Layering combines sounds. Most synths and samplers allow layering within a single preset. If not, or if all layers are already in use, you can usually layer complete presets. These layering tips can improve how synths and samplers feel in a mix.
Mandrake Memorial "3-Part Inventions"
Well, here's what the label says about it: "Having made two superb psychedelic albums and gigged with The Doors, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground and many others, in June of 1969, The Mandrake Memorial came to London. The plan was to record with famed producer Shel Talmy (The Kinks, The Who, Pentangle), but when that fell through, they persevered alone. Long thought to be lost, "3 Part Inventions" anticipates the woozy, dream-like vibe of their 1970 masterpiece Puzzle, combining eerie vocals, trippy guitar and otherworldly electronics to create a unique whole. Transferred directly from the master tape, it's released here for the first time, together with a detailed band history, rare images, two previously unheard outtakes from a 1969 acetate, and a rare radio interview." FYI the interview is with me talking about building synthesizers. Some things don't change!
You can find Mandrake albums here.
Craig Anderton’s AdrenaLinn Guitars Loop Library
From ambient-friendly arpeggios to soul-ripping sounds for hardcore techno, AdrenaLinn Guitars delivers 560MB of fresh, creative, carefully crafted loops. With Roger Linn’s innovative AdrenaLinn processor serving as a sonic foundation, each loop takes on rhythmic, animated characteristics that integrate synthesis with the guitar’s human, organic qualities. For maximum fidelity, all files were recorded in two keys (Bb and E) to avoid the need for extreme transposition. The Acidized WAV and REX files can typically stretch tempo from 90 BPM to at least 150 BPM. This re-issue now includes FLAC files as well. Resolution is 44.1 kHz/16 bit. When the library was first released, reviewer Dave Hill Jr. wrote:
“Anderton routes his trusty six-string through instrument inventor Roger Linn’s latest bending-edge musical contraption, the AdrenaLinn effects pedal. The results are a barrage of freakily filtered rhythmic and subtle harmonic explorations...You may not always recognize these sounds as emanating from a guitar, but that is entirely the point. Anderton, who often plays in Europe as an electronica artist, has made some creative yet practical sounds that could work in a wide variety of musical compositions.”
News & Products
The Big Book of SONAR Tips
“The Big Book of SONAR Tips” is a lavishly illustrated eBook that features over 300 pages. Topics covered include signal processing and DSP, MIDI, loops, FX chains, step sequencing and beats, workflow, AudioSnap, patch points, synth recording, Melodyne, automation, control surfaces, colorization, pitch shifting, and more—120 tips in all.
The book consolidates, updates, categorizes, and adds even more tips to the long-running “Friday’s Tip of the Week” thread in the Cakewalk forums. When Cakewalk closed its doors after 30 years in business, the thread had amassed over 600,000 views and was considered an invaluable resource by SONAR users - beginner and pro alike. “The Big Book of SONAR Tips” is a direct result of users asking for an updated and expanded version of this incredible resource.
This unique book delivers practical, useful, and innovative techniques—it’s essential reading for anyone who wants to get the most out of SONAR.
Purchase "The Big Book of SONAR Tips" as a PDF digital download from Reverb.com for $14.95.
NEW! Electronic Ear Candy Loop Library
When your music needs some serious sweetening, turn to some Electronic Ear Candy. The core is 185 loops with a vibrant, rhythmic mojo that functions similarly to adding percussion tracks, but with melodic, step-sequenced, and tempo-modulated processing that can really drive a song—watch the Demo Video to hear just a fraction of these. Also, individual layers are broken out separately from multi-layered sounds so you can mix and match different layers to create an almost unlimited combination of loops, from simple to super-complex.
You’ll also find some tasty FX files for breaks and transitions, Electronic Drum loops (with one-shot drum sounds so you can augment the loops or create new ones with the same sounds), and eight groups of Melodic loops that recall loop construction kits because they can provide the basis of a song.
Although there are 387 loops and 2.2 GB of content, the content has been curated carefully to provide maximum versatility; files typically stretch over 90 to 165 bpm. The files are also excellent for cutting up into smaller loops. This is truly “electronic ear candy” that will add novel, percussive accents to your tracks.
Purchase theElectronic Ear Candy digital download from Reverb.com for $29.95.
The Second Big Book of SONAR Tips
“The Second Big Book of SONAR Tips” is a lavishly illustrated eBook with over 152 pages. It covers a wide range of topics including signal processing, MIDI, groove and stretching, FX chains, drums and percussion, workflow, recording tips, and more—54 tips in all.
The book consolidates, updates, and categorizes all the tips presented in the SONAR forum’s “Friday’s Tip of the Week” thread since the first book (see below) was published. An invaluable resource for all SONAR users, “Friday’s Tip of the Week” has amassed over 600,000 views. The new book is a direct result of users asking for a follow-up, but adds new material, selected material from Craig’s SONAR column in Sound on Sound magazine, and a section on how to transfer audio and MIDI files to other hosts.
Far from being like books that simply re-write the documentation, “The Second Big Book of SONAR Tips” delivers practical, innovative techniques—from basic to advanced. It’s essential reading for anyone who wants to get the most out of SONAR.
Purchase "The Second Big Book of SONAR Tips" as a PDF digital download from Reverb.com for $9.95.
Equalization is crucial for creating pro-level recordings, yet it’s often taken for granted. Today’s technology offers more equalization options than ever: emulations of classic equalizers, linear-phase equalizers, special-purpose equalizers, and equalizers that introduce features possible only in a virtual world.
It’s essential to choose the right tool for the right job, and apply the right type of EQ for the task at hand.EQ De-Mystified is a 105-page PDF-format eBook that starts with EQ basics (including info on mid/side techniques, phase-linear operation, parallel processing, and more), and then describes representative EQ types used in popular software, correlates EQ curves to musical styles, and describes 28 presets for mixing and 30 presets for mastering to provide a point of departure for your own projects—along with general tips, guitar-specific EQ techniques, and much more.
Packed with illustrations and loaded with practical, hands-on information,"EQ De-Mystified" is a must-have book for anyone who wants the best possible mixes and masters.
Purchase "Equalization De-Mystified" as a PDF digital download from Reverb.com for $9.95.