 - Forbes

#Writing: 5 Types of Specialized Dictionaries
#Writing: The Difference Between Appositives and Descriptions
#Writing: 3 Punctuation Problems
#Writing: 25 Idioms About Bread and Dessert
#Writing: The Most Overused Words of 2012
#Writing: 5 Other Online Dictionaries

WoW (#WordsOfWisdom the world is waiting for ;-)

A good songidea is not enough, it's a bunch of work to make a good recording.

Who needs garden Eden if there is music in the air?

And now: let's start a new year with a lot of New Year's resolutions that will be broken sooner as you expect.