Saturday, September 15, 2018

Snake Plissken - The Rain

The Rain, originally performed by Oran "Juice" Jones. (1986)
Vocals by Kevin Cory.
Drums by Harold Houser.
Guitars and bass by Eric Gross.
Mixed and mastered by Eric Gross.

Ben Burtt is the father of Star Wars sound design

Archival footage shows the Star Wars sound design master and his method for creating the sonic signature of the series most iconic weapon

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Freeware - Wave Alchemy Free Samples

Wave Alchemy has released WA 10th Birthday Samples, a free sound pack featuring 1 GB of royalty-free audio samples and loops.

Additional free samples here:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Freeware - The Sample Company Round Robin 808 R&D Kontakt Instrument

Round Robin 808 and Preservation Series 808 libraries are 96k recordings of the vintage hardware with no transformative processing at all. Feel free to compare them to the feel and quality of anything else in your arsenal. You’ll find that these samples are the most authentic, alive, and high resolution 808s you’ve ever heard. The Test Kit contains only 5% of the total recorded content.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Chord Doctor - Expand Your Voicings

You don’t have to be a jazz virtuoso to play interesting chord voicings. Here are five techniques to help you turn drab chords into fab chords, expanding your songwriting and arranging toolbox.

Monday, August 27, 2018

How to Record Guitar with Misha Mansoor

When it comes to getting crushingly heavy guitar tones on record, Periphery’s Misha Mansoor is an expert. In fact, Periphery has made a name for themselves in the DIY and home-recording world, tracking a good portion of their albums at their home studios. Mansoor is also a terrific friend of Sweetwater and a veteran of our annual GearFest celebrations. At GearFest 2018 this past June, he was gracious enough to host a workshop where he pulled back the curtains a bit on his recording process. From the gear he uses to what he’s learned through years of trial and error to the techniques he’s adopted, here are a selection of tips and tricks as shared by the multitalented guitarist.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Freeware - Audio Parlour Marauder Distortion VST Plugin

Looking for a plugin to add beef to your soft-synths, grime to your drums, or body to your bass? Originally designed as a high-gain amplifier for VA synths, The Marauder is a boutique distortion plugin providing a unique workflow for adding wear, heft and grit. Going beyond naive waveshaping methods, the core of the Marauder is configurable distortion model with colourful interplay between its four gain stages. Inspired by feedback compressor designs, an envelope balances the input stage between two amplifier models, each with a distinct flavour. A crossover filter feeds the highs through a dedicated signal path for tonal control. Signal routing throughout the plugin features a meticulously balanced feedback network, resulting in subtle interplay between the overdrive characteristics of the various gain stages - ensuring just the right amount of unpredictability. Best of all, The Marauder is free. We're working on a retail version which will have some extra goodies, but the basic version is free - and always will be.

How to Mix with Distortion vs. Overdrive vs. Saturation

What's the difference between saturation, overdrive and distortion? Find out, and learn how to enhance your whole in-the-box mix by adding warmth, excitement and getting mix elements to sparkle and stand out.