Why I wouldn’t and why YOU shouldn’t buy the teenage engineering op-1

Today I wanna tell you something about the iPhone of the synthesizers and keyboards out there.

It is small, handy, slick, elegant, minimalist and complex, and yet it costs way too much money for

these few features in it. I am talking about the op-1, produced by teenage engineering. Terms like

“musical synthesizer” would be not fitting for the category, to be honest.

Source: Russian Wikipedia

I won’t go too much into the details of the specs, as it would be more practical for you to look it up on Wikipedia.

Strangely I didn’t find any information about its dimensions, so here they are:

Dimensions (LxHxD)11.1 x 4.0 x 0.5” (282.0 x 102.0 x 13.5mm)

This article also mentions 50% of important details that the Wikipedia site didn’t mention as well.

The synthesizer got quite popular from the beginning and Teenage Engineering grew fast as a company.

But you always should ask yourself some things…

Do I need it?

There are so many synthesizers out there. What is so special about this one?

“Wasn’t there a time when this was THE meme synthesizer?!”

“Could I spend my money more wisely?”

The answer to this is:

Yes, yes, and yes/no at the same time.

The main pro as I see it, from a perspective of a non-purchaser, is its mobility.

The Keyboard itself is as bis as 3 normally sized smartphones in a row.

It is a light weight, connectable via USB 2.0 and it has that minimalist touch of an Apple product.

It also floats around in that very same price range as a new iPhone X.

Maybe Teenage Engineering started out as a joke. They might have had the goal to build

one of the smallest synthesizers out there that looks like a funny gadget from a Toys “R” Us advertising campaign.

Will you use it once and then throw it back in its box, because you see the limitations in it?

Then there is this saying that pure limitation is the perfect ground to let your creativity grow.

Will it add value, even though I spent money on it?

There is always that certain point you need to reach, to make something worth your money.

Let’s say you buy an apple and you don’t eat it. You spent 2$ for something that would’ve

been nutritious and healthy, but you wasted it. It is the same with hardware and software

that you buy to produce music. Luckily I never spent too much $$$ on music hardware, but

I wasted a couple of bucks on software. So I know that I am not without “sins”.

I also know that I have to make up for it. It is the same with the op-1. I mean sure, you

could do at least 2 or 3 tracks with it easily in any DAW you’d like, but after that…?

There is this great YouTube channel out there called “Red Means Recording“.

That dude got mad skills. So if you think you can compete, go ahead.

I am just joking and messing with you. I just think that 1k is a little much.

You can good a solid PC for 500 bucks, Cubase for 80 bucks, 25$ for the

Cubase Protection stick for 25 dollars and for around 300 bucks you get the

smallest NATIVE INSTRUMENTS KOMPLETE ULTIMATE 12 version, which

is even in its compact form 20 times more versatile. Plus you have a neat

work station for writing your homework, essays, watching movies and / or play

games on Steam. Maybe all this salt comes from me, because I don’t own one?

If I have the money, I will definitely try one of ’em out. But at the moment the prizes

are getting quite ridiculous. Since the end of 2018 Teenage Engineering stopped

producing the synth. There are collectors synths out there that get sold for 11k.

I am not kidding you guys. 11k for this. This is 1 / 10 of a house. This almost

ranks with eating or burning your money. If I get one for 400$, I will get it.

You might stumble over a cheap sale yourself. Who knows? For live gigs this

might be quite handy though, instead of packing around heavy gear, you

just have to flip the synth in your pocked and your good to go.

Are there alternatives?

Exaggerated speaking: Yes. Everything that is freeware software. From my point of view its

like this, you have to understand software at its basic core and you need to get your hands

on as much software you can get, to understand the inner mechanics of hardware.

As a rule of thumb: Most analog synthesizers are way more expensive than their

digital VST plugin clones. So maybe in 2 or 3 years we might see a OP-1 plugin from

NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, u-he, Omnishphere, Arturia or even Teenage Engineering

themselves. Also, good to mention. If you want to make a compromise between

hardware and cheap and even with the tag “same company” in it, then you should check

out one of their musical calculators on their site. You can get the cheapest new models for 60$

Just 3 examples for show:

Teenage Engineering TE010AS020A PO-20 Arcade Pocket Operator

Teenage Engineering TE010AS014 PO-14 Sub Bass Synthesizer & Sequencer

Teenage Engineering TE010AS028A PO-28 Robot Pocket Operator

I must sound like I hate that poor little synthesizer

It just seems irrational to me that they offer their musical calculators so cheaply and the op-1 is a way to pricey.

When you read that Diplo, Avicii, Thom Yorke, Deadmau5 and Tame Impala also use it, you might get the urge to purchase it. With the thought in the back of your mind that goes a little something like this:

“Famous musician X got this instrument. If I get this instrument, I will get as famous as musician x.”

That is indeed partially correct. On the other hand:

How often do you see clips of street drummers that build their drum set from literal trash?

At some point you need to invest in your virtuosity.

If you’re into funny bleep sounds, you might invest once or twice in these calculators or even buy a whole bundle.

A Moog synthesizer is always expensive. Why? Because its sound is hardly ever reachable. That’s what everyone says.

Could you recreated the sound of an OP-1? Probably. With the right now how and enough YouTube demonstration videos, you could rip the sound collages and soundscapes. I think it might be also a fun task. Trying to force one synthesizer to sound like another. That might spice things up for you.

And finally:

You need to decide for yourself if the OP-1 is what you want. Ask your local music shop if you can try it out if they have it, or even a friend purchased it and that’s why you stumbled over here, to get some more background on this piece of gear.

Spoil yourself with a massage and get yourself some proper software. You might not have the feeling for the knobs

when you produce and record and mix and master, but you will have a more straight-forward plan in which direction you are acoustically heading. With that in mind, I thank you for reading my bold statements and hope that you might take away one or two advices that I mentioned in here. Have a nice day.

(Official home page by the way)

Arturia’s MiniBrute – A little audiomonster.

I bought my very first synthesizer. At first I thought about a digital synthesizer or an analog one. Monophonic or poly phone? I mainly focused on other factors at the end though. Who played what and why and for which price? In the end I was left with the Korg Minilogue, the Arturia Minibrute and the Arturia Microbrute. I somewhat ended up with the Arturia Minibrute.

 

Good basic knowledge for modular synthesis.

When you’re confronted (like me) for the first time with modular synthesizers it’s quite a lot. Arturia Microbrute is a very basic analog synthesizer. It’s quite a cheap and affordable synthesizer. If you buy a new “copy”, you’d have to spend 250€. That’s about the prize of 4 iPhone X’s. And that’s the prize of a new one. I bought myself a used copy and I was quite happy and surprised. A very raw and brutal sound. You must understand this: Analog sound is in a lot of convenience-steps a huge step backwards. In a software synthesizer aka VSTi you have presets. Presets are somewhat finished settings of a synthesizer sound. With most of the analog synthesizers you have to do the tweaking yourself. You need to fully understand which knob does what. So you won’t generate a sound by default. When you plug in the audio cable into your sound system and the audio cable into your synthesizer and you connect the power cable with the synthesizer and you’ll turn on the synthesizer… you might not hear anything at all. You must tweak and experiment and learn until you know which parameter affects what. At some points you might panic and think “what did I do wrong” or “which knob messed up my sound?”, but that’s a big part of the learning curve. I also mentioned VCV rack in an older post of mine. It’s basically the Arturia Minibrute, but more complex and free and complex and completely software based instead of hardware based analog hardware. So you might want to check that one out too.

 

Some personal experiences I made so far:

I never learned the real advantages and conveniences that software synthesizers had. I took them for natural. I thought every synthesizer in the world would somehow be synchronized with each other. So when I recorded a track the other day, I played in some parts with my guitar and generated some drums with it completely digitally. After that I had to start pushing the “REC” button in my DAW. So everything was running rhythmically, EXCEPT FOR THE ARTURIA MINIBRUTE! Now there are a couple of ways fixing the arhythmicality in this track. The first option would’ve been to play stuff in real-time while recording in the rhythm. This limits the melody by your music-playing skill drastically. The horror in this method is that you have to play a part or segment for 20 – 80 times until you say “f*** it” and you take the best skit of the recording. When you have to play a lick / a loop or a piece 20 times, it gets reaaally annoying. You either use the best bit and loop it or you use various variations that you somewhat like. Sometimes you make mistakes while recording your bits and you might consider keeping that stuff. I did this here and there. It’s quite amazing what mistakes can generate. Or you use the sequencer. I used the sequencer for this track. I gotta be honest. It is not a very complex sequencer. The notes you hold-on while playing, these notes will be played. You can choose the pitch and the arpeggio and the rhythm that is playing at the moment, but other than that there’s not many options to choose from. Then again… I’ve never stumbled over THE sequencer. I somewhat know their functions and I am somewhat dependent on them, but I wanna see seriously crazy options integrated in them. So it’s a basic sequencer, but that’s not to bad. It’s definitely enough for my very first analog synthesizer and I can’t complain. I didn’t want to sell the synthesizer right after purchasing it. So this one is really a keeper. Back to the song-recording story. The record function in my DAW was running, my sequencer in the analog synthesizer was running, but both didn’t have the same rhythm. So I had to tap the “metronome function” of the synthesizer. Imagine it this way: The DAW put’s out a metronome sound. So while the metronome sound of the DAW was playing, I had to tap the speed of the running sequencer of the analog sequencer in the same rhythm as the DAW was putting out. The cool thing is that you can hear that the sequencer is sometimes faster and sometimes slower. This gives your track a unique and own-sounding touch. In this digitized era, arhythmicality is sometimes somewhat necessary. Sometimes you need chaos to appreciate order. I know that Chris Clark used this effect also on some levels on some of his songs. A rule of thumb is for me personally: You hear somewhat strange rhythms? Analog hardware is behind that kind of sound.

 

“Lemme guess. You had no idea what you were doing.”

Yes, yes and yes. That is completely right. Sometimes you make song after song after song and get comfy with what you’re doing. That is a very dangerous head space, since it gives you a routine and your newer songs will sound more and more like your older ones. At some point you might have a professional sound achieved and a routine for making tracks. That’s where I personally intervene myself. Music shouldn’t be about routine. My personal definition of good music is either:”Wow! What is that? That is new! I never heard something like that” or “This is a nice blend of instruments, patterns and lyrics and they fit each other”. I mean yeah, 99% of music fits perfectly for your setting that you were looking for, but also feel like 95% of music is the same ol’ same ol’. Nothing new on the table and still following the rules of 50 years old pop songs. The Minibrute forced me into new territories that I wouldn’t have left otherwise.

 

What will the future bring?

I need to build in the Arturia Minibrute into more tracks to know its advantages and disadvantages. I will keep you informed about positive stuff and negative stuff that will happen to me when I tweak its beautiful knobs.

 

Would I suggest it?

A definite “yes” is needed at the end of my “storytelling”. Are there better beginner synths out there? Analog or digital? Probably. I take music lessons for playing the keyboard. My keyboard teacher knows quite a lot about these synths. He himself said that it’s a very minimalist attempt of an analog synthesizer. It sounded quite bad when he said it, but I am nevertheless happy with it. I hope this will never change and that I’ll always be able to enjoy and play it.

Official page:

https://www.arturia.com/products/hardware-synths/minibrute

Wikipedia entry:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arturia_MiniBrute

Affiliate marketing, promotion, sales, online business. That kind of stuff.

In this section I will tell you guys about my progress and what I’ve learned so far.

Edit: I tried to focus on affiliate marketing, but my emotional view intersected strongly on this post, since I made a lot of experience in affiliate marketing and Google AdSense. This stuff is not Twilight, but it sure as hell is no dissertation about mathematical correlations to online marketing either. More a therapeutical text for everyone to read.

What happened / what did I expect?

I got some views and comments on my site. I somewhat dug down deeper into “the rabbit hole” of online marketing.  Its ways and methods, people, scams, methods. I got a 9 to 5 job and had a lot of schedules in the mean time. I finished my drivers licence and fixed up some parts on my car. I got fired from my job, not because I am already able to make a living from this stuff right here, but rather because I got a boss that didn’t tread me to well. So since one month I am unemployed. I did some paperwork to get my welfare, I applied for many jobs and informed myself. A lot of stuff was mainly for me to keep me busy. Because I know one thing that is for sure: When you’re unemployed and you don’t make your own schedule for things or you skip one or two or you watch House Of Cards or Game Of Thrones in one of your lonely nights to long… if you do that and you binge-watch your favourite series from 10pm ’till 6am in the morning, than you know that your live is crumbling appart in some manner. Your mood is down because of the unemployment and your day-night-rhythm is off. You feel you’re worthless and start watching more series or start drinking more with friends, make debts, play more online games. Addictive behaviour basically. So you watch yourself going down the downward spiral, thinking:”Didn’t I write like… 10 posts or so? Shouldn’t I be rich at this point? Or am I naive?”. I realized that I was naive. Yeah sure, a lot of people promote online marketing and affiliate stuff, but the same people who promote it, these people are your competition.

Let’s look up estimated numbers…

WealthyAffiliate exists since 1998 or so. I don’t know, something like that. Back in the day it was harder to create a post for your own website and put in ads and affiliate links, sure. On the other hand: There was no competition. 20 years have passed since then. It’s getting easier and easier by the minute to get into affiliate marketing and ads and all that stuff, but in the meantime the competition is growing. The same thing goes for music. I love music. I am an avid music fan since my 14th year of birth. I got my hands on music software back in the days. If I hadn’t got my hands on that software back then… maybe I would’ve worked for different companier or never picked up any kind of interest in the making of music. The number of DJs increase day by day as well as the number of content creators for affiliate marketing and that stuff grows. Keep that in mind. So you better do it like me and immediately start to work your way up in that affiliate plan of yours.

That’s a lot of 1-Dollar Bills!

Upsides and downsides:

I am in an interesting position right now. I am somewhat living in a homeless shelter. I am unemployed. I visit my mother on a daily basis to take a shower there or to dress up or plan a job interview for a job that I might be interested in. That is what I do by day. In the night I focus on my hobby: Making music with new software and hardware. Reading lecture about various subjects and posting on one or two of my blogs and posting on my keyboard website. Keep yourself busy writing and trying out new things on your site. I am unemployed and a little blue at the moment, yes. On the other hand: I finally got my driving licence, good friends that stay behind me, new job opportunities, plans for the future, a full schedule (that still allows me to have fun here and there 😉 ) while staying somewhat fit by talking long walks, listening to music and going to the supermarket by feet-transportation (old school, I know).

New year’s resolutions:

A lot of people get drunk on new year’s eve and they tell their friends that they go to the gym and that they eat healthy, exercise more, pay more attention to their lovers. A friend of mine stopped smoking before new years. He just stopped. He didn’t need any resolutions. Why? Because stuff like that makes you fall again and again into the same trap. “Next year I will start” and after that year it’s again “next year” and so on and on…

Start now or never. That’s the method that worked for a friend of mine.

I did an approach from another angle. I knew 6 months ago that I paid to much for my flat and that I had developed a serious drinking and porn addiction. The way I somewhat fixed it was this: I moved out from my flat. The new sensations and things I had experienced by moving back to my mother again and then to the homeless shelter…

A lot of depressing stuff you might think, but I saw opportunities for me to get humble again, not taking everything for granted. Working on this blog and site more and more. Doing all the things that I wanted to do for the last 3 years. Getting a grip on many things. My problem at the moment isn’t the porn addiction or high rent or old drinking habbits. Nowadays I just wanna seize the day and pull out it’s maximum potential. Keep on doing the good things and reduce slooowly the bad things. Sooner or later you get where you wanted to be. Baby steps. That’s the important thing.

Conclusion

This post should’ve reached you more than me, but somehow I turned this page into a therapeutical autobiography. I never learned writing, but it feels good for me to write. If I feel this way, why shouldn’t you? I want you to write all your stuff down and publish it. Of course not everything personal. You know what I mean. Everything that you wish to put out there. My thoughts are always on this site. I seriously hope to get in contact with more musicians. I want to be a big network of musicians. That is my main function on this planet / site. Music saved my life so many times. I hope it gives you help and comfort as it did for me. In regards to the affiliate stuff: I hope you join, but put in some serious elbow grease to compete with others. Keep yourselve interacting. Only a moving body, is a living body. Don’t put yourselve down for little stuff that happens to everyone.

Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affiliate_marketing

NI Absynth 5 Intoxication w/ soundscapes

Introduction:

Brian Clevinger created the software at the end of 2000 for Mac-Os. One year later NATIVE INSTRUMENTS  and Clevinger cooperated and he’s the chef developer since this day.

The general UI look of Absynth 5

So what’s under the hood?

You got 3 channels, 14 filters, a lot of rare oscillators. You can use it with your MASCHINE sampler or as a sampler itself. It works as a FM synthesis and granular synthesis basis. You can use it as an effect. External audio runs through Absynth and goes into your DAW, MASCHINE, audio recording software. Whatever you want basically. In Version 5.3.1 (newest version from 2015, and yet still freshly updated) you got also a cloud filter and comb filter. You have basic elements of a modular synthesizer, which is basically a training for big and complex modular synthesizers. You got hundrets of presets and you can even combine 2 presents and decide which parts of each preset shine through your sound. It is of course MIDI-compatible. Do I need to mention that you can use it in your regular DAW like Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic or even Sonar. It runs on Mac-OS and Windows, but sadly not on Linux. Sadly there isn’t enough software out there that runs directly on Linux.

 

My old green friend:

Absynth 4 and now Absynth 5 are my old solid companions from the old days. Alone the UI is a big plus for me. I have a serious fetish for green coloured software and interfaces. It’s even somewhat turquish and got a relaxin’ vibe, but don’t be fooled by the UI. It got some radical, gnarly, crazy distortion effects and like every software it’s recomendable to try it out. There comes another minus: No demo available. So watch some YouTube videos, read reviews from magazines and ask your music teacher or some buddy if they were properly introduced into Absynth and how it works. I am mainly a sucker for presets. Kinda awkward to say stuff like that. A lot of purists out there prefer to create their own unique sound, even if it sounds worse than a preset. You want your own stamp on the sound you created and you wanna tell everyone:”HEY MAN! I MADE THAT PRESET! CAN YOU HEAR THAT? I KNOW IT SOUNDS AWFUL, BUT AT LEAST IT’S 100% ORIGINAL!”. I also use Massive, Kontakt, Battery and the full NATIVE INSTRUMENTS KOMPLETE EDITION ULTIMATE package. It’s nice to browse around the presets in every VSTi you get your hands on, but to be honest: The most experiments I did, I did them in Absynth 5. Why should I convince you to get it? This article right here is mainly about writing down my experiences I made over these years. I just wanna write down memories and stuff that I would recommend me to myself. If I read this article in a couple of years and I’ll find out that Absynth 6 will suck like Cubase 9.5 does… that will be quite hurtful. Nowadays you got a some pros and cons with software. Everyone mentions mainly the pros, like mostly free updates and somewhat more support and you don’t have to carry around heavy hardware. If you got hardware you won’t get a software update that will destroy the whole hardware. Except when it’s some kind of hybrid thing like the Virus TI 2…? That’s at least what I read about it. A strange mixture of software and hardware. You basically need to be ready to roll down to Absynth 5.

 

The browser in the VSTi

90% of every NI VSTi got the same explorer. Why? Because it’s usefull and logical. You either search for moods, tags or especially instrument sounds. Moods / tags would be stuff like “happy” or “eerie”. Instrument sounds would be stuff like “guitar” or “sequenced” or “piano”, stuff like that, yo. Most of the time I double click on a preset and play around on my MIDI keyboard with my left hand and then I cllick on the next preset and play around with the left hand. Sometimes you get stuck to a preset or you modify it to your desire. I remember some years back ahead recording with Audacity and playing with Absynth in realtime. A horrible experience to be fair, but it was fun. At the end of the day that is what really counts. I don’t get the hate that VSTis get, just for being digital. I grew up digital luckily. Be happy that you don’t have to program and save every preset and you don’t need to tune and warum up the synth and make notes on how the preset was before that. You sit in front of your extremly small laptop cuddled in your blanked on your bed and just toy around with the VSTi the way you feel like it.

 

I need to learn more…

I haven’t checked this little nifty tool enough, haven’t tried everything that I want. Kinda curious to see that the newest update is 3 years ago. I seriously hope to see support on Windows 11 or Windows 12 for Absynth 5 or finally the #6. Don’t neglect this piece of software dear developers and Mr. Clevinger. While writing about it I get kinda accoustically hungry to try out new stuff. I bet you could even form a band that ONLY focuses on using Absynth 5. Imagine that. Their main trademark is that the perform live and in studio only via Absynth 5. I think I should write that idea somewhere down…

 

Yes or no?

Yes, yes and yes. Luckily I bought the software in my youth and used it some years before cracked. Nowadays I’m to stingy for software. I seriously wanna invest more in hardware to get the vibe and the feeling that hardware gives you. A lot of people got famous and made a living by using hardware. Maybe I’ll make a lot of debts by buying always new hardware instead of learning and investing in software. That should be the point that would pull me down to the ground to show me that stuff like Absynth 5 should be enough. I say goodby at this point and wish all you guys a good night or day or whatever… see you around. =))))

 

You can purchase Absynth from the official Native Instruments site for 150€ approximately. You might be able to upgrade you Absynth 1 – 4 to Absynth 5 for 60€, but if you mean serious business, you have to spend a little more to get the biggest and fullest package for the “smallest” prize.

Let’s do the maths:

Say you want to buy 6 instruments solely. Say each of them cost 150€. All in all they cost together 900€.  If you bought more and more separately, you’d end up spending 5,000,00,-$ USD or so. You can buy the full package for 1,600,00,-$. This is a big one time investment and it lasts for years. To be honest. I bought my upgrade from my NATIVE INSTRUMENTS – ULTIMATE EDITION 11 today  for 600€.

Here’s the official site for comparison.

 

As you can see, only KOMPLETE 12 SELECT hasn’t got Absynth 5

 

In the next days or weeks or so I will test and try out and produce with the newest upgraded version some songs and audio concepts that I have in mind.

I will tell you guys how it went. I know that I won’t sleep very good today, since I’m to excited to try out these patches, presets and new plug-ins and sound banks and loops.

The upgrade that I got myself, because I already had KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE EDITION:

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If you haven’t got a previous version, this might be more interesting for you. It’s from a German shop that got quite famous and popular over the years and has a beautiful customer support. I am also a quite customer in regards of their products. Sorted from cheap to expensive:

 

If your completly new and you want to get the whole package as a new customer:

 

Those link to Thomann. Which has generally cheaper prices.

Komplete 12 Select for $179.99 

Komplete 12 for $529.99

Komplete 12 Ultimate for $1,019.99

Komplete 12 Ultimate Collector’s Edition for $1,5019.99

 

If you still prefer Amazon though:

Komplete 12 Select for $199.99  

Komplete 12 for $599.99 

Komplete 12 Ultimate for $1,199.99 

Komplete 12 Ultimate Collector’s Edition for $1,599.99 

 

Wikipedia:

(Sadly this well developed VSTi plugin has only a German Wikipedia entry. Which makes partially sense, since it was developed in Germany. On the other hand: You’ve heard Absynth one way or another if you listened to a lot of electronic music. Believe me.)

Comparison: Cubase, FL Studio, Ableton and some others.

In this section I will review 3 DAWs that I used over the years. Cubase, FL Studio and Ableton.

Cubase

Cubase has the most common UI out there. Many other DAWs use familiar designs. I put the most work hours in Cubase. A very solid DAW that never disappointed me. While in the newer version are some more bugs that I don’t enjoy, I suppose they’ll fix ’em in the future. Otherwise I will change up to FL Studio, which I will mention in the next section. I wanna stick with this DAW forever if possible. The problem with every kind of software are updates and downgrades. Sometimes an old version of a DAW is better than a new version. You have to change the facts if the upgrade is better or worse. At the moment I am really dissatisfied with Cubase 9.5. Cubase 5 – 9 were highly addictive for me and helped me enormously with my workflow. Let us pray that Cubase 10 works properly again so I don’t have to compare all those DAWs out there.

Edit:

I got myself Cubase 10 and some more RAM. I am really excited to try out everything new.

Cubase 9.5


FL Studio

My personal second choice. A lot of installments and projects mend and bend together for me in Cubase in FL Studio. Very basic design that you can expand and modify how you like it. Image Line made only positive changes over these years. Keep in mind that you will not find small updates on this DAW and it has a solid fan base. The variety of plugins you get is also quite astonishing. The stuff you get inside from FL Studio is enough to work and experiment around for over 2 years in a row if you keep on doin’ tracks. You’re quickly working step from step and in no time got yourselves a finished song. If you’re an avid music listener as I am, you might even discover one or two samples that are in FL Studio that you can also hear in other professional productions. Now in regards in plug’n play you also got some advantages to some other DAWs since there is a big canvas of samplers and keyboards and mixers and what-not that you just can select in the settings and you don’t need to set it up.

FL Studio 20


Ableton

The one I got the least experience with. A solid and fundamental base for live performances. Many artists swear that Ableton is essential for live performances. Only a few tries to avoid and undergo it by buying expensive hardware and software just so that they can perform live without the aid. If you want to go live you definitely have to spent time with this tool. It allows you to play finished sets, improvise on the spot (if you got the skills of course 😉 ). You can DJ with it and produce, mix, compose, write down your score and just toy around with it. I seriously had problems cutting and editing single samples in it. But maybe I just did something wrong at the time. Here’s a fun bit for you if you’re interested: Ableton put out Max. Max is somewhat related to VCV Rack. While Max is very expensive VCV Rack is for free. Maybe there is a reason behind that prize, but I prefer to go with cheaper versions, as I am limited to a budget.

Ableton


Bitwig Studio, LSDJ, VCV Rack, Nanoloop, others:

Bitwig Studio had some nice options in regard to production. LSDJ is an 8-bit tracker for Game Boy that you could also run with your emulator on a PC, Mac or Android if you want, but you get the real raw sound from an original Game Boy of course. VCV Rack: Modular synthesizer sound that you have to build up from the ground yourselves. Very hardcore stuff. You can learn your whole life about this area and never finish it, it’s a vast universe of soundscape and it’s an advantage if you know how everything is connected and how others synthesizers or drum computers / samplers / effect pedals, etc. are build. This is a big deal when you consider that everything is basically circuitry. So VCV rack should be a basic for you, the stuff that follows afterwards isn’t “that important” afterwards. So focus on getting a lot of input from this program and afterwards you just do what you want. I seriously regret not getting into that stuff earlier. This is music at it’s core. At the cost of 0,00,-€. That should be somewhat in everyone’s budget. Let’s hop on to Nanoloop. Nanoloop is insane. Very minimalist design. You can do twisted stuff like turning up the BPM to 300k. Insane sound collagés and more. Only one reach away from your hands. There is a Game Boy version out there that is logically limited because of its retro and old-schooly-vibed hardware. The version you get from the Google Play store costs you a bit but it’s worth it. On the other hand it costs a lot of power for your smartphone to put out a beat on 300.000 BPM. I think it’s possible to overheat some older smartphones maybe with Nanoloop. Imagine that for a moment. Get yourselves an old smartphone buy the app from the store and run that app till the accumulator of the smartphone is burning through. What a beautiful thought. You got an optical component when the smartphone goes up in flames and an acoustical component when the audio chip is melting.

BitWig Studio

LSDJ

Nanoloop


Conclusions, conclusion, conclusions…

So where are we at at this point? What can you take home or consider for yourselves at this point? I know that I am a voice of many. I know a lot of people write, blog, record themselves about what software they use and what hardware and what not. In the end you need to decide yourselves what you want to do. As a kid that grew up in a digital age it is kinda hard for me to get a grip at hardware. Software is getting cheaper, you can try out programs and you’re always mobile if you wanna. The programs I mention here should basically cover in regards in what you want to do. Who knows. Maybe you find your own DAW that you don’t want to miss or you made the experience that I talked trash and other software is better. I seriously hope I could help you out with this post and you somewhat know now where you are standing. See you soon. =)

FL Studio – A solid choice in every aspect:

On the 18th December 1997 Image-Line Software (the name of the company) created something small that should change the music industry year by year. They created FruityLoops. A very simple music production software that was easy to learn for beginners. In the 21 years of change a lot of stuff happened. New plug-ins, new designs, new user base.

The UI of FL Studio 20 – A Progressive Trance track made by Ben Gold Style

I’m not saying it’s the best music software out there, but I know that you heard about famous composers that used the software themselves. To name a few: Avicii, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Spor, Savant, Seven Lions and Deadmau5 of course.


All the versions out there:

FL Studio 20 Fruity Edition– 91-59,-€

FL Studio 20 Producer Edition– 195,00,-€

FL Studio 20 Signature Edition – 295,00,-€

FL Studio 20 All PlugIn Bundle – 799,99,-€

FL Studio 20 Trial Version

FL Studio Mobile For Android Smartphones And Tablets

FL Studio Wikipedia


A unique UI that you won’t find in any other DAW:

There are probably 200 different DAWs out there. Some cost you a lot of money, some of them are free. Some feature certain basics while other are comparable with a Swiss Army Knife. In a big bunch of ’em you can use VST plugins. FL studio has the unique design out there. I swear on my life with this one. Write me or show me if you find something that might look even more unique.

Which is a big advantage but at the same time a big disadvantage. When I start with FL Studio, I’m finished with a track in 4 – 8 hours. I know the pros out there need 2 – 3 days to perfect the beat, but I also know that I lack the knowledge. I also don’t have high end gears like those producers, mixers, arrangers, DJs, remixers and all the people that make a solid living from this kind of business.

In theory I know how you can sustain an income with that profession, practically speaking I spent about 5k on music equipment I know how far back I still am. With FL Studio and it’s very minimalist design that you can design and save and re-load for every new pack or for every time you restart FL Studio.

This allows you insanely quick workflow. The only way to beat stuff like that, is if you know a lot about shortcut keys and tracker software and you can combine that insane knowledge in real time (you need to be some kind of savant³³³ to be able to perform such tasks). If you’re a beginner and you need a beginners tool set while yet sounding professionally, you wanna start with FL Studio.

A lot of people out there complain about the childish look and textures and cartoony UI. Frank JavCee, a great YouTuber, who uses FL Studio all the time, made it even a meme to change the background of the UI in every theme related video. For a “how to make Vaporwave” video he used a Vaporwave background. For a “how to make Ambient” video he used an Ambient background and so on and so on.

It’s kinda weak to say:”Hey man, this program looks funny. I don’t wanna use it because of that.”
Did you know that there are Hip Hop producers out there that just sample and program simple drums in FL Studio and make up to 20,000.00,-USD per beat? They even make tutorials on how easy it is to make such a beat and how to sell it. It doesn’t matter if you just want to toy around or experiment with complex stuff, FL Studio allows you all those things.

The main reason I stopped using it, was because of the workflow at a certain part of the tracks. Sometimes the UI is a curse and sometimes a relief. You got to decide for yourself if you enjoy it. I definitely suggest that you get yourself at least the demo version.


Combine it with other DAWs.

A very important option in my opinion. In my Cubase article I mention that you can use FL Studio in Cubase. Guess what. You can do the exact same thing vice versa. You’re able to use your Cubase version in FL Studio. This means that the complex software isn’t basically afraid to implement other complex software. I subjectively just enjoy the pure idea of that.


The plugins that come with these bundles are each a chapter of their selves.

If you guys are interested let me know which one I should elaborate more. I used a lot of those plugins and got a good feeling and a gist of what is what in the plugin library. Over the years FL Studio grows more on you. Even if you’ve used Ableton, Cubase, Pro Tools, Acid, Reason. If FL Studio was your first, you will always compare your first DAW with the newer ones you’ve been using. Ultimately you want to check out as many DAWs as possible to find the right one (or right ones) for you. It is physically not possible for you to disregard FL Studio. You might not use it as often, but it won’t lose its charm.


Great community and support aaaaaand….

A great community is somewhat a cliche at this point, but I needed to mention this for a clear conscience. The support team also helps you always as best as they can and here comes the veeeeery best part of it: Let’s say you bought 2005 a premium deluxe package of FL Studio (back then called FruityLoops, as mentioned before). A new version gets released. If you bought Cubase 5 or Reason 2 then you had to pay for the Upgrade / Update from Cubase 5 to Cubase 6 or from Reason 2 to Reason 3. With FL Studio you buy the stuff once and you get lifelong updates and the newest version UNTIL YOU DIE! The only other company that did the same thing is Pro Tools AFAIK. So once you bought it the deals done. You don’t have to worry to upgrade in the future and to consider if an update would be useful and necessary if you’re low on your budget at the moment. Nonstop livelong updates. You can even use the demo version for free as long as you want, including all plugins. The only downside in the demo version of the program and it’s plugins is that you can’t save any song and all the plug-ins generate a noise signal every one or two minutes (don’t remember the exact time right now). That is their kind of saying that you’re still running in demo mode and should consider purchasing the software. Other than that you’re good to go. More than a fair deal if you ask me.


What is left to say

Everything that needed to be said was mentioned basically. In the end you need to decide if you want to give it a try. I used the program over 11 years now, so I know one or two things about it. I don’t think Image-Line will screw up big time in the future and even if they did: You are always able to roll back to an older version that you liked way more and use it until your OS starts to glitch with it because if lacking compatibility. Even then you can use a virtual machine (a digitally created PC installed on a hard drive on your real PC) to re-try various older versions if you feel like it. FL Studio is also very stable. You need to really mess around to crash it, so you might even consider live-usage for this.

Cubase – A professional DAW that became a music industry standard

“Cubase” is the name of the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) that I’ll be talking’ here about.

It’s one of the big names in the music scene. It appeared in the very late 80s and got very popular in the middle of the 90s because of VST (Virtual Studio Technology).

Who got me to Cubase was Amon Tobin to be honest. I heard probably 99% of all his tracks.

Here’s a list though of other artists that are quite happy with Cubase: Cubase – Artists List

 

“So what can you do with that thing?”

That totally depends on what you plan to do with it. For simple recordings Audacity should be enough.

You want to edit, chop, tune and play around more? Overdub, distort and add some effects on there

with automation? Then Cubase might be more your style. Here are some basics on the subject.

“Steinberg” is the name of the company that programmed, released and sold copies of Cubase.

They have various hardware and software products. They offer seminars and look out for programmers.

Cubase Elements 9.5 costs 82,00,-€.

Cubase Artist 9.5 costs 259,00,-€. <— Needs a USB-eLicenser

Cubase Pro 9.5 costs 458,00,-€. <— Needs also a USB-eLicenser

USB-eLicenser: A lot of software gets cracked, because it only has software protection. Steinberg avoided going bankrupt or loosing a lot of money by cracker kids out there who would offer a lot of software cracked out there for free.

 

You need to possess a USB-eLicenser to try out a demo of a Steinberg product or to run the bought version that you own.

 

Cubase Artist & Cubase Pro NEED the eLicenser to start. So you need to add 30,00,-€ more to the equation.

 

If you tried out all the software from Steinberg you would come up to 1TB I suppose and you could try all that stuff out for free for 30 days as full versions. You could also just buy the eLicenser, try out the first demo for 30 days, try out the next demo for 30 days and so on and so on. This could go on for years or even decades. At that point of time there is already newer software out there that you could try out if you wanted.

 

The last cracked version of Cubase out there is version 5.0, after that nobody in the cracker scene managed to release a cracked Cubase. Legend has it a lot of cracker teams worked for version 5.0 to crack it after months and months of trying out.

 

To be honest… I tried out the cracked 5.0 version for 2 or 3 years. I did the same with NATIVE INSTRUMENTS KOMPLETE 7 ULTIMATE. I used both a lot so I bought my first full pro version of Cubase. It was version 6.0.

 

Other functions:

In Audacity you can theoretically add a couple of plugins but that is pure hell to work with that interface.

In Cubase you can add in the Pro version 64 VST instruments. I never hit a limit to be honest.

Cubase Comparison

What I also like about other DAWs and this one: You can insert them into each other.

Let’s say you start out with FL Studio. You add Cubase as an “instrument”. Your second instrument is Ableton

and your third one is Pro Tools. You need to route the stuff correctly then and you can work with all of them at once. The hard part is the routing though. Haven’t quite figured out yet how that works. Normally nobody does this. As your knowledge progresses and you try out programs that you want to get into you might discover yourself some functions that define your sound and editing character. You can add those audio effects and the programs even into video editing programs like Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere Pro. Sometimes I edit a video and I don’t like the reverb effects from Adobe, Sony, FL Studio or NATIVE INSTRUMENTS. No problem. I just choose the path of Cubase effects that I like and add a reverb from their list.

 

Not only mic recordings and VST instruments are compatible with it.

You can record only MIDI data from your MIDI keyboard without an instrument you selected.

You can find yourself a free modular synthesizer plugin like VCV rack and add it as a sequencer and just record the sound from the program.

 

 

Expand furthermore as soon as you’re ready.

At some point you will hit a wall. That is what happened to me at least. When you have a low resolution screen a lot of windows are packed over each other and you have to click and click and click to get around. That wouldn’t happen with a high resolution screen and especially not if you had 3 high resolution screens. I edit nowadays ONLY with 3 screens.

The left one shows the faders and the main mixing console therefore.

The middle one shows the bars, scenes and track arrangements.

The right one shows the last piano roll I edited or the VST I had open before.

I even got a sticker set for PC keyboards. You put the stickers on certain buttons. Like the button “#8” shows you what you use when you press that key. You’ll select the pen tool in Cubase. This tool allows you to draw automation by hand or edit velocity. Stuff like that. You can also try to memorize the key shortcuts. Maybe you’re highly skilled in regard to remembering a lot of shortcuts. Who knows, right?

 

 


 

Shameless self promotion of a track of mine. Here you can see all 3 screens of mine. Paint combines all the screens.

 


 

 

My Peroration

Cubase is good for people who are in the middle segment of knowing something and the pro segment of knowing a lot in the audio editing and engineering niche. FL Studio is definitely better for beginners. But as the years have passed, I can’t work with anything else than Cubase. I might change some DAWs in the next years, but Cubase will stay my second true love that has last the longest of them all. FL Studio is the first-love-at-sight, but after some years the interface feels of. If you get Cubase you can get into Pro Tools. If you know those two you can get into other DAWs. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Buy the eLicenser, try out the demo. Take your time. Realize how much you’ll need this DAW or not.

A lot of people know about this kind of business models, but a lot also don’t know about it. So here’s my short explanation.

If you buy something from let’s say Adobe, then you have to pay monthly. Like 15,00,-€ per month to use Adobe After Effects. After 2 years you bought the whole version of the product. You can unsubscribe from your payment and got yourself a full version of the product. To get the newest version of it you have to pay monthly again though.

You don’t have that kind of trouble with NI, Steinberg, FL Studio, Pro Tools. Either you buy their software once (FL Studio, Pro Tools) and you got yourself the full pro version a lifetime long or you have to upgrade every 1 or 2 years (NI & Cubase).

You don’t have to pay if you don’t want, but then you got an older version. Some say that doesn’t matter and some say it does matter. I always realize the big changes of every update. I bought my Cubase Pro 6 back then as a full version for 500,00,-€ from ebay or so. The upgrade from Cubase Pro 6 to Cubase Pro 7 cost me 250,00,-€. That doesn’t hurt a lot when you see the tutorials and changes and what has happened over the time span of 1 – 2 years.

 

In a lot of cases money corrupts products, artists and companies. In the case of Steinberg I would disagree. I am happy that I bought their software and that I stopped using the pirated and free and veeeery old version of their DAW.

 

Help and support shall come for those who need it the most.

 

 

 

 

Audacity – Free Software – Perfect for professionals and beginners

In this article I wanna tell you guys all about Audacity. A free software that is useful for EVERYBODY!!!

You have no idea how to work this…

Free software called Audacity. That’s OK. Neither do I. “What? You have no idea ’bout this thing and yet you wanna tell us how great it is?” Well… yes. The thing is that I never really learned how to work it. Let me elaborate. It just fits and works. In the beginning you might have little trouble with selecting a certain area you want to edit. After a short learning curve you’re just in it.

You just work the tracks you think they ought a be worked on. I can’t describe the flow in this software. You just do everything like you’re waking up and brushing your teeth or taking a shower. It fits like a glove. If you ever get stuck: there is a forum out there where you can ask for help on how to do what. I used that forum in 8 years about 2 times. That was it.

The rest just went naturally for me. Allegedly you want to switch later on. But I don’t got the feeling like switching already. Some of these programs in these segments cost around 100,00,-€ up to 4.000,00,-€.

Why you need it:

You just listen to YouTube songs here and there. Why would you need it? Here’s why: A lot of music that gets uploaded on YouTube gets compressed. Some people load up a quiet song here and there. Some other people create playlists in YouTube afterwards. You stumble over such a playlist. Let’s take a “A E S T H E T I C Vaporwave Playlist.

First track is in a normal volume. You play it at a normal volume. The next track in the playlist is very very quiet, so you turn up your speakers. The song is somewhat loud now. The song ends and the next song comes up. You forgot to turn down the volume. It’s laaaate at night.

You’re living with your mum and dad, or you live alone and have sensitive neighbors, your girlfriend / wive is asleep and your awake. Suddenly an ear-ripping sound fills the room. The next song started to play and you forgot to turn down the volume. You woke everyone up. Everyone’s angry at you, and they should be. You could’ve prevented this. You might wanna put on some headphones next time.

That way you just scare yourself to death while giving yourself a good ol’ hear impairment accident. That’s the stuff that nightmares are made for for your ears. Just download the track if it’s free or buy it if not and open up Audacity. Either you right click on the track and say in Windows “open with…” and then “Audacity” or you open up Audacity and import the track. A lot of formats get recognized in Audacity.

If Audacity doesn’t recognize your track then you got a very very very rare and complicated file format. That is less the fault of Audacity and more the fault of the people creating the track and exporting it in that file format or container. The track is now in Audacity. You just select now the tab “Effects” and check out “Normalize”. You will see how every spike of the song goes up, if it was very quiet.

Audacity automatically calculates how much dB is missing. You want to achieve something between -0,3dB or 0,0dB. -0,3 db is important if you want to burn the tracks on a CD, because the burning process makes everything 0,3dB louder.

I don’t use CDs anymore so I’m good with 0,0dB. “0,0dB??? So the track is completely quiet?” Nope and nope. This is more a measurement when things start to go out of hand.

 

Imagine the 0,0dB mark like a full glass of water.

= empty glass of water.

0,0dB is a full glass of water.

Adding more dB to a 0,0 full glass of water aka a track is most of the time useless. Unless you know what you’re doin’ you try to avoid it.

The glass will spill / the sound will be harsh and totally distorted and unrecognizable.

“What if I want the measurements of a half full glass water?”

Here is the beauty in it: That depends what the source material aka the song on the CD, Blu-Ray, Cassette, i-Tunes Store, Spotify is.

Wikipedia – Audio Bit Depth

You don’t have to read the whole article. Just check out this table called

Signal-to-noise ratio and resolution of bit depths

Every bit equals 6dB.

For easier understanding I will use the water glass example, just because I like it so much and I think it helps you understand the concept far better than me. Nobody every explained that stuff to me. I had to ask my keyboard teacher and the web and threads and all that stuff….

 

 

1 Bit = 6dB = 0dB aka – dB is an empty glass of water. = 6dB is a full glass of water therefore we have 0,00dB left before the clipping begins.

A half glass of water would be 3dB in that case.

You know, the area where the water pours over the glass and sound gets distorted and unrecognizable aggressive

 

 

 

(Game Boy – Game Boy Color Games)

8 Bit = 8 times 6dB = 48dB maximum.

48dB = a full glass of water.

0dB = – dB = empty glass of water.

24dB = a half full glass of water.

 

 

(Usual CD sound – YouTube songs, DVD Songs)

16 Bit = 16 times 6 = 96dB = 96dB maximum.

96dB = a full glass of water.

0dB = – dB = empty glass of water.

48dB = a half full glass of water.

 

 

You get the idea. This affects the volume. There are other factors out there. But I say this is quite important for you to know.

 

Dafydd Thomas - Mixing engineer based in Cardiff https://www.dafydd-thomas.com/

Why you need it #2:

You might be a serious record junkie and collector and might buy here and there one vinyl after the other. Get a feeling for ripping and recording vinyls. You might have a record player and a couple of records. You might even have vinyl cleaning equipment, but in the end you’ll need software to record the stuff that the record player gets from the vinyl.

It’ll send it to your PC and Audacity awaits your input. From there on you cut it to perfect bits and pieces. Export and name it and add it to your crazy collection you got over the years. A fire in your building might break out or your girlfriend throws your rare collected vinyls at you in a fit and break it.

You might’ve lost the value of the vinyl but at least you got a copy of the rare vinyl on your PC and you even forethought so far that the HDD that had the track on there gets backed up on a daily base and it even sends it to your own rented cloud and to a friends back-up server.

So the chances of loosing that record on an accoustical aspect are veeeeeeeery low. Except when you live in an area where earthquakes are common, but that is a topic for someone else.

Why you SERIOUSLY need it…. #3:

You’re a professional or a beginner and you travel around without your equipment and arrive at a professionals house or a beginners’ den. You guys wanna start now but you don’t want to travel around heavily equipped. You just download Audacity and start immediately.

In conclusions you usually hear stuff like…

What are the pro’s of the product and the con’s. I see no contra on here. It’s free, the community has an open ear for you. Hell, I even donated 5 or 10,00,-€ since I use their software 4 – 5 times from Monday till Sunday since 8 years now or even longer. You can implement the stuff you already bought or try out other free plugins.

You can experiment with recording your own stuff. Guitars in Mono, Drums in 7.1, whatever you desire. You and only YOU are your OWN limit. In combination with short-cuts, this program is unbeatable. I learned a big deal out of using this. I’m actually at a point where I’m afraid to switch.

I try out the demo of some other software from Steinberg or some other company and then I buy the stuff and never use it anymore. I hope I get to know more tools in that area but I really doubt that they will work that much better than Audacity. One or two features might be in there and these 1 or 2 features might cost you 200,00,-€ then…

 

no thanks!

Download Audacity®

Wealthy Affiliate – What got me into the “game”

I never thought I would seriously dedicate myself to the grooming of a website that contains posts, blogs and articles about my hobby. I wanna share with you guys how I got here and why I’ll continue with it.

How it started…

I started about 2 months ago. I wanted either to check out funny scam sites, which I still do on a regular basis. You gotta know that I also love to respond to e-mails or scam mails that claim that I lost my Amazon password. Here and there there are funny bot messages that appear on my screen. Anywho…

I stumbled over a blog by Frank Lam Sheung. Here’s his site: AffiliCoach – FrankIs.

I AM NOT ADVERTISING THIS SITE BY THE WAY! Just giving detailed info. Frank tried out various models to get money online. He tells you what he tried, how much time and effort you spend for a little money or a lot. He shows you screenshots and sooner or later he’ll mention Wealthy Affiliate a couple of times.

I clicked to the site. No flashy and annoying banners and pop-ups and ads I didn’t want to see. No credit card field.

So I said:”What the hell I got to lose? Let’s just spend some time for shizzle ‘n giggles on there to see how their scam is working.”

I tried out the free week and the lessons on there. It was quite appealing to me that the mention a couple of things like:

#1 Don’t expect to get a couple of millions in 2 days. This stuff on here takes some work to get some money out of this.

#2 You gotta see it on here like this: You’re doin’ a marathon on here, not a sprint. It’s not about one fast flash and quick cash grab. It’s more about a long dedication day by day or hour by hour or even month by month. You progress when you progress. The main point here is that you define the speed on here.

#3 They give you numbers why Wealthy Affiliate works out as a business model, BUT they also stay humble and honest and say that this is not THE 100% correct formula for earning perfectly fine and totally easy money. If you put yourself in though you’ll get more rewarded than you might expect. There are a lot of business models out there. You don’t have to roll with their stuff. In fact there are sites out there that offer the same stuff as Wealthy Affiliate for free. So why bother getting premium?

Here’s why:

– You get a basic version of Jaaxy that costs you 50$ instead of 80$ or so. Please don’t take the detail that to precisely. I just recollect a 100% of the info from my head to stay to a true text. This might be an amateurish thing to do, but it feels at least more honest that way.

– Kyle, one of the main founders of Wealthy Affiliate explains in video style and text style what you got to do in every lesson.

You direct the speed of the lessons and you got a big help base. You got a help and support forum. You got a live chat and the community always helps you so you help them and everyone helps everyone. The most selfish thing is to help others. This might sound like a crazy concept for you, but I also can relate to this very easily. It just makes sense.

 

You get very important training sessions…

They give you checklists and tips that you should consider for starting a successful business / site.

 

 

Where I am right now…

I’m not lying. So far I’ve not received a single cent. The first month cost me 20,00,-€ + 13,00,-€ for purchasing my own domain for a whole year. Next month it’ll cost me 50,00,-€. I know that the tools on here in collaboration with running those servers on there cost money. I know that these 50,00,-€ won’t kill me. I can always downgrade to the free mode. It also allows you to do all that stuff for free.

You can also check out other forums. A lot of people say it’s also possible to do this stuff for free but then you gotta do more research. Time that could’ve spent creating and learning only the important aspects of writing a post or creating a site. Not unnecessary bla. So I think the price is fair.

I also like the fact that I can listen to all my favorite music while editing and writing. That is a very creative process. I gotta tell you that. Everyone can write by the way. It’s a craft like anything else.

The near future…

My site is about music keyboards and what I can suggest and what not and my experience and what I wanna try out. I hope I’ll get better at writing and quicker and more eloquent and that my customers, if I got any yet, will be happy with my services and info. When this thing will work out proper than I will give back properly.

How can you expect that others give you a helping hand if you don’t start with yourself?

That’s the morale of the site and I honestly like that concept a lot.

This also means you are somewhat “forced” to help other people, but they’re honest about it and so are you.

The far future that I hope to achieve…

Making a living with this would be great. That would mean that I could travel the world while still working full time or half time or whatever schedule I’ll give myself. I make notes of everything and I wanna get good at writing. So this is why I took the “job” and why I wanna keep it for quite some time. I saw already high ranked posts that were about users that expressed their happiness that they were finally able to make a living with a laptop and an internet connection and that they can finally quit their day job. I got everything planned in my life. For the next 7 years I have planned when I will get a vaccine. So if I see this thing will fail, then I will delete this site.

Are you reading this right now? This means I didn’t delete the site or this certain post = success = can’t complain.

 

I hope I’ll see you in the future as a commentator on my site in the future.

Here’s the link to the site:

Wealthy Affiliate

Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch 2.2.2

I wanna talk with you guys about a plugin that I’ve used for 8 years now.

It’s a free plug-in that you can use in a stand-alone mode.

 

It gained high success overnight when some random dude decided to use a Justin Bieber track

and to turn it 800% slower to make it a beautiful Ambient track:

Here is the KnowYourMeme article:

Time Stretch 800% Slower – Know Your Meme

 

Either you wanna do this for swizzle ‘n giggles or getting into an experimental mood, I will show you how you get there.

 

Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch – Download / Info / Homepage

First of you need to download the file,

open it and you can start thrashing around.

Start:

You click “File” and “Open audio file…”.

 

You look around where your file is stored. You click to your path by selecting the drive and the path.

 

 

You select your .mp3 file and double click it.

(It only supports .mp3 and .wav at the moment)

It should be loaded in your program now.

1st Tab – Parameters:

“Stretch” defines how much you want to stretch your song. 1x = normal song length. 10,000 means the song duration is duplicated by 10,000. =O

 

Below that are three types of stretches from very short to even longer ones that go over years or decades.

 

The Window size defines the quality you want to put on the stretch. More quality might bring your PC down or crash the program.

The Stretch Multiplier is also an interesting tool. Maybe you want the beginning stretched and the middle part normally played and the end very quick? Just click like shown below:

Down below is the play button, the skip forward button, the pause and the stop button. I think you know what these are.

Right beside that is the timeline. This one might bug around or skip if you have put in to high window size values in there.

 

2nd Tab – Process:

The tab that I most played and experimented with. Perfect for Drone, Noise and Ambient sound. I won’t give you a tutorial for this. Just play around as you feel like. There is a lot to explore in that segment.

3rd Tab – Binaural Beats:

Binaural Beats are acoustical drugs. There are sites out there that offer every imaginable drug or feeling like “happiness” in an I-Doser or Binaural Beats audio file. 50% of the people say the effects of the stuff is real, 50% don’t. What you basically do is this:

Sound 1 on your left ear vibrates slowly with 50 Hz.

Sound 2 on your right ear vibrates a little quicker with 55 Hz.

Your brain recognizes the differences and you feel anything in this range:

Nothing, nauseous, high, deaf, relaxed, focused, hypnosed, awake.

These are just simple audio files and don’t fall under a certain narcotics law where you can get busted for owning that stuff.

A lot of people and sites recommend a dark and quiet room, good headphones and that you listen and focus on the sound. So you shouldn’t watch a football game or mow your law. 😉

I tried out a few of these files. Some made me tingly other did nothing.

You don’t need to activate that tab, you might skip it if you want.

Watch out with the volume! Don’t you dare to think that the louder you hear the higher you get!

Hearing impairment is a serious issue nowadays even without screwing your ears up on purpose.

Some mastering and mixing peeps even suggest to hear the bare minimum on certain sounds, so you

focus more on what is going on acoustically.

4rd Tab – Write To File:

This is the part where you export your song. The chance to save your experimental works you did. Later on you want to use that exported audio file of yours and drop it as well in another audio program and edit it from there further on.

 

So far I suggested quiet a few free open source projects. A lot of work, love and dedication goes into those programs.

What I like about programs as such mentioned is that you can decide yourself if you want to support the programmer dude who did this. I think that he won’t be doing so bad, now that he was involved in the meme scene and I also checked out his other site where he offers a fully fledged VST synth completely made by him for 55$.

 

I think it’s important to know about little programs like these. Either that or you got a big expensive multi functional tool like Cubase, which I might mention in the future as well.

 

The main flaw with Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch in my opinion is its ugly UI. You can’t switch of that painful gray. On the other hand it conveys a very A E S T H E T I C old-school touch of Windows ME or Windows 98 feeling.

 

I know that there are other plug-ins out there that cover less functions with buggier execution and they cost you more.

 

In that regard I know that Magix products don’t enjoy such high ratings. Maybe I might stumble over them in the future.

 

The amazing thing is how the sound stretcher works. Other sound stretchers can stretch signals in two ways and both aren’t sufficient. The first one keeps the same pitch but makes the sound very metallic and inhumane while the second one sounds natural but goes lower and lower with the sound. Both aren’t practical in use when you stretch them up or down for 20% they’re garbage. With the Paul Stretch you get a theoretical stretching opportunity of 0.0001 second to 1e+018x (3.86595 trillion years) in the example of “User48736353001 – Hypersquij”. Imaging to stretch a sound when you’re twelve and you set it around 80 years and approximately 80 years later you die with that sound. Kinda funny and kinda scary thought, innit?

 

If any of you guys can recommend quirky beautifully crazy plug-ins like that then I want you to leave a comment to tell me more about them so I can give it a try as well.