Drum Synthesis: Self OSC Kick

For old analog synth users a happy accident occurred when increasing the resonance to the max. The cool and crazy result of this left a lot of synth lovers angry and confused, but the adventurous among us saw it as an opportunity to experiment and create weird and wonderful sounds!

In this ‘Drum Synthesis’ series blog post we are going to use this “mistake” to build a kick drum, without even using an oscillator or sample.


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Drum Synthesis: Snare in Abletons Operator

In this blog post we are going to look at how to make a snare using Ableton’s simply scrumptious FM synth operator. The main advantage of building your own snare apposed to using a sample is you have full control over how the snare sounds. For example does the snare need more body or sizzle?. Does it need to be longer?. Can the pitch bend be deeper?. And that is just a small number of elements that you can change and through out the tutorial we will see the huge array of sound design possibilities that Ableton presents us when making a snare or in fact any drum sound.

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Synth Series: Evolving Dub Techno Chord in Serum

In this new vlog series we are going to adventure in to the world of sound design. Each month or so we will look to build a new sound using an multitude of soft synths.

To kick off of the adventure we are using one of the Mind Flux nerds favourite synth Serum from Xfer. We will use Serum to build an evolving dub techno chord which will help add movement and interest through out your productions.

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Massive Techno Presets Freebie 1

With the holidays fastly peering over the horizon, the Mind Flux elves have been sorting out the last remaining Massive Presets they have left, to provide you with an early Christmas present. So cosy up to the fire with a cup of cocoa and start banging out some techno.

Within the pack, there is a host of 111 bass, pad, sequence, drum and synth presets as well as a selection of 69 bass, synth and keys midi loops.

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Top 5: Underground House November 2018

Working in the music industry is great, you meet new people all the time with new expressions and ideas of how they see music and the world. All of this gives me a huge amount of inspiration for my music.

So what I would like to share with you a selection of underground house tracks that I have heard over the past couple of months that have brought a huge amount of motivation.

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Spears Raw Bass

At Mind Flux we always like to find ‘odd” samples and turn them into something completely different by doing this you can ensure that you have something original to work with.

In this example we will be taken Britney Spears “One More Time” vocal and turning it into a raw bass preset. To do this we will be using Native Instruments highly impressive Form.

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Ableton Chord Randomiser

Sometimes when trying to build an chord progression or chord melody you seem to just jump instinctively for the same chord, for me its the Minor 7th. While I would say this is my and many peoples favourite chord it does end up with your ideas sounding rather similar to everyone else. 

So to help breath new life into your stale chord progressions and chord melodies we at Mind Flux have built a chord randomiser which with the selection of over 80 chord variations will output a new chord at the rate and depth of your choice.

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Maschine Tech House Drums-Kit1 Freebie

The Mind Flux nerds have been slamming away on the pads of the new out of this world workstation Maschine MK3 from Native Instruments. The team have injected their magic into this great machine give you the producer a dope kit to manipulate to your heart's content.

This freebie has 1 drum kit geared toward tech house and an array of drum patterns. 

You will need the Maschine 2 software and the NI passive EQ, Solid Bus Comp and VC2A to be able to check out this project.

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How to make a Grain Harmonizer

More often than not in your music you will want to create harmony, that can be done via layering notes in your piano roll or adding a extra synth or vocal layers using a different note. This is all great but what happens when you want something a little more outlandish.

Well we have the solution, a grain harmonizer. In the tutorial we will use Ableton’s other worldly grain delay to create a more unique way of adding harmony to your music.

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