The Lab Science Podcast returns with a new episode dedicated to the Roland AIRA System-1 synthesizer. Captain Lean Automatic is at the helm as we navigate through some of the System-1's best features and sounds. We also spent some time at the end experimenting with the synth patched into the Roland AIRA VT-3 Vocal Transformer, and boy were we pleasantly surprised!
For this episode's homework assignment, we've included a download to the entire synth recording track from the podcast, and it's up to you to find a spot on it to sample. There's TONS of audio craziness to choose from, so chop, produce, share and the best song gets a free iTunes gift card!
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A pal of mine recently asked me for a recommendation on delays for Live. I made a point to recommend my favorite 3rd party option (Dub Machines by Surreal Machines) but I also told him that I use the stock ones a lot, since they're pretty powerful when you start to tinker with them. Here's 3 quick tips on using the built in delay sounds in Live.
Repitch Mode = Vintage Analog Delays
Like many of the other effects in Live, right clicking the header of the delays reveals some advanced options under the hood. The Simple, Ping-Pong, and Filter Delays all have alternate engines that can be engaged via this method.
1. Load any of these 3 effects and right click the header
2. By default, delays are set to "Fade". This behavior means that when you change delay times, a gradual transition is made with a crossfade between the old and new times. By changing the selection to Repitch, changing the delay time also changes the pitch, which is how classic tape delay machines like the Space Echo operate. To hear this best, drop a fully wet delay on a return and route some of your snare there. Then start to play with the delay time, unsynced. You'll hear some familiar and amazing dub effects that can be used on any sound.
Welcome back to the Lab Science Podcast. This week we take a look at some synthesis basics while conducting an audio overview of the new Korg Monologue, a hardware synth that literally can't be found in stores. Professor SentZ and Captain Lean Automatic also crack a few Modelo's and discuss Troy Ave, the difficulty keeping NYC clubs open, and the "post crack" hiphop generation.
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Episode 2 of our new podcast Lab Science covers the ins and outs of setting up your own home studio, along with simple upgrades you can make if you're already a home studio owner. We discuss everything from choosing the best DAW for you, to treating your room for cheap. Be sure to listen and follow us for future episodes every week.
I'm beyond excited to announce that I'll be teaching multiple courses on music production and djing! The first course is already live and covers the basics of sampling in Ableton Live 9. Students can study at their own pace, rewind content, and reach out for 1 on 1 assistance.
As a thank you, the first 25 students to enroll get the class for free! Just use this link to check it out!