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What You Talkin' Bout, Willits? Part 14

Processing drums and guitar using Ableton Live's audio effects racks.

In this episode, Christopher shows us some accessible ways to do make weird sounds using stock plug-ins in Ableton Live. He shows how to use them along with automation clips to sequence processing—specifically drum and guitar tracks.


Duchess Says Knock You Out

Montreal's Duchess Says is known for personality-driven live shows, less so for early morning breakfast conversation. Read more » 

  • Filed under: tv
  • 10/27/2009

Tune in an Afternoon: Lusine and Pezzner

For our third installment of our occasional Tune in an Afternoon series, we challenged Seattle producers Dave Pezzner (a.k.a. Pezzner) and Jeff McIlwain (a.k.a. Lusine) to record a track using mainly sounds collected on a light-rail trip to the waterfront. Watch as they talk to birds, use secret microphones, and ponder bpms, and then download the track here! Read more » 

Freestyle 101 with Doseone and Jel

We sit in as Anticon's Doseone teaches his weekly freestyle class with some help from bandmate Jel.

Veteran freestyler Doseone has plenty of wisdom to dole out on cyphers, crutches, "getting open," and the world beyond Lil Wayne, but as we observed, the schooling is hardly one way. Dose, Jel, and fellow instructor Kev seem to be getting just as much from this circle of budding Oakland MCs (aged 12-18) as they're giving out. Be sure to watch out for 13-year-old Tyrone—he spits fire! Read more » 

What You Talkin' Bout, Willits? Part 13

Christopher Willits tackles drum recording using a three-mic set-up.

In this episode, Christopher returns to Sound Arts Studio to show us drum mic-ing techniques with Jeff Pierre, a 16-year-old drummer from Haiti who plays the tanbou segón. Read more » 

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