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September 20, 2010

Add Mixer Groups to FLStudio with Grapevine for $9.99

Get Grapevine for only $9.99 using this special promo link

September 17, 2010

Add Protools-Style Mixer Groups to FLStudio with Grapevine!

Grapevine is an app which adds mixer group functionality to FLStudio.

FLStudio is a great tool, but one feature it lacks is the ability to group mixer tracks, also known as “ganging faders”. Mixer groups allow you to change groups of sliders all at once while still maintaining the relative volume level among the tracks.

This is very useful if you do not like submix bussing, or if you have audio routed to multiple destinations and submix bussing is not adequate.

Download Grapevine DEMO

If you like it, you may buy the full version for $24.99
The full version adds the ability to save sessions, load mixer track names from FLPs files, and also type in mixer values in dB units.

Please post any problems you have in the Grapevine support forums

July 17, 2010

July 2010 DOA Grid Old School Jungle Competition Entries ZIP file

More info

Download July 2010 DOA Grid Old School Jungle Competition Entries ZIP file
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1. ADiSH – Shotdown 3:58
2. Amen Fyre – Badboy Sound (Made in 2 Hours) 6:02
3. Artist Unknown – Bad Hearing Organisation 5:24
4. ATheory Inside Your Love 5:48
5. Atrium – JunglistSmooth Mix 6:30
6. Barry of Botton – New Fashion for 94 5:59
7. Ben Kei – Jungle Fiddler 5:08
8. Candy Hands – Journey Outward 5:16
9. DJ A TWAT – JAH 4:27
10. DJ Id – COCAINE 12 6:59
12. Dlb – Watch we for 5:43
13. Drum Mekanik – Jungle Vision 4:46
14. Drumbeat Agenda – The World Is Yours 5:47
15. Frantik – Deadline Pressure Dancehall Ear Dis 4:08
16. Lethargik – Down Time 6:24
17. Liteon – untitled 2010 jungle comp 6:12
18. Mocks – One big ghetto 4:16
19. Overdriveuk – TEST PRIMITIVE 5:18
20. Poschek – Jungle Comp Entry 6:40
21. Skywalka – bad boy ting 3:29
22. Sonny Jim – Loop 3 6:19

January 25, 2010

Honor Roll of Dynamic Recordings

Here’s a list of great recordings with explanations why they were chosen.  Very cool list!

Honor Roll of Dynamic Recordings.

August 21, 2009

How Copyright Law Changed Hip Hop

Stumbled across this interesting article about sampling with Public Enemy

How Copyright Law Changed Hip Hop

August 14, 2009

Sound on Sound: RIP Les Paul

Les Paul, inventor of the electric guitar and multitrack recording passed away yesterday. RIP

Les Paul on Wikipedia

February 15, 2009

A nano Review of the Korg nanoKey

I picked up a Korg NanoKey the other day from Guitar Center. It’s a MIDI keyboard, but is the same size as laptop keyboard and looks and feels similar as well. You really have to bang the keys hard to get the full velocity, though once you adjust the velocity curve it’s completely usable.

My biggest gripes are the lack of true mod and pitch wheels.  They offer two pitch wheel buttons which move the pitch up and down at configurable speeds, but the mod wheel button only acts as an instant toggle.. It’s not really a mod wheel as much as an extra MIDI button.

Regardless, it’s not bad if you just need a simple  and inexpensive MIDI keyboard controller.  I paid $54 out the door for mine. I’m interested in checking out their pad controller, the nanoPad as well.

February 3, 2009

Avoiding CPU hogging bloatware

I had to reinstall Windows XP recently, and having a fresh install, I decided to try to keep it free of any unnecessary bloatware. Of particular concern was any program which installed background processes which launch on start up.

An ideal music production machine would be isolated from the internet, but the fact is most people don’t have a dedicated music machine separate from their general PC. Many people will want to view a range of media on their computers as well. Here is a list of some of the software I ended up installing. All of this software is free and most is open source.

Foxit Reader

PDF files are very common these days. You find them all over the internet, and even some plug ins come with PDF help files. But Adobe Reader is a huge program and installs a hidden background process which launches when Windows first starts up. A great alternative is the free Foxit Reader. It’s only a few megs, works with Firefox, and doesn’t install any hidden processes. I actually think it’s much faster than Adobe Reader as well so definitely worth checking out.

QT Lite

Quicktime is another one of those evil programs which installs start up programs for no reason. If you need quicktime support, use QT Lite, which installs just the barebones to get QuickTime running in your browser and in your media player.


Apple has another baddie on its hands with iTunes. This program installs all sorts of processes. If you just want to copy files on to your iPod, try YamiPod. You can even put the executable files on your iPod so you can use it on any computer. My only complaint about YamiPod is the smart playlist support is missing.


Most IM software such as AIM or YIM insist on starting at boot time, and AOL seems to have persistent processes. Pidgin is a multi-network IM client so you can use it to consolidate all of your different chat programs into one.

Media Player Classic with ffdshow

I love this lightweight media player; you’ll never need Windows Media Player or iTunes ever again. Use with ffdshow, which is an excellent “all-in-one” decoder. Using Media Player Classic and ffdshow, one can view almost every common media file. No more downloading those sketchy “codec packs”.

VLC Media Player

Another great alternative to WMP and iTunes is the VLC Media Player. I don’t like the interface quite as much as Media Player Classic, but it handles most media files without problems and without the need for external decoders or codecs.

January 20, 2009 blog launches!

Welcome to! Stay tuned for samples, tutorials and other audio and production related fun!

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