Category Archives: Tutorials

Making Beats in Audacity with a Label Grid and Loops

This is a video made by request of José on Facebook. He asked “Hey. I use audacity but I don’t play drums or have anything to record drums. I wanted to record songs on audacity with midi drums but I don’t know how. Can you make a video on that, please? Stay cool!” Since Audacity doesn’t work with MIDI very well, I showed a work around by using a tempo track, label grid, and loops. Hopefully this will help Jose and others looking to make their own beats without drums in Audacity.

Buliding a Soundfont in Linux with Swami

I used these tutorials for learning how to create a soundfount in Linux enabling my MPD 24 to work great with Linux and Jack! Thanks so much to Linux Music for making these!

If you’re looking for a great ableton drum rack replacement that is open source, this will do the trick!

How to make VHS Tracking Effect in Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum

How to make VHS Tracking Effect in Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum! Here’s a fun tutorial on how to make that ‘tracking’ effect like a messed up old VHS Tape using Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 13.

This can be done with all out-of-the-box plugins that come with Vegas Movie Studio. Save your settings for quickly repeating the process in the future!

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VHS Effect Tutorial



Install Windows Movie Maker for Vista on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

Thanks to Blaine for doing this. Windows Movie Maker for vista was a seriously great piece of software, but the Live Movie Maker one really sucks! Fortunately you can still use the Vista version!

Movie Maker 6.0 for Windows 7/8/8.1 (64-bit)
Movie Maker 6.0 for Windows 7/8/8.1 (32-bit)

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Free Finger Drumming Lessons with the master, Jeremy Ellis

If you’re just getting started playing pads, these videos can be of great help. They helped me quite a bit. Even if you already play, there’s some great techniques shown in Jeremy’s vids. If you’ve never seen Jeremy Ellis play pads, it is truly a sight to behold. He is seriously one of my favorite “drummers” right now.


If you’re looking to buy a pad controller, I recommend the Akai MPD26 below. They’re very affordable and very well made. I have the 24 which is very similar but no longer being produced.