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Friday, 1 August 2014

Cover Version of Dick Lee's Rasa Sayang, for the Japanese Association

History of this job:

About a month ago I completed a job doing a cover version of Dick Lee's Rasa Sayang. The client was the Japanese Association. There was going to be a cultural exchange program where a Singaporean team of children would perform a music piece at their event in Japan.

The parents had wanted to do a multi-cultural piece. Dick Lee's Rasa Sayang was the ideal candidate for that piece. As they did not have access to Dick Lee's instrumental version (after they consulted him via email), they decided to engage me to create the instrumental track, with permission from Dick Lee.

After the instrumental was created and approved, The client went on to record the children's vocals, and also produced a music video featuring the children. So here's my track in the music video. :)

Details about the music track:

I programmed all the arrangement, (except for the guitars). 4:23 onwards, I created a mix of instruments emulating a mix of ethnic Indian, Chinese and Malay feel to the track, to respectively represent a mix of the main cultures in Singapore.

Electric guitar performances are by my talented and highly skilled  partner, Glenn Fong.

Er-Hu lines at the end are phrases performed by a client's son. At the time of recording, his playing speed is 1.5 times faster than the tempo of this track. I slowed down and re-timed portions of his playing to achieve the final version in this track.

The a capella portion in front was from the original recording.
I do not claim rights to any of the replicated arrangement
All rights from the song and original recordings belong to their respective owners.

Original Track here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs1lab0X8LI

Groove3 Releases Training Videos for Eventide UltraChannel


On 1 July 2014 I published a blog post about Eventide giving away their UltraChannel plugin for free, as a introductory time limited offer.

Now, Groove3 the training videos provider for audio and music software, has released a 2-hour long training video series just for Eventide's UltraChannel.

The tutorials and training are written and presented by Multi-Platinum Producer / Engineer Kenny Gioia. Here are the other training videos on Groove3 developed by Kenny.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Eventide Ultra Channel FREE until 8 July 2014


Eventide is giving away a great audio plugin as a promotion! This is good through July 8 2014. After this period the Ultra Channel will retail for $249.

UltraChannel™ is Eventide's new 64-bit native channel strip plug-in for AU, VST, and AAX64 for Mac and PC featuring micro pitch functionality from our flagship H8000, stereo delays with variable feedback paths, plus two stages of compression, gating, and five bands of parametric EQ.

Here are some videos to see and hear for yourselves. :)

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Using Zampler to create a PitchFall Sound Design Patch

I have recently installed Zampler, the absolutely free plugin from PluginBoutique.com. Having watched the introduction video I was pleasantly surprised. Besides being a sfz player, there is a host of features that can spice and freshen up our old and dusty sfz collections.

These include fully automatable parameters like filters, ADSR and envelope controls, and effects like reverb, chorus, distortion, delay, and phasers. We can choose to make the instrument polyphonic or monophonic too. On top of that, we can also configure note gliding resulting in portamento.

The three main things that seal the deal and truly sets this virtual sampler apart, are:
LFO section(!) - 3 LFOs with 4 selectable waveforms can be used to modulate parameters. These are host tempo aware too!

Arpeggiator - An arpeggiator has been added with controls for pitch and velocity per note value. This would truly transform those

Mod Matrix - As if the earlier 2 features were not enough This third major feature alone makes it worth the while to incorporate Zampler into your workflow. This is a mapping section or virtual patch-bay to hook up almost any parameter's output (note pitch, note velocity, LFOs, mod wheel, pitch wheel, expression pedal, arpeggiator velocity(!), arpeggiator note pitch(!), or any randomly generated value) to any other parameter's output (volume, pan, pitch, ADSR, Filter Params, LFO rates, FX dry/wet levels, etc)

In my obsession with creating more pitch drop sound design patches, I decided to test Zampler out, and within minutes I have successfully used LFOs to modulate my pitch, and using my modwheel I could further affect the pitch in a playable manner. by using a second filter I could create a gating effect on top of the pitch drop. With automation I could automate the rate of the LFOs over time.

Watch the video and try this beast of a sampler out for yourselves!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Creating a Sound-Design Patch with Cakewalk Zeta in Sonar

In this video I show 3 methods to set up a patch that has a falling and rising pitch effect. I use Cakewalk Zeta 2 in Sonar X3, but this technique should be implementable in many other synthesizers.

I show 3 methods of how to achieve the result of constantly varying pitch in your patch.

The first method involves setting up the pitch bend range. In the second method, I make use of the portamento settings to achieve a rising and falling pitch.

Finally, in the last and most involved method, I use one of the four available LFOs in the synth to drive the pitch of one of the six available oscillators.

I then proceed to enhance the patch with sound-shaping tools found in the oscillator generation controls, and making use of the audio processing effects.

 Leave a note after the video if you find this useful :)

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The United East Jazz Quintet - Teemo's Journey

The United East Jazz Quintet - Teemo's Journey from DeSant Productions on Vimeo.

Here's a video of an amazing group of jazz musicians. Love the musicianship, the sound they create, and the presence and fidelity of the recording.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Setting up Sonivox Vocalizer (Pro) in Cakewalk Sonar X3

I finally found the time to do up a video showing how I set up Vocalizer Pro in Cakewalk Sonar X3. I believe this would work with Vocalizer 1.0 as well as with Cakewalk Sonar X1 and above.

Vocalizer Pro takes a stream of audio data, and a stream of MIDI data, one of each. The audio data will get processed and played back only when there is MIDI data present at the same time.

I have tried to set up a working instance of Vocalizer Pro and Vocalizer in a couple of occasions, with no success. Vocalizer comes with video instructions for setting up in a few DAWs. Unfortunately for Sonar users, the video for Sonar shows a version of Sonar that was before Sonar X1, where the set up for signal routing and the interface was slightly different from the current versions.

In this tutorial I covered two scenarios:
- we use the output of a virtual instrument as the audio input to Vocalizer Pro, and then use MIDI input from a separate channel to feed into Vocalizer Pro.
- using an audio file (or live audio input) to feed into Vocalizer Pro and then using MIDI input from a separate channel to connect to Vocalizer Pro also.

The most important part of the set up is to understand signal flow, and what kinds of data we're passing into each section of Sonar / Vocalizer Pro. Whether it's MIDI data, or audio.

I hope this is of some help to those trying to get Vocalizer to work with Sonar. And also to understand the types of signals and data needed to get it working.