Ableton Live drum hits category hack

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Ever wanted to have your own drum hit folders show up under Live’s Drums view? You can. If you’re like me and have different drum sounds in different folders, it’s relatively easy.
This takes a little bit of hacking and taking a look at code, but is relatively simple. Continue reading

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All-Fanu Mix for DNBA

I did an exclusive, new All-Fanu Mix for Drum And Bass Arena of mostly unreleased tunes of mine.
Also had a few words with them as well.
Read the interview + listen to the mix.

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Synth bas(s)ics: how to create a boom/808 bass with Serum

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Fanu remix for Defrostatica – 12″ vinyl out now

I recently did a halftempo type of remix for a new artist called Kator for a new label called Defrostatica.
Check the remix and follow the link to buy the very nice vinyl copy while they last.

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Some unreleased stuff

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About compressing your song


This article is about compressing a song – I won’t go into compression in general or compressing individual tracks/elements of a song to keep this post on point and brief enough.
(The settings seen in the compressors above are made up – I just wanted to use a pic of Slate VBC because I like it a lot)

The reason I wanted to write about using a compressor to compress a song is that I see that there’s a lot of misinformation being thrown around on music forums (because so many people are doing it these days) Continue reading

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About “too attractive” mastering deals (and competition in the field)


I haven’t written that much about mastering (aside from the somewhat exhaustive post about the process for me), so I wanted to write a few words about very attractive mastering prices and competition in the field. As I’ve been entering the field myself, I’ve seen a lot competition, stories about really low prices, crazy package deals, and some of that classic “My mate does it for a few pounds and a hot dog”.

Recently, another potential client got in touch with me and said he needs some songs mastered. He had got a quote from another mastering studio: 8 pounds per song. That’s not a lot. That’s roughly 11 EUR.
You can go for that by all means, Continue reading

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Tip on layering breaks

A quick tip if you’re layering breakbeats: it’s often wise to decide between a “main” and a “layer” break and have the main break dominate in terms of transients. Use sidechain compression on the layer break so its transients duck according to those of the main break. This way the signal often stays clearer and doesn’t get messy.

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First vinyl master

Proud to be holding in my hands the first vinyl I’ve mastered. After having treated a few hundred digital masters, I had the honor of handling this beauty released by Boston-based Zakim Recordings.
Tunes are dope! Celebrate the divine wax.

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Mix for Bite The Belt

Was about time I got busy with the good old Technics SL1210s again, so I did a mix for Bite the Belt.

Check the words on their blog and play it loud as phuuuuk…

TRACKLIST: Continue reading

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Espresso Addicts Anonymous EP

My new beat tape kinda thing, “Espresso Addicts Anonymous”, is out today via Redefinition Records. Redef’s been my favorite label for a while now.
These tracks are actually a few years old, so they’ve been “brewing” for a while. Most of them were made with a MPC 4000, but there’s a Maschine beat or two in there as well.
Get that brew and play it loud!

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A point about mastering / loudness these days


I wanted to raise a point about loudness and mastering these days.
I was going thru some bigger label promos today and was struck by the same feeling I’ve got many times before: it’s too loud.
I know, I know – this is actually old news, and I’ve been happy to see a lot of artists and labels going for sound that’s way less crushed.
However, Continue reading

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