Category Archives: Music Production

Why you don’t need a new computer for producing music

One of the questions I get pretty often from people is, “what kind of computer should I get to start producing music?” My answer is, what kind of computer do you have? Use that. Or, look for one in the trash, or basically any computer you have lying around can be used to produce music.

I have several computers, but one computer I still have is a 2004 Apple iBook G4. I still use this computer often, and it is quite capable for making music. People seem to forget that making music on computers has actually been around for quite some time. Back in 2003 I was using a Pentium III windows XP computer running Cubase SE and had no issues producing music on this system. It was quite common to use PCs with only 512mb ram, or even 256mb!

For my iBook, I’m running Lubuntu on it at the moment. This allows me to run a recent version of Ardour, Seq24, Ecasound, and others. It’s a lot of fun to use and this computer was extremely well built.


So basically what I am trying to say is there’s no reason to go out and buy a new computer (if you already have one). Use what you have! The most important thing is to educate yourself on the art of electronic production!


Make Amiga Mods In Your Browser With Bassoontracker!

There’s still a huge tracking scene out there today, and in case you didn’t believe it, Stef has made this amazing Music Tracker written in javascript that runs in nothing but a web browser! This is more than just a gimmicky chrome extension, Bassoontracker is actually a really nice music tracker with tons of amazing features!

If you’re a fan of music trackers like Protracker, Milkytracker, Fasttracker II, you will love Bassoontracker! Check it out here https://www.stef.be/bassoontracker/

it’s a web-based open source music tracker that is better than most you can download. It comes with tons of samples and integrates with dropbox, local storage, and even the Mod Archive!

 

A Look Inside The Mellotron Vintage Analog Synth

I just saw this today and really loved being able to see the inside of this incredible synth! I have always loved the sound of a Mellotron and used the samples of them extensively on my recordings, but have never had a real one at my fingers.It is really fascinating to see the inner workings of this machine!

FREE MELLOTRON PLUGIN!

How To Record USB Audio And Video At The Same Time On Android

If you’re a YouTube musician, or just a videographer, this is an excellent technique for recording hi quality audio simultaneously as video on your android smart phone. I am running MIUI (, which is actually Android 7 on my Xiaomi Redmi 5a. On the video below I ran directly out of my mixer into my Behringer UCA202 Audio Interface. 

So how do you get it to work? Well first you’ll need a micro USB to female USB adapter like the one below.

Then finally you’ll need the app, Open Camera.

Once you have open camera installed, go into the video settings and select “use external microphone if available”. Now before you attempt recording there’s still one more thing you need to change or the videos will most likely not record. Go into Android’s app permission settings and under Microphone, find the Google App and turn off it’s access to your microphone. For some reason this interferes the recording (probably due to google spying on you all the time) haha.

Once that’s all configured, you should be able to plug in any USB audio interface or microphone and record video with great sounding audio!

Raspberry Pi + Amibian + Octamed = Time Maniacs

above is a song I made on one of my Raspberry Pi 3 computers. I used an amazing Amiga Computer emulator called Amibian and one of the great music making programs for the platform, Octamed.

Amibian is practically like running a real Amiga, except much cheaper and no need for floppies and hard to find hardware.