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New Music, Old Issues

Friday February 3rd 2023

Bringing forward an old riff into new music creates an issue, which reminds me about problems with certain ways of generating sounds. This is demonstrated in various versions of Renoise, going back to v1.9.

Compression In Renoise

Thursday January 26th 2023

This video is an accompaniment to the Compression video released on the official Renoise channel. In it I ramble on without a script while trying to keep things technically accurate with regards to the Renoise compressors.

Scale & Key

Tuesday January 24th 2023

Many features of Renoise & Redux are only made possible by taking advantage of the fact that you’re using a computer to create music. However, just like the oldest tracker programs, Renoise & Redux still use the traditional 12-note western scale used for acoustic instruments. As you’d expect though, there are options to control how this works.

Compression

Saturday December 31st 2022

If you’ve worked with audio then you probably know about compressing the volume of waveforms. However, the results of compression are not as musically obvious as other effects like reverb or distortion, so unless you know what’s actually happening to the sound it can be a little confusing and lead to some incorrect assumptions about the use and misuse of compressors. So let’s take a look at how this works in Renoise and Redux.

Fileside

Friday December 23rd 2022

I was commissioned to create an introduction video for Fileside, a modern multi-pane file management app for Mac and Windows that gives you complete layout control. Fileside shows the file system in its entirety, addressing the constant need to open multiple windows, navigate to the locations you need in each one, then painstakingly resize and arrange them side-by-side to start moving files around.

Predictably Random

Thursday September 29th 2022

There are lots of ways of introducing randomness across the various features of Renoise and Redux. But what if you generated changes at random initially and you like what you heard, so you want those changes to be the same each time the song is played?

Automation Within An Instrument

Thursday August 4th 2022

As shown in the Beginner’s Tutorial, automating track effects is done with effect commands and graphical automation. You can also use those methods to automate effects contained within an instrument by ‘Using Macros’. Obviously that requires you to manually create those automations across the entire song. However, there is a different technique where everything works automatically.

Key Tracker & Velocity Tracker

Wednesday May 25th 2022

As their names suggest, the Key and Velocity Trackers accept as inputs: key (or ‘note’) values, and velocity (or ‘volume’) values. The devices then process this input through various options to create an output, which is used to control a Destination parameter.

No Mercy For Tyrants – A Look At The Instruments

Thursday April 28th 2022

There’s some interesting stuff going on in the instruments of my Mutant Breaks 13 song, so I made the first unscripted video since the SDEK stuff back in 2009. I’ll be doing more of this kind of thing soon. The song file is available for download.

Global Groove & Phrase Shuffle

Wednesday March 30th 2022

While the delay column can be used to manually create swinging rhythms for individual notes, there are two other automatic methods available in the form of Global Groove and Phrase Shuffle.

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