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Finishing Move: FM8 Nouveau 80′s sound library

15 Sep

Finishing Move, the production collaboration between Trifonic’s Brian Trifon and Brian Lee White, has just released a synth preset library for FM8 via Samplephonics.

In the video below, Brian (Trifon) demos some of the presets from the Nouveau 80′s library, which can be adapted for electronic music, film and game scores, or modern 80s-inspired music like Chvrches and M83.

You can read more about the library and download it here.

Trifonic: Adding Character to Digital Sounds

2 Dec

As a producer, one of the challenges of working with virtual instruments and digital recordings is that you often have to add character back to them to make your tracks sound right.

Digital sounds can be so clean that they lack warmth, depth, vibe, soul… whatever you want to call it, the bottom line is your recordings will fall flat without some work to add life into your tracks.

In this video, Brian demonstrates a couple techniques for overcoming this challenge using delay and vocal transformer plugins.

Trifonic: Creating Compelling Pads (via Pyramind)

16 Aug

Jesus it’s been a long time since we’ve posted a video here… that’s what happens when you’re heads-down working on a new release. (!!!)

Anyway, this drought-buster comes via our friends at Pyramind.

In this video, Brian digs deep into using reverbs and creative effects channels to create compelling melodic pads from any sound… include something as cheesy as a Titanic-esque Celtic panflute.

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: Sound Design – How to Create Telephone Sounds

9 Feb

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.