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Understanding sound: looking at the pitch

Some sounds we hear have a certain pitch while others seem to be unpitched. Broadly speaking we can use pitched sounds for playing melodies and chords. Unpitched sounds are often used for making rhythm and sound effects. Question: how can we detect the pitch? Answer: by using a spectrum analyser A spectrum analyzer measures the […]

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Interview for Radio 6 about the 808 documentary [audio]

Yesterday the upcoming 808 documentary was announced. Produced by Arthur Baker featuring contributions by Afrika Bambaataa, Pharell, Questlove, Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, New Order, Fatboy Slim and many more. Because I’ve made a documentary about Marvin Gaye and Sexual Healing in which the TR-808 plays an important role, I was interviewed on Radio 6 about […]

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Newsletter subscription page fixed!

Thanks to an observant reader I found out that there was something wrong with on Newsletter subscription page which needed to be fix. Well, that is fixed now. Please go ahead and subscribe to my newsletter! For those who have already subscribed there’s no need to do anything.

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Oh my tubeness! Amp in Reason 8 sounds amazing!

When Propellerhead announced Amp in Reason 8, manufactured by Softube, I was afraid that they would use the same models as those included with Ableton Live. These models are the worst sounding guitar amps in my opinion. When I was invited to beta test the new Amp as well as the Bass Amp, a few months ago, my doubt was confirmed: […]

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Which is better: u-he Bazille or Reason’s Thor synth?

u-he has introduced Bazille this week. It’s a digital modular software synthesizer. I was not looking for another synthesizer, I already own too many instruments to choose from, but the positive raves changed my mind. Before I knew it I was downloading the demo version. Peter Kirn of CreateDigitalMusic: This is a total monster, the […]

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