Why You Should Be Using Presets to Learn Sound Design

using presets for sound design

This is a guest post by Jake from  www.cryonautmedia.com. To learn how to get started with sound design, download his free 10 step guide to sound design here.

If you were to ask 100 producers whether they use presets or create their own original sounds, you would probably find the results to be pretty evenly split. While some producers use presets as they are, or tweak them a little, others refuse to use any sound they didn’t create themselves. This is a fiercely debated topic. In this article, we’ll examine the merits of both sides, and then go over one way you can use presets to your advantage when it comes to learning and doing sound design.

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Why I’m Using Two DAWs to Make One Track

I’ve used many different DAWs in my 20 years of making electronic music.

These days I mainly use two different ones: Ableton Live and Pro Tools. It often confuses people to hear I am actually using both DAWs to work on the same piece of music.

I get asked about why and how I do that sometimes, so here’s a few words about the process (thanks to Matt for bringing it up last week).

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5 Ways to Simplify Your Music Workflow

The ability to simplify is an extremely valuable skill in todays seemingly complex world.

Let’s look at a few concrete ways of simplifying your workflow in order to help you do what you do better.

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OS X 10.11 El Capitan Is Here – Should You Upgrade?

On September 30, Apple is coming out with yet another major operating system upgrade. Continue Reading

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SSD Upgrade: Was it worth the money?

A couple of months back I decided I’m upgrading to a SSD drive to breathe some new life into my old Mac laptop.

Has it been worth the money? Read on.

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A Reminder About Backups

Today is the World Backup Day. It’s a good chance to remind ourselves about the importance of backups.
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9 Advices for Getting Unstuck in Your Music Project (#8 May Hurt)

 

One of the most common problems I face when making music is getting stuck on an idea. The dreaded 8-bar loop syndrome!Continue Reading

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OS X Maintenance – How to Clean Up and Speed Up Your Mac OS X

All computers eventually get clogged up with user files and traces left by different applications. There are also a number of other reasons that can cause the Mac OS X to become slow or unresponsive.

I wanted to share a few things I do for OS X maintenance in order to optimize, clean and speed up my Mac.
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My Easy Automated Backup Strategy

Click, click, click… Ever experienced the moment your hard drive starts making that horrific sound from hell? I have – several times. First the panic strikes as your computers starts freezing up. Then you accept the situation and anxiety starts to creep in. You start thinking about the prospect of losing some work (because of course it’s been too long since you backed up). And what a hassle it’s going to be fixing and reinstalling everything. Not the one.Continue Reading

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How to Use iPad as a Spectrum Analyzer (Without Buying an Audio Interface)

Just a quick post today to show you guys a new workflow improvement I’ve started implementing.

I’ve always fantasized (yes) of having an external spectrum analyzer and/or a loudness meter as part of my studio setup when mixing. I recently bought an iPad Air and started wondering if I could use it for that purpose. Sure enough!Continue Reading

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