MONTAGifying Motif: FREE FALL

In response to many request for Motif XF Performances - We have converted the Performance "Free Fall" It also makes for a great chance to study how Mega Arpeggios work. Here we will take a close-up look at a Guitar Mega (Mg) Arpeggio and discover what makes it tick.
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Mastering MONTAGE: MONTAGE/MODX USER and LIBRARY Files

MONTAGE/MODX User Files and Library Files, know which to use and when.
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Equalizers Part II

Here we will discuss some real world use of Equalization and take a look at the Virtual Circuitry Modeling: VCM EQ 501
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Equalizers Part III

The object, when working with an equalizer, is to listen to the program (the source signal) and adjust the sound accordingly. Let's do an experiment to get a feel for how to approach equalizing a sound.
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Equalizers Part I

EQ, or Equalizer, is arguably the most useful and powerful weapon you have in your processing tool kit. It is the one professional tool that has been deemed safe enough for even the average consumer to use. But in reality it is perhaps the most misused processor in the field of audio. Hopefully, by the time you finish this series of three articles you will have a new perspective on the use of the equalizer and a new appreciation for what it can accomplish for you in terms of making your music shine.
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Synth Basics: 20th Century Piano-like Objects

It might be hard to believe that there is a gap of two thousand years (2,000) between the invention of the pipe organ and the invention of the piano. (Just some perspective when you make demands for a "new" keyboard). The pianoforte, best known by its shortened name, "piano", is a unique keyboard that introduced soft (piano) and loud (forte) dynamics to the performance from a keyboard.
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Synth Basics: The Father of the Synthesizer Part III

Sine, sine, give me a sine...
The sine wave, the same one you learned about when you struggled through trigonometry back in grade school, is the most basic of wave shapes in nature. To our ears it sounds smooth, pure, singular, lonely; to our eyes it is represented as smooth, pure and without unexpected changes.
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Synth Basics: The Father of the Synthesizer Part II

Let's embark on our journey with the first keyboard, the organ. Some consider it also the first synthesizer, or at least "the father of synthesizers". Sounds are made by combining tones, a process referred to as "additive" when we talk about synthesizers.
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Synth Basics: The ORGAN: The Father of the Synthesizer

Programming is an art and a science. There is no shortage of scientific terminology and plenty of mathematics that can be involved. This series of articles is going to attempt to stay on the fun side of all that hard stuff, so that you can approach "programming" with the same intuitve spirit you approach playing your keyboard. We will relate any mathematics to things you most likely already "know" as a musician. And we'll have some fun along the way. Promise. 
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Synth Basics: All Squares are Pulse

In the previous installment we explored the Sawtooth waveform. This time we'll take a look at the other principal analog synth waveform family, the Pulse wave family.
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Synth Basics: Sound Experiments 1

Let's try some experiments with the Sawtooth Waveform. Believe it or not, the 6 example Voices in the included download are all built from the exact same Sawtooth Waveform we began looking at in the first part of this series. Working with Pitch EG, Filter EG and Amplitude EG you can completely reshape the resulting sound. We'll also learn a little bit about HOW we hear.    
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Synth Basics: Getting Started

Exploring the Basics of Synthesis: Building Blocks
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The Multi-Band Compressor

Multi-band Compressor
A Multi-band Compressor is a frequency dependent leveling amplifier that when applied can change the impact of your music overall, or can be applied to make your audio samples more "in-your-face".
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VCM Compressor 376

Workflow: Understanding the Tools _ The Compressor/Limiter: VCM Compressor 376
Settings on Compressor/Limiters are very much all about the current input signal. In other words, you cannot make the settings for Compressor/Limiters without listening to your current input source. There are several things that can improve your understanding and use of the Compressor/Limiter.
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Cubase Pro 8 External Instrument Setup for Yamaha VST Editor Users

If you are a power user of Yamaha and Steinberg you've gotten used to the integration of your Yamaha hardware Synth and your Steinberg Cubase software via the Editor VST. However, the initial release of Cubase Series 8 seems to have broken the function (Ed.: fixed with version 8.0.10 3/12/2015 and later) - you can still take advantage of the features and benefits provided by the VSTi routing using this advanced External Instrument setup. 
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Understanding Signal Flow of VST Routing

Understanding Signal Flow of VST Routing
Signal Flow is the key to understanding when it comes to all things music production with your synth and computer. Learn the background on "signal flow" from Key press to audio (sound output) via the VST Routing scenario.
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Workflow Video: Saving your Default Mix to the Motif XF VST

Saving your Default Mix to the "Motif XF VST" (Open in YouTube for HD quality).
We take the "Default Mix" we have created in the previous sessions and Save it as the Default Preset in Cubase. 

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WORKFLOW Sessions: Saving Your Default MIX as a Preset in Cubase

Workflow Session: Transfer your own Default Mix into Cubase as your Editor's Default VST Preset

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WORKFLOW Sessions: Creating a Default Mix

WORKFLOW Sessions: Creating a Default Mix
Developing your own personal Workflow - tools of the trade.
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It's all about Music Production

Music Production is a creative process - the instrument is what you use to express yourself. It is an important tool and this site is dedicated to helping you get the most out of your instrument.
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