Tag: xp

XP and Bios Tweaks and Fixes, Pops and Glitches

This article is basically a troubleshoot of a problem I have, it’s also an excuse to have a look at some of the tweaks and fixes that can be found in your bios settings. The problem I’m having comes in three forms: 1. Sonar: CPU spikes to 100% hits red with a ‘warning’ sign 2. […]

Jargon Busting – Sound Cards – ASIO

Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) is a computer soundcard driver that provides a low-latency and high fidelity interface between a software application and a computer’s sound card. Most of todays sound cards have ASIO drivers as their chosen driver.

AVI Codecs

Problems with avi or mpeg playback? Chances are it’s a codec problem. Try these first… Xvid for XP DivX for windows To be updated…

Optimizing PC For Music Production

Setting up a PC or Laptop for Audio/Music production is a neccesity. All these tips are XP based but some can be applied to Vista as well. Here are a few tips… I’ll update this one as I go. If it’s possible do not use PC for internet. And only install Music Software. If that’s […]

Recording and Midi

So you’ve decided on your setup, now you need the software to record – So far I’ve seen two packages available, both are free to use. Reaper – A multi track audio package – rewired, vst support – midi support. Reaper (www.cockos.com) – is an outstanding peice of kit – a 64 bit audio engine, […]

Audacity – free audio editor

In case you didn’t already know, Audacity is free software, developed by a group of volunteers and distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to: Record live audio. Convert tapes and records into digital recordings […]

Free Vst Instruments

LoopAZoid 48 channel, 64 voice stereo drum sampler What they say: With LoopAZoid, you get an easy to use and powerful tool for playing one-shot samples in your songs. One instance holds up to 48 different samples, which can be freely assigned to up to 96 different MIDI notes – two each, for forward & […]

Mastering – Useful Articles

List of Free VST Mastering Plugins Harmony Central: 10 Essential Mastering Tips Tweakheadz: How to use software processors to finalise your mix Sound On sound: CD Mastering On Your PC: Tools & Techniques 20 Tips On Home Mastering Home Recording Connection: Premastering and Mastering Premastering www.har-bal.com: The Mastering Tutorial

PC Based Drums – Useful Articles

Sound On Sound: Effective Drum Programming Part 1 Effective Drum Programming Part 2 Recording Drums Tweakheadz: Midi Drum Traps and Tips Homerecording.about.Com: How to record drums Recordingeq.com Recording & mixing drums

Emu Esi32 Sampler

Great little sampler, I have 2 at the moment and intend to invest in a couple of ESI2000’s or ESI4000’s. Upgradable to 32meg this sampler sounds great, but if your intending to have thousands of real orchestral sounds be warned. 32meg these days ain’t a lot. Hence the reason I have two and intend to […]

Shortcuts

Shortcuts can save an awful time and help eliminate reliance on the mouse, especially when in the middle of recording. When Recording: Press ‘R’  to start ‘Space  Bar’ to stop When  listening: ‘Space Bar’ to play ‘Space  Bar’ to stop Menu Shortcuts: To view ‘Synth Rack’ – Hold ‘Alt’ key and press ‘8′ To view […]

Setting up the sound card

Go to – ‘Options’ – ‘Audio’ Choose your preferred sound card from the drop down menu. Now we choose which kind of driver you need. If you are sure your sound card supports ‘ASIO’ then choose that option. If it doesn’t then try ‘WDM’ If you experience problems then choose ‘MME’ Make sure you click […]

Midi and Vst Instrument Setup

Click on the midi track number, As shown below. It it will turn yellow To assign the ‘Vst instrument’ Left Click the box the arrow is pointing at. Choose Vst instrument. For Vst Instruments that have several instruments assigned to different channels. If you have setup your VST to have multiple instruments on channels 1-16 […]