Today I had the brief chance of comparing an AKAI S-1100 hardware sampler with what's become the norm in today's studios, a software sampler, usually in the form of a VSTi or Plugin. In my case, for the software side, I used the free and excellent TX16W sampler plug-in, which is pretty much the software […]
For decades, composers have been battling in and off court about stolen or "borrowed" melodic ideas, patterns or even whole songs. In recent years now, I've been observing a new way of ripping of - or let's say - finding a creative way of making your own profit off from someone else's work. Something that […]
A little late though, I was told that German music magazine KEYS has an interview with Chris Hülsbeck (official site), as part of their feature about game scoring and game music in issue February/2008. If you have the chance to get hold of that issue, there is also an interview with composer Alex Pfeffer.
Just like The Nightcrawlers' "Push The Feeling On", Calvin Harris' "Acceptable in the 80s" is a hit slowly but steadily gaining momentum. With a first release on vinyl in December 2006, this remarkable piece of Electroclash has developed from being an underground hit to a mainstream phenomenon. How this came across is actually no secret. […]
Cubase: available in various Pro, Prosumer and Lite versions (Cubasis VST 3.0, Cubase SE 3). One of the first software suites available and still the standard in todays producing environments. Logic: initially developed by a small German company, the now Apple owned Cubase-rival was originally a more pattern based sequencer. Today Logic is available as […]
Let's start this blog as we would start writing a new song (at least in most cases today): by switching on the computer and firing up our music making software of choice. Besides numerous well-established commercial software suites to write, record and mix music, there is a whole slew of free tools available to produce […]