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Freddy’s Tech Tip 29: Sidechain Tricks

Declan McGlynn, Sep 16, 2014  Freddy Frogs is our resident Ableton Ninja and tutor on our online school – don’t believe us? Check out his recent 30 Quick-Fire Ableton Tips! Every fortnight he pries himself away from his studio to give you unmissable insight into Ableton Live with his regular Tech Tip article. If you’ve missed any of them, make sure you click here to   
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Ten Compression Myths

Declan McGlynn, Sep 09, 2014  Compression is one of the most misunderstood production techniques. Often, compression is talked about as a be-all-and-end-all technique for louder, tighter and ‘better’ mixes. While compression can of course assist in achieving a more balanced mix, when used ‘incorrectly’ it can bring up unwanted frequencies,
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Freddy’s Tech Tip 28: Arrangement View Navigation

Declan McGlynn, Jul 31, 2014  Freddy Frogs is our resident Ableton Ninja and tutor on our online school – don’t believe us? Check out his recent 30 Quick-Fire Ableton Tips! Every fortnight he pries himself away from his
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Freddy’s Tech Tip 027: Slice to MIDI PB Preset

Declan McGlynn, Jun 30, 2014  Freddy Frogs is our resident Ableton Ninja and tutor on our online school – don’t believe us? Check out his recent 30 Quick-Fire Ableton Tips! Every fortnight he pries himself away
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Nord Lead A1 Review

Rob Cowan, Jun 21, 2014  Released just a few months after the latest re-work of the Nord Lead 4, the arrival of the Nord Lead A1 was wholly unexpected. So naturally we were intrigued to take a look and see how it differs from the 4. Intended as an analogue-modelling synth, the A1 has a streamlined interface to allow for ‘fast-track programming’, ensuring a move   
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Freddy’s Tech Tip 26: Creative Vocoding in Ableton Live 9

Declan McGlynn, Jun 09, 2014  Freddy Frogs is our resident Ableton Ninja and tutor on our online school – don’t believe us? Check out his recent 30 Quick-Fire Ableton Tips! Every fortnight he pries himself away
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10 Mixing Mistakes Everyone Makes – And How to Avoid Them

Jun 07, 2014  Over the last 20 years, Point Blank has seen it all. Despite the vast changes in production technology and methods, beginner producers, students and even some veterans often trip up on the same mixing mistakes time
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Remixing Q&A: Phil Asher

Rob Cowan, May 05, 2014  Legendary DJ and Producer Phil Asher is the leading light of the UK Soulful and Deep House scene. His remix discography is immense and covers a broad spectrum of colours from straight up soulful to tribal and techy with some broken beat on the side. Q1. What do you typically start off with? The beats or the music? ‘I typically    
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How to Remix Part 3: How To Manage Bit Depth

Rob Cowan, Apr 30, 2014  One of the most important things at the beginning of a remix project is to establish the Bit Depth of the parts supplied to you. If you don’t know what you are doing with respect to Bit Depth you may well end up sending something to the label that is sonically sub-standard. Working out the Bit Depth is relatively straight    
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Freddy’s Tech Tip 025: Space is the Place

Declan McGlynn, Apr 22, 2014  Every fortnight, our Ableton Live course tutor Freddy Frogs takes over these pages to bring you nuggets of knowledge from his vast Ableton archives. This time around, it’s all about reverb with some tips and tricks for sound design and mixing. We can all subconsciously analyse the distance, shape and material of the room we are sitting in with
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How to Remix: Working Out the BPM

Rob Cowan, Apr 05, 2014  Continuing our series on how to remix, this week we look at how to get your remix started covering what a elements a label will typically send and how to work out the BPM or tempo of those elements. When a label sends you a remix project you could receive anything, from a simple acapella to a full-blown protools project    
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