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Whether you’re working on a YouTube video, a film, a game or some other multimedia project, great sound effects can bring a sense of realism, humour, and emotional intensity to your projects.  

Happily, to get great sound effects, you don’t have to spend hours of precious time or money recording or creating them, nor do you have to hire a specialist to make them for you. 

That’s because AudioJungle has an amazing sound effects library busting with thousands of tracks to fit every project. 

Here, I’ve complied a list of just 30 of the most useful under the categories: nature, city, weather, domestic, and cartoons.

Nature Sounds

I'll begin the list with sounds that are most often heard in our natural environment. If you’re working on a project involving the great outdoors, you’ll want to have a listen to this list.

1. Crickets

Not every location has them, but they’re great for adding background texture to your night scenes.

2. Stereo Birds Singing in the Garden Loop

Bird sounds galore, mixed with the subtle sound of bees and cicadas in the background.

3. Bees

Nothing like the sounds of bees buzzing in the air to call to mind the lazy days of summer.

4. Seagulls

The squawking and squealing of seagulls will intensify the atmosphere of your beach or seaside scenes.

5. Wolf Howl

Okay, this one isn’t as universally appealing as the others on this list but it is ideal if you want to add that haunting sound of a lone wolf to scenes shot in the...

Organising Clips via Folder

When recording files, all the clips that you record will be stored in the Audio files folder of the parent folder. You can move the clips that you recorded to various folders so that it's easier for you to understand and locate the files easily. 

You can create folders according to the type of audio they are or for the category that they fall into. You can also customise the folders.

To create a new folder, click on the Create Folder option on the Media or the primary-click the context menu. Once the folder has been created, rename the folder to the type of audio file that you want to move into this folder to. 

Now, select the files that you want to move into this folder and drag it into the folder that you created. 

This practice will make managing and organising the files and folders easier and will help you to easily locate the files that you want to find.

Processing Audio

You can directly apply a certain type of processing to a group of clips in Cubase. This is really useful if you want to add a pitch shift to all the vocal tracks, all you have to do is select the clips that need it and apply the pitch shift effect from the Audio menu. 

All the clips that you selected will be processed under the settings that you specified. You can see a red and grey icon next to the clip.

In case you feel like you want to undo the processing that you did on the audio, you can use Offline Process History.

Offline Process History is a very...

Introduction

A couple of years ago I tried a lot of different VST effects for my music making process. I demoed plugins from major brands

After some time, I discovered that Ableton can make Effect Racks with the stock plugins. To explore further possibilities, I turned my attention to this system.

This technology is simple and easy to use. It can make almost any effect combination I want. The only limiting factor is my imagination.

With Effect Racks in Ableton you can create various effects. These effects can be made with simple building blocks. These blocks are the stock plugins or external VST or AU plugins.

The Rack Defined

According to the Ableton manual:

"A Rack is a flexible tool for working with effects, plug-ins and instruments in a track’s device chain. Racks can be used to build complex signal processors, dynamic performance instruments, stacked synthesisers and more."

"Yet they also streamline your device chain by bringing together your most essential controls. While Racks excel at handling multiple devices, they can extend the abilities of even a single device by defining new control relationships between its parameters." 

Signal Flow Inside the Racks
  • Parallel signal flow: from top to bottom, all chains are parallel
  • Serial signal flow: from left to right, the flow is serial

You will see in the following examples how it is made.

Examples of Effect RacksRack With One Chain

In the previous tutorial, Faking Keyboard Parts On Guitar: Part 1, I looked at adjusting guitar technique in order to recreate keyboard parts, as well as considerations of appropriate chord structures.

Having sorted out the playing, I now turn attention to the hardware you need to employ to sound authentic. There are some genuinely complex/expensive bits of kit available, but for this tutorial, I’ll start with something more familiar.

Pedals

This is the golden age of pedals—there’s never been such a wide range of sounds available with options to suit all budgets. From the stalwarts to the specialised, you’ll find whatever you need. Before looking at some useful effects, a note of caution.

Tread Carefully

It’s easy to get carried away when using effects, so dialling in the sound correctly is crucial.

Obviously, you want to hear it, but not to the point where it’s intrusive. Ultimately, suggest the sound to the audience.

You’ll also want to play carefully; most pedals have a preset input sensitivity, so sloppy fretting or ringing strings can trigger them unnecessarily.

Octave Pedals

Keyboard players often span several octaves at once because, unlike guitarists, they use both hands to select notes (unless you’re an eight-finger tapping master, such as Jennifer Batten). 

Using an octave pedal will help address this shortfall.

Mono Or Poly

A monophonic pedal can only handle single notes, so is fine for single-note lead lines, but cannot handle chords. I’d therefore recommend a polyphonic pedal, as it can do either.

Up And Down

A single octave pedal simply mirrors...

If you’re not familiar with Envato’s Music Kits, read Eric Schwarz's tutorial Why Envato Music Kits Are the Essential Audio Solution to Any Project.

Why You Should be Using Music Kits

Unlike the typical music item that is usually a fixed-length track, Music Kits are song tracks that have been pre-edited into individual musical sections that can be rearranged, like building blocks, to create custom-timed and custom-structured pieces.

This means that, without musical or audio expertise or highly specialised audio software, you can create a professional finish to your soundtracks by dragging and dropping individual song sections to fit both the length of music your scenes require and the tempo progression needed.

New Year Music Kits

If you’re looking for just the right music for a film trailer, promo, theme or scene, or even just a home video production, keep reading to discover ten of the best royalty-free New Year Music Kits available at AudioJungle. 

1. Epic Rise New Year Countdown 2018

A motivational, cinematic uplifting piece of orchestral, royalty free music designed for use in film, television, trailers, commercials, countdowns, new year videos and more.

An instantly recognisable mood setting piece of music. Introduced with a piano and string arpeggio, that builds with the orchestral and drums.

2. New Year Countdown

A New Year Music Kit designed to add colour and vibrancy to any project.

This Envato Music Kit contains five versions of the music and is ideal for a build-up, or a countdown,...

Digital audio workstations give the music producer new ways write musical passages. All you need is a mouse or trackpad and you can program in notes for any instrument that you have on a computer. 

While this convenient and inexpensive method of writing music is effective, it can leave music sounding lifeless.

Since you're programming in notes instead of playing them in on a musical instrument, your musical passages run the risk of sounding robotic. 

The velocities or the force at which each note is played are all the same and the length of each note is perfectly quantized to your piano roll grid.

When instruments are played live, the velocities and note lengths are never perfect and must be changed in order to add realism to your music.  

By the end of this video, you'll know how to manipulate the velocities and note lengths of your musical passages in the DAW to bring life back to your song.

Before I begin the tutorial please note that for the lead part I intentionally changed the rhythm to fit the straight 4/4 rhythm signature. The original song was in 3/4 and I had to modify it to adapt into another system.

Vision

My aims for the new version was

  • make an extended version of about 6 minutes long
  • give a more modern progressive style
Unique Selling Points

I think these two parts makes this music special

  • the modern and classic progressive style
  • the epiano part in the intro and outro
Project Basic Settings

With Progressive House styles I usually stay between 120 - 125 BPM. So I did that. I chose 120 BPM for this project.

  • tempo: 120 BPM
  • rhythm signature: 4/4
  • musical scale: C-major
Production Workflow

This is a summary, how I made this project:

  1. I opened up the old project
  2. I kept the lead, bass, pad and piano
  3. I added new drum loops and samples
  4. I made a longer intro and outro
  5. I automated then filtering
  6. I deleted some of the loops to have some breathing at sections
Mixing and Mastering Workflow

I mixed as I went along, then I added some volume on the Limiter.

On Plugins

I like to stay in Ableton with the tooling. So I only used Ableton plugins for instruments and effects.

Lead

I started with this lead synth. This is the classic Silent Night melody part. I wanted the main melody to cut through the mix and give it a strong sound. I was thinking about either a saw wave...

Some people say that a master for vinyl isn't necessary. That a well mastered track will translate equally as well on CD, as it would to vinyl. I say that this simply isn't true. There is no one-size-fits-all when mastering audio.  

In my opinion, creating a complete master for vinyl isn't necessary, that is true, but tailoring a completed master is—that is if you want optimum sound quality.  

According to The GuardianSales of vinyl in 2016 reached an all time 25-year high with no signs of a decline. The knowledge for the mastering of vinyl has become vital—again.  

In this tutorial, I'll show how to create a master specifically for transfer to vinyl. The following topics are covered: 

  • filtering
  • de-essing
  • limiting
  • stereo width
  • sample and bit rate
  • audio length
Low-Pass Filtering Technique

A low-pass filter to cut between 16kHz to 18kHz, preferably using a butterworth type filter, with a slope of around 18db.   

Reason

Any audio above 20kHz on vinyl translates into noise and distortion. This is due to the overheating of the cutting head which is caused by high frequencies.  

High-Pass Filtering Technique

A high-pass filter to cut between 20Hz and 30Hz with a slope of around 18db. 

Reason

Inaudible frequencies (below 20Hz) and low-subs (around 30Hz) pressed to vinyl can cause the needle to jump out of the groove. This is the result of the needle swinging so far that it crashes into its neighbouring groove. 

De-essingTechnique

Remove any sibilance from the high-hats or 'S' sounds from the vocals. Sibilance is often located between 5kHz and 9kHz.       

Reason

Any sibilance is greatly...

Basics

A scale is a set of musical notes ordered by fundamental frequency or pitch. A scale is usually ordered by increasing pitch and is called an ascending scale. Scales generally span a single octave.

Scales help you understand music, how to solo, improvise, analyse chords, chord progressions and songs among many other aspects of music.

Types of Scales

Based around the number of notes, scales can be:

  • Octatonic (eight notes): used in jazz and modern classical music
  • Heptatonic (seven notes): the most common modern Western scale
  • Hexatonic (six notes): Western folk music
  • Pentatonic (five notes): common in folk music, oriental music
  • Tetratonic (four notes): prehistoric music
  • Monotonic (one note): liturgy
Half Step and Whole Step

Two keys side by side are one half step apart. Two keys separated by one other key are a whole step apart.

Building a Scale

You can build any scale starting on any root note simply by applying the correct scale pattern, or combination of whole (W) and half (H) steps.

Major scale: Tonic, W, W, H, W, W, W, H

Minor scale: Tonic, W, H, W, W, H, W, W

Modes

In Western music, mode refers to a type of scale coupled with a set of characteristic melodic behaviours. Modes have a tradition in Middle Ages and inspired by the theory of ancient Greek music.

GenresPop, Rock, Electronic

These are usually traditional Western seven-note or five-note scales. Composers also use different modes of scales such as Dorian, Mixolydian and Aeolian. The tonality and chord usage can also be more simpler than classical music....

As a rising band, it’s natural to want to get your music in front of as many people as possible. But, to do that, you need to establish an online presence and create a website for your band.

If you search online, you’re bound to come across many suggestions and different solutions. However, one of the easiest ways to create a website yourself is to use WordPress.

WordPress is a powerful platform that’s used by business owners, freelancers, bloggers, and artists because it’s easy to use and requires no coding whatsoever to create a website. Aside from ease of use, WordPress has a plethora of themes and plugins that allow you to style the website exactly the way you want. You can also add cool features such as an audio player, album information, event registration for your upcoming gigs, sharing buttons, and so much more.

In this post, we’ll show you how to build a band website and how to choose the best WordPress theme for your site.

How to Choose the Best WordPress Music Theme

An important part of starting your site is choosing the theme for your site. The theme will determine how your site looks so it’s important to choose one that has an attractive design and fits with your band’s style.

Although the design is important, it shouldn’t be the only deciding factor. Here are a few key things to keep in mind when shopping for a music theme for your band’s website.

1. Consider the Features

When it comes to features, you’ll...

No matter what kind of cinema project you’re working on, if you want to convey deep emotion, riveting drama or exciting action adventure pieces, you need to select the right kind of music.

There is a plethora of amazing royalty-free cinematic music to be found at AudioJungle, but the cinematic music kits are ideal for soundtracks. 

That’s because, unlike the typical music item which is usually a fixed-length track, music kits are song tracks that have been pre-edited into individual musical sections that can be rearranged like building blocks to create custom-timed and custom-structured pieces.

This means that without musical or audio expertise or highly specialised audio software, you can create a professional finish to your soundtracks by dragging and dropping individual song sections to fit both the length of music your scenes require and the tempo progression needed.

If you're new to Envato's Music Kits, you may want to read Eric Schwarz's tutorial Why Envato Music Kits Are the Essential Audio Solution toAny Project

And if you’re already turned on to the power of Music Kits and are looking for just the right music for your movie trailer, promo, theme or scene, keep reading to discover 15 of the best royalty-free cinematic music kits available at AudioJungle

I’ve grouped them into Dramatic, Romantic, Emotional, and Action/Adventure for convenience.

Dramatic

All the dramatic music kits featured here have one thing in common. They all deliver big sound that intensifies the theatrical moments in a scene and heightens audience excitement and anticipation. 

1. An Epic Adventure Trailer Kit

An...

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Asides from being big hits, songs like I’m a Believer by The Monkees, Let’s Spend the Night Together by the Rolling Stones and The Final Countdown by Europe have an element in common in that they all feature keyboard parts prominently.

If you’re a guitar band that doesn’t have a keyboard player you might perceive this to be a problem. The obvious solution is to hire a keyboardist or force the singer into keyboard lessons. Neither, though, makes economic sense if you only need such sounds occasionally.

Happily, there’s a third way. As if you don’t already have enough to do, you, the guitarist, can play these parts. 

With a little preparation there’s no reason why you can’t perform them convincingly plus you’ll have a valid excuse for buying more equipment (and who doesn’t want that?).

In this first tutorial, I'll show you the techniques and thought processes you’ll need to make this work.

Stop Thinking Like a Guitarist

If you want to approximate keyboard sounds, you have to approach the guitar in the same manner. Luckily, this doesn’t mean playing it horizontally from your chest, or having to sell all your gear and purchase a Keytar —neither is a good look. 

But it might mean an adjustment in technique, especially if you’re playing chords.

Making It By Faking It

The believability of your sound starts with two factors relating to your playing: 

  • The Attack Phase
  • Harmonic Voicing 
The Attack Phase

This refers to the initial sound at the beginning of a note. On a guitar, the attack phase is loudest...

You can have a beautiful progression, an all-star vocalist, catchy melodies, but if the track doesn’t have an impactful drop or chorus then it stands very little chance in becoming a successful song.

The main attraction needs to be as impactful as possible and really drive home the theme of the song. 

While there are many genre-specific factors that contribute to the overall success of the drop, there are plenty of little techniques that can be applied to drops of all genres at any stage of the production process.  

Here are my ten tips for more powerful drops.

1. Dynamic Sub

For any track to be successful on the dance floor you need to have a sub bass that cleanly cuts through the mix.  

What many producers fail to see is that it not only needs to cleanly cut through the mix but it also needs to provide rhythmic and tonal interest.    

Action to TakeUse pitch automation

Having sharply pitched notes going up or down on every down beat, at the end of four or eight bar phrases or when transitioning between notes, works well here. 

This sharp pitching adds a lot of movement and power as the entire sub low end of the track feels like it is sliding up and down.  

Alter the Rhythm

Having a sub note that holds for a bar, switches to another note and then holds for another bar will make the drop sound flat.

Don’t be afraid to mix up the rhythm...

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As a musician or a band, your primary goals are to fill the gig venue with raving fans and get noticed by agents. The best way to make sure that happens is to create an attractive website. 

Using your website, you can share information about your albums, upcoming single releases, events, and general band or biography information. Having a site also makes it possible for music agencies to get in touch with you about the possibility of signing a contract.

One of the easiest ways to create a website is to use WordPress. Aside from being easy to use, WordPress is versatile enough for any type of website, including those for musicians, DJs, bands, and more. 

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1. Merchato - Mosaic Music WordPress Blog Theme (2017)

The first WordPress music website template on our list is Merchato. It features a unique mosaic design for 2017, which allows you to create a media-rich music...

In this tutorial, I round up some of the popular software that is used by instructors on Envato Tuts+ in the tutorials that they bring you.

Ableton Live

Ableton Live is a powerful Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and music sequencer, for Mac and PC, that has innovative real-time feature, incredible editing capabilities and an extensive library of sounds and instruments

It's software for creating musical ideas, turning them into finished songs and even taking them onto the stage.

It has two views:

  • the classic Arrangement View, where musical ideas are laid out along a timeline, and
  • the unique Session View, where you can improvise and quickly experiment with musical ideas. 

Ableton says Live is a fast, fun, intuitive way to make music.

In the first part of the series I introduced distortion, its types and categories. I also showed you the Ableton plugins and examples on several intrument types.

In this lesson I'll give some  examples and additional tips and tricks.

Piano1

I made a heavy sound with a lot of distortion. I cut the low end with an EQ to focus the mid range.

Piano1 before

Piano1 after

Saturator: curve type analog clip, drive 18 dB, freq 1 kHz, base 0, width 30%, depth 0, output -16 dB, dry wet 100%

EQ Three: low -2 dB, mid 0 dB, high 0 dB

Piano2

This is a complex distortion, strange and very textured. Weak but still interesting.

Piano2 before

Piano2 after

Saturator: curve type waveshaper, drive 9 dB, freq 1 kHz, base 0, width 30%, depth 0, output -8.5 dB, dry wet 73%, drive 100%, curve 40%, depth 0%, lin 50%, damp 0, period 0%

Piano3

With the bit reduction I made the piano a bit synth bell like.

Piano3 before

Piano3 after

Redux: downsample soft, 5.83

Piano4

This is a heavier version of the previous one. Sounds very ringy and metallic.

Piano4 before

Piano4 after

Redux: downsample soft, 14.4

Piano5

I applied a medium distortion with a different character than then Overdrive plugin.

In the previous tutorial I l showed you the gear best suited to playing a festival. In this tutorial, it's all about the big day itself.

Recap

If you’ve not read the previous tutorials, here’s a quick recap of things to sort out before heading off to the gig:

  • Know when you should arrive, where to go on arrival and to whom to report
  • Know where you’re going, the route you’re taking and the likely journey length. Factor in a little extra time for things like heavy/slow traffic
  • Check your vehicle is going to make it, can accommodate passengers plus gear and that the insurance covers the journey accordingly
  • Check you’re taking the right gear and the right amount of gear. Balance sonic requirements against portability
PAT

PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing and refers to the examination of electrical equipment to check it’s safe to use. Some events require this, so if an amp isn’t PAT tested, you can’t use it. Check before the event if it’s a requirement.

Timing

Festivals are living things and schedules can change. Your stage time might move to later in the day, be brought forwards, or even curtailed. For example, I once had a 45 minute opening slot slashed to 18 minutes because the organisers couldn’t get power to the stage.

Therefore, arrive at least an hour before you’re due onstage. Again, check with the organisers; you may need to be there even earlier, especially if there’s a soundcheck before the festival.

Setlist

Knowing how long your onstage time is likely to be, you’ve...

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