If you compose for film, commercials, or video games, sound design skills are useful to have. But even if you never plan to work on those types of projects, practicing sound design will enhance your understanding of and ability to create audio, which in turn will make you a better producer.
In this video, Brian shows how to recreate some of the most ubiquitous sounds in the world – the classic telephone dial tone and ring – with sine waves. Brian uses Native Instruments’ FM8 synthesizer in his demonstration, but the techniques he uses are applicable to any similar synth.
If you’ve spent any time programming beats, you know that getting a track to groove just right isn’t always easy in the digital world. Perhaps, from time to time, you’ve tried to
rip off emulate a great beat in someone else’s song, but found that you couldn’t quite capture the same feel…
If that’s the case, you may want to check out the Flex Time tool in Logic 9.
In this video, Brian demonstrates how you can use Flex Time to study a beat you love and create a similar groove of your own.
Multi-band frequency filtering is a great way to add rhythmic gating patterns to your leads, pads, and other sounds.
In this video, Brian demonstrates how multi-band filtering works using Logic.
If you’re interested in exploring the subject further, make sure to also check out Trifonic’s previous video on rhythmic gating in Ableton Live.
One question Trifonic gets a lot is, How do you know when a song is done?
In this video, Brian discusses how deadlines, artistic vision, and technical abilities all play a role in determining when a track is “done.”
What about you – how do you know when your tracks (or other creative projects) are finished? How do you decide whether to stop working or keep refining? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.