Posts tagged Synthesis
EARLY BIRD PRICING WINTER 2017

Take advantage of the quality you've come to expect from Beat Drop at a fraction of the cost. Save up to $2,296 with Early Bird pricing on all certificate programs and courses Beat Drop offers. Discounts apply to all Music Production and DJ Certificate Programs, Online courses and courses at our Calgary location. Early Bird is only available for courses starting in the Winter Semester. Act fast, Early Bird pricing ends November 20th 2016. For more information contact dan@beatdrop.ca or register online.

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Live Online Synthesis Workshop with Brandon Smith

Do you struggle to make thick, evolving bass lines like those made by producers like Noisia? You're not alone. Scores of producers create simple, generic bass lines that sound thin and don't hold the interest of their listeners. In modern dance music heavy, aggressive bass lines dominate the mix and shake the earth. Sadly bass sounds that don’t live up to today’s standard can hurt your music and cost you fans. Fortunately there’s an answer. Modern software synthesizers like Native Instruments’ Massive offer amazing modulation capabilities and can be used to make incredible bass lines. Pair the synthesis power of Massive with Ableton Live’s resampling workflow and the results can be astounding. 

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Early Bird Pricing On All Courses Starting Fall 2016

Beat Drop is offering early bird pricing for students registering in courses starting in the Fall 2016 (September) Semester. Early bird pricing is valid for courses online and at our Calgary location. All DJ and producer certificate programs and courses are eligible.  Early bird pricing ends July 11th 2016 so act fast!

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Beat Drop Spotlight - Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith is an absolutely massive part of the Beat Drop Community.  In addition to teaching SynthesisSound Design and Keyboard Fundamentals, he is the head technician at the Beat Drop Repair Shop.  Brandon is an active member of Calgary's music scene and plays keyboards in several bands.  Yet, somehow he finds time to work at the National Music Centre, a cornerstone of the Calgary scene and "a national catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music."  We sat down with Brandon recently to find out a little more about him and his life as a professional musician.  P.S. Brandon can I please borrow your Minimoog?

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How Professional Producers use the Secret Functions of Racks

Ever listen to a track and been floored by the thick, rich tones of the synths?  My guess is yes and if so you've probably stopped and wondered, how do they make these incredible sounds?  You may already know the answer or at least part of it, layering sounds is a hallmark of electronic music.  To make interesting dynamic synth sounds producers layer synths.  In Ableton, the easiest way to layer synths is with Instrument Racks.

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Five things you can do to add The Human Touch to your productions in ABLETON

What are some of the things that separate a truly skilled musician from a sequenced MIDI pattern?  Many listeners would describe a programmed MIDI pattern as cold, sterile, robotic, or lacking emotion when compared to the performance of a human musician.  The flourishes, the groove, emotion and feeling a skilled player imparts on their performance can be difficult to recreate on a computer even for skilled producers.  A human player does not play perfectly in time or play notes with exactly the same velocity.  The human player's performance changes in time as the music progresses and allows the player to impart emotion and movement to the piece.  Thankfully, Ableton gives us a few tools that can add some spark and magic to our sequences MIDI patterns.

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Roland AIRA Clinic - Performing Live and Producing in the Studio

Last June Beat Drop played host to drum machine/synth wizard and Roland Senior Product Manager Lyle Crilly.  He spent the afternoon giving us a run through of the history of Roland and an in depth look at how Roland's new AIRA line can be used in the studio and for performance.   In case you missed if we filmed it and uploaded the workshop to our YouTube Channel.

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Get Your Flange On

Flangers, phasers and choruses are from a family of effects called modulation effects.  These effects work by creating a series of frequency notches that are slowly swept across the frequency spectrum (hence modulation).  Because the notches result in frequency attenuation you don’t really ‘hear’ the notching but you hear the frequencies that are not affected by the notching.  

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Record the Arpeggiator

Arpeggiator is one of the MIDI Effects found in Live. Arpeggiator works by taking MIDI input from either a held chord or held note and plays the notes or note back in a rhythmic pattern of your choosing. Often a player will trigger a chord on their MIDI device and when Arpeggiator is enabled the chord will be output as individual notes playing at a set frequency (an arpeggio) rather than being heard in unison (a chord).

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