Trifonic: Creating Twisted Leads with EXS24 in Logic

31 Oct

In previous posts, Brian has shown how to bring the nasty using Massive, Malstrom, and other tools.

This time, Brian demonstrates some of Trifonic’s techniques for creating filthy bass and lead sounds using Logic’s EXS24 in combination with the old-school hardware sampler, EMu E6400.

If you don’t use Logic and don’t plan on purchasing an EMu unit, fear not – the principles here are surely applicable to whatever you’ve got in your studio…

Trifonic: Synthesis with Sculpture in Logic Pro

10 Sep

Sculpture, the physical modeling synth in Apple’s Logic Pro, is one of the most powerful and unique synths available. It’s also one of the most intimidating to use.

Thankfully, Brian has created a video in which he breaks down the mysteries of this complex and impressive tool, demonstrating how to use Sculpture’s multiple parameters to create strong, unique lead sounds.

(For you Trifonic fan out there, Sculpture was a driving force behind the track Parks On Fire).

Trifonic: Synthesis with NIs Massive – Part 2

3 Aug

Brian continues his discussion on Native Instruments’ Massive, demonstrating how to use the performance editor and filters to make sweet bass sounds.

(Make sure to check out Part 1 if you haven’t already.)

Trifonic: Making Pads with Spectral Dronemaker

3 Jul

In this video, Brian demonstrates how to make excellent pad sounds using the free spectral processing plug-in Spectral Dronemaker by composer Michael Norris.

Spectral Dronemaker is one of Trifonic’s favorite tools, and (as Brian discusses) it was used most recently to create sounds for their remix of Hybrid’s track Can You Hear Me.

Trifonic: Synthesis with NI’s Massive – Part 1

28 May

Native Instruments’ Massive synth is a great tool for creating nasty, rocking bass and lead sounds.

In this video Brian demonstrates the basics of using Massive’s oscillators, filters, and other features. He also shows how to enhance your Massive sounds using plug-ins like Transformer.

Trifonic: Sound Design – Pitch Sweeping FX

7 May

In this video, Brian demonstrates how to transform any audio sample – he starts with a friggin’ harmonica riff – into a THX-style pitch sweep sound.

This technique is useful for creating transitions and other sound effect elements in your tracks. And, of course, for impressing the ladies.

Trifonic Production Class: April 24, Pyramind Studios

14 Apr

We’re going to be teaching a 5 hour music production class on Saturday, April 24 at Pyramind Studios in San Francisco.

The class will be similar to the tutorials we’ve been posting here, only in much more depth.

We will do a step-by-step walk through of our production for Parks On Fire, Lies, and our forthcoming remix of Hybrid’s track “Can You Hear Me”. We’ll also spend a little time discussing the business and marketing side of our operation. All attendees will receive multi-track stems for Parks On Fire and Lies to take home with them.

The video below includes an excerpt from a previous class we hosted, to give you a little flavor of what the event will be like.

If you’re in the Bay Area, or know someone is, tickets are available here. Hope to see you there!

Trifonic: Graintable Synthesis with Malstrom

9 Apr

Graintable synthesis? Huh?

Reason’s Malstrom synth combines granular synthesis and wavetable synthesis to allow for all kinds of modulation awesomeness.

In this video, Brian demonstrates how to use Malstrom to create rich bass and other synth sounds.

P.S. Trifonic is hosting a music production master class on Saturday, April 24th in San Francisco. If you’re in the area, or know someone who is, tickets are available here. Hope you can join us for 5 hours of production geek-out!

Trifonic: FM Synthesis Basics Pt 3

23 Mar

Brian is back one more gin to break down how FM synthesis works. In this episode he demonstrates how to create a guitar-like feedback sound using FM8 and the principles of FM synthesis.

(Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already…)

Trifonic: FM Synthesis 101 (Continued)

9 Mar

Brian continues his discussion on FM synthesis, demonstrating how to create complex bass and lead sounds using FM8.

(Make sure to check out Brian’s first episode on FM synthesis if you haven’t already).