DJ 101-59 Legal Torrents At Archive.org

There’s tons of totally legal torrents over at archive.org. Like for instance this one:

mbid-516eddd8-4dea-4b6c-b65f-f0fb3b981f90-14124619886

https://archive.org/details/mbid-516eddd8-4dea-4b6c-b65f-f0fb3b981f90

and this one:
mbid-3a43dd05-0ead-46ae-b406-6bd99be00526-14124535332

https://archive.org/details/mbid-3a43dd05-0ead-46ae-b406-6bd99be00526

and this one:
mbid-c7f24b6b-53f0-41c1-a41c-be0559c48b25-14124603991

https://archive.org/details/mbid-c7f24b6b-53f0-41c1-a41c-be0559c48b25

and many more!

DJ 101-58 The Smooth Master’s Artistry

I’ve had a lot of big words regarding mastering. But here’s a few methods that will leave You absolutely stunned. I guarantee it.

Take for instance a download pack I had made, available on this site:
https://leattol.wordpress.com/downloads/


Ok, so I used Pack 3 and specifically the sample I made from scratch using My plain keyboard and FL Studio 10 with the Cakewalk Sound Center.

Here’s The Audio Preview:
smooth_mastering_example.mp3


Here’s the Full Download
download DOWNLOAD smooth_mastering.rar

smoothm_playlist_view_backdrop

smoothm_fruity_master_channel
[master channel]

smoothm_fruity_channel
[viola channel]

And here’s to the stuff I used, here’s a list of names and downloads.

EasyVox: By Terry West

smoothm_easyvox

One of the greatest features of this product is the ability to do a low mid and high cut. It is this functionality which draws much of the tension from a sound. And in such a way that surpasses equalization oft times.

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SonEQ: By Sonimus

smoothm_soneq

Overview, What I did

A great EQ, one of the best ever made. Its amount of ability is wonderful. The treble is adjustable and seemingly realistic. I like especially its ability to add a low and high cut. It maintains a smoothness which is very natural but if You lower the volume I notice there is a texture to it. Playing with the two volume knobs is a great idea, in a minimal tense it often adds body to the sound.

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Space KnobBy Abletunes

smoothm_space_knob

Overview, What I did

These are some of the best knobs ever made for audio. And though their conservative sound might seem oppressive; It’s a simple matter of using less. Less is more, Because these effect – Like the Space Knob allow to add some pre=-delay which seems very genuine and realistic. Without the common side effect of drive and lo-fi treble and decay algorithms.

The drive knob from Abletunes is really something as well. I chose not to use it because there would be some extra additions which I am often only comfortable using in the instance of an “up close” instrument. However, in contrast the “Attack” knob can be very exceptional for violas or string instruments to accentuate the delivery and force of delivery. The attack knob is also very complimentary to trumpets.

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FreeHaas By Ben Vesco

smoothm_haas

Overview, What I did

It’s a simple matter to turn up volume but this effect unlike stereo touch by Voxengo does not add an oppressive amount of drive/treble. So it allows You to make very natural sound. The real trick is adjusting the pan by using the gain feature. I like to use DeeGain to judge how much volume is to left and right.

However, Stereo Touch by Voxengo is a great alternative as well, but the real dilemma is – Is that I feel it is better suited to instruments other than violas. Perhaps the Cello for instance. These selections provide a sharp and vivid sample, while Stereo touch needs to be set with Planality in mind. And that is to say: You first set delay to be two tenths higher and then close to being 1:1 by selecting two sources of delay in stereo touch.

The first knobs selection is wholeheartedly due to the distance that the sound is to be perceived in its conceptual environment that You construct.

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Space360 By Cyto Sonic

smoothm_space360_main
[space360’s main settings]

Overview, What I did

In Main settings I chose to leave the shape of the stereo fore and aft to be the same. Yet due to the nature of cellos (and the fact that there is more than one) I chose to widen the signal somewhat. It’s nice to have Soundspot’s MSW1 so as to avoid issues with the stereo width not being too un-natural. And yet Space360’s stereo width option is the only stereo width setting which allows You to alter stereo width without tension or any sense of an un-naturally occurring phenomenon. I suppose it is due to the fact that it probably relies on true stereo to provide the effect; rather than imposing a Mid-Side internal encoder. This can sometimes cause a conflict with regular stereo with stereo – And it is a very delicate balance; Which (however carefully) is maybe the reason why that MSW1 sounds good if You use it right.

smoothm_space360_reflect
[space360’s reflect settings]

I usually prefer to have a plate style of reverberation and convolution. I am more of a fan of a large concrete surface, and not that of halls and concert shells etc. I like sound that is mastered to be in open air – It’s the smoothest.

smoothm_space360_ambience
[space360’s ambience settings]

I chose to reduce diffusion as this sound seemed like a mid distance away (not too close) and as a result the smear setting is higher; Because like in the tense of hydroplaning a car, both saturation and warmth can send sound at a strange velocity and width which is only achieved in such a medium. I was satisfied that there di not need to be too much cutting to the sound so that it’s significantly tight and smooth (because it seems that hi is lo in this instance.)
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DeeGain By Dotec-Audio

smoothm_deegain

Overview, What I did

I hand it to Dotec-Audio for making the best Gain application ever made, perhaps bar the FreeQuee by BenVesco (Which emulates electrical impedence and adds functional equalization). It not only allows You to see what is left and right but it sounds pure. And avoiding DC and distortion is key to making great sound. You can even use it twice. I’ve tried.

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Volt Fader By Cerberus Audio

smoothm_volt

Overview, What I did

This fader goes in the master channel. What it does is during the moment when a sound stops making sound, it times the reduction of sound so that it has a “timing”. In My belief it is this timing that makes music more acceptable to the mind. It helps the mind map and understand the Modus Operandi of the sound in it’s conception and science.

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MSW1 by SoundSpot
smoothm_soundspot_msw

Overview, What I did

The thing about audio width is, it can lead to smoother sound. It’s really a matter of turning the knob left and then right to decide which sounds less strained. Now, I realize that there is many scientific reasonings and rationelle regarding this pheneomenon, but regarding stereo width You just keep playing with the knob till it’s right. Some times You have to force a width so that it sounds right – but it takes a lot of equalizing.

MSW1 uses an internal Mid Side encoder. So it does not interfere with pan. however, due to the fact that I avoid pan entirely by using the cab and environment approximation by Cytosonic’s Space360 – I do not need to worry of tension.

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Fruity Parametric EQ 2 By Image-Line

smoothm_fruity_parametric_eq2

Overview, What I did

Bar none this is the best equalizer ever made. It’s kept Me coming back to FL Studio 10. Though I have bought other DAW’s. I suppose even if I was using another daw, I would still use it for processing and sound editing. I released some of the weight in the bass by editing out about 10db starting after 175hz to 260+ and tweaked the balance of mid and treble ratios.

DJ 101-57 Dinma – Breakbeat Paradise – Lead Me To Temptation

There are so many definitions of rights laws are there not.

It’s ridiculous in hindsight Because You think of famous acts such as Beasty Boys – They didn’t ask to use samples, and frankly – Neither did many of the best Rap acts. But they got away with it — Are You Feeling lucky?

What it comes down to is the finer points of laws. And frankly while there are excellent distributors of material which is arguably legal – You have to be very careful if You wish to become a commercial artist.

Take for instance Dinma.

Official Dinma Site

http://officialdinma.net/

Dinma is one of the better sample artists. That is to say an artist who works with samples of a given media, a given genre. Where Dinma shines is in quality. Some of the best You will find. But is it risky? Is it legal. There is no documentation which comes with any of her downloads.

There’s evidence that She Has been blocked from sites and or sites of hers have been cancelled or outright deleted. So why bother downloading anything by Dinma? And what is Dinma’s rationelle?

There might indeed be legalities in consideration in the Case of Dinma; But on her site She never suggests that She has “Re-created” any Samples. And it is not stated whether the musical background is original whether remade or otherwise.

It’s so beautiful, She is such an inspiration to Me. And while without information it seems imprudent for Me to use her wares, the downloads She releases, There’s nothing illegal about Me listening to her great works in Awe.

To Dinma, You inspire Me such a great deal – Thankyou for being a source of beauty and Joy that has touched Me. But I need proof that Your stuff is legal to use before I can use it because I’m in a facility. Otherwise I could ask a lawyer and do it anyways because You released it.

But here, where I am, In an institution – I can not risk a damned thing lol. And it’s a shame – Because the temptations do not end there.

For another instance breakbeat paradise:

Breakbeat Paradise

http://www.breakbeat-paradise.com/bb_samples.php

Wow, I mean damn that is cool – Such a treasure that I could probably never use. Haha, It’s cruel. Crueller still I bought all three of the owner’s official sample discs. And only the third is royalty free:
http://www.breakbeat-paradise.com/bb_shop.php

He explains in the readme that if you really want to use them commercially You can get ahold of Him. Which is cool – Maybe it’s worth it afterall. There are some things which are worth the work heh.

So, I tell You all enjoy Your freedom but Buyer beware. However, there is nothing illegal about being inspired.

DJ 101-56 The Future Of Mid Side Processing? – Synth Blitz Audio

http://www.synthblitz.altervista.org

While it’s true there are many mid and side processors out there it comes down to comfort ability and colour. I’ve tried “Spazial” and SynthBlitz Audio’s “EQ 01 MS” (Download Link Below)

[A picture of EQ 10 MS]
eqfinale640

EQ 01 MS by SYNTHBLITZ Audio

http://synthblitz.altervista.org/spazial-.html

So, to get best acoustically balanced results

  • leave the M/S Ratio at 50/50
  • For Mid: [Bass 10%] [Mid 88%] [Treble 15%]
  • For Side: [Bass 80%] [Mid 13%] [Treble 34%]

And Make Sure to test out their Spazial Plugin too. I have to admit, I liked the EQ a bit better. Spazial seems a bit harsh – But granted with some practice it may be just right. It takes some time to master any given plugin.

[A picture of Spazial]
capturespazial

Spazial by SYNTHBLITZ Audio

http://synthblitz.altervista.org/spazial-.html

And there is more to Synthblitz, for instance the PRO version of Spazial:

[A Picture of Spazial PRO]
spazialpro

Spazial PRO by SYNTHBLITZ Audio

http://synthblitz.altervista.org/spazial.html

And furthermore there is a mastering plugin:
raxs640

VA RAXS 1.9by SYNTHBLITZ Audio

http://synthblitz.altervista.org/va-raxs.html

I have not tested any other plugins other than the Spazial and EQ but I promis to, and I will write a review ūüėÄ

I had used the EQ 10 plugin in such a fashion:

I used it after various low and high passes, and then followed up with the EQ 10.
I then smoothened the output with Fruity’s parametric EQ2, and then I added some realism with
MinimalSystems Tricomp.

And once again, I’d like to thank Rekkerd.org for pointing Me out to this product:
http://rekkerd.org/synthblitz-audio-releases-spazial-ms-decoder-plugin/

DJ 101-55 The Power of Digital And Faders

It’s interesting the power that vinyl had. Due to the necessity of dithering there had been gaps in the sound. And the needle would fill in much of the gaps with naturally occurring harmonics and modulation.

It is this modulation that people have worshipped in various senses due to the fact that it “helps” the mind to decipher the meaning and medium of the music.

There is a similar style of product in the digital world that does the same thing for the mind. It is called a fader. It will fade the silence away at timed intervals for every sound. And what this means is it provides the human mind with a way of understanding the music’s nature.

It’s one of the reasons that the digital music era has seemed so cold. I fully endorse this product called volt:
volt_main_ui_image_pluginboutique

Buy Cerebrus Volt

http://www.pluginboutique.com/product/3-Studio-Tools/72-Utility/2758-VOLT

A responsible audio engineer working in the digital era needs to placate a medium to the human mind, and I assure that timing the reduction of noise in a linear fashion is a way of making music more intelligible to the human mind.

DJ 101-54 Linear Channels – Avoiding Send

It’s very simple. Every sound that is tracked and then finally output is provided in a linear fashion.

That is to say that You have to take this into account for each sound or given track.

for instance:

vocals (closest): channel 1
guitar : channel 2
back up singer : channel 3
bass : channel 4
drums (farthest) : channel 5

This is very important as it will avoid phase. I suggest also that you should avoid send due to the same dilemma. Happy holidays all, and enjoy numbering and labeling Your tracks and effects chains, lol.

DJ 101-53 Nice Boost, Reliable Bass – Good And Rare EQ

While there are many Equalizers on the market; I was particularly impressed by the 3-Channel EQ by Luxonic. It has a powerful Bass ratio. Bass which seems to have a real “Thud”. I’ve seen many special programs for increasing bas. And while I use some for perfecting clarity; They often decrease the wanted “Thud”.

luxonix

Luxonic LFX-1310 Multi Effector

The luxonic 3 channel equalizer EQ does that. Hope You find that useful.
http://sonic-cat.com/lfx-1310/

Make sure too to check out Rekkerd.org and consider maybe donating to them or buying some of their samples. It’s by using Rekkerd that I can find this useful stuff to rate for You:
http://rekkerd.org/luxonix-updates-lfx-1310-to-v12/