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Video Tutorial: Subtractive Synthesis Explained

Friday, September 14th, 2012

This video tutorial is related to an article I wrote here a few years ago. It’s a brief explanation of the principles and schematics of the most common synthesis method: Subtractive. Oh yeah, it’s time to learn!


Easy Guide: Synth programming & Preset tweaking

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

The glorious Korg MS-20

By Daniel Rothmann danielrothmann.com

Introduction

So, you’ve made it this far. If you’ve read my previous articles in the EGE series you should have a pretty good overview of how electronic music actually works. In addition, you should also be able to put together some pretty cool beats for your tracks! So, what’s missing? You guessed it: Synthesizers. Electronic music is all about synthesizers. You may be wondering how the heck these things work, right? I can understand that many people are intrigued by synthesizers; all those knobs and buttons can certainly seem very confusing! In this article, I’m going to give you a basic overview of how the common synthesizer works and what important parameters you need to know of in order to produce the sounds you want. (more…)


Easy Guide: Programming beats in Ableton Live

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009


Programming beats in Live doesn’t have to be difficult

By Daniel Rothmann (T7) www.danielrothmann.com

Introduction

So you’re new to electronic music production. You don’t know much about it all, but that’s OK, everyone has been at this point of experience. I figured the best way to start this series out would be explaining basic drum programming. While many may know very little (if any) theory on the subject, drum programming is quite a bit easier accessible than chords and harmony, since it doesn’t require direct acquaintance with music theory. Even for the inexperienced ear, you can usually tell if a rhythm just isn’t right, or sounds strange in some way. During this tutorial we’re going to set you up with the basic tools you need to get grooving. First, let me introduce you to the software.

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