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Using Spectrum Analysers For Mixing?

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Sep 27 2009

Question:  "How can I tell whether my mix has got right mixture of frequencies? What about using a spectrum analyser? "
 

Which do you think is the best multi FX processor?

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Jul 19 2009


"Also which instrument hardware do you suggest like multieffect processor FX? For sounds very very psychedelic. Eventide Harmonizer H-8000,Atomic Pulse Zoom RFX 2000, other use Tc Electronic Fireworx, Tc Powercore or Uad?"

       Universal Audio's UAD-1 card

Stereo Sidechaining in *any* VST Host Sequencer

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Sep 25 2009

" Is there any method to create stereo side chain in cubase sx?

(I heard that in cubase 4 it is very easy, but unfortunately, I dont have it)
I know how to do it with a group track but the result is mono, which is good for basses, but I wanna apply ducking to my pads, too and I want to do it in stereo of course...."

 

Sounds on "Howling at the Moon"

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Sep 25 2009

"Ever since I listened to the Howling at the Moon for the first time many years ago, I've been wondering what instrument is used for the line that comes in at 1:55 and the magnificent squeek at 5:45 (I assume it's the same synth) ? This track has since long been my favourite Cosmosis-track so I'm hoping you have the answer which can finally bring some form of peace to my mind ..."
 

Billy Cosmosis shares secret tips and tricks on Trance music production

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Sep 25 2009

Billy Cosmosis  (with serious studio tan)

 

Welcome to cosmosis.co.uk

If you're new here and you're interested in music production then allow me to point you to two places to start with:

1. The Tips and Tricks section where you'll find various articles and advice on electronic music production.

2. The download section where you'll some juicy free sounds for the Albino VST and The Access Virus B which should get you up and running.

However, please note you'll have to register with the site and log in before being able to access the free sounds, after which you can go here to download

 

I hope that you'll find something of value for yourselves here.

Best wishes for your creative endevours.

Billy Cosmosis

Cosmosis Music Webshop: http://cosmosis.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Connecting MIDI Hardware for Playing Live

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Jul 20 2009

"...I got a roland mc500 sequencer, an akai s3000 sampler, a nord modular keyboard, an access virus a synth, a roland r8m drum machine with 909 soundcard, and a 12 channel mixer...."

                                 Slave To The Rhythm

 

 

Synths and Hardware Used On"Moonshine" - Synergy Album

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Jul 29 2009

"...What did you use for the lead riff in "Moonshine?"

A  There's quite a few leads in that track but if you mean the main theme that starts at 3.20 then it's a sound I made on a Kurzweil K2000.

Dubbing Out

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Sep 25 2009

Q ... Quite often just before the release into the body of the song, you'll hear what sounds like a percussive hit (or sweep or swell) with a super long decay that just ends up sounding like white noise during the body of the song and this noise will continue till the end of a section where it is usually faded.

The question is, how do you tweak a sample so it will carry this characteristic without sounding as if its being looped?

Any help much appreciated...

Retro Delay

Backing Up Your Live Sets

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Sep 25 2009

"Should I make a backup of live sets....what's the best way to do it...?" 


If you are getting paid to play your music at events it's important to do your best to make sure that you take a working backup of your set with you on the road in case of computer/hard drive failure or some other unforseen circumstance.

Learning Music Theory

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Sep 25 2009

 Q  I am an electronic music lover. I have had only a very little practical experience in the field of music creation. Lets say that I am an absolute beginner."

"I want to begin learning about music, and in particular how to create music. Electronic music is the field that I am most interested in. I want to learn properly, and am willing to put some serious time and energy into doing so. I had thought about taking, initially, some keyboard lessons. Possibly studying music as a major part of a Bachelor of Arts degree, and in the future perhaps doing a Bachelor of Music composition at a music institute....

I have a long way to go..... but I was wondering if you could give any guidance or advice in this matter? "

Thankfully the days of requiring a PhD in patch cable management
    before being able to create electronic music are over

How do I finish my tracks?

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Sep 25 2009

" How do you write a song?"

"I tend to start off with a kick and bassline i like, then layer stuff over it, spread it out into phrases/sections like intro, build, killah bit, break but then kinda run out of steam and i dont know where to take it. i end up with lots of 2-3 minute bits of audio that sound cool but dont really form a song."

 

Sliding Bass

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Sep 25 2009

Q  ... how do I get sliding bass sound you use in your some of your track?


Getting slides:

1. Put your synth into monophonic mode (can only play one note at a time)

2. Turn the Portamento (or slide) function on.

3. Enter 2 MIDI notes that slightly overlap into the key editor. See screenshot below:

 

Modular Synthesis vs Fixed Architecture

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Sep 25 2009


Q "...I read at your website that you didn't recommend the Nord Modular. I was actually going to buy one, or rather said I've had my thoughts on it. I've been thinking about a virus too (B or C, , but I feel a bit more determinded after reading your texts. But please, let me ask you what drives you into not recommending the Nord Modular? I'm very curious to know. Most swedish artists actually recommends it...."

Music theory: Do I need it? Pt 2

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Sep 25 2009

Q  "... do I really need to have a proper music education to make dance music? I have a friend that know music theory but his music doesn't sound better than others music..."

Thankfully nowadays there's good software for learning music theory

 

You have an interesting point...

The Intro to Crossroads?

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Sep 25 2009

Q .... which movie did you get that sample from that was used at the beginning of Down at the Crossroad?...

Mississippi John Hurt (who also happens to not be Robert Johnson)

 

A  Ah, the vocal sample at the beginning of Down At The Crossroads.

Getting your music released...

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Sep 25 2009

Q " .. I want to get my music released by a record label but am unsure how to go about it... any advice you have would be really useful to me..."

Good question. Here's a couple of things to bear in mind:

Stop Cussin' and start Percussing...

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Sep 25 2009

Q  "...I'm wondering if you use any special tricks to put down your groove ideas before you start working on the arrangement. I might have lots of rhythmic ideas spinning in my head, but when I sit down and start entering the snares/claps/hits/crashes and other bits one by one in Cubase, I tend to loose the groove feeling.

Hardware synthesizers: are they necessary?

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Sep 26 2009


Q. Just wondering, do you think its worth investing in an access virus or do you think using albino and z3ta will give me equally good results?

        Nord Lead 3. You know you want one, but do you need one?

Stereo Percussion and Phase Issues?

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Sep 27 2009

Q "... I have a production question. Some of the drum samples in the track i'm making are stereo. I've read in the Dance Music Manual by Snowman, that it's prudent to make make single drum hits samples that are originally in stereo (such as hi-hat samples for example) into mono. That way one should be able to pan them more truthfully in the stereo field, because they occupy less space in the stereo field. .."

Tweaking Those Top Lines

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Sep 26 2009

What is your method for making tunes? How do you come up with some of your melodies for example?

 

 

I tend to use different approaches depending on what the initial inspiration was or what is required. Occasionally I will start with a tune, but as with Cosmosis I am making dance music, more often than not I will start by creating a nice groove.

Tools of the Trade

Free
Sep 26 2009

 

What hardware and equipment do you actually use? Do you prefer to use hardware of software?

 


UAD-1 Pultec eq - classic hardware now painstakingly modelled in software

 

VST vs Hardware

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Sep 26 2009


Judging by the some of your older website content, you seemed to be using most hardware for your music productions, and you seemed to have moved the VST side.

 

Yes, correct. I have moved over to (mainly) virtual....it's so much more convenient and sounds fantastic too. No noise, no cables etc.

Adding the Funk: Creating That Trance Groove...

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Sep 26 2009
Q "You know, I think i've discovered what it is that ties together nearly every single type of Goa, whether it's full on melodic Israeli >banging or weird minimal bloopiness. Them darned basslines. Of course, you may also have noticed it goes doof, doof, doof a >lot too. What i'm wondering is why they're used? What makes them so popular in psytrance?"


Hardware Synthesizers: Necessary or Not?

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Sep 26 2009

Q "....I want to make music in the same style as you. I am thinking of buying some kind of hardware synthesizers as I only have a computer virtual synths. Which ones should I get, Nord lead 2, 3?"

Do you play your leads with a physical keyboard?

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Sep 26 2009

Q ...Anyways, i was wondering if you play your leads with a physical keyboard? Ive been wondering if i should practise to play the keyboard so that i could easily make some leads, but it's damn difficult y'know :-) Maybe your answer could encourage me to do so, or not....

 

 

Creating Talking Synth Sounds

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Sep 26 2009

Q .........you use a lot of talking type synth sounds...(ayyyee, yoooy...bwoooow...etc :-) ) I manage to do those with vsts, yet... with a different colour and with less control on the values...(I hope you understand what I mean)...How did you actualy control the values on these synths sounds? ( a "ya" for ex instead of "oy"...).

Do you keep all your tracks the same key?

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Sep 26 2009

Q:  "...I was wondering if you tend to stick with one musical key for all your music? Otherwise when mixing (djing) the tracks, wouldn't that cause the basslines to change in key and therefore work against trancing people out? Has a kind of Psytrance key code of practise developed over the years?"

 

 

Bassline Basics

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Sep 25 2009

Q  " ... I love making goa grooves but I could never get the feel of a professionally done goa bassline though... Care to give a friend some tips? I like to think i'm quite crafty with sound, but that is one damn hard bass! "

    

The Classic Trance and Techno Bass Machine: The Roland TB303

 

Adding Impact to your Drops

Feb 23 2011
 
Question:   Are you doing an

Dub Delay and Aux Sends

Free
Sep 21 2010

Creating Kick Drums (video)

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Sep 21 2010

How to make a 909 style kick drum using a synth, in this case Zebra 2

 

Enjoy,

Billy Cosmosis

Monitors: What's best, Dynaudio or Adam's?

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Sep 21 2010

Monitors:  What's best, Dynaudio or Adam's?

 

Dub Delay in Action (Video)

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Sep 22 2010