So Bitwig is real and available right now It’s a fantastic new addition to the range of DAW choices out there and i’ve been playing about with it, finding my way without the manual. I plan to learn it properly over time but for the moment here’s a bunch of videos i’ve put up on the channel.
A while back I did a #producerPOV video where I took the Beyonce album track “Mine” and used a unique technique to extend a grain or two of the sample and create a chord. I ended up with a bunch of great sounds that could work in your tracks. Have a listen, download and get busy! Let me know if you use them.. would love to hear them in action.
Continuing my recent mix down focus this is an extended and largely unedited (i had a couple of rests periods so there are ‘jumps’) mix down session of a track that has actually been released - http://www.traxsource.com/track/1606799/you-dont-have-to-pretend-original-mix It’s important to know that the version for sale is not my mix down. Alex Livermore and the label Avec Moi Records kindly provided the stems AFTER the release. The video is a long journey but should be worth sticking with for some of you. In some ways I would have preferred doing a voiceover but in some ways I like the mystery of it. It reminds me of those early years when I’d sit behind an engineer working on one of my tracks in a large studio – wondering all about the audio alchemy they were performing. Watch the video and let me know if you have any questions, i’ll try and get back with answers.
Yep, it’s the device featured in the video above but i’ve got no idea if this pay with a tweet is working properly!! looks like it totally messed up but maybe it’s ok?? Let me know people.
Here’s the file if it doesn’t work:
One of my favourite new albums is from Resolution 88 (buy it here – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/resolution-88/id808554590) and last night I thought it would make a great Cubase Sample Flip #producerPOV for my channel. It turned out really nice by the end so if you’ve got some time spare watch it from beginning to end to get the full over the shoulder experience.
So I wake up to find on twitter a mention from the legend that is Mr Derrick May (@derrickmayday):
He’s commented on the video too, giving some insight into how he managed to program the track (reducing the tempo to 90bpm). It’s amazing to get feedback directly from producers like Derrick and i’m honoured especially as his music was such an important part of my late 80s musical upbringing. You can check the series out below on youtube and see how the reconstruction developed.
I’m lucky enough to now have a retina macbook pro and the difference compared to my previous non retina one is staggering. It’s like I’ve had my eyes lazered and corrected.. seriously, it’s amazing. The default resolution is the real showcase of the technology.. it’s not ‘high’ in a conventional sense at 1280×800 but it’s so damn comfortable to look at. I loaded up Logic Pro X and whilst the screen real estate is low it’s gorgeous to look at with beautifully rendered UI elements and text. Take a look at the screenshot below which actually comes out at 2560×1600 (and that might sound confusing but in order to get the fonts and UI stuff rendered at that clarity it needs a higher DPI – hence the higher resultant resolution)
So I made a comparison with Ableton Live and at the same scale and resolution it’s not looking so pretty. Fonts particularly look mashed up with the interface set to 100% scaling. Take a look at the equivalent 1280×800 Retina screen grab below to see the difference.
I dived online to see if anyone else had complained and discovered an ableton support post that backed up my feelings although it presented an interesting solution, to increase the resolution on the desktop – taking it out of ‘retina’ mode and then increasing the scale of the Ableton Interface. The results ARE good but it’s not the same is it? I’d like to see proper retina support on Ableton – just like Logic Pro X has.
4k Video Tutorials
Now that youtube can handle it the opportunity is there for people like myself to make 4K tutorials. Is there any point? I don’t think so and it’s a way bigger overhead for the system, slower rendering, slower upload etc.. I think i’ll leave it to the movie industry to lead on this one! Have a look for yourselves though.. the video is below (and yes I found out earlier that Tom Cosm beat me to it with the first 4k tutorial lol):