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80's Synthwave Tutorial

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School of Synthesis tutor and Native Instruments specialist Tristan Malloch teaches us how to make Synthwave in this excellent 10 minute video made with Ableton Live and Carbon Electra.

Here he makes beats, bass, pads / leads and uses techniques like sidechaining to create an authentic made in the 80's synthwave track. He pays particular attention to designing the sounds from scratch using basic and easy to understand synthesis. This process can be applied to any DAW or synth.

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The Sound of Analogue Mastering

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Join Davide Carbone on an analog mastering session where he passes a track through analog EQ, analog saturation and analog compression. Here he talks about his experience mastering tracks for Carl Cox through to why and how he implements his techniques.

 

He also explains how Pultec EQ's work and gives visual demonstrations on cutting and boosting at the same frequency.

The analog mastering chain is recorded live so you can hear the difference of each parameter tweak and the bypassing of the units.

Davide is running the track through the following chain:

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Scaler 2 Making An Entire Track

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Watch Davide Carbone create all the harmonic and melodic content over an entire track using Scaler 2 to generate chords, variations, baselines, melody and lead line.

Here Davide uses several instances of Scaler 2, both as an instrument, and as a midi effect to trigger various third part audio instruments. He also creates a melody using the new keys lock feature. This video demonstrates a typical workflow of how Scaler is used across an entire track.

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How Loud? Peak v RMS v LUFS

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Davide Carbone explains the difference between Peak, RMS and LUFS meters and how we should use them when mixing and mastering our tracks in preparation for export.

In this detailed mastering tutorial Davide demonstrates why understanding LUFS is extremely important when uploading your tunes to streaming services and digital retailers. This video is based on content from his popular Production Masterclass at the School of Synthesis.

 

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Making Jackin House Beats

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SOS Maschine and DJ tutor Leroy Amphlett's shows us how to program a Jackin House beat both in Maschine and Ableton and uses swing and Ableton's groove pool.

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