Posts tagged tutorial

Tutorial: Working with EQ

I’ve added a new tutorial to the Audio Engineering section which aims to demystify EQ. In it, I look at different kinds of EQ available, and how to use them.

In part 4 (coming soon), I’ll be looking at Filters and how they’re different from EQs (hint: they’re not). I’ll cover both how to use filters to clean up sounds, and how to use them to create effects.

Read the new tutorial here.

In unrelated news, District 9 is the most awesome film ever made. Go and see it immediately.

Tutorial: Recording and Monitoring Audio in FL Studio

fl-studio-logoAt the request of Jesus Prieto of USA Indie, I’ve created a new FL Studio tutorial. This one covers how to go about adding your own vocals to an FL project that you’ve created, and how to hear yourself back in your cans as you sing. Read it here.

As always, if you have a question about FL Studio, or audio production in general, you can request a tutorial here.

In completely unrelated news, we’re down a peacock. We acquired a purebreed staffy puppy about five months ago, and she’s turned out to be (apart from totally cute) a stone cold killer.

I let her out at 6AM to do her ablutions, and she scampered off to explore (as she does). Unfortunately, coming across the peahen still asleep was too much of a temptation for her, and she pounced on the poor creature and killed it. She was later discovered eating it on the front lawn.

The remaining peacock seems a bit depressed about the whole thing.

Tutorial: Working With Subgroups

I’ve added a new tutorial in the Audio Engineering section suggested by Vorgan. This follows on from part 1 which covered some basic conceptual stuff.

This tutorial starts to look at more practical approaches, and kicks off by teaching you about subgroups – what they are, why you need them, and how to go about setting them up.

In part 3 of the series (coming soon), we’ll be looking at EQs, how to use them, and how to get the most out of them.

Read the new tutorial here.

FL Tutorial: Setting up a mix with Templates

image01I added a new FL Studio tutorial to the site today, which covers how to use Templates to make your life so much easier. Sure, it’s fun to just start from an empty project and see where you end up, particularly if you’re in an advanced state of refreshment at the time, but you can often create a brilliant sounding mess that has to be organised before you can mix it (the next day, obviously).

Plus, if your style means that you use the same core synths regularly, using templates can save you a ton of time – you open the sequencer and have all your favourite tools pre-loaded. This is particularly useful when you’ve got an idea lurking at the edge of your brain and you need to get it down quick before the mundane task of picking a synth chases the idea back into the depths of your subconsciousness.

Read the tutorial here.

Oh yay

I have no idea how this happened, but it appears that Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse has been renewed for a second season. YAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Of course, this also means that my existing review, which is basically an anti-fox rant, is now redundant.

Which means I get to review it again – YAAAAAAAAAAAY!

Also, new tutorial up, this time on the basics of mixing. Thanks Vaughan for the suggestion.

First tutorial

fl-studio-logoYAY! Today I added the first of (hopefully) many tutorials to the site. This one is about my favourite app, FL Studio, and aims to teach a basic understanding of how routing works in the mixer.

I chose this subject because this unstanding is critical to everything else I want to teach, and it is (in my opinion) the single most useful thing you can know about FL Studio.

Read the tutorial here.

Incidentally, I am experimenting with a new anti-spam method on the commenting system. I apologise for the annoyance of having to fill out CAPTCHAs, but it’s the only system I can think of right now.