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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:

Glitch video tutorials on YouTube:

Fruity Loops:

Fruity Loops Online Manual

Monday, January 7, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130107

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

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

Drop D - Tuning And Basic Chords
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

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

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

Promoting Content with Social Media and eMail Marketing

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

Creating a Vector Car Animation in After Effects Tutorial
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

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

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

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.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130101

 #Music production: u-he releases #free Podolski synth for Mac & Win VST, VST3 & AU (incl. 64-bit) [Win|Mac|VST|AU]
#Music production: Tek'it Audio updates Genobazz #free bass synthesizer plug-in to 2.3 [Win|VST]
#Music production:
LiquidSonics - Reverberate | Convolution Reverb for VST, RTAS and AU
#Music production:
Recording Impulse Responses
#Music production:
Collect Sounds Like Fireflies in the ‘Re: Sound Bottle,’ a Device that Creates Your Own Personal Soundtrack
#Music production:
Why Does Music Move Us So? – Phenomena: Only Human
#Music production:
Creating the Spaces of Ambience
#Music production:
Creating a Pop Song Part 3: Song Form

Headless Portraits From the 19th Century
Size Matters: Changing Proportions of Everyday Objects by Franck Allais (funny new world)
The Small Stuff - TipSquirrel
Creating Toxic Waste Effects
Creating "Hobbit" Type in Photoshop and Illustrator
Create Abstract Shining Text Effect with Groovy Font in PS
10 Best 3D Photoshop Text Effects
35 Photoshop Tutorials to Create Surreal Artwork (are you a PS - Salvador Dali?)
Which is better - Photoshop or Illustrator? | Adobe (i use PS, but only coz i don't know Ill)
The Photo Composites of Commercial Photographer Dave Hill
30 Fresh PSD Website Templates for Free Download
Recreating Bar Code by Using Photoshop (nice, but what for - unless your band's name is BARCODE)
#Tutorial: How to Create a Wet-Plate Look Photography Using Photoshop
Creating Unusual Advertising (unusual is always good)
Chained Text Effect Tutorial

3 Reasons You Should Quit Social Media In 2013 - Forbes (dig this!)
12 Principles for Responding to Negative Online Comments (i never deleted negative comments - it's an opinion)

5 Other Online Dictionaries

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

50% of knowledge you get at school you will never need. This 50% is only 20% knowledge you need for life. The problem is, you find out much later what 50% you don't need and what the missing 80% are.

If you want something you never had, you have to do something you never did.

Some hot music is so cool, so cool, man.