Right in the Bunghole with Kali Audio LP8s

Setup
Setup
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Bunghole - an aperture through which a cask can be filled or emptied.

Also, an ode to Beavis and Butthead.

Today I’ll be experimenting with my Kali Audio LP8s. A simple “mod” that’s been around almost as long as speakers have been around and the ramifications.

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Eve SC307 & TS112 Setup and Testing

Testing Setup
Testing Setup

Recently I took delivery of Eve Audio SC307 and a TS112 Subwoofer.

I live-streamed the unboxing and initial setup, and here’s some information regarding how I tuned the setup and some caveats.

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DAW v DAW - Part 3: More volume automation

Logic, No Sample Accurate Automation
Spoiler Alert: Logic, No Sample Accurate Automation

In the last series I explored DAW fader automation. There’s more to this though:

  • Some DAWs have multiple volume automation points, and expectations of what to use.
  • Some DAWs may have settings that affect automation.
  • Some DAWs are tricky little buggers.
  • Some companies are pretty cool.
    • Or not.

Please join me as I explore these facets and see more about how automation differs between products.

Other posts in this series:

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DAW v DAW - Part 2: Fader Automation Speed

Waveform
Waveform

It’s time for everyone’s favorite DAW v DAW series!

Today I’ll be covering a difference that really annoys me: Automation smoothing.

Other posts in this series:

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Everything I like about Ableton Live

Hardware Support
Hardware Support

The review is concluded. A few days earlier than 45 days since I announced it, but nearly a week longer that I’ve been using it for this review in private.

Will it end poorly or end well??

Or will you just never want to visit this website again?

Other parts in this series:

VALID FOR LIVE 10.1. Future updates may render some of this information invalid.

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Max for Live

Max for Live
Max for Live

Here’s where things get fun for both the novice and the advanced user: Max for Live.

It’s either a $199 purchase, or it comes with Live Suite (as of this writing). I won’t be doing an in-depth review of Max for Live, since that could easily be a series larger than the Live review itself (I believe M4L is more functional and capable than Live). Instead this is an overview of how Max for Live impacts the ability, functionality and value of Live.

Max for Live is probably the most incredible value you can get as a Live user, so let me explain why…

Other parts in this series:

VALID FOR LIVE 10.1. Future updates may render some of this information invalid.

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Live's Plugins: A series of mini-reviews

Drum Rack
Drum Rack

Here we go with the fun part where I talk shi…. review the native effects included with Live.

Before I start here I ask one thing of you: be impressed with my screenshots. I had to write some software to take, crop and fix the corners. Bonus points to anyone that can spot the artifact of the corner fixing algorithm in some of the screenshots. (It’s really subtle)

This time I won’t be going into technical detail, but instead talking about how I “feel” about the products. Somewhat like a normal review I suppose.

Without further ado…

Other parts in this series:

VALID FOR LIVE 10.1. Future updates may render some of this information invalid.

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Live music with Ableton Live: An Overview

You need to play 'amb synth stem' quick... where is it?
You need to play 'amb synth stem' quick... where is it?

This is a post where I’m a bit out of date, and my abilities to properly test the software are somewhat limited. I have toured and one of those tours was with Live in the backend. I played drums and used Live to control lighting, control vocalist effects live, trigger loops and live sample replacement on drums. This was in the era of Ableton Live 6-7.

I will do my best to cover Live as it pertains to its use as a Live music platform, but I don’t make any claims to an attempt at high-quality coverage.

Other parts in this series:

VALID FOR LIVE 10.1. Future updates may render some of this information invalid.

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Mixing music in Ableton Live: An Overview

The Mixers
The Mixers

I’ve not been friendly to Live so far, and this post isn’t going to convince you otherwise. (hang on though… more coming still!).

This is the article where I discuss the mixing process in Live, which I’ve found to be the most painful of the 3 main processes in the modern music making process.

Other parts in this series:

VALID FOR LIVE 10.1. Future updates may render some of this information invalid.

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Editing music in Ableton Live: An Overview

MIDI Clip Editor
MIDI Clip Editor

It’s time to cover what I consider “editing” in Ablteton Live, and by ‘cover’ I mean: “become excruciatingly frustrated with”.

Welp. On with it…

Other parts in this series:

VALID FOR LIVE 10.1. Future updates may render some of this information invalid.

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How I review a DAW

In the comments section of the last article, someone asked: “How do you spend the 45 days? How much of it is by-the-books feature evaluation and how much is actual real-life music making scenarios?”

So let me walk you through how I go about one of these “30 days with…” reviews.

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