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December 1, 2010

Creating Custom Delays and Pre-fader Sends in FLStudio with ‘Senderella’ (Free VST)

Two things you can’t do with the FLS mixer are

1. You cannot route a mixer track to itself or any mixer track that is routed to it. This means you can’t create custom delays and other kinds of feedback loops

2. You cannot send audio before the fader to another mixer track besides the sends

I used to use Senderella a long time ago before FLS had any kind of bussing, but kind of forgot about it once FLS was improved. Recently though I wanted to create my own custom delays since you can create unique effects by adding distortion, eq, automation, etc and realized Senderella could help

Senderella is a free VST plugin available from KVR

Custom delays
The basic concept behind a custom delay is you create a feedback loop with a single tap delay in the middle. Each time the delayed audio goes through the loop, it is processed with eq, filters, distortion, etc, so that each delay is shaped how you like.

You put a Senderella that is set to ‘Return’ at the top of the mixer, and a Senderella set to ‘Send’ at the bottom of the mixer channel. Adjust the send volume to taste to prevent feedback. (During experimentation I recommend putting a Limiter below the lower Senderella to prevent runaway feedback)

You can create a single tap delay using the delay 2 and turning the feedback all the way down, as well as turing the dry signal all the way down.

Add some processing effects and away you go. I’ve attached an example

Pre-fader sends

Pre-fader sends are sends which are not affected by the mixer track fader. To create one, simply place the send on the last mixer track, and the return on the first mixer track that you want to receive the audio. (The same concept as the feedback loop only you’re sending to a different mixer track.

One thing to be aware of is that there is some latency introduced when using Senderella. It’s ok for delays and other time based effects, but when doing parallel processing you will need to compensate for the latency. I haven’t investigated what the latency value is and/or how to determine it. Also not sure of the internal bitrate of the audio.. i’m guessing 16bit perhaps.. so watch your levels

There’s an example FLP file available on Image-Line’s forum: http://forum.image-line.com/viewtopic.php?t=63666

March 28, 2010

Some good free VSTs

Some interesting harmonic distortion plugins and other goodies.. free is always nice too ;)

link: www.savioursofsoul.de

February 23, 2010

Get Image-line Drumaxx drum synth for only $13

Following the success of the Harmless “pay what you want” promotion, Image-line is selling their new drum synth Drumaxx for as little as $13 (9 Euro) until March 31st. They offer a PC and MAC versions of this plug in and the price is right!

Purchase Drumaxx

February 22, 2010

Free Plugins from SSL

SSL is offering some free plug ins.. the X-ISM inter peak monitor is nice for the master bus, and the LMC-1 Listen Mic Compressor is nice for some parallel compression.  Check em out ..

Solid State Logic Free Plug Ins.

February 21, 2010

HarmlessNES: Nintendo (NES) Chiptune presets for Harmless

Here’s some presets for making chiptunes using Image-Line’s Harmless. I generated the waveforms in Cool Edit Pro according to the same spec the NES synthesizer chip uses (including using only 4 bits of depth, etc). You can learn more about NES chip tunes here.

Included in this pack are 3 pulse wave variants and 1 triangle wave.

The original NES used 2 channels with pulse, 1 with triangle, 1 with white noise, and one for DPCM samples.

If you find these presets useful, please consider making a small donation.


Download HarmlessNES – Nintendo Chiptune Presets
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February 16, 2010

Mixing/mastering advice and some free plug ins

Check out some great mixing/mastering advice, and some free plug ins from DigitalFishPhones Link.

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