Sure that this will be an interesting thread on the Caustic forum for many people as there is a lot of presets and talk about how to achieve different types of Dubstep basses in Caustic.
It is sometimes easy to miss when the thread goes over one page on the forum,
so just pointing it out now that there is two pages...
A interesting combination of what seems to be a high quality microphone in combination with an application for measurements and so get a better result. Would love to try the microphone and the app for recording of acoustic guitar for example.
Here is what is said on the website:
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Two versions of the same track one mastered using the coming mastering application by the same developer of Caustic.
Still not on the market...
But if you can not wait there is possibility to Beta test it on Android and PC.
To Check out more Jblann go here:
Gilzad is the one person that have been most active in developing advanced so called Meta modules for SunVox.
(For you that do not know Meta Modules is many modules brought together into one module for making all kinds of instruments and effect modules). Have the ones he made already in a downloadable bundle but have not included his latest creation something that do not exist in any other of the music making applications... a ten band equalizer!
This is one reason for this post but the other reason is that he recently released one song just using FM synthesis in combination with effects and it is an interesting study in what is possible using the FM synthesizer in SunVox and to take a look at the complexities in his Meta modules.
Yes he have released the song with the archive that you can open in SunVox and study how he made the song
and how he used his own mixing / mastering modules.
Here is his own explanation that he gave on the SunVox forum:
At SDC there was a competition where you could only use FM-Synthesis to create your song. So to me the challenge was to create a tune that would not sound like the typical OPL3-sound at all. Luckily SunVox's modularity helps a lot to create almost everything out of almost nothing. Night already was so nice to repost it on Soundcloud. Now it's time for me to share it along with the source file and some description here.
The Shakuhachi intro:
Not a sample. I accidently hit three successive keys on my keyboard and noticed that it sounded like the famous shaku-flute from the E-mu Emulator. So I sequenced them. It's just there to show off. The audible clicks are not intended at all. For some reason the volume ramping in SunVox can't handle any softer steps here, so any changes on the volume (fade in) cause clicks.
The snare is three layered notes of an FM-synth that applies lots of modulation to its carriers. The tonal groove snare is played with a single/monophonic note. The hats are similar but have on own FM-synth. The BD is just no magic. You just need to have the carrier fade-out fast enough and soon you get to fiddle around with variations of a bass drum. A selfmade exciter creates the final formants and equalizes the sound color. Most of the time I focused on avoiding the typical brushy and tonal sound from typical FM-synths.
It's a reduced module (only containing fm-synthesizers) of a [url]larger project[/url] (fm&non-fm synths) I'm still working on. The audible harmonic distortion doesn't come from a sample. It's just that Sunvox's engine creates more THD at 48KHz than at 44.1 KHz. I boosted the high frequencies of the FM-generators which makes the THD show up even more.
The tune contains most of the MetaModules I shared earlier for the mastering. Those are the 10-band EQ, the multiband limiter and the lookahead compressor. Using them I managed to create a very hot (loud) master. You can render the tune in Sunvox and watch the hard-limited waveform in any editor. I know I preach to not join the loudness war but for this Genre I found it very suitable to do so. So here's the result of the DR-Meter:
Nothing to be proud of, but this proves that SunVox can be loud.
When I was in Berlin I got the perfect inspiration to keep things simple enough so I could get this entry done in time.
The source file:
The source file manages to hit the limits of my sandy i7 (quadcore@2GHz). That's also a reason why I kept this tune so simple which is not usual for me. I'll be glad if you check the song on your machine. However, if your machine is weaker, you might want to try the lofi-version of SunVox.
Thanks for listening and I'll be glad to hear your comments.
Here is the song file:
Even though it is countless modules hidden inside the Meta modules the archive is only 235 kb.
Here is the new and updated package of all Gilzads excellent creations:
Exciter, Gate, Mid/side Mux/Demux, Multiband Limiter, Vocoder, Lookahead Compressor,
10 band equalizer.
Take a listen to the song:
Groove3 is company that specialises in making tutorials. Mostly regarding music software but also some other music related tutorial videos like singing for example. There is a lot of material and you can buy specific classes and download to your computer or there is a subscription fee for all time access to all the tutorial videos. I seen some of these videos and it is good tutorials and it is easy to see if there is something you need to know and it is possible that they have a video on it.
This application lets you stream the videos directly to your device, either classes you bought or access all videos.
It could be interesting to take a look at the videos they have if you use any major music making software.
So this application have been out there for a long time and was always thinking that I wanted to make some experiments using it as an effects unit, well it did not happen until now because they first made an update that increased the usability a good deal and yesterday they announced a 50% Halloween sale that will last until Halloween night... So Guess this is a good time to finally take some time to write about Robovox.
As many of you know there is a whole lot of voice changers for Android and most of them are just simple gimmicks and not good for much.
This one though has some functions that makes it actually useful both in performance and as a tool.
The main part of the screen is by a touch matrix that can be fixed to chromatic scale,
making it useful for musical purposes by playing the pitches.
One thing you can do that do only exists for one other application of this kind is that you can connect the output to speakers or or into headphones and use the microphone in your device and use sound and manipulate in real time. This comes with some latency so how useful it is in a live setting depends a lot of what you want to do. In either case it is a good way to test out your ideas. There is though a setting that gets the latency down more if you have Android 4.2 or over- My device is stuck on 4.1.2 so have not had the opportunity to try how much lower the latency goes...
The other way is of course to record and playback what you recorded and during the playback manipulate the sound. Here is where the update gets noted as now you do not have to record first and then press playback but playback gets started as soon you touch the sound matrix and stops when you lift up your finger. This can be used to good advantage. In the sound sample made with guitar there is an example how this can be used.
Of course you also can use the recording as a virtual instrument.
One more thing that came in the last update was the ability to record 60 seconds instead of 30 seconds as before. This makes it effectively useful as an vocoder as most verses or refrains in a song are rarely more than a minute long. You can also record directly from the device into a multi track for example but you would not be able to manipulate the sound afterwards. So for myself would prefer to record and then output the recording from the device and record that into something else.
It would be so good if Mikrosonic could implement that you could open up wav files that you already have as you can not do that now and if this was the case you could take recordings from a piece of music that you are working on and just affect the track and it would be perfect to have one affected and one without effects and work from there.
The only way to do this now would be to play the track you want into Robovox recording it into your device through the speakers and line it up with your other recording/s.
Mikrosonic says that they are thinking of implementing the direct import of wav files and hopefully they do as it would make the application much more useful.
Lastly theres the effects themselves there is 24 of them and some of them not too useful or good but would say that there is about five or six of them that makes the application worth buying.
Think in the end that Mikrosonic should develop something in the line of Robovox but cutting out the cheese and make a good effects application for more serious work.
Do not get me wrong because you can do serious work as it is but it would be nice to have something similar that pushed it into more of a musicians/producers perspective.
So here is some Sound samples the first ones with repeating notes of three different instruments first the unaffected then the Robovoxed one, the last two ones is a Steel String guitar and lastly my voice with some different voice modules.
There is a lot of space to experiment one last thing I did right now was to record a riff of fingerstyle guitar and it sounded very interesting. But save that for another time as I have to pick up my daughter now.
Playstore link (remember that it is half price until Halloween night):
This is the explanation by Andreas the developer on what is going on in this example:
1st Part uses a 24dB LP Filter with an LFO and Envelope Follower applied. The Envelope gets controlled by a secondary Kick Drum through the side chain input.
2nd Part uses a 24dB HP Filter with an LFO and Envelope Follower applied. The Envelope gets controlled by a secondary Kick Drum through the side chain input.
3rd Part uses a Compressor/Limiter, which gets controlled by a secondary Kick Drum through the side chain input.
All 3 parts have a Phaser + an X-Delay in chain behind the main Effect. The sum goes through a Stereo Enhancer.
G-Stomper Beat Studio
This Wordpress site have been mentioned earlier but just to mention it again.
If you are a beginner in the field of music creation / production this is a nice place to go to.
The guy that runs it is a beginner himself so you can take the journey together with him and he has been updating regularly every day or every other day.
And best of all he is doing it using just Android applications!
The Android Music Project Link:
Heres a new Blog regarding Android music making!
The main proposition of the site is to learn music production but using Android as a tool.
Think that is excellent and if you are a newcomer to production it is a nice aspect to it as he himself is a beginner and he is taking you on the journey with him also including music theory...
It has been open since the tenth of June but has already gotten enough posts up
and he is also writing about the applications that he is using-
Ahhhhhh some of them have not been mentioned here-
So I guess you have to go and take a look!
Plus what is not to like about a website that have written a nice post about Musical Android!
This looks to me like an excellent teaching tool for you when you begin to produce music and also to have for reference for certain tasks. Have not tried myself as the areas it covers are already part of or a big part of what I know but reading the reviews and what it is supposed to do it seems like a good substitute for a teacher and can save you many hours to months of learning.
It also comes in a free time limited version so if you don't know if it will help you...
Here is what the creator of the app posted on Playstore:
Producer Tools takes care of the tedious parts of making music, leaving you free to focus on being creative. Producer Tools is like your brainy studio assistant -- someone you can ask "Quick, what frequency is A sharp?," "How many milliseconds is a dotted 1/16th note at 135 b.p.m.?," or "What should I boost to make the kick drum bigger?"The app's functions include a delay calculator, a chord reference, an equalization guide, a frequency-to-note translator, and a harmonic mixing wheel. All of Producer Tools' features are optimized for working in digital audio workstations like Ableton Live, FL Studio, and Logic: all the notes in the chord reference are MIDI-friendly sharps, for example, and the delay calculator gives you both milliseconds and Hertz -- perfect for synchronizing LFOs.
Producer Tools is designed to help speed up the production process, whether you're an experienced electronic music producer or you're just starting out. Download it and boost your workflow to the next level.
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