23 February 2015

Bitsonic Violent Transient

The Bitsonic Violent Transient. What an intriguing name Bitsonic have given this transient shaper which they are offering for free (only for 32-bit Windows VST).

It seems to be a theme with them with products such as Godlike, Waspy, the Cannabis Vocoder and Gnat.

A transient is a high amplitude, short-duration sound at the beginning of a waveform that occurs in phenomena such as musical sounds, noises or speech. For example with the kick it's important for the sound to not only chug in deep frequency, but also slap. This can help you produce dynamic, lively music, so long as you don't overdo it - kind of like increasing the contrast in a picture - nice when applied tastefully but easy to overdo.

The Bitsonic Violent Transient can be, ahem .. a little violent if you misuse it and is not as smooth (in my opinion) as the Transient Audio Assault I looked at in a previous post.

I will absolutely have to try out the Cannabis Vocoder at some point - like some of the other Bitsonic products it is also FREE !!

20 February 2015

Flava D - Against The Clock

I enjoyed this episode of Against the Clock from Fact TV.
Flava D is part of the Butterz independent record label based in London that specializes in grime music.

6 February 2015

Staying in Key made even easier

Following my post from yesterday, this may be an even easier way to ensure that you are always playing notes from the right key.

CodeFN42 have released a FREE VST plugin called Cales.

Cales is a VST plugin that allows you to map your keyboard’s keys to a musical scale. This will ensure that you will always stay in key, and never hit a wrong note.

When "easy mode" is enabled, you can play any scale using only the white keys with "C" always being the tonic (or "root" note).

More than 20 scales are included, and you can easily add your own custom scales.

5 February 2015

How to always choose notes from the key you are working in

When creating melodies, bass runs or chords you will probably want to choose notes that fit the key you are working in.

If, like me, key theory doesn't come naturally to you here is a quick way to be sure that you can only choose notes which come from the key you are working in. 

This makes it a snip to focus on the creative work without having to stop and consider key theory.

Take the 'C minor' Midi file (or any other scale that you want to use) from Keys and chords and place it in the Session View.

Next select all the Midi notes and move them up or down until the Tonic (lowest note) matches the Key that you want to work in. For example moving to A# (Bb) will give you a key of Bb minor

Press 'Fold' to collapse all the notes. Select all the notes and use Shift up/down arrow to select a suitable range for your song.

Now delete all the notes and you are left with a grid which contains only the notes of the scale that you have chosen.

Now every note that you place in your song will be musically in-tune with your chosen scale.

Great for writing chords too.