Category: Software

Bitwig

Bitwig is a professional DAW that can be used for macOS, Windows, and Linux. It is an extremely fast workflow for sound design, recording, and live performances. It is a unique and flexible modulation system for limitless creativity, as well as an excellent hardware addition. Bitwig is software that inspires the user to have more…
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Automation

Automation means having a DAW do tasks automatically by moving knobs, faders, and switches. Automation is quite common in mixing as it works is capable of adjusting the volume of specific tracks. Automation saves time, it allows the user to make precise adjustments within the exact timing, and it helps create unique effects.  Automation can…
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Synthesizers

Synthesizers are electronical musical instruments that produce audio signals through several analog and digital methods. The most common techniques include frequency modulation synthesis, additive synthesis, subtractive synthesis, phase distortion synthesis, physical modelling synthesis, linear arithmetic synthesis, analysis/resynthesis, as well as sample-based synthesis. The sounds produced by synths are typically shaped and modulated by low-frequency oscillators,…
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Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Part 2

Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) can be divided into two categories: integrated and software.  Integrated DAWs involve a mixing console, a control surface, an audio converter and data storage, all within the same unit. Integrated DAWs became fairly popular even before a simple computer could be powerful enough to run a DAW software. Evidently, as computers…
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Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Part 1

“A Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is a computer-controlled system or networked collection of components that allows all of the major digital recording, processing, editing and relay functions to be controlled from a central location”. DAW revolutionized every process that required serious editing, including music production, film and video post and radio spot production.  The birth…
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Introduction to Drum Machines

A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument that creates percussion. Drum machines are able to emulate the sound of drum kits and percussion instruments; they can also create their own distinctive sounds. Most drum machines allow players to program their own rhythms and are able to produce a variety of sounds using analog synthesis;…
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Modern Drum Machines

The first programmable drum machine was named ComputeRythm and it contained a six-row push-button matrix. The operator was able to push punch cards that contained a reader slot with pre-programmed rhythms. Roland CR-78, the first microprocessor-based programable rhythm machine had four memory storage spaces so that the user could build personalized patterns.  After a few…
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Groove Machine – Groovebox

A groove machine is a hardware device that is much more than a plain old drum machine. A groove machine is enhanced to compose pattern-based music and has a tabletop with the key controls on the top of the device. Some groove machines have synched sounds, while others merge sampling and loop noises. Groove machines…
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